Two Fridays ago Jim Mixter passed away after a brief, aggressive cancer sapped him of life just weeks after his 70th birthday. Jim was multi-dimensional, a career executive with ExxonMobil, a leader and choir member in his church, a neighborhood organizer, a bird watcher, a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was our daughter-in-law Allison’s father, granddad to Finley and Dagny. Jim also was an avid railroad man, hardly ever missing an opportunity to ride the rails across the land, rarely missing an opportunity to photograph and speak about trains.
With that last facet of his life in mind, here are my favorite movies with trains as a central or significant plot detail. From time to time I will post other theme-based movie lists.
If you have a favorite not on my list, let me know. My randomly listed movies apply only to films I have seen.
3:10 to Yuma (the original starring Van Heflin and Glenn Ford)
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Trains, Planes and Automobiles
Throw Momma from the Train
Von Ryan’s Express
Strangers on a Train
The Lady Vanishes
Girl on a Train
Murder on the Orient Express (I prefer the 1974 version with Albert Finney as Hercule Poirot)
North by Northwest
Twentieth Century (1934 version starring John Barrymore and Carole Lombard)
The General (Buster Keaton silent film)
The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3 (either version, though the original with Walter Matthau and Robert Shaw is better)
The Narrow Margin
The Bitter Tea of General Yen
Knight Without Armor
The Bridge on the River Kwai