Stephen Spielberg’s first breakout film was Duel, a movie about a menacing truck driver chasing down a hapless man in a red car. It’s a great movie, often referenced in other films. The truck was a big nasty oil tanker.
I believe I’ve found a new reference. Slight spoiler here, but the Decepticon leader Megatron in Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon has a new vehicle mode. He’s now a nasty looking truck. Wait a minute…that truck looks a little familiar:
Not surprising, really, since Stephen Spielberg in the executive producer for Transformers. But it does seem to me that Megatron is an homage to Duel, and a fitting one at that.