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A list of the best airplane movies ever made, ranked by movie fans with film trailers when available. This aviation movie list is ordered by popularity, so only the greatest movies about airplanes are at the top of the list. If there are any great movies about aviation you believe we missed, please feel free to add them to the list yourself. The films on this list are the most famous aviation movies of all time, so use it to find some movies that you haven't seen already. Click on these aviation movie titles for more information about the films.List features Iron Eagle on the Attack, Midway and more.This list answers the questions, "What are the best aviation movies?" and "What is the greatest aviation movie of all time?" Various bits of information are included with these popular aviation movies, such as who directed them, when they were released and who starred in the films. Whether you're watching these aviation movies on DVD, Blu-ray or streaming, these good aviation movies can be enjoyed no matter what.
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Michael Caine, Laurence Olivier, Christopher Plummer
Battle of Britain is a1969 action film directed by Guy Hamilton.

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#46 of 382 The Best War Movies Ever #760 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #113 of 194 The Best Movies of the '60s

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The Right Stuff is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Aviation Movies
Jeff Goldblum, Ed Harris, Dennis Quaid
The Right Stuff is a 1983 American drama film that was adapted from Tom Wolfe's best-selling 1979 book of the same name about the Navy, Marine and Air Force test pilots who were involved in ...more

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#255 of 304 The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time #1,075 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movieslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Jason Robards Jr., Martin Balsam, Joseph Cotten
Tora! Tora! Tora! is a 1970 American–Japanese film directed by Richard Fleischer and stars an ensemble cast, including Martin Balsam, Joseph Cotten, Sō Yamamura, E. G. Marshall, James Whitmore ...more

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#22 of 382 The Best War Movies Ever #13 of 220 The Greatest World War II Movies of All Timelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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John Lithgow, Sean Astin, Harry Connick
Memphis Belle is a 1990 film directed by Michael Caton-Jones and written by Monte Merrick. The film featured an all-star cast with Matthew Modine, Eric Stoltz and Harry Connick Jr. in leading ...more

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#67 of 382 The Best War Movies Ever #22 of 220 The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time #104 of 170 The Greatest Date Movies of All Time

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Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ed Harris
Apollo 13 is a 1995 American historical docudrama film directed by Ron Howard. The film stars Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise, and Ed Harris. The screenplay by William Broyles, ...more

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#133 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Moviesfeaturing Things 'Apollo 13' Got Totally Wronglisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Tom Cruise, Meg Ryan, Val Kilmer
Top Gun is a 1986 American action drama film directed by Tony Scott, and produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, in association with Paramount Pictures. The screenplay was written by Jim ...more

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#13 of 630 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Moviesfeaturing Everything You Don't Know About The Making Of 'Top Gun'listed on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Kate Beckinsale, Leonardo DiCaprio, Gwen Stefani
The Aviator is a 2004 American biographical drama film directed by Martin Scorsese, written by John Logan and produced by Michael Mann, Sandy Climan, Graham King, and Charles Evans, Jr.. It ...more

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#138 of 710 The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars #63 of 67 The Best Movies That Are Super Longlisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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James Stewart, Murray Hamilton, Marc Connelly
The Spirit of St. Louis is a 1957 biographical film directed by Billy Wilder and starring James Stewart as Charles Lindbergh. The screenplay was adapted by Charles Lederer, Wendell Mayes, and ...more
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Susan Sarandon, Robert Redford, Margot Kidder
The Great Waldo Pepper is a 1975 drama film directed, produced, and co-written by George Roy Hill. Set during 1926–1931, the film stars Robert Redford as a disaffected World War I veteran pilot ...more
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Benny Hill, Red Skelton, Sarah Miles
Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines; Or, How I Flew from London to Paris in 25 Hours 11 Minutes is a 1965 British comedy film starring Stuart Whitman, Sarah Miles, Robert Morley, ...more
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RichardWerryMurphy added Ursula Andress, George Peppard, Peter Woodthorpe
The Blue Max is a 1966 British war film in DeLuxe Color and filmed in CinemaScope, about a German fighter pilot on the Western Front during World War I. It was directed by John Guillermin, stars ...more

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#134 of 382 The Best War Movies Ever #11 of 46 The Best 60s War Movies #160 of 303 The Best Military Movies Ever Made

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Mel Gibson, Robert Downey Jr., Nancy Travis
Air America is a 1990 American action comedy film directed by Roger Spottiswoode, starring Mel Gibson and Robert Downey Jr. as Air America pilots flying missions in Laos. When the protagonists ...more
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Willem Dafoe, David Schwimmer, Danny Glover
Flight of the Intruder is a 1991 film directed by John Milius, based on the novel of the same name by former Grumman A-6 Intruder pilot Stephen Coonts. The film stars Danny Glover, Willem Dafoe ...more
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Tom Selleck, Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda
Midway, released in the United Kingdom as Battle of Midway and in the US on video as The Battle of Midway, is a 1976 Technicolor film directed by Jack Smight and produced by Walter Mirisch from ...more

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#36 of 382 The Best War Movies Ever #17 of 220 The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time #168 of 307 The Best Movies for Men

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Audrey Hepburn, John Goodman, Holly Hunter
Always is a 1989 romantic drama film directed by Steven Spielberg, and starring Richard Dreyfuss, Holly Hunter, John Goodman, introducing Brad Johnson and featuring Audrey Hepburn's cameo in her ...more

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#29 of 33 The Best Steven Spielberg Movies #400 of 575 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Rankedlisted on All Movies About Fire

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Hugh Laurie, Jared Padalecki, Dennis Quaid
Flight 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 ...more

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#316 of 630 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies #170 of 569 The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time #160 of 207 The Best Adventure Movies

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James Franco, Jean Reno, Philip Winchester
Flyboys is a 2006 British-American drama film set during WWI, starring James Franco, Martin Henderson, Jean Reno, Jennifer Decker, David Ellison, Abdul Salis, Philip Winchester, and Tyler ...more

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#187 of 382 The Best War Movies Ever #154 of 207 The Best Adventure Movies #165 of 303 The Best Military Movies Ever Made

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Airplane! is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Aviation Movies
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Leslie Nielsen, Ethel Merman
Airplane! 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 ...more

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#69 of 336 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime #54 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Moviesfeaturing The Funniest Quotes From 'Airplane!'

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John Lithgow, Cuba Gooding Jr., Laurence Fishburne
The Tuskegee Airmen is a 1995 HBO television movie based on the exploits of an actual groundbreaking unit, the first African American combat pilots in the United States Army Air Corps, that ...more

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#99 of 382 The Best War Movies Ever #53 of 719 The Best Black Movies Ever Made, Ranked #54 of 220 The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time

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David McCallum, Charles Gray, David Dundas
Mosquito Squadron is a 1969 British war film made by Oakmont Productions, directed by Boris Sagal and starring David McCallum, with a memorable music score, which was composed and conducted by ...more
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Christopher Reeve, Rosanna Arquette, Tyne Daly
The Aviator is an American adventure film directed by George T. Miller. The story of the film was adapted by Marc Norman from the book The Aviator written by Ernest K. Gann. The film stars ...more
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Jennifer Connelly, Timothy Dalton, Alan Arkin
The Rocketeer is a 1991 American period superhero film produced by Walt Disney Pictures and based on the character of the same name created by comic book writer/artist Dave Stevens. Directed by ...more

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#225 of 336 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime #188 of 493 The Funniest '90s Movies #81 of 139 The Best Disney Live-Action Movies

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Dr. Strangelove or: How ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Aviation Movies
James Earl Jones, Peter Sellers, George C. Scott
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, more commonly known as Dr. Strangelove, is a 1964 political satire black comedy film that satirizes fears of a nuclear ...more

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#50 of 382 The Best War Movies Ever #517 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #78 of 710 The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars

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Jean Harlow, Ben Lyon, James Hall
Hell's Angels is a 1930 American war film, directed and produced by Howard Hughes and starring Ben Lyon, James Hall and Jean Harlow. The film, which was written by Harry Behn and Howard ...more
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Legends of Flight is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Aviation Movies
Aviator added Legends of Flight
LEGENDS OF FLIGHT is a film that will not only delight and entertain the aviation enthusiast but also educate and inspired renewed interest in aviation by the traveling public, the media and ...more