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Works of fiction that delve into the (outlaw) biker subculture, often starring motorcycle clubs ("MCs" for short) and their individual members in key roles, either as protagonists (especially in the newer works) or as the main villains (particularly in the "bikerploitation" movies of The '60s).

Throughout the decades, the pop-cultural image of outlaw bikers has gone through several phases/subgenres, each associated with a particular narrative about them:

See also this chart for evolution and connections between these subgenres. Other common tropes in biker media include: All Bikers are Hells Angels, Badass Biker, Cool Bike, Bad Guy Bar, Motorcycle Dominoes, and Bōsōzoku (in Japanese media). Usually absent: Motorcycle Safety. For more information on the history of the genre, see also our Useful Notes on Biker Media and The Other Wiki's article on Outlaw biker film.

Any media which depicts outlaw motorcycle clubs as criminal groups also double as Gangster Fiction, though anything starring non-criminal bikers obviously wouldn't fit in there.


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    Film — Live-Action 
  • 1% (2018) an Australian biker gang drama showing clear influence by Sons of Anarchy.
  • Barb Wire (1996), an In Name Only adaptation of the comic book.
  • Beyond the Law (1992) also sees an undercover cop infiltrating a biker gang and soon finding himself Becoming the Mask.
  • The Black Six (1973), a blaxploitation biker film.
  • Dear God No! (2011), a gang of outlaw bikers pull a home invasion on a disgraced anthropologist hiding a secret locked in his cabin basement.
  • Easy Rider (1969) was likely the first sympathetic depiction of bikers as sentimental outcasts, a deliberate subversion of the violent biker archetype of the time.
  • Gimme Shelter (1970), a Rockumentary of the 1969 Altamont concert by The Rolling Stones, in which the actual Hells Angels were hired as "security" for musicians on the stage.
  • In Goldstone (2016), the Furnace Creek Mining Group employs an outlaw motorcycle gang called the Howlers as enforcers; using them to deal with troublemakers while maintaining plausible deniability.
  • Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man (1991) portrays the eponymous bikers as Lovable Rogues despite their criminal lifestyle.
  • The Hellcats (1967), a bikerploitation film.
  • Hell Ride (2008) is an homage to the old bikerploitation movies of the '60s.
  • Hell's Angels '69 (1969) was the second and, to date, last biker movie produced in association with the real Hells Angels.
  • Hells Angels on Wheels (1967), notable for being one of the few biker films produced in collaboration with actual bikers of the Hells Angels MC.
  • Hell's Bloody Devils (1970), a bikerploitation film where a spy battles a neo-Nazi biker gang.
  • Killers on Wheels (1974), an Exploitation Film where a family of vacationers are terrorized by a bloodthirsty biker gang.
  • Lone Hero (2002), where an actor in a Wild West show must become a mythical Western Hero when a biker gang descends upon a small Montana town.
  • The Losers (1970), where a biker gang are hired to rescue POW's in Vietnam. Features machine guns mounted to motorcycles.
  • The Lost Boys (1987) is about two brothers encountering a biker gang who happen to be vampires.
  • In Made (2001), Puffy Daddy's character is a drug kingpin in New York who has a gang of black bikers under his command.
  • Mad Max (1979) features a biker gang as the primary villains, but rather than being a straight up exploitation of the biker image, it had established outlaw biker gangs as an obligatory feature of dystopian and post-apocalyptic settings.
  • Masters Of Menace (1990) is a rare biker comedy, presenting the outlaws as fun-loving, hard-drinking, but mostly harmless vagabonds.
  • Nam Angels (1989), the other movie where a biker gang are hired to rescue POW's in Vietnam. Features machine guns mounted to motorcycles.
  • Quick (2011) is about a famous ex-outlaw biker who has to deliver a bomb before it explodes.
  • The Sidehackers (1969), a bikerploitation film.
  • Stone (1974), an Australian flick about a cop who infiltrates a biker gang.
  • Stone Cold (1991) has a cop go undercover in a criminal biker gang.
  • Stray Cat Rock: Delinquent Girl Boss (1970), a Japanese bikersploitation film about an all-female biker gang.
  • Streets of Fire (1984) is another movie with an outlaw MC as the main antagonists.
  • Torque (2004) portrays a lone motorcyclist in conflict with several (drug-running) outlaw MCs at once.
  • Werewolves on Wheels (1971), a film about bikers turned into werewolves by a Satanic cult.
  • The Wild Angels (1966) is one of the first and best-known bikerploitation films of the '60s.
  • Wild Hogs (2007) sees four regular middle-aged shmoes go on rides with outlaw biker attires — only to run afoul of actual outlaw bikers (and obvious stand-ins for the Hells Angels).
  • The Wild One (1953) is, by most accounts, the first biker film, which established the outlaw biker image in popular subconsciousness.
  • Wild Rebels (1967), a bikerploitation film.

  • Veteran Hells Angel Sonny Barger wrote a number of novels on the outlaw lifestyle well into his senior years, as well as his memoirs and non-fiction books about motorcycling in general.
  • Edward Winterhalder, the retired founder of Oklahoma chapter of the Banditos, is another prominent non-fiction writer and popularizer of the outlaw biker lifestyle.

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    Tabletop Games 
  • 1%er - The Outlaw Motorcycle Game (2013) is a Tabletop RPG where the players take on the roles of bikers belonging to the "nomad" chapter of an outlaw MC, meaning that they don't have a permanent base but ride around doing odd jobs (mostly of the criminal kind) for the club.

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    Western Animation 
  • Avenger Penguins (1993–94), similarly, casts anthropomorphic animals (penguins, in this case) as a kid-friendly biker club.
  • Biker Mice from Mars (1993–96) was a kid-friendly take on the genre, featuring a trio of anthropomorphic alien mice as the remnant of a Martian outlaw biker club.