Closely Observed Trains
Days of Heaven
These are not just films with trains but good films in which the train seems significant.
Oh my… Have you people forgot about Sergio Leone?!
For a Few Dollars More
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Once Upon a Time in the West
OOOOH and of course the mob epic
Once Upon a Time in America
But I am thankful some one mentioned Frankenhimer’s The Train… that is definitely a goodie
Many films have trains in them in fairly incidental ways, so I think it’s better to limit one’s consideration to those films where the train is a significant narrative element, such as The Train, The Runaway Train, La Bete Humaine, Von Ryan’s Express, I Know Where I’m Going, North By Northwest, etc, so I don’t think Tokyo Story is a contender as the train scenes are too marginal. Cafe Lumiere is definitely in.
I’m going to vote for Bergman’s The Silence, with La Bete Humaine as an also-ran.
I think one of the most interesting and funny character traits in a movie partially involved trains. I loved how in Sweet and Lowdown Sean Penn’s character either wanted to take his dates to watch trains pass or to go to the dump and shoot rats. One of the funny things about it is that he’s so passionate about these hobbies that you almost want to try it yourself just to see what all the hype is about.
I’m surprised no one has mentioned the 1974 heist film “The Taking of Pelham One Two Three.” I hear Tony Scott is taking the helm on another remake.
EUROPA / THE SILENCE , I wonder if PICK UP ON SOUTH STREET would be considered?
Oh hell! and CLOSLEY WATCH TRAINS
For a Few Dollars MoreThe Good, the Bad, and the UglyOnce Upon a Time in the West
Forgot? No. Seventh post.
But, I did forget Once Upon A Time In America. Thanks for reminding me.
Dunno why I’m reviving this thread.
The 39 Steps!
THE Train, definitely.
Au Revoir Les Enfants. Not about trains, but starts in a train station, so, yeah… train in it.
Also, the scene in Army of Shadows of Jardie coming off the train with the radio was very memorable, and tense. I suppose that’s why I remembered it.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Galaxy Express 999
No love for The Narrow Margin? The original, of course…
2046 (an imaginary train to future)
Clearly The General, that movie is like a representation of my childhood love of trains.
Powell & Pressburger’s The Red Shoes – The ending.
A Hard Days Night – The beginning
Last Exit to Brooklyn
The Good The Bad and The Wierd – awesome opening
and always had a bit of a soft spot for Von Ryans Express