5 Great Trucker Films
At Cannon Logistics we love trucks, using some of the best you could hope to use for freight transport.
To celebrate our love of trucks – and yours, perhaps? – we thought we’d take a look at five classic trucker films that have been funny, suspenseful or simply outright entertaining.
1. Duel (1971): Directed by Steven Spielberg, Duel was actually one of those rare made-for-TV movies that were good, ultimately being the film that shot Spielberg to fame. The plot followed a man driving a car being pursued by a killer truck driver taking part in an intense cat-and-mouse game with each other. Full of heart-stopping chases and an unforgettable conclusion, Duel is considered a classic.
2. Smokey and the Bandit (1977): On the lighter side of two truckies versing each other, Smokey and the Bandit was all about action and humour. Starring Burt Reynolds, the story followed two truck drivers who challenged each other to deliver a haul of bootleg beer in a round-trip from Texas within a set limit.
3. Convoy (1978): Remember that song by C.W. McCall called “Convoy”? Well, this film was based off that song. It tells the story of a group of truckers who form a mile-long convoy in a support of a fellow trucker’s vendetta with a notably abusive sheriff.
4. Maximum Overdrive (1986): Why have a film where the truck drivers are homicidal when it could just be the trucks themselves. Yep, the premise of this film focused on a group of semi-trailers that came to life and became homicidal when earth passed through the tail of a mysterious comet. Based off a Stephen King story and directed by the man himself, this film was intended to scare. Nowadays it’s probably hilariously absurd.
5. Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981): Where would a trucker movie list be without an inclusion of some Mad Max? The second film of the franchise, it was full of massive big rig chase sequences and existed in a universe where gasoline was prized more than gold.
Which trucker films would place in your favourites of all time? Be sure to share them with us in the comments below.
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