Railroad movies

by turbo-james | created - 15 Jul 2013 | updated - 15 Jul 2013 | Public

A selection of films based upon or around a railroad.

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1. Unstoppable (2010)

PG-13 | 98 min | Action, Thriller

69 Metascore

With an unmanned, half-mile-long freight train barreling toward a city, a veteran engineer and a young conductor race against the clock to prevent a catastrophe.

Director: Tony Scott | Stars: Denzel Washington, Chris Pine, Rosario Dawson, Ethan Suplee

Votes: 178,382 | Gross: $81.56M

2. Runaway Train (1985)

R | 111 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

67 Metascore

Two escaped convicts and a female railway worker find themselves trapped on a train with no brakes and nobody driving.

Director: Andrey Konchalovskiy | Stars: Jon Voight, Eric Roberts, Rebecca De Mornay, Kyle T. Heffner

Votes: 25,326 | Gross: $7.94M

3. Atomic Train (1999– )

PG-13 | 122 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

A train filled with atomic devices threatens to destroy the city of Denver. John Serger (an NTSB agent) has to prevent this from happening

Stars: Rob Lowe, Kristin Davis, Esai Morales, John Finn

Votes: 2,119

4. Avalanche Express (1979)

PG | 88 min | Action, Thriller

Soviet KGB General Marenkov defects to the Americans and together with his CIA handler Harry Wargrave they plan an operation meant to reveal the KGB agents in Europe.

Directors: Mark Robson, Monte Hellman | Stars: Lee Marvin, Robert Shaw, Linda Evans, Maximilian Schell

Votes: 1,150

5. Bullet to Beijing (1995 TV Movie)

R | 122 min | Action, Thriller

Retired British spy Harry Palmer (Sir Michael Caine) is called back into service by his government to help prevent North Korea from getting its hands on a deadly virus called "The Red Death".

Director: George Mihalka | Stars: Anatoly Kulbitsky, Shaughan Seymour, Michael Caine, Corinna Richards

Votes: 1,313

6. Bullet Train (1975)

Not Rated | 152 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Criminals plant a bomb on a high-speed train. It will explode when the train slows down, unless a ransom is paid.

Director: Jun'ya Satô | Stars: Ken Takakura, Shin'ichi Chiba, Kei Yamamoto, Eiji Gô

Votes: 813

7. The Burning Train (1980)

142 min | Action, Thriller

A dedicated railway employee's plan to introduce an express train result in sabotage.

Director: Ravi Chopra | Stars: Dharmendra, Vinod Khanna, Jeetendra, Vinod Mehra

Votes: 1,275

8. The Cassandra Crossing (1976)

R | 129 min | Drama, Thriller

Passengers on a European train have been exposed to a deadly disease. Nobody will let them off the train. So what happens next?

Director: George P. Cosmatos | Stars: Sophia Loren, Richard Harris, Martin Sheen, O.J. Simpson

Votes: 7,130

9. The Flying Scotsman (1929)

Not Rated | 50 min | Crime, Drama

A young fireman on the Flying Scotsman train falls in love with the beautiful daughter of the driver who is about to retire. The young fireman has replaced another named Crow who was sacked... See full summary »

Director: Castleton Knight | Stars: Gordon Harker, Alec Hurley, Pauline Johnson, Moore Marriott

Votes: 104

10. The Ghost Train (1941)

Not Rated | 85 min | Comedy, Horror

High jinks and chills ensue when a group of people become stranded at an isolated station and a legendary phantom train approaches.

Director: Walter Forde | Stars: Arthur Askey, Richard Murdoch, Kathleen Harrison, Peter Murray-Hill

Votes: 1,298

11. Horror Express (1972)

R | 88 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

68 Metascore

In 1906, in China, a British anthropologist discovers a frozen prehistoric creature and must transport it to Europe by train.

Director: Eugenio Martín | Stars: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Alberto de Mendoza, Silvia Tortosa

Votes: 8,475

12. The Incident (1967)

Approved | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Late one night, two young toughs hold hostage the passengers in one car of a New York subway train.

Director: Larry Peerce | Stars: Tony Musante, Martin Sheen, Beau Bridges, Brock Peters

Votes: 2,913

13. Minder (1979–1994)
Episode: Minder on the Orient Express (1985)

106 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Saving deceased gangster Jack South's daughter Nikki from an attack by hired thugs earns "minder" Terry McCann a trip for two across Europe on the famous Orient Express. But a perfect ... See full summary »

Director: Francis Megahy | Stars: Dennis Waterman, George Cole, Glynn Edwards, Peter Childs

Votes: 181

14. Money Train (1995)

R | 110 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

A vengeful New York City transit cop decides to steal a trainload of subway fares. His foster brother, a fellow cop, tries to protect him.

Director: Joseph Ruben | Stars: Wesley Snipes, Woody Harrelson, Jennifer Lopez, Robert Blake

Votes: 37,605 | Gross: $35.32M

15. Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

PG | 128 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

63 Metascore

In December 1935, when his train is stopped by deep snow, detective Hercule Poirot is called on to solve a murder that occurred in his car the night before.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Sean Connery

Votes: 52,270

16. Night Train (I) (2009)

R | 83 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

Two passengers and the conductor discover that a man has passed away on their night train cabin. They come across a mysterious object in a box the dead man was carrying and they all wish to keep for themselves.

Director: Brian King | Stars: Danny Glover, Leelee Sobieski, Steve Zahn, Matthias Schweighöfer

Votes: 8,752

17. Night Train to Munich (1940)

Not Rated | 90 min | Thriller, War

When Germany invades Czechoslovakia, the German and the British intelligence services try to capture Czech scientist Dr. Axel Bomasch (James Harcourt), inventor of a new type of armor-plating.

Director: Carol Reed | Stars: Margaret Lockwood, Rex Harrison, Paul Henreid, Basil Radford

Votes: 4,278

18. Oh, Mr. Porter! (1937)

85 min | Comedy

With the help of a relative, a hopeless railway employee is made stationmaster of Buggleskelly. Determined to make his mark, he devises a number of schemes to put Buggleskelly on the railway map, but instead falls foul of a gang of gun runners.

Director: Marcel Varnel | Stars: Will Hay, Moore Marriott, Graham Moffatt, Sebastian Smith

Votes: 1,557

19. Shanghai Express (1932)

Approved | 82 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

A woman rediscovers a former lover during a dangerous train ride to Shanghai.

Director: Josef von Sternberg | Stars: Marlene Dietrich, Clive Brook, Anna May Wong, Warner Oland

Votes: 6,979 | Gross: $8.07M

20. Sleeping Car to Trieste (1948)

Approved | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Spies pursue a stolen diary aboard the Orient Express.

Director: John Paddy Carstairs | Stars: Jean Kent, Albert Lieven, Derrick De Marney, Paul Dupuis

Votes: 343

21. Snakes on a Train (2006 Video)

R | 91 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

A Zombie curse is placed upon a woman, which causes her to have living snakes inside her. Brujo, who is looking after her, attempts to take her to Los Angeles on the train. After several ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Mervis | Stars: A.J. Castro, Julia Ruiz, Giovanni Bejarano, Al Galvez

Votes: 2,159

22. Snowpiercer (2013)

R | 126 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

84 Metascore

In a future where a failed climate-change experiment has killed all life except for the lucky few who boarded the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe, a new class system emerges.

Director: Bong Joon Ho | Stars: Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, Tilda Swinton, Ed Harris

Votes: 272,902 | Gross: $4.56M

23. Source Code (2011)

PG-13 | 93 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

74 Metascore

A soldier wakes up in someone else's body and discovers he's part of an experimental government program to find the bomber of a commuter train within 8 minutes.

Director: Duncan Jones | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga, Jeffrey Wright

Votes: 467,352 | Gross: $54.71M

24. Strangers on a Train (1951)

PG | 101 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

88 Metascore

A psychopath forces a tennis star to comply with his theory that two strangers can get away with murder.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Farley Granger, Robert Walker, Ruth Roman, Leo G. Carroll

Votes: 118,125 | Gross: $7.63M

25. The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009)

R | 106 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

55 Metascore

Armed men hijack a New York City subway train, holding the passengers hostage in return for a ransom, and turning an ordinary day's work for dispatcher Walter Garber into a face-off with the mastermind behind the crime.

Director: Tony Scott | Stars: Denzel Washington, John Travolta, Luis Guzmán, Victor Gojcaj

Votes: 179,642 | Gross: $65.45M

26. Terror by Night (1946)

Approved | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

When the fabled Star of Rhodesia diamond is stolen on a London to Edinburgh train and the son of its owner is murdered, Sherlock Holmes must discover which of his suspicious fellow passengers is responsible.

Director: Roy William Neill | Stars: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Alan Mowbray, Dennis Hoey

Votes: 5,084

27. Terror Train (1980)

R | 97 min | Horror, Thriller

Three years after a prank that went terribly awry, the six college students responsible are targeted by a masked killer at a New Year's Eve party aboard a moving train.

Director: Roger Spottiswoode | Stars: Ben Johnson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Hart Bochner, David Copperfield

Votes: 9,058

28. Throw Momma from the Train (1987)

PG-13 | 88 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

56 Metascore

A bitter ex-husband wants his former spouse dead. A put-upon momma's boy wants his mother dead. Who will pull it off?

Director: Danny DeVito | Stars: Danny DeVito, Billy Crystal, Kim Greist, Anne Ramsey

Votes: 32,171 | Gross: $57.92M

29. Train of Events (1949)

Approved | 88 min | Drama

A train disaster is told as four short stories to give character studies of the people involved, how it will affect them, and how they deal with it.

Directors: Sidney Cole, Charles Crichton, Basil Dearden | Stars: Jack Warner, Gladys Henson, Susan Shaw, Patric Doonan

Votes: 296

30. Train of Life (1998)

R | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, War

62 Metascore

In 1941, the inhabitants of a small Jewish village in Central Europe organize a fake deportation train so that they can escape the Nazis and flee to Palestine.

Director: Radu Mihaileanu | Stars: Lionel Abelanski, Rufus, Clément Harari, Michel Muller

Votes: 8,490 | Gross: $0.15M

31. Transsiberian (2008)

R | 111 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

72 Metascore

A Transsiberian train journey from China to Moscow becomes a thrilling chase of deception and murder when an American couple encounters a mysterious pair of fellow travelers.

Director: Brad Anderson | Stars: Woody Harrelson, Emily Mortimer, Ben Kingsley, Kate Mara

Votes: 48,998 | Gross: $2.20M

32. Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (1995)

R | 100 min | Action, Thriller

52 Metascore

Casey Ryback hops on a Colorado to LA train to start a vacation with his niece. Early into the trip, terrorists board the train and use it as a mobile HQ to hijack a top secret destructive US satellite.

Director: Geoff Murphy | Stars: Steven Seagal, Eric Bogosian, Everett McGill, Katherine Heigl

Votes: 42,297 | Gross: $50.02M

33. Von Ryan's Express (1965)

Approved | 117 min | Action, Adventure, War

An American POW leads a group of mainly British prisoners to escape from the Germans in WWII.

Director: Mark Robson | Stars: Frank Sinatra, Trevor Howard, Raffaella Carrà, Brad Dexter

Votes: 12,173 | Gross: $17.11M

34. The Midnight Meat Train (2008)

R | 100 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

58 Metascore

A photographer's obsessive pursuit of dark subject matter leads him into the path of a serial killer who stalks late night commuters, ultimately butchering them in the most gruesome ways imaginable.

Director: Ryûhei Kitamura | Stars: Vinnie Jones, Bradley Cooper, Leslie Bibb, Brooke Shields

Votes: 57,626 | Gross: $0.08M

35. Creep (I) (2004)

R | 85 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Trapped in a London subway station, a woman who's being pursued by a potential attacker heads into the unknown labyrinth of tunnels beneath the city's streets.

Director: Christopher Smith | Stars: Franka Potente, Sean Harris, Vas Blackwood, Ken Campbell

Votes: 27,239

36. Train (I) (2008)

R | 94 min | Horror, Thriller

In Europe, a group of American college athletes unknowingly board a train that will become one deadly ride.

Director: Gideon Raff | Stars: Thora Birch, Gideon Emery, Kavan Reece, Derek Magyar

Votes: 5,735

37. The Sleeping Car (1990)

R | 96 min | Horror, Comedy

Jason (David Naughton) moves into an abandoned train car where he resurrects the vicious ghost of his landlady's dead husband - The Mister. After some near-fatal encounters with the violent... See full summary »

Director: Douglas Curtis | Stars: David Naughton, Judie Aronson, Kevin McCarthy, Jeff Conaway

Votes: 497

38. Night Train to Terror (1985)

R | 98 min | Horror

God and Satan are on a train discussing the fate of three individuals. The stories of the people in question are told in a trio of very strange vignettes. One involves an insane asylums ... See full summary »

Directors: John Carr, Phillip Marshak, Tom McGowan, Jay Schlossberg-Cohen, Gregg G. Tallas | Stars: Barbara Wyler, Jamie Scoggin, Stacey Lyons, Linda Maderas

Votes: 1,916

39. Beyond the Door III (1989)

R | 94 min | Horror

A shy co-ed and her classmates travel to the Balkans in Europe to see a rare local ritual. With a satanist/professor with them, he lures them into deadly traps to become sacrifices to Satan... See full summary »

Director: Jeff Kwitny | Stars: Mary Kohnert, Bo Svenson, Victoria Zinny, Savina Gersak

Votes: 698

40. Last Stop on the Night Train (1975)

R | 94 min | Horror, Thriller

A pair of psychotic hoodlums and an equally demented nymphomaniac woman terrorize two young girls on a train trip from Germany to Italy.

Director: Aldo Lado | Stars: Flavio Bucci, Macha Méril, Gianfranco De Grassi, Enrico Maria Salerno

Votes: 2,383



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