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Old 07-10-2014, 06:18 AM   #1
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A train is one of my favorite film settings, so I thought I'd make a thread dedicated to this sub-genre.

This post is divided into three lists.

1. The first list only includes films that take place at least almost entirely on a train or feature a train that is absolutely central to the plot.

2. The second list includes films that contain at least one pivotal scene that involves a train, but do not feature a train as pivotally as the films in the first list. The second list will be trickier to put together, but in essence, every film on it should feature a train that somehow figures meaningfully into the overall story (in other words, just because a few characters spend a couple minutes on a train, that doesn't mean the train is significant).

3. The third list is a bonus list of films that, as of now, meet the criteria for inclusion in List #1 but have only been released on DVD. Some of them, such as Sudden Fear, are slated for future blu-ray releases, and once they have been released on blu, they'll be moved to list #1.

All lists are organized chronologically. Also, I've decided to include subway films like The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, since subways are basically underground trains.

Please post the films I haven't yet included. If you make a suggestion, please include your rationale for why it belongs on either List #1 or List #2. I might not have seen the film(s) you're suggesting, so you'll need to post your reasoning for why the film(s) in question should be added to the OP. Thanks.

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Throw Momma From the Train
Runaway Train
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From Russia With Love?
If the film doesn't take place on the train, it needs to be about the train. From what I can remember (it's been a long time since I've seen it), this film doesn't meet that criteria.

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Snowpiercer
Throw Momma From the Train
Runaway Train
Regarding Throw Momma From the Train, see my comment above. I'll add Snowpiercer once a pre-order is up. Adding Runaway Train now.

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If the film doesn't take place on the train, it needs to be about the train. From what I can remember (it's been a long time since I've seen it), this film doesn't meet that criteria.
FWIW, the link just provided lists that as one of the "best train action movies"
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FWIW, the link just provided lists that as one of the "best train action movies"
I know, but that list includes a lot of films with only tangential connections to trains. Does anyone really consider Back to the Future: Part III a train movie?

To keep it simple, I'm not including films that only feature a single scene, or even a few scenes, or a trains. Otherwise, the list would become incredibly bloated. I'm trying to keep it pared down.

Also, to preemptively address this issue: just because the title has the word "train" in it, that doesn't mean the film is primarily set on or about a train (e.g. Strangers on a Train, Plains, Trains and Automobiles, etc.).

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Definitely Snowpiercer would be a great addition to this list.
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What about The Lone Ranger?

Maybe a bit of a stretch but also Shadow of a Doubt?
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Throw Momma and the film it pays homage to, Strangers on a Train, meet your criterion of a train being central to the plot, IMO.

Other than that: The Railway Man, Wild Wild West, Passage to India (because the events are set into motion by them missing the train), The Fugitive and Super 8 (only one scene each, but pivotal ones), and Bridge on the River Kwai as it's a railway bridge (and
[Show spoiler]a great train crash
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Weird, I just watched a train movie.

Terror by Night

It's part of the Sherlock Holmes Collection. Not really one of the best of that lot but I have a soft spot for it nonetheless.
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Old 07-10-2014, 10:59 AM   #20
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Speaking of train movies, has anybody seen this...



I picked it up for like a dollar at a Blockbuster closeout a few years ago and the review didn't exactly make me eager to pop it in.

Anybody want to talk me into it?
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