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The Best Train Movies

Updated September 11, 2019 2.8k votes 699 voters 71.7k 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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    Silver Streak

    Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder

    Released1976

    Directed byArthur Hiller

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    The Train

    Burt Lancaster, Jeanne Moreau

    Released1964

    Directed byJohn Frankenheimer, Arthur Penn

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    Murder on the Orient Express

    Sean Connery, Ingrid Bergman

    Released1974

    Directed bySidney Lumet

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    The Polar Express

    Tom Hanks, Steven Tyler

    Released2004

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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    Once Upon a Time in the West

    Henry Fonda, Claudia Cardinale

    Released1968

    Directed bySergio Leone

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    North by Northwest

    Cary Grant, Alfred Hitchcock

    Released1959

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

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    Emperor of the North

    Ernest Borgnine, Lee Marvin

    Released1973

    Directed byRobert Aldrich

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    Snowpiercer

    Chris Evans, John Hurt

    Released2013

    Directed byBong Joon-ho

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  • Strangers on a Train9
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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
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    Throw Momma from the Train

    Billy Crystal, Danny DeVito

    Released1987

    Directed byDanny DeVito

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    Source Code

    Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan

    Released2011

    Directed byDuncan Jones

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  • Planes, Trains and Automobiles12
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    Planes, Trains and Automobiles

    Steve Martin, Kevin Bacon

    Released1987

    Directed byJohn Hughes

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  • Runaway Train13
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    Runaway Train

    Jon Voight, Rebecca De Mornay

    Released1985

    Directed byAndrei Konchalovsky

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  • Broken Arrow14
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    Broken Arrow

    John Travolta, Christian Slater

    Released1996

    Directed byJohn Woo

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    The Taking of Pelham 123

    John Travolta, Denzel Washington

    Released2009

    Directed byTony Scott

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  • Money Train16
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    Money Train

    Jennifer Lopez, Woody Harrelson

    Released1995

    Directed byJoseph Ruben

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    The General

    Boris Karloff, Mike Donlin

    Released1926

    Directed byBuster Keaton, Clyde Bruckman

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    From Russia with Love

    Sean Connery, Robert Shaw

    Released1963

    Directed byTerence Young

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    Unstoppable

    Denzel Washington, Rosario Dawson

    Released2010

    Directed byTony Scott

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    The Taking of Pelham One Two Three 1974

    Jerry Stiller, Walter Matthau

    Released1974

    Directed byJoseph Sargent

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    Before Sunrise

    Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy

    Released1995

    Directed byRichard Linklater

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    Breakheart Pass

    Charles Bronson, Doug Atkins

    Released1975

    Directed byTom Gries

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    Transsiberian

    Kate Mara, Woody Harrelson

    Released2008

    Directed byBrad Anderson

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    Back to the Future Part III

    Michael J. Fox, Elisabeth Shue

    Released1990

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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    Under Siege 2: Dark Territory

    Katherine Heigl, Steven Seagal

    Released1995

    Directed byGeoff Murphy

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