Trucking and the Silver Screen: Top 5 Trucking Movies

The trucking industry—not only is it a crucial element of the American economy, but it has also been the inspiration of Hollywood directors for decades!

Since its inception in the 1970s, the “trucking movies” sub-genre has produced some major blockbusters. Check out this list of the top five trucking movies that have rocked the silver screen.

1. Smokey and the Bandit (1977)

What else could take the number one spot? “Smokey and the Bandit” was a mega-hit in ‘70s and remains well known today. Featuring Jerry Reed’s hit “East Bound and Down” on its soundtrack, the film was the second highest grossing of 1977, topped only by “Star Wars.”

2. White Line Fever (1975)

Carrol Jo Hummer, fresh off of an assignment with the Air Force, moves back home, marries his sweetheart and buys a truck, only to find that the trucking community has been overrun by villains. Watch Hummer restore the honor to the industry in this classic, action-packed trucking flick.

3. Steel Cowboy (1978)

Yet another trucker movie from the late ‘70s, “Steel Cowboy” follows the journey of Clayton Ray Davis, a trucker facing bankruptcy and repossession of his assets. With no other options, he accepts a risky job hauling rustled cattle cross-country.

4. Happy Face Killer (2014)

The first from this millennium to make the list, “Happy Face Killer” is a 2014 Lifetime film that follows the hunt for a nefarious serial killer named Keith Jesperson. If you like murder mysteries/thrillers, this is the trucking movie for you.

5. Convoy (1978)

This 1978 hit, based off C.W. McCall’s song by the same name, rounds off our list of the top five trucking movies. Faithfully following the story of the country song, the film brings “Rubber Duck,” “Pig Pen” and “Cottonmouth” Wallace to life in an unforgettable story of revenge and trucking unity.

There you have it—the trucking industry is not only an essential part of the American transportation industry, but it is also the inspiration for many cinematic hits. Are you looking for a way to make your financial situation a hit rather than a bust? Are cash flow problems damaging your small trucking company? If so, then give us a call. We can connect you with freight factoring services that are assured to help you get the working capital that you need to take on more loads and, in turn, make more money.