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The Greatest Pilot Characters in Film 

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Updated September 22, 2019 687 votes 116 voters 3.5k views 28 items

They're bold. They're cocky. And sometimes they're flat-out funny. These are the greatest pilot characters in movies, as determined by you. The best pilot characters in film are a diverse bunch. Some pilot movie characters proudly serve the military while other brave pilots in film explore the far reaches of outer space. And who could forget the many memorable pilots populating that galaxy far, far away?

The Star Wars films have featured a number of iconic pilot characters over the years. The roguish Han Solo is one of the few people with the skills to keep the Millennium Falcon airborne. Aspiring Jedi Luke Skywalker is a talented pilot himself, and Poe Dameron led the Rebellion's fleet of X-wings in The Force Awakens.

Closer to home, Top Gun gave audiences more pilots to root for. Lt. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, played by Tom Cruise, is a popular character. Denzel Washington's Whip Whitaker pulled off an eye-popping maneuver in Flight. Other good roles featured on this top pilot characters in film list include Captain Mack from Soul Plane and Jim Lovell from Apollo 13.

It's time for you to take the controls and decide which role deserves the number-one spot on this list. Give your favorite fictional pilots a thumbs up to move them towards the top, and add any notable roles that are missing.
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Han Solo is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pilot Characters in Film
Harrison Ford in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
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LT Pete 'Maverick' Mitch... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pilot Characters in Film
Lt. Pete "Maverick" Mitchell Tom Cruise in Top Gun
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Luke Skywalker is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pilot Characters in Film
Mark Hamill in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
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Chewbacca is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pilot Characters in Film
starwarssuperfan added Peter Mayhew in The Star Wars Holiday Special
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Darth Vader is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pilot Characters in Film
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Poe Dameron is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pilot Characters in Film
Poe Dameron
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Lt. Tom 'Iceman' Kazansk... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pilot Characters in Film
Lt. Tom "Iceman" Kazansky Val Kilmer in Top Gun
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Wedge Antilles is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pilot Characters in Film
starwarssuperfan added Denis Lawson in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
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Lando Calrissian is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pilot Characters in Film
starwarssuperfan added Billy Dee Williams in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
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Boba Fett is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pilot Characters in Film
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James T. Kirk is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pilot Characters in Film
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Ted Striker is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pilot Characters in Film
Robert Hays in Airplane II: The Sequel
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Jango Fett is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pilot Characters in Film
starwarssuperfan added Temuera Morrison in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
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Nien Nunb is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pilot Characters in Film
starwarssuperfan added Mike Quinn in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
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Howard Hughes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pilot Characters in Film
Terry O'Quinn in The Rocketeer
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Jim Lovell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pilot Characters in Film
Tom Hanks in Apollo 13
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Joe "Sky Captain&qu... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pilot Characters in Film
Joe "Sky Captain" Sullivan
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Rey is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pilot Characters in Film
starwarssuperfan added
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Glenn Quagmire is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pilot Characters in Film
MoonshadowRachel added Seth MacFarlane in Something
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Hannibal Lee is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pilot Characters in Film
Hannibal Lee Laurence Fishburne in The Tuskegee Airmen
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Whip Whitaker is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pilot Characters in Film
Whip Whitaker
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HAL 9000 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pilot Characters in Film
Douglas Rain in 2001: A Space Odyssey
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Lt. Sean Topper Harley ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pilot Characters in Film
Lt. Sean Topper Harley Charlie Sheen in Hot Shots! Part Deux
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Kylo Ren is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pilot Characters in Film
starwarssuperfan added Kylo Ren