FUN FRIDAY: what’s your Top 10 list of Aviation Movies?

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On Fridays it is time to lighten up a bit and play with the humorous dimensions of aviation. Today it’s→ what is your Top 10 of aviation movies?

RICH THOMASELLI lists his top ten favorite airline/airport movies in the below↓article. His story includes links to trailer for each flick (in case your memory has failed). Here are Thomaselli’s 10:

10. Snakes on a Plane

9. The Terminal

8. Passenger 57

7. Air Force One

6. Die Hard 2

5. Airport

4. Catch Me if You Can

3. Up in the Air

2. The Aviator

1. Airplane! (above ↑photograph)

PLEASE submit your favorites and if you would like to include a numbered list, we will calculate our readers Top 10. Here’s mine.

Somewhat biased, the writer of this post admits that Airplane! is his #1 in part because Kareem Abdul Jabbar played Roger Murdock (copilot ↑ above) [contributing to the deeply intellectually humorous line of “Roger, Roger”].

My #2 is a recent movie Nonstop . It ranks that high, in part, because my grandson asked me to take him and in part, because my favorite character on Downton Abbey, Lady Mary Crowley played by Michelle Dockery , is a flight attendant in this thrilling flick in which the bad guys try to show the world that TSA is incompetent (not such a thrilling thought).

Coming in as #3 and yes it really does not meet the criteria, but the flying is so cool and Kelly McGillis is so hot is Top Gun. Great music, too!

The Aviator ranks #4 on my list. Howard Hughes is a brilliant and somewhat unstable aviation entrepreneur.

Again a bit of a stretch (he was a founder of TWA), #5 is The Spirit of St. Louis with Jimmy Stewart as Lindbergh. Stewart alone merits a Top 10 listing.

We will allow cargo airline movies and thus #6 is Castaway with Tom Hanks portraying a FedEx executive who survive a crash on an isolated island.

Air Force One comes in as my #7.

Airport, probably should be higher, but it is my #8.

Humor again with Snakes on a Plane is #9.

The biggest stretch, but maybe the best movie is #10, Rain Man, which includes some flight segments, but probably Qantas’ all time favorite movie quote by Dustin Hoffman:

Charlie: Ray, all airlines have crashed at one time or another, that doesn’t mean that they are not safe.
Raymond: QANTAS. QANTAS never crashed.
Charlie: QANTAS?
Raymond: Never crashed.
Charlie: Oh that’s gonna do me a lot of good because QANTAS doesn’t fly to Los Angeles out of Cincinnati, you have to get to Melbourne! Melbourne, Australia in order to get the plane that flies to Los Angeles!

Your Top 10 or #1 would be fun and appreciated.

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3 Comments on "FUN FRIDAY: what’s your Top 10 list of Aviation Movies?"

  1. Jay Donoghue | July 25, 2014 at 11:45 am | Reply

    No order:
    Islands in the Sky
    The High and the Mighty
    Catch Me If You Can
    The Battle of Britain
    Twelve O’Clock High
    Air Force
    Spirit of St. Louis
    Strategic Air Command

  2. Jay Donoghue | July 25, 2014 at 11:50 am | Reply

    Forgot a keeper, another Ernie Gann story, Fate Is the Hunter. Kick out Wings, insert Fate.

  3. Thanks, Jay! Great list.

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