22 Movies Where Trucks Play An Important Role
- Mar 7, 2018
They may not be Oscar winners, but there are some pretty great movies where Big Rigs steal the spotlight on the Big Screen. Some are stars, others have bit parts, but they all play an important role. Here are 22 movies that wouldn’t be the same without trucks.
Smokey and the Bandit — 1977
This action-packed, classic 70’s comedy had some pretty great actors, including Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Pat McCormick, and Jackie Gleason. As legendary trucker Bo “Bandit” Darville, Reynolds was the epitome of cool. In the film, he signs on to haul contraband beer across state lines, with the help of a colorful cast of characters and a CB radio. But the real star of the show was the truck (and a Pontiac Trans Am). Bandit's antics attract lots of attention, resulting in a lengthy, high-speed chase, with "Smokey" on his tail (CB slang for a highway patrol officer). Smokey and the Bandit was the second highest-grossing movie of 1977, trailing just behind Star Wars, and inspired several other trucking films, including two big-screen sequels and four made-for-TV movies.
Pee Wee’s Big Adventure – 1985
“Yes sir, that was the worst…accident…I ever seen.” In this film, a suit and bow tie wearing man-child named Pee Wee Herman (Paul Reubens, from the popular 80’s TV show, Pee Wee’s Playhouse) is on a quest to find his stolen bike. Along the way, he hitches a ride in a haunted semi with the ghost of a trucker named “Large Marge.” It’s perhaps one of the creepiest scenes in a comedy for kids, but it’s the one everybody remembers. “Tell 'em Large Marge sent ya!”
The Matrix Reloaded – 2003
The second film in the Matrix trilogy features one of the most intense and lavish freeway chase scenes in Hollywood history. When the movie opened in 2003, audiences were on the edge of their seats as Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) traded Kung Fu moves with one of the villainous agents on top of a speeding tractor-trailer. A stunt-filled standout scene in one of the most popular film trilogies ever made. The mile and a half long fake freeway was built from scratch on an abandoned naval base, at a cost of $2.5 million dollars, and General Motors donated more than a hundred cars for the scene, all of which were totaled.
Cars – 2006
Where would Lightning McQueen be without Mack? Cars is a computer-animated adventure that takes place in a world populated entirely by cars and other vehicles. This beloved Pixar film was voiced by an incredible cast, including Owen Wilson, Paul Newman, Bonnie Hunt, Larry the Cable Guy, Tony Shalhoub, Cheech Marin, Michael Keaton, and John Ratzenberger, of course. In case you haven’t noticed, Ratzenberger has played a role in nearly all of Pixar’s films. Mack (a Big Rig) sets off a chain of events that drives the plot of the film, while transporting Lightning McQueen (a rookie race car) to the Los Angeles International Speedway in California. Eager to get in some practice time before the three-way tiebreaker race for Piston Cup Champion, McQueen pushes Mac to travel all night long. While driving on the freeway, Mack drifts off and is startled by a gang of street racers, causing McQueen to fall out the back of the trailer. McQueen wakes in the middle of traffic and speeds off a side road in search of Mack. He ends up lost in the run-down desert town of Radiator Springs, and the rest is animation history!
Here are a few more must-see movies where big trucks play a pivotal role:
- Convoy – 1978
- High Ballin’ - 1978
- The Road Warrior – 1982
- Beverly Hills Cop - 1984
- Maximum Overdrive – 1986
- Big Trouble in Little China - 1986
- License to Kill - 1989
- Terminator 2: Judgment Day - 1991
- Breakdown - 1997
- The Fast and the Furious – 2001
- The Transporter – 2002
- Live Free or Die Hard – 2007
- Transformers – 2007
- The Dark Knight – 2008
- Avengers: Age of Ultron – 2015
- Mad Max: Fury Road – 2015
- Logan – 2017
- Spider-Man: Homecoming – 2017
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