25 best plane movies ever

Don your G-suits for a plane movie marathon in anticipation of the Eastbourne Airshow this weekend

Con Air (1997)

Travelling with the most dangerous men in the American penal system isn’t ideal when you're about to be released from prison. Brilliant performances from Malkovich as serial killer/insane genius "Cyrus the Virus" and Steve Buscemi as "The Marietta Mangler" make this a must-watch movie, with a hefty dose of violence, profanity and million dollar explosions.

Snakes on a Plane (2006)

This film does exactly what it says on the tin. And while the plot is laughable, it's surprisingly entertaining, giving a whole new meaning to the term "trouser-snake". Plus, how could we forget Samuel L. Jackson's cringingly brilliant line: "I've had it with these motherf***ing snakes on this motherf***ing plane". What's next? Motherf***ing spiders on a motherf***ing yacht?

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The First of the Few (1942)

Leslie Howard stars and directs in this biopic dramatising the life of aviator R.J. Mitchell – inventor of World War II’s Spitfire fighter plane. Rather ironically, the movie’s release came after Leslie Howard’s plane was shot down by the Germans.

Zero Hour! (1957)

What do you do when you’re stuck aboard a doomed plane, with no guarantee of making it back to ground level in one piece? Beg a WWII fighter plane pilot, with a new-found phobia of flying to bring the plane in. If that's not enough to instill confidence in the passengers, we don't know what is. One of the inspirations for Airplane!

The Spirit of St Louis (1957)

This film encapsulates the story of Charles 'Slim' Lindbergh's historic journey of the first non-stop solo transatlantic flight from New York to Paris. His lack of finances and the inevitable hazards don't quite make this one a nail-biter, but rather, an interesting fact-flavoured biopic that happened to nose dive at the box office, despite starring James Stewart.

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