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Favorite Aviation Cinema -- Best Movies

SlingShot

Maneuvering With Purpose
#1
What are your favorite aviation films?

There are plenty and here are two of them:

Flight of the Phoenix (1965) -- gripping survival drama with a model airplane twist. Trust me, if you've only seen the horrible 2004 remake with Dennis Quaid you owe it to yourself to see the original.

The Blue Max (1966) -- World War I fighters with footage of real airplanes. It's epic. Literally. Comes with an intermission.
 
#2
As someone who grew up in the 80s, my favorite "aviation" films (though I may be using the term loosely as these are all military aircraft) are Iron Eagle (1986), Top Gun (1986), Fire Birds (1990), and Midway (1976).

I also like the TV show Baa Baa Black Sheep (1976-1978).
 

cranialrectosis

Faster than a speeding faceplant!
Mentor
#3
The Right Stuff.

Apollo 13. Ok it's a space flight movie but the story Hanks tells about trying to land at night during the Korean conflict gets me everytime..
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N91ogCGpYl0

Totally with you on the Flight of the Phoenix. Dennis Quaid can't fill a single one of Jimmy's shoes even with both feet.

All three are about perseverance which is what our hobby tests.
 

SlingShot

Maneuvering With Purpose
#6
Iron Eagle -- "Attack through the flames!"

Airport 1975 --- Pilots delivered in 30 mins or less.

Right Stuff -- The Alan Shepard prayer and Anthony Muñoz

Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines -- Funny and a very cool collection of weird planes.

Lots of good ones.

In the genre of goofy space movies, "Marooned" -- "Blow the hatch aye!"
 
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SlingShot

Maneuvering With Purpose
#7
Totally with you on the Flight of the Phoenix. Dennis Quaid can't fill a single one of Jimmy's shoes even with both feet.
That's true. But the main thing is that the remake was just so lame. In the original they did everything to survive. Charged up their batteries with a hand-cranked generator so that they could work at night. ONLY at night. They distilled engine coolant to get more water.

In the remake they were working at night also. As long as they had enough fuel for their generator. As soon as they ran out of gas, they all just said, "Oh well....I guess we have to work in the daytime now." Utterly ridiculous.
 
#8
The Aviator - Kate Beckinsale, Leonardo DiCaprio, Gwen Stefani
Top Gun - Tom Cruise, Meg Ryan, Val Kilmer
Memphis Belle - John Lithgow, Sean Astin, Harry Connick
The Tuskegee Airmen - John Lithgow, Cuba Gooding Jr., Laurence Fishburne
Firefox - Clint Eastwood, Nigel Hawthorne, John Ratzenberger
Pearl Harbor - Kate Beckinsale, Jennifer Garner, Ben Affleck

To name just a few.........
 

SlingShot

Maneuvering With Purpose
#9
The Aviator - Kate Beckinsale, Leonardo DiCaprio, Gwen Stefani
Top Gun - Tom Cruise, Meg Ryan, Val Kilmer
Memphis Belle - John Lithgow, Sean Astin, Harry Connick
The Tuskegee Airmen - John Lithgow, Cuba Gooding Jr., Laurence Fishburne
Firefox - Clint Eastwood, Nigel Hawthorne, John Ratzenberger
Pearl Harbor - Kate Beckinsale, Jennifer Garner, Ben Affleck

To name just a few.........
That's a pretty good list. I hadn't thought of Firefox in a long time.

You need Tora! Tora! Tora! to go with Pearl Harbor. Real airplanes. No computers.
 

SlingShot

Maneuvering With Purpose
#10
Any Amazon Prime users? There's a lot of cool airplane stuff on Prime Video. There are also some of the classic movies available on demand for rent as well.