Truck driving may seem like a lonely profession. But you wouldn’t know it, based upon the number of fiction films that have been made about the life – and that doesn’t even count TV shows like “B.J. and the Bear.” CLICK HERE if you missed the beginning of this article.
Top trucker movies No. 8 – ‘Smokey and the Bandit’ (1977)
One of the most iconic of truck driving movies, “Smokey and the Bandit” tells the tale of Bandit (Burt Reynolds) and Cletus (Jerry Reed), two truck-driving southerners who accept a dare to make a high-speed beer run. Along the way, Bandit picks up a runaway bride (Sally Field) who has just left the son of local Sheriff Buford T. Justice (Jackie Gleason) at the altar. High-speed roadway hijinks across the U.S. Southeast ensues, and two sequels (“Smokey and the Bandit II,” 1980 and “Smokey and the Bandit III,” 1983) follow.
Top trucker movies No. 9 – ‘Sorcerer’ (1977)
A U.S. remake of “Wages of Fear,” this time “The Exorcist” director William Friedkin puts Roy Scheider behind the wheel of the nitroglycerin-laden truck bound for glory in the jungles of South America. No sharks are harmed in the making of this Scheider vessel.
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Top trucker movies No. 10 – ‘Convoy’ (1978)
Based on a popular country trucker anthem by C.W. McCall, “Convoy” pits Kris Kristofferson and Ali MacGraw against corrupt Sheriff Wallace, played by Ernest Borgnine. Sure, make the homely looking guy evil, that’s fair. Then again, Wallace deserves it, as he brutalizes truck drivers who fail to respect his “au-tho-ra-TIE” (say it like Eric Cartman for best effect).
Top trucker movies No. 11 – ‘Coast to Coast’ (1980)
Years before he’d have bad hair on his head and a murder acquittal under his belt, Robert Blake stars with Dyan Cannon as jilted souls searching for redemption on the open road. There’s love, truck chases and breezy dialogue in this action-comedy.
Top trucker movies No. 12 – ‘Road Games’ (1981)
Stacy Keach and Jamie Lee Curtis scour the roads of the Australian outback, searching for a Jack the Ripper copycat killer. Keach drivers and spends time with his dingo pal, until young Curtis upends his world.
You don’t need a dingo to get a loan on your car!
Top trucker movies No. 13 – ‘The Road Warrior’ (1981)
While the entire “Mad Max” oeuvre could be called truck driving movies, I’ll stick with this installment in the post-apocalyptic saga. “The Road Warrior” is generally considered to be the best film in the franchise, and the scope of the chase and fight sequences only support the point. The big set piece in this one involves the fight for a gasoline shipment kept aboard a Mack war truck.
Top trucker movies No. 14 – ‘Big Trouble in Little China’ (1986)
Kurt Russell is no-nonsense trucker Jack Burton, and he has little time or patience for mystical battles in the middle of Chinatown. However, that’s exactly what he gets, as the jokes aim low and the special effects aim high. A young Kim Cattrall is even more special.
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