Film Characters The Greatest Pilot Characters in Film  

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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
Han Solo Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, The Star Wars Holiday Special, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

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LT Pete 'Maverick' Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pilot Characters in Film

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Luke Skywalker is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pilot Characters in Film
Luke Skywalker Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, The Star Wars Holiday Special

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Lt. Tom 'Iceman' Kazansky is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pilot Characters in Film

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Darth Vader is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pilot Characters in Film
starwarssuperfan added Darth Vader Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, The Benchwarmers

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Poe Dameron is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pilot Characters in Film
Poe Dameron Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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Rey is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pilot Characters in Film
starwarssuperfan added Rey Star Wars: Episode VII: The FG

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Ted Striker is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pilot Characters in Film
Ted Striker Airplane II: The Sequel, Airplane!

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James T. Kirk is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pilot Characters in Film
James T. Kirk Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Star Trek, Star Trek 2

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Whip Whitaker is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pilot Characters in Film
Whip Whitaker Flight

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Chewbacca is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pilot Characters in Film
starwarssuperfan added Chewbacca The Star Wars Holiday Special, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

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Boba Fett is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pilot Characters in Film
starwarssuperfan added Boba Fett Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Once Upon a Jedi, Dark Redemption

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Jim Lovell is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pilot Characters in Film
Jim Lovell Apollo 13

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Lando Calrissian is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pilot Characters in Film
starwarssuperfan added Lando Calrissian Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III, Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

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Wedge Antilles is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pilot Characters in Film
starwarssuperfan added Wedge Antilles Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

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Jango Fett is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pilot Characters in Film
starwarssuperfan added Jango Fett Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones

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Lt. Sean Topper Harley is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pilot Characters in Film
Lt. Sean Topper Harley Hot Shots! Part Deux, Hot Shots!

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Hannibal Lee is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pilot Characters in Film
Hannibal Lee The Tuskegee Airmen

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Joe "Sky Captain" Sull... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pilot Characters in Film
Joe "Sky Captain" Sullivan Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

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Nien Nunb is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pilot Characters in Film
starwarssuperfan added Nien Nunb Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

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Howard Hughes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pilot Characters in Film
Howard Hughes The Rocketeer

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HAL 9000 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pilot Characters in Film
HAL 9000 2001: A Space Odyssey, 2010: The Year We Make Contact

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Janek is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pilot Characters in Film
Janek Prometheus

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Kylo Ren is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pilot Characters in Film
starwarssuperfan added Kylo Ren

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Captain Mack is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Pilot Characters in Film
Captain Antoine Mack Soul Plane

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Brigadier General Jack D. Ripp... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Pilot Characters in Film
Brigadier General Jack D. Ripper Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb