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The Best Train Movies

Updated September 11, 2019 2.8k votes 699 voters 71.8k views46 items

List RulesMovies 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 Train1
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    The Train

    Burt Lancaster, Jeanne Moreau

    Released1964

    Directed byJohn Frankenheimer, Arthur Penn

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    Silver Streak

    Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder

    Released1976

    Directed byArthur Hiller

    Silver Streak is a 1976 comedy-thriller film about an event on a Los Angeles-to-Chicago train...  more

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    The Polar Express

    Tom Hanks, Steven Tyler

    Released2004

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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  • North by Northwest4
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    North by Northwest

    Cary Grant, Alfred Hitchcock

    Released1959

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

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  • Emperor of the North5
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    Emperor of the North

    Ernest Borgnine, Lee Marvin

    Released1973

    Directed byRobert Aldrich

    Emperor of the North Pole is a 1973 American film directed by Robert Aldrich and starring Lee...  more
  • Murder on the Orient Express6
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    Murder on the Orient Express

    Sean Connery, Ingrid Bergman

    Released1974

    Directed bySidney Lumet

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  • Strangers on a Train7
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    Strangers on a Train

    Alfred Hitchcock, Farley Granger

    Released1951

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

    Strangers on a Train is a 1951 American psychological thriller film noir produced and directed...  more
  • Snowpiercer8
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    Snowpiercer

    Chris Evans, John Hurt

    Released2013

    Directed byBong Joon-ho

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  • Planes, Trains and Automobiles9
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    Planes, Trains and Automobiles

    Steve Martin, Kevin Bacon

    Released1987

    Directed byJohn Hughes

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  • The Taking of Pelham 12310
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    The Taking of Pelham 123

    John Travolta, Denzel Washington

    Released2009

    Directed byTony Scott

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  • Money Train11
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    Money Train

    Jennifer Lopez, Woody Harrelson

    Released1995

    Directed byJoseph Ruben

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  • The General12
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    The General

    Boris Karloff, Mike Donlin

    Released1926

    Directed byBuster Keaton, Clyde Bruckman

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  • From Russia with Love13
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    From Russia with Love

    Sean Connery, Robert Shaw

    Released1963

    Directed byTerence Young

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  • Transsiberian14
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    Transsiberian

    Kate Mara, Woody Harrelson

    Released2008

    Directed byBrad Anderson

    Transsiberian is a 2008 Spanish-German-British-Lithuanian thriller film, set on the...  more
  • The Taking of Pelham One Two Three 197415
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    The Taking of Pelham One Two Three 1974

    Jerry Stiller, Walter Matthau

    Released1974

    Directed byJoseph Sargent

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  • Back to the Future Part III16
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    Back to the Future Part III

    Michael J. Fox, Elisabeth Shue

    Released1990

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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  • Unstoppable17
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    Unstoppable

    Denzel Washington, Rosario Dawson

    Released2010

    Directed byTony Scott

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  • Breakheart Pass18
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    Breakheart Pass

    Charles Bronson, Doug Atkins

    Released1975

    Directed byTom Gries

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  • Under Siege 2: Dark Territory19
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    Under Siege 2: Dark Territory

    Katherine Heigl, Steven Seagal

    Released1995

    Directed byGeoff Murphy

    Under Siege 2: Dark Territory is a 1995 American action film set on board a train traveling...  more

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  • Once Upon a Time in the West20
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    Once Upon a Time in the West

    Henry Fonda, Claudia Cardinale

    Released1968

    Directed bySergio Leone

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  • Runaway Train21
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    Runaway Train

    Jon Voight, Rebecca De Mornay

    Released1985

    Directed byAndrei Konchalovsky

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  • Train to Busan22
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    Train to Busan

    Gong Yoo, Ma Dong-seok

    Released2016

    Directed byYeon Sang-ho

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  • The Lady Vanishes23
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    The Lady Vanishes

    Alfred Hitchcock, Michael Redgrave

    Released1938

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

    The Lady Vanishes is a 1938 British comic thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and...  more
  • The Great Train Robbery24
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    The Great Train Robbery

    Broncho Billy Anderson, Alfred C. Abadie

    Released1903

    Directed byEdwin S. Porter

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  • The Battle of the Rails25
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    The Battle of the Rails

    Francois Joux, Jean Daurand

    Released1945

    Directed byRené Clément

    The Battle of the Rails is a 1946 war movie directed by René Clément which tells the...  more