30 Best Aviation Movies (2000-2017)

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1. Up in the Air (I) (2009)

R | 109 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

83 Metascore

Ryan Bingham enjoys living out of a suitcase for his job, travelling around the country firing people, but finds that lifestyle threatened by the presence of a potential love interest, and a new hire.

Director: Jason Reitman | Stars: George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, Jason Bateman

Votes: 307,764 | Gross: $83.82M

2. The Wind Rises (2013)

PG-13 | 126 min | Animation, Biography, Drama

83 Metascore

A look at the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Hideaki Anno, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Miori Takimoto, Masahiko Nishimura

Votes: 64,453 | Gross: $5.21M

3. Flightplan (2005)

PG-13 | 98 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

53 Metascore

A bereaved woman and her daughter are flying home from Berlin to America. At 30,000 feet, the child vanishes, and nobody will admit she was ever on the plane.

Director: Robert Schwentke | Stars: Jodie Foster, Peter Sarsgaard, Sean Bean, Kate Beahan

Votes: 147,131 | Gross: $89.71M

4. Non-Stop (2014)

PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller

56 Metascore

An air marshal springs into action during a transatlantic flight after receiving a series of text messages demanding $150 million into an off-shore account, or someone will die every 20 minutes.

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra | Stars: Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Scoot McNairy, Michelle Dockery

Votes: 241,116 | Gross: $92.17M

5. Catch Me If You Can (2002)

PG-13 | 141 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

75 Metascore

A seasoned FBI agent pursues Frank Abagnale Jr. who, before his 19th birthday, successfully forged millions of dollars' worth of checks while posing as a Pan Am pilot, a doctor, and a legal prosecutor.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen

Votes: 762,017 | Gross: $164.62M

6. The Red Baron (2008)

PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

German biopic loosely based on the World War I fighter ace Manfred Von Richthofen, nicknamed the Red Baron by friend and foe alike.

Director: Nikolai Müllerschön | Stars: Matthias Schweighöfer, Lena Headey, Til Schweiger, Joseph Fiennes

Votes: 11,322 | Gross: $0.04M

7. Sully (2016)

PG-13 | 96 min | Biography, Drama

74 Metascore

The story of Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger (Tom Hanks), an American pilot who became a hero after landing his damaged plane on the Hudson River in order to save the flight's passengers and crew.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney, Valerie Mahaffey

Votes: 217,593 | Gross: $125.07M

8. The Terminal (2004)

PG-13 | 128 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

55 Metascore

An Eastern European tourist unexpectedly finds himself stranded in JFK airport, and must take up temporary residence there.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Tom Hanks, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Chi McBride, Stanley Tucci

Votes: 380,956 | Gross: $77.87M

9. Pearl Harbor (2001)

PG-13 | 183 min | Action, Drama, History

44 Metascore

A tale of war and romance mixed in with history. The story follows two lifelong friends and a beautiful nurse who are caught up in the horror of an infamous Sunday morning in 1941.

Director: Michael Bay | Stars: Ben Affleck, Kate Beckinsale, Josh Hartnett, William Lee Scott

Votes: 300,645 | Gross: $198.54M

10. Dark Blue World (2001)

R | 112 min | War, Drama, Action

56 Metascore

The friendship of two men becomes tested when they both fall for the same woman.

Director: Jan Sverák | Stars: Ondrej Vetchý, Krystof Hádek, Tara Fitzgerald, Charles Dance

Votes: 5,368 | Gross: $0.26M

11. The Aviator (2004)

PG-13 | 170 min | Biography, Drama

77 Metascore

A biopic depicting the early years of legendary Director and aviator Howard Hughes' career from the late 1920s to the mid 1940s.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Kate Beckinsale, John C. Reilly

Votes: 318,410 | Gross: $102.61M

12. Flyboys (2006)

PG-13 | 140 min | Action, Drama, History

47 Metascore

The adventures of the Lafayette Escadrille, young Americans who volunteered for the French military before the U.S. entered World War I, and became the country's first fighter pilots.

Director: Tony Bill | Stars: James Franco, Jean Reno, Jennifer Decker, Scott Hazell

Votes: 40,172 | Gross: $13.08M

13. United 93 (2006)

R | 111 min | Drama, History, Thriller

90 Metascore

A real-time account of the events on United Flight 93, one of the planes hijacked on September 11th, 2001 that crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania when passengers foiled the terrorist plot.

Director: Paul Greengrass | Stars: David Alan Basche, Olivia Thirlby, Liza Colón-Zayas, J.J. Johnson

Votes: 94,976 | Gross: $31.57M

14. Amelia (2009)

PG | 111 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

37 Metascore

A look at the life of legendary American pilot Amelia Earhart, who disappeared while flying over the Pacific Ocean in 1937 in an attempt to make a flight around the world.

Director: Mira Nair | Stars: Hilary Swank, Richard Gere, Ewan McGregor, Christopher Eccleston

Votes: 11,611 | Gross: $14.24M

15. Flight (I) (2012)

R | 138 min | Drama, Thriller

76 Metascore

An airline pilot saves almost all his passengers on his malfunctioning airliner which eventually crashed, but an investigation into the accident reveals something troubling.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Denzel Washington, Nadine Velazquez, Don Cheadle, John Goodman

Votes: 311,416 | Gross: $93.77M

16. Red Tails (2012)

PG-13 | 125 min | Action, Drama, History

46 Metascore

A crew of African American pilots in the Tuskegee training program, having faced segregation while kept mostly on the ground during World War II, are called into duty under the guidance of Col. A.J. Bullard.

Director: Anthony Hemingway | Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., Gerald McRaney, David Oyelowo, Andre Royo

Votes: 32,424 | Gross: $49.88M

17. Into the White (I) (2012)

R | 104 min | Action, Biography, Drama

Norway, WWII: A group of British and German soldiers find themselves stranded in the wilderness after an aircraft battle. Finding shelter in the same cabin, they realize the only way to survive the winter is to place the rules of war aside.

Director: Petter Næss | Stars: Florian Lukas, David Kross, Lachlan Nieboer, Stig Henrik Hoff

Votes: 18,717 | Gross: $0.00M

18. American Made (2017)

R | 115 min | Action, Biography, Comedy

65 Metascore

The story of Barry Seal, an American pilot who became a drug-runner for the CIA in the 1980s in a clandestine operation that would be exposed as the Iran-Contra Affair.

Director: Doug Liman | Stars: Tom Cruise, Domhnall Gleeson, Sarah Wright, Jesse Plemons

Votes: 145,157 | Gross: $51.34M

19. Flight Crew (2016)

TV-14 | 138 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Aircraft crew members must put off their differences when a natural disaster threatens to death hundreds of tourists.

Director: Nikolay Lebedev | Stars: Vladimir Mashkov, Egor Morozov, Agne Grudyte, Sergey Shakurov

Votes: 4,331

20. Kandagar (2010)

103 min | Action, Drama, War

1995. Russian transport aircraft IL-76, carrying a cargo of ammunition under the guise of humanitarian aid to Afghanistan from Albania, forced to put interceptors at Kandahar Airfield (... See full summary »

Director: Andrey Kavun | Stars: Aleksandr Baluev, Yury Belyayev, Bogdan Benyuk, Aleksandr Golubev

Votes: 1,786

21. Flight of the Phoenix (2004)

PG-13 | 113 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

47 Metascore

Survivors of a plane crash in the Mongolian desert work together to build a new plane.

Director: John Moore | Stars: Dennis Quaid, Miranda Otto, Giovanni Ribisi, Tyrese Gibson

Votes: 50,447 | Gross: $21.01M

22. I'm So Excited! (2013)

R | 90 min | Comedy

55 Metascore

When it appears as though the end is in sight, the pilots, flight crew, and passengers of a plane heading to Mexico City look to forget the anguish of the moment and face the greatest danger, which we carry within ourselves.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar | Stars: Javier Cámara, Pepa Charro, Cecilia Roth, Lola Dueñas

Votes: 21,006 | Gross: $1.37M

23. Beautiful Dreamer (2006)

PG | 90 min | Drama

A pilot gets shot down and gets amnesia; later on his grief-stricken wife finds him in a small town, and is shocked that he doesn't remember her.

Director: Terri Farley-Teruel | Stars: Brooke Langton, Colin Egglesfield, James Denton, Barry Corbin

Votes: 628

24. Rendition (2007)

R | 122 min | Drama, Thriller

55 Metascore

When a terrorist bombing in North Africa kills 19 incl. an American, an Egyptian chemical engineer flying from South Africa to his wife in USA, is arrested upon arriving USA. He disappears. His wife asks senator for help.

Director: Gavin Hood | Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Jake Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard, Alan Arkin

Votes: 53,009 | Gross: $9.74M

25. Dunkirk (2017)

PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Drama, History

94 Metascore

Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire, and France are surrounded by the German Army, and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Fionn Whitehead, Barry Keoghan, Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy

Votes: 501,643 | Gross: $188.37M

26. Neerja (2016)

Not Rated | 122 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

Neerja is the story of the courageous Neerja Bhanot, who sacrificed her life while protecting the lives of 359 passengers on the Pan Am flight 73 in 1986. The flight was hijacked by a terrorist organization.

Director: Ram Madhvani | Stars: Sonam Kapoor, Shabana Azmi, Yogendra Tiku, Abrar Zahoor

Votes: 19,424 | Gross: $1.54M

27. Airlift (2016)

Not Rated | 130 min | Drama, History

When Iraq invades Kuwait in August, 1990, a callous Indian businessman becomes the spokesperson for more than 170,000 stranded countrymen.

Director: Raja Menon | Stars: Akshay Kumar, Nimrat Kaur, Kumud Mishra, Prakash Belawadi

Votes: 50,115

28. Planes: Fire & Rescue (2014)

PG | 83 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

48 Metascore

When Dusty learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he joins a forest fire and rescue unit to be trained as a firefighter, or else his air strip will be shut down.

Director: Roberts Gannaway | Stars: Dane Cook, Ed Harris, Julie Bowen, Curtis Armstrong

Votes: 15,791 | Gross: $59.17M

29. Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004)

PG | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

64 Metascore

After New York City receives a series of attacks from giant flying robots, a reporter teams up with a pilot in search of their origin, as well as the reason for the disappearances of famous scientists around the world.

Director: Kerry Conran | Stars: Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Angelina Jolie, Giovanni Ribisi

Votes: 79,982 | Gross: $37.76M

30. La folle histoire de Max et Léon (2016)

98 min | Comedy, War

Max and Léon's adventures, two childhood friends idle and party-goer, who are trying to escape the Second World War.

Director: Jonathan Barré | Stars: David Marsais, Grégoire Ludig, Alice Vial, Saskia de Melo Dillais

Votes: 1,571



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