502 .. Movies that take place primarily in an Airplane

  • Airplane
  • Airport
  • Airport '75
  • Airport '77
  • Passenger 57
  • Air Force One
  • Langoliers
  • Executive Decision
  • Rough Air: Danger On Flight 534 (2001)
  • Flight to Hong Kong (1956)
  • Miracle Landing (1990) (TV) (The Aloha Pop-Top event)
  • Pandora's Box (TV)
  • The Twilight Zone - The Passenger(?) William Shatner (TV)
  • Mercy Mission: The Rescue of Flight 771 (1939 TV)
  • Ghost of Flight 401, The (1978) (TV)
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I'm just looking for movies that have a large portion where the action takes place in an airplane. TV stuff is okay, and I guess 50% of the air time needs to be in an airplane.

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Executive Decision...The Langoliers.

Good ones! I added a few more, searching IMDb using the word FLIGHT.

There IS one I'm looking for that I can't recall the name. I think it might have been made for TV. It was about the Aloha 737 that blew it's top (and had a flight attendant sucked out of the airplane). When I flew for Frontier Airlines, I flew with the ex-husband of the female pilot on that Aloha flight. I searched IMDb for FLIGHT and for ALOHA, but I can't find it. I'm pretty sure there were a few familiar actors in the show, but I can't remember who.


HEY, I found it. I thought and thought and I finally remembered it was Trapper John from MASH, so I had to find out his name (thanks IMDb, it's Wayne Rogers), and then skimmed through his filmography...Miracle Landing (1990, TV). They changed the airline to Paradise from Aloha, but it's exactly that event.


I saw Mercy Mission on TV and was impressed by how they made the technical side comprehensible to a landlubber like me. I understand it's fairly closely based on a true story.

The thought just hit me that there must be some WW2 or other war movies that qualify. But can't think of any off hand.

Hmm, what's another name for 'rough air'?


Didn't Die Hard 2 largely take place on an airplane? I'm having difficulty remembering because I think I chose to pretend this movie didn't exist as I love Bruce Willis.

I also love to pretend that films I hate with people I love simply don't exist. I admit, however, that for a sequel, I thought Die Hard 2 wasn't too bad. In fact, if it is not compared too closely to the original, I think it is a fine action film, and I don't even like too many action films.

I'm just glad that didn't make a third Die Hard...


Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

It probably was a decent action film, but since I loved the first one so much, I was severely disappointed with the second.

There was a third one called Die Hard with a Vengeance, with good old Bruce, Samuel L. Jackson and Jeremy Irons. They packaged up the three movies and called it a "Trilogy", but I choose to see the first and third ones as related and the second one as more of an aside. I realize that technically it is a trilogy, yet against all logic I still maintain that there were only two.

I blush to say, I was only trying to make a lame joke. I'm not a fan of the third one (despite a deliciously odd bit of casting involving the terrific musical artist (and T Bone Burnett's wife) Sam Phillips). I was ignoring that it existed, much as I said I love to do.


Samuel L. and Irons did add to the flick, though.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Gotcha. I knew I was missing some key piece of information ;) I rather liked the third one, largely because of Irons and his ridiculous riddles.