The Best Air Disaster Movies

Here is a list of the best plane crash movies ever made, ranked by film fans just like you. This list of movies about air disasters is ordered by popularity, so only the greatest movies about a plane crash are at the top of the list. If there are any great films you think should be higher on the list, be sure to vote them up. 

The films on this list are the most famous plane crash movies of all time, so use it to find some movies that you haven't seen already if you're a fan of the genre.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best air disaster movies?" and "What is the greatest plane crash movie of all time?" and contains items like Air Force One, Final Destination, and more.

Various bits of information are included with these popular plane crash and air disaster movies, such as who directed them, when they were released and who starred in the films. So whether you're watching these movies on DVD, Blu-ray or streaming, these are some good plane crash movies to get your adrenaline going. And when you're done, be sure to check out our airplane movies list.

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  • Skyjacked
    1
    Charlton Heston, Susan Dey, James Brolin
    • Released: 1972
    • Directed by: John Guillermin
  • Sully
    2
    Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Valerie Mahaffey
    • Released: 2016
    • Directed by: Clint Eastwood
  • Airport
    3
    Burt Lancaster, Dean Martin, Jacqueline Bisset
    • Released: 1970
    • Directed by: George Seaton
  • Executive Decision
    4
    Kurt Russell, Halle Berry, John Leguizamo
    • Released: 1996
    • Directed by: Stuart Baird
  • 7 Days in Entebbe
    5
    Daniel Brühl, Rosamund Pike, Eddie Marsan
    • Released: 2018
    • Directed by: José Padilha
  • United 93
    6
    David Alan Basche, Richard Bekins, Susan Blommaert
    • Released: 2006
    • Directed by: Paul Greengrass
  • Final Destination
    7
    Devon Sawa, Ali Larter, Kerr Smith
    • Released: 2000
    • Directed by: James Wong
  • Flight
    8
    Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle, Kelly Reilly
    • Released: 2012
    • Directed by: Robert Zemeckis
  • Air Force One
    9
    Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, Glenn Close
    • Released: 1997
    • Directed by: Wolfgang Petersen
  • Alive
    10
    Ethan Hawke, Vincent Spano, Josh Hamilton
    • Released: 1993
    • Directed by: Frank Marshall
  • Flightplan
    11
    Jodie Foster, Peter Sarsgaard, Erika Christensen
    • Released: 2005
    • Directed by: Robert Schwentke
  • Airplane!
    12
    Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Peter Graves
    • Released: 1980
    • Directed by: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker
  • Airport 1975
    13
    Charlton Heston, Karen Black, George Kennedy
    • Released: 1974
    • Directed by: Jack Smight
  • Non-Stop
    14
    Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Anson Mount
    • Released: 2014
    • Directed by: Jaume Collet-Serra
  • Con Air
    15
    Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, John Malkovich
    • Released: 1997
    • Directed by: Simon West
  • Die Hard 2
    16
    Bruce Willis, Bonnie Bedelia, William Atherton
    • Released: 1990
    • Directed by: Renny Harlin
  • Snakes on a Plane
    17
    Samuel L. Jackson, Kenan Thompson, Julianna Margulies
    • Released: 2006
    • Directed by: David R. Ellis
  • Airport '77
    18
    Jack Lemmon, Lee Grant, George Kennedy
    • Released: 1977
    • Directed by: Jerry Jameson
  • Flight of the Phoenix
    19
    Dennis Quaid, Giovanni Ribisi, Tyrese Gibson
    • Released: 2004
    • Directed by: John Moore
  • Flight 93
    20
    Jeffrey Nordling, Ty Olsson, Colin Glazer
    • Released: 2006
    • Directed by: Peter Markle
  • Turbulence
    21
    Ray Liotta, Lauren Holly, Brendan Gleeson
    • Released: 1997
    • Directed by: Robert Butler
  • The Flight of the Phoenix
    22
    James Stewart, Richard Attenborough, Peter Finch
    • Released: 1965
    • Directed by: Robert Aldrich
  • Passenger 57
    23
    Wesley Snipes, Bruce Payne, Tom Sizemore
    • Released: 1992
    • Directed by: Kevin Hooks
  • Jet Over the Atlantic
    24
    George Raft, Virginia Mayo, Guy Madison
    • Released: 1959
    • Directed by: Byron Haskin
  • The Rhythm Section
    25
    Blake Lively, Jude Law, Sterling K. Brown
    • Released: 2020
    • Directed by: Reed Morano