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    I know this topic comes up every so often, but I thought I would try and compile a list of "Air Combat Movies" that people might enjoy... These movies can be WW1, WW2, Korean, or anytime and any war (No Sci-Fi). I have not included documentary's or TV shows (I may add TV dramas, but no documentary's).


    If anyone notices a movie I have forgotten please add it (I know that this list is just a place to start).

    ENJOY and Happy Movie Watching!!!


    01. Blue Max (1966)
    02. Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)
    03. Pearl Harbor (2001)
    04. The Dam Busters (1954)
    05. Angels one five (1952)
    06. Twelve O'Clock High (1949)
    07. A Guy Named Joe (1943)
    08. The Battle of Britain (1969)
    09. Flyboys
    11. Hells Angles (1930)
    12. The Dawn Patrol (1930, 1938)
    13. Mosquito Squadron (1969)
    14. Memphis Belle (1990)
    15. Midway (1976)
    16. 633 Squadron (1964)
    17. Empire of the Sun (1987)
    18. Torpedonostsy (Torpedo Bombers) (a Russian movie...the name could be wrong)
    19. Catch-22 (1970)
    20. Dark Blue World (2001)
    21. Flying Leathernecks (1951)
    22. Flying Tigers (1942)
    23. Ore wa, kimi no tame ni koso shini ni iku (2007) AKA: I Go To Die For You / For Those we Love
    24. One of Our Aircraft is Missing (1942)
    25. Reach for the Sky (1956)
    26. Talvisota (The Winter War) (1989)
    27. Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944)
    28. The Tuskegee Airmen (1995)
    29. The Wings of Eagles (1957)
    30. Aces High (1976)
    31. Biggles: Adventures in Time (1986)
    32. Von Richthofen and Brown (1971)
    33. Der Rote Baron (2008)
    34. Wings (1927)
    35. Flat Top (1952)
    36. Top Gun (1986)
    37. The Great Waldo Pepper (1975)
    38. God Is My Co-Pilot (1945)
    39. Ace of Aces (1933)
    40. Strategic Air Command (1955)
    41. The Bridges at Toko-Ri (1954)
    42. Zeppelin (1971)
    43. V boy idut odni stariki (1973) AKA: Only Old Men Are Going to Battle
    44. Ozora no samurai (1976) AKA: Samurai of the sky
    45. Kato Hayabusa Sentotai (1944) AKA: Kato's Perigrine Falcon Squadron
    46. Spitfire / The First of the Few

    Some more...

    47. Flying Fortress (1942)
    48. Stukas (1941)
    49. Tsubasa no Gaika (1942) AKA: (A Triumph of Wings)
    50. A Yank in the R.A.F. (1941)
    51. Captains of the Clouds (1942)
    52. Desperate Journey (1942)
    53. Aerial Gunner (1943)
    54. Air Force (1943)
    55. Bombardier (1943)
    56. Jet Pilot (1957)

    Some Kamikaze movies

    57. Aa tokubetsu kougekitai (1960) AKA: Special Attack Corps
    58. Taiheiyou no Tsubasa (1963) AKA: Wings of the Pacific
    59. Shutsugeki (1964) AKA: Sortie
    60. Saigo no Tokkoutai (1970) AKA: The Last Kamikaze

    I added your films

    61. The Hunters (1958)
    62. The War Lover (1962)
    63. Appointment in London (1952)

    Russian films (From FPSOLKOR):

    64. I Ty Uvidish Nebo (1978) AKA: And you will see the sky
    65. Hroniki pikiruyushego bombardirovshika (1967) AKA: Chronicles of a dive bomber
    66. Istrebiteli (1939) AKA: Fighters
    67. Ljotchiki (1935) AKA: Pilots
    68. Nebo Moskvy (1944) AKA: Moscow sky
    69. Normandija Neman (1960) AKA: Normandie-Nieman
    70. Povest o nastoyashchem cheloveke (1948) AKA: A Real Man Story
    71. Sluchay v kvadrate 36-80 (1982) AKA: An Occasion in a Square 38-60
    72. Tri protsenta riska (1985) AKA: Three Per cent of Risk

    Here are some more modern Japanese "Kamikaze" movies...

    73. Gekkou no Natsu (1993) AKA: Summer of the Moonlight Sonata
    74. Ningen no Tsubasa (1995) AKA: Wings of a Man
    75. Hotaru (2001) Firefly

    More Russian films (From FPSOLKOR):

    76. Vozdushniy izvozchik (1943) AKA: Sky taxi
    77. Nebesnii tihohod (1945) AKA: Sky slow mover
    78. Ohota na edinoroga (1989) AKA: A hunt for the Unicorn
    79. Der Stern von Afrika (1957) AKA: The Star of Africa
    80. Chistoe Nebo (1961) AKA: Clear Sky
    81. Peregon (2006) AKA: Ferry flight
    82. Dva kapitana (1955) AKA: Two captains
    83. V nebe nochnye vedmy (1981) AKA: Night Witches in the Sky
    84. Baltiyskoe nebo (1960) AKA: Baltic sky

    Two more films I forgot somehow (I saw "the purple plain" late at night on TCM a few months ago and really enjoyed it...I don't know how I forgot about it). And I don't like the "Iron Eagle" (and have not seen them all...I assume that they all contain the air combat found in the first one) films but here they are (I think I blocked them out_LOL)

    85. The Purple Plain (1954)
    86. Iron Eagle (1986)
    87. Iron Eagle II (1988)
    88. Iron Eagle III (1992)
    89. Iron Eagle IV (1995)

    Here are some more Japanese films...

    90. Hawai Middouei daikaikusen: Taiheiyo no arashi (1960) AKA: Storm Over the Pacific
    91. Hawai mare oki kaisen (1942) AKA: Battle of Pearl Harbor and the Malay Coast
    92. Zerosen moyu (1984) AKA: Zero Fighter Burns
    93. 燃ゆる大空 (1939-1940?) AKA: Burning it is loose the skies
    94. 決戦の大空へ (1943) AKA: To skies of decisive battle
    95. 雷撃隊出動 (1944) AKA: Torpedo attack party move

    Here is a German movie I would love to see (about Hans-Joachim M****ille. I love the music in the clip)

    96. DER STERN VON AFRICA (1957) AKA: The Star Of Africa


    If anyone can think of other films I have left off the list, please let me know and I will edit (add)...



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    I know this topic comes up every so often, but I thought I would try and compile a list of "Air Combat Movies" that people might enjoy... These movies can be WW1, WW2, Korean, or anytime and any war (No Sci-Fi). I have not included documentary's or TV shows (I may add TV dramas, but no documentary's).


    If anyone notices a movie I have forgotten please add it (I know that this list is just a place to start).

    ENJOY and Happy Movie Watching!!!


    01. Blue Max (1966)
    02. Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)
    03. Pearl Harbor (2001)
    04. The Dam Busters (1954)
    05. Angels one five (1952)
    06. Twelve O'Clock High (1949)
    07. A Guy Named Joe (1943)
    08. The Battle of Britain (1969)
    09. Flyboys
    11. Hells Angles (1930)
    12. The Dawn Patrol (1930, 1938)
    13. Mosquito Squadron (1969)
    14. Memphis Belle (1990)
    15. Midway (1976)
    16. 633 Squadron (1964)
    17. Empire of the Sun (1987)
    18. Torpedonostsy (Torpedo Bombers) (a Russian movie...the name could be wrong)
    19. Catch-22 (1970)
    20. Dark Blue World (2001)
    21. Flying Leathernecks (1951)
    22. Flying Tigers (1942)
    23. Ore wa, kimi no tame ni koso shini ni iku (2007) AKA: I Go To Die For You / For Those we Love
    24. One of Our Aircraft is Missing (1942)
    25. Reach for the Sky (1956)
    26. Talvisota (The Winter War) (1989)
    27. Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944)
    28. The Tuskegee Airmen (1995)
    29. The Wings of Eagles (1957)
    30. Aces High (1976)
    31. Biggles: Adventures in Time (1986)
    32. Von Richthofen and Brown (1971)
    33. Der Rote Baron (2008)
    34. Wings (1927)
    35. Flat Top (1952)
    36. Top Gun (1986)
    37. The Great Waldo Pepper (1975)
    38. God Is My Co-Pilot (1945)
    39. Ace of Aces (1933)
    40. Strategic Air Command (1955)
    41. The Bridges at Toko-Ri (1954)
    42. Zeppelin (1971)
    43. V boy idut odni stariki (1973) AKA: Only Old Men Are Going to Battle
    44. Ozora no samurai (1976) AKA: Samurai of the sky
    45. Kato Hayabusa Sentotai (1944) AKA: Kato's Perigrine Falcon Squadron
    46. Spitfire / The First of the Few

    Some more...

    47. Flying Fortress (1942)
    48. Stukas (1941)
    49. Tsubasa no Gaika (1942) AKA: (A Triumph of Wings)
    50. A Yank in the R.A.F. (1941)
    51. Captains of the Clouds (1942)
    52. Desperate Journey (1942)
    53. Aerial Gunner (1943)
    54. Air Force (1943)
    55. Bombardier (1943)
    56. Jet Pilot (1957)

    Some Kamikaze movies

    57. Aa tokubetsu kougekitai (1960) AKA: Special Attack Corps
    58. Taiheiyou no Tsubasa (1963) AKA: Wings of the Pacific
    59. Shutsugeki (1964) AKA: Sortie
    60. Saigo no Tokkoutai (1970) AKA: The Last Kamikaze

    I added your films

    61. The Hunters (1958)
    62. The War Lover (1962)
    63. Appointment in London (1952)

    Russian films (From FPSOLKOR):

    64. I Ty Uvidish Nebo (1978) AKA: And you will see the sky
    65. Hroniki pikiruyushego bombardirovshika (1967) AKA: Chronicles of a dive bomber
    66. Istrebiteli (1939) AKA: Fighters
    67. Ljotchiki (1935) AKA: Pilots
    68. Nebo Moskvy (1944) AKA: Moscow sky
    69. Normandija Neman (1960) AKA: Normandie-Nieman
    70. Povest o nastoyashchem cheloveke (1948) AKA: A Real Man Story
    71. Sluchay v kvadrate 36-80 (1982) AKA: An Occasion in a Square 38-60
    72. Tri protsenta riska (1985) AKA: Three Per cent of Risk

    Here are some more modern Japanese "Kamikaze" movies...

    73. Gekkou no Natsu (1993) AKA: Summer of the Moonlight Sonata
    74. Ningen no Tsubasa (1995) AKA: Wings of a Man
    75. Hotaru (2001) Firefly

    More Russian films (From FPSOLKOR):

    76. Vozdushniy izvozchik (1943) AKA: Sky taxi
    77. Nebesnii tihohod (1945) AKA: Sky slow mover
    78. Ohota na edinoroga (1989) AKA: A hunt for the Unicorn
    79. Der Stern von Afrika (1957) AKA: The Star of Africa
    80. Chistoe Nebo (1961) AKA: Clear Sky
    81. Peregon (2006) AKA: Ferry flight
    82. Dva kapitana (1955) AKA: Two captains
    83. V nebe nochnye vedmy (1981) AKA: Night Witches in the Sky
    84. Baltiyskoe nebo (1960) AKA: Baltic sky

    Two more films I forgot somehow (I saw "the purple plain" late at night on TCM a few months ago and really enjoyed it...I don't know how I forgot about it). And I don't like the "Iron Eagle" (and have not seen them all...I assume that they all contain the air combat found in the first one) films but here they are (I think I blocked them out_LOL)

    85. The Purple Plain (1954)
    86. Iron Eagle (1986)
    87. Iron Eagle II (1988)
    88. Iron Eagle III (1992)
    89. Iron Eagle IV (1995)

    Here are some more Japanese films...

    90. Hawai Middouei daikaikusen: Taiheiyo no arashi (1960) AKA: Storm Over the Pacific
    91. Hawai mare oki kaisen (1942) AKA: Battle of Pearl Harbor and the Malay Coast
    92. Zerosen moyu (1984) AKA: Zero Fighter Burns
    93. 燃ゆる大空 (1939-1940?) AKA: Burning it is loose the skies
    94. 決戦の大空へ (1943) AKA: To skies of decisive battle
    95. 雷撃隊出動 (1944) AKA: Torpedo attack party move

    Here is a German movie I would love to see (about Hans-Joachim M****ille. I love the music in the clip)

    96. DER STERN VON AFRICA (1957) AKA: The Star Of Africa


    If anyone can think of other films I have left off the list, please let me know and I will edit (add)...



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    I think I'll just ad the Hunters and The Final Countdown to it.
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    The War lover.............top movie!

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    Hi all,

    I would add this overlooked master piece.

    'Appointment in London'.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0045513/


    Best Regards,
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    Where is Europe? Can it be seen from England? I hope not.
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    I think The Blue Max is probably my fave. I liked the air combat scenes in it. Lots of good films there though.
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    How about "The Right Stuff"?

    EDIT: Just thought of more. "Jet Pilot", with John Wayne and Janet Leigh, "Strategic Air Command" with Jimmy Stewart, and "By Dawn's Early Light" with Powers Boothe and Rebecca De Mornay.
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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by crucislancer:
    How about "The Right Stuff"?

    EDIT: Just thought of more. "Jet Pilot", with John Wayne and Janet Leigh, "Strategic Air Command" with Jimmy Stewart, and "By Dawn's Early Light" with Powers Boothe and Rebecca De Mornay. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

    "The Right Stuff" is more about the space race right? I know it deals with the issue of test pilots becoming astronauts, but...I made a judgment call. Their is no combat, or hardware and it doesn't really focus on war stuff...good movie though.

    Did I miss "Jet Pilot"? I guess I did, but "Strategic Air Command" is number 40. I have not added TV shows and movies yet so I didn't get into stuff like "By Dawn's Early Light". Thanks
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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by MB_Avro_UK:
    Hi all,

    I would add this overlooked master piece.

    'Appointment in London'.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0045513/


    Best Regards,
    MB_Avro.

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    Nice...I'll add it to the list.
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