Aviation Movies (WWI and WWII)

This list includes all aviation movies I own; the historic period taken into account is from the beginnings up to WWII (i.e. you will not find "Top Gun" in this list).

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1.
Wings (1927)
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Two young men, one rich, one middle class, who are in love with the same woman, become fighter pilots in World War I. (144 mins.)
 
2.
Hell's Angels (1930)
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Brothers Monte and Ray leave Oxford to join the Royal Flying Corps. Ray loves Helen; Helen enjoys an affair with Monte; before they leave on their mission over Germany they find her in still another man's arms. (127 mins.)
Director: Howard Hughes
 
3.
The Dawn Patrol (1938)
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British flying aces in World War I contend with the harsh realities of war. (103 mins.)
Director: Edmund Goulding
 
4.
The Lion Has Wings (1939)
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Alexander Korda's bit for the British war effort shows the world both at peace and on the verge of Nazi domination... (76 mins.)
 
5.
Dive Bomber (1941)
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A military surgeon teams with a ranking navy flyer to develop a high-altitude suit which will protect pilots from blacking out when they go into a steep dive. (132 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
 
6.
Target for Tonight (1941 Documentary)
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The planning and implementation of an RAF night raid on Germany in World War II, concentrating on a low level mission by a Wellington bomber on an oil storage facility by the Rhine. (48 mins.)
Director: Harry Watt
 
7.
Ships with Wings (1941)
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Lt. Dick Stacey is dismissed from the Fleet Air Arm for poor discipline. He joins the Aircraft Carrier "HMS Ark Royal" (The Ship with Wings)... (103 mins.)
 
8.
A Yank in the R.A.F. (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Tyrone Power is a pilots' pilot, but he doesn't believe in anything beyond his own abilities. He gets... (98 mins.)
Director: Henry King
 
9.
Flying Tigers (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Capt. Jim Gordon's command of the famed American mercenary fighter group in China is complicated by the recruitment of an old friend who is a reckless hotshot. (102 mins.)
Director: David Miller
 
10.
Wake Island (1942)
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December, 1941. With no hope of relief or re-supply, a small band of United States Marines try to keep the Japanese Navy from capturing their island base. (87 mins.)
Director: John Farrow
 
11.
One of Our Aircraft Is Missing (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
When Nazi anti-aircraft fire damages a British bomber, its crew bails out and seeks help from the Dutch underground. (102 mins.)
 
12.
Spitfire (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Aircraft designer/patriot R. J. Mitchell, alarmed at growing German militarism, works to perfect a defense against the German Messerschmidt at the cost of his health. (118 mins.)
Director: Leslie Howard
 
13.
Captains of the Clouds (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Inspired by Churcill's Dunkirk speech, brash, undisciplined bush pilot Brian MacLean and three friends enlist in the RCAF but are deemed too old to be fliers. (114 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
 
14.
Aerial Gunner (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Old rivals are pitted against each other in basic training and fight for the same woman. (78 mins.)
Director: William H. Pine
 
15.
Bombardier (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Training of bombardiers in semi-documentary style, with personal stories and a battle climax. (99 mins.)
Director: Richard Wallace
 
16.
Wing and a Prayer (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
An aircraft carrier is sent on a decoy mission around the Pacific, with orders to avoid combat, thus... (97 mins.)
Director: Henry Hathaway
 
17.
Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In the wake of Pearl Harbor, a young lieutenant leaves his expectant wife to volunteer for a secret bombing mission which will take the war to the Japanese homeland. (138 mins.)
Director: Mervyn LeRoy
 
18.
Kato hayabusa sento-tai (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Biographical movie about Colonel Kato, an officer serving with the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force in Southeast Asia, he was highly respected by his pilots for his fairness and excellent flying ability. (110 mins.)
 
19.
Johnny in the Clouds (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Life on a British bomber base, and the surrounding towns, from the opening days of the Battle of Britain... (109 mins.)
Director: Anthony Asquith
 
20.
Twelve O'Clock High (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A hard-as-nails general takes over a bomber unit suffering from low morale and whips them into fighting shape. (132 mins.)
Director: Henry King
 
21.
Flying Leathernecks (1951)
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Major Kirby leads The Wildcats squadron into the historic WWII battle of Guadalcanal. (102 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Ray
 
22.
Angels One Five (1952)
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The story of an RAF fighter squadron at the height of the Battle of Britain. (98 mins.)
 
23.
Flat Top (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
During the Korean War, aboard the U.S.S. Princeton, Navy Commander Dan Collier reminisces about his first assignment on the same aircraft carrier in the war against Japan. (83 mins.)
Director: Lesley Selander
 
24.
Malta Story (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
In WW2, the island of Malta, strategically located and vital to supply lines in the Mediterranean Sea, is fiercely attacked by the Germans but staunchly defended by the British. (103 mins.)
 
25.
The Purple Plain (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
After losing his bride in a Luftwaffe air raid, bomber pilot Forrester becomes a solitary killing machine... (97 mins.)
Director: Robert Parrish
“ Watched on 29/01/2013 ” - oreste-tommasi
 
26.
The Dam Busters (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The story of how the British attacked German dams in WWII by using an ingenious technique to drop bombs where they would be most effective. (124 mins.)
 
27.
Reach for the Sky (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Biopic of RAF Group Captain Douglas Bader who, after having lost both legs, flew a British fighter plane during WW2. (135 mins.)
Director: Lewis Gilbert
 
28.
The Wings of Eagles (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A biography of Navy flier-turned-screenwriter Frank W. "Spig" Wead. (110 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
29.
Sink the Bismarck! (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The World War II story of the British Navy's effort to defeat Nazi Germany's most powerful warship. (97 mins.)
Director: Lewis Gilbert
 
30.
Hawai Middowei daikaikûsen: Taiheiyô no arashi (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Lt. Koji Kitami is a navigator-bombardier in Japan's Naval Air Force. He participates in the Japanese raid on the U.S... (118 mins.)
 
31.
The War Lover (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Buzz Rickson is a dare-devil World War II bomber pilot with a death wish. Failing at everything not involving flying... (105 mins.)
Director: Philip Leacock
 
32.
633 Squadron (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
An RAF squadron is assigned to knock out a German rocket fuel factory in Norway. The factory supplies fuel for the Nazi effort to launch rockets on England during D-Day. (102 mins.)
 
33.
The Blue Max (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A young pilot in the German air force of 1918, disliked as lower-class and unchivalrous, tries ambitiously to earn the medal offered for 20 kills. (156 mins.)
Director: John Guillermin
 
34.
Battle of Britain (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
In 1940, the British Royal Air Force fights a desperate battle to prevent the Luftwaffe from gaining air superiority over the English Channel as a prelude to a possible Axis invasion of the UK. (132 mins.)
Director: Guy Hamilton
 
35.
Mosquito Squadron (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
In WW2, a RAF squadron leader mourns the death of a comrade and receives a bombing mission against a secret Nazi V-2 rocket testing facility in France. (90 mins.)
Director: Boris Sagal
 
36.
The Thousand Plane Raid (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
A U.S. Air Force colonel convinces the Allies during World War II that a daylight bombing raid of Germany will bring a quick end to the war. (93 mins.)
Director: Boris Sagal
 
37.
Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A dramatization of the Japanese attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor and the series of American blunders that allowed it to happen. (144 mins.)
 
38.
Darling Lili (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Set during WWI, this movie is a cute spin on the Mata Hari legend. (136 mins.)
Director: Blake Edwards
 
39.
Von Richthofen and Brown (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
The story of Manfred von Richthofen, the German air ace during World War I and his struggle with the enemy aces and some jealous German officers. (97 mins.)
Director: Roger Corman
 
40.
The Great Waldo Pepper (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A biplane pilot who had missed flying in WWI takes up barnstorming and later a movie career in his quest for the glory he had missed... (107 mins.)
Director: George Roy Hill
 
41.
Aces High (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
In WW1 the high casualty rate among the rookie pilots of the Royal Flying Corps puts an enormous strain on the survivors. (114 mins.)
Director: Jack Gold
 
42.
Midway (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A dramatization of the battle that was widely heralded as a turning point of the Pacific Theatre of World War II. (132 mins.)
Director: Jack Smight
 
43.
Piece of Cake (1988 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Stories of the men of the RAF Hornet Squadron during the early days of World War II. (312 mins.)
 
44.
The Tuskegee Airmen (1995 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The true story of how a group of African American pilots overcame racist opposition to become one of the finest US fighter groups in World War II (106 mins.)
 
45.
Memphis Belle (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
In 1943, the crew of a B-17 based in UK prepares for its 25th and last bombing mission over Germany before returning home to the USA. (107 mins.)
 
46.
Pearl Harbor (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A tale of war and romance mixed in with history. The story follows two lifelong friends and a beautiful nurse who are caught up in the horror of an infamous Sunday morning in 1941. (183 mins.)
Director: Michael Bay
 
47.
Dark Blue World (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The friendship of two men becomes tested when they both fall for the same woman. (112 mins.)
Director: Jan Sverák
 
48.
Flyboys (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
The adventures of the Lafayette Escadrille, young Americans who volunteered for the French military before the U.S. entered World War I, and became the country's first fighter pilots. (140 mins.)
Director: Tony Bill
 
49.
The Red Baron (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
German biopic loosely based on the World War I fighter ace Manfred Von Richthofen, nicknamed the Red Baron by friend and foe alike. (106 mins.)
 
50.
Isoroku Yamamoto, the Commander-in-Chief of the Combined Fleet (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
The life of Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto from the early 1930's to his death at the hands of the US military in 1943. (140 mins.)
Director: Izuru Narushima
 
51.
Red Tails (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A crew of African American pilots in the Tuskegee training program, having faced segregation while kept mostly on the ground during World War II, are called into duty under the guidance of Col. A.J. Bullard. (125 mins.)
 
52.
Into the White (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Norway, WWII: A group of British and German soldiers find themselves stranded in the wilderness after an aircraft battle. Finding shelter in the same cabin, they realize the only way to survive the winter is to place the rules of war aside. (104 mins.)
Director: Petter Næss
 
53.
Fortress (2012 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
Based on actual events. When the commander of the crew of a B17 Flying Fortress bomber is killed in action in a raid over Sicily in 1943... (100 mins.)
Director: Mike Phillips
“ Watched on 14/01/2013 ” - oreste-tommasi
 
54.
First Light (2010 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
In May 1940 eighteen-year old Geoffrey Wellum joins the 92 squadron of the Royal Air Force and is taken... (75 mins.)
 
55.
Raiders in the Sky (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
War drama about the dangerous and stressful work of Lancaster bomber British crews during WW2. (96 mins.)
Director: Philip Leacock
 
56.
The Pathfinders (1972 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
(60 mins.)
 
57.
Dunkirk (2017)
Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire, Canada, and France are surrounded by the German army and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.