Rail Scenes with Locations

by hargreenman | created - 03 Dec 2011 | updated - 2 months ago | Public

Best feature films that include scenes on railways, railroads, or railway stations. The list includes a brief description of the railway scene, together with the location where the scene was shot. It also includes at least one film for every year from 1936 onwards, and films from as many of the countries of the world as possible.

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1. The 39 Steps (1935)

Approved | 86 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

93 Metascore

A man in London tries to help a counter-espionage Agent. But when the Agent is killed, and the man stands accused, he must go on the run to save himself and stop a spy ring which is trying to steal top secret information.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Robert Donat, Madeleine Carroll, Lucie Mannheim, Godfrey Tearle

Votes: 53,166

Based on a Richard Hannay spy story by John Buchan, and contains a classic scene of a train crossing the Forth Rail Bridge, Scotland. This bridge is now a World Heritage Site, and there are plans to provide it with a Visitor Centre. See also the 1959 remake of the same title.

2. 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: 125,245 | Gross: $7.63M

Station shots at Union Station, Washington DC, Penn Station NY, and Danbury Station, Connecticut.

3. The Lady Vanishes (1938)

Not Rated | 96 min | Mystery, Thriller

98 Metascore

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: 48,603

Best aboard-rail vanishing trick, with romance, set in pre-war Europe on the way to London.

Some rail scenes were shot on the Longmoor Military Railway Hampshire, UK.

4. The Sting (1973)

PG | 129 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

83 Metascore

Two grifters team up to pull off the ultimate con.

Director: George Roy Hill | Stars: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw, Charles Durning

Votes: 246,339 | Gross: $159.60M

Card sharping on a train ride from Joliet to Chicago. Portrays Action on The 20th Century Limited, and has shots taken at Union Station and La Salle Street Station, Chicago.

5. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

PG | 110 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

66 Metascore

Wyoming, early 1900s. Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid are the leaders of a band of outlaws. After a train robbery goes wrong they find themselves on the run with a posse hard on their heels. Their solution - escape to Bolivia.

Director: George Roy Hill | Stars: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katharine Ross, Strother Martin

Votes: 204,518 | Gross: $102.31M

The robberies of the "Union Pacific Flyer" were filmed at the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railway, Durango, Colorado, USA.

6. Witness (1985)

R | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

76 Metascore

When a young Amish boy is sole witness to a murder, policeman John Book goes into hiding in Amish country to protect him until the trial.

Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Harrison Ford, Kelly McGillis, Lukas Haas, Josef Sommer

Votes: 88,783 | Gross: $68.71M

A young fella's wondrous first train ride, and a wait in the railway station (Philadelphia 30th Street), where he sees the WWII memorial statue of The Angel of Resurrection. Fear, excitement, and retribution follow.....

7. Heartburn (1986)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama

49 Metascore

She's a magazine writer who gives up her career for love and family. He's a playboy newspaper columnist who can't quite give up his old tricks. And if that combination doesn't give a relationship Heartburn, nothing will.

Director: Mike Nichols | Stars: Meryl Streep, Jack Nicholson, Jeff Daniels, Maureen Stapleton

Votes: 9,992 | Gross: $25.31M

Don't flash your jewellry on the subway train, especially in front of young ambitious actors!

8. Von Ryan's Express (1965)

Approved | 117 min | Action, Adventure, War

An American POW leads a group of mainly British prisoners to escape from the Germans in WWII.

Director: Mark Robson | Stars: Frank Sinatra, Trevor Howard, Raffaella Carrà, Brad Dexter

Votes: 12,981 | Gross: $17.11M

By train through Italy and Switzerland. Film shots made at Santa Maria Novella station, Florence, Italy, and at Passo Malaga, Spain.

9. Double Indemnity (1944)

Passed | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

95 Metascore

An insurance representative lets himself be talked by a seductive housewife into a murder/insurance fraud scheme that arouses the suspicion of an insurance investigator.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson, Byron Barr

Votes: 146,695 | Gross: $5.72M

“It’s got to be the train, baby, straight down the line!”. Has noir shots at Glendale Station, Burbank.

10. The Railway Children (1970)

G | 109 min | Drama, Family

After the enforced absence of their father, three children move with their mother to Yorkshire, where during their adventures they attempt to discover the reason for his disappearance.

Director: Lionel Jeffries | Stars: Dinah Sheridan, Bernard Cribbins, William Mervyn, Iain Cuthbertson

Votes: 4,233 | Gross: $0.32M

Said to be the finest children's film ever made in Britain. Filmed on the Keighley and Worth Valley heritage railway, with the Oakworth station as it actually is, even now.

11. From Russia with Love (1963)

PG | 115 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

84 Metascore

James Bond willingly falls into an assassination plot involving a naive Russian beauty in order to retrieve a Soviet encryption device that was stolen by S.P.E.C.T.R.E.

Director: Terence Young | Stars: Sean Connery, Robert Shaw, Lotte Lenya, Daniela Bianchi

Votes: 122,967 | Gross: $24.80M

Best ever two man fight in a railway carriage. Station shots at Istanbul Sirkeci, Zagreb, and Belgrade railway stations.

12. Mission: Impossible (1996)

PG-13 | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

59 Metascore

An American agent, under false suspicion of disloyalty, must discover and expose the real spy without the help of his organization.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Emmanuelle Béart, Henry Czerny

Votes: 395,758 | Gross: $180.98M

A helicopter chases an electrified high speed train. Actually, shot on the un-electrified Glasgow/Dumfries line in Scotland! It also has scenes taken at Liverpool Street Station, London.

13. Brief Encounter (1945)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama, Romance

92 Metascore

Meeting a stranger in a railway station, a woman is tempted to cheat on her husband.

Director: David Lean | Stars: Celia Johnson, Trevor Howard, Stanley Holloway, Joyce Carey

Votes: 36,877

Best ever tear-jerker on platforms and in tea-rooms; filmed at Carnforth Station, Lancashire, England. “It may change your view of railway stations forever”.

14. The Ladykillers (1955)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Crime

91 Metascore

Five oddball criminals planning a bank robbery rent rooms on a cul-de-sac from an octogenarian widow under the pretext that they are classical musicians.

Director: Alexander Mackendrick | Stars: Alec Guinness, Peter Sellers, Cecil Parker, Herbert Lom

Votes: 27,342

Deadly deeds around King's Cross railway station, and Copenhagen Tunnel, London - but in the end the railway strikes back!

15. Shanghai Express (1932)

Approved | 82 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

83 Metascore

A notorious woman rides a train through a dangerous situation with a British captain she loved.

Director: Josef von Sternberg | Stars: Marlene Dietrich, Clive Brook, Anna May Wong, Warner Oland

Votes: 8,068 | Gross: $8.07M

Train scenes from Peking to Shanghai.

16. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

PG | 161 min | Adventure, Drama, War

87 Metascore

British POWs are forced to build a railway bridge across the river Kwai for their Japanese captors, not knowing that the allied forces are planning to destroy it.

Director: David Lean | Stars: William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Sessue Hayakawa

Votes: 207,310 | Gross: $44.91M

Best stiff upper lips in the jungle and on a rail bridge; a mock-up bridge was built in Sri Lanka for filming. In Videos, watch the first clip!

17. The Ipcress File (1965)

Passed | 109 min | Thriller

In London, a counter espionage Agent deals with his own bureaucracy while investigating the kidnapping and brainwashing of British scientists.

Director: Sidney J. Furie | Stars: Michael Caine, Nigel Green, Guy Doleman, Sue Lloyd

Votes: 14,498

Murder in a railway carriage; filmed at Marylebone Station, London.

18. Buster (1988)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Based on the story of Ronald Christopher "Buster" Edwards (Phil Collins), one of the thieves involved in "The Great Train Robbery" of 1963.

Director: David Green | Stars: Phil Collins, Julie Walters, Larry Lamb, Stephanie Lawrence

Votes: 3,569 | Gross: $0.54M

Starts with Britain's richest ever train hold-up and heist. Filmed on the heritage Great Central Railway, with Loughborough standing in for Glasgow Central; the actual robbery took place on the ex-LMS line at a railway bridge in Buckinghamshire. This film, and the event, are parodied in Number 371 q.v.

19. Sliding Doors (1998)

PG-13 | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

59 Metascore

A London woman's love life and career both hinge, unknown to her, on whether or not she catches a train. We see it both ways, in parallel.

Director: Peter Howitt | Stars: Gwyneth Paltrow, John Hannah, John Lynch, Jeanne Tripplehorn

Votes: 64,515 | Gross: $11.88M

Doorways of one life, in the London Underground. Filmed at Waterloo & City Line (Bank and Waterloo), and at Embankment and Fulham Broadway stations.

20. My House in Umbria (2003 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 103 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

An unlikely group of people find solace and friendship after being thrown together in the wake of a terrorist attack.

Director: Richard Loncraine | Stars: Maggie Smith, Ronnie Barker, Chris Cooper, Benno Fürmann

Votes: 3,349

A dire event aboard a train, and the lives played out thereafter.

21. Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama

64 Metascore

A housewife who is unhappy with her life befriends an old lady in a nursing home and is enthralled by the tales she tells of people she used to know.

Director: Jon Avnet | Stars: Kathy Bates, Jessica Tandy, Mary Stuart Masterson, Mary-Louise Parker

Votes: 68,741 | Gross: $82.42M

A whistle stop on a railroad, with a steam loco and high danger. The trestle bridge was filmed at Whitesburg, Georgia.

22. Stand by Me (1986)

R | 89 min | Adventure, Drama

75 Metascore

After the death of one of his friends, a writer recounts a childhood journey with his friends to find the body of a missing boy.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O'Connell

Votes: 371,551 | Gross: $52.29M

The classic railway bridge scene - who/what gets across first? The trestle bridge location is Burney, CA; also the Gooseline Railroad, Cottage Grove, OR, the McCloud River Railroad McCloud, CA,and the Yreka Western Railroad, Yreka CA were used in the film.

23. Where Angels Fear to Tread (1991)

PG | 116 min | Drama, Romance

After a rich Edwardian widow impulsively marries a handsome but poor Tuscan dentist and dies in childbirth, her English in-laws try to gain custody of the baby.

Director: Charles Sturridge | Stars: Helena Bonham Carter, Judy Davis, Rupert Graves, Helen Mirren

Votes: 2,068 | Gross: $1.40M

A journey via an Italian railway station, filmed at Caprarola Railway Station, Caprarola, Viterbo, Lazio, Italy.

24. The Land Girls (1998)

R | 111 min | Drama, Romance, War

Three young women from very different walks of life join the women's land army during World War II and are sent to work together on a farm in Dorset and the experience changes their lives forever.

Director: David Leland | Stars: Catherine McCormack, Rachel Weisz, Anna Friel, Steven Mackintosh

Votes: 1,936 | Gross: $0.15M

Scenes taken on the West Somerset Railway, an operating heritage steam railway in Somerset, England.

25. The Day of the Jackal (1973)

PG | 143 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

80 Metascore

A professional assassin codenamed "Jackal" plots to kill Charles de Gaulle, the President of France.

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Edward Fox, Terence Alexander, Michel Auclair, Alan Badel

Votes: 38,296 | Gross: $16.06M

After hiding his weapon in his car in a garage underneath railway arches in Crecy, the Jackal gets to Paris by passing guards at Tulle railway station, (see a wheel-tapping sequence), with his train arriving into Gare d’Austerlitz, Paris. It is reported that the Tulle shots were actually taken at Veynes.

26. The French Connection (1971)

R | 104 min | Action, Crime, Drama

94 Metascore

A pair of NYC cops in the Narcotics Bureau stumble onto a drug smuggling job with a French connection.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey, Tony Lo Bianco

Votes: 113,200 | Gross: $15.63M

Has chase scenes on the on the elevated railway of the NY Metro. For full details see http://www.railserve.com/trainmovies/

27. Bhowani Junction (1956)

Approved | 110 min | Adventure, Drama, History

Anglo-Indian Victoria Jones seeks her true identity amid the chaos of the British withdrawal from India.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Ava Gardner, Stewart Granger, Bill Travers, Abraham Sofaer

Votes: 1,710

Rail-side events at the break-up of India post-war. Shots taken on the Lahore & North Western Railway, Lahore Station, and on the Longmoor Military Railway England.

28. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

R | 120 min | Drama, Romance

84 Metascore

A Mumbai teenager reflects on his life after being accused of cheating on the Indian version of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?".

Directors: Danny Boyle, Loveleen Tandan | Stars: Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, Saurabh Shukla, Anil Kapoor

Votes: 809,899 | Gross: $141.32M

Best ever dance scene in a railway station (which used to be called Victoria Terminus), Bombay.

29. Schindler's List (1993)

R | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History

94 Metascore

In German-occupied Poland during World War II, industrialist Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley, Caroline Goodall

Votes: 1,241,226 | Gross: $96.90M

The most evil use of a railway ever. Has rail shots filmed in Poland.

30. The Great Escape (1963)

Approved | 172 min | Adventure, Drama, History

86 Metascore

Allied prisoners of war plan for several hundred of their number to escape from a German camp during World War II.

Director: John Sturges | Stars: Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, Charles Bronson

Votes: 229,359 | Gross: $12.10M

The railway scenes at the end of the escape were shot at Neustadt on the Hamburg to Munich line.

31. An American Werewolf in London (1981)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Horror

55 Metascore

Two American college students on a walking tour of Britain are attacked by a werewolf that none of the locals will admit exists.

Director: John Landis | Stars: David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, Joe Belcher, Griffin Dunne

Votes: 95,929 | Gross: $30.57M

Blood in the London Underground at Tottenham Court Road Station! See http://tinyurl.com/bky7osx.

32. 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: 127,322 | Gross: $49.53M

A train breakdown in Missouri, and sympathy on the Chicago Elevated.

33. Casino Royale (2006)

PG-13 | 144 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

80 Metascore

After earning 00 status and a licence to kill, Secret Agent James Bond sets out on his first mission as 007. Bond must defeat a private banker funding terrorists in a high-stakes game of poker at Casino Royale, Montenegro.

Director: Martin Campbell | Stars: Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Judi Dench, Jeffrey Wright

Votes: 591,754 | Gross: $167.45M

Agents Bond and Vesper Lynd engage in verbal foreplay on the train to Montenegro.

34. The Bourne Identity (2002)

PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller

68 Metascore

A man is picked up by a fishing boat, bullet-riddled and suffering from amnesia, before racing to elude assassins and attempting to regain his memory.

Director: Doug Liman | Stars: Franka Potente, Matt Damon, Chris Cooper, Clive Owen

Votes: 517,120 | Gross: $121.66M

A film shot taken at the Gare du Nord, Paris.

35. The Matrix (1999)

R | 136 min | Action, Sci-Fi

73 Metascore

When a beautiful stranger leads computer hacker Neo to a forbidding underworld, he discovers the shocking truth--the life he knows is the elaborate deception of an evil cyber-intelligence.

Directors: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving

Votes: 1,717,856 | Gross: $171.48M

In a dark world, a fight on a subway track in front of an on-coming train; shot in Sydney, Australia.

36. The Man Who Would Be King (1975)

PG | 129 min | Adventure, History, War

91 Metascore

Two British former soldiers decide to set themselves up as Kings in Kafiristan, a land where no white man has set foot since Alexander the Great.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Christopher Plummer, Saeed Jaffrey

Votes: 46,022

At an Indian railway station two men meet a writer who then records their story.

37. A Passage to India (1984)

PG | 164 min | Adventure, Drama, History

78 Metascore

Cultural mistrust and false accusations doom a friendship in British colonial India between an Indian doctor, an Englishwoman engaged to marry a city magistrate, and an English educator.

Director: David Lean | Stars: Judy Davis, Victor Banerjee, Peggy Ashcroft, James Fox

Votes: 17,521 | Gross: $27.19M

A ride on the Marabar Express, with shots at Ramanagarem, Srinagar, and Udhaganmandalem.

38. A Room with a View (1985)

Not Rated | 117 min | Drama, Romance

83 Metascore

Lucy meets George in a Florence pensione and the two share a brief romance before Lucy returns home, where she becomes engaged to Cecil. However, it isn't long before George unexpectedly enters her life again.

Director: James Ivory | Stars: Maggie Smith, Helena Bonham Carter, Denholm Elliott, Julian Sands

Votes: 40,775 | Gross: $20.97M

Scenes shot on the Bluebell heritage railway, at Horsted Keynes, England.

39. 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: 34,398 | Gross: $57.92M

“Every great romance or mystery should have a train”.

40. North by Northwest (1959)

Approved | 136 min | Adventure, Mystery, Thriller

98 Metascore

A New York City advertising executive goes on the run after being mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, Jessie Royce Landis

Votes: 304,965 | Gross: $13.28M

Scenes taken in Grand Union Station and on The 20th Century Limited. Has an "into the tunnel" ending!

41. 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: 57,242 | Gross: $0.07M

Station scenes at Gare de l’Est, Paris, other shots in rural France.

42. Oh, Mr. Porter! (1937)

85 min | Comedy

With the help of a relative, a hopeless railway employee is made stationmaster of Buggleskelly. Determined to make his mark, he devises a number of schemes to put Buggleskelly on the railway map, but instead falls foul of a gang of gun runners.

Director: Marcel Varnel | Stars: Will Hay, Moore Marriott, Graham Moffatt, Sebastian Smith

Votes: 1,628

A classic pre-war Will Hay comedy and "comic masterpiece of British Comedy". It is set on "The Southern Railway of Northern Ireland" but was actually shot on the (now dismantled) Basingstoke & Alton Light Railway and on the ex-London & South-Western main line. Contains a number of very dangerous comedy shots on a parallel with those in No. 97!

43. The Titfield Thunderbolt (1953)

Not Rated | 84 min | Comedy