Pilot movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant pilot movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, tense, suspense, serious, exciting and suspenseful films and TV shows about / with pilot, airplane, aviation, danger, catastrophe, mentor, dialogue, storytelling, runaway and chase plots mostly in Drama, Action and Thriller genres shot in USA, UK, Japan and other countries.
pilot movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as pilot: Sully (2016), Flight (2012), Top Gun (1986), American Made (2017), 7500 (2019), Always (1989), The Aviator (2004), Ulyotnyy ekipazh (2018), Airplane! (1980), Air America (1990).

List of pilot movies

Sully (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: On 15 January 2009, the world witnessed the 'Miracle on the Hudson' when Captain 'Sully' Sullenberger glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as ...
Style: factual, inspirational, realistic, suspense, intense ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: airplane, aviation, pilot, airplane accident, investigation, courage, plane crash, crash landing, lone hero, accident, justice, air disaster ...
Time: year 2009, 21st century, 2000s
Place: usa, new york, new jersey, manhattan new york city
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Flight (2012)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 138 min.
Story: Commercial airline pilot Whip Whitaker has a problem with drugs and alcohol, though so far he's managed to complete his flights safely. His luck runs out when a disastrous mechanical malfunction sends his plane hurtling toward the ground. Whip ...
Style: psychological, tense, heroic, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: airplane, air disaster, alcohol abuse, pilot, disaster, addiction, stewardess, courage, morality, investigation, court, lifesaver ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california, atlanta
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Top Gun (1986)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: For Lieutenant Pete 'Maverick' Mitchell and his friend and Co-Pilot Nick 'Goose' Bradshaw being accepted into an elite training school for fighter pilots is a dream come true. A tragedy, as well as personal demons, threaten ...
Style: exciting, realistic, suspense, intense, serious ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, chick flick, girls' night, date night
Plot: u.s. navy, pilot, fighter pilot, airplane, military, officers and cadets, fighter jet, warplane, aviator, aviation, u.s. military, cold war ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa
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American Made (2017)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA, Japan, Colombia
Duration: 115 min.
Story: The true story of pilot Barry Seal, who transported contraband for the CIA and the Medellin cartel in the 1980s.
Style: factual, humorous, emotional, captivating, exciting ...
Plot: money laundering, drug cartel, pilot, cia, cocaine, smuggler, drugs, fbi, drug smuggling, money, cia agent, government agent ...
Time: 80s, year 1978, year 1983, year 1981, year 1986 ...
Place: colombia, latin america, usa, central america, panama ...
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7500 (2019)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany, Austria, USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: When terrorists try to seize control of a Berlin-Paris flight, a soft-spoken young American co-pilot struggles to save the lives of the passengers and crew while forging a surprising connection with one of the hijackers.
Style: suspense, suspenseful, captivating, disturbing, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: pilot, terrorism, hijacking, airplane, flying, violence, flight attendant, empathy, murder, airplane trip, save the day, terrorist group ...
Place: berlin germany
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Always (1989)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Pete Sandich is a reckless fire-fighting pilot who is killed in what was to have been his final mission. Ascending to Heaven, Pete is introduced to business-like angel who instructs the spectral Pete to pass on his aviation knowledge to his young ...
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, intense, romantic ...
Audience: girls' night, family outing, kids, chick flick, date night
Plot: afterlife, airplane, ghost, pilot, aviation, rescue, supernatural, guardian angel, grief, death, love, romance ...
Place: usa, colorado
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The Aviator (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 170 min.
Story: A biopic depicting the life of filmmaker and aviation pioneer Howard Hughes from 1927 to 1947, during which time he became a successful film producer and an aviation magnate, while simultaneously growing more unstable due to severe ...
Style: epic, captivating, realistic, stylized, suspense ...
Plot: mental illness, aviation, success, pilot, businessman, aviator, test pilot, millionaire, world war two, obsessive compulsive disorder, billionaire, eccentricity ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 1940s, 50s, 1910s ...
Place: los angeles, california, connecticut, new york, usa ...
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Ulyotnyy ekipazh (2018)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Russia
TV show
Style: light, entertaining, captivating, funny, humorous
Audience: teens, family outing
Plot: pilot, stewardess, jealousy, couple relations, unlikely couple, workplace situations, escapades, adventure, romance, disorder, rivalry, lifestyle ...
Time: contemporary
Place: russia
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Airplane! (1980)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Alcoholic pilot, Ted Striker has developed a fear of flying due to wartime trauma, but nevertheless boards a passenger jet in an attempt to woo back his stewardess girlfriend. Food poisoning decimates the passengers and crew, leaving it up to ...
Style: parody, funny, absurd, humorous, light ...
Audience: date night, teens
Plot: airplane, pilot, air disaster, stewardess, satire, passenger, disaster, catastrophe, deadpan, fear of flying, rescue, food poisoning ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 20th century
Place: chicago illinois, los angeles
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Air America (1990)
Genre: Action, Comedy, War
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Air America was the CIA's private airline operating in Laos during the Vietnam War, running anything and everything from soldiers to foodstuffs for local villagers. After losing his pilot's license, Billy Covington is recruited into it, ...
Style: humorous, exciting, melancholic, light, semi serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vietnam war, pilot, heroes, cia, military life, aviation, military, justice, destiny, refugee camp, society, idealism ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1969
Place: southeast asia, laos, vietnam, cambodia, los angeles
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Flightplan (2005)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A claustrophobic, Hitchcockian thriller. A bereaved woman and her daughter are flying home from Berlin to America. At 30,000 feet the child vanishes and nobody admits she was ever on that plane.
Style: surprise ending, psychological, suspenseful, mind bending, twists and turns ...
Audience: girls' night, boys' night
Plot: airplane, missing child, mystery, conspiracy, pilot, kidnapping, disappearance, family relations, child abduction, female protagonist, family problems, flight attendant ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: berlin germany, germany, new york, newfoundland
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Pan Am (2011)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
TV show
Story: Pan Am is an American period drama television series created by writer Jack Orman. Named for the iconic Pan American World Airways, the series features the pilots and stewardesses of the airline as it operated in the early 1960s at the beginning of ...
Style: realistic, stylized, sentimental, serious, sexy
Plot: stewardess, pilot, airport, airline, airplane, bohemian life, ambitious, american dream, sexism, workplace, sexual tension, workplace problem ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york, paris france
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Pearl Harbor (2001)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 183 min.
Story: The lifelong friendship between Rafe McCawley and Danny Walker is put to the ultimate test when the two ace fighter pilots become entangled in a love triangle with beautiful Naval nurse Evelyn Johnson. But the rivalry between the friends-turned-foes ...
Style: romantic, sentimental, epic, factual, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, date night
Plot: world war two, war, love triangle, love, love and romance, airplane, fighter pilot, military, navy, aviation, warship, aerial combats ...
Time: 1940s, 50s, 20th century, year 1942, year 1941 ...
Place: pearl harbor, hawaii, japan, asia, tokyo ...
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Black Thunder (1998)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: When the top secret prototype of the Nova Stealth fighter has been stolen, the Pentagon launches big alarm; the plane shouldn't come into hostile hands...
Style: rough, serious, exciting, suspense, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: pilot, aviation, military, airplane, save the day, undercover, escapades, rivalry, secret mission, invisibility, race against time, terrorism ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: libya
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Iron Eagle (1986)
Genre: Action, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: When Doug's father, an Air Force Pilot, is shot down by MiGs belonging to a radical Middle Eastern state, no one seems able to get him out. Doug finds Chappy, an Air Force Colonel who is intrigued by the idea of sending in two fighters piloted ...
Style: light, exciting, realistic, tense, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, kids, teens, girls' night
Plot: military, pilot, air force, airplane, rescue, aviation, fighter plane, colonel, brutality, desert, parent child relationship, captivity ...
Time: 80s
Place: middle east, california
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The Flight of the Phoenix (1965)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: A cargo plane goes down in a sandstorm in the Sahara with less than a dozen men on board. One of the passengers is an airplane designer who comes up with the idea of ripping off the undamaged wing and using it as the basis for an airplane they will ...
Style: harsh, suspense, captivating, serious, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: desert, survival, air disaster, airplane, pilot, adventure, disaster, aviation, thirst, isolation, crew, rescue ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: africa, sahara, libya, middle east
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Red Sky (2014)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA, Russia
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Disgraced Top Gun fighter pilot Butch Masters leads a rogue squad in recovery of a WMD. Masters must navigate a fractured friendship, a love triangle, and must take to the skies to reclaim his military and personal honor.
Style: serious, exciting, captivating, psychological, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: pilot, betrayal, conspiracy, military, mission, soldier, save the day, love triangle, rivalry, dishonesty, airplane, honor ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, iraq, st. petersburg russia, pentagon, iran ...
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Dunkirk (2017)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: UK, Netherlands, France, USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: The story of the miraculous evacuation of Allied soldiers from Belgium, Britain, Canada and France, who were cut off and surrounded by the German army from the beaches and harbour of Dunkirk between May 26th and June 4th 1940 during World War II.
Style: epic, atmospheric, dramatic, suspense, cerebral ...
Plot: world war two, survival, military, war, evacuation, soldier, army, rescue mission, military officer, air attack, battlefield, bravery ...
Time: 1940s, year 1940, middle ages, 20th century
Place: france, england, english channel, dunkirk, united kingdom ...
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Hell in the Pacific (1968)
Genre: Adventure, War
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: During World War II, a shot-down American pilot and a marooned Japanese navy captain find themselves stranded on the same small uninhabited island in the Pacific Ocean. Following war logic, each time the crafty Japanese devises something useful, he ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, realistic, harsh, serious ...
Plot: world war two, war, island, survival, pilot, friendship, friendship between men, betrayal, adventure, human spirit, u.s. air force, stranded on an island ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: japan, tokyo, pacific ocean
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A Dog Named Palma (2021)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: Russia
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The film is inspired by an incredible story of a shepherd dog named Palm who was inadvertently left in the airport by her owner. She befriends nine-year old Nicholas whose mother dies leaving him with a father he barely knows - a pilot who finds the ...
Style: sincere, heartbreaking, touching, sweet, sentimental ...
Plot: dog, airport, life philosophy, pilot, human dog relationship, son, airplane, friendship, bonding, human relationship, lost, animals ...
Time: 70s
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Fortress (2012)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: When the commander of the crew of a B-17 Flying Fortress bomber is killed in action in a raid over Sicily in 1943, his replacement, a young, naive pilot struggles to be accepted by the plane's already tight-knit Irish American crew.
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, tense
Plot: bomber, aerial combats, fighter plane, world war two, airplane, pilot, soldier, battles, military life, heroic mission, leadership, war ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: sicily, europe
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The Last Adventure (1967)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Two adventurers and best friends, Roland and Manu, are the victims of a practical joke that costs Manu his pilot's license. With seeming contrition, the jokesters tell Roland and Manu about a crashed plane lying on the ocean floor off the coast ...
Style: serious, realistic, atmospheric, suspenseful, cult film
Plot: treasure hunt, treasure, pilot, ocean, adventure, airplane, death, friendship, adventurer, escapades, partners, friends ...
Time: 60s
Place: africa, paris france, france, congo, europe
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Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
Genre: Comedy, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: After the insane General Jack D. Ripper initiates a nuclear strike on the Soviet Union, a war room full of politicians, generals and a Russian diplomat all frantically try to stop the nuclear strike.
Style: political, funny, cerebral, cynical, humorous ...
Plot: cold war, satire, military, nuclear war, nuclear holocaust, u.s. president, nuclear threat, end of the world, president, nuclear, general, disaster ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1942
Place: pentagon, washington d.c., russia, ussr
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Into the Night (2020)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Belgium
Duration: 35 min.
TV show
Story: When the sun suddenly starts killing everything in its path, passengers on an overnight flight from Brussels attempt to survive by any means necessary.
Style: apocalyptic, suspense, disturbing, tense, unusual plot structure ...
Audience: teens
Plot: hijacking, survival, apocalypse, end of the world, sun, airplane, pilot, nato, flying, airplane trip, sunrise, paranoia ...
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Operation Christmas Drop (2020)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: While gathering evidence to support closing a tropical U.S. Air Force base, a congressional aide warms to its generous captain.
Style: realistic, captivating, breathtaking, thought provoking, inspirational ...
Plot: christmas, interracial love, pilot, tropical island, u.s. navy, air force, military base, military, help, adventure, romance, good deed ...
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Non-Stop (2014)
Genre: Action, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, France, USA, Canada
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Bill Marks is a burned-out veteran of the Air Marshals service. He views the assignment not as a life-saving duty, but as a desk job in the sky. However, today's flight will be no routine trip. Shortly into the transatlantic journey from New ...
Style: suspense, suspenseful, twists and turns, tense, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: airplane, air disaster, terrorism, hijacking, hostage, save the day, special agents, terrorist, heroes, lone hero, race against time, conspiracy ...
Time: 21st century, 2010s, contemporary
Place: london, usa, new york, iceland
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Porco Rosso (1992)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Porco Rosso, known in Japan as Crimson Pig (Kurenai no Buta) is the sixth animated film by Hayao Miyazaki and released in 1992. You're introduced to an Italian World War I fighter ace, now living as a freelance bounty hunter chasing "air ...
Style: talky, light, stylized, melancholic, feel good ...
Audience: kids, family outing, teens, pre-teens
Plot: adventure, aviation, transformation, romance, pilot, airplane, cartoon pig, heroes, escapades, good versus evil, daring rescue, save the day ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: italy, japan, tokyo, europe, croatia
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Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone (2007)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 98 min.
Story: After the Second Impact, Tokyo-3 is being attacked by giant creatures called Angels that seek to eradicate humankind. The child Shinji's objective is to fight the Angels by piloting one of the mysterious Evangelion mecha units. A remake of the ...
Style: mecha, atmospheric, stylized, exciting, serious ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: androids and robots, pilot, chaos, angel, battles, supernatural, adventure, save the world, space travel, parent child relationship, future dystopia, man versus machine ...
Time: near future
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
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Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK, Italy, USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: When gigantic robots attack New York City, "Sky Captain" uses his private air force to fight them off. His ex-girlfriend, reporter Polly Perkins, has been investigating the recent disappearance of prominent scientists. Suspecting a link ...
Style: futuristic, stylized, exciting, atmospheric, surprise ending ...
Plot: steampunk, robot, heroic mission, mad scientist, airplane, alternate reality, apocalypse, good versus evil, transformation, save the world, pilot, aviator ...
Time: future, 1930s, year 1939, 20th century
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, nepal, london, empire state building manhattan new york city ...
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Catch Me If You Can (2002)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 141 min.
Story: A true story about Frank Abagnale Jr. who, before his 19th birthday, successfully conned millions of dollars worth of checks as a Pan Am pilot, doctor, and legal prosecutor. An FBI agent makes it his mission to put him behind bars. But Frank not ...
Style: clever, captivating, exciting, suspense, inspirational ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: con artists, master criminal, prodigy, adventure, fbi, deception, adaptation, creativity, justice, rise and fall, race against time, crimes ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1967, 70s, year 1969 ...
Place: new orleans, atlanta georgia, washington d.c., louisiana, france ...
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