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Date: 01/26/10 14:45
100 Greatest Railroad Movies
Author: funnelfan

Train's movie critic made a really screwed up list, missing some notable movies in their special issue. I was thinking we could make our own list here. First I'll need to compile a list of at least 100 true railroad movies where railroading played a key part of the movie. I'll start off with the movies I know. Add any that I miss.

Emperor of the North
The Train (Burt Lancaster)
Silver Streak
Danger Lights
Breakheart Pass
Ring of Fire
Union Pacific
Denver & Rio Grande
Under Siege 2
Tough Guys
Runaway Train (1980's)
3:10 to Yuma
The General (Buster Keaton)
Broken Arrow
Switchback

I've probably missed some obvious ones. After we compile a list, I'll figure out a way to poll the movies, by having everyone pick their top ten.

Ted Curphey
Cheney, WA



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Date: 01/26/10 15:10
Re: 100 Greatest Railroad Movies
Author: zuco74

Here is my list of fav train films (with rating) most of which I own on DVD:

Silver Streak 5/5 - We all pretty much know this classic film starring Richard Pryor & Gene Wilder
The Taking Of Pelham 123 5/5 - (The Original) - Quality film!
The Train 5/5 - Excellent World War II film from 1964 starring Burt Lancaster
Emperor Of The North 5/5 - Another classic film from 1974
The Station Agent 4/5 - Pretty good indi flick about a dwarf foamer who inherits an old depot in NJ!
Breakheart Pass 4/5 - Some good shots in this western starring Charles Bronson
Terror Train 2/5 - Unfortunately I think I do have this somewhere. Might be on VHS!
Runaway Train 4/5 - Used to love this film as a kid!
Tough Guys 4/5 - Also loved this one as a kid. Great train chase at the end with SP 4449
North By Northwest 5/5 - Love the secens on the old Twentieth Century Limited!
Strangers On A Train 5/5 - Really enjoy this film! Recently watched it again!

Tony



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Date: 01/26/10 15:35
Re: 100 Greatest Railroad Movies
Author: 3rdswitch

foew more not memtioned;
Kansas Pacific
Night Freight
original Silver Streak
End of the line
Canadian Pacific
Best Friends [not really a railroad movie but much of movie takes place on train]
JB



Date: 01/26/10 15:53
Re: 100 Greatest Railroad Movies
Author: atsffan

Do TV movies count? James Garner was near perfect in "The Long Summer of George Adams". It was filmed in Cushing, Maydell, and Rusk, Texas on the Texas State Railroad. Shame it's never been available on DVD or tape.

Came out in 1982.

Richard



Date: 01/26/10 16:10
Re: 100 Greatest Railroad Movies
Author: px320

I agree with just about everything on your list.

I would add Iron Will. A Disney film shot during the winter of 1992-93 in and around Duluth, Minnesota. The train is an essential ingredient in the film.

Throw Momma From The Train is also one of my favorites.



Date: 01/26/10 16:15
Re: 100 Greatest Railroad Movies
Author: RRmemories

Going to print this out for sure and see if Netflix has any of them. I saw Switchback and that will have you sitting on the edge of your caboose. Aaron 22



Date: 01/26/10 16:30
Re: 100 Greatest Railroad Movies
Author: rschonfelder

There was a film done by the National Film Board of Canada in 1964 with Buster Keaton. I do not recall the film but it involves a British fellow who literally walks into the Atlantic ocean from somewhere in the UK and comes out at the Nova Scotia shore. He spies a RR worker and highjacks his speeder and proceeds to cross Canada on it. I recall seeing it in school at the time and IIRC it was shown as part of Canada's Centennial celebrations while we were in school.

I have seen that this is available on DVD and need to gain a copy for my library.

http://blog.nfb.ca/2009/12/11/buster-keaton-rides-the-rails-in-canada/

Rick



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Date: 01/26/10 17:01
Re: 100 Greatest Railroad Movies
Author: DeadheadFRED

The Great Locomotive Chase takes place during the Civil War.

Fess Parker was a star in it

Disney film I believe

DHF



Date: 01/26/10 17:11
Re: 100 Greatest Railroad Movies
Author: MacBeau

Please add:
Bad Day at Black Rock (1955), Spencer Tracy
Flashback (1990), Dennis Hopper & Kiefer Sutherland
Murder on the Orient Express (1974), Albert Finney
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), Paul Newman & Robert Redford
—Mac



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Date: 01/26/10 17:15
Re: 100 Greatest Railroad Movies
Author: CFWRRCEO

Add "Where the Hells that Gold" with Gene Hackman and "Timberjack" to the list.



Date: 01/26/10 17:18
Re: 100 Greatest Railroad Movies
Author: sp8270

If we're counting CG movies, I would have to say that "The Polar Express" impressed me because of all of the loud, realistic steam engine sounds echoing through the theater. :)



Date: 01/26/10 18:04
Re: 100 Greatest Railroad Movies
Author: webmaster

One of my favorites is Narrow Margin with Gene Hackman. Anyone remember this one:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narrow_Margin

Todd Clark
Canyon Country, CA
Trainorders.com



Date: 01/26/10 18:04
Re: 100 Greatest Railroad Movies
Author: bobs

The Grey Fox, with Richard Farnsworth, 1981. Canadian train robberies.



Date: 01/26/10 18:41
Re: 100 Greatest Railroad Movies
Author: kd0086

Disaster on the Coastliner in the 80's



Date: 01/26/10 18:43
Re: 100 Greatest Railroad Movies
Author: CalZephyr

Western Pacific Agent



Date: 01/26/10 19:06
Re: 100 Greatest Railroad Movies
Author: Railfool03

One you don't see mentioned a lot; 1959, It Happened to Jane. Doris Day, Jack Lemmon, and the evil railroad guy, Harry Foster Malone (I forget who played him).

Just did an IMDB search - Ernie Kovacs was the evil Foster Malone, and it was filmed in Chester, CT. Couldn't find what railroad was actually used - supposed to happen in Bangor, Maine, but was not shot there.



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Date: 01/26/10 19:45
Re: 100 Greatest Railroad Movies
Author: railstiesballast

Union Station, filmed at Los Angeles but called Chicago IIRC.



Date: 01/26/10 20:07
Re: 100 Greatest Railroad Movies
Author: DNRY122

Just got my copy of "100 Greatest RR Movies"; of course selecting the 100 Greatest of anything will start a discussion. I would have added "Tough Guys" (in addition to 4449 on the big screen, the former Pacific Electric Toluca Substation building has a "cameo") and "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" (admittedly, the PE cars are studio mockups) and subtracted two of the more obscure foreign films. There was also a "B-minus" flick from the 50's ("Night Freight"?) that starred Modesto & Empire GE 70-ton switchers "playing" main line locomotives. One quibble I have with the commentary is the use of "Hollywood" lingo such as "helmed" for "directed" and "lensed" for "photographed" or "shot". They are listed as legitimate verbs in my dictionary, but they still look like they belong in "Daily Variety". That said, the book is fascinating, well worth the price and should send many railfans off to the video rental or an on-line DVD mart. It's truly amazing how many rare and unusual movies are available with a few clicks of a computer mouse.



Date: 01/26/10 20:07
Re: 100 Greatest Railroad Movies
Author: 90mac

My favorites are: Other Men's Women
Human Desire
Hurricane Express
Danger Lights
The Train
Zentropa
Closely Watched Trains
The Station Agent
And of course Terror Train(cough).

Tom



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Date: 01/26/10 20:29
Re: 100 Greatest Railroad Movies
Author: JBRioGrande

"Emperor of the North" gets my top vote. Classic railroad stuff with Marvin and Borgnine at their best! "End of the Line", with Wilford Brimley was a real stinker of a movie if you could call it that.



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