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12 of the Best Aviation Movies (Still) Worth Watching in 2021

3.4k views | 3 min read | Posted on January 01, 2021 by Senne Vandenputte | Last update August 04, 2021

12 of the Best Aviation Movies (Still) Worth Watching in 2021

Being stuck at home sucks, I know.

However, with plenty of content online, it’s easy to keep ourselves busy during these times of quarantine and almost non-existent social contact.

A good time to catch up on those aviation classics, right?

Here are 12 new and old aviation movies that are (still) more than worth watching today!

1. American Made (2017)

Guns. Drugs. Money laundering. Based on an unbelievable true story.

In Universal Pictures’ American Made, Tom Cruise reunites with his Edge of Tomorrow director, Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, Mr. and Mrs. Smith), in this international escapade based on the outrageous (and real) exploits of a hustler and pilot unexpectedly recruited by the CIA to run one of the biggest covert operations in U.S. history.

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2. The Aviator (2004)

A biopic depicting the early years of legendary director and aviator Howard Hughes’ career, from the late 1920s to the mid-1940s.

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3. FlyBoys (2006)

A group of young Americans travel to France to become fighter pilots in the Lafayette Escadrille before the United States entered World War I.

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4. Sully (2016)

On January 15, 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 Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career.

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5. Midway (2019)

The story of the Battle of Midway, told by the leaders and the sailors who fought it.

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6. Flight (2012)

An airline pilot saves a flight from crashing, but an investigation into the malfunctions reveals something troubling.

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7. Flight of the Phoenix (2004)

Survivors of a plane crash in the Mongolian desert work together to build a new plane.

This 2004 film is a remake of a 1965 film of the same name, both based on the 1964 novel The Flight of the Phoenix, by Elleston Trevor.

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8. Con Air (1997)

Newly paroled ex-con and former U.S. Ranger Cameron Poe finds himself trapped in a prisoner transport plane when the passengers seize control.

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9. Non-Stop (2014)

An air marshal springs into action during a transatlantic flight after receiving a series of text messages demanding $150 million into an off-shore account, or someone will die every 20 minutes.

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10. Amelia (2009)

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.

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11. The Right Stuff (1983)

The story of the original Mercury 7 astronauts and their macho, seat-of-the-pants approach to the space program.

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12. Top Gun (1986)

And last but certainly not least: The original Top Gun!

While waiting for the new Top Gun to be released, why not rewatch the orginal film (for the 101st time)?

As students at the United States Navy’s elite fighter weapons school compete to be best in the class, one daring young pilot learns a few things from a civilian instructor that are not taught in the classroom.

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Looking for more activities to keep yourself busy these weeks? Check out our article with 7 Things you can do as a Pilot to Keep Yourself Busy in Quarantine!


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