The Top Movies Featuring Trucks & Tow Trucks

tow-mater-from-the-movie-carsIt’s not hard to see why movies featuring tow trucks, big rigs, and 18-wheelers are popular. It is quite fun to watch a truck driver deal with problems and keep the country rolling, similar to what most tow trucking companies do every day. There are a lot of movies that show truckers saving the day, so it is recommended to see which ones have made their way to the top 8 list.

There is no shortage of movies featuring trucks. Following are the top 8:

1. Cars (2006)

The hotshot race car rookie, Lightning McQueen, lives life in the fast lane until hitting a detour while en route to an extremely important race. He gets stranded in a small western town called Radiator Springs along the old historic Route 66, and ends up spending time with residents Sally, Tow Mater, Doc, and a group of other colorful characters who help Lightning McQueen see that life is about more than trophies and fame.

2. Joy Ride (2001)

This thriller features Steve Zahn and a young Paul Walker taking an off-road road trip. As Roger Ebert described the film as an outstanding pure thriller and an exercise that relies on believable characters and the skill of the director in putting all the pieces together, Joy Ride is the best combination of white-knuckle thriller and buddy-joyride.

3. Big Rig (2008)

Big Rig follows the lives of many long haulers. Filmmaker Doug Pray joins some truck drivers as they make their everyday travel. The interviews he does with truck drivers during their long-distance trips are candid and provide viewers a glimpse inside the lifestyle of truckers. This film is perfect when you are looking for somebody to understand what life is like on the road.

4. Maximum Overdrive (1986)

Stephen King fans will definitely love this movie. There’s nothing more entertaining than watching big rigs, lawn mowers, and other various motorized vehicles trying to mow down every last human being on earth. Emilio Estevez plays an amazing leading role and this is an excellent film not only for the ludicrous laughs, but for the adventure and action as well.

5. Smokey and the Bandit (1977)

A calamity ensues when two southern truck drivers stumble across a runaway bride. This classic film starring Burt Reynolds paved the way for various other trucking movies and also became the second highest grossing film of the year.

6. Breaker! Breaker! (1977)

If cheesy catchphrases and round-house kicks are more your thing, then Breaker! Breaker! is perfect for you. Nothing is better than Chuck Norris in his prime as a truck driver handing out punishment as he looks for his brother who is also a truck driver. Expect a lot of tow trucks, big rigs, beat downs, and beer.

7. Convoy (1978)

Convoy has been voted the top trucking film by many in the community and is still pointed out as the most accurate representation of the trucking community. Kris Kristofferson plays the lead role in the movie as it follows a convoy of truck drivers that rebels against the villain known as “The Man” and shows off extreme loyalty that is dominant throughout the trucking community.

8. Black Dog (1998)

Black Dog is the late 90s thriller starring Patrick Swayze as he plays the role of an ex-con truck driver who gets tricked into hauling illegal weapons. Rubber burning and guns blazing, Swayze paves an intense path down the east coast.

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