The Best Aviation Movies Films

The Best Aviation Movies

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List Criteria: Movies about aviation and flying only.

A list of the best airplane movies ever made, ranked by movie fans with film trailers when available. This aviation movie list is ordered by popularity, so only the greatest movies about airplanes are at the top of the list. If there are any great movies about aviation you believe we missed, please feel free to add them to the list yourself. The films on this list are the most famous aviation movies of all time, so use it to find some movies that you haven't seen already. Click on these aviation movie titles for more information about the films.List features Iron Eagle on the Attack, Midway and more.This list answers the questions, "What are the best aviation movies?" and "What is the greatest aviation movie of all time?" Various bits of information are included with these popular aviation movies, such as who directed them, when they were released and who starred in the films. Whether you're watching these aviation movies on DVD, Blu-ray or streaming, these good aviation movies can be enjoyed no matter what.


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    Jeff Goldblum, Ed Harris, Dennis Quaid

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  2. 2
    + 109
    - 21
    Battle of Britain

    Michael Caine, Laurence Olivier, Christopher Plummer

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  3. 3
    + 65
    - 8
    The Spirit of St. Louis

    James Stewart, Murray Hamilton, Marc Connelly

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  4. 4
    + 113
    - 25
    Memphis Belle

    John Lithgow, Sean Astin, Harry Connick

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  5. 5
    + 102
    - 21
    Tora! Tora! Tora!

    Jason Robards Jr., Martin Balsam, Joseph Cotten

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  6. 6
    + 119
    - 32
    Apollo 13

    Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ed Harris

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  7. 7
    + 116
    - 35
    The Aviator

    Kate Beckinsale, Leonardo DiCaprio, Gwen Stefani

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  8. 8
    + 165
    - 64
    Top Gun

    Tom Cruise, Meg Ryan, Val Kilmer

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  9. 9
    + 59
    - 10
    The Great Waldo Pepper

    Susan Sarandon, Robert Redford, Margot Kidder

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  10. 10
    + 75
    - 19
    Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines

    Benny Hill, Red Skelton, Sarah Miles

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  11. 11
    + 75
    - 22
    Midway

    Tom Selleck, Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda

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  12. 12
    + 62
    - 15
    Flight of the Intruder

    Willem Dafoe, David Schwimmer, Danny Glover

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  13. 13
    + 70
    - 20
    Air America

    Mel Gibson, Robert Downey Jr., Nancy Travis

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  14. 14
    + 54
    - 12
    The Aviator

    Christopher Reeve, Rosanna Arquette, Tyne Daly

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  15. 15
    + 70
    - 25
    The Tuskegee Airmen

    John Lithgow, Cuba Gooding Jr., Laurence Fishburne

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  16. 16
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    - 35

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Leslie Nielsen, Ethel Merman

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  17. 17
    + 62
    - 24
    Always

    Audrey Hepburn, John Goodman, Holly Hunter

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  18. 18
    + 25
    - 3
    The Blue Max

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    Ursula Andress, George Peppard, Peter Woodthorpe

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  19. 19
    + 52
    - 18
    Flyboys

    James Franco, Jean Reno, Philip Winchester

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  20. 20
    + 61
    - 25

    James Earl Jones, Peter Sellers, George C. Scott

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  21. 21
    + 48
    - 18
    Flight of the Phoenix

    Hugh Laurie, Jared Padalecki, Dennis Quaid

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  22. 22
    + 36
    - 11
    Mosquito Squadron

    David McCallum, Charles Gray, David Dundas

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  23. 23
    + 40
    - 17
    The Final Countdown

    Kirk Douglas, Martin Sheen, Katharine Ross

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  24. 24
    + 50
    - 25
    The Rocketeer

    Jennifer Connelly, Timothy Dalton, Alan Arkin

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  25. 25
    + 41
    - 18
    Empire of the Sun

    Christian Bale, Ben Stiller, John Malkovich

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  26. 26
    + 36
    - 15
    Behind Enemy Lines

    Owen Wilson, Gene Hackman, Gabriel Macht

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  27. 27
    + 32
    - 13
    Bat*21

    Gene Hackman, Danny Glover, Jerry Reed

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  28. 28
    + 28
    - 10
    Hell's Angels

    Jean Harlow, Ben Lyon, James Hall

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  29. 29
    + 39
    - 20
    Airport

    Jacqueline Bissett, Dean Martin, Burt Lancaster

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  30. 30
    + 24
    - 10
    The Hindenburg

    Anne Bancroft, Burgess Meredith, George C. Scott

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  31. 31
    + 27
    - 13
    Amelia

    Ewan McGregor, Richard Gere, Hilary Swank

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  32. 32
    + 27
    - 14
    Porco Rosso

    Akio Ōtsuka, Akemi Okamura, Osamu Saka

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  33. 33
    + 50
    - 35
    Independence Day

    Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox

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  34. 34
    + 28
    - 16
    Firefox

    Clint Eastwood, Nigel Hawthorne, John Ratzenberger

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  35. 35
    + 29
    - 17
    Catch-22

    Martin Sheen, Orson Welles, Jon Voight

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  36. 36
    + 45
    - 32
    Air Force One

    Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, Glenn Close

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  37. 37
    + 23
    - 12
    Murphy's War

    Peter O'Toole, Philippe Noiret, Siân Phillips

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  38. 38
    + 54
    - 41
    Pearl Harbor

    Kate Beckinsale, Jennifer Garner, Ben Affleck

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  39. 39
    + 20
    - 10
    Jet Pilot

    John Wayne, Janet Leigh, Mamie Van Doren

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  40. 40
    + 37
    - 26

    Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman

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  41. 41
    + 21
    - 12
    High Road to China

    Tom Selleck, Wilford Brimley, Brian Blessed

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  42. 42
    + 27
    - 19
    Iron Eagle

    Louis Gossett, Jr., Melora Hardin

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  43. 43
    + 11
    - 4
    Dark Blue World

    Charles Dance, Tara Fitzgerald, Ondřej Vetchý

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  44. 44
    + 20
    - 15
    Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

    Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law

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  45. 45
    + 18
    - 13
    Fly Away Home

    Anna Paquin, Dana Delany, Jeff Daniels

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  46. 46
    + 20
    - 15
    Blue Thunder

    Malcolm McDowell, Roy Scheider, Warren Oates

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  47. 47
    + 21
    - 16
    Six Days Seven Nights

    Harrison Ford, Anne Heche, David Schwimmer

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  48. 48
    + 16
    - 11
    Executive Decision

    Halle Berry, Steven Seagal, Kurt Russell

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  49. 49
    + 23
    - 19
    United 93

    Olivia Thirlby, Cheyenne Jackson, Denny Dillon

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  50. 50
    + 19
    - 15
    Pushing Tin

    Angelina Jolie, Cate Blanchett, John Cusack

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