Continuing our Top-Pick series, we’re looking at some of the best films that have brought the trucking industry to the big screen. Often truck drivers spend long periods of time waiting at yards to be unloaded/loaded or taking rest time on their breaks. Movies are a great source of entertainment during those off-hours and nowadays they are easily available right from your phone! From old school noirs to popcorn action flicks, these films are entertainment that brought truckers to the big screen and redefined them to their audience.  Check below as we list some awesome flicks and where you can watch them!
First up we got film noir, ‘They Drive By Night’ (1940), starring Humphrey Bogart, George Raft, and Ann Sheridan; directed by Raoul Walsh
  • Synopsis: “When one of 2 truck driving brothers loses an arm, they both join a transport company where later, the other is falsely charged as an accessory in the murder of the owner.”
  • Rent/purchase: Amazon Prime, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu
Next we have Steven Spielberg’s directorial debut, ‘Duel’ (1971) starring Dennis Weaver, Jacqueline Scott, and Carey Loftin
  • Synopsis: “A business commuter is pursued and terrorized by the malevolent driver of a massive tractor-trailer”
  • Rent/purchase: Amazon Prime, Google Play, Vudu
Here’s ‘White Line Fever’ (1975) starring Jan-Michael Vincent, Key Lenz, and L.Q. Jones; directed by Jonathan Kaplan
  • Synopsis: “In the 1970s Arizona, a young married man becomes an independent long-haul driver and he risks his life fighting the corruption in the local long-haul trucking industry.”
A Chuck Norris flick is next with, ‘Breaker! Breaker!’ (1977) co-starring George Murdock, and Terry O’Connor; directed by Don Hulette
  • Synopsis: “Truck driver searches for his brother, who has disappeared in a town run by a corrupt judge.”
  • Rent/purchase on Vudu
We of course have to include the ultimate trucking-film, ‘Smokey And The Bandit’ (1977) starring Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, and Jerry Reid; directed by Hal Needham
  • Synopsis: “The Bandit is hired on to run a tractor trailer full of beer over state lines, in hot pursuit by a pesky sheriff.”
  • Rent/purchase: Amazon Prime, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, stream on Starz with subscription
Next we have, ‘High-Ballin’’ (1978) starring Peter Fonda, Jerry Reed and Helen Shaver; directed by Peter Carter
  • Synopsis: “Two truck drivers fight off thugs who have been hired to drive them out of business.”
Now is the classic based on the iconic tune by C.W. McCall, ‘CONVOY’ (1978) starring Kris Kristofferson, Ali MacGraw, and Burt Young; directed by Sam Peckinpah
  • Synopsis: “Truckers form a mile long “convoy” in support of a trucker’s vendetta with an abusive sheriff…”
  • Stream on the service Tubi
Next in author Stephen King’s sole directorial effort we have, ‘Maximum Overdrive’ (1986) starring Emilio Estevez, Pat Hingle, and Laura Harrington
  • Synopsis: “A group of people try to survive when machines start to come alive and become homicidal.”
  • Rent/purchase: iTunes, Amazon Prime, Vudu and Google Play or stream on Starz with a subscription
Black Dog’ (1998) starring Patrick Swayze, Meat Loaf, and Randy Travis; directed by Kevin Hooks
  • Synopsis: “When an ex-con reluctantly agrees to drive a mystery load cross-country, he unwittingly becomes part of an explosive, pedal-to-the-metal battle between a gang and the FBI.”
  • Rent/purchase: Amazon Prime, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, stream on Starz with subscription
Finally we have the poignant documentary, ‘BIG RIG’ (2007), directed by Doug Pray
  • Synopsis: “A portrait of contemporary American life, as seen through the eyes of long-haul truck drivers.”
  • Stream: Amazon Prime
  • Rent/purchase: iTunes, Google Play
Honorable Mentions:
  • Transformers (2007), starring Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, and Peter Cullen; directed by Michael Bay
  • Because come on: Optimus Prime
  • Synopsis: “An ancient struggle between two Cybertronian races, the heroic Autobots and the evil Decepticons, comes to Earth, with a clue to the ultimate power held by a teenager.”
  • Rent/purchase: Amazon Prime, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu
Joy Ride’ (2001) starring Paul Walker, Steve Zahn, and Leelee Sobieski; directed by John Dahl
  • Tagline: Don’t mess with strangers
  • Synopsis: “Three young people on a road trip from Colorado to New Jersey talk to a trucker on their CB radio, then must escape when he turns out to be a psychotic killer.”
  • Rent/purchase: Amazon Prime, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu
Did your favs make the list? What are your favorite films to take with you on the road? Leave them in the comments below and share. Also take a look at our curated Spotify playlist of tracks from the films’ soundtracks to take with you on your hauls!
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