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1. Union Station (1950)

Approved | 81 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.8
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A sharp-eyed woman spots a man with a gun on a train and her alert to the railroad police helps them in their search for a ruthless gang who have kidnapped a blind heiress.

Director: Rudolph Maté | Stars: William Holden, Nancy Olson, Barry Fitzgerald, Lyle Bettger

Votes: 2,098

2. The Return of Frank James (1940)

Approved | 92 min | Crime, History, Western

6.6
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Frank James continues to avoid arrest in order to take revenge on the Ford brothers for their murder of his brother Jesse.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Henry Fonda, Gene Tierney, Jackie Cooper, Henry Hull

Votes: 2,608

3. Whispering Smith (1948)

Passed | 88 min | Western

6.7
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Legendary railroad detective Whispering Smith becomes convinced that old friend and colleague Murray Sinclair has joined a criminal band to loot the railroad.

Director: Leslie Fenton | Stars: Alan Ladd, Robert Preston, Brenda Marshall, Donald Crisp

Votes: 945

4. Stories of the Century (1954– )

TV-PG | 30 min | Western

7.1
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Railroad detective Matt Clark roams the west, tracking down outlaws and bandits who are preying on the railroad.

Stars: Jim Davis, Mary Castle, Kristine Miller, Pat Hogan

Votes: 117

5. Beggars of Life (1928)

Not Rated | 100 min | Adventure, Drama

7.5
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After killing her treacherous step-father, a girl tries to escape the country with a young vagabond. She dresses as a boy, they hop freight trains, quarrel with a group of hobos, and steal ... See full summary »

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Wallace Beery, Louise Brooks, Richard Arlen, Blue Washington

Votes: 858

6. Time Table (1956)

Approved | 80 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.7
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In Arizona, a train's baggage car is robbed of a large payroll, prompting an investigation led by a railroad official-insurance investigator team.

Director: Mark Stevens | Stars: Mark Stevens, King Calder, Felicia Farr, Marianne Stewart

Votes: 508

7. Wild Boys of the Road (1933)

Approved | 68 min | Adventure, Drama

7.5
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In the depths of the Depression, two teenage boys strike out on their own in order to help their struggling parents and find life on the road tougher than expected.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Frankie Darro, Rochelle Hudson, Edwin Phillips, Dorothy Coonan Wellman

Votes: 1,653

8. By Whose Hand? (1932)

Passed | 65 min | Mystery

6.9
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A man (Nat Pendleton) tries to hide aboard a moving train after murdering a jewelry magnate.

Director: Benjamin Stoloff | Stars: Ben Lyon, Barbara Weeks, Kenneth Thomson, Ethel Kenyon

Votes: 93

9. Special Agent (1949)

Passed | 71 min | Crime, Drama, History

5.9
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Johnny Douglas investigates a train robbery, committed by brothers Paul and Edmond Devereaux, in which Lucille Peters' father was killed.

Director: William C. Thomas | Stars: William Eythe, Kasey Rogers, Paul Valentine, George Reeves

Votes: 75

10. The Last Bandit (1949)

Passed | 78 min | Romance, Western

6.9
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About to marry Jim Plummer, Kate Foley runs off to Nevada when Ed Bagley convinces her a quick fortune can be made robbing gold shipments that are being transported by the railroad. In ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Kane | Stars: Bill Elliott, Lorna Gray, Forrest Tucker, Andy Devine

Votes: 58

11. Al Jennings of Oklahoma (1951)

Passed | 79 min | Action, Romance, Western

6.1
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Bank robber serves his time in prison, tries to go straight.

Director: Ray Nazarro | Stars: Dan Duryea, Gale Storm, Dick Foran, Gloria Henry

Votes: 180

12. Blazing Frontier (1943)

Approved | 59 min | Western

5.9
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In the 19th and last of the PRC "Billy the Kid" series (first six with Bob Steele and last 13 with Buster Crabbe), a feud develops between the settlers and the railroad detectives in Red ... See full summary »

Director: Sam Newfield | Stars: Buster Crabbe, Al St. John, Marjorie Manners, Milton Kibbee

Votes: 32

13. Powder River Rustlers (1949)

Approved | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Western

6.5
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The railroad is coming and to get the townspeople's money. Shears Williams brings in a fake Agent who tells them they must raise $50,000 as their share of a railroad bridge. Railroad Agent ... See full summary »

Director: Philip Ford | Stars: Allan Lane, Black Jack, Eddy Waller, Gerry Ganzer

Votes: 39

14. Western Pacific Agent (1950)

Approved | 65 min | Crime, Drama

6.0
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Detectives for the Western Pacific Railroad investigate several murders, including one of a railroad payroll agent.

Director: Sam Newfield | Stars: Kent Taylor, Sheila Ryan, Mickey Knox, Morris Carnovsky

Votes: 75

15. Beyond the Law (1934)

Passed | 58 min | Action, Romance

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Beyond the Law is a 1934 American film of crime, directed by D. Ross Lederman, starring Tim McCoy.

Director: D. Ross Lederman | Stars: Tim McCoy, Shirley Grey, Addison Richards, Harry C. Bradley

16. The Lightning Express (1930)

Passed | 220 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

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A railroad needs to cross the land belonging to a young woman. Her crooked guardian tries to cheat her so he can get the right-of-way.

Director: Henry MacRae | Stars: Lane Chandler, Louise Lorraine, Al Ferguson, Greta Granstedt

17. Whispering Smith Rides (1927)

Passed | Action, Adventure, Romance

4.5
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Director: Ray Taylor | Stars: Wallace MacDonald, Rose Blossom, J.P. McGowan, Henry Hebert

Votes: 12

18. State Trooper (1956– )
Episode: Cinder Jungle (1957)

30 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

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Blake helps a railroad detective investigate a wave of freight train robberies.

Director: Richard Irving | Stars: Rod Cameron, Robert Armstrong, Joseph Sargent, Charles Watts

19. Stories of the Century (1954– )
Episode: Frank and Jesse James (1954)

TV-PG | Western

6.7
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Railroad detectives Matt Clark (Jim Davis)and Frankie Adams (Mary Castle), with the aid of much stock footage from earlier Republic Pictures films, pursue the vengeful James brothers, Frank... See full summary »

Director: William Witney | Stars: Jim Davis, Mary Castle, Lee Van Cleef, Dale Van Sickel

Votes: 21

20. Stories of the Century (1954– )
Episode: Geronimo (1954)

TV-PG | Western

6.7
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Railroad detectives Matt Clark (Jim Davis) and Frankie Adams (Mary Castle), go after Apache chief Geronimo (Chief Yowlachie), who has been identified by Joe Burns (Emile Meyer), the night ... See full summary »

Director: William Witney | Stars: Jim Davis, Mary Castle, Chief Yowlachie, Robert Shayne

Votes: 15

21. Stories of the Century (1954– )
Episode: Henry Plummer (1954)

TV-PG | Western

6.8
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Plummer is the corrupt sheriff of Bannack, Montana in 1863-64 and runs a criminal gang as a source of wealth. When another stage is robbed, Matt and Frankie arrive to find out who is behind the crime spree responsible for over 100 deaths.

Director: William Witney | Stars: Jim Davis, Mary Castle, John Dehner, Kristine Miller

Votes: 12

22. Stories of the Century (1954– )
Episode: Tom Horn (1954)

TV-PG | 30 min | Western

7.5
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Matt and Frankie stop in to see Matt's old friend Tom Horn while investigating a dispute involving cattle in Wyoming. When a young homesteader is killed the two detectives begin to see ... See full summary »

Director: William Witney | Stars: Jim Davis, Mary Castle, Louis Jean Heydt, Harry Woods

Votes: 15



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