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

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23 7
Luke Skywalker is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pilot Characters in Film
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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20 7
LT Pete 'Maverick' Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pilot Characters in Film

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8 1
Chewbacca is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pilot Characters in Film
starwarssuperfan added The Star Wars Holiday Special, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

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9 2
Rey is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pilot Characters in Film
starwarssuperfan added Star Wars: Episode VII: The FG

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15 8
Poe Dameron is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pilot Characters in Film
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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9 3
Darth Vader is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pilot Characters in Film
starwarssuperfan added Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, The Benchwarmers

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Lt. Tom 'Iceman' Kazansky is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pilot Characters in Film

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7 3
Boba Fett is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pilot Characters in Film
starwarssuperfan added Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Once Upon a Jedi, Dark Redemption

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11 9
Ted Striker is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pilot Characters in Film
Airplane II: The Sequel, Airplane!

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10 8
James T. Kirk is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pilot Characters in Film
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Star Trek, Star Trek 2

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6 4
Whip Whitaker is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pilot Characters in Film
Whip Whitaker Flight

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4 3
Lando Calrissian is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pilot Characters in Film
starwarssuperfan added 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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Jango Fett is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pilot Characters in Film
starwarssuperfan added Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones

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3 2
Wedge Antilles is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pilot Characters in Film
starwarssuperfan added Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

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4 4
Jim Lovell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pilot Characters in Film
Apollo 13

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Nien Nunb is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pilot Characters in Film
starwarssuperfan added Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

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Lt. Sean Topper Harley is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pilot Characters in Film
Hot Shots! Part Deux, Hot Shots!

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4 6
Hannibal Lee is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pilot Characters in Film
Hannibal Lee The Tuskegee Airmen

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3 5
Joe "Sky Captain" Sull... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pilot Characters in Film
Joe "Sky Captain" Sullivan Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

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4 7
Howard Hughes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pilot Characters in Film
The Rocketeer

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4 7
HAL 9000 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pilot Characters in Film
2001: A Space Odyssey, 2010: The Year We Make Contact

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2 5
Kylo Ren is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pilot Characters in Film
starwarssuperfan added

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Janek is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pilot Characters in Film
Janek Prometheus

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2 8
Brigadier General Jack D. Ripp... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Pilot Characters in Film
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

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2 8
Captain Mack is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Pilot Characters in Film
Captain Antoine Mack Soul Plane