Born to fly: 17 films about pilots and stewardesses

Professions associated with the sky are filled with romance: sky-high heights, long-distance flights, fearless friends, extraordinary events. Pilots risk their lives to save passengers, set world records, and sometimes get stuck on the ground in complicated love affairs. In our selection of films about pilots of different genres, you will find both interesting new films and spectacular classics.

Chinese Pilot (2019)

The action in the dramatic film, based on real events, takes place at an altitude of ten kilometers. During the flight, the windshield of the airliner was knocked out. Loud wind noise deprives the aircraft commander of the opportunity to get in touch with the dispatcher, and due to cabin depressurization, the aircraft constantly shakes. In unbearably difficult conditions, the crew must land and save the lives of passengers.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
Zhong guo ji zhang

Genre:
Biography, Action, Thriller

Actors:
Zhang Hanyu, Oho Ou, Du Jiang…

Country:
China

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 6.2


7500 (2019)

Modern foreign cinema about pilots who came into confrontation with terrorists contains a minimum of special effects, but the intensity of events in this film reaches a maximum. The passenger liner was hijacked by radical Islamists. Those who sit at the helm do not lose their presence of mind even in such an emergency. Having barricaded themselves in the cockpit, the heroes begin negotiations with the fanatics.

Genre:
Action, thriller, drama

Actors:
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Omid Memar, Eileen Tetzel …

Country:
Germany, Austria, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 6.3


Big Sky (TV series 2018)

Russian fiction series about two pilot friends. One is a merry fellow and joker, the second is a modest intellectual. In the sky, a well-coordinated team worked well together and easily gets out of any emergency situations. However, there are many such difficulties on earth that they lead even experienced air wolves into a dead end, especially when it comes to beautiful women.

Genre:
Melodrama

Actors:
Stanislav Bondarenko, Alexey Demidov, Svetlana Smirnova-Martsinkevich …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:
12+


Made in America (2017)

The protagonist of the spectacular biopic masterfully managed the Boeing, but he gained fame not at all because of his professional skills. The CIA recruits a talented aviator for covert missions in Central America. At the same time, the sly businessman accepts a lucrative offer from the drug cartel Pablo Escobar and secretly imports large quantities of cocaine from Colombia into the United States.

Original title:  
American Made

Genre:  
Action, drama, comedy, crime

Actors:  
Tom Cruise, Domhnall Gleason, Sarah Wright …

Country:  
USA, Japan, Colombia

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 7.2

Age restrictions:  
18+


Flying crew (TV series, 2017 – 2018)

The Russian series about pilots and stewardesses in the genre of comedy with humor highlights a rather important problem of inequality. The best graduate of the flight school never manages to start a career in aviation. To realize her dream of the sky and start flying, the girl will have to become the partner of a cynical misogynist who is trying to get rid of her new colleague by any means.

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Alexey Chadov, Natalya Bardo, Nikita Tarasov …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 7.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Crew (2016)

Having failed to comply with the order due to moral principles, the young pilot is forced to leave the army and start a career in civil aviation. Due to his quick temper, Alexei Gushchin gets involved in several conflicts, but a wise mentor, an authoritative pilot, stands up for the obstinate. The hero of the film will have to show his skills and character when the crew gets the task to evacuate people from the island where the volcano is erupting .

Genre:  
Drama, thriller, adventure

Actors:  
Danila Kozlovsky, Vladimir Mashkov, Agne Grudite, Sergey Shakurov, Elena Yakovleva, Alena Babenko …

Country:  
Russia

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:  
6+


Miracle on the Hudson (2016)

The list of the best films about civil aviation continues with a highly rated drama based on a real incident. The captain of the aircraft managed to accomplish a real feat by making an emergency landing on the Hudson River and avoiding casualties. However, charges have been brought against the hero – experts say that the risk was in vain, because the aircraft could reach the nearest airport.

Original title:  
Sully

Genre:  
Drama, biography

Actors:  
Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Valerie Mahaffey…

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:  
16+


Crew (2012)

The main character in the morning after a stormy night with alcoholic libations confidently sits at the helm of a passenger airliner and even gets a hangover during the flight. The plane loses control, but the pilot, having shown miracles of ingenuity and professional skill, makes a risky landing, avoiding casualties. However, an investigation begins on earth , threatening serious problems for a virtuoso who loves to drink.

Original title:  
Flight

Genre:  
Thriller, drama

Actors:  
Denzel Washington, Kelly Reilly, Bruce Greenwood …

Country:  
USA, UAE

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:  
18+


Pan American (TV series 2011)

An interesting drama series tells the story of four girls who work as flight attendants in the famous American airline. Flights between the most famous cities in the world, accommodation in luxury hotels, attention from charming men… The daily life of flight attendants seems to have embodied all the dreams of a beautiful life, but even here there are pitfalls.

Original title:
Pan Am

Genre:
Drama, melodrama, history

Actors:
Christina Ricci, Margot Robbie, Michael Mosley …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.0

Age restrictions:
6+


Pilot of international airlines (TV series 2011)

An emergency occurred on board the aircraft, but the pilots managed to land on the track. Both have been suspended for the duration of the investigation. And while it is impossible to rise into the sky, it’s time for friends to do no less interesting earthly affairs. One goes in search of treasures that sank during the Great Patriotic War , and the second begins an investigation into the murder.

Genre:
Adventure

Actors:
Alexander Domogarov, Kirill Safonov, Dmitry Nagiev …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 3.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Write: Between Heaven and Earth (2010)

The list of the best films about pilots and aviation continues with an exciting biographical drama. Even with the failed engines, the captain managed to land the airbus and save the lives of the passengers. Glory and honor await the hero on earth. The name of the brave air wolf does not leave the front pages of newspapers, but soon journalists will learn about the dark past of everyone’s favorite, where alcohol addiction and imprisonment took place .

Original title:
Piché: entre ciel et terre

Genre:
Drama, adventure, biography

Actors:
Michel Cote, Maxime Cote, Leo Arcwello …

Country:
Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 7.0


Amelia (2009)

A biopic dedicated to the biography of the legendary pilot Amelia Earhart. Going on an aviation round-the-world trip, which has become fatal, a brave and purposeful woman recalls her path as a conqueror of the sky: a flight across the Atlantic, communication with the first lady of the United States, training new female pilots. An emergency situation along the way leads to catastrophic consequences.

Original title:  
Amelia

Genre:  
Drama, romance, adventure, biography

Actors:  
Hilary Swank, Richard Gere, Ewan McGregor, Mia Wasikowska …

Country:  
USA, Canada

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 5.8

Age limit:  
12+


Last flight (2009)

The top films about civil aviation pilots will complement the French cinema about the fair sex, who has mastered the art of flying. A purposeful girl arrives on her plane to Africa to find her beloved, who disappeared somewhere over the Sahara while trying to make a record flight. The captain of the French military corps, which controls the unrest of the local tribes , is called to help. A joint exploration of the desert turns into sudden feelings between the pilot and the officer.

Original title:  
Le dernier vol

Genre:  
Drama, melodrama, adventure

Actors:  
Marion Cotillard, Guillaume Canet, Guillaume Marquet…

Country:  
France

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 5.5

Age restrictions:  
16+


Kandahar (2009)

The Taliban forced a Russian cargo Il-76 to land in Kandahar and captured the crew. Five men refuse to cooperate with the terrorists and hope that their homeland will come to the rescue, but the authorities are in no hurry to release the captives. After spending more than a year in captivity, the Russians do not give up and are looking for a way to escape. The story is based on a true story that took place in 1995.

Genre:  
Action, drama

Actors:  
Alexander Baluev, Vladimir Mashkov, Andrey Panin, Bogdan Benyuk …

Country:  
Russia

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:  
16+


Aerobatics (TV series 2009)

Domestic multi-part melodrama with a high rating will tell about how different people become a single team, overcoming trials and not losing humor. The senior lieutenant of the air force ends his army career and goes to work for the civilian Il-86. A young charming man immediately attracts the attention of two lonely flight attendants. Between the flight attendants unfolds the struggle for the heart of handsome.

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy, adventure

Actors:
Boris Shcherbakov, Sergey Karyakin, Maria Gorban …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 5.0

Age restrictions:
16+


Air America (1990)

The protagonist of the film loses his job, but he cannot live without the sky and flights, and therefore gets a job in a troubled airline that flies to Vietnam. The pilot does not even suspect that the office works for the CIA and delivers dangerous contraband for very generous pay. But to participate in such spy games, even for good money, is contrary to the moral principles of the character played by the brilliant Mel Gibson.

Original title:  
Air America

Genre:
Action, comedy, military

Actors:  
Mel Gibson, Robert Downey Jr., Nancy Travis …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 5.8

Age restrictions:  
16+


Crew (1979)

The cult disaster film is worth watching for all connoisseurs of the classics of Soviet cinema. Everyday dramas are pretty exhausting, but any everyday troubles of pilots and flight attendants fade into the background against the backdrop of a real tragedy. An earthquake occurs in the city where the plane arrived . People are threatened by hot lava flows. It is urgent to save everyone who can and evacuate, but the runway is seriously damaged.

Genre:
Action, thriller, drama

Actors:
Georgy Zhzhenov, Anatoly Vasiliev, Leonid Filatov …

Country:
USSR

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 7.5

Age restrictions:
16+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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