Films featuring bike gangs or plain old Joes riding their machines across the country are what we are referring to as Biker Movies. And, once upon a time in Hollywood, they were very popular. The Hells Angels alone inspired a whole new genre between the 60s and 70s!
Beyond the Law, 1993
Beyond the Law is a 1993 Charlie Sheen-vehicle that also featured the talents of Linda Fiorentino, Michael Madsen, and Rip Torn. It tells us the tale of Dan Saxon, an undercover policeman who worms his way into a criminal outlaw biker gang running drugs and dealing arms. As he tries to get them to trust him, he is forced to perpetrate ever more savage crimes, and the question becomes, how far can he go Beyond the Law?
Eye of the Tiger, 1986
Starring Gary Busey, Seymour Cassel, and Yaphet Kotto, Eye of the Tiger is the story of a man getting home from serving time. He also happens to be a Vietnam War vet and sets to cleaning up his hometown which has fallen under the control of, you guessed it, a violent biker gang.
The movie starts with the hit track of the same name by the band Survivor who wrote it specifically for the 1982 Rocky III. Incidentally, this tune is also perfect for when you’re playing online games!
Hells Angels on Wheels, 1967
The Hells Angels came to be when soldiers started returning home from World War II in 1945 and were thrust into a society they simply didn’t recognise anymore. Going from the horrors of battle to the sudden pseudo-safety of the suburbs was too much for many to bear and a new way of living had to be found.
This is the root of Hells Angels on Wheels, a film starring Adam Roarke, Jack Nicholson, and Sabrina Scharf. It tells viewers the story of a young man with a bad attitude working at a gas station while longing for more. He very quickly finds out what else is out there when he starts hanging out with a chapter of the world’s most famous motorcycle club!
The Loveless, 1981
The Loveless is not just a fantastic Biker movie, it’s also the debut credited role of Willem Dafoe, who went on to star in gems like The English Patient, Mississippi Burning, and Platoon.
Originally titled US 17, after the Georgia highway where the action unfolds, we watch the upset that comes about when a small-town farmer’s son is forced to join a travelling group of vampire riders after he’s bitten by a drop-dead gorgeous drifter.
Stone Cold, 1991
This action flick stars Brian Bosworth, Lance Henriksen, and William Forsythe and centres on a biker gang trying to murder the DA and free one of the members who’s up on murder charges.
Bosworth has since revealed that, as a biker himself, he had previously assembled the machine that his character rides in the movie. This is why he suggested it, because he was more comfortable on it.
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