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The Best Horror Movies About Airplanes 

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Updated October 2, 2019 782 votes 221 voters 17.7k views 18 items

As if flying wasn't scary enough on its own, here are the best horror movies about airplanes, or at least the scariest movies that take place on airplanes. Some of the horror films on this list aren't exclusively about planes, but feature at least one important scene on an airplane. Final Destination, for example, doesn't take place on a flight, but the airplane is essential to the plot of the film.

What are the best horror films that take place on an airline flight? A few good choices for scary plane movies include Airborne, Panic Button, and Dark Flight, a Korean horror film take takes place in the air. We of course have included Snakes on a Plane as well, because although it's not necessarily a horror film, we just couldn't leave it off our ranked list of scary airplane movies.

Vote up the horror movies set on airplanes that you would recommend to other movie lovers, and downvote any films if you've seen them and didn't care for them.

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Final Destination is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Airplanes
Ali Larter, Seann William Scott, Devon Sawa

Released: 2000

Directed by: James Wong

Final 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

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Quarantine 2: Terminal ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Airplanes
Mercedes Masöhn, Ignacio Serricchio, Josh Cooke

Released: 2011

Directed by: John Pogue

Quarantine 2: Terminal is a 2011 American science fiction horror film and a sequel to the 2008 film, Quarantine. It was written and directed by John Pogue and produced by Marc Brienstock. The ...more

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The Langoliers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Airplanes
Stephen King
The Langoliers is a miniseries consisting of 2 episodes of 2 hours each. It was directed and written by Tom Holland and based on the novella by Stephen King from the four part anthology book ...more

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Red Eye is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Airplanes
Rachel McAdams, Cillian Murphy, Brian Cox

Released: 2005

Directed by: Wes Craven

Red 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 ...more

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Twilight Zone: The Movie... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Airplanes
Dan Aykroyd, John Lithgow, Burgess Meredith

Released: 1983

Directed by: Steven Spielberg, George Miller, John Landis, Joe Dante

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7500 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Airplanes
Jamie Chung, Amy Smart, Nicky Whelan

Released: 2014

Directed by: Takashi Shimizu

7500 is a 2014 American supernatural film directed by Takashi Shimizu. It was originally scheduled to be released on August 12, 2012, but was delayed to April 19, 2013, and then to an ...more
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Flightplan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Airplanes
Jodie Foster, Matt Bomer, Sean Bean

Released: 2005

Directed by: Robert Schwentke

Flightplan 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 ...more

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Snakes on a Plane is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Airplanes
Samuel L. Jackson, Julianna Margulies, Taylor Kitsch

Released: 2006

Directed by: David R. Ellis

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Altitude is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Airplanes
Jessica Lowndes, Julianna Guill, Chelah Horsdal

Released: 2010

Directed by: Kaare Andrews

Altitude is a Canadian horror, television and "direct-to-video" film directed by Canadian comic book writer and artist Kaare Andrews. Anchor Bay Entertainment is set to distribute the ...more
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Airborne is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Airplanes
Airborne Mark Hamill, Gemma Atkinson, Julian Glover

Released: 2012

Directed by: Dominic Burns, Dominic Burns

Airborne is a 2012 horror film written by Paul Chronnell and directed by Dominic Burns who describes Airborne as a tongue-in-cheek film in the tradition of The Twilight Zone. A first trailer was ...more
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The Horror at 37,000 Fee... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Airplanes
William Shatner, Chuck Connors, Buddy Ebsen

Released: 1973

Directed by: David Lowell Rich

The Horror at 37,000 Feet is an American horror television movie made for CBS Television by David Lowell Rich. The film first aired in 1973. In the movie, demonic forces terrorize the passengers ...more
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Nightmare City is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Airplanes
Mel Ferrer, Francisco Rabal, Hugo Stiglitz

Released: 1980

Directed by: Umberto Lenzi

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Flight of the Living Dea... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Airplanes
Erick Avari, Kevin J. O'Connor, Sarah Laine

Released: 2007

Directed by: Scott Thomas

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Sharknado 2: The Second ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Airplanes
Tara Reid, Kurt Angle, Vivica A. Fox

Released: 2014

Directed by: Anthony C. Ferrante

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Dark Flight is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Airplanes
Dark Flight Marsha Vadhanapanich, Bell Nuntita, Namo Tongkumnerd

Released: 2012

Directed by: Isara Nadee

Dark Flight is a 2012 Thai horror film. The film was directed by Issara Nadee. It shows the journey of a passenger plane haunted by ghosts that gradually trick the passengers into going insane ...more
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Panic Button is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Airplanes
Renee Olstead, Patrick Muldoon, Roark Critchlow

Released: 2007

Directed by: Stephen Bridgewater

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Tail Sting is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Airplanes
Gulshan Grover, Shirly Brener, Robert Merrill

Released: 2001

Directed by: Paul Wynne

Tail Sting is a 2001 film whose plot consists of genetically enhanced giant scorpions wreaking havoc on board an airplane.
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Panic in the Skies is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Airplanes
Kate Jackson, Maureen McCormick, Erik Estrada

Released: 1996

Directed by: Paul Ziller

Panic in the Skies! is a TV movie starring Kate Jackson and Erik Estrada. It premiered on The Family Channel in 1996. It was directed by Paul Ziller.