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vedatil4
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help list movies about flying, airports, or airplanes

Wed Mar 10, 2021 10:19 pm

Hello A.net friends,

I like movies that have airplanes, airports, or flying as the backdrop for some dramatic story. Aside from the following list of titles I can think of, would you suggest other movies in your post?

The obvious two are Airplane I&II, but there's also the four Airport movies, Skyjacked, Crash Landing, Passenger 54, Red Eye, Snakes on a Plane, Soul Plane, and Zero Hour. Any others?

I love seeing how people used to fly and what was considered "normal" at the time.

One of my favorite scenes ever is the pilot busting out a pipe to smoke inside the cockpit in the Zero Hour movie. This was in the 40s or 50s. Must've been nice. No one thought it was weird to start a small fire in a confined space.

I wouldn't limit this to Hollywood movies either. I imagine Bollywood, Korea, or Russia have put out movies in this genre but I never heard of them here in the USA.
 
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Re: help list movies about flying, airports, or airplanes

Wed Mar 10, 2021 10:52 pm

Let's see. How about:

Against the Wild
Against the Wild 2 - Survive the Serengeti
Air Force One
Alaska
Baggage Claim
Con Air
Ekipazh (1980)
Ekipazh (2016)
Falling from the Sky - Flight 174
Flight of the Intruder
Flight of the Living Dead
Flight of the Phoenix
Flyboys
Flying Home
Mercy Mission - The Rescue of Flight 771
Nowhere to Land
Sully
The Aviator
The Delta Force
The High and the Mighty
The Terminal
The Tuskegee Airmen
Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines
Top Gun
Turbulence
Turbulence 2 Fear of Flying
Turbulence 3 Heavy Metal
Turbulent Skies
Up in the Air

I think those will fit the description. Not all of them are equally good, some of them are straight out bad movies. But what do you expect, there's not a lot of movies about flying anyway.
 
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Re: help list movies about flying, airports, or airplanes

Wed Mar 10, 2021 11:10 pm

Rain and Fire move about DL 191
Flight 90, Disaster on the Potomac
Crash Landing, The Rescue of Flight 232
United 93
Passenger 57
Flight
 
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Re: help list movies about flying, airports, or airplanes

Wed Mar 10, 2021 11:34 pm

vedatil4 wrote:
I wouldn't limit this to Hollywood movies either. I imagine Bollywood, Korea, or Russia have put out movies in this genre but I never heard of them here in the USA.


I know of one Bollywood movie that fits: Neerja, about the hijacking of Pan Am Flight 73.

Edit: Are we limited to films with theatrical releases, or do made-for-TV movies count? If it's the latter, there was a TV movie called "Miracle Landing" about Aloha 243.
 
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Re: help list movies about flying, airports, or airplanes

Thu Mar 11, 2021 12:39 am

Catch Me If You Can uses Ontario Airport as a 60s version of MIA.
 
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Re: help list movies about flying, airports, or airplanes

Thu Mar 11, 2021 1:03 am

My 3 favorites

Up in the air
-George Clooney
-Story about the life of a frequent flyer
-Multiple Academy Award nominations

The Aviator
-Directed by Martin Scorsese, starring Leonardo DiCaprio
-Story of Howard Hughes
-Multiple Academy Award wins

Catch Me if you Can
-Directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Leonardo DiCaprio & Tom Hanks
-Multiple Academy Award nominations
 
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Re: help list movies about flying, airports, or airplanes

Thu Mar 11, 2021 2:41 am

The most accurate airline movie made was probably “The Pilot” starring Cliff Robertson. Good luck finding it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9k-_mLZ_zA
 
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Re: help list movies about flying, airports, or airplanes

Thu Mar 11, 2021 3:46 am

DL_Mech wrote:
The most accurate airline movie made was probably “The Pilot” starring Cliff Robertson. Good luck finding it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9k-_mLZ_zA


Oooh!. That's exactly the kind of movie I like. Gotta find it. Thanks for the tip.
 
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Re: help list movies about flying, airports, or airplanes

Thu Mar 11, 2021 3:50 am

This is not a movie but a documentary about pilots in Russia right after the collapse of the Soviet Union. It's called "Airplaneski!". It's one of my favorites: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILVIUW-PxK
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Re: help list movies about flying, airports, or airplanes

Thu Mar 11, 2021 3:53 am

Yflyer wrote:
vedatil4 wrote:
I wouldn't limit this to Hollywood movies either. I imagine Bollywood, Korea, or Russia have put out movies in this genre but I never heard of them here in the USA.


I know of one Bollywood movie that fits: Neerja, about the hijacking of Pan Am Flight 73.

Edit: Are we limited to films with theatrical releases, or do made-for-TV movies count? If it's the latter, there was a TV movie called "Miracle Landing" about Aloha 243.


Movies of the made-for-TV variety are great sometimes, so yes, include those too. I'm really interested in foreign films. Luckily someone posted Neerja on youtube. Gotta watch it. :-)
 
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Re: help list movies about flying, airports, or airplanes

Thu Mar 11, 2021 6:02 am

While it isn't about flying per se, "Sunday In New York" has quite a few airport scenes and one of the main characters in it is a pilot. MOST of the movie is available here (and yes, LAX stands in for IDL/Idlewild Airport...not yet JFK because the movie was released in 1963.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUzbuHuBYfw
 
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Re: help list movies about flying, airports, or airplanes

Thu Mar 11, 2021 10:50 am

Germany has some interesting movies and series, search youtube & Co.!

"Treffpunkt Flughafen", TV series about the "real" life of INTERFLUG IL62 crew
"Glückliche Reise", TV trash about luxury around-the-world travel on SIA B747Megatop
"Westflug – Entführung aus Liebe", about the hijacking of LOT165
"Mogadischu", about the hijacking of LH181

and what about "The Langoliers", "ALIVE", "Wings of Hope" kind a remake of "I miracoli accadono ancora"
 
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Re: help list movies about flying, airports, or airplanes

Thu Mar 11, 2021 4:28 pm

Tokushima wrote:
While it isn't about flying per se, "Sunday In New York" has quite a few airport scenes and one of the main characters in it is a pilot. MOST of the movie is available here (and yes, LAX stands in for IDL/Idlewild Airport...not yet JFK because the movie was released in 1963.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUzbuHuBYfw


Thanks for the tip. I watched a few minutes of it. But I'll watch the whole thing movie tonight.

One thing I noticed is how people used to dress up to go to the airport. The last time I flew in the US I was in shock. Maybe I'm old fashioned.
 
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Re: help list movies about flying, airports, or airplanes

Thu Mar 11, 2021 6:17 pm

How about Die Hard 2?.

Most of the Bond films include aircraft/airport scenes.

For example the aerial dogfights in 'You only live twice, the Vulcan pictures in 'Thunderball'.
 
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Re: help list movies about flying, airports, or airplanes

Thu Mar 11, 2021 6:33 pm

Twelve O'clock High
Bombers B-52
No Highway in the Sky
The Great Waldo Pepper
 
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Re: help list movies about flying, airports, or airplanes

Thu Mar 11, 2021 6:35 pm

While it's not a movie (it's a series), I'm surprised nobody has mentioned Manifest. Certainly the first episode is all about aviation. The next episodes less, but there are some aviation scenes from time to time.
 
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Re: help list movies about flying, airports, or airplanes

Fri Mar 12, 2021 12:27 am

This site should have what you're looking for. http://impdb.org/index.php?title=The_In ... e_Database
 
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Re: help list movies about flying, airports, or airplanes

Fri Mar 12, 2021 12:47 am

Fate is the Hunter
 
 
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Re: help list movies about flying, airports, or airplanes

Fri Mar 12, 2021 1:29 am

Tokushima wrote:
While it isn't about flying per se, "Sunday In New York" has quite a few airport scenes and one of the main characters in it is a pilot. MOST of the movie is available here (and yes, LAX stands in for IDL/Idlewild Airport...not yet JFK because the movie was released in 1963.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUzbuHuBYfw


Wow! Those are some great shots of LAX T-3. Practically a TWA commercial. And real TWA CV-880 interior shots at 01:21:22.

RIP T-3 LAX.
 
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Re: help list movies about flying, airports, or airplanes

Fri Mar 12, 2021 5:52 pm

There are some movies made by The Asylum called "Flight 666" and "Air Collision," neither of which were really that good. Someone could say that Air Collision was filmed on an Iphone and I'd NOT call them nonsense... Also, Flight 666 was beyond forgettable, and the only reason I remember it is because it was one of the first aviation movies I ever watched with my dad.
 
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Re: help list movies about flying, airports, or airplanes

Sat Mar 13, 2021 11:56 am

'Diverted' a TV/DVD movie about diversions to Gander during the 9/11 crisis has plenty of on board filming in the early and latter part of the film plus a certain amount of landing and apron sequences. It isn't however a particularly good film from other points of view.
 
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Re: help list movies about flying, airports, or airplanes

Sat Mar 13, 2021 1:52 pm

While not actually about flying, airports and airlines as a primary narrative, I would recommend the danish 1972 comedy movie The Olsen Gang's Big Score: a part of the story plays at Copenhagen airport and there are tons of classic airliner to spot - not only DC-9 or 737-200, but also lots of Caravelles and even some russian planes (I guess I've spotted an Il-18 and a Tu-134). You may have a book or a second device handy to cope with the not overly... thrilling story. I don't know if there ever was an english dubbed or subtitled copy of that movie, but you'll find a german copy on YT - everyone understands the music of jet noises, no language knowledge needed here :lol: . Luckily there were no CGI's back then, so they had to aim real cameras at real stuff 8-)
 
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Re: help list movies about flying, airports, or airplanes

Sun Mar 14, 2021 5:02 am

  • Les Cavaliers du Ciel is a nice French one, so I hear.
  • Flight of the Intruder is nice (read the book too!)
  • Turbulence
  • Die Hard 2
  • The Captain, it's a Chinese movie, idk if there are English subs
 
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Re: help list movies about flying, airports, or airplanes

Sun Mar 14, 2021 11:15 pm

BAe146 wrote:
This site should have what you're looking for. http://impdb.org/index.php?title=The_In ... e_Database


Thanks for the tip. That's a great website I didn't know existed.

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