The Essential DVDs about Motorcycles
(in alphabetical order)
by Donald Ray Burger
Attorney at Law
Biker Boyz, 2003. Dreamworks Pictures. 1 hour, 51 minutes.
This DVD is about the street racing culture in California. Laurence Fishburne stars as "Smoke," the reigning champion, who is constantly challenged by up and coming youngsters. Racing bikes are featured. An enjoyable film.
Easy Rider, 1969. Columbia Pictures. 95 minutes.
This is a must see film. It went a long way toward modifying the criminal image of The Wild One. That image was replaced by an outlaw image of bikers as, while not necessarily obeying law, at least as not hurting others. The film starred Peter Fonda and Dennis Hooper and introduced Jack Nicholson.
Great Escape, 1963. The Mirisch Company, Inc. Two hours, 52 minutes.
Although this film is really about a group of Allied soldiers and their attempt to escape from a German prisoner of war camp in WWII, it features Steve McQueen on a motorcycle, and is worth watching just for those sequences.
Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man, 1991. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. One hour, 38 minutes.
This film stars Mickey Rourke and Don Johnson as a pair of outsiders who refuse to fit in, and who ride Harleys on their way to sticking to their values and making things right. A fun film.
The Wild One, 1954. Columbia/Tristar Studios, 79 minutes.
This movie did more to cement the image of bikers as criminals as anything. Even today, many people's image of biker is based on this film. It stars Marlon Brando and must be seen, in self-defense if nothing else.