Aviation movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant aviation movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, exciting, intense, dramatic and suspense films and TV shows about / with aviation, airplane, pilot, danger, catastrophe, mentor, dialogue, heroes, runaway and culture clash plots mostly in Drama, Action and War genres shot in USA, UK, Germany and other countries.
aviation movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as aviation: Sully (2016), Afterburn (1992), Dark Blue World (2001), Battle of Britain (1969), Airport (1970), Airport 1975 (1974), The Aviator (2004), Flyboys (2006), Turbulent Skies (2020), Top Gun (1986).

List of aviation 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: aviation, airplane, pilot, investigation, airplane accident, courage, plane crash, crash landing, accident, justice, survival, rescue ...
Time: year 2009, 21st century, 2000s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, manhattan new york city
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Afterburn (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Based on a true story, one woman takes on the U.S. military and General Dynamics; maker of the F-16, thought to be the very best tactical fighter in the world. Air Force Captain Theodore T. Harduvel was one of the best F-16 pilots the U.S. had to ...
Style: captivating, disturbing, thought provoking, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: aviation, heroes, dishonesty, politics, law enforcement, hopes, state affairs, military, legal, rivalry, uncover truth, fighting the system ...
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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, intense, sincere, captivating, gloomy ...
Plot: aviation, world war two, war, friendship, love triangle, aerial combat, culture clash, wartime life, battle zone, air battle, wartime, prison ...
Time: 1940s, post world war two, 20th century, year 1950, year 1939
Place: england, tokyo, spain, germany, europe ...
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Battle of Britain (1969)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: UK
Duration: 132 min.
Story: In 1940, the Royal Air Force fights a desperate battle against the might of the Luftwaffe for control of the skies over Britain, thus preventing the Nazi invasion of Britain.
Style: epic, exciting, realistic, dramatic, suspense ...
Plot: world war two, aviation, aerial combat, luftwaffe, war, raf, british history, fighter plane, nazi, air battle, airplane, fighter pilot ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 20th century, year 1940
Place: poland, england, berlin germany, london, russia ...
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Airport (1970)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: Melodrama about a bomber on board an airplane, an airport almost closed by snow, and various personal problems of the people involved.
Style: suspenseful, exciting, suspense, tense, serious ...
Audience: kids, boys' night
Plot: airport, disaster, airplane, aviation, bomb, passenger, survival, natural disaster, panic, stewardess, rescue, save the day ...
Time: 70s, 1930s, 60s, 20th century
Place: rome italy, new jersey, las vegas, chicago illinois, new york ...
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Airport 1975 (1974)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: "Something hit us...the crew is dead...help us, please, please help us!" With these terrifying words, 22 of Hollywood's greatest stars find themselves aboard a pilotless jumbo jet headed on a collision course with destruction in the ...
Style: suspenseful, sexy, suspense, intense, ridiculous ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: airplane, airport, disaster, aviation, survival, natural disaster, air disaster, catastrophe, helicopter, alcohol abuse, adventure, stewardess ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 20th century, year 1975
Place: los angeles, tokyo, washington d.c., salt lake city utah, usa
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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, realistic, stylized, captivating, suspense ...
Plot: mental illness, success, businessman, aviation, test pilot, pilot, obsessive compulsive disorder, billionaire, aviator, millionaire, filmmaking, corruption ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 1940s, 50s, 1910s ...
Place: los angeles, california, new york, connecticut, usa ...
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Flyboys (2006)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 140 min.
Story: 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.
Style: harsh, exciting, realistic, factual, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, chick flick, girls' night, teens
Plot: war, airplane, world war one, aerial combat, aviation, adventure, fighter pilot, german, zeppelin, vengeance, biplane, fight scenes ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century
Place: europe, france, germany
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Turbulent Skies (2020)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, History
Country: Netherlands
Duration: 50 min.
TV show
Story: A chronicle of KLM Dutch Royal Airlines founder Albert Plesman and pioneering aircraft manufacturer Anthony Fokker's symbiotic but tempestuous bond as they struggle to establish the interwar Netherlands' role in global civil aviation.
Style: captivating, disturbing, thought provoking
Plot: aviation, airplane, airline, struggle, interwar period, direction and purpose, inventions and discoveries, ambition, airplane trip, historical character, flying, aviator ...
Place: netherlands
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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, chick flick, boys' night, girls' night, date night
Plot: u.s. navy, pilot, airplane, military, fighter pilot, officers and cadets, fighter jet, aviation, u.s. military, warplane, aviator, love and romance ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa
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The Red Baron (2008)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, Romance, War
Country: Germany, UK
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Richthofen goes off to war like thousands of other men. As fighter pilots, they become cult heroes for the soldiers on the battlefields. Marked by sportsmanlike conduct, technical exactitude and knightly propriety, they have their own code of ...
Style: emotional, serious, captivating, exciting, sincere ...
Audience: date night
Plot: world war one, airplane, aviation, war, soldier, rise to the top, romance, fall in love, airplane shot down, pilot, unfulfillment, heroes ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century
Place: germany, europe, belgium, france, berlin germany
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The Concorde... Airport '79 (1979)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: The last of the 'Airport' series again stars George Kennedy as aviation disaster-prone Joe Patroni, this time having to contend with nuclear missiles, the French Air Force and the threat of the plane splitting in two over the Alps!
Style: intense, psychological, humorous, unusual plot structure, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: disaster, airplane, aviation, natural disaster, airport, air disaster, catastrophe, plane crash, arms dealer, survival, terrorism, murder ...
Time: 70s, 80s
Place: paris france, los angeles, europe, france, alps ...
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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, emotional, factual ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, date night
Plot: world war two, war, love, love triangle, love and romance, airplane, military, fighter pilot, aviation, navy, aerial combats, u.s. air force ...
Time: 1940s, 50s, 20th century, year 1942, year 1941 ...
Place: hawaii, pearl harbor, japan, asia, tokyo ...
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Black Sheep Squadron (1976)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: The dramatized World War II adventures of US Major Gregory "Pappy" Boyington and his Marine Attack Squadron 214, AKA The Black Sheep Squadron.
Style: semi serious, realistic, suspenseful, exciting, sitcom
Audience: boys' night
Plot: world war two, aviation, military, american soldier, wartime, soldier, air force, bomb, airplane, pilot, army, mission ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: pacific ocean
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Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines or How I Flew from London to Paris in 25 hours 11 minutes (1965)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family
Country: UK
Duration: 138 min.
Story: Star studded comedy about a early 20th century air race from Britain to France.
Style: funny, humorous, dramatic, enigmatic, talky ...
Audience: kids, family outing
Plot: aviation, airplane, stereotypes, adventure, romance, road trip, german, farce, chase, mentor, greed, redemption ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, edwardian era, 1930s, prehistoric times
Place: paris france, london, england, france, europe ...
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Amelia (2009)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 111 min.
Story: 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.
Style: factual, serious, sentimental, stylized, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: airplane, aviation, female pilot, women, ambition, depression, flying, unlikely friendships, self fulfillment, follow your dream, rise to the top, lifestyle ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, year 1937, year 1931, year 1935 ...
Place: usa, africa, atlantic ocean, indiana, wales ...
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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: touching, sentimental, emotional, intense, romantic ...
Audience: girls' night, family outing, kids, chick flick, date night
Plot: afterlife, airplane, ghost, aviation, rescue, supernatural, pilot, grief, love, death, guardian angel, romance ...
Place: usa, colorado
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Sky Fighters (2005)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: France, Germany
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Les Chevaliers du ciel (English: Sky Fighters) is a 2005 French film directed by Gérard Pirès about two air force pilots preventing a terrorist attack on the Bastille Day celebrations in Paris. It is based on Tanguy et Laverdure, a comics series ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, tense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: fighter pilot, aviation, military, betrayal, adventure, heroic mission, rivalry, race against time, undercover, save the day, rescue, false accusation ...
Time: contemporary
Place: france, paris france, europe, alps
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The Right Stuff (1983)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 193 min.
Story: A chronicle of the original Mercury astronauts in the formation of America's space program: Alan Shepherd, the first American in space; Gus Grissom, the benighted astronaut for whom nothing works out as planned; John Glenn, the straight-arrow ...
Style: exciting, epic, factual, inspirational, sincere ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: cold war, astronaut, nasa, space travel, test pilot, u.s. air force, space exploration, space program, aviation, politics, race against time, historical figure ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 50s, 60s, year 1959 ...
Place: washington d.c., florida, houston texas, ussr, usa ...
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The Captain (2019)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Family, Thriller
Country: China
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Based on the true story of a pilot who had to ensure the safety of 128 passengers and crew members on the plane when its windshield became damaged mid-flight. The incident is regarded as one of the miracles in aviation history.
Style: suspense, sentimental, disturbing, suspenseful, factual ...
Plot: plane crash, air disaster, aviation, co pilot, airport, pilot, risk, airline, heroism, disaster, aviator, crash ...
Time: 21st century
Place: china
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Shadow in the Cloud (2020)
Genre: Action, Horror, War
Country: New Zealand, USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: A WWII pilot traveling with top secret documents on a B-17 Flying Fortress encounters an evil presence on board the flight.
Style: suspense, tense, captivating, funny, psychotronic ...
Plot: female pilot, female protagonist, world war two, strong female lead, aviation, aerial combat, female soldier, creature, pilot, fight, fake identity, breast feeding ...
Time: 1940s, year 1943
Place: new zealand
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303 Squadron (2018)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Poland, UK
Duration: 104 min.
Story: After the fall of the September Campaign of 1939, two Polish pilots are forced to fight for their nation in foreign battlefronts.
Style: exciting, sincere
Plot: aerial combat, world war two, air force, aviation, fighter pilot, war, wartime life, battles, rescue, military, politics, soldier ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: poland, britain, europe
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Memphis Belle (1990)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: UK, Japan, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: The "Memphis Belle" is a World War II bomber, piloted by a young crew on dangerous bombing raids into Europe. The crew only have to make one more bombing raid before they have finished their duty and can go home. In the briefing before ...
Style: exciting, tense, emotional, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: world war two, war, bomber, military, battles, soldier, friendship, airplane, u.s. air force, fighter pilot, heroic mission, aviation ...
Time: 1940s, year 1943, 20th century
Place: europe, germany, australia, england, united kingdom
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Into the White (2012)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Norway, Sweden, France
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Into the White is an anti-war movie. High above the harsh Norwegian wilderness, English and German pilots shoot each other to the ground after a violent chance encounter. Isolated, they must fight to survive the brutal winter. Though war has made ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, exciting, suspenseful ...
Plot: survival, wilderness, foe turned friend, winter, world war two, aviation, war, air disaster, luftwaffe, airplane shot down, isolation, confined ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, year 1940
Place: norway, europe
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Planes: Fire & Rescue (2014)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: When world-famous air racer Dusty learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting. Dusty joins forces with veteran fire and rescue helicopter Blade Ranger and ...
Style: humorous, intense, semi serious, sexy, light ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens, teens, girls' night ...
Plot: disney, airplane, rescue, aviation, firefighter, adventure, firefighting, love, friends, fire, anthropomorphic vehicle, escapades ...
Place: new jersey, usa, san francisco
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Flight of the Phoenix (2004)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: When an Amacor oil rig in the Gobi Desert of Mongolia proves unproductive, Captain Frank Towns and copilot "A.J." are sent to shut the operation down. However, on their way to Beijing, a major dust storm forces them to ditch their C-119 ...
Style: suspense, intense, serious, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: desert, survival, stranded, adventure, air disaster, aviation, adaptation, chase, rescue, introspection, human nature, getting home ...
Time: contemporary
Place: mongolia, beijing china
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Fly Away Home (1996)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Amy is only 13 years old when her mother is killed. She goes to Canada to live with her father, an eccentric inventor whom she barely knows. Amy is miserable in her new life... until she discovers a nest of goose eggs that were abandoned when a ...
Style: uplifting, touching, emotional, serious, feel good ...
Audience: kids, teens, family outing, chick flick, girls' night ...
Plot: goose, aviation, bird, rescue, animals, family, environmental, tragedy, against the odds, father daughter relationship, death in the family, childhood ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: canada, new zealand
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Red Tails (2012)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: The story of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American pilots to fly in a combat squadron during World War II.
Style: epic, exciting, serious, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: world war two, war, fighter pilot, airplane, interracial relations, aerial combats, aviation, military life, discrimination, military base, soldier, heroic mission ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1944, year 1942
Place: europe, cuba, germany, italy, pentagon ...
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Air Force One (1997)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Russian terrorists conspire to hijack the aircraft with the president and his family on board. The commander in chief finds himself facing an impossible predicament: give in to the terrorists and sacrifice his family, or risk everything to uphold ...
Style: suspense, suspenseful, exciting, intense, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, boys' night
Plot: airplane, hostage, secret service, terrorism, white house, hijacking, terrorist, conspiracy, president, usa president, aviation, political prisoner ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: russia, washington d.c., afghanistan, germany, moscow russia ...
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Con Air (1997)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: When the government puts all its rotten criminal eggs in one airborne basket, it's asking for trouble. Before you can say, "Pass the barf bag," the crooks control the plane, led by creepy Cyrus "The Virus" Grissom. Watching ...
Style: suspense, exciting, serious, intense, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, girls' night
Plot: airplane, hijacking, prison, master criminal, convict, aviation, law enforcement, machismo, prison escape, air disaster, confined, tough heroes ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 80s
Place: las vegas, usa, nevada, north america, california ...
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