Riding the Rails

by FilmCuckoo | created - 24 Mar 2016 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

List of movies that include trains, railroads and/or any significant aspect that deals with trains or railroads.

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1. Railroad Man (1999)

112 min | Drama

A solitary middle-aged station manager is haunted by troubling memories of his past when he learns the line his station is on will be decommissioned for lack of profitability. He is visited... See full summary »

Director: Yasuo Furuhata | Stars: Ken Takakura, Shinobu Ôtake, Ryôko Hirosue, Hidetaka Yoshioka

Votes: 782

2. 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: 51,609

3. 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: 25,103 | Gross: $7.94M

4. Emperor of the North (1973)

PG | 118 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

In 1933, during the Depression, Shack the brutal conductor of the number 19 train has a personal vendetta against the best train hopping hobo tramp in the Northwest, A No. 1.

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Keith Carradine, Charles Tyner

Votes: 5,357

5. 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: 8,416 | Gross: $0.15M

6. The Last Train (2006)

123 min | Drama, War

A group of people are imprisoned in a rail car bound from Berlin to a concentration camp in 1945.

Directors: Joseph Vilsmaier, Dana Vávrová | Stars: Gedeon Burkhard, Lale Yavas, Lena Beyerling, Sibel Kekilli

Votes: 1,301

7. Europa (1991)

R | 112 min | Drama, Thriller

Just after W.W.II, an American takes a railway job in Germany, but finds his position politically sensitive with various people trying to use him.

Director: Lars von Trier | Stars: Barbara Sukowa, Jean-Marc Barr, Udo Kier, Ernst-Hugo Järegård

Votes: 18,763 | Gross: $1.01M

8. The Great Train Robbery (1978)

PG | 110 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

68 Metascore

In Victorian England, a master criminal makes elaborate plans to steal a shipment of gold from a moving train.

Director: Michael Crichton | Stars: Sean Connery, Donald Sutherland, Lesley-Anne Down, Alan Webb

Votes: 14,814 | Gross: $13.03M

9. 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: 41,999 | Gross: $50.02M

10. The Polar Express (2004)

G | 100 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

61 Metascore

On Christmas Eve, a young boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express, while learning about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Tom Hanks, Chris Coppola, Michael Jeter, Leslie Zemeckis

Votes: 163,283 | Gross: $183.37M

11. The General (1926)

Passed | 67 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

When Union spies steal an engineer's beloved locomotive, he pursues it single-handedly and straight through enemy lines.

Directors: Clyde Bruckman, Buster Keaton | Stars: Buster Keaton, Marion Mack, Glen Cavender, Jim Farley

Votes: 74,596 | Gross: $0.23M

12. The Silver Streak (1934)

72 min | Action, Drama

The crew of the Pioneer Zephyr diesel train has only a few hours to deliver an iron lung to an injured man at the Boulder Dam construction site.

Director: Thomas Atkins | Stars: Burlington Zephyr, Sally Blane, Charles Starrett, William Farnum

Votes: 117

13. Union Pacific (1939)

Passed | 135 min | Drama, Western

In 1862, Central Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads compete westward across the wilderness toward California.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Joel McCrea, Akim Tamiroff, Robert Preston

Votes: 2,440

14. Chattanooga Choo Choo (1984)

PG | 102 min | Comedy

Unscrupulous football team owner Bert (George Kennedy) will get one million dollars tax-free if he lives up to the terms of his recently deceased father-in-law's will. He has to restore the... See full summary »

Director: Bruce Bilson | Stars: Barbara Eden, George Kennedy, Melissa Sue Anderson, Joe Namath

Votes: 280

15. The Titfield Thunderbolt (1953)

Not Rated | 84 min | Comedy

Volunteers take over their local passenger train service (against bus company resistance) when the government announces its closure.

Director: Charles Crichton | Stars: Stanley Holloway, George Relph, Naunton Wayne, John Gregson

Votes: 2,375

16. The Great Locomotive Chase (1956)

Approved | 85 min | Action, Adventure, Family

During the Civil War Union spy Andrews and his men volunteer to steal a Confederate train and drive it to Union territory while destroying the Confederate railway system along the way.

Director: Francis D. Lyon | Stars: Fess Parker, Jeffrey Hunter, Jeff York, John Lupton

Votes: 974

17. Denver and Rio Grande (1952)

Passed | 89 min | Adventure, Western

A romanticized history of the building of the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad in the Colorado mountains.

Director: Byron Haskin | Stars: Edmond O'Brien, Sterling Hayden, Dean Jagger, Kasey Rogers

Votes: 389

18. The Train (1964)

Not Rated | 133 min | Thriller, War

In 1944, a German colonel loads a train with French art treasures to send to Germany. The Resistance must stop it without damaging the cargo.

Directors: John Frankenheimer, Arthur Penn | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Paul Scofield, Jeanne Moreau, Suzanne Flon

Votes: 13,085 | Gross: $7.41M

19. The Lady Vanishes (1938)

Not Rated | 96 min | Film-Noir, Mystery, Thriller

While travelling in continental Europe, a rich young playgirl realizes that an elderly lady seems to have disappeared from the train.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Margaret Lockwood, Michael Redgrave, Paul Lukas, May Whitty

Votes: 44,129

20. 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: 117,200 | Gross: $7.63M

21. 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: 8,724

22. Silver Streak (1976)

PG | 114 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

41 Metascore

On a long-distance train trip, a man finds romance but also finds himself in danger of being killed, or at least pushed off the train.

Director: Arthur Hiller | Stars: Gene Wilder, Richard Pryor, Jill Clayburgh, Patrick McGoohan

Votes: 16,828

23. Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Drama

72 Metascore

A man must struggle to travel home for Thanksgiving with a lovable oaf of a shower curtain ring salesman as his only companion.

Director: John Hughes | Stars: Steve Martin, John Candy, Laila Robins, Michael McKean

Votes: 115,021 | Gross: $49.53M

24. Railroader (2012)

Not Rated | 58 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

The Railroader travels through decades of time to deliver cash, gold, and bonds to an anxious banker. Meanwhile, in Mountain View California, the Senate Budget Appropriations Committee ... See full summary »

Director: Alexander Kanellakos | Stars: Jerry Brown, Lou Correa, Mark DeSaulnier, Sandra Garrett

Votes: 65

25. End of the Line (1987)

PG | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

When the closure of a railway is announced, employees commandeer a locomotive to get to corporate headquarters and confront the president.

Director: Jay Russell | Stars: Kevin Bacon, Bob Balaban, Barbara Barrie, Michael Beach

Votes: 569

26. Boxcar Bertha (1972)

R | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

61 Metascore

During the Great Depression, a union leader and a young woman become criminals to exact revenge on the management of a railroad.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Barbara Hershey, David Carradine, Barry Primus, Bernie Casey

Votes: 7,934

27. Florida Special (1936)

Approved | 70 min | Comedy

Newspaper reporter Bangs Carter and his rich buddy Wally Tucker end up on a train bound for Florida with jewel thieves and Wally's ex-girlfriend. Bangs falls for a passenger along the way as they try to catch the crooks.

Director: Ralph Murphy | Stars: Jack Oakie, Sally Eilers, Kent Taylor, Frances Drake

Votes: 32

28. Bound for Glory (1976)

PG | 147 min | Biography, Drama, Music

70 Metascore

The early life of Woody Guthrie as a vagabond folk singer.

Director: Hal Ashby | Stars: David Carradine, Ronny Cox, Melinda Dillon, Gail Strickland

Votes: 4,444

29. The Last Train (1973)

PG | 95 min | Drama, Romance, War

Two people, a Frenchman Julien Maroyeur and a Jewish German woman (Anna Kupfer) met on a train while escaping the German army entering France.

Director: Pierre Granier-Deferre | Stars: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Romy Schneider, Maurice Biraud, Paul Amiot

Votes: 1,040

30. 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: 31,817 | Gross: $57.92M

31. Breakheart Pass (1975)

PG | 95 min | Mystery, Western

John Deakin is being transported, as a prisoner, on a train with supplies and medicine to Fort Humboldt, Nevada.

Director: Tom Gries | Stars: Charles Bronson, Ben Johnson, Richard Crenna, Jill Ireland

Votes: 6,155

32. Kansas Pacific (1953)

Approved | 73 min | Western

With the Civil War about to begin, Southern saboteurs attack frontier railroad construction.

Director: Ray Nazarro | Stars: Sterling Hayden, Eve Miller, Barton MacLane, Harry Shannon

Votes: 563

33. 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: 5,685

34. Derailed (2002)

R | 89 min | Action, Thriller

On an out of control train holding hostages and high-tech bio-weapons agent Kristoff (Van Damme) becomes a one man army to derail the terrorists and save the lives of everyone on board!

Director: Bob Misiorowski | Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Tomas Arana, Laura Harring, Susan Gibney

Votes: 6,991

35. Detonator (1993 TV Movie)

R | 100 min | Action, Thriller

A train with hostages is stolen in Bremen, Germany. It's heading south through Europe with a nuclear bomb. A UN crime-fighting task force is in charge of stopping it in cooperation with local military and police.

Director: David Jackson | Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Patrick Stewart, Alexandra Paul, Ted Levine

Votes: 3,208

36. Death Train (2003 Video)

R | 90 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

A runaway train barrels through the Mexican countryside, hijacked by escaped prisoners, and it's only a matter of time before they begin to execute the passengers. Enter Ryan, a special agent with one gun and a whole bag of tricks.

Director: Yossi Wein | Stars: Bryan Genesse, Bentley Mitchum, Michael Anthony Rosas, Jaime Anstead

Votes: 315

37. Death Train (2005 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 104 min | Action

Lasko, a soldier-turned-monk, must use his combat skills again when terrorists threaten to unleash a deadly virus on a train full of Christian pilgrims.

Director: Diethard Küster | Stars: Arnold Vosloo, Mathis Landwehr, Stephan Bieker, Ken Bones

Votes: 474

38. 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: 666

39. 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: 1,890

40. The Train (1970)

138 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

Hardworking, capable, honest and dedicated CBI inspector Shyam Kumar is assigned the case of bringing to justice the criminals behind the use of fake cheques to purchase commodities. The ... See full summary »

Director: Ravikant Nagaich | Stars: Rajesh Khanna, Nanda, Helen, Rajendra Nath

Votes: 127

41. 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: 8,846

42. The Girl on the Train (2009)

Unrated | 97 min | Drama

68 Metascore

A drama centered on a young woman who claims she was the target of an anti-Semetic attack and the subsequent media sensation it creates.

Director: André Téchiné | Stars: Émilie Dequenne, Catherine Deneuve, Michel Blanc, Mathieu Demy

Votes: 1,380 | Gross: $0.21M

43. Night Train to Lisbon (2013)

R | 111 min | Mystery, Romance, Thriller

30 Metascore

Swiss Professor Raimund Gregorius (Jeremy Irons) abandons his lectures and buttoned-down life to embark on a thrilling adventure that will take him on a journey to the very heart of himself.

Director: Bille August | Stars: Jeremy Irons, Mélanie Laurent, Jack Huston, Martina Gedeck

Votes: 17,300

44. Terror on a Train (1953)

Not Rated | 72 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

When a terrorist plants a bomb on board a train, the police call in an army bomb disposal expert to find, and dismantle it, but after it has been made safe, he has another shock in store.

Director: Ted Tetzlaff | Stars: Glenn Ford, Anne Vernon, Maurice Denham, Harcourt Williams

Votes: 677