War is Hell in the Heavens

Some of the best movies about aerial warfare. All-Time. Alphabetically.
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1.
Air Force (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The crew of an Air Force bomber arrives in Pearl Harbor in the aftermath of the Japanese attack and is sent on to Manila to help with the defense of the Philippines. (124 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
 
2.
Bat*21 (1988)
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During the Vietnam War, Colonel Hambleton's aircraft is shot down over enemy territory and a frantic rescue operation ensues. (105 mins.)
Director: Peter Markle
 
3.
The Battle of Britain (1943 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The official World War II US government account of Great Britain's stand against the Nazi war machine after the Dunkirk evacuation. (54 mins.)
 
4.
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 German invasion of the UK. (132 mins.)
Director: Guy Hamilton
 
5.
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
 
6.
The Bridges at Toko-Ri (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Set during the Korean War, a Navy fighter pilot must come to terms with with his own ambivalence towards the war and the fear of having to bomb a set of highly defended bridges. The ending of this grim war drama is all tension. (102 mins.)
Director: Mark Robson
 
7.
Captains of the Clouds (1942)
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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
 
8.
Catch-22 (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A man is trying desperately to be certified insane during World War II, so he can stop flying missions. (122 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols
 
9.
The Dam Busters (1955)
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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.)
 
10.
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
 
11.
Fighter Squadron (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
During World War II, an insubordinate fighter pilot finds the shoe on the other foot when he's promoted. (96 mins.)
Director: Raoul Walsh
 
12.
The Final Countdown (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A modern aircraft carrier is thrown back in time to 1941 near Hawaii, just hours before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. (103 mins.)
Director: Don Taylor
 
13.
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.)
 
14.
Flight of the Intruder (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
During the air war over Vietnam, a US Navy A-6 Intruder tactical bomber pilot schemes with a hardened veteran to make an unauthorized air strike on Hanoi. (115 mins.)
Director: John Milius
 
15.
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
 
16.
Flying Leathernecks (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Major Kirby leads The Wildcats squadron into the historic WWII battle of Guadalcanal. (102 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Ray
 
17.
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
 
18.
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.)
 
19.
Memphis Belle (1990)
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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.)
 
20.
Men of the Fighting Lady (1954)
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A famous writer visits an aircraft carrier during the Korean war to learn more about it and the way it's run. He also gets to find out more about the Navy and Marine aviators themselves, their internal and external conflicts and dangers of their job. (79 mins.)
Director: Andrew Marton
 
21.
Midway (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A dramatization of the battle that was heralded as the turning point of the Pacific Theatre of World War II. (132 mins.)
Director: Jack Smight
 
22.
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
 
23.
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.)
 
24.
Ships with Wings (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
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.)
 
25.
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.)
 
26.
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
 
27.
Top Gun (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
As students at the United States Navy's elite fighter weapons school compete to be best in the class, one daring young pilot learns a few things from a civilian instructor that are not taught in the classroom. (110 mins.)
Director: Tony Scott
 
28.
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.)
 
29.
The Tuskegee Airmen (1995 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 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.)
 
30.
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
 
31.
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
 
32.
Wings (1927)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
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.)
 
33.
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