Air Disaster Movies

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1. No Highway in the Sky (1951)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama, Thriller

An aeronautical engineer predicts that a new model of plane will fail catastrophically and in a novel manner after a specific number flying hours.

Director: Henry Koster | Stars: James Stewart, Marlene Dietrich, Glynis Johns, Jack Hawkins

Votes: 3,098

2. The High and the Mighty (1954)

Not Rated | 147 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

When a commercial airliner develops engine problems on a trans-Pacific flight and the pilot loses his nerve, it is up to the washed-up co-pilot Dan Roman to bring the plane in safely.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: John Wayne, Claire Trevor, Laraine Day, Robert Stack

Votes: 5,129

3. The Night My Number Came Up (1955)

Not Rated | 94 min | Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller

On a routine flight from Hong Kong to Japan, a British military transport aircraft's fate may or may not depend on a prophetic nightmare.

Director: Leslie Norman | Stars: Michael Redgrave, Sheila Sim, Alexander Knox, Denholm Elliott

Votes: 803

4. Encounter (1952–1961)
Episode: Flight Into Danger (1956)

60 min | Drama

A small planes pilot must take the controls of a large passenger plane when the pilots fall victim to food poisoning.

Director: David Greene | Stars: James Doohan, Larry Beattie, Elizabeth Cole, Corinne Conley

Votes: 23

5. Zero Hour! (1957)

Passed | 81 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

In 1950s Canada, during a commercial flight, the pilots and some passengers suffer food poisoning, thus forcing an ex-WW2 fighter pilot to try to land the airliner in heavy fog.

Director: Hall Bartlett | Stars: Dana Andrews, Linda Darnell, Sterling Hayden, Elroy 'Crazylegs' Hirsch

Votes: 1,330

6. Crash Landing (1958)

Unrated | 76 min | Drama, War

Airplane passengers prepare for a crash landing in the ocean.

Director: Fred F. Sears | Stars: Gary Merrill, Nancy Reagan, Irene Hervey, Roger Smith

Votes: 131

7. Jet Storm (1959)

88 min | Thriller

Sir Richard Attenborough plays Ernest Tilley, a man who lost his daughter in a hit-and-run accident. He tracks down the man responsible for the accident and boards the same plane, ... See full summary »

Director: Cy Endfield | Stars: Richard Attenborough, Stanley Baker, Hermione Baddeley, Bernard Braden

Votes: 281

8. Jet Over the Atlantic (1959)

Approved | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Assorted people board a plane with a fire bomb in its luggage hold.

Director: Byron Haskin | Stars: Guy Madison, Virginia Mayo, George Raft, Ilona Massey

Votes: 126

9. The Crowded Sky (1960)

105 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Disaster movie about a Navy jet and a commercial airliner heading for a mid air collision.

Director: Joseph Pevney | Stars: Dana Andrews, Rhonda Fleming, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., John Kerr

Votes: 565

10. Trouble in the Sky (1960)

88 min | Drama, Thriller

In Britain, at the dawn of jet-powered commercial aviation, an aircraft manufacturer tries to shift the blame from mechanical failure to pilot error when its newest jet airliner has a series of accidents.

Director: Charles Frend | Stars: Michael Craig, Peter Cushing, Bernard Lee, Elizabeth Seal

Votes: 233

11. Flight That Disappeared (1961)

Approved | 71 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

A cross-country airliner, whose passengers include a nuclear physicist, a rocket expert, and a mathematical genius, is drawn beyond radar range by an unknown, unbreakable force.

Director: Reginald Le Borg | Stars: Craig Hill, Paula Raymond, Dayton Lummis, Gregory Morton

Votes: 387

12. 713 prosit posadku (1962)


Transatlantic flight 713 is in trouble because the pilot and crew are poisoned while flying above the ocean. Now the passengers have to take control to save their lives.

Director: Grigori Nikulin | Stars: Vladimir Chestnokov, Otar Koberidze, Lev Kruglyy, Lyudmila Abramova

Votes: 83

13. Fate Is the Hunter (1964)

Approved | 106 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

An airline executive refuses to believe that pilot error by his friend caused a fatal crash, and persists in looking for another reason.

Director: Ralph Nelson | Stars: Glenn Ford, Nancy Kwan, Rod Taylor, Suzanne Pleshette

Votes: 1,406

14. The Doomsday Flight (1966 TV Movie)

Approved | 93 min | Thriller

A bomb on board an airliner has an altitude-sensitive trigger. Unless a ransom is paid, it will explode when the plane descends to land.

Director: William A. Graham | Stars: Jack Lord, Edmond O'Brien, Katherine Crawford, John Saxon

Votes: 286

15. Lost Flight (1970 TV Movie)

G | 104 min | Action, Drama

The captain of a downed airliner must help his crew and passengers survive on a deserted jungle island in the midst of a power struggle - an adult version of "Lord of the Flies."

Director: Leonard J. Horn | Stars: Lloyd Bridges, Anne Francis, Ralph Meeker, Andrew Prine

Votes: 159

16. Airport (1970)

G | 137 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

42 Metascore

A bomber on board an airplane, an airport almost closed by snow, and various personal problems of the people involved.

Directors: George Seaton, Henry Hathaway | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Dean Martin, George Kennedy, Jean Seberg

Votes: 16,501 | Gross: $100.49M

17. Terror in the Sky (1971 TV Movie)

74 min | Drama, Thriller

On a transcontinental flight, the flight crew suffer from food poisioning and become incapacitated. To save the aircraft, the cabin crew locate a passenger with flying experience. He is ... See full summary »

Director: Bernard L. Kowalski | Stars: Leif Erickson, Doug McClure, Roddy McDowall, Lois Nettleton

Votes: 131

18. Skyjacked (1972)

PG | 101 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

A crazed Vietnam vet bomber hijacks a Boeing 707 in this disaster film filled with the usual early '70s stereotypes, and demands to be taken to Russia.

Director: John Guillermin | Stars: Charlton Heston, James Brolin, Yvette Mimieux, Claude Akins

Votes: 1,590

19. This Is a Hijack (1973)

PG | 90 min | Crime, Thriller, Drama

A gambler with serious debts hijacks a small private plane, planning to collect a $1,000,000 ransom. Unfortunately, he's not in the best of company with his mates, and the F.B.I. is waiting... See full summary »

Director: Barry Pollack | Stars: Adam Roarke, Lynn Borden, Jay Robinson, Dub Taylor

Votes: 67

20. Airport 1975 (1974)

PG | 107 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

50 Metascore

A 747 in flight collides with a small plane, and is rendered pilotless. Somehow the control tower must get a pilot aboard so the jet can land.

Director: Jack Smight | Stars: Charlton Heston, Karen Black, George Kennedy, Efrem Zimbalist Jr.

Votes: 9,007 | Gross: $47.29M

21. Murder on Flight 502 (1975 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 97 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Left in the lounge for first-class passengers, a letter warns of murders on Flight 502 -- and the warning is received a day early.

Director: George McCowan | Stars: Ralph Bellamy, Polly Bergen, Theodore Bikel, Sonny Bono

Votes: 507

22. Mayday at 40,000 Feet! (1976 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

The co-pilot and engineer of a passenger jet struggle to keep the plane airborne until it can reach an open airfield after a killer aboard the plane fires a gun at an engine and pilot of the plane.

Director: Robert Butler | Stars: David Janssen, Don Meredith, Christopher George, Ray Milland

Votes: 232

23. Flight to Holocaust (1977 TV Movie)

100 min | Action, Drama

A team of troubleshooters is called to a skyscraper where a plane has crashed into the 20th floor and is stuck in the side of the building.

Director: Bernard L. Kowalski | Stars: Patrick Wayne, Christopher Mitchum, Fawne Harriman, Desi Arnaz Jr.

Votes: 55

24. SST: Death Flight (1977 TV Movie)

89 min | Adventure, Drama

On its maiden flight, the crew of America's first supersonic transport learns that it may not be able to land, due to an act of sabotage and a deadly flu on-board.

Director: David Lowell Rich | Stars: Barbara Anderson, Bert Convy, Peter Graves, Lorne Greene

Votes: 442

25. Airport '77 (1977)

PG | 114 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

Art thieves hijack a 747, hit fog and crash into the ocean, trapping them and the passengers under one hundred feet of water.

Director: Jerry Jameson | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Lee Grant, Joseph Cotten, Olivia de Havilland

Votes: 8,989 | Gross: $30.00M

26. The Ghost of Flight 401 (1978 TV Movie)

100 min | Mystery, Drama, Thriller

An aircraft crashes in the Florida Everglades, killing 103 passengers. After the wreckage is removed, salvageable parts from the plane are used to repair other aircraft. Soon passengers and... See full summary »

Director: Steven Hilliard Stern | Stars: Ernest Borgnine, Gary Lockwood, Tina Chen, Kim Basinger

Votes: 460

27. Crash (1978 TV Movie)

95 min | Drama

On December 29, 1972, Eastern Air Lines Flight 401 crashes into the Florida Everglades, resulting in 101 fatalities.

Director: Barry Shear | Stars: William Shatner, Adrienne Barbeau, Brooke Bundy, Christopher Connelly

Votes: 189

28. The Concorde... Airport '79 (1979)

PG | 113 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

A supersonic airborne disaster. In order to survive a flight headed for the Moscow Olympics, passengers of the Concorde must endure aerial acrobatics to dodge missiles and survive a device that decompresses the plane.

Director: David Lowell Rich | Stars: Alain Delon, Susan Blakely, Robert Wagner, George Kennedy

Votes: 5,251 | Gross: $13.00M

29. Concorde Affaire '79 (1979)

96 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

A reporter tries to stop the crash of an aircraft after uncovering an airline's plot to save their business by sabotaging Concorde flights and have them decommissioned.

Director: Ruggero Deodato | Stars: James Franciscus, Mimsy Farmer, Venantino Venantini, Fiamma Maglione

Votes: 454

30. Crisis in Mid-air (1979 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama

The life of a stressed out air controller falls apart as he battles a court case involving a mid-air collision which is causing the unhappiness of his wife.

Director: Walter Grauman | Stars: George Peppard, Karen Grassle, Desi Arnaz Jr., Michael Constantine

Votes: 49

31. Ekipazh (1980)

PG-13 | 144 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

Story of the lives of three Soviet pilots who are united by disaster in a small town in the mountains.

Director: Aleksandr Mitta | Stars: Georgi Zhzhyonov, Anatoliy Vasilev, Leonid Filatov, Aleksandra Yakovleva-Aasmyae

Votes: 2,210

32. Starflight: The Plane That Couldn't Land (1983 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 115 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

On the maiden flight of the first hypersonic commercial plane which can make the flight from New York City to London in four hours, a minor disaster occurs resulting in the plane actually ... See full summary »

Director: Jerry Jameson | Stars: Lee Majors, Hal Linden, Lauren Hutton, Ray Milland

Votes: 825

33. Flight 90: Disaster on the Potomac (1984 TV Movie)

120 min | Drama

On January 13, 1982, Air Florida Flight 90 crashes into the 14th Street Bridge over the Potomac River in Washington, D.C., resulting in 78 fatalities.

Director: Robert Michael Lewis | Stars: Jeannetta Arnette, Barry Corbin, Stephen Macht, Dinah Manoff

Votes: 266

34. Hostage Flight (1985 TV Movie)

100 min | Thriller

Trans Allied Flight 136 is hijacked in flight and diverted by its four captors to New York's JFK Airport. When the plane departs for London and the terrorists begin murdering hostages, the passengers begin to fight back.

Director: Steven Hilliard Stern | Stars: Ned Beatty, Barbara Bosson, René Enríquez, Jack Gilford

Votes: 138

35. International Airport (1985 TV Movie)

90 min | Drama

Manager of a large metropolitan airport tries to deal with the stress of his job, and the various characters that work for him.

Directors: Don Chaffey, Charles S. Dubin | Stars: Gil Gerard, Berlinda Tolbert, Pat Crowley, Katherine Moffat

Votes: 105

36. The Taking of Flight 847: The Uli Derickson Story (1988 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama

This made-for-television film documents the takeover of the TWA airliner in flight from Athens to Rome in 1985. The focus is on the flight attendant, Uli Derickson, whose courage and hope ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Wendkos | Stars: Lindsay Wagner, Eli Danker, Sandy McPeak, Ray Wise

Votes: 324

37. Fire and Rain (1989 TV Movie)

89 min | Drama

On August 2, 1985, Delta Airlines Flight 191 is en route to Los Angeles via Dallas-Fort Worth, taking off from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. When the plane is landing in Fort Worth, wind-shear ... See full summary »

Director: Jerry Jameson | Stars: Charles Haid, John Beck, Tom Bosley, Richard Christie

Votes: 116

38. Tailspin: Behind the Korean Airliner Tragedy (1989 TV Movie)

82 min | Thriller

Chronicle of the shooting down of a Korean passenger plane by Soviet air force on 1st September 1983. Over 280 people died in this incident.

Director: David Darlow | Stars: Michael Murphy, Michael Moriarty, Chris Sarandon, Harris Yulin

Votes: 117

39. Miracle Landing (1990 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 85 min | Drama

A passenger jet loses a portion of its fuselage in flight over Hawaii and is forced to make an emergency landing.

Director: Dick Lowry | Stars: Connie Sellecca, Wayne Rogers, Ana Alicia, Nancy Kwan

Votes: 495

40. Crash: The Mystery of Flight 1501 (1990 TV Movie)

120 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

When a passenger plane crashes after a bomb scare, there are many unanswered questions, which can only be attributed to "pilot error". The pilot's wife, Diane Halstead, is convinced her ... See full summary »

Director: Philip Saville | Stars: Cheryl Ladd, Jeffrey DeMunn, Frederick Coffin, Peter Jurasik

Votes: 243

41. Crash Landing: The Rescue of Flight 232 (1992 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 95 min | Action, Drama

The captain of a crippled jet steers toward tri-state rescue-team experts waiting in Sioux City, Iowa.

Director: Lamont Johnson | Stars: Charlton Heston, James Coburn, Richard Thomas, Leon Russom

Votes: 612

42. Passenger 57 (1992)

R | 84 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

An airline security expert must take action when he finds himself trapped on a passenger jet when terrorists seize control of it.

Director: Kevin Hooks | Stars: Wesley Snipes, Bruce Payne, Tom Sizemore, Alex Datcher

Votes: 43,165 | Gross: $44.07M

43. Flight from Hell (1993 TV Movie)

95 min | Drama

Jay is ordered to fly Cessna flight 30771 from the States to Sydney, with stopovers at Honolulu, Pago Pago and Norfolk Island. He's joined by Frank, who flies another Cessna. Frank crashes ... See full summary »

Director: Roger Young | Stars: Robert Loggia, Scott Bakula, Rebecca Rigg, Alan Fletcher

Votes: 514

44. Freefall: Flight 174 (1995 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 93 min | Drama

True story of a brand-new Canadian airliner running out of fuel in-flight and forced to glide to the nearest airfield.

Director: Jorge Montesi | Stars: William Devane, Scott Hylands, Shelley Hack, Kevin McNulty

Votes: 632

45. Hijacked: Flight 285 (1996 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 90 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A convicted murderer is escorted by marshals on a regular flight from Phoenix to Dallas. Shortly after take-off, two of his aides, traveling as ordinary passengers, take control of the ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Correll | Stars: Susan Batten, James Brolin, Michael Gross, Anthony Michael Hall

Votes: 343

46. Executive Decision (1996)

R | 133 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller