The 20 best films set on trains – ranked!

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The Railway Children Return is shortly to arrive on UK platforms and Bullet Train speeding down the tracks behind it. Until then – as rail strikes bring stations to a standstill – here are 20 vicarious train trips

The sight of Gene Wilder blacking-up under the tutelage of Richard Pryor is enough to get this lightweight comedy-thriller cancelled faster than a train on strike day. But there’s still plenty to enjoy, from a sleeping-compartment scene between Wilder and Jill Clayburgh, which is interrupted by a grisly shock, to the lively supporting cast (Ned Beatty, Scatman Crothers) and a spectacular final crash.

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