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The Flight of the Phoenix (1965)
Director: Robert Aldrich
Starring: James Stewart, Richard Attenborough, Peter Finch, Hardy Krüger, Ernest Borgnine, Ian Bannen, Ronald Fraser and Christian Marquand
After a plane crash in the Sahara, one of the survivors says he's an airplane designer and they can make a flyable plane from the wreckage.
Director: Michael Anderson
Starring: Michael Redgrave, Richard Todd, Robert Shaw, George Baker, John Fraser, Ursula Jeans, Raymond Huntley, Laurence Naismith, Derek Farr, Nigel Stock and Patrick McGoohan
True story of how the RAF attacked German dams in WW2 by using an ingenious technique to drop bombs where they would be most effective using special 'bouncing' bombs invented by British engineer Barnes Wallis.
Der rote Baron (2008)
Director: Nikolai Müllerschön
Starring: Matthias Schweighöfer, Til Schweiger, Axel Prahl, Volker Bruch, Joseph Fiennes and Lena Headey
Baron Manfred von Richthofen is the most feared and celebrated pilot of the German air force in World War I. To him and his companions, air combats are events of sporty nature, technical challenge and honorable acting, ignoring the terrible extent of war. But after falling in love with the nurse Käte, Manfred realizes he is only used for propaganda means. Caught between his disgust for the war and the responsibility for his fighter wing, von Richthofen sets out to fly again.
Aces High (1976)
Director: Jack Gold
Starring: Malcolm McDowell, Simon Ward, Peter Firth, Christopher Plummer, John Gielgud, David Wood, Trevor Howard and Richard Johnson
A naive young English officer straight from school arrives on the Western Front to fight the air war against the Germans. However, the life expectancy of green pilots is not very good.
Memphis Belle (1990)
Director: Michael Caton-Jones
Starring: Matthew Modine, Eric Stoltz, Tate Donovan, D.B. Sweeney, Billy Zane, Sean Astin, Harry Connick Jr. and Reed Diamond
The story of the American bomber crew of the "Memphis Belle", the first US airmen to complete a full tour of 25 missions during the air battle of Europe during the Second World War. The film begins the night before the Belle's last mission and follows the crew through the hectic flight that they must endure, and survive, in order to go home.
The Great Waldo Pepper (1975)
Director: George Roy Hill
Starring: Robert Redford, Bo Svenson, Bo Brundin, Susan Sarandon, Geoffrey Lewis, Edward Herrmann, Margot Kidder and Scott Newman
A biplane pilot who had missed flying in WWI takes up barnstorming and later a movie career in his quest for the glory he had missed, eventually getting a chance to prove himself in a film depicting the dogfights in the Great War.
Red Tails (2012)
Director: Anthony Hemingway
Starring: Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr., Nate Parker, David Oyelowo, Tristan Wilds, Ne-Yo, Elijah Kelley and Marcus T. Paulk
A crew of African American pilots in the Tuskegee training program, having faced segregation while kept mostly on the ground during World War II, are called into duty under the guidance of Col. A.J. Bullard.
Director: Ken Annakin
Starring: Stuart Whitman, Sarah Miles, James Fox, Alberto Sordi, Robert Morley, Gert Fröbe, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Irina Demick, Eric Sykes, Red Skelton, Terry-Thomas, Benny Hill, Flora Robson, Sam Wanamaker, Eric Barker, Maurice Evans, Fred Emney, Gordon Jackson, John Le Mesurier, Jeremy Lloyd, Millicent Martin, Norman Rossington, Graham Stark, Tony Hancock, James Robertson Justice, Cicely Courtneidge, Willie Rushton, Ferdy Mayne and Nicholas Smith
In 1910, newspaper magnate Lord Rawnsley announces an air race from London to Paris with a huge cash prize. Invitations and newspaper advertising go out worldwide and dozens of participants arrive in England with their aircraft.
The rivalries between their respective nations degenerate into cheating and sabotage.
Director: John Guillermin
Starring: George Peppard, James Mason, Ursula Andress, Jeremy Kemp, Karl Michael Vogler, Anton Diffring, Harry Towb and Peter Woodthorpe
A young pilot in the German air force of 1918, disliked as lower-class and unchivalrous, tries ambitiously to earn 'The Blue Max', the medal offered for 20 kills.
Director: Tony Scott
Starring: Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Anthony Edwards, Meg Ryan, Val Kilmer, Harry Connick Jr., michael Ironside, John Stockwell, Barry Tubb and Tom Skerritt
As students at the US Navy's elite fighter weapons school compete to be best in the class, one daring young flyer learns a few things from a civilian instructor that are not taught in the classroom.
Biggles: Adventures in Time (1986)
[Also known as 'Biggles']
Director: John Hough
Based on the 'Biggles' novels by W.E. Johns
Starring: Neil Dickson, Alex Hyde-White, Peter Cusing, Fiona Hutchison and Francesca Gonshaw
One minute, New Yorker advertising expert Jim Ferguson is at a business party, the next he finds himself back in time in 1917 in a World War I plane fight. Mr. Raymond explains to him that he has a time-twin, to whom he's relocated in space and time whenever one of them is in trouble. He has to help his twin, biplane pilot Biggles, in an attempt to destroy a German super weapon that could help them win the war. Of course, it's hard for Jim to explain his sudden disappearances to his fiancée, Debbie.
The War Lover (1962)
Director: Philip Leacock
Starring: Steve McQueen, Robert Wagner, Shirley Anne Field, Michael Crawford, Bill Edwards, Gary Cockrell, Chuck Julian and Robert Easton
Buzz Rickson is a dare-devil World War II bomber pilot with a death wish. Failing at everything not involving flying, Rickson lives for the most dangerous missions. His crew lives with this aspect of his personality only because they know he always brings them back alive.
A list of my favorite films about pilots.
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list by kathy
Published 5 years, 6 months ago
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