A few years ago, I had posted a list of my favorite movies featuring train journeys. Below is a new list. To be honest, the revisions are few, but . . . hey, I felt bored. So I made another list. Without further ado, here it is:
FAVORITE TRAIN JOURNEY MOVIES (REVISED)
1. "Murder on the Orient Express" (1974) - Sidney Lumet directed this all-star adaptation of Agatha Christie's 1934 novel about Hercule Poirot's investigation of an American passenger aboard the famed Orient express. Albert Finney starred as Poirot.
2. "Silver Streak" (1976) - Gene Wilder, Richard Pryor and Jill Clayburgh starred in this comedy thriller about a man who stumbles across a murder and criminal conspiracy during a train journey from Los Angeles to Chicago. Arthur Hiller directed.
3. "North West Frontier" (1959) - Kenneth More and Lauren Bacall starred in this adventure about a British Army officer assigned to escort a young Indian prince across rebel-held territory in British India. J. Lee Thompson directed.
4. "From Russia With Love" (1963) - Sean Connery stars as James Bond in this action thriller about the British agent's efforts to steal the Soviets' encryption device, unaware that he is being used as a patsy by SPECTRE. Directed by Terence Young, Daniela Bianchi, Lotte Lenya, Pedro Armendáriz and Robert Shaw co-starred.
5. "The First Great Train Robbery" (1979) - Sean Connery, Donald Sutherland and Lesley Anne Down starred in this comedy thriller about Victorian thieves who make plans to rob a moving train filled with gold for troops during the Crimean War. The movie was written and directed by Michael Crichton.
6. "The Lady Vanishes" (1938) - Alfred Hitchcock directed Margaret Lindsay and Michael Redgrave in this thriller about a young Englishwoman, who realizes that an elderly female passenger has disappeared.
7. "The Tall Target" (1951) - Dick Powell starred in this thriller about a New York cop, who tries to prevent President-elect Abraham Lincoln from Confederate sympathizers out to assassinate him during his rail journey from New York to Washington D.C. for his inauguration. Paula Raymond, Adolphe Menjou and Ruby Dee co-starred.
8. "Narrow Margin" (1990) - Gene Hackman and Anne Archer starred in this crime thriller about an assistant district attorney from Los Angeles, who escorts a witness to the murder of a Mafia boss' accountant. James B. Sikking co-starred.
9. "Shanghai Express" (1932) - Josef von Starnberg directed Marlene Dietrich in this tale about about a dangerous rail journey through China during a civil war. Anna May Wong and Clive Brook co-starred.
10. "The Mystery of the Blue Train" (2005) - In this adaptation of Agatha Christie's 1928 novel, Hercule Poirot investigates the brutal murder of an American heiress aboard the Blue Train. David Suchet and Elliot Gould starred.