The stories of truck drivers and their semis have been incorporated into entertainment movies for decades. Whether it’s the intriguing plotline of a driver’s life on the road or a decked out rig, elements trucking are scattered throughout new and old films.
Seeing a big rig on the big screen makes movie night a little more meaningful for any driver who’s dedicated to the lifestyle. Check out our list of must-see movies ranging from old classics to new thrillers- all featuring a semi-truck storyline.
This mystery thriller, starring Paul Walker, follows three college friends as they embark on a cross country road trip. They quickly realize they are in serious danger after pranking a trucker on their CB radio. The psychotic trucker, known as ‘Rusty Nail’ pursues them in an effort to enact revenge.
This action film stars Patrick Swayze as an ex-con who tries to start his life over as a truck driver. When his family is taken hostage he is manipulated into transporting a shipment of illegal weapons.
A classic trucking movie, Convoy, was released at the peak of the CB radio fad in the 1970s. This film follows a band of truckers as they form a mile long ‘convoy’ in response to a quarrel with a sheriff.
Written and directed by Stephen King, Maximum Overdrive is a comedy-horror film with a plot centered around murderous semi-trucks. When a radiation storm causes machines to come to life, a group of survivors in a North Carolina truck stop must learn how to fend for their lives.
This award-winning documentary portraits modern America through the eyes of long-haul truck drivers. Big Rig depicts life on the road for those that work to keep our country driving forward. This insightful documentary that will take you on a familiar road trip through the lifestyle and dedication of drivers.
While this isn’t your typical ‘trucker’ movie, Cars is a family-friendly film with snippets of trucking incorporated throughout. Famous race-car, Lightning McQueen, accidentally damages the road of the small town Radiator Springs and is sentenced to repair it. While there, he learns important lessons from the locals.