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The 19 Coolest Things in the Films of Hal Needham

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Hollywood lost a true legend today with the passing of legendary stuntman and director Hal Needham, who through the 1970s and 80s created the good-time genre that would come to be known as "redneck cinema" with films like "Smokey and the Bandit" and "Cannonball Run."

The day of the gum-chewing Burt Reynolds blockbusters may have passed, but its moment will forever bring a smile to the faces of all who lived through it. Here's our list of the coolest moments from the films of a cinematic original.

19. Jerry Reed's hound dog Flash

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Flash from "Smokey and the Bandit"


18. Sally Field changing out of her wedding dress while driving in the Bandit

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Sally Field and Burt Reynolds


17. Sally Field in "Smokey and the Bandit"

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Sally Field in the role of 'Frog'


16. Bandit in "Smokey and the Bandit"

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One of four 1976 Pontiac Firebird Trans-Ams made for the film


15. "Eastbound and Down" - the coolest theme song ever recorded


14. The great Jackie Gleason as Buford T. Justice


13. The jet-powered flying motorcycle sequence of "Megaforce"


12. Adrienne Barbeau's jumpsuit in "Cannonball Run"


11. "Cannonball Run II" was Frank Sinatra's last film

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Ol' Blue Eyes


10. "Cannonball Run" was Jackie Chan's first American film


9. Burt Reynolds jumping out of a helicopter in a tuxedo in "Hooper"


8. "Cannonball Run" is the Rat Pack's real film


7. The invention of the outtakes credit sequence


6. Dom DeLuise as Captain Chaos


5. Hal Needham's belt buckle

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Old-school bling


4. Loni Anderson and Burt Reynolds power couple

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Arriving at the 1991 Emmy Awards


3. "The Fastest Chicken in the South"


2. This photo

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From the 'Cannonball Run II' set


1. The most important mustache in the history of film

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The facial hair that defined an era

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