Responding to the "What Are Your Favorite Car Films Ever" post, UglyDuckCar offers
of the different uses of cars in cinema. Let's tackle the first one, which is a car "as a character."
Naturally, the car could be the main character like Herbie, in a cartoonish way, or a more subtly painted sidekick like the 1990 Pontiac Bonneville in Blue Ruin. The point is, that the writer or director has either employed a car as an anthropomorphic device, or created an otherwise emotional attachment to a car to drive the plot, making viewers care as much about an inanimate object as they would about a human.
What are some other examples.