Top 147 Die Hard on a Plane/Helicopter/in a Airport Films & Shows

by muybueno16 | created - 08 Dec 2018 | updated - 3 days ago | Public

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1. Strategic Command (1997)

R | 90 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

Rick Harding is a former Marines officer, now working in the FBI as a chemical weapons designer. While packing up for the night, a group of armed soldiers led by wanted criminal Carlos Gruber, break into the FBI research lab.

Director: Rick Jacobson | Stars: Michael Dudikoff, Paul Winfield, Richard Norton, Amanda Wyss

Votes: 649

2. Executive Decision (1996)

R | 133 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

62 Metascore

When terrorists seize control of an airliner, an intelligence analyst accompanies a commando unit for a midair boarding operation.

Director: Stuart Baird | Stars: Kurt Russell, Halle Berry, Steven Seagal, John Leguizamo

Votes: 48,362 | Gross: $56.57M

3. 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: 43,198 | Gross: $44.07M

4. Non-Stop (2014)

PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller

56 Metascore

An air marshal springs into action during a transatlantic flight after receiving a series of text messages demanding $150 million into an off-shore account, or someone will die every 20 minutes.

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra | Stars: Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Scoot McNairy, Michelle Dockery

Votes: 241,246 | Gross: $92.17M

5. Flightplan (2005)

PG-13 | 98 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

53 Metascore

A bereaved woman and her daughter are flying home from Berlin to America. At 30,000 feet, the child vanishes, and nobody will admit she was ever on the plane.

Director: Robert Schwentke | Stars: Jodie Foster, Peter Sarsgaard, Sean Bean, Kate Beahan

Votes: 147,226 | Gross: $89.71M

6. Snakes on a Plane (2006)

R | 105 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

58 Metascore

An F.B.I. Agent takes on a plane full of deadly venomous snakes, deliberately released to kill a witness being flown from Honolulu to Los Angeles to testify against a mob boss.

Director: David R. Ellis | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Julianna Margulies, Nathan Phillips, Rachel Blanchard

Votes: 128,433 | Gross: $34.02M

7. Con Air (1997)

R | 115 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

52 Metascore

Newly paroled ex-con and former U.S. Ranger Cameron Poe finds himself trapped in a prisoner transport plane when the passengers seize control.

Director: Simon West | Stars: Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, John Malkovich, Colm Meaney

Votes: 265,090 | Gross: $101.12M

8. Air Force One (1997)

R | 124 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

61 Metascore

Communist Radicals hijack Air Force One with The U.S. President and his family on board. The Vice President negotiates from Washington D.C., while the President, a Veteran, fights to rescue the hostages on board.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen | Stars: Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, Glenn Close, Wendy Crewson

Votes: 172,370 | Gross: $172.96M

9. Big Bullet (1996)

91 min | Action, Crime

After assaulting his tactical commander during a raid gone sour, a dedicated but temperamental cop Sergeant Bill Chu is demoted to the Emergency Unit, long considered to be the police force's dumping ground for problem cops.

Director: Benny Chan | Stars: Ching Wan Lau, Jordan Chan, Ruco Chan, Radium Cheung

Votes: 758

10. 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: 16,512 | Gross: $100.49M

Honorable mention

11. Nowhere to Land (2000 TV Movie)

90 min | Thriller

A pilot must safely land a 747 on which deadly nerve gas has been planted.

Director: Armand Mastroianni | Stars: Jack Wagner, Christine Elise, James Sikking, Mark Lee

Votes: 791

12. Final Approach (2007 TV Movie)

240 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

An action filled account of an Ex FBI negotiator who uses all his skills to save a jumbo jet headed for Los Angeles California from the terrorists who have placed a bomb on board.

Director: Armand Mastroianni | Stars: Dean Cain, Anthony Michael Hall, Ernie Hudson, Sunny Mabrey

Votes: 600

13. Black Thunder (II) (1998)

R | 85 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

When the top secret prototype of the Nova Stealth fighter has been stolen, the Pentagon launches big alarm; the plane shouldn't come into hostile hands. There is only one man who can get ... See full summary »

Director: Rick Jacobson | Stars: Marcus Aurelius, Catherine Bell, Michael Cavanaugh, Michael Dudikoff

Votes: 484

14. Active Stealth (1999 Video)

R | 99 min | Adventure, Action, Crime

After Captain Murphy lost some of his men on his last mission to Mexico to bring back a US Senator, he has been plagued with unhappiness and bad dreams. When Murphy is given orders to go ... See full summary »

Director: Fred Olen Ray | Stars: Daniel Baldwin, Hannes Jaenicke, Lisa Vidal, Chick Vennera

Votes: 452

15. Airborne (1998)

R | 91 min | Action

Bill McNeil heads a black ops team called "Mach 1" called in to retrieve a cannister of deadly viral agent which was stolen from the government by an arms dealer. The team retrieve the ... See full summary »

Director: Julian Grant | Stars: Steve Guttenberg, Kim Coates, Torri Higginson, Philip Akin

Votes: 600

16. Point Break (1991)

R | 122 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

58 Metascore

An F.B.I. Agent goes undercover to catch a gang of surfers who may be bank robbers.

Director: Kathryn Bigelow | Stars: Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey, Lori Petty

Votes: 146,762 | Gross: $43.22M

17. Altitude (2017)

R | 88 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

A female FBI agent is offered millions to help a thief escape from a hijacked airplane.

Director: Alex Merkin | Stars: Denise Richards, Dolph Lundgren, Jonathan Lipnicki, Greer Grammer

Votes: 2,872

18. Turbulence 2: Fear of Flying (1999)

R | 101 min | Action, Thriller

A passenger of a hijacked airliner who happens to be an airplane engineer works to deactivate a chemical weapons bomb after the hijackers kill the pilot and threaten to kill all the passengers on the plane.

Director: David Mackay | Stars: Craig Sheffer, Tom Berenger, Jennifer Beals, Jeffrey Nordling

Votes: 2,020

19. Terminal Velocity (1994)

PG-13 | 102 min | Action, Mystery, Romance

A maverick skydiver and a former KGB agent team up to stop the Russian mafia from stealing gold.

Director: Deran Sarafian | Stars: Charlie Sheen, Nastassja Kinski, James Gandolfini, Christopher McDonald

Votes: 12,379 | Gross: $16.48M

20. Slipstream (2005)

R | 89 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

A scientist goes to a bank to meet a pretty bank-teller. His time-machine allows him to go 10 minutes back in time and correct his approaches to her. He's shadowed by 2 FBI agents and the bank gets robbed.

Director: David van Eyssen | Stars: Sean Astin, Vinnie Jones, Ivana Milicevic, Kevin Otto

Votes: 3,166

21. Sonic Impact (1999)

Not Rated | 94 min | Action, Thriller

When a deranged criminal is caught, he is then being transported by plane, along with some other criminals. Through a stroke of luck he is able to subdue the Federal agents assigned to ... See full summary »

Director: Rodney McDonald | Stars: James Russo, Ice-T, Michael Harris, Sam Anderson

Votes: 405

22. Air Rage (2001 Video)

R | 99 min | Action, Adventure

A Marine Colonel and his men are sent abroad on hostage rescue mission. When they arrive, they find the hostages dead and decide to get payback by massacring the village. Upon return home to the US, they must face the consequences.

Director: Fred Olen Ray | Stars: Ice-T, Cyril O'Reilly, Kimberly Oja, Steve Hytner

Votes: 585

23. Stealth Fighter (1999)

R | 88 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

Ice-T stars as a naval pilot that fakes his own death, and later ends up employed by a Latin American arms dealer. He steals a stealth fighter from a U.S.A.F. base in the Phillippines, and ... See full summary »

Director: Jim Wynorski | Stars: Ice-T, Costas Mandylor, Erika Eleniak, Sarah Dampf

Votes: 839

24. Termination Point (2007 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 89 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

Top secret government experiments with time travel have been shut down and declared as too dangerous to continue. The lead scientist has disappeared with the technology and a government ... See full summary »

Director: Jason Bourque | Stars: Jason Priestley, Lou Diamond Phillips, Garwin Sanford, Gary Hudson

Votes: 738

25. Drop Zone (1994)

R | 101 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

A tough cop teams up with a professional skydiver to capture a renegade computer hacker on the run from the law.

Director: John Badham | Stars: Wesley Snipes, Gary Busey, Yancy Butler, Michael Jeter

Votes: 18,555 | Gross: $28.72M

26. Rough Air: Danger on Flight 534 (2001 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 86 min | Action, Thriller

Having taken the blame for an accident beyond his control, pilot Mike Hogan has been on administrative leave indefinitely; however when the airline is desperately short of staff, he is ... See full summary »

Director: Jon Cassar | Stars: Eric Roberts, Alexandra Paul, Anne Openshaw, Kevin Jubinville

Votes: 687

27. Eraser (1996)

R | 115 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

56 Metascore

A Witness Protection specialist becomes suspicious of his co-workers when dealing with a case involving high-tech weapons.

Director: Chuck Russell | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Vanessa Williams, James Caan, James Coburn

Votes: 99,871 | Gross: $101.30M

28. Best of the Best 4: Without Warning (1998 Video)

R | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

A group of Russian mobsters have stolen a huge supply of paper for printing U.S. currency, and are now flooding the market with conterfeit bills. When one of the mobsters decides to give ... See full summary »

Director: Phillip Rhee | Stars: Phillip Rhee, Ernie Hudson, Tobin Bell, Thure Riefenstein

Votes: 1,064

29. Die Hard 2 (1990)

R | 124 min | Action, Thriller

67 Metascore

John McClane attempts to avert disaster as rogue military operatives seize control of Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C.

Director: Renny Harlin | Stars: Bruce Willis, William Atherton, Bonnie Bedelia, Reginald VelJohnson

Votes: 322,814 | Gross: $117.54M

30. Connected (2008)

Not Rated | 110 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

A man receives a distressing phone call from a woman who has been kidnapped.

Director: Benny Chan | Stars: Louis Koo, Barbie Hsu, Nick Cheung, Ye Liu

Votes: 1,828

31. Casino Royale (2006)

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

80 Metascore

After earning 00 status and a licence to kill, Secret Agent James Bond sets out on his first mission as 007. Bond must defeat a private banker funding terrorists in a high-stakes game of poker at Casino Royale, Montenegro.

Director: Martin Campbell | Stars: Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Judi Dench, Jeffrey Wright

Votes: 555,680 | Gross: $167.45M

32. Air Marshal (2003)

R | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

When terrorists hijack a flight, one man must find a way to save everyone on board.

Director: Alain Jakubowicz | Stars: Dean Cochran, Alan Austin, Eli Danker, Tarri Markel

Votes: 492

33. Hijacked (2012)

R | 86 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

A special agent's plans to reconcile with his ex-fiancé are ruined when she boards a private jet that is targeted by hijackers working for the same crime lord that he is chasing.

Director: Brandon Nutt | Stars: Vinnie Jones, Rob Steinberg, Craig Fairbrass, Gina Philips

Votes: 3,516

34. Crash Landing (2005)

Not Rated | 88 min | Action, Crime, Drama

When a hostage situation arises on a private plane with the daughter of a billionaire on board, Major John Masters (Sabato Jr.) teams up with Captain Williams (Michael Paré) to stop the terrorists and land the plane.

Director: Jim Wynorski | Stars: Antonio Sabato Jr., Michael Paré, Brianne Davis, Kevin Dobson

Votes: 757

35. Airspeed (1999)

PG-13 | 93 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

After lightening strikes Flight 109, the only chance for survival is a young girl.

Director: Robert Tinnell | Stars: Elisha Cuthbert, Bronwen Booth, Joe Mantegna, Lynne Adams

Votes: 1,201

36. Mach 2 (2000)

R | 94 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Secret Service agents target a presidential candidate by hijacking the Concorde he is on and kill the pilots. It's up to an Air Force officer, nicknamed "Washout" because he can't fly a plane, to land the Concorde.

Director: Fred Olen Ray | Stars: Brian Bosworth, Shannon Whirry, Michael Dorn, Cliff Robertson

Votes: 489

37. Submerged (2000)

R | 95 min | Action

Navy SEALs launch a rescue mission after terrorists plunge a jet carrying a missile-launching computer into the sea.

Director: Fred Olen Ray | Stars: Coolio, Maxwell Caulfield, Brent Huff, Nicole Eggert

Votes: 606

38. Heat (1995)

R | 170 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

76 Metascore

A group of professional bank robbers start to feel the heat from police when they unknowingly leave a clue at their latest heist.

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Val Kilmer, Jon Voight

Votes: 544,362 | Gross: $67.44M

39. The Expendables 2 (2012)

R | 103 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

51 Metascore

Mr. Church reunites the Expendables for what should be an easy paycheck, but when one of their men is murdered on the job, their quest for revenge puts them deep in enemy territory and up against an unexpected threat.

Director: Simon West | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Liam Hemsworth, Randy Couture, Jean-Claude Van Damme

Votes: 283,787 | Gross: $85.02M

40. xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017)

PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

42 Metascore

Xander Cage is left for dead after an incident, though he secretly returns to action for a new, tough assignment with his handler Augustus Gibbons.

Director: D.J. Caruso | Stars: Vin Diesel, Donnie Yen, Deepika Padukone, Kris Wu

Votes: 81,318 | Gross: $44.90M

41. Ground Control (1998)

PG-13 | 93 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A disgraced former air traffic controller is called back into service when the airport's traffic control system malfunctions.

Director: Richard Howard | Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Robert Sean Leonard, Bruce McGill, Kristy Swanson

Votes: 2,201

42. Collision Course (2012)

90 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Kate Parks has spent the past year on tour promoting her book, an in-depth look at the attempted cover-up of her husband's death in a plane crash. Now all she wants is to return home to her... See full summary »

Director: Fred Olen Ray | Stars: David Chokachi, Tia Carrere, Meghan McLeod, Tim Abell

Votes: 453

43. Beast of Burden (2018)

R | 89 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Sean Haggerty only has an hour to deliver his illegal cargo. An hour to reassure a drug cartel, a hitman, and the DEA that nothing is wrong. An hour to make sure his wife survives. And he must do it all from the cockpit of his Cessna.

Director: Jesper Ganslandt | Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Grace Gummer, Pablo Schreiber, Robert Wisdom

Votes: 2,368

44. Quantum of Solace (2008)

PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

58 Metascore

James Bond descends into mystery as he tries to stop a mysterious organisation from eliminating a country's most valuable resource.

Director: Marc Forster | Stars: Daniel Craig, Olga Kurylenko, Mathieu Amalric, Judi Dench

Votes: 388,456 | Gross: $168.37M

45. 24 (2001–2010)

TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Jack Bauer, Director of Field Ops for the Counter-Terrorist Unit of Los Angeles, races against the clock to subvert terrorist plots and save his nation from ultimate disaster.

Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Carlos Bernard, Dennis Haysbert

Votes: 166,018

Season 2 has a key plane crash two-parter.

Season 5 has both an airport and a plane multi-episode sequence.

Season 7 also has two segments involving airplane terror attacks and an airport shoot-out near the end.

Seasons 3, 4, 6, 7, 8 and 10 (Legacy) have copter moments.