That the train would inspire the world’s first narrative film, Edwin S. Porter’s 1903 Western The Great Train Robbery, makes complete sense to us.
Trains and Westerns go together like, well, trains and Jesse James. Speaking of which, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford has one of the most authentic train robberies ever captured on film (obstruct the tracks, wait for the train, then rob everyone on board).
From Breakheart Pass to the forthcoming Lone Ranger (which allegedly will have three spectacular train sequences engineered without CGI) the train in Westerns is a staple. If you love Westerns and you love trains, here are eight movie classics you have to see. All aboard!