Subway Films

Here is a list of films that are predominantly set in metro stations or are about metro systems. This list is most likely incomplete; please do contact me if you know of a film that is missing.

  • Underground (UK 1928)
    Setting: London.
    Director: Anthony Asquith.
    Starring: Brian Aherne, Elissa Landi, Cyril McLaglen.
    A working-class love story set in and around the London Underground of the 1920s.
  • The Incident (USA 1967)
    Setting: New York.
    Director: Larry Peerce.
    Starring: Victor Arnold, Robert Bannard, Beau Bridges.
    Two teenage delinquents terrorize the passengers of a New York City subway train.
  • The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (USA 1974)
    Setting: New York.
    Director: Joseph Sargent.
    Starring: Walter Matthau, Robert Shaw, Martin Balsam.
    Taut 1970s thriller about a gang of terrorists who hijack a train on the New York Subway.
  • Subway (France 1985)
    Setting: Paris.
    Director: Luc Besson.
    Starring: Christophe Lambert, Isabelle Adjani, Richard Bohringer.
    A petty thief living in the Paris metro is pursued by a couple of thugs as he might be in possession of a valuable document. Considered totally stylish when first released, this thriller now seems somehwat dated as a landmark of 1980s aesthetics.
  • Money Train (USA 1995)
    Setting: New York.
    Director: Joseph Ruben.
    Starring: Wesley Snipes, Woody Harrelson, Jennifer Lopez.
    A vengeful New York transit cop decides to steal a trainload of subway fares.
  • Moebius (Argentina 1996)
    Setting: Buenos Aires.
    Director: Gustavo Mosquera R.
    Starring: Guillermo Angelelli, Roberto Carnaghi, Annabella Levy.
    A train of the Buenos Aires metro vanishes, apparently into a parallel dimension. A mathematician is sent in to investigate. A somewhat esoteric, but utterly compelling sci-fi thriller.
  • The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (USA 1998)
    Setting: New York.
    Director: Félix Enríquez Alcalá.
    Starring: Edward James Olmos, Vincent D'Onofrio.
    Rather pointless remake of the 1974 movie, only with worse actors.
  • Tube Tales (UK 1999)
    Setting: London.
    Director: Gaby Dellal, Bob Hoskins, Jude Law, and others.
    Starring: Ed Allen, Tom Bell, Jim Carter.
    Episodic movie about people on the London Underground.
  • Kontroll (Hungary 2003)
    Setting: Budapest.
    Director: Nimród Antal.
    Starring: Sándor Csányi, Zoltán Mucsi, Eszter Balla.
    Slightly existential, occasionally surreal story about a group of ticket inspectors in the Budapest metro. A perfect mixture of farce and mystery movie strongly influenced by Tarkovsky's "Solaris", this is not to be missed.
  • Creep (UK 2004)
    Setting: London.
    Director: Christopher Smith.
    Starring: Franka Potente, Vas Blackwood, Ken Campbell.
    A girl gets locked into a station of the London Underground late at night and finds herself confronted with a mad serial killer.
  • Moebius 17 (Germany 2005)
    Setting: Berlin.
    Director: Jo Preußler.
    Starring: Johannes Benecke, Christian Schellenberger.
    Spaced-out remake of the Argentinian movie that transposes the action into the graffiti scene of the Berlin underground.
  • The Taking of Pelham 123 (USA 2009)
    Setting: New York.
    Director: Tony Scott.
    Starring: Denzel Washington, John Travolta.
    The second remake of Pelham 123 by Top Gun director Tony Scott stars John Travolta as the bad guy.
  • Trains of Thoughts (Austria 2012)
    Setting: New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Moscow, Vienna.
    Director: Timo Novotny.
    Starring: Hines Buchanan, Hiroyuki Nagatake.
    Documentary film essay on six subway systems around the world, stylishly photographed and with a soundtrack by the Sofa Surfers.

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