I'm gearing up to get a Kickstarter beginning soon that focuses on flight. One of the things I've been doing in downtime is popping in various movies that really capture a sense of flight, where you're mounting up, strapping in, and heading off into the sky. So far I've gone through:
E.T. Neverending Story Star Wars Empire Strikes Back (asteroid scene) Return of the Jedi Avatar Avatar: The Last Airbender (the series, NOT the movie) Top Gun The Rocketeer Kiki's Delivery Service The Harry Potter movies (at times)
What other movies am I missing? And what I'm looking for are movies that really get at the sense of flight. Just because there are planes in the sky isn't enough. As much as I like Air Force One, it isn't really about flying.
Since you have Kiki's Delivery Service in the list, I'd like to add Porco Rosso.
Add Castle in the Sky, Nausicca of the Valley of the Wind, and Spirited Away. They all have some great flying sequences. Miyazaki can also manage to capture that feeling of flight when people are simply running/driving along the ground.
Those are definitely worth checking out for it, but there's also just a plain ton of Anime with flying elements in it (Robotech, Yamato, etc.). Sorting through for actual quality could be problematic.
Opening scene of Star Wars: Episode III The Aviator Memphis Belle - Not sure how it olds up or if it captures the excitement you're looking for The Red Baron and Red Tails - I haven't seen them, so I can't vouche for their quality The Last Starfighter - A bit of a stretch, but as a kid I remember feeling pretty excited about the ship and how it felt to fly on screen. Superman - No planes, but the feeling of flight was a big selling point when it came out. Chronicle - Again, a lot like Superman, but they explore the feeling of self-flight in a pretty interesting way. Flight of the Navigator - Not a great representation of the physics of flight, but a pretty good take on the excitement of it.
I think that all right-thinking people in this country are sick and tired of being told that ordinary, decent people are fed up in this country with being sick and tired. I’m certainly not, and I’m sick and tired of being told that I am.