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Ahead of the 2019 Academy Awards (#Oscars2019), TheAvGeeks have been debating which films should be on the list of the Top 10 Aviation Films of All Time.

Despite some overlap on our lists, each of TheAvGeeks has his or her own personal favorites. We decided to publish all our picks – along with those of a professional film critic (and AvGeek Steve’s brother), David – while we debate which ten films would make the ultimate movie marathon.

Click on the name of each movie to watch its trailer and then share your favorites in the comments section below.

Arthur’s Top 10

  1. Memphis Belle
  2. Battle of Britain
  3. Aces High
  4. Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines
  5. 633 Squadron
  6. Amelia
  7. Top Gun
  8. Flight
  9. Pearl Harbor
  10. The Dam Busters

David’s Top 10 (He’s a professional film critic!)

  1. The Aviator (duh!)
  2. The Wind Rises
  3. Sully
  4. Airplane!
  5. The Right Stuff
  6. Top Gun
  7. Up in the Air
  8. Memphis Belle
  9. The Spirit of St. Louis
  10. Hell’s Angels

JP’s Top 10

  1. Blackhawk Down
  2. Apollo 13
  3. Sully
  4. Top Gun
  5. Airplane!
  6. The Aviator
  7. Blue Thunder
  8. Strategic Air Command
  9. First Man
  10. The Right Stuff

Kathleen’s Top 10

  1. Memphis Belle
  2. Hidden Figures
  3. The Martian
  4. Apollo 13
  5. The Right Stuff
  6. Top Gun
  7. Amelia
  8. Gravity
  9. Space Camp
  10. Out of Africa (OK, it’s a bit of a stretch, but just watch the flying sequence and you’ll be convinced!)

Scott’s Top 10

  1. Top Gun
  2. Flight
  3. Where Eagles Dare
  4. Executive Decision
  5. Snakes on a Plane
  6. Memphis Belle
  7. The Dam Busters
  8. Pearl Harbor
  9. Air Force One
  10. Behind Enemy Lines

Steve’s Top 10

  1. The Right Stuff
  2. Memphis Belle
  3. The Great Waldo Pepper
  4. Top Gun
  5. The Dam Busters
  6. Tora! Tora! Tora!
  7. Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines
  8. Apollo 13
  9. The Bridges at Toko-Ri
  10. Airplane!

Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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8 Responses

  1. Studley

    ‪I have 15:‬

    ‪1-Airport (1970)‬
    ‪3-Top Gun‬
    ‪4-Blue Thunder‬
    ‪5-Bombers B-52‬
    ‪6-A Gathering of Eagles‬
    ‪7-Boeing Boeing‬
    ‪8-Fate Is the Hunter‬
    ‪10-Tora! Tora! Tora!‬
    ‪11-Apollo 13‬
    ‪12-First Man‬
    ‪13-The President’s Plane Is Missing‬
    ‪14-Strategic Air Command‬
    ‪15-The Crowded Sky‬

  2. Chris

    Over a Sunday morning coffee I thought I’d see what your lists would look like combined. I gave each #1, 10 points, #2, 9 points, etc. Here’s how they rank for the combined top 10.

    1 Top Gun 38
    2 Memphis Belle 37
    3 The Right Stuff 23
    4 Apollo 13 19
    5 Sully 16
    6 The Aviator 15
    7 Airplane! 14
    8 Flight 12
    9 The Dam Busters 11
    10 Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines 11

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