Beware, the doors are closing: 20 films about the subway

The dark tunnels of the subway have always given rise to urban legends. People’s fantasy settled in the gloomy labyrinths of sinister intelligence officers, bloodthirsty mutant rats, and even entire ghost trains. Terrible rumors have formed the basis of many films about the subway – from thrillers of the 20th century to recent novelties of cinema. Our selection will take you through the best subway-inspired comedies, dramas and horror films. Attention, the doors are closing!

Epidemic (2013)

In the future , a terrible psychic epidemic swept over the planet . Due to mass agoraphobia (fear of open spaces), people hide in buildings and dungeons, avoiding going out into the street. An office clerk caught ill in his office has to get to his pregnant wife. The path of the future father, unable to go to the open surface of the earth, lies through the subway tunnels, where panic-stricken residents of Barcelona roam.

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

Original title:  
Los últimos días

Genre:  
Horror, fantasy, thriller

Actors:  
Kim Gutierrez, José Coronado, Marta Etura…

Country:  
Spain, France

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:  
16+


Red Line (2013)

A scary foreign film about a subway disaster inspired by the social anxiety caused by international terrorism. Fanatics continue to wage war on the United States, choosing the most vulnerable places for bloody attacks. Another explosion thundered in one of the underground trains in Los Angeles. Miraculously, the surviving passengers do not yet realize that the matter will not be limited to one attack.

Original title:
Red Line

Genre:
Thriller

Actors:
Nicole Gale Anderson, John Billingsley, Kunal Sharma …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 4.3, IMDb – 4.9

Age limit:
16+


Metro (2012)

The domestic drama, based on the novel by Dmitry Safonov, is not inferior to Hollywood blockbusters in terms of entertainment. Due to mistakes during the construction of a new underground station, water from the Moscow River poured into the metro. The flood that has begun threatens the collapse of the metropolitan subway and the complete destruction of the city. The protagonist of the film, being at the epicenter of the disaster, saves not only his life, but also his love.

Genre:
Thriller, drama

Actors:  
Sergey Puskepalis, Anatoly Bely, Svetlana Khodchenkova …

Country:  
Russia

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:  
16+


Tunnel (2011)

Australian subway horror film made in mockumentary style. To save the city from problems with water supply, the authorities of Sydney are developing a project to transform the dungeons. There are a lot of frightening rumors about these places among the locals. To separate truth from fiction, a group of documentarians descend underground and begin filming.

Original title:  
The Tunnel

Genre:
Horror, thriller, detective

Actors:  
Belle Delia, Andy Rodoreda, Steve Davis…

Country:  
Australia

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 5.3, IMDb – 5.9

Age restrictions:  
18+


Servant of Evil (2010)

Personal and professional for a Finnish police detective tied into a tight knot. The daughter of a police officer is brutally murdered by unknown people, which plunges her father into boundless grief and severe depression. At the same time, the detective is following the trail of a maniac operating near the stations of the underground railway, but any attempts to figure out the serial killer turn into a complete failure.

Original title:
Harjunpää & pahan pappi

Genre:
Thriller, drama, crime

Actors:
Peter Frantzen, Irina Bjorklund, Sampo Sarcola…

Country:
Finland

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 5.9


Dangerous Passengers of Train 123 (2009)

Atmospheric movie about the metro deservedly received a high rating and positive feedback from the audience. A group of terrorists seizes an underground train and takes passengers hostage. The criminals demand to pay a colossal ransom, threatening to shoot innocent people. An ordinary subway dispatcher has to become an intermediary in negotiations with the invaders.

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+


Midnight Express (2008)

This creepy horror film is based on the story of the real horror master Clive Barker. A crime chronicle photographer has a unique chance to arrange a solo exhibition in a prestigious gallery. Looking for an interesting texture for filming, the hero of the film stumbles upon a suspicious person. Behind the strange appearance hides even stranger things.

Original title:
The Midnight Meat Train18

Genre:
Horror, thriller, detective

Actors:
Bradley Cooper, Leslie Bibb, Brooke Shields…

Country:
USA, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 6.0

Age restrictions:
18+


The train goes no further (2008)

Released on the screens more than ten years ago, a film about the subway will appeal to connoisseurs of bloody thrillers. The four friends barely make it to the last night train. On the way, the guys meet pretty girls, after which they mistakenly go to an abandoned station. There, young people are witnesses of a brutal crime, and the killers do not intend to leave anyone from the lost company alive.

Original title:  
Stag Night

Genre:
Horror, Thriller

Actors:  
Kip Pardu, Vinessa Shaw, Breckin Meyer …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 5.1, IMDb – 4.8

Age Limits
18+


End of the Road (2007)

The usual trip home from work turned into a real nightmare for the nurse . The train stopped in the middle of a dark tunnel. Pitch darkness frightens the already alarmed passengers with terrible visions. The few survivors will have to find a way to the surface, as well as resist the sinister mystical force that destroys everyone who meets on the way.

Original title:  
End of the Line

Genre:  
Horror, thriller

Actors:  
Ilona Elkin, Nicholas Wright, Neil Napier…

Country:  
Canada

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 5.7, IMDb – 5.9

Age restrictions:  
18+


Composition (2006)

The list of the best films about the subway continues with an excellent youth drama based on real events . A group of guys dream of becoming a success in the field of graffiti and becoming the best in their city by painting subway cars. Another gang is also fighting for the title of the most authoritative street artists . The confrontation will not be limited to creativity and will even require the use of brute force.

Original title:
Wholetrain

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Mike Adler, Florian Renner, Elias EmBarek…

Country:
Germany, Poland

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.0

Age limit:
16+


Ghost Train (2006)

A Japanese schoolgirl first witnesses a strange incident on the underground railroad, and then learns about her sister’s disappearance. A mysterious woman, clearly suffering from a clouding of her mind, says that the reason for the disappearance of the girl may be a ghost operating at some stations. A schoolgirl, eager to find a relative, grabs the only clue.

Original title:
Otoshimono

Genre:
Horror

Actors:
Erika Sawajiri, Chinatsu Wakatsuki, Shun Oguri …

Country:
Japan

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.7, IMDb – 5.0

Age limit:
16+


Creep (2004)

A tipsy girl after a party is left without money for a taxi and decides to take the subway. The heroine misses the last train, and all entrances and exits are already closed. The girl realizes that she was left alone underground. However, the party girl will not have to while away the time until dawn all alone – after closing, a terrible secret life begins in the underground rooms.

Original title:  
Creep

Genre:  
Horror, thriller, detective

Actors:  
Franka Potente, Wes Blackwood, Sean Harris…

Country:  
UK, Germany

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 5.9, IMDb – 5.6

Age restrictions:  
18+


Control (2003)

The life of an inspector who checks tickets from passengers is not rich in interesting events. The main character generally rarely rises to the surface. After a hard day’s work, the man stays overnight on the platform. The life of the controller will change completely after meeting a strange girl in a bear costume and news of a sinister maniac pushing people onto the rails.

Original title:
Kontroll

Genre:
Thriller, drama, comedy

Actors:
Sandor Czanyi, Zoltan Muchi, Csaba Pindrokh …

Country:
Hungary

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.6

Age restrictions:
18+


Metro (2003)

An unbridled gang of terrorists seized a train in the Seoul subway. Among the hostages were many high-ranking officials, including the mayor of the city and journalists from prestigious publications. The demands of the villains are impossible, the authorities are unable to develop a rescue plan. The unfortunate captives are waiting for the inevitable reprisal. However, among the passengers is an experienced policeman, ready to fight the criminals.

Original title:
Tyubeu

Genre:
Action, thriller, drama

Actors:
Kim Sok-hun, Bae Doon-na, Park San-min…

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 5.5

Age limit:
16+


Subway Story (1999)

Almost every inhabitant of the metropolis daily has to spend more than a dozen minutes underground. There you can get into an unpleasant situation, stumble upon eccentric fellow travelers and even meet your soul mate. The dramatic British film will tell nine amazing stories of what happened to passengers who passed through the turnstiles and froze at the station waiting to board the London Underground.

Original title:
Tube Tales

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Jason Flemyng, Dexter Fletcher, Kelly MacDonald…

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.2

Age Limits :
16+


Don’t Lean (1997)

The subway has become an integral part of the life of a modern metropolis. Millions of people descend daily and go on trips for their own business. Sometimes surprising incidents happen between the point of departure and destination with passengers. It is these stories – scary, funny, romantic – that are included in an interesting American film almanac.

Original title:
SUBWAYStories: Tales from the Underground

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Bill Irwin, KRS-One, Tina North…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 6.5


Mutants (1997)

Talented scientists have found a way to stop a catastrophic epidemic. The breakthrough discovery also had negative consequences. Created to kill cockroaches that carried the infection, insects with mutations did not die without offspring, as biologists should have planned. Beetles hid in the dark underground nooks for a long time, but the time has come and monsters with an incredible ability to mimicry burst into the light, killing people.

Original title:
Mimic

Genre:
Horror, fantasy

Actors:
Mira Sorvino, Jeremy Northam, Alexander Goodwin…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.0

Age restrictions:
18+


Mobius (1996)

A fantastic film about an unusual accident in the subway based on the story of science fiction writer Armin Joseph Deutsch. In the Argentine subway, a whole train, along with the driver and passengers, mysteriously disappeared. The police were unable to find any traces, but right on time there is a distinct clatter of wheels on rails. The best specialists are involved in the investigation of a strange incident.

Original title:
Moebius

Genre:
Fiction, thriller, detective

Actors:
Guillermo Angelelli, Roberto Carnaghi, Annabella Levy …

Country:
Argentina

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.8

Age restrictions:
16+


Money Train (1995)

Two half-brothers have dreamed of big money all their lives, but the guys bypassed the wealth. The idea of ​​how to hit the jackpot arose among the heroes a long time ago: both worked as guards for the train that transported millions on the subway every night. When the tough boss kicked the guys out of work, they decided that the time had come to use the knowledge of all the vulnerabilities and finally become the owners of a colossal amount of money.

Original title:
Money Train

Genre:
Action, thriller, drama

Actors:
Wesley Snipes, Woody Harrelson, Jennifer Lopez…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 5.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Underground (1985)

In the famous crime film, an experienced thief hunts for breaking safes. Another robbery allowed the hero to get secret documents, but because of this, the cunning criminal became the object of persecution of both ruthless mafiosi and gendarmes who guard the law. A sneaky thief is hiding in the subway. The situation is aggravated by the fact that the kidnapper fell in love with the owner of the cracked safe.

Original title:
Subway

Genre:
Thriller

Actors:
Isabelle Adjani, Christopher Lambert, Richard Boringer …

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:
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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