Take Off to the Danger Zone with These 10 Action-Packed Movies Like ‘Top Gun’

Redditor u/TooManyPxls asked for “Movies about piloting aircraft.” They continued, “So I bought Chorus on Steam and like to take related movie breaks between gaming sessions. Does anyone know any good piloting movies? It doesn't necessarily need to be in space.”

Reddit responded with these ten aviation gems in no particular order.

The film follows students at the United States Navy's elite fighter weapons school, competing to be the best in the class. One rebellious young pilot, Maverick (Tom Cruise), discovers a few things from a civilian instructor not taught in the classroom.

Top Gun (1986)

Tom Cruise returns as Maverick and is still a boundary-pushing top naval aviator that hasn't ranked as highly as he should have because of his rebel ways.

Top Gun: Maverick (2022)

Still, he must confront ghosts of his past to properly train Top Gun's elite graduates for a dangerous mission that has no guarantees about coming home. 

Airplane! is a parody of the disaster film genre. It borrows the plot and central characters of Zero Hour! (1957). It uses slapstick humor with verbal gags, puns, obscure humor, and running jokes. It stars Leslie Nielsen, Robert Stack, Lloyd Bridges, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Airplane! (1980)

Flight is a drama following alcoholic airline pilot William “Whip” Whitaker Sr. (Denzel Washington), who is deemed a hero after miraculously crash-landing his plane after mechanical failure.

Flight (2012)

However, not long into the investigation, revelations lead to questions that cast Whip in a negative light. The film is inspired loosely by the plane crash of Alaska Airlines Flight 261 but is a fictional telling.

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