Movies with the best train scenes: No. 1 - sexy train ride on "Risky Business"

With the 84th Academy Awards airing Sunday, CTA Tattler is featuring the top 5 films with the best train or subway scenes. My No. 1 film is "Risky Business" with its "risky train ride" for Tom Cruise and Rebecca DeMornay. And of course, it features our very own CTA.

It starts with the two lovers passing through the old-style turnstile with the attendant making change through a barred window. During this scene, there's very little dialog, except for Tom Cruise saying, "I thought no one was supposed to be here."

On a single car Lake/Dan Ryan train (Jack, what's the model number?), they patiently wait for other passengers to leave so they can get it on. They finally dump the last old man on the platform and proceed to do the deed. The scene is pretty hot for 1983.

So these are my choices:

No. 5: "Kontroll"

No. 4: "Batman Begins" fight scene

No. 3: "The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3"

No. 2: Chase scene from "The French Connection"

We've also had these nominees. Be sure to add yours.

  • "The Silver Streak" with Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder; great crash at the end.
  • "The Greatest Show on Earth"
  • "Throw Mama from the Train"
  • "The Incident"
  • "The Million Dollar Rip-Off"
  • "While the City Sleeps"


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  • How could you leave out "North By Northwest" with the suave Cary Grant and the bewitching Eve Marie Saint. Or Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis in drag and the irresistible Marilyn Monroe.
    Or Hitchcock's "Strangers on a Train"?

  • Those scenes are from movies with passenger trains, not commuter trains like the CTA.

  • I agree with your choice for this being the #1 movie train scene.

    As can be seen in the clip, this is car 12 from the 1-50 Series. You can read more about this series here:

    There is a photo of the car in regular CTA service at the gallery link below. Click on the second photo from the top for an enlarged view of car 12, to the right of the 4000 series car.

    Unfortunately Car 12 was scrapped an is no longer with us.

  • That "Risky Business" scene is great. Ending with the spark in the fade out. Way hot for any year.

    For honorable mention, I would honorably mention the runaway elevated subway train scene in "Spiderman 2," where the webslinger and Doc Oct are battling as the train speeds toward the end of the line. Supposed to be New York City. But anybody who rides through the Loop will recognize Wells Street.

  • Turn out that based on 1:21 lebailly is right.

    The pervert a few seconds before that is also pretty authentic looking.

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