Cinema in the heights: 10 movies that take place on planes or airports

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Films that take place inside planes or airports are a great choice to kill the nostalgia of traveling. If flying around is still difficult or out of your plans, join this super special list and watch some movie classics in the comfort of your home. Fasten your seat belts and have a good trip!

1. Nonstop Love
Up in the Air (2009) | Dramatic comedy

Ryan Bingham (George Clooney) has an empty life and only one dream: earn 10 million miles to obtain an exclusive VIP card . To do this, he does his job, which boils down to traveling across the country and firing people. But with the invention of a videoconferencing system where employees can be fired remotely, their job is at risk. It’s Ryan’s opportunity to discover that life isn’t just about the journey, but the connections we make along the way.

“Unstoppable Love” with George Clooney
“No Stopovers” with George Clooney (Paramount Pictures)

2. O Terminal
The Terminal (2004) | Dramatic comedy, Biography

Viktor Navorski (Tom Hanks) was traveling to New York when his country’s government undergoes a coup d’état. With his passport suddenly invalid, he ends up stranded at John F. Kennedy International Airport . During the following months, Viktor is forced to live in a terminal under construction, he makes friends with the airport employees, while he is watched over by the head of security, who wants to get rid of him at all costs. Based on a true story, directed by Steven Spielberg.

“O Terminal”, com Tom Hanks (DreamWorks)
“O Terminal”, com Tom Hanks (DreamWorks)

3. Sully – The Hero of the Hudson River
Sully (2016) | Drama, Biografia

Tom Hanks again, this time playing Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, who in January 2009 landed a crashed plane over the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 passengers. Directed by Clint Eastwood, the film not only dramatizes “the miracle of the Hudson” promoted by the veteran pilot, but also tells the story that turned Chesley Burnett Sullenberger into a true hero. Based on a true story — and with a happy ending.

“Sully: O Herói do rio Hudson”, com Tom Hanks
“Sully: The Hudson River” with Tom Hanks (Warner Bros.)

4. Flying High
View from the Top (2003) | Romantic comedy

Donna Jensen (Gwyneth Paltrow) has dreamed of becoming a stewardess since she was a child and living her life traveling to the four corners of the world. However, as soon as she enters the course for flight attendants, she realizes that reality can be very different from what she imagined. A light comedy with some clichés, typical of Sessão da Tarde, directed by Brazilian Bruno Barreto.

“Flying High” with Gwyneth Paltrow
“Flying High” with Gwyneth Paltrow (Brad Gray Pictures)

5. Catch Me If You Can
Catch Me If You Can (2002) | Dramatic comedy, Biography

Leonardo DiCaprio in an irresistible performance interprets the con artist Frank Abagnale Jr, one of the greatest imposters of all time. We are introduced to the various identities assumed by the faker — a doctor, a lawyer and even an airplane pilot. Deceiving an airline and entire crews with his sly words, the character travels through the glamorous world of aviation in the 60s. An unusual and very interesting film, based on a completely (sur)real story!

Film “Catch Me If You Can” with Leonardo DiCaprio
“Catch Me If You Can” with Leonardo DiCaprio (DreamWorks)

6. She’s Too Much for Me
She’s Out of My League (2010) | Comédia

Besteirol tells the story of Kirk, an airport security guard who dreams of being a plane pilot, but has few prospects for the future. Without self-confidence, he is surprised when a beautiful and intelligent passenger falls in love with him. It’s time to fight your insecurities and chase your dreams.

“She is too much for me”
“She’s Too Much for Me” (Paramount Pictures)

7. Boeing, Boeing
Boeing Boeing (1965) | Comedy

Classic from 1965 with Jerry Lewis, the film tells the story of a womanizer who lives in Paris and is engaged to three flight attendants from Lufthansa , Air France and British United at the same time. He notes the times of the international routes they work on in his diary to avoid confusion. Everything works fine for a while, but the arrival of new jets changes the flight schedule so that the three are in Paris at the same time, threatening the whole scheme.

“Boeing, Boeing”
“Boeing, Boeing” (Paramount Pictures)

8. Buckle up… The Pilot is Missing!
Airplane! (1980) | Comedy

A delicious slapstick comedy from the 80’s, full of visual puns and nonsense humor that has aged without losing its grace. An ex-combatant pilot is forced to take the controls of a plane when the crew is poisoned. His girlfriend is one of the flight attendants. Together, they will try to save the passengers and successfully land the plane, but there is a problem: he was traumatized in the war and is afraid to fly!

“Fasten Your Seat Belts… The Pilot Is Missing!”
“Fasten Your Seat Belts… The Pilot Is Gone!” with Leslie Nielsen (Paramount Pictures)

9. The Aviator
The Aviator (2004) | Drama, Biografia

DiCaprio in yet another outstanding performance plays Howard Hughes, a millionaire in love with cinema and aviation. The film shows the tycoon’s intense life and his obsession with planes, which made him test new models and travel around the world in just four days.

“O Aviador” (Warner Bros./Miramax)
“The Aviator” (Warner Bros./Miramax)

10. Serpents on board
Snakes on a Plane (2006) | Terror, Suspense

If you’re afraid of planes, stay away from this movie! “Snakes on Board” tells the story of a teenager who becomes the key witness in a trial. He is sent to court in Los Angeles by plane, but to prevent the testimony, a professional killer releases hundreds of poisonous snakes inside the aircraft, causing crew and passengers to panic.