The world of aviation and flying are undoubtedly already of interest to you if you’re reading this, but a little extra inspiration never harmed anyone.
Whether we’re talking sci-fi, epic war dramas, or amusing comedies, it’s safe to say that the topic of flying is well-liked by moviemakers. The list of films in which flying is essential to the plot is long.
When we asked some of our flight instructors for their recommendations on the subject, we came up with a very outstanding list of films. After cutting out a few of the more specialist documentaries.
Here are the 10 films that will motivate you to pursue a career as a pilot after we’ve whittled down the list.
1. Pearl Harbor (2001)
Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett, Kate Beckinsale, Cuba Gooding Jr., Jon Vought, and Alec Baldwin are just a few of the famous actors who appear in this epic war movie.
Despite being criticized widely for its excessive use of special effects and a rather disappointing conclusion, the storyline alone is plenty to keep you interested from the start to the finish.
The movie follows two best friends as they grow up and prepare to serve as pilots in World War II. When the Japanese air force bombs Pearl Harbor, their lives are forever altered, and one of them ends themselves in a love triangle with two nurses working on the home front.
2. Flight of the Phoenix (2004)
The story of a group of survivors trapped in the desert with little prospect of life after their airplane crashes on takeoff is told in this Oscar-winning film starring Dennis Quaid. Before they pass out from weariness and heatstroke, they must collaborate to construct a new airplane.
The $250,000 model that was used for the crash sequence was so flawlessly constructed that it flew farther than expected by the crew during testing. It actually flew so far that it fractured the cameraman’s leg when it hit the camera shooting it.
3. Amelia (2009)
Both admirers of the renowned aviator Amelia Earhart and of aviation movies both highly recommend this American drama.
At age 23, Kansas native Amelia Earhart learns the excitement of flying. Within 12 years, she advances to receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross for becoming the first woman to fly a plane across the Atlantic by herself.
She embarks on an effort to circumnavigate the globe at the age of 39, an expedition that propels her into aviation lore.
Hilary Swank played the young Amelia Earhart, who battles sexism in a predominantly male field of aviation in the film, which had its world premiere at the 2009 Venice Film Festival.
4. The Aviator (2004)
Four of The Aviator’s eleven Oscar nominations—Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Alan Alda, and Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Cate Blanchett, who plays Katherine Hepburn—were awarded at the 77th Academy Awards.
The film also won Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Alan Alda.
The life of movie magnate and aviation pioneer Howard Hughes, from his youth to adulthood, is depicted in this film through his peculiar fascination with flying.
The 1995 book “Howard Hughes: Hell’s Angel” by Charles Higham, which included numerous references to Hughes’ crash landing in Lake Mead, is thought to have served as the film’s inspiration.
5. Flyboys (2006)
Several American teenagers enlist in the French military prior to the United States’ entry into World War I. They go on to become the first American fighter pilots, forming the Lafayette Escadrille squadron, whose feats and bravery are the stuff of legend.
In this fictional account, a laconic Texas rancher, an eager Nebraskan boy, and a Black boxer who has already traveled to France.
A New York socialite begins their training as green recruits and receives their baptism by fire when German planes ambush them on their first mission and eventually become heroes. Texan Rawlings develops feelings for a young woman he meets in a brothel.
6. Catch Me If You Can (2002)
Frank Abagnale Jr.’s life includes a man who poses as an airline pilot, a bank robber, and a con artist.
Leo Dicaprio plays the real-life FBI agent Carl Hanratty in this underappreciated Steven Spielberg thriller, who is trying to apprehend him for crimes committed with Pan Am Airlines tickets. He didn’t actually complete any flight training.
A true account of Frank Abagnale Jr., a Pan Am pilot, doctor, and public defender who successfully cashed millions of dollars worth of checks before turning 19 years old.
To get him in jail is the goal of an FBI agent. Frank, however, not only avoids capture, he actually enjoys the hunt.
7. Flight (2012)
Denzel Washington plays Whip Whitaker, an airline pilot who, despite being inebriated, saves everyone on his passenger flight in this movie.
Something goes awry on a flight from Orlando to Atlanta, causing the aircraft to begin flying erratically. Whip crashes the jet out of necessity, saving practically everyone on board.
When he awakens in the hospital, his airline union friend connects him to a lawyer who warns him that he might be charged with a crime because his blood test shows he was under the influence of cocaine and alcohol.
He claims to be sober, therefore he is instructed to maintain his composure while an investigation is conducted. But overcoming his addiction is harder than it looks.
8. American Made (2017)
In the film American Made, Tom Cruise plays Barry Seal, a commercial aircraft pilot who flew for TWA before the CIA hired him in 1978.
His activities in South America eventually attracted the attention of the Pablo Escobar-related Medelln Cartel, which required a man with his skill set. Barry became become a drug dealer, a smuggler of weapons, and a money launderer. obtaining the moniker “The gringo that always delivers” shortly.
9. Sully (2016)
The 2016 American biographical drama-thriller Sully is based on the true story of US Airways Flight 1549’s “Miracle on the Hudson” incident.
The cast of Flight 1549, which includes Tom Hanks’ Chesley Sullenberger and First Officer Jeffrey Skiles, is honored in the movie played by Aaron Eckhart.
The “Miracle on the Hudson” occurred on January 15, 2009, when pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger Tom Hanks glided his damaged aircraft onto the chilly waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 people on board.
However, as the public and the media praised Sully for his exceptional aviation abilities, a probe was developing that threatened to ruin his image and his career.
10. Midway (2019)
The Battle of Midway, a conflict between the American fleet and the Imperial Japanese Navy that marked a crucial turning point in the Pacific Theater during World War II, is the subject of the 2019 movie Midway.
The movie, which is based on the true events of this amazing feat, follows the troops and strategists as they overcome challenges by using their courage, fortitude, and instincts.