Monday, 8 December 2014

My list of great train movies

I have omitted some obvious ones (like "North by North West" and "Murder on the Orient Express"). This list is purely personal.

  • 1932 Von Sternberg's "Shanghai Express" 
  • 1945  Deanna Durbin is terrific in "Lady on a Train"
  • 1951 "Strangers on a Train" (you have to have at least one from Hitch)
  • 1952 "The Narrow Margin" (the little B movie that could)
  • 1963 "From Russia with Love" (just for Robert Shaw)
  • 1964  Frankenheimer's superb "The Train"
  • 1976 "Silver Streak" (great cast, great ending)
  • 1978 "The First Great Train Robbery" (ingenious Michael Crichton period piece, helped by knockout cast and Jerry Goldsmith score)
  • 2013 "Snowpiercer" (imaginative sci-fi, incredible sets)

Guilty pleasures:
  • 1968 "The Wrecking Crew" (cheesy Matt Helm, saved by Sharon Tate's performance)
  • 1971 "Live and Let Die" (not a great Bond, but has its moments)

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