Ever wonder what the top truck movies of all time are? On the surface it can be hard to think of five, much less ten. But following are the ten top truck movies to ever hit the open road:
- "Convoy" (1978): Starring Kris Kristofferson and Ali MacGraw and based off the C.W. McCall country trucker anthem, the first in this list of top truck movies features a villainous Ernest Borgnine as Sheriff Wallace, an abusive man about to get his comeuppance from a unified front of truck drivers that also includes Rocky's Burt Young just two years forward from the 1976 Best Picture winner.
- "Coast to Coast" (1980): Robert Blake and Dyan Cannon team up as two jilted souls on a cross-country ride toward redemption. Along the way they find love in each other's arms and dodge the bad guys with all the lightheartedness that you would expect from a breezy early Eighties action-comedy.
- "Road Games" (1981): Stacy Keach and Jamie Lee Curtis are searching for a Jack the Ripper-styled killer in the Australian outback. Keach drives a rig and finds companionship in his trusty dingo before Curtis comes along, but once she's there, the two make quite a pair.
- "Joy Ride" (2001): Paul Walker, Steve Zahn, and Leelee Sobieski are on the run from a psychopathic truck driver, who has been terrorizing the Midwest. When fooling around with a CB radio, the trio picks up a signal from a voice on the other end that belongs to a killer with designs on making them his next victims.
- "Duel" (1971): Despite its made-for-TV roots, "Duel" is a classic thriller, and the movie that put its director Steven Spielberg on the map. Following star Dennis Weaver as he engages in a cat-and-mouse game with yet another killer truck driver, this film has some heart-stopping chases and an unforgettable conclusion.
- "Breakdown" (1997): Kurt Russell and Kathleen Quinlan play a couple with car problems that soon find themselves thrust into a nightmare when friendly-on-the-surface trucker J.T. Walsh offers his assistance, only to kidnap Quinlan and bring out her husband's killer instinct. Taut and suspenseful from beginning to end, "Breakdown" easily qualifies as one of the top truck movies of all time.
- "Big Trouble in Little China" (1986): How can you go wrong with Kurt Russell in another trucker film, this time engaged in a mystical battle in the middle of Chinatown? It's a perfect marriage of low brow humor, sci-fi action, and top-notch special effects.
- "The Road Warrior" (1981): Mel Gibson returns as post-apocalyptic action hero Mad Max in the second, and far superior, film of the franchise. Some unbelievable chase sequences with big rigs and even bigger fight sequences help tell the story about a strangely prophetic world where gasoline is in great demand and perhaps more precious than gold itself.
- "Sorcerer" (1977): Roy Scheider does battle with the mob in William Friedkin's highly intense remake of the classic "Wages of Fear." Transporting a truckload of nitroglycerin through the jungles of South America makes for one explosive thrill-ride.
- "Wages of Fear" (1953): This is it: the best of the top truck movies of all time! South American unfortunates are forced to transport nitroglycerin via truck without any of the safety equipment they need. When every pothole or sharp turn could be your last, there is no margin of error! A French film that does nothing for France-America relations, this is about as intense as a movie can get!
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