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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.

Any suggestions?
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Re: Movies that make you feel like your flying?
My flying what? (That's right, you've been grammar nazified!)

Back on topic though, would "Up" qualify? Particularly the main flying house sequence and the climactic pun-hammered-home dog fight at the end.
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erak wrote:
My flying what? (That's right, you've been grammar nazified!)


Thanks!

erak wrote:
Back on topic though, would "Up" qualify? Particularly the main flying house sequence and the climactic pun-hammered-home dog fight at the end.


Yeah, that's a great one. Thanks!
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More "floating" than flying, but the EVA scenes from

2001: A Space Odyssey
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The Last Starfighter
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Since you have Kiki's Delivery Service in the list, I'd like to add Porco Rosso.
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Is it bad that the first thing I thought of was plane crash movies? I'm a horrible person.
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Flight of the Navigator
That IMAX movie about flying (Wings?)
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The Wizard of Oz

Those damn monkeys still scare the crap out of me.
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Not a movie, but since your list shows an openness to series and to anime, I'd have to say Last Exile.
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robigo wrote:
Since you have Kiki's Delivery Service in the list, I'd like to add Porco Rosso.

Great one!

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.
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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.
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Iron Man (and even Iron Man 2) have some pretty great flight sequences that left me feeling pretty giddy.
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ninja I'd go with some of the classic dogfighter flicks, like The Blue Max or The Great Waldo Pepper. ninja
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How to Train Your Dragon (especially in 3D)
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I dont know about movies, but the first time your character rides that rail-car in Riven, I always felt a sense of motion.
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You might also check out the flying sequences in Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow.

The ending scenes in Chicken Run.

Some of the chase sequences near the end of Megamind.

I haven't seen it, but there might be some in Independence Day.

EDIT: Forgot about the flying scenes in Rio.




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