One way to while away the hours on a flight? A great film. And there’s nothing like going all out and watching an airplane film while you’re at it.
From campy horror to slapstick genius, here are our favorites.
Snakes on a Plane (2006)
When it first promoted for theatrical release, Snakes on a Plane starring Samuel L. Jackson was widely interpreted as a bad horror movie. It’s remarkable cult following since has transformed into one of the most celebrated cult films of all time. The plot is described in the title, and the campy humor is oddly magnifying.
Red Eye (2005)
The story follows hotel manager Lisa Reisert (Rachel McAdams) who finds herself blackmailed by the passenger who sits next to her (a creepy Cillian Murphy) to help him murder the head of Homeland Security.
Con Air (1997)
Con Air is a 1990s action movie classic starring Nicolas Cage, John Malkovich and John Cusack. Cage plays a former US Ranger turned convict on a prisoner transport plane where the passengers take over. There’s high-tension, sky-high fun, and won’t scare you out of your plane, because it doesn’t take place on a commercial flight!
Wright Brothers’ Flying Machine (2003)
Check out this comprehensive documentary about the Wright Brothers and how their early experiments in air travel sparked a technological revolution. If your flight has killer WiFi, you can watch the whole thing on YouTube for free.
Many people will argue that this is the funniest film of all time, and everyone should agree that it wins out for movies that take place in the sky. Its most famous line comes from Dr. Rumack (Leslie Nielsen) who responds to Ted Striker’s (Robert Hays) line, “Surely, you can’t be serious,” by saying, “I am serious… and don’t call me Shirley.” The rest of the slapstick tale of a flight gone awry is filled with knee-slapping, dim witted humor just like this.