List of films about trains

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This is a list of films about trains, or at the very least, featuring a train as a major part of the plot. (It is not intended to list all films that happen to have a train in them!)

Films about trains

  • Chattanooga Choo Choo
  • Closely Observed Trains
  • The First Great Train Robbery
  • The General, a well-known silent comedy starring Buster Keaton based largely around trains, set in the period *of the American Civil War
  • The Ghost Train
  • The Great Train Robbery - Robbery, The Great British Train Robbery and Buster
  • Money Train
  • Illusive Tracks
  • Murder on the Orient Express
  • The Railway Children filmed on the Bluebell Railway
  • Night Train
  • Oh, Mr Porter!
  • Planes, Trains and Automobiles
  • Polar Express
  • Runaway Train
  • Strangers on a Train
  • The Taking of Pelham One Two Three
  • The 39 Steps (1935), The 39 Steps (1959)
  • Throw Momma From the Train
  • The Titfield Thunderbolt' (1952 - Colour)
Genre: Ealing Comedy
Plot: An English village (Titfield) finds its branch line is to be closed. A group of local enthusiasts and villagers, led by the vicar, set about taking over the railway and running it by themselves.
Trains featured: Lion, GWR Class 14xx tank locos, GW Toad + well wagon
  • Branch line was between Camerton and Limpley SToke, in the Cam Valley, near Bath, England.
  • Titfield station was in reality Monkton Combe station
  • Titfield village was nearby Freshford
  • other scenes shot at the disused Dunkerton colliery.
  • Mallingford station was Bristol Temple Meads.
Watch for:
  • Encounter between a 14xx and an Aveling & Porter steam roller
  • the cross-country flight of a 14xx
  • vintage loco Lion was damaged during filming (the large impact seen in the film wqas genuine)
  • the steam roller was still in commercial use at the time of the filming, but was subsequently sold into preservation
Further info: ImDB entry, Wikipedia article
  • The Train [1] but not [2]
  • Von Ryan's Express - 1965

Films 'featuring' a train

(some of this lot may not be relevant here!)

  • Back to the Future Part III
  • Bad Day at Black Rock
  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid - train robbers.
  • Danger Lights
  • Emperor of the North Pole
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Final Destination 3
  • Flashback
  • Force 10 from Navarone
  • From Russia with Love
  • The Ladykillers (1955)
  • The Lady Vanishes
  • The Longest Day - D-Day
  • Mrigaraju - man eating lion at rail bridge site
  • The Narrow Margin
  • Northwest Frontier
  • O Brother, Where Art Thou?
  • October Sky
  • Pather Panchali
  • Shadow of a Doubt
  • Silver Streak
  • Unbreakable
  • Under Siege 2: Dark Territory


  • A Fish Called Smith - some views of Iranian railways in the mountains.
  • Eschede train disaster - National Geographic channel
  • Night Mail
  • Seconds from Disaster - highlights some rail accidents


  • Casey Jones — series
  • Oh, Doctor Beeching!
  • Petticoat Junction — series
  • Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends — series

See also