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The Best Train Movies  

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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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The Train is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Train Movies
Burt Lancaster, Jeanne Moreau, Paul Scofield
The Train is a 1964 black-and-white 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) 2 on the list The Best Train Movies
CraigAlarm added Sean Connery, Ingrid Bergman, Lauren Bacall
This film is a 1974 British Technicolor mystery film directed by Sidney Lumet, starring Albert Finney as Hercule Poirot, and based on the 1934 novel of the same name by Agatha Christie.
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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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Silver Streak is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Train Movies
Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder, Ned Beatty
Silver Streak is a 1976 comedy-thriller film about an event 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) 5 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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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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Snowpiercer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Train Movies
CraigAlarm added Chris Evans, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton
Snowpiercer is a 2013 science fiction, drama, action film directed by Bong Joon-ho.
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Strangers on a Train is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Train Movies
Alfred Hitchcock, Farley Granger, Leo G. Carroll
Strangers on a Train is an American psychological thriller film produced and directed by Alfred Hitchcock, and based on the 1950 novel of the same name by Patricia Highsmith. It was shot in the ...more
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Planes, Trains and Automobiles is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Emperor of the North is listed (or ranked) 10 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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The General is listed (or ranked) 11 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) 12 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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The Taking of Pelham One Two T... is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Breakheart Pass is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Once Upon a Time in the West is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Back to the Future Part III is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Source Code is listed (or ranked) 17 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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From Russia with Love is listed (or ranked) 18 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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The Lady Vanishes is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Under Siege 2: Dark Territory is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Union Pacific is listed (or ranked) 21 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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The Great Train Robbery is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Train to Busan is listed (or ranked) 23 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 becomes apparent ...more
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Transsiberian is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Broken Arrow is listed (or ranked) 25 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.