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The Best Aviation Movies

Updated June 28, 2020 7.1k votes 1.2k voters 147.3k views111 items

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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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    Battle of Britain is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Aviation Movies
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    Battle of Britain

    Michael Caine, Laurence Olivier

    Released1969

    Directed byGuy Hamilton

    Battle of Britain is a1969 action film directed by Guy Hamilton.amazon buy button

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    The Right Stuff is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Aviation Movies
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    The Right Stuff

    Jeff Goldblum, Ed Harris

    Released1983

    Directed byPhilip Kaufman

    The Right Stuff is a 1983 American drama film that was adapted from Tom Wolfe's best-selling... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Tora! Tora! Tora! is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Aviation Movies
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    Tora! Tora! Tora!

    Jason Robards Jr., Martin Balsam

    Released1970

    Directed byRichard Fleischer, Toshio Masuda, Kinji Fukasaku

    Tora! Tora! Tora! is a 1970 American–Japanese film directed by Richard Fleischer and stars an... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Apollo 13 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Aviation Movies
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    Apollo 13

    Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard

    Released1995

    Directed byRon Howard

    Apollo 13 is a 1995 American historical docudrama film directed by Ron Howard. The film stars... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Top Gun is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Aviation Movies
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    Top Gun

    Tom Cruise, Meg Ryan

    Released1986

    Directed byTony Scott

    Top Gun is a 1986 American action drama film directed by Tony Scott, and produced by Don... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Memphis Belle is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Aviation Movies
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    Memphis Belle

    John Lithgow, Sean Astin

    Released1990

    Directed byMichael Caton-Jones

    Memphis Belle is a 1990 film directed by Michael Caton-Jones and written by Monte Merrick. The... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Aviator is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Aviation Movies
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    The Aviator

    Kate Beckinsale, Leonardo DiCaprio

    Released2004

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    The Aviator is a 2004 American biographical drama film directed by Martin Scorsese, written by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Blue Max is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Aviation Movies
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    The Blue Max

    Ursula Andress, George Peppard

    Released1966

    Directed byJohn Guillermin

    The Blue Max is a 1966 British war film in DeLuxe Color and filmed in CinemaScope, about a... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Spirit of St. Louis is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Aviation Movies
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    The Spirit of St. Louis

    James Stewart, Murray Hamilton

    Released1957

    Directed byBilly Wilder

    The Spirit of St. Louis is a 1957 biographical film directed by Billy Wilder and starring... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Those Magnificent Men in their is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Aviation Movies

    Released1965

    Directed byKen Annakin

    Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines; Or, How I Flew from London to Paris in 25... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Great Waldo Pepper is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Aviation Movies
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    The Great Waldo Pepper

    Susan Sarandon, Robert Redford

    Released1975

    Directed byGeorge Roy Hill

    The Great Waldo Pepper is a 1975 drama film directed, produced, and co-written by George Roy... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Air America is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Aviation Movies
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    Air America

    Mel Gibson, Robert Downey Jr.

    Released1990

    Directed byRoger Spottiswoode

    Air America is a 1990 American action comedy film directed by Roger Spottiswoode, starring Mel... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Jet Pilot is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Aviation Movies
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    Jet Pilot

    John Wayne, Janet Leigh

    Released1957

    Directed byJosef von Sternberg

    Jet Pilot is a 1957 Cold War action film starring John Wayne and Janet Leigh. Written by Jules... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Flight of the Intruder is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Aviation Movies
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    Flight of the Intruder

    Willem Dafoe, David Schwimmer

    Released1991

    Directed byJohn Milius

    Flight of the Intruder is a 1991 film directed by John Milius, based on the novel of the same... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Always is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Aviation Movies
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    Always

    Audrey Hepburn, John Goodman

    Released1989

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Always is a 1989 romantic drama film directed by Steven Spielberg, and starring Richard... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Midway is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Aviation Movies
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    Midway

    Tom Selleck, Charlton Heston

    Released1976

    Directed byJack Smight

    Midway, released in the United Kingdom as Battle of Midway and in the US on video as The... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Flight of the Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Aviation Movies
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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 on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Dark Blue World is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Aviation Movies
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    Dark Blue World

    Charles Dance, Tara Fitzgerald

    Released2001

    Directed byJan Svěrák

    Dark Blue World is a 2001 film by Czech director Jan Svěrák, the Academy Award-winning... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Airplane! is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Aviation Movies
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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 on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Tuskegee Airmen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Aviation Movies
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    The Tuskegee Airmen

    John Lithgow, Cuba Gooding Jr.

    Released1995

    Directed byRobert Markowitz

    The Tuskegee Airmen is a 1995 HBO television movie based on the exploits of an actual... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Guardian is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Aviation Movies
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    The Guardian

    Kevin Costner, Ashton Kutcher

    Released2006

    Directed byAndrew Davis

    The Guardian is a 2006 action-adventure drama film starring Kevin Costner, Ashton Kutcher, and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Mosquito Squadron is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Aviation Movies
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    Mosquito Squadron

    David McCallum, Charles Gray

    Released1969

    Directed byBoris Sagal

    Mosquito Squadron is a 1969 British war film made by Oakmont Productions, directed by Boris... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Flyboys is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Aviation Movies
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    Flyboys

    James Franco, Jean Reno

    Released2006

    Directed byTony Bill

    Flyboys is a 2006 British-American drama film set during WWI, starring James Franco, Martin... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Rocketeer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Aviation Movies
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    The Rocketeer

    Jennifer Connelly, Timothy Dalton

    Released1991

    Directed byJoe Johnston

    The Rocketeer is a 1991 American period superhero film produced by Walt Disney Pictures and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Aviator is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Aviation Movies
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    The Aviator

    Christopher Reeve, Rosanna Arquette

    Released1985

    Directed byGeorge T. Miller

    The Aviator is an American adventure film directed by George T. Miller. The story of the film... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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