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The 5 Best Airplane Movies To Entertain Yourself During The Flight

July 21st, 2016 by Irwin Fletcher Comments


People flying on the planes are divided into two categories:

Those who stare at the window half of the time and the other half they sleep like a baby.

Those who are trembling all the way since an airplane took off till its landing.

Fortunately, this list of the Best Airplane Movies is for both types of people. Flying on a plane is an important part of our lives. It means that the flight is about forgetting all the troubles left on the land. The businessmen can put off their deals and enjoy a good cup of coffee sitting in a comfortable seat looking at the clouds, students can totally forget about writing research papers while flying to islands for summer vacation, parents can finally put aside home and childcare problems and relax watching their favorite movies or TV shows they didn’t get time to see.

So here are The 5 Best Airplane Movies which can entertain you during your flight:


Catch Me if You Can, 2002.

This famous movie is based on a true story which won`t leave you indifferent. It`s about the charming cat-and-mouse game between teenage forgery expert Frank Abagnale (Leonardo DiCaprio) and the FBI agent (Tom Hanks) on his tail. Frank is a very curious and quick-witted fellow who is fond of pilots. He thinks this is the best job ever and tries to be involved in pilot`s life by forging paychecks from Pan Am Airways, using stickers from toy Pan Am planes to make the checks look official. Of course it leads Abagnale to con his way onto actual flights, pretending to be a dead-heading pilot. So there is no doubt that police have had an interest on him, especially FBI Agent Carl Henretti who would give anything to catch the rule-breaker and send him to jail. But the whole point is that Frank is always one step ahead of him, forcing to continue the chase.


Con Air, 1997.

If you are afraid of flying you should see this movie immediately! It will help you to understand that your fear is nothing comparing to sharing an aircraft with a handful of America’s most dangerous criminals. Nevertheless, «Con Air» is a transport department service of the USA court bailiffs who transport the criminals from prison to prison. This film would keep you in suspense from the first minute to the last due to its stunning cast (Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, John Malkovich) and exciting plot.


Aviator, 2004.

One more amazing movie with Leonardo DiCaprio! This biographical drama of Martin Scorsese was nominated for 11 “Oscars” and got 5 of them. This film is about one American millionaire Howard Hughes, the wealthy, notoriously obsessive compulsive filmmaker who was fond of planes and flights. He came to Hollywood seeking a fame and glory. But Hollywood’s old-boy network never accepted Hughes, and once his passion for flying began reclaiming his attentions as he began designing new planes, setting air speed records, flying around the world, and risking his life testing aircraft.


Flight, 2012.

The story tells us about the fate of an experienced pilot William Whitaker (Denzel Washington) after a night full of alcohol and cocaine. This was his usual flight to his hometown when suddenly the aircraft control system fails and lives more than a hundred passengers are in danger. Miraculously, he managed to save the plane and make an emergency landing. He becomes a real hero. But is he? After the investigation has started, there were found the remains of alcohol and drugs in his blood. What will he do? Will the jury give him a chance?


Flightplan, 2005.

Have you ever thought about a sudden disappearance of people? How can a little girl simply disappear from an airplane at 37,000 feet? This film will give you the answers in an hour and a half and you will be shocked! It was a home way trip for Kyle (Jodie Foster) and her daughter when something went wrong. Her child disappeared and nobody on a plane has ever seen her. As Kyle becomes increasingly desperate to find her daughter, she must prove that her daughter did in fact board the plane with her, and that this turn of events is not a product of her imagination. It’s like a classic Locked Room Murder, in which the killer could not possibly enter or leave, but the victim is nevertheless dead. This mysterious thriller won`t leave you without further reflection even after final titers.

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