In recognition of the train fight sequence, which is a timeless action film classic

In recognition of the train fight sequence, which is a timeless action film classic ...

The possibilities for creating an outstanding action film are endless. Outlandish stunts, thrilling heists, massive explosions... the sky is the limit. But there's one method to guarantee a great time for passengers: staging an action sequence on a train.

Trains are a new form of mass transportation, right? They just look cool, inside and out (or on the top, if you are an action legend).

What better time than now that Brad Pitt's action film Bullet Train is out in theaters? With Jackie Chan and Michelle Yeoh's death-defying stunts and films entirely set on trains like Train to Busan (and Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train, which we like but did not receive any easy access footage) here are some of our favorite train action sequences.


Michelle Yeoh leaps a motorcycle off of a hill and land it on a moving train. According to Yeoh, Jackie Chan was so surprised by the stunt that he felt the need to one-up her by landing on the train via parachute. The outcome: This scene is absolutely heartbreaking.

The Wolverine

As far as solo Wolverine projects go, Logan may get more attention, but (hot take) I prefer The Wolverine. Its the rare modern modern superhero project with a contained conflict (rather than an apocalyptic one), and, most importantly to this list, the battle on the top of a bullet train.

The Raid 2

The Raid series changed the action world, focusing on brutal action that is simple to grasp visually. The second films is dramatically spread out in narrative approach and location. In this standout scene (spliced together by a YouTuber), Julie Estelles Hammer Girl absolutely wrecks some dudes on a train with her signature hammers.

Mission: Impossible

In Rogue Nation, Tom Cruise hung on the top of a train in a thrilling sequence with Jon Voight and Jean Reno. The stunt was a mix of practical and CG effects. PV

Toy Story 3

The opening scene from Toy Story 3 has all of the qualities of a classic train fight sequence: stakes, suspense, orphans, nunchucks, backflips, etc. Truly, there is nothing more powerful than a child's imagination. Toussaint Egan

Train to Busan

This is one of those films on here where the majority of its running time might be eligible. However, we cannot afford to miss the chance to highlight Ma Dong-seok tackling some zombies with taped-up forearms.


If there's one thing you know about Wanted, it's likely that bullets curve in it. One of the cooler examples occurred in this train sequence, where James McAvoy curves a bullet around a civilian to strike another bullet that was certain to strike her. Angelina Jolie crashes a car into a train as well.


Speed may be well-known for its switch to public transportation, but a train is still used quite frequently (although not quite as much as the bus). At the start of the film, Sandra Bullock is held captive on a train by Dennis Hopper, while Keanu Reeves hangs onto the top of the moving train. We get an all-out brawl on the moving train, culminating in a tragic death for a great 90s film villain.


In a film like Snowpiercer, where there is practically nothing left to choose from, the blackout sequence stands out as one of the film's finest, as the audience witnesses Curtis (Chris Evans) rebellion being destroyed by a group of masked machete-wielding soldiers wearing night-vision glasses. The final scene, which depicts a small boy hoisting a flaming torch like an Olympic marathon runner, is one of the most moving and memorable scenes in the entire

The Matrix Resurrections

The Matrix series is well-known for its stunning ensemble action sequences, and the train fight in The Matrix Resurrections is no exception. Bugs, the Mnemosyne's crew, and an alternate version of Morpheus battle a swarm of possessed blue-pills as Neo struggles to maintain his composure.

Spider-Man 2

With its extraordinary and moving performance as a noble scientist and mentor twisted by grief and a freak accident, Spider-Man 2 isn't just the greatest Spider-Man movies ever produced, it's also one of the greatest superhero movies of all time. For the purposes of this list, however, let's focus on the train battle between Spider-Man and Dr. Otto Octavius, which certainly stands the test of time as one of the most incredible action sequences seen in any superhero film.

There's so much to appreciate, from Spidey shooting like a torpedo through the grating of a tunnel overpass to the breathtaking moment where Peter and Doc Ock trade blows while standing on the side of a train carriage as it barrels ahead, to the shot of Spider-Man maneuvering through traffic before hoisting himself across rooftops while saving civilians. It's amazing, its spectacular, and it's all you could want from a Spider-Man film.

John Wick: Chapter 2

Assassin Cassian and Wick meet off in an intricately choreographed close-quarters knife fight, the John Wick franchise delivers one of the fewest train fights on this list.

Dhoom 2

This scene from the excellent Bollywood heist franchise sequel is almost impossible to describe in mere words. Hrithik Roshan plays Mr. A as Queen Elizabeth, and Mr. A as Queen Elizabeth, complete with a Mission: Impossible-style face mask reveal. He also parachutes onto a train and sandboards behind it. A+, no notes.

The Legend of Drunken Master

What if you thought there would be only one Jackie Chan scene on this list? Think again.

This enticing fight sequence begins on a train, then briefly rises on top of it, then moving under the train and eventually away from it.

As an aside: Both this film and the 1978 Drunken Master are stone-cold classics stuffed to the brim with charming sequences such as this one. PV

Taking of Pelham 123

This is another example of the kind of tension that Tony Scott was able to maintain in both the 1974 and 2009 versions.


With this excellent blue-collar thriller set almost entirely on a train, we continue our journey down the late-period Tony Scott track (train reference) in one of the directors' finest films and one of the finest thrillers you can watch at home.

The Harder They Fall

Jeymes Samuels' train shootout in The Harder They Fall may be brief, but its execution is superb all the same. Lakeith Stanfields theatrical introduction as Cherokee Bill, along with some powerful knife-play, steals the show before a single shot is fired.


Scott Lang defeats Yellowjacket in a miniature train set in the first Ant-Man film. The final cut to an angle that conveys the actual scale of the encounter is a wonderfully funny conclusion.

The Good, the Bad, the Weird

Kim Jee-woon (I Saw the Devil) directed this Korean Western that features Song Kang-hos and Lee Byung-hun, who both play Yoon Tae-goo (aka The Weird) as he navigates the compartments. PV

Fast Five

Paul Walker jumps from a moving truck attached to a moving train onto a moving car driven by Vin Diesel, before they collide off a cliff into the water below. PV - PV - PV


Furie is a legend. This is a vengeance thriller starring Le-Van Kiet (The Princess) that he directed previously. Veronica Ngo is a great actor who plays a reformed gangster who must resort to her old ways when her daughter is kidnapped.


Daniel Craig's Bond films have included not one, but two, classic train sequences. The first, the cold open to Skyfall, features your classic fight on top of the train scene, followed by one of the most shocking closing moments of any Bond cold open. The second features Bond brawling it out with Dave Bautista, one of the most memorable Craig actors.

The Grandmaster

Tony Leung will play Ip Man in this version, alongside Zhang Ziyi as Gong Ruo Mei (seen in the video) who directed the sequel to Master Z: Ip Man Legacy, with Grandmaster co-star Max Zhang.

The Fugitive

The Fugitive is one of the most iconic thrillers of the 1990s, following Harrison Ford's Dr. Richard Kimble on the run from false allegations of the murder of his wife. Before the real killer attempts to kidnap him, he is identified by another passenger (who informs a police officer).

Broken Arrow

If there isnt at least one John Woo clip included, you can't call any list related to action complete. In this scene, Christian Slater jumps from on top of a train into it, kicking former NFL star Howie Long straight off the train (and the bridge it is crossing over) before facing off with John Travolta in a classic Woo gun battle.

Resident Evil

Resident Evil's dramatic confrontation between Alice (Milla Jovovich) and the mutant Licker towards the end of 2002 is a terrific action set-piece that feels like both an homage to Ridley Scott's Alien and a sympathetic homage to the train boss fight at the end of Resident Evil 2.

Under Siege 2: Dark Territory

This is all you could want from a Steven Seagal film.

A guy is kicked off a train only to be run over by it. A litany of character actors play bad guys and henchmen (Eric Bogosian! Jonathan Banks! Kurtwood Smith! ). Katherine Heigl is a potential star. Seagal wearing all black. A difficult-to-believe stunt under a moving train. PV

The Equalizer 2

This tense moment on a train is the second entry in the underrated Denzel action series, which progresses from a quiet conversation to brutal combat with a swiftness.

Robert McCall is always in control of his surroundings, but able to switch from zero to 60 on a moments notice. When his conversation with his target turns on a dime, finally letting the audience in on whats going on... That's all there is to it.

The Wrong Trousers

Nick Parks' stop-motion classic from 1993, featuring oaf Wallace and his cucumber-cool dog Gromit, is an impeccable half-hour heist thriller as well as a masterpiece of animated slapstick. It concludes in an astonishingly inventive and cleverly edited chase around Wallace's suburban home on a model railroad set that is no less epic, suspenseful, or hilarious a set-piece for being miniature.

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