Films about the hijacking of an airplane

Films about the hijacking of an airplane
List of the best films about hijacking according to visitors: Captain Phillips, Con Air, Non-Stop, Flight 93, United 93, The Aviator, American Made, The Assault, Airport '77, Horizon Line.

In the top there are new films of 2021, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.

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Markimdb: 7.8
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration02:14
CharactersPirates, Terrorists
PlotOn real events, Hostage
PlaceSea, Ships, Ocean
StyleExciting, Action, Fascinating, Tense, Serious

The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genreaction, thriller, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:55
PlacePrison, Aircraft, Deserts, Helicopters
StyleExciting, Tense, Serious, Disturbing

When the government puts all its rotten criminal eggs in one airborne basket, it's asking for trouble. Before you can say, "Pass the barf bag," the crooks control the plane, led by creepy Cyrus "The Virus" Grissom. Watching his every move is the just-released Cameron Poe, who'd rather reunite with his family.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genreaction, thriller, detective
CountryUnited Kingdom, France, USA, Canada
Duration01:46
CharactersHackers, Terrorists, Heroes, Special agents, Stewardesses
PlotLove, Investigation, Aviation, Hostage, Conspiracies
PlaceAircraft
StyleExciting, Action, Twisted plot, Heavy

Bill Marks is a burned-out veteran of the Air Marshals service. He views the assignment not as a life-saving duty, but as a desk job in the sky. However, today's flight will be no routine trip. Shortly into the transatlantic journey from New York to London, he receives a series of mysterious text messages ordering him to have the government transfer $150 million into a secret account, or a passenger will die every 20 minutes.

Markimdb: 6.3
Genreaction, thriller, history
CountryCanada, USA
Duration01:29
CharactersTerrorists, Heroes, Losers
PlotOn real events, Hostage
PlaceAircraft
StyleHeavy, Depressive, Serious, Disturbing

Flight 93 is a 2006 made-for-TV film, directed by Peter Markle, which chronicles the events aboard United Airlines Flight 93 during the September 11 attacks. It premiered January 30, 2006 on the A&E Network and was re-broadcast several times throughout 2006. The film focused heavily on eight passengers, namely Todd Beamer, Mark Bingham, Tom Burnett, Jeremy Glick, Lauren Grandcolas, Donald Greene, Nicole Miller, and Honor Elizabeth Wainio. It features small appearances from many other passengers, namely Donald Peterson and his wife, Jean, and also from flight attendant Sandra Bradshaw.

Markimdb: 7.6
Genreaction, thriller, drama, history
CountryUSA, United Kingdom, France
Duration01:51
CharactersTerrorists
PlotOn real events, Death, Self-sacrifice
PlaceAircraft
StyleAction, Heavy, Depressive, Serious, Disturbing

A real time account of the events on United Flight 93, one of the planes hijacked on 9/11 that crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania when passengers foiled the terrorist plot.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genredrama, biography
CountryUSA, Germany
Duration02:43
CharactersMillionaires, Womanizers, Fathers, Businessmen, Actors
PlotOn real events, Money, Obsession, Aviation, Mental disorders
PlaceAircraft, Los Angeles
StyleFascinating, Epic

A biopic depicting the life of filmmaker and aviation pioneer Howard Hughes from 1927 to 1947, during which time he became a successful film producer and an aviation magnate, while simultaneously growing more unstable due to severe obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genreaction, comedy, drama, crime
CountryUSA, Japan, Colombia
Duration02:32
CharactersHorses, CIA, FBI, Smugglers, Pilots
PlotOn real events, Money, Success
PlaceAircraft, Jungle, Court, USA
TimeCold War
StyleExciting, Inspirational, Fascinating

The true story of pilot Barry Seal, who transported contraband for the CIA and the Medellin cartel in the 1980s.

Markimdb: 6.1
Genreaction, thriller, history
CountryFrance
CharactersSpecial Forces, Terrorists, Heroes, Military
PlotOn real events, Hostage
PlaceAircraft, France
TimeNew Year
StyleExciting, Action, Fascinating, Heavy, Serious

Saturday 24th December 1994. Four GIA terrorists hijack an Air France A300 Airbus at the Algiers airport. The Airbus, bound for Paris, has 227 passengers on board. No one knows exactly what the terrorists’ intentions are, just that they are armed and extremely determined. They demand the liberation of their “brothers in arms” and want the aircraft to take off at once. After very lengthy and intense negotiations between the French and Algerian governments, the plane is finally allowed to leave. There are three main characters at the heart of the action: a member of the GIGN, Carole Jeanton, an ambitious technocrat willing to do anything it takes to achieve personal gain from the events, and Yahia Abdallah, a determined jihadist who grew up in the slums of Algiers and was being manipulated by an obscure GIA envoy, Ali Touchent.

Markimdb: 5.7
Genreaction, thriller, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:54
CharactersHeroes, Stewardesses, Pilots
PlotSurvival, Adventure, Hostage
PlaceAircraft, Ocean, The Bermuda Triangle
StyleExciting, Heavy, Tense, Depressive, Serious

Flight 23 has crashed in the Bermuda Triangle after a hijacking gone wrong. Now the surviving passengers must brave panic, slow leaks, oxygen depletion, and more while attempting a daring plan, all while 200 feet underwater.

Markimdb: 4.7
Genrethriller, drama, adventure
CountrySweden, USA
CharactersStrong women
PlotSurvival, Fight, Aviation, True love
PlaceIslands
StyleTense, Serious, Disturbing

A couple flying on a small plane to attend a tropical island wedding must fight for their lives after their pilot suffers a heart attack.

Markimdb: 7.6
Genreaction, thriller, drama, history
CountryUSA, Australia
Duration01:51
CharactersSpecial Forces, Terrorists, Cooks, Criminals, Businessmen
PlotOn real events, Survival, Hostage
PlaceIndia, Australia, Hotels
StyleTense, Disturbing

Mumbai, India, November 26, 2008. While several terrorists spread hatred and death through the city, others attack the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. Both hotel staff and guests risk their lives, making unthinkable sacrifices to protect themselves and keep everyone safe while help arrives.

Markimdb: 7.6
Genrethriller, drama, crime, biography
CountryIndia
Duration02:37
CharactersTerrorists, Strong women, Stewardesses
PlotOn real events, Death, Self-sacrifice
PlaceAircraft
StylePsychological problems, Action, Fascinating, Tense

Neerja is a portrayal on the life of the courageous Neerja Bhanot, who sacrificed her life while protecting the lives of 359 passengers on the Pan Am flight 73 in 1986. The flight was hijacked by a terrorist organization.

Markimdb: 6.2
Genrethriller, drama, biography, history
CountryGeorgia, Poland, Russia
Duration01:43
CharactersTerrorists, Military, Parents
PlotLove, On real events, Wedding, Friendship, Death
PlaceSea, Aircraft, Court, USSR, Beach
StyleAction, Heavy, Tense, For men, Disturbing

Soviet Georgia, 1983. Preparations for Nika and Ana's wedding are in full swing and it's a big day for both of their elite families. For the newlyweds and their friends, however, the celebrations are in fact part of a cover-up, as they plot an audacious escape from the Soviet Union.

Markimdb: 6.6
Genrecomedy, crime, detective
CountryFrance
Duration01:42
CharactersDogs, Blonde girls, Writers, Models, Photographers
PlotInvestigation, Obsession, Border, Snow, Hypnosis
PlaceFrance, Hotels, Small cities
StyleTo cry, Fascinating

The ambiguous suicide of a local beauty, weathergirl, cheese model, and Marilyn Monroe look-a-like finds an eager sleuth in David Rousseau, best-selling crime novelist. When Rousseau visits a remote Alps village for the reading of his friend's will he unwittingly, but irresistibly, gets caught in the tangled web of murder and small town politics in this off-beat mystery.

Markimdb: 6.5
Genreaction, thriller, drama
CountryUSA, Germany
Duration02:04
CharactersTerrorists, Journalists, Presidential
PlotSkirmishes, Death, Hostage
PlacePrison, Aircraft, The White House
StyleExciting, Heavy, Tense, Serious, Disturbing

Russian terrorists conspire to hijack the aircraft with the president and his family on board. The commander in chief finds himself facing an impossible predicament: give in to the terrorists and sacrifice his family, or risk everything to uphold his principles - and the integrity of the nation.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genreaction, thriller, adventure
CountryIran
PlaceAircraft
StyleAction

A person wants to hijack an airplane to go out of Iran and cure his sick son.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genredrama, adventure
CountryIceland
Duration01:33
CharactersFish, Pilots
PlotSurvival, Snow, Cold
PlaceCaves, Antarctica, Helicopters, Arctic
StyleUnexpected ending, Fascinating, Tense, Touching, For men

A man stranded in the Arctic is finally about to receive his long awaited rescue. However, after a tragic accident, his opportunity is lost and he must then decide whether to remain in the relative safety of his camp or embark on a deadly trek through the unknown for potential salvation.

Markimdb: 4.9
Genrehorror, action, military
CountryNew Zealand, USA
CharactersStrong women, Pilots
PlotSurvival, Skirmishes, Fight, Aviation, Death
PlaceAircraft
TimeWorld War II
StyleUnexpected ending, Tense

A WWII pilot traveling with top secret documents on a B-17 Flying Fortress encounters an evil presence on board the flight.

Markimdb: 6.3
Genrecomedy, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:34
CharactersWriters, Alcoholics
PlotFriendship, Mental disorders, Depression, Jealousy, Divorce
PlaceSmall cities
StyleSoulful, Black humor

A divorced writer from the Midwest returns to her hometown to reconnect with an old flame, who's now married with a family.

Markimdb: 5.8
Genreaction, thriller, drama, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA, France, Malta
Duration02:28
CharactersSpecial Forces, Terrorists, Lifeguards, Military, Bodyguards
PlotOn real events, Survival, Dancing, Cars, Aviation
PlaceAircraft, Israel
StyleUnexpected ending, Action, Heavy, Tense, For men

In 1976, four hijackers take over an Air France airplane with 248 passengers on board and force it to land in Entebbe, Uganda.

Markimdb: 7.7
Genrefantastic, comedy
CountryUSA
Duration01:28
CharactersHeroes, Stewardesses, Taxi drivers, Veterans, Pilots
PlaceAircraft
StyleExciting

Alcoholic pilot, Ted Striker has developed a fear of flying due to wartime trauma, but nevertheless boards a passenger jet in an attempt to woo back his stewardess girlfriend. Food poisoning decimates the passengers and crew, leaving it up to Striker to land the plane with the help of a glue-sniffing air traffic controller and Striker's vengeful former Air Force captain, who must both talk him down.

Markimdb: 6.1
Genrehorror, action, thriller
CountryGermany, USA
CharactersVampire, Terrorists, Single mothers, Mothers
PlotSupernatural, Viruses, Power, Anger
PlaceAircraft
TimeNight
StyleCreepy

A woman with a mysterious illness is forced into action when a group of terrorists attempt to hijack a transatlantic overnight flight. In order to protect her son she will have to reveal a dark secret, and unleash the inner monster she has fought to hide.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama, biography
CountryUSA
Duration02:03
CharactersStewardesses, Birds, Bartenders, Pilots
PlotOn real events, Disasters, Investigation, Aviation, Swimming
PlaceAircraft, Ships, Hotels, USA, New York
StyleInspirational, Tense, Touching

On 15 January 2009, the world witnessed the 'Miracle on the Hudson' when Captain 'Sully' Sullenberger glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and career.

Markimdb: 6.4
Genreaction, thriller, adventure
CountryUSA
Duration02:13
CharactersTerrorists, Heroes, Stewardesses
PlotHostage, Cheating
PlaceAircraft
StyleExciting, Twisted plot, Heavy, Tense, Serious

Terrorists hijack a 747 inbound to Washington D.C., demanding the the release of their imprisoned leader. Intelligence expert David Grant (Kurt Russell) suspects another reason and he is soon the reluctant member of a special assault team that is assigned to intercept the plane and hijackers.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genrethriller, drama, history
CountryFrance, Canada, USA
Duration02:44
CharactersCIA, Spy, Terrorists, Jews
PlotOn real events, Revenge, Death, Hostage, Political
PlaceIsrael
StyleHeavy, Depressive, For men, Disturbing

During the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, eleven Israeli athletes are taken hostage and murdered by a Palestinian terrorist group known as Black September. In retaliation, the Israeli government recruits a group of Mossad agents to track down and execute those responsible for the attack.

Markimdb: 5.9
Genreaction, thriller, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:30
CharactersHeroes, FBI, Criminals
PlotHostage, Rivalry
PlaceAircraft
StyleExciting, Heavy, Tense, Serious, For men

An infamous terrorist has evaded capture for a long time by being extremely clever and ruthless. Things get interesting when he hijacks a plane carrying famous security expert John Cutter, who isn't about to stand this sort of thing.

Markimdb: 6.4
Genreaction, thriller, crime
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
Duration01:42
CharactersTerrorists, Heroes, Police
PlotAdventure, Investigation, Hostage
PlaceTrains, Helicopters, New York
StyleAction, Twisted plot, Heavy, Serious, For men

Armed men hijack a New York City subway train, holding the passengers hostage in return for a ransom, and turning an ordinary day's work for dispatcher Walter Garber into a face-off with the mastermind behind the crime.

Markimdb: 4.9
Genreaction, thriller
CountryUSA
Duration01:40
CharactersSerial killers, Stewardesses
PlaceAircraft, Los Angeles
TimeNew Year
StyleAction, Fascinating, Heavy, Tense, Serious

On a flight transporting dangerous convicts, murderer Ryan Weaver manages to break free and cause complete chaos throughout the plane. As various people on board fall victim to Weaver, it is ultimately down to flight attendant Teri Halloran to keep the aircraft from crashing, with on-ground support from an air traffic controller. While Halloran struggles to pilot the plane, Weaver continues to terrorize the surviving members of the crew.

Markimdb: 6.3
Genrethriller, drama, detective
CountryUSA
Duration01:38
CharactersStrong women, Heroes, Stewardesses, Pilots
PlaceAircraft
StyleUnexpected ending, Exciting, Psychological problems, Action, Twisted plot

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

Markimdb: 7
Genreaction, thriller, drama
CountryUSA, Germany, United Arab Emirates
Duration01:50
CharactersTerrorists, Special agents, Military, FBI
PlotSkirmishes, Investigation, Pursuit, Chase, Cheating
StyleExciting, Action, Tense, Serious, For men

A team of U.S. government agents is sent to investigate the bombing of an American facility in the Middle East.





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