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List Rules Movies must feature trains.

What are the best train movies ever made? This list includes a lot of different movies that all feature trains in some fashion. Whether it's comedy or drama, the great train movies included here are all memorable. Some of them are among the best movies of all time, too. Which one is your favorite? Vote up the train films you like the most and feel free to rerank this list any way you want. If any good train movies are missing, feel free to add them to the list.

Some of the best train films are train robbery movies. Among them: The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 and The Great Train Robbery. Trains are an excellent vehicle (so to speak) for story lines involving robberies. They're fast, dangerous and an exciting means of transportation, after all. Along those lines, two outstanding Alfred Hitchcock films both involve trains: 1951's Strangers on a Train and 1959's North By Northwest.

Without a doubt, some of the best comedy films are also about trains. Who can forget the hilariously classic Planes, Trains and Automobiles, starring Steve Martin and John Candy? And 1976's Silver Streak is a comedy thriller that includes murder, mayhem and the comedic genius of Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor.

Enjoy this list of top notch railroad movies, and don't forget to vote!
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Silver Streak is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Train Movies
Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder, Ned Beatty Silver Streak is a 1976 comedy-thriller film about a murder on a Los Angeles-to-Chicago train journey. It was directed by Arthur Hiller and stars Gene Wilder, Jill Clayburgh, and Richard Pryor, ...more

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Runaway Train is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Train Movies
JeffStovall added Jon Voight, Rebecca De Mornay, Eric Roberts Runaway Train is a 1985 American action-thriller film, directed by Andrei Konchalovsky. The screenplay by Djordje Milicevic, Paul Zindel and Edward Bunker was based on an original screenplay by ...more

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North by Northwest is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Train Movies
Olivia Peterman added Cary Grant, Alfred Hitchcock, Eva Marie Saint North by Northwest is a 1959 American spy thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint and James Mason. The screenplay was written by Ernest Lehman, who ...more

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Unstoppable is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Train Movies
Wesley Snipes, Mark Sheppard, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje Unstoppable is a 2004 American action film directed by David Carson, and starring Wesley Snipes, Jacqueline Obradors, Stuart Wilson and Kim Coates. The film was released in the United States on ...more

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Planes, Trains and Automobiles is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Train Movies
Steve Martin, Kevin Bacon, John Candy Planes, Trains and Automobiles is a 1987 American comedy film written, produced and directed by John Hughes. The film stars Steve Martin as Neal Page, a high-strung marketing executive, who ...more

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The Polar Express is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Train Movies
Tom Hanks, Steven Tyler, Josh Hutchersonm The Polar Express is a 2004 American motion capture computer-animated musical Christmas fantasy film based on the children's book of the same title by Chris Van Allsburg. Written, produced, and ...more

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The Train is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Train Movies
Burt Lancaster, Jeanne Moreau, Paul Scofield The Train is a 1964 black-and-white war film directed by John Frankenheimer from a story and screenplay by Franklin Coen and Frank Davis, based on the non-fiction book Le front de l'art by Rose ...more

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Murder on the Orient Express is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Train Movies
CraigAlarm added Sean Connery, Ingrid Bergman, Lauren Bacall Murder on the Orient Express is a 1974 British Technicolor mystery film directed by Sidney Lumet, starring Albert Finney as Hercule Poirot, and based on the 1934 novel Murder on the Orient ...more

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Snowpiercer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Train Movies
CraigAlarm added Chris Evans, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton Snowpiercer is a 2013 science fiction, drama, action film written by Bong Joon-ho and Kelly Masterson and directed by Bong Joon-ho.

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Strangers on a Train is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Train Movies
Alfred Hitchcock, Farley Granger, Leo G. Carroll Strangers on a Train is an American psychological crime thriller film produced and directed by Alfred Hitchcock, and based on the 1950 novel of the same name by Patricia Highsmith. It was shot ...more

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Back to the Future Part III is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Train Movies
Michael J. Fox, Elisabeth Shue, Christopher Lloyd Back to the Future Part III is a 1990 American science fiction Western film. It is the third and final installment of the Back to the Future trilogy. The film was directed by Robert Zemeckis and ...more

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The General is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Train Movies
Boris Karloff, Mike Donlin, Glen Cavender The General is a 1926 American silent comedy film released by United Artists. Inspired by the Great Locomotive Chase, which happened in 1862, the film stars Buster Keaton who co-directed it with ...more

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The Taking of Pelham 123 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Train Movies
John Travolta, Denzel Washington, James Gandolfini The Taking of Pelham 123 is a 2009 American thriller film directed by Tony Scott, and starring Denzel Washington and John Travolta. It is a film adaptation of the novel by Morton Freedgood, and ...more

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Emperor of the North is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Train Movies
Ernest Borgnine, Lee Marvin, Keith Carradine Emperor of the North Pole is a 1973 American film directed by Robert Aldrich and starring Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, and Keith Carradine. It was re-released under the shorter title Emperor of ...more

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Source Code is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Train Movies
Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga Source Code is a 2011 science fiction film directed by Duncan Jones, written by Ben Ripley, and starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga, and Jeffrey Wright. The film had its ...more

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Once Upon a Time in the West is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Train Movies
PeteBoyle added Henry Fonda, Claudia Cardinale, Charles Bronson Once Upon a Time in the West is a 1968 Italian/American epic Spaghetti Western film directed by Sergio Leone for Paramount Pictures. It stars Henry Fonda cast against type as the villain, ...more

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Under Siege 2: Dark Territory is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Train Movies
Katherine Heigl, Steven Seagal, Morris Chestnut Under Siege 2: Dark Territory is a 1995 American action film set on board a train traveling through the Rocky Mountains from Denver to Los Angeles. Directed by Geoff Murphy, it stars Steven ...more

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The Great Train Robbery is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Train Movies
Olivia Peterman added Broncho Billy Anderson, Alfred C. Abadie, Donald Gallaher The Great Train Robbery is a 1903 American silent short Western film written, produced, and directed by Edwin S. Porter, a former Edison Studios cameraman. Actors in the movie included Alfred C. ...more

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Breakheart Pass is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Train Movies
JeffStovall added Charles Bronson, Doug Atkins, Archie Moore Breakheart Pass is an American 1975 western adventure film that stars Charles Bronson, Ben Johnson, Richard Crenna, and Jill Ireland. The movie was based on the novel by Alistair MacLean of the ...more

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The Taking of Pelham One Two T... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Train Movies
SamCannon added Jerry Stiller, Walter Matthau, Robert Shaw The Taking of Pelham One Two Three is a 1974 American thriller film directed by Joseph Sargent, produced by Edgar J. Scherick, and starring Walter Matthau, Robert Shaw, Martin Balsam and ...more

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From Russia with Love is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Train Movies
Sean Connery, Robert Shaw, Daniela Bianchi From Russia with Love is the second James Bond film made by Eon Productions and the second to star Sean Connery as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. Released in 1963, the film was produced by ...more

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Transsiberian is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Train Movies
Kate Mara, Woody Harrelson, Ben Kingsley Transsiberian is a 2008 Spanish-German-British-Lithuanian thriller film, set on the Trans-Siberian Railway, in which an American couple's journey from China to Russia becomes a nightmare after ...more

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Union Pacific is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Train Movies
rodgtax added Barbara Stanwyck, Anthony Quinn, Joel McCrea Union Pacific is a 1939 American dramatic western film directed by Cecil B. DeMille, and starring Barbara Stanwyck and Joel McCrea. Based on the novel Trouble Shooter by Western fiction author ...more

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Train to Busan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Train Movies
Gong Yoo, Ma Dong-seok, Jung Yu-mi Train to Busan is a 2016 South Korean zombie apocalypse action thriller film directed by Yeon Sang-ho. The film takes place in a train to Busan, as a zombie apocalypse suddenly breaks in the ...more

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Throw Momma from the Train is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Train Movies
Billy Crystal, Danny DeVito, Rob Reiner Throw Momma from the Train is a 1987 American black comedy film directed by Danny DeVito, and starring DeVito and Billy Crystal, with Rob Reiner, Anne Ramsey, Branford Marsalis, Kim Greist, and ...more

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Broken Arrow is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Train Movies
John Travolta, Christian Slater, Howie Long Broken Arrow is a 1996 American action film directed by John Woo, written by Graham Yost, and starring John Travolta and Christian Slater. It deals with the theft of two American nuclear

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Money Train is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Train Movies
Jennifer Lopez, Woody Harrelson, Wesley Snipes Money Train is a 1995 American action film starring Wesley Snipes, Woody Harrelson and Jennifer Lopez as New York City transit cops and Robert Blake as their iron-fisted boss. After losing his ...more

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The Darjeeling Limited is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Train Movies
Natalie Portman, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson The Darjeeling Limited is a 2007 comedy-drama film directed by Wes Anderson, and starring Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, and Jason Schwartzman. It was written by Anderson, Schwartzman, and Roman ...more

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The Battle of the Rails is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Train Movies
Francois Joux, Jean Daurand, Robert Le Ray The Battle of the Rails is a 1946 war movie directed by René Clément which tells the courageous efforts by French railway workers to sabotage Nazi reinforcement-troop trains. The ...more

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Murder on the Orient Express is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Train Movies
Kenneth Branagh, Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe Murder on the Orient Express is a 2017 American mystery drama film directed by Kenneth Branagh. When a murder happens onboard a train, Detective Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh) must race ...more

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Dumbo is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Train Movies
Sterling Holloway, Cliff Edwards, Verna Felton Dumbo is an American animated film produced by Walt Disney Productions and premiered on October 23, 1941, by RKO Radio Pictures. Sound was recorded conventionally using the RCA System. One voice ...more

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The Narrow Margin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Train Movies
Paul Carlisle added Charles McGraw, George Chandler, Marie Windsor The Narrow Margin is a 1952 American film noir directed by Richard Fleischer and written by Earl Felton, based on an unpublished story written by Martin Goldsmith and Jack Leonard. The ...more

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The Lady Vanishes is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Train Movies
RobertoZedinho added Alfred Hitchcock, Michael Redgrave, Paul Lukas The Lady Vanishes is a 1938 British comic thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Margaret Lockwood, Michael Redgrave, Paul Lukas and Dame May Whitty. Written by Sidney Gilliat ...more

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End of the Line is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Train Movies
SamCannon added Kevin Bacon, Holly Hunter, Mary Steenburgen End of the Line is a 1987 drama film directed by Jay Russell. Leo Pickett and Will Haney, railroad workers in Little Rock, Arkansas, find out the parent company of the Southland railroad is ...more

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The Lady Vanishes is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Train Movies
RobertoZedinho added Angela Lansbury, Cybill Shepherd, Elliott Gould The Lady Vanishes is a 1979 British comedy mystery film directed by Anthony Page. Its screenplay by George Axelrod was based on the novel The Wheel Spins by Ethel Lina White. It stars Elliott ...more

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The Commuter is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Train Movies
Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson The Commuter is a 2018 psychological thriller-horror film directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. While on his daily commute home, an insurance salesman (Liam Neeson) is offered $100,000 if he ...more

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Before Sunrise is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Train Movies
Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Adam Goldberg Before Sunrise is a 1995 American romantic drama film directed by Richard Linklater and written by Linklater and Kim Krizan. The film follows Jesse, a young American man, and Céline, a ...more

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The Girl on the Train is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Train Movies
Mohammed Ahmad Amg added The Girl on the Train is a 2016 American mystery thriller drama film directed by Tate Taylor and based on Paula Hawkins' 2015 debut novel of the same name. The film follows an alcoholic ...more

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Death Train is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Train Movies
marian_mdm added Pierce Brosnan, Patrick Stewart, Christopher Lee Death Train is a 1993 made-for-TV movie featuring Pierce Brosnan, Patrick Stewart, Christopher Lee, Ted Levine, and Alexandra Paul. The script was based on an Alistair MacNeill novel of the same ...more

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Mission: Impossible is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Train Movies
wiabux added Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Vanessa Redgrave Mission: Impossible is a 1996 American action spy film directed by Brian De Palma, based on the 1960s television series. IMF Agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) must uncover the mole who has framed ...more

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Atomic Train is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Train Movies
marian_mdm added Mena Suvari, Rob Lowe, Kristin Davis Atomic Train is a 1999 action-thriller film about an accidental nuclear explosion destroying the city of Denver. It was originally broadcast as a television film on NBC as a two-part

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Thomas and the Magic Railroad is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Train Movies
Alec Baldwin, Mara Wilson, Peter Fonda Thomas and the Magic Railroad is a 2000 British-American-Canadian adventure fantasy film based on the British TV series Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends, The Railway Series by the Rev. W. ...more

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Wild Wild West is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Train Movies
Salma Hayek, Will Smith, Kevin Kline Wild Wild West is a 1999 American steampunk western action-comedy film directed by Barry Sonnenfeld. A big-screen adaptation of the 1965–1969 TV series The Wild Wild West, it stars Will Smith, ...more

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Train of Life is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Train Movies
Gad Elmaleh, Johan Leysen, Rufus Train of Life is a tragicomedy film by France, Belgium, Netherlands, Israel and Romania made in 1998 in the French language. It tells the story of an eastern European Jewish village's plan to ...more

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Snakes on a Train is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Train Movies
Amelia Jackson-Gray, Giovanni Bejarano, Alby Castro Snakes on a Train is an action/horror Z movie released direct to DVD mockbuster by The Asylum on August 15, 2006. Continuing The Asylum's notoriety of capitalizing on major films with low-budget ...more