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.
Directed by: Henry Hathaway, George SeatonAirport is a 1970 American drama film starring Burt Lancaster and Dean Martin, directed and written by George Seaton, and based on Arthur Hailey's 1968 novel of the same name. It originated the 1970s... more
Directed by: Paul GreengrassUnited 93 is a 2006 drama film written, co-produced and directed by Paul Greengrass that chronicles events aboard United Airlines Flight 93, which was hijacked during the September 11 attacks of... more
Directed by: James WongFinal Destination is a 2000 American horror film directed by James Wong. It is the first installment of the Final Destination series. The screenplay was written by James Wong, Glen Morgan, and... more
Directed by: Robert SchwentkeFlightplan is a 2005 mystery-thriller film directed by German film director Robert Schwentke and starring Jodie Foster, Peter Sarsgaard, Erika Christensen, Kate Beahan, Greta Scacchi, and Sean Bean.... more
Directed by: Frank MarshallAlive is a 1993 American biographical survival drama film based upon Piers Paul Read's 1974 book Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors, which details the story of a Uruguayan rugby team. The film... more
Directed by: Jack SmightAirport 1975 is a 1974 disaster film and the first sequel to the successful 1970 film Airport. It stars Charlton Heston and Karen Black and is directed by Jack Smight.... more
Directed by: Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams, David ZuckerAirplane! is a 1980 American satirical disaster comedy film directed and written by David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker and released by Paramount Pictures. It stars Robert Hays and Julie... more
Directed by: David R. EllisSnakes on a Plane is a 2006 American action thriller film directed by David R. Ellis and starring Samuel L. Jackson. It was released by New Line Cinema on August 18, 2006, in North America. The film... more
Directed by: Jerry JamesonAirport '77 is a 1977 disaster film and third movie in the Airport franchise. The film stars a number of veteran actors, including Jack Lemmon, James Stewart, Joseph Cotten, Christopher Lee and... more
Directed by: John MooreFlight of the Phoenix is a 2004 survival drama film and a remake of a 1965 film of the same name, both based on the 1964 novel The Flight of the Phoenix, by Elleston Trevor, about a group of people... more
Directed by: Peter MarkleFlight 93 is a 2006 television film, directed by Peter Markle, which chronicles the events aboard United Airlines Flight 93 during the September 11 attacks. It premiered on January 30, 2006, on the... more
Directed by: Simon WestCon Air is a 1997 American action film directed by Simon West and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, producer of The Rock. It stars Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, and John Malkovich. The film borrows its... more
Non-StopJulianne Moore, Liam Neeson
Directed by: Jaume Collet-SerraNon-Stop is a 2014 mystery-action thriller film starring Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Michelle Dockery, Lupita Nyong'o and Scoot McNairy and directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. This is the first Silver... more
Directed by: Byron Haskinis a 1959 drama thriller film written by Irving H. Cooper and directed by Byron Haskin.... more
Directed by: Kevin HooksPassenger 57 is a 1992 American action film directed by Kevin Hooks. The film stars Wesley Snipes and Bruce Payne. The film's success made Snipes a popular action hero icon. It also introduced... more
Directed by: Renny HarlinThis film is a 1990 American action film and the second in the series. It was released on July 4, 1990. The film was directed by Renny Harlin. The novel has the same premise but differs slightly: A... more
Directed by: Wes CravenRed Eye is a 2005 American thriller film directed by Wes Craven and starring Rachel McAdams as a hotel manager ensnared in a plot by a terrorist while aboard a red-eye flight to Miami. The film score... more
Directed by: Clint EastwoodSully (aka Sully: Miracle on the Hudson) is a 2016 American biographical drama film directed by Clint Eastwood. During Sullenberger's January 2009 emergency landing of a passenger jet on the Hudson... more
Directed by: Robert AldrichThe Flight of the Phoenix is a 1965 American drama film starring James Stewart, produced and directed by Robert Aldrich, and based on the 1964 novel The Flight of the Phoenix by Elleston Trevor. The... more
Directed by: Leo PennJudgment in Berlin is a 1988 drama film written by Herbert J. Stern, Joshua Sinclair and Leo Penn, and directed by Leo Penn.... more
Directed by: Robert ButlerTurbulence is a 1997 action thriller film directed by Robert Butler. It stars Ray Liotta and Lauren Holly and was distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.... more
Directed by: John GuillerminSkyjacked is a 1972 disaster film, directed by John Guillermin. The film stars Charlton Heston, James Brolin, and Yvette Mimieux, along with an all-star cast primarily playing the roles of passengers... more
Directed by: Menahem GolanThe Delta Force is a 1986 American action film starring Chuck Norris and Lee Marvin as leaders of an elite squad based on the real life U.S. Army Delta Force unit. It was directed by Menahem Golan... more
The AssaultVincent Elbaz, Marie Guillard
Directed by: Julien LeclercqL'Assaut is a 2010 French film based on the 1994 hijacking of Air France Flight 8969 by Algerian Islamic fundamentalist terrorists and the raid to free the hostages by the GIGN, the elite... more
7 Days in EntebbeRosamund Pike, Daniel Brühl
Directed by: José PadilhaEntebbe (titled 7 Days in Entebbe in the US) is a 2018 British crime thriller film directed by José Padilha. In 1976, four terrorists hijack Air France Flight 139 and hold the passengers hostage... more