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10 of the Best Aviation Movies and Why

Last updated Sat, 16 Nov 2013 01:35:30 GMT
Originally posted on Mon, 01 Oct 2012 13:41:08 GMT

Two of the man’s most wonderful inventions, movies and aviation, came of age around the same time. After the turn of the 19th century, and before World War I, a new age was dawning. The Industrial Revolution gave way to the Technological Revolution. New and exciting inventions, and new ways to manufacture them, were springing up everywhere. 

“I’m going to make the greatest aviation movie of all time.” - Howard Hughes

The Wright Brothers took off from Kitty Hawk, Henry Ford began cranking out Model Ts, the bicycle became wildly popular, and the movie business was changing from a boardwalk novelty to a full-fledged entertainment business.

Since then, there have been many movies about aviation. How do you choose the ten best? For my selections, I looked for great stories, good acting (mostly), spectacular flying scenes and beautiful classic aircraft. Here then, are my ten best aviation movies:

1. The Battle of Britain (1969)

“The Battle of Britain” reenacts the early days of World War II as the Royal Air Force and the Luftwaffe battle for control of the skies over the English Channel. The name of the battle comes from a speech by Winston Churchill when he said, "the Battle of France is over. I expect that the Battle of Britain is about to begin."

The Battle of Britain cover art

“The Battle of Britain” was one of the first wartime theaters contested mainly by air forces. Despite relentless attacks, Britain held firm, and handed Germany one of their first major defeats. This is considered one of the turning points of the war.

The movie featured a tremendous amount of aircraft from the time period. Over 100 planes were used. The producers found 27 Spitfires but can only make 12 of them flyable. They also used six Hawker Hurricanes, and only three of those were flyable. One of the benefits of the film is that many vintage aircraft were preserved, including a very rare Spitfire Mark II.

For the air combat scenes, all of the Royal Air Force spitfires were either variations of Spitfire Mark Is or Spitfire Mark IIs. Since only a few of the spitfires could be made to fly, the producers used several different Marks, some of them built after the Battle of Britain. Also, a couple of Spitfire trainers were modified with camera platforms to capture the incredibly realistic air battle scenes. Some non-flying Spitfires and Hurricanes were used as set pieces on the ground. In addition, a Hawker Hurricane VII was flown in the film, as well as a North American B-25 Mitchell N6587D used for aviation sequences.

On the German side, the producers found several CASA 2.111 bombers, a Heinkel He 111H-16, and Hispano Aviación HA-1112 MiL 'Buchon' fighters. The Buchons were made to look like Bf 109Es. Also, a couple of Heinkels and several Messerschmitts were used in the filming. In addition, a pair of Junkers Ju 52 transports were utilized as well.

2. The Great Waldo Pepper (1975)

The great thing about "The Great Waldo Pepper" is that aviation is a central part of the story. Unlike the dramatic battle scenes of the wartime movies on the list, “The Great Waldo Pepper” is set in peacetime, and features joyous stunt flying, barnstorming and the innocence of the early days of aviation.

The Great Waldo Pepper

Starring Robert Redford, it is set in the postwar 1920s. Redford is an unhappy World War I pilot who thinks he missed out on the aerial battles of the war due to his role as a flight instructor. Now that the war is over, he begins barnstorming to make money, naming himself "The Great Waldo Pepper.”

Soon he is battling another war veteran and barnstormer named Axel Olsson. Over time, the two rivals become friends and begin stunt flying together. Waldo is severely injured during one of the more dangerous stunts, and takes time out to recuperate

He doesn't stay down for long however. Using an alias, he gets a job as a stunt pilot in a Hollywood war film. A German air ace is hired by the producers to fly a replica of a Fokker Dr. I. While filming a famous air battle, Waldo and the German ace begin to dogfight, repeatedly hitting each other with their airplanes, Waldo flying a Sopwith Camel and the German ace in the Fokker.  Shortly, they realize their planes are too damaged to land and each flies away.

3. The Aviator (2004)

Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Kate Beckinsale, Alan Alda, John C. Reilly and Alec Baldwin, "The Aviator" is a biography of aviation and cinema magnate Howard Hughes. Inspired by several different sources including a biography written by Charles Higham, "The Aviator" details Hughes' extraordinary life, from the 1920s until just after World War II. Nominated for 11 Academy Awards, it won five including best supporting actress for Cate Blanchett.

Leonardo DiCaprio in The Aviator

Directed by Martin Scorsese, "The Aviator" captures the ambition and madness of a man who loved airplanes so much he resolved as a young kid to build the fastest airplane ever made.

His audacity and unique vision helped create aircraft like the XF-11 reconnaissance plane, and the iconic "Spruce Goose" flying boat. In fact, at one point he decided to sell off his investment in TWA in order to focus on the continuing development of his airplanes.

The plot is loose, and at times the audience is left to fill in various details for themselves. But Martin Scorcese succeeds in telling an engaging story about a paranoid, obsessed, germaphobe with acute obsessive-compulsive disorder who loves airplanes and movies. Howard Hughes played a role in the growth of two American industries in their formative years, aviation and cinema, and “The Aviator” captures the man and the era with aplomb.

4. Memphis Belle (1990)

“Memphis Belle,” a 1990 film starring Matthew Modine, Eric Stoltz and Harry Connick, Junior tells a fictional account of the documentary released in 1943 called, "Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress." The Memphis Belle, a B-17 bomber with 24 consecutive successful missions under its belt during World War II, is about to go on its last mission.

At one point, Captain Dennis Dearborn, played by Matthew Modine, says, “And if we don't drop these bombs right in the pickle barrel there are going to be a lot of innocent people killed.”

The Memphis Belle crew

First Lieutenant Luke Sinclair, played by Tate Donovan, responds, “What's the difference? They're all Nazis!”

Although dialogue such as noted above can seem a little trite at times, “Memphis Belle” is a terrific telling of the harrowing story of this unique bomber and crew. While “Memphis Belle” can trace its DNA to the 1943 movie, it is chock-full of images and scenes inspired by dozen or more aviation movies.

The challenge with a cast as large as this is to give the primary characters enough screen time that the audience cares about them, while showing the large size of the crew and the impact of each member. While it does not win in comparison to the 1943 production, as a big-budget Hollywood studio movie it fulfills its mission for entertainment while retaining the earnestness, tension, and drama of the documentary.

5. The Spirit Of St. Louis (1957)

Released in 1957, “The Spirit of St. Louis” chronicles Charles Lindbergh's historic 1927 flight across the Atlantic, which some believe to be the single most important achievement in the history of aviation since the Wright brothers took off at Kitty Hawk.

James Stewart in the Spirit of St. Louis (1957)

The film was adapted from Lindbergh's Pulitzer Prize winning autobiographical account of the flight. The film covers the 33-hour flight from Roosevelt Field to Paris on May 21, 1927. It begins when James Stewart, as Charles Lindbergh is shown waiting for days for the rain to stop over Roosevelt Field on Long Island.

When the weather clears, Lindbergh takes off and barely clears trees at the end of Roosevelt Field due to the extreme weight of his aircraft. Every 60 minutes, he changes fuel tanks in order to keep the weight balanced.

Finally, he sees Paris and approaches Le Bourget Field. He sees many swirling lights below, not realizing hundreds of people that have gathered to greet him. He begins his descent and is surrounded by a huge throng. Press cameras flashing, he is carried off on the shoulders of the cheering crowd. When he returns to New York, he receives a parade to honor his achievement.

6. The Blue Max (1966)

Directed by John Guillermin, “The Blue Max” is a British war movie released in 1966. It centers on a German fighter pilot during World War I. Based on the novel by Jack D. Hunter, it stars George Peppard, James Mason, and Ursula Andress.

As Corporal Bruno Stachel, George Peppard becomes an officer in the German Army air service. His goal is to achieve the highest decoration for valor, known as the "Blue Max." To make his goal, he must down 20 enemy aircraft.

The Blue Max (1966) artwork

On one mission, flying a Pfalz D. III, he downs a British S. E. 5. Unfortunately, because there are no witnesses, he does not get any credit. Determined to find the wreckage after getting back to base, he searches for hours in the rain for the downed plan.

Not long after, Stachel is shot down by two British fighters after he rescued a Fokker Dr. I. Later, he learns that the man he saved is none other than the Red Baron, Manfred von Richthofen, played by Carl Schell.

As the German army faces retreat, Stachel's squadron find themselves in a strafing mission. Instructed by his commanding officer, Otto Heidemann, not to engage with enemy fighters, Stachel disobeys and begins a series of dogfights. His comrades soon join him.

Furious, Heidemann has him arrested for endangering many pilots. All Stachel cares about is qualifying for The Blue Max. Stachel and Heidemann are called back to Berlin. Needing a folk hero, the high command has decided that Stachel will receive the Blue Max. Disgusted, Heidemann resigns and takes a desktop job.

7. Strategic Air Command (1950)

“Strategic Air Command” stars Jimmy Stewart, June Allyson and was directed by Anthony Mann. A 1955 Paramount pictures release, it was the first of a series of four pictures about the Strategic Air Command.

Stewart plays Dutch Holland, a St. Louis Cardinals baseball player who also serves in the United States Air Force reserve. He is recalled to join active duty during spring training. June Allyson plays his wife Sally, who struggles with the long absences and dangers of his profession.

The Crew: Strategic Air Command

Stewart leads a B-36 crew. A constant challenge is leaking fuel tanks. Their repair job does not work on a mission to Greenland, and one of the tanks catches on fire, causing the entire left wing to follow suit. The crew abandons the plane over Greenland. Dutch Holland and the radar navigator stay on board and attempt to pull off a forced landing.

His injuries from the crash create major problems—ultimately he is barred from any additional flying, and is discharged from the Air Force, also threatening his baseball ambitions. General Hawks take him aside and gives them the idea that he would make a good team manager.

8. Top Gun (1986)

"Top Gun" is a 1986 action film about hotshot pilots at the Naval Flying School. It stars Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Anthony Edwards, Tom Skerritt and Val Kilmer. Tom Cruise plays the role of cocky Lieut. Pete "Maverick" Mitchell, a brash Navy pilot who gets accepted into "Top Gun," the Navy's Fighter Weapons School. Along with his Radar Intercept Officer, Nick "Goose" Bradshaw, he battles fellow students, and the memory of his father, who reportedly made critical errors during a mission many years ago, resulting in his death as well as that of several other pilots. 

Tom Cruise in Top Gun

Aircraft depicted in “Top Gun” include American F-14s and Russian MiG-28s. For the MiGs, producers substituted Northrop 5-5Es and F-5F Tiger IIs. The movie was made for an estimated $15 million and has grossed almost $350 million worldwide. At the time of release, it was the top-selling videocassette in movie history. Sales of bomber jackets and Ray-Ban sunglasses increased tremendously. Both the Navy and Air Force reported a surge in recruitment, with the Navy even adding recruitment outlets in various theaters to take advantage of the movie’s wild popularity.

Where the movie falls down--cheesy dialogue and dubious acting--it really falls apart. However, the aerial battle and dogfight scenes are tremendous. Sure, real Naval fighters would not recognize some of the maneuvers or military procedures used in the film. Nonetheless, its relentless soundtrack and nonstop action make it a landmark aviation movie.

9. Flying Leathernecks (1951)

The “Flying Leathernecks,” directed by Nicholas Ray and released in 1951, stars John Wayne and Robert Ryan as Marine Corps Flyers during the Second World War. The plot centers on Major Don Kirby, played by John Wayne, as he reports to the VMF-247 Wildcats where he is to take command.

Flying Leathernecks

The men in the unit thought that Robert Ryan, playing Capt. Carl "Griff" Griffin, was going to take the position. Kirby is extremely "by the book," and does not believe that Capt. Griffin is as tough as he wanted.

For example, Kirby denies sick leave for malaria patients, and does not allow pilots experiencing problems with their aircraft to return to base. This creates a growing tension between the major and Capt. Griffin.

Nicholas Ray is reported to have selected Robert Ryan for the role partially because he had been a collegiate boxer, and was the only actor the director knew who had the ability to "kick Wayne's ass."

The fighters used in the beginning of the film are not accurate reproductions of Grumman F4F Wildcats, but are actually Grumman F6F Hellcats. Very few Wildcats were available at that time. However, there was a wide selection of Hellcats available in 1951 when the picture was made. For the Zero fighters they painted Hellcats white.

10. Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)

“Tora! Tora! Tora!” is a 1970 film about the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor during World War II. Directed by Richard Fleischer, it features a large cast including Martin Balsam, Joseph Cotten, So Yamamura, EG Marshall, James Whitmore and Jason Robards.

The film's title is derived from the code word used by Japan to signal that their surprise attack was achieved successfully. Translated directly, it means "Tiger! Tiger! Tiger!" The producers decided to use actors who were not box office stars. The idea was to place emphasis on the story, rather than the actors.

Image from Tora! Tora! Tora!

Studio executive Darrell F. Zanuck wanted to create an epic film that showed "what really happened on December 7, 1941." Zanuck believed commanders General Short and Admiral Kimmel had been wrongly blamed for decades for not taking enough defensive maneuvers. His goal was to create a Japanese-American coproduction that provided a balanced view from both countries.

Aircraft depicted in the film include Japanese A6M Zero fighters, "Val" bombers, and "Kate" torpedo bombers. During filming, a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress actually crashed, and the footage was used in the final cut. Other aircraft in the film are the Consolidated PBY Catalina and the Curtis P-40 Warhawk. 

Close Competition

There are my 10 best aviation movies. Like an Olympics competition, the numbers were very close. In fact, the films that didn’t make the cut only missed by a fraction of a point.  

How about you? What would you add? Tell me about it in the comments below.

Ian Stephens

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Ian Stephens is a Flight Simulation enthusiast with a keen interest in aviation and technology. He has been writing for Fly Away Simulation for over 9 years.

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Joseph MickFri, 05 Oct 2012 03:30:54 GMT

Very good list. One of my all time favorites is Air Force, set at the outbreak of WWII. Set around the exploits of the crew of an early model B-17, leaving California in peacetime but landing in Hawaii as the Japanese are attacking. This movie, which I first saw in the 50's when I was about 6, spurred my interest in aircraft modeling and in aircraft in general. Was thrilled when it finally came out on DVD a couple of years ago.

BobFri, 05 Oct 2012 04:59:12 GMT

Try watching "MEN OF THE FIGHTING LADY" Bob

Roy HaycockFri, 05 Oct 2012 08:37:10 GMT

For English viewers, some of the most evocative films are:- "The Dam Busters", "Reach For The Stars", and "Appointment in London" .

Brian GerrardFri, 05 Oct 2012 10:43:15 GMT

One of the most moving flying sequences was in The Final Countdown with Kirk Douglas, Martin Sheene and James Farentino(?). The aircraft carrier Nimitz goes back in time to December 1941 just before Pearl Harbour and to see two F-14 Tomcats playing with a couple of Japanese Zeros was superb. There were no animations all genuine stuff. Tora Tora to me was ruined due to overdone animation. Animation can be great if done correctly but there is a tendency to make aircraft do the impossible!

If any reader has not seen this film it is well worth looking out for it.

Augusto LebsaFri, 05 Oct 2012 12:24:37 GMT

Missing The Bridges at Toko-Ri

GrahamFri, 05 Oct 2012 13:49:13 GMT

Not too bad of a list at all, but I would like to add three more. The first one was posted above and that was The Final Countdown. To be able to conceptualize a nuclear carrier going back into time to duke it out with the Japanese is simply amazing.

The second movie is Flight of the Intruder. Having flown the Prowler (variant off the A-6 Intruder airframe), the cockpit scenes are amazing, the language (call outs, cockpit banter...etc) is accurate to that time period (I was not alive during that time period but some of our senior officers were). The cast is great too with Danny Glover, Willam Dafoe, Fred Thompson and Brad Johnson (just to name a few). Do not let the critics fool you on this one.

And lastly A Gathering of Eagles....it always brings a tear to my dads eye (he was a B-52 pilot from '64-'70 and served on stand board in SAC) when he watches this. It meant a lot to him to be a part of something like SAC and this movie takes him back to Riverside, CA while sitting alert. Anyway just my two cents worth.

Ron McCarthyFri, 05 Oct 2012 13:53:25 GMT

"Twelve O'clock High" is one of my favorites.

IanFri, 05 Oct 2012 13:56:45 GMT

I think you mean 'Reach for The Sky' - biopic about Douglas Bader, Roy?

flightechFri, 05 Oct 2012 14:05:58 GMT

All very good especially the Jimmy Stewart movies but I think the Tuskagee Airman should be added as well. Those pilots made history

W E DentonFri, 05 Oct 2012 14:07:30 GMT

When it comes to movie flying sequences, I have to include "Dawn Patrol", "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo", "The Hunters", "Reach for the Stars", "Bat21", "Flight of the Intruder", "Air America", "Blue Thunder" and "Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines". I definitely agree with your list as well as the movies indicated by the other comments. There are many more that can be listed and as far as I'm concerned, any film with a Aircraft flying in it is great. Also, with the state of aircraft animation we have today, which is outstanding, the ability to present aviation's past, present and future to the movie screen is becoming affordable. Although they are not movies, the aerial sequences depicted in the History Channels "Gunfights" give us a glimpse of the stories that before now could not be told using real aircraft. I'm looking forward to seeing some great and realistic aerial footage in future movies.

flightechFri, 05 Oct 2012 14:08:50 GMT

Someone tell us where we can find these movies?

Ron McCarthyFri, 05 Oct 2012 14:30:13 GMT

Howard Hughes' "Hell's Angels" should also be top on the list!

Art SackmanFri, 05 Oct 2012 15:23:57 GMT

How about a great flying comedy, those Magnificent Men and their Flying Machines.

Pro MemberjamesthefirstFri, 05 Oct 2012 16:17:18 GMT

Surely "THE DAMBUSTERS" should have a place on any list of great aviation movies! Richard Todd deserved an Oscar for his portrayal of Wing Commander Guy Gibson who, of course, led 617 Squadron on the famous raid on the Rhur dams.

MartinFri, 05 Oct 2012 16:21:13 GMT

Another good one was Flight of the Pheonix starring Jimmy Stewart. Great acting and a story of survival after crash landing in the desert and subsequently rebuilding an aircraft from what is left to fly themselves back out.

AllanFri, 05 Oct 2012 17:20:33 GMT

A few from my collection that need at least a Honorable Mention. Add: The Right Stuff, X-15, Bombers B-52, 30 Seconds Over Tokyo, Midway, Flight Command, Enola Gay, Dive Bomber, Air Cadet, A Gathering of Eagles, The Wings of Eagles, Toward the Unknown and Command Decision make my list

Don FeeleyFri, 05 Oct 2012 17:38:57 GMT

I would put The "Hunters" in the list for its great footage of F-86s and F-84s and "Dive Bomber" for amazing color coverage of pre-WWII naval aviation.

A V 8 RFri, 05 Oct 2012 17:56:02 GMT

'Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines.'

PatrickFri, 05 Oct 2012 18:26:25 GMT

Fly Boys! Story of allied flyers in France 1914! Americans Canadians! Good aerial combat scenes and training scenes!

Kitty HawkFri, 05 Oct 2012 19:36:42 GMT

My dad was in the Air Force working as a mechanic on B-36's at Carlswell AFB in Ft. Worth when Jimmy Stewart was there making the film. When you see the first flight he is on leaving the airstrip, you can see our military housing as they fly out. My dad retired as a General Supervisor with General Dynamics. He was one of two liaisons between the test pilots and the mechanics one of the first two YF-16's (F-16). When the F-16 was ready, he toured 8 NATO countries with his crew displaying the plane for potential buyers. His plane was the one with the red-white-color scheme.

bonesFri, 05 Oct 2012 21:51:06 GMT

I'm proud to say I seen every one of these. I would like to add "Hell's Angels"

JustinFri, 05 Oct 2012 22:14:51 GMT

Type error: For the MiGs, producers substituted Northrop >>"5""F"

zumajimFri, 05 Oct 2012 23:30:38 GMT

Some fine additions to the list. I'd like to add "Zeppelin" -- an obscure 1971 British film about an English spy who must infiltrate Germany to gain access to (and destroy) a new long-range zeppelin to be used to drop nerve gas on London. The zeppelin scenes use some great models and there are some terific SE-5s (reproductions?) used throughout. Maybe not a true aviation movie, but it's got some great flying scenes. One shot, from the perspective of the zeppelin's gondola shows an SE-5 climbing desperately to shoot down the craft, only to reach its altitude ceiling. The shot captures the moment the plane's engine loses power, it's pilot shaking his fist and mouthing obscenities at the Germans as he falls away in a stall. Fantastic!

SteveSat, 06 Oct 2012 01:25:37 GMT

Yes, Reach for the Sky (book initially, then movie) triggered my lifelong love of all things aviation.

Then further reinforced by Dam Busters and 633 Squadron!

Then maybe Dr Strangelove, although admittedly that may be stretching the definition of 'aviation movie' a bit.

Pierre ArpinSat, 06 Oct 2012 04:02:18 GMT

I think that "Those daring youg men in their fling machines" should be there,

PabloniaMon, 08 Oct 2012 03:30:27 GMT

I recommend a french movie called Les Chevaliers du ciel; The knights of the Air. Also The Tuskegee Airmen and the late Red Tails!

PabloniaMon, 08 Oct 2012 03:54:25 GMT

Another I remember, although from space but also about pilots, is Space Cowboys, with Clint Eastwood.

AlMon, 08 Oct 2012 16:58:12 GMT

Excellent choices! We each would add our favorites to the list, but a great start.

Ron SandbergTue, 09 Oct 2012 16:14:56 GMT

They are ALL good! Anything with airplanes in it is great! Too bad they can't bring back the old movies!

Chuck SilkeySat, 13 Oct 2012 23:33:29 GMT

As a child of maybe 4 or 5 yrs of age, the whistling in the movie has stayed with me all these 58 yrs. Also my first exposure to John Wayne. And am proud to say the FIRST flight of my young life was aboard a Constellation, around the same age. I dont remember just how much "aviation" was shown or filmed, but the aircraft to this day is one of my favorites. And I'd add I may be wrong on ALL of this, but the "High and the Mighty" will always remain with me. Now if I could only FIND the thing...lol

Dr. Tim HadleyTue, 30 Oct 2012 18:53:57 GMT

"Fate is the Hunter"--the book by Ernest Gann is better, and much different, than the movie, but both are good.

Doug CoxellWed, 31 Oct 2012 16:29:48 GMT

How could you leave out "Twelve O'Clock High" ? : mind you those listed are all very good.

Robert BauschWed, 31 Oct 2012 22:40:01 GMT

Must say I also was surprised The Dam Busters was not on the list. Probably my favorite aviation movie.

Michael W. StevensonThu, 01 Nov 2012 02:00:17 GMT

"The Dam Busters," "Reach for the Sky," "Appointment in London," "12 O'Clock High," "Command Decision," "The High and the Mighty," and "Island in the Sky" are particular favorites. The last one in particular is a wonderful depiction of the way flying used to be before the jet age and the arrival of the FAA when commercial flight was a small fraternity willing to risk all for one another. These are fine films because they are "people" films as well as films about technology.

AlThu, 01 Nov 2012 03:25:34 GMT

Someone mentioned Final Countdown. Not bad. The most interesting thing I saw were the yaw strings on the noses of the F14's.

AlThu, 01 Nov 2012 03:33:43 GMT

Zeppelin falls into the same category as Hindenberg. Would love them to make a movie of the Shenandoah. Read about it's final flight. It is amazing!

AlThu, 01 Nov 2012 03:35:03 GMT

Picking a Top 10 is impossible for an aviation buff. Each movie has it's own moments.

Pro Memberwarhawk121Fri, 02 Nov 2012 17:58:12 GMT

some of my favourite aviation movies are up there but one has so far been unmentioned and thats By Dawns Early Light. great movie which quite nicely depicts life of QRA for a BUFF

OberonWed, 14 Nov 2012 22:43:29 GMT

The Right Stuff - 'nuff said!

KMGYwilsonWed, 14 Nov 2012 23:07:12 GMT

I agree for the best 10. My favored is TOP GUN, yet my cousin and I fly the C172 since the early 1960's. My love for flying even grow stronger since FS98, FS2002, FSX, and now MS Flight. With the computer getting on to where they are today. What's Next! WOW!

Pro MemberChrisMon, 03 Dec 2012 16:20:10 GMT

All the above films are top notch. I might also add "Dark Blue World", A very well done film about Czechoslovak pilots who fought for the British Royal Air Force during World War II The most expensive Czech movie produced, the budget totalled €8 million. The train attack is the most expensive scene in Czech cinema history. Dogfight footage from the 1969 film Battle of Britain was seamlessly integrated with contemporary film footage using computer imagery and mastering to create the aerial sequences. Brief shots from the 1990 film Memphis Belle were also used. If you haven't seen it yet, give it a look!

Pro MemberChrisMon, 03 Dec 2012 16:33:40 GMT

Dark Blue World Trailer... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5syqnsce7Rc

Pro MemberSam HighMon, 17 Dec 2012 15:55:22 GMT

Flight Of The Phoenix is a classic. Watch the original http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0059183/

Pro MemberdcstrngSat, 22 Dec 2012 18:16:04 GMT

Am a little surprised not to see "12 O’clock High" make the top-ten, but in this company coming in 11th or 12th is no embarrassment. -- LB

EbiWed, 09 Jan 2013 18:03:26 GMT

Add The Flight 2012 with Denzel washington .

stubieFri, 18 Jan 2013 01:34:16 GMT

To the person who asked where you can get all theses movies (flightech??)... best bet... Youtube, I watch them often there. Command decision is one of my favourites because it is an honest film about how people really felt about going to war. When you watch this you realise how much the American Film producers formularise their movies nowadays. No American studio would produce it now.

stubieFri, 18 Jan 2013 01:50:58 GMT

Here is 633 squadron full movie.. HD! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYOihw-6m-U

stubieFri, 18 Jan 2013 01:53:38 GMT

Here is "Battle of Britain" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-UdGk61wor4

777CPFri, 12 Apr 2013 16:49:49 GMT

"The red baron" is pretty awsome.

777CPFri, 12 Apr 2013 16:51:34 GMT

What about "Stealth" (2005) Its cool but a tad bit fictious

DocSat, 23 Nov 2013 18:58:25 GMT

I loved "The Hunters" F-86 Korean War movie with Robert Mitchum. Also "Flight of the Intruder" was a classic. "Fire Fox" with Clint Eastwood was more entertainment that anything but a good movie.

SonOfSteelFri, 27 Feb 2015 06:40:14 GMT

'Fighter Squadron' 1948 Starring: Edmond O'Brien (Major Ed Hardin) Robert Stack (Captain Stu Hamilton) http://impdb.org/index.php?title=Fighter_Squadron

'The Hunters' 1958 Starring: Robert Mitchum (Major Cleve Saville) Robert Wagner (Lieutenant Ed Pell) http://impdb.org/index.php?title=The_Hunters

Pro MemberGerman DiazThu, 09 Apr 2015 13:17:56 GMT

One of the best film I saw just several years ago wasb "Operation Crossbow", the history of the Luftwafe and his famous flying bombs V1 y then the begining and final of the V2 at the end of WWII. It was a great movie with several famous actors. From Santiago de Chile, pilot Nubenegra.

Best regards.

Bill ZukWed, 18 Jan 2017 15:28:45 GMT

"The Right Stuff" has to be included in any list of the greatest aviation films. Others to consider: "Always" and "Captains of the Clouds".

EdmeisterThu, 04 May 2017 02:09:19 GMT

Memphis Belle is my favorite aviation movie. I bet I have watched it at least 50 times. I also like The Battle of Britain, Red Tails, Twelve O'Clock High, Top Gun, any WWII air war movies.

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