Most Popular Air Traffic Controller Movies and TV Shows
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2. Sully (2016)
PG-13 | 96 min | Biography, Drama
The story of Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger (Tom Hanks), an American pilot who became a hero after landing his damaged plane on the Hudson River in order to save the flight's passengers and crew.
Votes: 210,547 | Gross: $125.07M
3. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
PG | 138 min | Drama, Sci-Fi
Roy Neary, an electric lineman, watches how his quiet and ordinary daily life turns upside down after a close encounter with a UFO.
Votes: 170,643 | Gross: $132.09M
4. It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963)
G | 205 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
A group of motorists hear about a crook's hidden stash of loot, and race against each other across the country to get to it.
Votes: 35,369 | Gross: $46.30M
7. United 93 (2006)
R | 111 min | Drama, History, Thriller
A real-time account of the events on United Flight 93, one of the planes hijacked on September 11th, 2001 that crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania when passengers foiled the terrorist plot.
Votes: 93,905 | Gross: $31.57M
9. Pushing Tin (1999)
R | 124 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A feud develops between two air traffic controllers: one cocky and determined while the other is restrained and laidback, which inevitably affects their lives.
Votes: 27,225 | Gross: $8.41M
11. Modern Problems (1981)
PG | 93 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Jealous, harried air traffic controller Max Fiedler, recently dumped by his girlfriend, comes into contact with nuclear waste and is granted the power of telekinesis, which he uses not only to win her back, but to gain a little revenge.
Votes: 4,602 | Gross: $26.15M
12. Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie's Island Adventure (2003 TV Movie)
TV-14 | 83 min | Comedy
A holiday to the South Pacific turns awry, when Cousin Eddie's family and a tour guide are shipwrecked on an island.
13. Zero Hour! (1957)
Passed | 81 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
In 1950s Canada, during a commercial flight, the pilots and some passengers suffer food poisoning, thus forcing an ex-WW2 fighter pilot to try to land the airliner in heavy fog.
15. Dhamaal (2007)
Not Rated | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
Four lazy slacker conmen buddies who are jobless, homeless and broke learn about the secret of a hidden treasure from a dying thief and later embark on a race against time to find the mobster's buried treasure and claim it while being pursued by a determined police inspector who is hellbent to get the treasure all by himself.
16. Diverted (2009 TV Movie)
86 min | Drama, Thriller
On September 11th, 2001, 38 planes headed to New York City were diverted to Gander, Newfoundland, Canada. A town of 9,000 took in 7,000 passengers for 4 days until American airspace reopened.
17. 407 Dark Flight 3D (2012)
R | 105 min | Horror
A senior flight attendant named New has to deal with a supernatural event and mystery on the plane when the passengers begin to die one by one.
19. Ground Control (1998)
PG-13 | 93 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
A disgraced former air traffic controller is called back into service when the airport's traffic control system malfunctions.
21. Air Collision (2012 Video)
PG | 92 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
A fierce electromagnetic storm cripples communications; as a result, two planes - one a commercial jet, the other Air Force One, carrying the President of the United States and his family - are on a collision course.
23. Crash Point: Berlin (2009 TV Movie)
96 min | Drama
After a mid-air collision, an uncontrollable passenger plane with 90 souls on board speeds through the skies over Germany. The impact point for the inevitable plane crash is easily ... See full summary »
24. Overland Stage Raiders (1938)
Passed | 55 min | Western
After gold shipments from a mining town have been hijacked, the three Mesquiteers buy a plane to fly the gold out. The owner of the shipping line brings in Eastern gangsters to thwart them.
25. International Airport (1985 TV Movie)
90 min | Drama
Manager of a large metropolitan airport tries to deal with the stress of his job, and the various characters that work for him.
26. Estonian Skies: The Invisible Guides (2019)
27 min | Documentary
Air traffic controllers are the leading figures in making worldwide air traffic flow safely and efficiently. They describe the most interesting elements of their job and show what they do behind the scenes to make air travel a pleasure.
27. Blackout Effect (1998 TV Movie)
TV-PG | 96 min | Drama, Thriller
There has been a mid-air collision involving a passenger jet and a cargo flight, killing everyone aboard the two planes. The NTSB investigator in charge, whose girlfriend died in the crash,... See full summary »
28. Grounded on 9/11 (2005 TV Movie)
TV-PG | Documentary
The story of how air traffic controllers in the U.S. and Canada were able to ground all commercial air traffic--thousands of airplanes carrying nearly a million passengers--in the hectic hours after the attacks of September 11 2001.
29. Crisis in Mid-air (1979 TV Movie)
100 min | Drama
The life of a stressed out air controller falls apart as he battles a court case involving a mid-air collision which is causing the unhappiness of his wife.
30. Three Came to Kill (1960)
Not Rated | 71 min | Crime, Thriller
Three professional killers break into the house of an airport employee to shoot the plane on which an Asian Prime Minister is due to leave America.
31. Inside the Mafia (1959)
Approved | 72 min | Crime, Drama
The operators of a small upstate New York airfield become unwilling pawns in the struggle for control of a crime syndicate by two rival Mafia factions.
32. Viditelny svet (2011)
104 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Oliver is a lonely forty-something working as an air traffic controller. He fills his empty life by watching TV and observing the family living in the house across the street - he regards ... See full summary »
34. Larry in Relation to the Ground (2002)
3 min | Documentary, Short
This film examines Larry Walter's 1982 flight over Southern California in a lawn chair. Includes audio recordings of exchanges with air-traffic controllers during the flight and aerial footage recorded on the 20th anniversary of the event.
Director: Ted Fisher
CSI: Cyber (2015–2016)
404: Flight Not Found
TV-PG | 40 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
The team is drawn into the world's first case of cyber-hijacking when they investigate what appears to be a hack into air traffic control.
Breaking Bad (2008–2013)
TV-14 | 48 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Walt's lies have pushed Skyler to her limit. She leaves with the kids. Meanwhile, Jesse blames himself for Jane's death and goes into rehab.
The Transformers (1984–1987)
TV-Y7 | 23 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
When the Decepticons hijack Earth's airwaves, the music-loving Autobot Blaster is the only one who can stop them.
Directors: Andy Kim, Bob Kirk, Al Kouzel, Bob Matz, Norm McCabe, Margaret Nichols, Karen Peterson, Tom Ray, Robert Shellhorn, Bob Treat, Terry Lennon | Stars: Jack Angel, Arlene Banas, Michael Bell, Corey Burton
Air Emergency (2003– )
Cleared for Disaster
TV-14 | 47 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama
The 1991 collision of two planes mistakenly sharing one runway raises concerns about over-crowded airports and overburdened traffic controllers.
VR.5 (1995– )
Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
When an armed man takes hostages in an air traffic control tower, Sydney is ordered to establish a VR link. In the process, she discovers a cover-up over the reason for a crash several ... See full summary »
Forensic Files (1996–2011)
TV-14 | 21 min | Documentary, Crime
A U.S. Navy air traffic controller is found raped and murdered in her own home, and the body of one of her male co-workers is found right next to her bed. Is this crime the result of workplace sexual harassment and rape?
Your Hit Parade (1950–1959)
Episode dated 2 June 1956
The singers and dancers perform the biggest hits from the first week in June, 1956. The seven songs on the hit parade this were "Standing on the Corner", "Picnic", "On the Street Where You ... See full summary »
Air Emergency (2003– )
TV-14 | Documentary, Crime, Drama
AeroPeru flight 603 crashed on a routine flight from Lima to Santiago in 1996, due to a severe failure with the flight instruments.
Air Emergency (2003– )
Frozen in Flight
TV-14 | Documentary, Crime, Drama
Depicts the crash of American Eagle Flight 4184 near Roselawn, IN, an ATR-72 that got caught in icing conditions, and the subsequent investigation.
Bull (2016– )
Keep Your Friends Close
TV-14 | 43 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
Bull is brought on to help the FBI's case against a hacker whom they believe breached air traffic control at LaGuardia Airport. But when Cable learns that the accused is her friend's ... See full summary »
TV-G | 49 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
An experimental passenger plane (Fireflash) crashes while being tested to understand what may have led to a previous accident. Unlike previous flights International rescue believe there may... See full summary »
Project U.F.O. (1978–1979)
Sighting 4025: The Whitman Tower Incident
60 min | Sci-Fi
Captain Ryan and S Sgt. Fritz fly to California to investigate the sighting of a large UFO by several witnesses, including an air traffic controller. During the investigation some witnesses claim to have seen alien beings in the craft.
Brain Games (2011– )
TV-G | 22 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama
This is a show about your brain and stress. You'll see how your brain manages stress and how stress also manages you. From traffic jams to screaming babies, angry bosses to bill payments, ... See full summary »