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Top 10 Trucking Movies That You Must Watch

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It’s not a easy task choosing favorite movies, much less so when movies are about topic you’re quite passionate about such as trucking.

Nowadays we have some popular TV shows about trucking like “Truck My Truck ” or “Ice Road Truckers”(I really enjoy watching “Ice Road Truckers”. Great show!).

But, where are movies about trucking, road romances, chases and all those other things that make truck driving such a trilling experience.

Did American cinema capture that independent spirit of this great profession? Fortunately for us, they did. In the mid-late 70s, America was in love with trucker culture. Everybody knew CB lingo and many guys added CB’s to their vehicles. Some of the greatest trucking movies were made in this period. For this golden era, we can only say “Thank you, Hollywood”.

A little disclaimer on our side before we begin, there isn’t exact metric we used to rank these movies, it was done by heart and we warmly advise you to check them out, regardless of their ranking.

 There were lot of movies that we love and enjoy watching but sadly they didn’t made it to the list. However feel free to share some of your favorite movies in the comment bellow.

So without further delay, our top list goes as follows:

10. Breakdown (1997)

breakdown 202x300 Top 10 Trucking Movies That You Must WatchIMDb rating: 6.8

Storyline:

Jeff and Amy Taylor are moving to California and must drive across the country. When they find themselves stranded in the middle of a desert with hardly anyone or anything around, their trip comes to a sudden halt.

Amy had taken a ride with a friendly trucker to a small diner to call for help, but after a long time, Jeff becomes worried.He finds that no one in the diner has seen or heard from his wife. When he finds the trucker who gave Amy the ride, the trucker swears he has never seen her.

Now Jeff must attempt to find his wife, who has been kidnapped and is being held for ransom. But who can he trust?

Director: Jonathan Mostow

Writers: Jonathan Mostow (screenplay), Sam Montgomery (screenplay)

Stars: Kurt Russell, J.T. Walsh and Kathleen Quinlan

Comment: Lesson for the day: Do NOT let your wife to go for a  joy ride with handsome trucker.   She might be kidnapped or worse. Unless, if you want to get ride of her.

Quotes:

Red: You’re a tough man to get a hold of, Jeffery.

Jeff: What do you want?

Red: It’s not what I want, it’s what you want, and how bad you want it. ‘Cause it’s gonna cost you. Can’t show it to you right now, but it’s about 5’5″, 115 pounds, three or four of that just pure tit. Nice curly brown hair, upstairs and down. Interested?

Trailer:

 

9. Big Rig (2007)

Big Rig 2006 208x300 Top 10 Trucking Movies That You Must WatchIMDb rating: 6.1

Storyline:  A portrait of contemporary American life, as seen through the eyes of long-haul truck drivers.

Director: Doug Pray

Writers:  Brad Blondheim (screenwriter), Doug Pray

Comment: Another great movie showing that truckers are spine of USA.

Times have certainly changed and transportation has gone down hill. Which is quite a shame. If all truckers would stopped their work just for 3 days, our economy would be crushed.

Quotes: I’ve got a total of 268 lights on this truck. You gotta impress the girls, you know? Everything I do is for the women.

Trailer:

 

8. Every Which Way But Loose (1978)

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Storyline:

Philo Beddoe is an easy-going trucker and a great fist-fighter. With two friends – Orville, who promotes prize-fights for him, and Clyde, the orangutan he won on a bet – he roams the San Fernando Valley in search of cold beer, country music and the occasional punch-up.

But he is floored himself by a dainty little country and western singer, who gives him the slip when she realizes he’s getting too serious. Phil, Clyde and Orville set off in pursuit, pestered by bikers.

Director: James Fargo

Writers: Jeremy Joe Kronsberg

Stars: Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke and Geoffrey Lewis

Comment: Before Kimbo Slice, toughest fist-fighter in nowadays, we had Philo Bedoe. This is movie for real men. Trucks, pretty women, country music, tons of testosterone , fist-fighting and Clint Eastwood. Do you really want anything more?

Quotes:

Cholla: The very first thing we do is find out who we’re talking about. I mean, we don’t even know where to find him.

Elmo: How are we gonna find him?

Cholla: Well it appears to me that there can’t be too many guys driving around this valley with an ape.

Trailer:

 

7. White Line Fever (1975)

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Storyline:

Carrol Jo Hummer–A working man who’s had enough!

Sam Hummer was a local truck driver from Tucson Arizona who worked for a Tucson-based produce-shipper called “Red River”. His driving partners were Duane Haller and “Pops” Dinwiddie. Eventually Sam’s son, Carrol Jo, is old enough to ride with his father and the two of them then become partners as well.

Director: Jonathan Kaplan

Writers: Ken Friedman, Jonathan Kaplan

Stars:  Jan-Michael Vincent, Kay Lenz and Slim Pickens

Comments: This is really a kick ass movie! Sort of like a truck driver version of Walking Tall. It openes some difficult life themes. And always remember: Without truckers the WORLD STOPS!!!

Trailer:

 

6. Sorcerer (1977)

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Storyline:

A group of outcasts from different backgrounds/nationalities are forced by misfortune to work in a remote oil   drilling operation in South America.

When fire breaks out of control, four of the outcasts are given the opportunity to earn enough money to get out by transporting six crates of unstable dynamite through miles of jungle in two ancient trucks.

Will they succeed and regain their honor and citizenship, or get blown up for their efforts?

Director: William Friedkin

Writers: Walon Green (screenplay), Georges Arnaud (novel)

Stars: Roy Scheider, Bruno Cremer and Francisco Rabal

Comments: It´s actually a remake of  ”The wage of fear”. But, still, it is a great movie. Without the use of miniature effects, the action is shot on location, even the gigantic explosion that ignites the oil rig. It all looks totally real. The huge lorries cross collapsing bridges, rocky canyons, and get stuck in the jungle. The iconic scene (on the album cover and poster campaign), shows the trucks swaying on a rope bridge in a tropical storm. Admittedly, the collapsing bridge is carefully constructed with steel cables, but looks like wood and rope. This didn’t prevent the production losing several trucks in the river!

Quotes:

Scanlon: [Nilo has been shot] What’re you gonna do with all that money, you hump? Talk to me! What’re you gonna do?

Nilo: Get… laid! Best whore in Managua!

Scanlon: Two whores! Two best whores in Managua!

Nilo: You do it. For me.

Trailer:

5. Convoy (1978)

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Storyline:

While driving through the Arizona desert, Albuquerque based independent trucker Martin Penwald – who goes by the handle “Rubber Duck” – along with his fellow truckers “Pig Pen” and “Spider Mike”, are entrapped by unscrupulous Sheriff Lyle “Cottonmouth” Wallace using a key tool of the trucker’s trade, the citizens’ band (CB) radio. Rubber Duck and Cottonmouth have a long, antagonistic history.

When this encounter later escalates into a more physical one as Cottonmouth threatens Spider Mike, a man who just wants to get home to his pregnant wife, Rubber Duck and other the truckers involved, including Spider Mike, Pig Pen and “Widow Woman”, go on the run, figuring the best thing to do being to head to New Mexico to avoid prosecution. Along for the ride is Melissa, a beautiful photographer who just wanted a ride to the airport.

As news of what happened spreads over the CB airwaves…song of same title by C.W. McCall.

Director: Sam Peckinpah

Writers: Bill L. Norton (screen story and screenplay), Bill Fries (song)

Stars:  Kris Kristofferson, Ali MacGraw and Ernest Borgnine

Comments: This movie is gret! Screenplay is based on this song:

The movie has the form of one long, occasionally interrupted chase as the independent truckers, objecting to unrealistic speed limits and corrupt highway cops, flee across Arizona to New Mexico. There are roadside-diner brawls filmed in slow-motion, a couple of spectacular traffic violations and a lot of scenery so pretty it would tone up any post card.

Quotes:

Melissa: Why do they call you the Duck? 

Rubber Duck: Because it rhymes with “luck.” See, my daddy always told me to be just like a duck. Stay smooth on the surface and paddle like the devil underneath!

Trailer:

4.Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)

220px Mad max two the road warrior Top 10 Trucking Movies That You Must WatchIMDb rating: 7.6

Storyline:

A former police officer is now a lone wanderer, traveling through a devastated Australia after a nuclear war looking for now-priceless petrol.

He lives to survive and is none too pleased when he finds himself the only hope of a small group of honest people running a remote oil refinery. He must protect them from the bike gang that is terrorizing them whilst transporting their entire fuel supply to safety.

Director: George Miller

Writers: Terry Hayes (screenplay), George Miller (screenplay) and Brian Hannant

Stars: Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence and Michael Preston

Comments: Mad Max 2 is actually a sci-fi western.Stranger wandering into town to the inevitable showdown with the bad guy on a dusty road. Also a one of the most successful action movie in 80´s. Great car chasing scenes, explosions. And while Mel Gibson is obviously the star, many scenes are stolen by Bruce Spence, playing a crazed gyrocopter pilot who strikes up an uneasy alliance with Max. Worth watching film.

Quotes:

Max: I’m just here for the gasoline. 

Trailer:

 

3. They Drive By Night (1940)

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Storyline:

Brothers Paul and Joe Fabrini run a trucking business in California mainly shipping fruit from farms to the markets in Los Angeles. They struggle to make ends meet in the face of corrupt businessmen and intense competition.

They are forced into driving long hours and one night pick-up waitress Cassie Hartley who’s just quit her job at a truck stop. The three of them witness the death of a mutual acquaintance when he falls asleep at the wheel.

This has a profound effect on Paul and Joe and they become determined to find a way to make the business pay so they can quit.

Director: Raoul Walsh

Writers:  Jerry Wald (screenplay) ,Richard Macaulay (screenplay) and A.I. Bezzerides (novel “Long Haul”)

Stars: George Raft, Humphrey Bogart and Ann Sheridan

Comments:  Great noir black-and-white movie. Real classic. You will be in love with charismatic Bogie and beautiful Ann.

Quotes:

Paul Fabrini: Sure, I want to sleep. Everyone sleeps once in a while, remember? You’d think I wanted to do something peculiar.

Trailer:

2. The Wages Of Fear (1953)

Original title: Le salaire de la peur

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Storyline:

In the South American jungle supplies of nitroglycerene are needed at a remote oil field. The oil company pays four men to deliver the supplies in two trucks. A tense rivallry develops between the two sets of drivers and on the rough remote roads the slightest jolt can result in death.

Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot

Writers: Georges Arnaud (novel), Henri-Georges Clouzot (adaptation and dialogue)  and Jérôme Géronimi (adaptation and dialogue)

Stars: Yves Montand, Charles Vanel and Peter van Eyck

Comments:

The most original and shocking French melodrama of the 50´s. Must to watch movie. Great characters. Great story. You will be driven deep into a jungle.  The film was also a hit with the public gaining 6,944,306 Admissions in France where it was the 4th highest earning film of the year. The film was accused of anti-Americanism and several scenes were cut for the U.S. release.

Quotes:

Bill O’Brien: The Hell with the Union! There’s plenty of tramps in town, all volunteers. I’m not worried. To get that bonus, they’ll carry the entire charge on their backs.

Bradley: You mean you’re gonna put those bums to work?

Bill O’Brien: Yes, Mr. Bradley, because those bums don’t have any union, nor any families. And if they blow up, nobody’ll come around bothering me for any contribution.

Trailer:

AND HERE IT IS! THE BEST OF THE BESTS:  

1. Smokey and the Bandit (1977)

smokey and the bandit Top 10 Trucking Movies That You Must WatchIMDb rating: 6.6

Storyline:

Bandit and Cledus are two truck-driving southerners who accept a dare from big-shots Big and Little Enos to pick up a truckload of beer from Texas and return it to them within a specified amount of time.

Picking it up is simple enough, but as they are leaving Texas, Bandit unwittingly picks up Carrie, a hitchhiking bride-to-be who just left her groom, Junior, at the altar. Junior, however, is the son of Sheriff Buford T. Justice. And when Buford and Junior discover what has happened, they go on a “high-speed pursuit” across the Southeast to catch the bandit.

Director: Hal Needham

Writers: Hal Needham (story), Robert L. Levy (story), James Lee Barrett (screenplay), Charles Shyer (screenplay) and Alan Mandel (screenplay)

Stars: Burt Reynolds, Sally Field and Jerry Reed

Comments: Greatest trucker’s movie of all time!  Prohibition couldn’t have been that bad because bootleggin’ booze looked like the best day job ever. Plus only a true trucker would say: “For the good old American lifestyle: For the money, for the glory, and for the fun… mostly for the money.”

Quotes:

Alabama State Trooper: Did you see that? They went right through our roadblock! 

 Buford T. Justice: You som’bitches couldn’t close an umbrella!

Trailer:

Like we said these movies have a warm place in our harts. Let us know what you think about them and tell us your favorites in comments.

  • Eric

    My husband and I drove a truck for a while and the number one movie always showing in the truck stops was “Smokie and the Bandit great movie! I also liked “Over the Top and “Joyride those were some good ones as well. The best sound track though from any trucking movie was “Convoy by C.W. McCall. Thank you for bringing all the memories back, good times.

    • http://www.neotrucks.com dragan

      One of the reasons why “Smokie and the bandit” is on the first place was that. It’s a number one movie always showing in the truck stops. And it’s quite popular. I watched also “Over the top” and “Joyride”. They’re really good movies. For me, “Convoy” by C.W. McCall is the greatest movie soundtrack of all time. It really brings back some good memories. Thank you for your post. And say hello to your husband.

  • Glen

    You did name some really good shows there. The truck driver profession is looked down upon by society for some reason and it really isn’t fair. Everyone wants their stuff but they don’t want trucks in their neighborhoods and parking lots. I also think that most people think truckers are stupid. I was on the road for quite awhile in a big rig and I learned a lot about people.

    • http://www.neotrucks.com dragan

      Thanks! Yes, the truck driver profession is quite looked down upon by society. That’s not fair indeed. No one wants trucks in their neighborhoods. They forgot how important truck driver job is. And some of the cleverest people who I ever met were truck drivers.

  • Crystal

    “Convoy the all time biggest trucking movie hit but “Smokie and the Bandit was by far the funniest. This was a very good article and I think you are right the truckers profession is no longer looked on with favor. I have watched those “Ice Road Truckers and that one they did last year “Deadliest Roads or something like that where they were driving trucks in India. OMG that was crazy.

    • http://www.neotrucks.com dragan

      My brother, also, thinks that “Convoy” is the biggest trucking movie. It is a great movie, no doubt. But, i love “Smokey and the Bandit”. It always brings a smile on my face. I think that’s very important in this difficult times for truck driver’s profession. Yes, “Deadliest Roads’ in India. That was crazy indeed. Thank’s for posting.

  • Nathan

    As I continued scrolling down this list, I was beginning to think the the mighty Convoy’ movie (one of the all time greatest flicks) was not going to be on this list. But sure enough, it was. Both Convoy and the Kurt Douglas film, Breakdown, are actually the only two trucking movies I have ever seen, and I like both of them. This is a very intriguing list that takes some people down memory lane.

    • http://www.neotrucks.com dragan

      “Convoy” is very important member of our’s list. “Breakdown”, too. They’re fine representeter of trucking culture. I am glad to see that our list takes down memory lane. I hope that you will find some time to see the rest of movies from our’s list. Enjoy watching and thank’s for posting.

  • Leary

    I like your list but how come you didn’t mentioned “Duel” ?
    It’s an all time classic and one of my favorites. My wife and I watch it every few months.

    • http://www.neotrucks.com dragan

      “Duel” is great movie indeed. All time classic for sure. But I think that these movies give better look into trucker’s life than “Duel”.
      Our survey might be questionable, as it is entirely based on our opinion :)

      Thank you for your post. And for those who never watched “Duel”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBQlw36vjnU

      • Joshua

        Another vote for Duel. I love that movie.

  • Fraley Munter

    Thanks you for this list.
    I’ve been trucking for about a year, but I’m shamed to admit I haven’t seen any movie from the list.

    Which one do you recommend I should start with?

    • http://www.neotrucks.com dragan

      You’re welcome. Don´t be shamed. First start with “Breakdown”. :) And send us your comments about movies.

  • Curtis

    Nice flicks, I could spend whole day listening to “Convoy” soundtrack.

    • http://www.neotrucks.com dragan

      “Convoy” soundtrack is mine ringtone. Great sountrack! Great movie! Thanks for posting.

  • Marcus Ludkowski

    Sweet list. I got some pop-corns and I’m ready to relax with Netflix.
    It’s been a while since I watched “Smokey and the Bandit”. Thanks for reminding me of that one.

    • http://www.neotrucks.com dragan

      Thanks! Enjoy watching!

  • Henry

    NIce list. What is your opinion on Smokey sequels? Are they worth watching?

    • http://www.neotrucks.com dragan

      Well, they are funny… I think that the first movie is the best. Sequels are worth watching., indeed. This is my opininion. Thank you for posting!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/willis47 Casey Williams

    Over the Top didn’t make the list. Greatest mix of arm wrestling and trucking ever devised.

    • http://twitter.com/neotrucks Neotrucks

      That’s a good one, early Sly movie lol. We will surely add it to our part two list. : )

  • VegasHead

    Breaker! Breaker! Chuck Norris is in it.

  • KT450

    Nice list but what about Henry Fonda as “Elegant John” in the Great Smokey Roadblock?

  • Nate

    Steel Cowboys was a Classic! I can’t believe that didn’t make the List either! also others, Deadhead Miles, Breaker! Breaker! to name a few.

    • http://twitter.com/neotrucks Neotrucks

      Thanks for the recommendations, Nate! We will have to check ‘em out and put on the part II list!

  • http://twitter.com/neotrucks Neotrucks

    Lots of great movie suggestions! Thank you all! We are seriously considering putting out a second part of this list. We will look for more trucking movies that might be worth your time!

  • http://www.facebook.com/lisa.colombottilongo Lisa Maria Colombotti-Longo

    what was that movie where the truck was going after someone…they use to play it on tv all the time

    • MovieViewerMan

      Duel. It was Steven Spielberg’s first movie and should be on this list.

  • Jakub Krawczyński

    How could such trite and trivial bullshit like Smokey or Convoy be above such timeless masterpieces for grown-ups like Sorcerer and The Wages of Fear?

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