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The Best Air Disaster Movies

Updated December 16, 2020 1.0k votes 302 voters 50.2k views34 items

A list of the best plane crash movies ever made, ranked by film fans' votes. 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 we missed, please feel free to add them yourself. 

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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    Airport

    Jacqueline Bissett, Dean Martin

    Released1970

    Directed byHenry Hathaway, George Seaton

    Airport is a 1970 American drama film starring Burt Lancaster and Dean Martin, directed and...  more
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  • Final Destination2
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    Final Destination

    Ali Larter, Seann William Scott

    Released2000

    Directed byJames Wong

    Final Destination is a 2000 American horror film directed by James Wong. It is the first...  more
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  • United 933
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    United 93

    Olivia Thirlby, Cheyenne Jackson

    Released2006

    Directed byPaul Greengrass

    United 93 is a 2006 drama film written, co-produced and directed by Paul Greengrass that...  more
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  • Flightplan4
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    Flightplan

    Jodie Foster, Matt Bomer

    Released2005

    Directed byRobert Schwentke

    Flightplan is a 2005 mystery-thriller film directed by German film director Robert Schwentke...  more
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  • Alive5
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    Alive

    John Malkovich, Ethan Hawke

    Released1993

    Directed byFrank Marshall

    Alive is a 1993 American biographical survival drama film based upon Piers Paul Read's 1974...  more
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  • Snakes on a Plane6
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    Snakes on a Plane

    Samuel L. Jackson, Julianna Margulies

    Released2006

    Directed byDavid R. Ellis

    Snakes on a Plane is a 2006 American action thriller film directed by David R. Ellis and...  more
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  • Airport 19757
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    Airport 1975

    Charlton Heston, Myrna Loy

    Released1974

    Directed byJack Smight

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    Airport '77

    Christopher Lee, James Stewart

    Released1977

    Directed byJerry Jameson

    Airport '77 is a 1977 disaster film and third movie in the Airport franchise. The film stars a...  more
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  • Airplane!9
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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
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  • Flight of the Phoenix10
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    Flight of the Phoenix

    Hugh Laurie, Jared Padalecki

    Released2004

    Directed byJohn Moore

    Flight of the Phoenix is a 2004 survival drama film and a remake of a 1965 film of the same...  more
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  • Flight 9311
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    Flight 93

    Laura Mennell, Ty Olsson

    Released2006

    Directed byPeter Markle

    Flight 93 is a 2006 television film, directed by Peter Markle, which chronicles the events...  more
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  • Passenger 5712
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    Passenger 57

    Elizabeth Hurley, Wesley Snipes

    Released1992

    Directed byKevin Hooks

    Passenger 57 is a 1992 American action film directed by Kevin Hooks. The film stars Wesley...  more
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  • Turbulence13
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    Turbulence

    Ray Liotta, Brendan Gleeson

    Released1997

    Directed byRobert Butler

    Turbulence is a 1997 action thriller film directed by Robert Butler. It stars Ray Liotta and...  more
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  • Jet Over the Atlantic14
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    Jet Over the Atlantic

    George Raft, Virginia Mayo

    Released1959

    Directed byByron Haskin

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    Flight

    Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle

    Released2012

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

    Flight is a 2012 American drama film directed by Robert Zemeckis. An airline pilot (Denzel...  more
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  • Con Air16
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    Con Air

    Nicolas Cage, John Malkovich

    Released1997

    Directed bySimon West

    Con Air is a 1997 American action film directed by Simon West and produced by Jerry...  more
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  • Non-Stop17
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    Non-Stop

    Julianne Moore, Liam Neeson

    Released2014

    Directed byJaume Collet-Serra

    Non-Stop is a 2014 mystery-action thriller film starring Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Michelle...  more
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  • Executive Decision18
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    Executive Decision

    Halle Berry, Steven Seagal

    Released1996

    Directed byStuart Baird

    Executive Decision is a 1996 American action film directed by Stuart Baird in his directorial...  more
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  • Millennium19
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    Millennium

    Cheryl Ladd, Kris Kristofferson

    Released1989

    Directed byMichael Anderson

    Millennium is a 1989 science fiction film directed by Michael Anderson and starring Kris...  more
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    Air Force One

    Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman

    Released1997

    Directed byWolfgang Petersen

    Air Force One is a 1997 American political action thriller film written by Andrew W. Marlowe...  more
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  • Sully21
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    Sully

    Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart

    Released2016

    Directed byClint Eastwood

    Sully (aka Sully: Miracle on the Hudson) is a 2016 American biographical drama film directed...  more
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  • Die Hard 222
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    Die Hard 2

    Bruce Willis, John Leguizamo

    Released1990

    Directed byRenny Harlin

    This film is a 1990 American action film and the second in the series. It was released on July...  more
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  • The Flight of the Phoenix23
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    The Flight of the Phoenix

    James Stewart, Richard Attenborough

    Released1965

    Directed byRobert Aldrich

    The Flight of the Phoenix is a 1965 American drama film starring James Stewart, produced and...  more
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  • The Rhythm Section24
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    The Rhythm Section

    Blake Lively, Jude Law

    Released2020

    Directed byReed Morano

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  • Judgment in Berlin25
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    Judgment in Berlin

    Sean Penn, Martin Sheen

    Released1988

    Directed byLeo Penn

    Judgment in Berlin is a 1988 drama film written by Herbert J. Stern, Joshua Sinclair and Leo...  more
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