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 exciting, realistic, serious, suspense, tense and suspenseful films and TV shows about / with pilot, airplane, catastrophe, chase, dialogue, heroes, danger, mentor, storytelling and runaway plots mostly in Drama, Action and Thriller genres shot in USA, Germany, Japan and other countries.
pilot movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as pilot: Flight (2012), The Aviator (2004), Pan Am (2011), Eight Below (2006), Airplane! (1980), Sully (2016), Independence Day (1996), Kill Switch (2017), 7500 (2019), American Made (2017).

List of pilot movies

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: tense, emotional, psychological, bleak, captivating ...
Plot: air disaster, pilot, alcohol abuse, porn actress, airplane, courage, stewardess, addiction, airplane accident, investigation, confession, drinking problem ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california
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The Aviator (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Germany, USA
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: captivating, epic, factual, suspense, compassionate ...
Plot: businessman, pilot, aviation, mental illness, millionaire, rise and fall, corruption, nervous breakdown, fame, phobia, senator, jealousy ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 1910s, 20s, 30s ...
Place: los angeles, new york, usa, beverly hills, washington d.c. ...
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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: stylized, sentimental, realistic, serious, sexy
Plot: stewardess, pilot, airline, airplane, workplace problem, sexual tension, workplace, boss, career, new job, passenger, coworker ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: usa, new york, paris france
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Eight Below (2006)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: In the Antarctic, after an expedition with Dr. Davis McClaren, the sled dog trainer Jerry Shepherd has to leave the polar base with his colleagues due to the proximity of a heavy snow storm. He ties his dogs to be rescued after, but the mission is ...
Style: sentimental, touching, captivating, tense, light ...
Audience: family outing, kids, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: dog, rescue, survival, expedition, adventure, dog sled, pets, pilot, scientist, snow, wilderness, research ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: antarctica, new zealand, oregon, pasadena california, washington d.c. ...
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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: humorous, witty, not serious, exciting, absurd ...
Audience: date night, teens
Plot: parody, airplane, pilot, passenger, fear of flying, stewardess, catastrophe, landing, cliche, guilt, nothing goes right, alcohol abuse ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: chicago illinois, los angeles
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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, realistic, suspense, intense, inspirational ...
Plot: airplane accident, aviation, airplane, crash landing, investigation, courage, pilot, plane crash, rescue, co pilot, catastrophe, lone hero ...
Time: year 2009, 21st century, 2000s
Place: usa, new york, new jersey
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Independence Day (1996)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 145 min.
Story: On July 2, a giant alien mothership enters orbit around Earth and deploys several dozen saucer-shaped 'destroyer' spacecraft that quickly lay waste to major cities around the planet. On July 3, the United States conducts a coordinated ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, semi serious, tense, suspense ...
Audience: family outing, boys' night, teens
Plot: alien invasion, invasion, end of the world, ufo, save the world, spacecraft, evil alien, space and aliens, aliens, danger, pilot, alien encounter ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, washington d.c., empire state building manhattan new york city, mumbai india, berlin germany ...
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Kill Switch (2017)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Netherlands, Germany, USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A pilot battles to save his family and the planet after an experiment for unlimited energy goes wrong.
Style: captivating, exciting, tense, suspense, surprise ending
Plot: parallel world, physicist, pilot, experiment, chase, deception, fear, escape, murder, airplane, betrayal, laboratory ...
Time: near future
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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: suspenseful, captivating, disturbing, suspense, tense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: pilot, flying, flight attendant, terrorism, save the day, airplane trip, heroes, capture, terrorist group, violence, murder, airplane ...
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American Made (2017)
Genre: Action, Biography, 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: drug cartel, drug trafficking, cia, bare ass, money laundering, true crime, cocaine, pilot, drug smuggling, illegal drugs, united states of america, drug dealer ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1978, year 1982, year 1984 ...
Place: colombia, usa, latin america, central america, arkansas ...
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Dark Blue World (2001)
Genre: War, Drama, Action, Romance
Country: Czech Republic, UK, Germany, Denmark, Italy, France, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Lt. Franta Slama is a top pilot in the Czech Air Force who is assigned to train a promising young flier, Karel Vojtisek, and they soon become friends. When Nazi Germany invades Czechoslovakia in 1939, they both reject the authority of their new ...
Style: sentimental, captivating, sincere, intense, gloomy ...
Plot: love triangle, world war two, romance, friendship, pilot, war, culture clash, wartime life, aviation, battle zone, aerial combat, czech ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1939, year 1950
Place: england, europe, poland, central europe, prague ...
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The Titan (2018)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK, Spain, USA, Germany
Duration: 97 min.
Story: On a bleak future Earth, a soldier endures a radical genetic transformation to save humanity. But his wife fears he's becoming more creature than man.
Style: suspense, rough, sad, exciting, surprise ending
Plot: human experiment, transformation, nasa, pilot, dna, military base, laboratory, war atrocity, mental breakdown, danger, survivor, distopia ...
Time: 2040s, near future
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Firefox (1982)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 136 min.
Story: The Soviets have developed a revolutionary new jet fighter, called "Firefox". Naturally, the British are worried that the jet will be used as a first-strike weapon, as rumours say that the jet is indetectable on radar. They send ex-Vietnam ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, suspense, rough, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: fighter jet, kgb, chase, heroes, pilot, espionage, heroic mission, behind enemy lines, aerial combats, cold war, rivalry, danger ...
Time: 80s
Place: russia, england, asia, vietnam, europe ...
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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, serious, suspense, intense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, date night, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: fighter pilot, officers and cadets, navy, u.s. navy, airplane, pilot, cold war, love and romance, fall in love, military, contests and competitions, buddies ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa
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The Princess and the Pilot (2011)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Drama, Family, Romance, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The war between the Levamme Empire and the Amatsukami Imperium has been raging for years. In the midst of this struggle, the prince of the Levamme Empire declares his love for Juana del Moral and vows to end the war in one year, as part of his ...
Style: serious, sincere, exciting, captivating, romantic
Plot: fall in love, love, friendship, princess, air battle, pilot, fictional war, pretty girl, freedom, bonding, fighter pilot, marriage proposal ...
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Flight of Fury (2007)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: UK, Romania, USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: John, is sent in to recover a stolen Stealth Bomber. His trusty sidekick Rojar and John's ever faithful Jessica, fight the rebel forces of Banansistan, led by the vivacious Ellianna.
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, rough, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: bomber, terrorist, pilot, betrayal, chases and races, soldier, espionage, terrorism, adventure, gang, rescue, deadly ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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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, humorous ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, chick flick
Plot: afterlife, ghost, airplane, supernatural, pilot, true love, romance, rescue, tragic hero, starting over, guardian angel, aviation ...
Place: usa, colorado
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Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (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: atmospheric, stylized, exciting, serious, saga ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: space travel, chaos, angel, pilot, battles, androids and robots, supernatural, save the world, adventure, future dystopia, danger, heroes ...
Time: near future
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
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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, exciting, mind bending ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: airplane, missing child, family relations, search, mystery, disappearance, female protagonist, family problems, grief, pilot, stewardess, rain ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: berlin germany, newfoundland, new york, germany
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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: exciting, rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: military, airplane, pilot, danger, save the day, undercover, rivalry, escapades, aviation, secret mission, one man army, terrorism ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: libya
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Bridge of Spies (2015)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Germany, India, USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: During the Cold War, the Soviet Union captures U.S. pilot Francis Gary Powers after shooting down his U-2 spy plane. Sentenced to 10 years in prison, Powers' only hope is New York lawyer James Donovan, recruited by a CIA operative to negotiate ...
Style: realistic, suspense, serious, tricky, intense ...
Plot: espionage, cold war, spy, lawyer, pilot, rescue, cia, legal, danger, justice, mission, undercover ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1950s, year 1960, year 1957 ...
Place: soviet union, usa, europe, berlin germany, east germany ...
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Iron Eagle (1986)
Genre: Action, Thriller, War
Country: USA, Israel, Canada
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: realistic, exciting, tense, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, kids, girls' night
Plot: rescue, military, pilot, colonel, desert, hotshot hero, daring rescue, captivity, parent child relationship, race against time, danger, save the day ...
Time: 80s
Place: middle east, california
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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, serious, realistic, rough ...
Plot: war, world war two, island, pilot, survival, adventure, military life, human spirit, friendship, soldier, military, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: japan, tokyo
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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: captivating, serious, suspense, harsh, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: desert, air disaster, adventure, survival, airplane, pilot, thirst, sahara, isolation, rescue, against the odds, crew ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: africa, libya, sahara desert, middle east
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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: exciting, humorous, semi serious, witty, clever ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vietnam war, heroes, military life, pilot, battle zone, idealism, society, refugee camp, cia, helicopter, drug smuggling, airplane ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, 20th century, year 1969
Place: laos, southeast asia, vietnam, los angeles, cambodia
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Last Exile (2003)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
TV show
Story: A richly romantic action-adventure fantasy, set in a world where retro-futuristic vehicles permeate the skies. Against this lavish background are the lives of young and heroic van ship sky porters - Claus and Lavie - who are forced to take on the ...
Style: serious, captivating, futuristic
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: adventure, pilot, heroic mission, daring rescue, survival, young heroes, rescue, race against time, battles, danger, military, escapades ...
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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: Agent Phil Coulson of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division) puts together a team of agents to investigate the new, the strange and the unknown around the globe, protecting the ordinary from the ...
Style: exciting, semi serious, suspenseful, stylized, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: superhuman powers, special agents, master villain, adventure, good versus evil, heroes, scientist, hi-tech, spy, secret agent, save the day, pilot ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: At the turn of the century, the Angels returned to Earth, seeking to wipe out humanity in an apocalyptic fury. Devastated, mankind's last remnants moved underground to wait for the day when the Angels would come back to finish the job. Fifteen ...
Style: serious, mecha, exciting, psychological, twist ending ...
Audience: teens
Plot: suffering, self doubt, alien encounter, young heroes, future dystopia, depression, chaos, loss, cloning, insanity, super weapon, save the world ...
Time: future, 21st century, year 2015, 2010s
Place: japan
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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A timid magazine photo manager who lives life vicariously through daydreams embarks on a true-life adventure when a negative goes missing.
Style: feel good, motivational, inspirational, scenic, surreal ...
Plot: self discovery, life changing experience, adventurer, loneliness, daydreamer, adventure, obsessive quest, disorder, escape from reality, lifestyle change, travel, journal ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: iceland, usa, himalaya, greenland, los angeles ...
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Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Hapless museum night watchman Larry Daley must help his living, breathing exhibit friends out of a pickle now that they've been transferred to the archives at the Smithsonian Institution. Larry's (mis)adventures this time include close ...
Style: humorous, feel good, not serious, funny, entertaining ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, teens
Plot: adventure, museum, objects come to life, curses spells and rituals, imaginary, goofy hero, escapades, pilot, artifact, chase, disorder, family ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 1930s, 1940s
Place: washington d.c., usa, new york, manhattan new york city, egypt
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