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The Best Airplane Movies

Updated June 22, 2020 4.7k votes 556 voters 182.6k 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
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    Casablanca

    Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart

    Released1942

    Directed byMichael Curtiz

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  • 2
    Airplane!
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    72

    Airplane!

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Leslie Nielsen

    Released1980

    Directed byJerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams, David Zucker

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  • 3
    Air Force One
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    Air Force One

    Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman

    Released1997

    Directed byWolfgang Petersen

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  • 4
    Top Gun
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    Top Gun

    Tom Cruise, Meg Ryan

    Released1986

    Directed byTony Scott

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  • 5
    12 Monkeys
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    12 Monkeys

    Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis

    Released1995

    Directed byTerry Gilliam

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  • 6
    Die Hard 2
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    Die Hard 2

    Bruce Willis, John Leguizamo

    Released1990

    Directed byRenny Harlin

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  • 7
    The Flight of the Phoenix
    87
    35

    The Flight of the Phoenix

    James Stewart, Richard Attenborough

    Released1965

    Directed byRobert Aldrich

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  • 8
    Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
    53
    25

    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 of the Lost Ark
    153
    64

    Released1981

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • 10
    Tora! Tora! Tora!
    99
    49

    Tora! Tora! Tora!

    Jason Robards Jr., Martin Balsam

    Released1970

    Directed byRichard Fleischer, Toshio Masuda, Kinji Fukasaku

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  • 11
    Cast Away
    98
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    Cast Away

    Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt

    Released2000

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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  • 12
    Sully
    51
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    Sully

    Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart

    Directed byClint Eastwood

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  • 13
    Flight of the Phoenix
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    Flight of the Phoenix

    Hugh Laurie, Jared Padalecki

    Released2004

    Directed byJohn Moore

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  • 14
    Memphis Belle
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    Memphis Belle

    John Lithgow, Sean Astin

    Released1990

    Directed byMichael Caton-Jones

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  • 15
    The Aviator
    62
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    The Aviator

    Kate Beckinsale, Leonardo DiCaprio

    Released2004

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

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  • 16
    Airport
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    Airport

    Jacqueline Bissett, Dean Martin

    Released1970

    Directed byHenry Hathaway, George Seaton

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  • 17
    Pearl Harbor
    88
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    Pearl Harbor

    Kate Beckinsale, Jennifer Garner

    Released2001

    Directed byMichael Bay

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  • 18
    The High and the Mighty
    91
    60

    The High and the Mighty

    John Wayne, Robert Stack

    Released1954

    Directed byWilliam A. Wellman

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  • 19
    The Spirit of St. Louis
    53
    23

    The Spirit of St. Louis

    James Stewart, Murray Hamilton

    Released1957

    Directed byBilly Wilder

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  • 20
    2001: A Space Odyssey
    89
    62

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter

    Released1968

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

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  • 21
    Planes, Trains and Automobiles
    44
    20

    Planes, Trains and Automobiles

    Steve Martin, Kevin Bacon

    Released1987

    Directed byJohn Hughes

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  • 22
    Con Air
    45
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    Con Air

    Nicolas Cage, John Malkovich

    Released1997

    Directed bySimon West

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  • 23
    Midnight Run
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    57

    Midnight Run

    Robert De Niro, Charles Grodin

    Released1988

    Directed byMartin Brest

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  • 24
    The Delta Force
    86
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    The Delta Force

    Chuck Norris, Lee Marvin

    Released1986

    Directed byMenahem Golan

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  • 25
    Airport 1975
    113
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    Airport 1975

    Charlton Heston, Myrna Loy

    Released1974

    Directed byJack Smight

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