Showdown

Up in the Air

Best airplanes in film

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We’re mostly grounded, but we can still enjoy the glory of flight in movies. Coming in on a wing and a prayer, this Showdown is all about movies set in—or featuring significant scenes in—mid-air. From flying boats to airships, from amazing air-stunts to incredible landings, whether it’s a sky pirate, an air steward or an unqualified passenger taking the reins, list your ten favorite airplane moments in movies. Make your way past the snakes, cons and Mavericks in the aisle, settle into the cockpit and prepare for takeoff. (Rules: no spaceships, no helicopters.)

Most mentioned

  • Airplane!
  • Dunkirk
  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
  • Top Gun
  • Con Air
  • The Aviator
  • North by Northwest
  • Porco Rosso
  • Air Force One
  • Sully
  • Snakes on a Plane
  • The Wind Rises
  • The Dark Knight Rises
  • Flight
  • Up in the Air
  • Red Eye
  • Catch Me If You Can
  • Only Angels Have Wings
  • Castle in the Sky
  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

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