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The Greatest Pilot Characters in Film

Updated September 22, 2019 1.1k votes 125 voters 4k views28 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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  • 1
    57
    24

    Poe Dameron

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • 2
    49
    17

    Han Solo

    Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, The Star Wars Holiday Special
  • 3
    35
    12

    Lando Calrissian

    Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III
  • 4
    37
    17

    Boba Fett

    Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Once Upon a Jedi
  • 5
    25
    9

    Chewbacca

    The Star Wars Holiday Special, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
  • 6
    33
    18

    Wedge Antilles

    Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
  • 7
    32
    19

    Luke Skywalker

    Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
  • 8
    20
    11

    Nien Nunb

    Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
  • 9
    20
    11

    Jango Fett

    Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
  • 10
    26
    21

    Rey

    Star Wars: Episode VII: The FG
  • 11
    16
    13

    HAL 9000

    2001: A Space Odyssey, 2010: The Year We Make Contact
  • 12
    35
    40

    Lt. Pete "Maverick" Mitchell

    Top Gun
  • 13
    18
    19

    James T. Kirk

    Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Star Trek
  • 15
    21
    26

    Darth Vader

    Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
  • 16
    8
    8

    Glenn Quagmire

    Something, Something
  • 17
    15
    19

    Ted Striker

    Airplane II: The Sequel, Airplane!
  • 18
    12
    16

    Kylo Ren

    Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
  • 19
    8
    10

    Joe "Sky Captain" Sullivan

    Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
  • 20
    8
    12

    Hannibal Lee

    The Tuskegee Airmen
  • 21
    14
    23

    Howard Hughes

    The Rocketeer
  • 22
    7
    13

    Janek

    Prometheus
  • 23
    21
    37

    Lt. Tom "Iceman" Kazansky

    Top Gun
  • 24
    7
    15

    Captain Antoine Mack

    Soul Plane
  • 25
    10
    22

    Jim Lovell

    Apollo 13