Mechanical Cinematics: My Top 5 Films Involving Planes

Films about flight have been a popular genre in the film industry for decades, with many iconic movies featuring aeroplanes and the aviation industry. These films often showcase the thrill of flying, the danger that comes with it, and the human stories that unfold both on and off the plane. Below are 5 movies that I find especially enjoyable.

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Top Gun


Tony Scott

This classic film starring Tom Cruise follows a group of elite Navy pilots competing for the title of “Top Gun” while navigating the dangers of aerial combat.



Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker

A spoof comedy that satirizes the disaster film genre, Airplane! follows a group of passengers on a troubled flight, with hilarious results.



Clint Eastwood

Based on the true story of Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, who safely landed a passenger jet on the Hudson River after a bird strike caused the engines to fail.

Red Eye


Wes Craven

A thriller about a woman forced to help a terrorist plot to assassinate a government official during a red-eye flight, with suspenseful scenes and a thrilling climax.



Robert Zemeckis

Starring Denzel Washington, Flight tells the story of a pilot who manages to land a damaged plane, but whose heroic act is soon overshadowed by his personal struggles with addiction and the investigation into the crash.

Other notable films about aviation include “Blood Red Sky,” “The Aviator,” and “Passenger 57,” which all explore different aspects of aviation and the people who work in the industry or use it. Whether it’s the thrill of flying, the danger of the job, or the human drama that unfolds, films about being stuck in contained spaces miles above the ground continue to capture audiences’ imaginations and remain a popular genre in the film writers the world over.

What’s your favourite movie involving a plane? comment below and let me know.

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