20 films about trains

The history of cinema began with a silent film about the arrival of a train. With the light hand of the Lumiere brothers, railway stations, steam locomotives and wagons are still often at the center of the plot of sensational blockbusters. In the selection, we talk about films about trains and railways, where passions boil under the measured clatter of wheels, crimes are committed, and sometimes the fate of the world is decided.

Lost in Russia (2020)

The Chinese comedy collected the main cranberry stereotypes about our country from the point of view of a resident of the Celestial Empire. A Beijing businessman urgently needs to fly overseas so as not to lose his business due to a conflict with his ex-wife, but his mother has his passport in her bag, and she is traveling by train to Moscow today. So Xu Ivan turned out to be a companion of an obnoxious manipulative mother on a funny journey through Russia, which completely changed his life and relationship with his parent.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
Jiong ma

Genre:
Comedy, adventure

Genre:
Comedy, adventure

Actors:
Xu Zheng, Huang Meiying, Yuan Quan …

Country:
China

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 5.7


Corridor of Immortality (2019)

Russian war film , set on a train, based on real events. In the winter of 1942, a school graduate takes courses for railroad workers. As part of a locomotive column, a fragile girl must break into the besieged Leningrad under enemy fire and deliver provisions to the inhabitants of the besieged famine. More than 600,000 rubles of public donations were collected for the production of the film on crowdfunding platforms.

Genre:
Drama, history

Actors:
Artem Alekseev, Anastasia Tsibizova, Igor Yasulovich …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 5.6

Age restrictions:
16+


Passenger (2018)

Action-thriller about an insurance agent fired from his job. Unpaid loans threaten to spell financial ruin for his family, but a mysterious commuter on the train invites the man to take part in a daring experiment for a hefty fee. Consent draws Michael into an intricate criminal plot. Now the life and safety of not only the hero himself, but also all the passengers of the train are at stake.

Original title:
The Commuter

Genre:
Action, thriller, detective

Actors:
Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson…

Country:
France, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Train to Paris (2018)

The list of excellent films of recent years about trains continues with a foreign thriller with an interesting plot. On August 21, 2015, an armed terrorist boarded a train from Amsterdam to Paris. The criminal was going to arrange a mass execution of passengers, but three American tourists noticed the threat in time and managed to neutralize the villain. The film is based on real events. The men who prevented the terrorist act played themselves.

Original title:
The 15:17 to Paris

Genre:
Thriller, drama, biography

Actors:
Spencer Stone, Anthony Sadler, Alec Scarlatos…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.7, IMDb – 5.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

The film adaptation of the famous detective Agatha Christie will take viewers to the most luxurious train in the Old World. One of the passengers was brutally killed. A lot of injuries on the body and unclear evidence will mislead anyone, but the brilliant detective Hercule Poirot is ready to enter into an intellectual confrontation with the criminal. The film was produced by the great-grandson of Agatha Christie.

Original title:
Murder on the Orient Express

Genre:
Detective, crime, drama

Actors:
Kenneth Branagh, Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer…

Country:
Malta, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
16 +


Train to Busan (2016)

Our top continues the South Korean horror – one of the most popular and scary films about the railway. A father is taking his little daughter to her mother. A peaceful trip turns into a real struggle for survival – the country was suddenly struck by a deadly virus , which the passengers did not know about. The attack of bloodthirsty zombies will be a surprise for them and a test of character for strength.

Original title:
Busanhaeng

Genre:
Horror, Action

Actors:
Kong Yu, Ma Dong-seok, Jeon Yu-mi

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 7.6

Age limit:
16+


Railway Tigers (2016)

In the winter of 1941, Japanese troops occupied the eastern territories of China. The railway station worker gathers local patriots around him and, as far as possible, wages a guerrilla war against the enemy. Even without weapons, freedom fighters ambush and steal provisions. When a subversive action of the active Chinese army breaks down, the “railway tigers” undertake to complete what they have begun and arrange an explosion of an important strategic facility.

Original title:
Tie dao fei hu

Genre:
Action, comedy, adventure, family, military

Actors:
Jackie Chan, Huang Zitao, Jaycee Chan …

Country:
China

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 5.8

Age limit:
16+


Through the snow (2013)

Another exciting film about high-speed trains is a post-apocalyptic movie  from the creator of the cult “Parasite”. After a man-made disaster, an endless and deadly cold winter began on the planet. Life glimmers only in a gigantic train rushing in circles along a huge highway. In the first cars, the elite luxuriates, in the last – the poor barely make ends meet. Among the latter are those who decide to restore justice.

Original title:
Snowpiercer

Genre:
Fantasy, action, drama

Actors:
Chris Evans, Song Kang-ho, Tilda Swinton …

Country:
South Korea, Czech Republic

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:
16+


The Great Train Robbery (2013)

Artistic reconstruction of one of the most notorious robberies of the 20th century. Bandits attacked a mail train en route from Glasgow to London. A carefully thought out and brilliantly implemented plan brought the attackers a solid jackpot – more than 2.5 million pounds. In the first series, a daring crime is shown from the perspective of the bandits, and in the second – from the point of view of the police .

Original title:
The Great Train Robbery

Genre:
Drama, biography, crime

Actors:
Robert Glenister, Jack Roth, Paul Anderson, Luke Evans…

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Source Code (2011)

A film about a train wreck, touching on the topic of alternative realities and time loops , received a lot of positive feedback from the audience. A combat officer possesses an unknown man who died in a train accident. A hostage of secret experiments will die again and again in someone else’s body until he finds out who caused the train accident. In a looped time, the main character will not only fight terrorists, but also meet his love.

Original title:
Source Code

Genre:
Fiction, Action, Thriller, Drama

Actors:
Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monahan, Vera Farmiga …

Country:
USA, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 7.5

Age Limits :
12+


Out of Control (2010)

A dramatic and tense disaster film about train drivers who prevented a huge accident. A giant locomotive carrying a toxic cargo loses control. If the locomotive derails, serious chemical contamination cannot be avoided. Brave railroad workers are trying to stop the death machine. The filmmakers were inspired by a real incident, but the substance being transported in the script became much more toxic and explosive.

Original title:
Unstoppable

Genre:
Thriller, Action

Actors:
Denzel Washington, Chris Pine, Rosario Dawson…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 6.8

Age restrictions:
16+


Edge (2010)

A demobilized tanker returns to a Siberian village after the war. A front-line soldier decides to restore an old steam locomotive abandoned many years ago on a secluded island. In the course of the work, it turns out that a German girl lives secretly next to the locomotive. An unexpected meeting starts a cycle of passions and dangers, where both people and locomotives are involved. At the Golden Eagle festival, one of the best domestic films about trains received four awards.

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Vladimir Mashkov, Sergey Garmash, Vladas Bagdonas, Alexei Gorbunov …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Dangerous Passengers of Train 123 (2009)

Armed terrorists took hostages in the New York subway. The villains demand ten million dollars and threaten to shoot the passengers. The dispatcher appointed as the negotiator maintains a dialogue with the criminals in order to buy time and increase the chances of the hostages being rescued. The director, preparing for filming, talked with real terrorists in prisons to make the images of the characters more authentic.

Original title:
The Taking of Pelham 123

Genre:
Thriller, Action, Crime

Actors:
Denzel Washington, John Travolta, John Turturro …

Country:
USA, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 6.4

Age Limits :
16+


Ghost Express (2009)

Passengers and the conductor of the night express discover the corpse of a man with a vintage box in his hands. A bizarre little thing brings seductive visions to fellow travelers and causes an uncontrollable desire to kill. Greed and malice, awakened by an ancient curse, easily take over the mind. People turn into bloodthirsty monsters. In order to protect yourself from the brutal fellow travelers and not to fall into the power of ancient spells yourself, you will have to make a fair amount of effort.

Original title:
Night Train

Genre:
Horror, Thriller, Crime, Detective

Actors:
Danny Glover, Leelee Sobieski, Steve Zahn, Matthias Schweighofer …

Country:
USA, Germany, Romania

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 5.7

Age Limits :
16+


Train to Darjeeling. Desperate Travelers (2007)

The three brothers completely cut off contact after the death of their father. A year later, the quarreling relatives decided to resume communication and go on a joint trip to India. On the way to the long-awaited enlightenment, desperate travelers will face many scandals, skirmishes, and fights. The main characters got their names in honor of Francis Coppola, Peter Bogdanovich and Jack Nicholson.

Original title:
The Darjeeling Limited

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 7.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Trans-Siberian Express (2007)

An American couple travels from Beijing to Moscow on the Trans-Siberian Express. On a long trip, travelers communicate with fellow travelers. Ordinary-looking people are actually involved in the transportation of drugs , and a passing acquaintance involves respectable Americans in the cycle of criminal intrigues . The action takes place in Siberia, but to save the budget, all filming was carried out in Lithuania.

Original title:
Transsiberian

Genre:
Thriller, drama, crime, detective

Actors:
Woody Harrelson, Emily Mortimer, Ben Kingsley, Kate Mara …

Country:
UK, Germany, Spain, Lithuania

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Downhill (2002)

A special agent accompanies a criminal who has taken possession of a strain of modified smallpox. A safe return is thwarted by a group of terrorists who have hijacked a train to steal a dangerous biological weapon. In the hands of international criminals, the virus will become a deadly threat to all mankind. A special agent must single-handedly neutralize the terrorists.

Original title:
Derailed

Genre:
Action, thriller

Actors:
Jean-Claude Van Damme, Thomas Arana, Laura Harring…

Country:
Aruba, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.0, IMDb – 4.0

Age restrictions:
16+


Caucasian Roulette (2002)

A girl who served as a sniper for Chechen fighters, after the birth of a child, hides from former comrades-in-arms and a bloody war. In the carriage, the fugitive meets the mother of a captured Russian soldier. The inconsolable parent was promised to release the prisoner in exchange for the child of the sniper. The fates of two women are closely intertwined, but neither is ready to give in and endanger the life of her own son.

Genre:
Drama, military, crime

Actors:
Nina Usatova, Tatyana Cherkasova, Anatoly Goryachev, Sergey Garmash …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 6.0

Age restrictions:
16+


Nuclear Train (1999)

An exciting film about an uncontrolled train rushing towards a major American city. The train transports chemical waste and a nuclear warhead. If the cars go off the rails, the population will be doomed to certain death – the residents will not have time to evacuate. Rescuers must stop the equipment that has lost control, or at least defuse the warhead, to minimize harm from the disaster.

Original title:
Atomic Train

Genre:
Action, thriller, drama

Actors:
Rob Lowe, Kristin Davis, Esai Morales…

Country:
USA, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.9, IMDb – 4.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Under Siege 2: Dark Territories (1995)

An ex – Marine travels to Los Angeles with his niece. The train is seized by terrorists in order to place a mobile control point for a military satellite in the cars. The lives of not only passengers, but the entire east coast are at stake. The retired commando has no choice but to take on the villains. The sequel to the popular action movie “Under Siege” turned out to be no less exciting than the original.

Original title:
Under Siege 2: Dark Territory

Genre:
Action, Thriller

Actors:
Steven Seagal, Eric Bogosian, Everett McGill, Katherine Heigl …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 5.5

Age Limits :
16+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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