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Best Train Films

Postby Sara » Sun Aug 20, 2006 5:23 pm

Seeing two posters on hengcs' latest quiz reminds me how much I love train movies.

These are my favorites.

The Lady Vanishes - 1938
Closely Watched Trains - 1966
Runaway Train - 1985
The Train - 1964
The Station Agent - 2003 (not exactly on a train...)
Dead Man - 1995 (opening scene)

Murder on the Orient Express -1974 (pure joy to watch!)

What are some of your favorite train movies?


Re: Best Train Films

Postby arsaib4 » Sun Aug 20, 2006 7:46 pm

Nice thread, Sara.

My additions:

Strangers on a Train (1951)
The General (1927)
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (1997)
Night Train to Munich (1940)
Before Sunrise (1995) (opening/ending)
Mission: Impossible (1996) (ditto)

Re: Best Train Films

Postby jcdavies » Sun Aug 20, 2006 8:21 pm

I once did a wind-up list of the best 100 films involving trains at imdb (wind-up in response to some latest dumb AFI list) but it was virtually ignored.

O.k, getting back on track:

Best Train films:

The General
Shanghai Express
Closely Observed Trains
The Train
La Bete Humaine
Before Sunrise
The Railway Children
Silver Streak
Strangers on a Train
The Lady Vanishes
Night Mail
Arrival of a Train
Von Ryan's Express

Involving trains:

Pather Panchali
North by Northwest
Some Like it Hot
Letter from an Unknown Woman
Late Spring (+ others by Ozu)
Ulysses' Gaze
Once upon a Time in the West
Lawrence of Arabia
Madame de
The Wild Bunch
The Conformist
The Sheltering Sky
The 39 Steps
Landscape in the Mist
Le Plaisir
Ballad of a Soldier
High and Low
The Untouchables
Secret Dfense
Dead Man
Our Hospitality
The American Friend
Palm Beach Story
Doctor Zhivago
Voyage beyond the Impossible
Heaven's Gate
Berlin: Symphony of a Great City

Lean + Hitch obviously liked trains- bit of a British thing

I'll have to give the subject more thought again

I thought Murder on the Orient Express was a disappointment considering the talented cast; strange Finney accent!

Re: Best Train Films

Postby Sara » Sun Aug 20, 2006 9:18 pm

arsaib4, and jcdavies,

I forgot all about Strangers on a Train. What a delight.

As for Murder on the Orient Express, it held me spellbound. And the music as the train took off was absolutely wonderful.


Re: Best Train Films

Postby wpqx » Mon Aug 21, 2006 3:31 am

I'll add Carlito's Way and A Hard Days Night to the list. Also quite a memorable train scene towards the end of Coming to America.

Re: Best Train Films

Postby A » Mon Aug 21, 2006 3:39 pm

My favorite train-scenes would be (the one's I remember ):

La Bete Humaine
Dead Man
Ballad of a Soldier
The General
The Station Agent
The Great K&A Train Robbery

I really love trains, btw, especially the old ones from the 19th century.

Re: Best Train Films

Postby jcdavies » Mon Aug 21, 2006 7:33 pm

Oh yes, that reminds me; i enjoyed The First Great Train Robbery with Sean Connery

Re: Best Train Films

Postby A » Mon Aug 21, 2006 9:13 pm

Heh, I liked that film too, but your mention of it reminded me of some great train scenes in Herbert Ross' The Seven-Per-Cent Solution. Sherlock Holmes like you've never seen him before.
But that scene in The First Great Train Robbery where Connery silently stabs his victim in the back is still sending chills down my spine...

Re: Best Train Films

Postby hengcs » Tue Aug 22, 2006 12:52 am

i suddenly recall there are a number of train scenes in this film ...

A World Without Thieves ...

Re: Best Train Films

Postby trevor826 » Tue Aug 29, 2006 9:32 am

In Cloud Capped Star, a train features in several key scenes, once right at the start of the film where its whistle provides an accompaniment to the singing, twice later the whistle is used to smother two very personal and key conversations to great effect, leaving the audience unaware of what has transpired.

Cheers Trev.


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