“The Taking of Pelham One Two Three” has to be the best movie ever made about public transport. With Walter Matthau as the hero, this was obviously the seed for “Die Hard”, except with Walter Matthau, and subway trains in Noo Yawk Ciddy in the 70s.
One of the reasons it is the precurser to “Die Hard” is the sub-plot of the Japanese mass transit officials. And for blockbuster precident there’s Robert Shaw. While he is evil, he doesn’t scratch his fingernails across a blackboard, you have the subway trains for that.
Oh, and “Reservoir Dogs” too what with all the Mr. Brown, and Mr. Gray and all.
While I’ve been in the Tokyo subway (and at rush-hour too, what you’ve heard about how bad it is, it’s actually worse) I’ve never been in the New York subway, and I think this movie played a large role. I like riding subways, have been in Montreal, Boston, Toronto, Hong Kong (you can get to mainland China by subway, but don’t do it on Saturday, trust me), but never New York. I really must do it the next time I go there, but without Walter Matthau to protect me, I’m not so sure.