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The Best Airplane Movies

Updated June 22, 2020 4.7k votes 554 voters 182.5k views89 items

List RulesVote for your personal favorite Airplanes and airports films, regardless of how popular or successful they were at the box office.

A list of all the best airplanes movies ever made, many of which are streaming on Amazon Prime and Netflix.

This airplanes and airports movie list can be sorted by cast, year, director and more, and you can click on the movie titles for more information about the film. You can even copy this list of plane films to start your own. 

What's in your top 10? If Snakes on a Plane or 2001: A Space Odyssey is in there, vote for one of those, or both (or neither!). If you thought any of these were the worst airplane movies known to man, you can always vote them down, as well. If we missed any airplanes and airports movies on this list (we did), please add them yourself, as this is an open list, which means you can add any movies whenever you like (choices are subject to moderation and BETTER BE ABOUT AIRPLANES AND AIRPORTS!). The films on this list cover the most famous airplane and airport movies of all time and are voted on by people who really (really) care about airplane movie lists.

Examples of movies on this list include some of the greatest airplane movies ever made, like Only Angels Have Wings and Left Behind: The Movie and can also include movies about plane crashes.

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  • 1
    Casablanca is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Airplane Movies
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    Casablanca

    Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart

    Released1942

    Directed byMichael Curtiz

    Casablanca is a 1942 American romantic drama film directed by Michael Curtiz and based on... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 2
    Airplane! is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Airplane Movies
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    Airplane!

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Leslie Nielsen

    Released1980

    Directed byJerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams, David Zucker

    Airplane! is a 1980 American satirical disaster comedy film directed and written by David... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 3
    Air Force One is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Airplane Movies
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    Air Force One

    Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman

    Released1997

    Directed byWolfgang Petersen

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  • 4
    Top Gun is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Airplane Movies
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    Top Gun

    Tom Cruise, Meg Ryan

    Released1986

    Directed byTony Scott

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  • 5
    12 Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Airplane Movies
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    12 Monkeys

    Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis

    Released1995

    Directed byTerry Gilliam

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  • 6
    Die Hard 2 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Airplane Movies
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    Die Hard 2

    Bruce Willis, John Leguizamo

    Released1990

    Directed byRenny Harlin

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    The Flight of the Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Airplane Movies
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    The Flight of the Phoenix

    James Stewart, Richard Attenborough

    Released1965

    Directed byRobert Aldrich

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  • 8
    Sky Captain and the World of T is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Airplane Movies
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    Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

    Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow

    Released2004

    Directed byKerry Conran

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  • 9
    Indiana Jones and the Raiders  is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Airplane Movies
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    Released1981

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • 10
    Cast Away is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Airplane Movies
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    Cast Away

    Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt

    Released2000

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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  • 11
    Tora! Tora! Tora! is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Airplane Movies
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    Tora! Tora! Tora!

    Jason Robards Jr., Martin Balsam

    Released1970

    Directed byRichard Fleischer, Toshio Masuda, Kinji Fukasaku

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  • 12
    Sully is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Airplane Movies
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    Sully

    Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart

    Directed byClint Eastwood

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  • 13
    Flight of the Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Airplane Movies
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    Flight of the Phoenix

    Hugh Laurie, Jared Padalecki

    Released2004

    Directed byJohn Moore

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  • 14
    Memphis Belle is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Airplane Movies
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    Memphis Belle

    John Lithgow, Sean Astin

    Released1990

    Directed byMichael Caton-Jones

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  • 15
    The Aviator is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Airplane Movies
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    The Aviator

    Kate Beckinsale, Leonardo DiCaprio

    Released2004

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

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  • 16
    Airport is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Airplane Movies
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    Airport

    Jacqueline Bissett, Dean Martin

    Released1970

    Directed byHenry Hathaway, George Seaton

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  • 17
    The High and the Mighty is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Airplane Movies
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    The High and the Mighty

    John Wayne, Robert Stack

    Released1954

    Directed byWilliam A. Wellman

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  • 18
    Pearl Harbor is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Airplane Movies
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    Pearl Harbor

    Kate Beckinsale, Jennifer Garner

    Released2001

    Directed byMichael Bay

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  • 19
    2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Airplane Movies
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    2001: A Space Odyssey

    Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter

    Released1968

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

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  • 20
    Con Air is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Airplane Movies
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    Con Air

    Nicolas Cage, John Malkovich

    Released1997

    Directed bySimon West

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  • 21
    Planes, Trains and Automobiles is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Airplane Movies
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    Planes, Trains and Automobiles

    Steve Martin, Kevin Bacon

    Released1987

    Directed byJohn Hughes

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  • 22
    Midnight Run is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Airplane Movies
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    Midnight Run

    Robert De Niro, Charles Grodin

    Released1988

    Directed byMartin Brest

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  • 23
    The Spirit of St. Louis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Airplane Movies
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    The Spirit of St. Louis

    James Stewart, Murray Hamilton

    Released1957

    Directed byBilly Wilder

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  • 24
    The Delta Force is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Airplane Movies
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    The Delta Force

    Chuck Norris, Lee Marvin

    Released1986

    Directed byMenahem Golan

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  • 25
    Airport 1975 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Airplane Movies
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    Airport 1975

    Charlton Heston, Myrna Loy

    Released1974

    Directed byJack Smight

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