About 36 years apart Superior gun (1986) from its sequel Top Gun: Maverick (2022). Tom Cruise took flight as Captain Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell, now a teacher at his alma mater, the US Navy-Fighter Weapons School.
Flying upside down with other wild aerial stunts, Bradley’s (Miles Teller) rendition of “Goodness Gracious, Great Balls of Fire!”, and the pilot crew enjoying a football game against the backdrop of the sunset are just a few Top Gun’s references appeared in Top Gun: Maverick. Those who enjoyed watching every minute of Superior gun movies may want to check out other fighter pilot movies.
‘Aces High’ (1976)
Malcolm McDowell portrayed Major Gresham in the 1976 film Ace raised. Major Gresham is the leader of 76 Squadron, a group of pilots including Lieutenant Croft (Peter Firth). These pilots are not aware of the risks they are taking by committing themselves. Lieutenant Croft idolized Major Gresham until he discovered his questionable habits during robberies.
The film depicts the tensions of the First World War with the fight against the Germans. Ace raised focuses on the British perspective of the war as well as the brutal events the soldiers encountered during the war. Ace raised is available on Roku Channel, Tubi and PLEX.
“Hot shots!” (1991)
High-end Harley (Charlie Sheen) is the son of famed rider Leland “Buzz” Harley. Topper is given the mission to destroy a nuclear power plant, although he does not want to participate in this mission because he is enjoying life in a teepee. As he joins the rest of the pilots, all of whom have their quirks, he encounters a few familiar faces from his past.
As Superior gun is the ideal film to represent the 80s, Hot shots!is the ideal parody to accompany it. fans of the Superior gun movies might recall some iconic scenes from the movie that were changed in Hot shots! to add to the comic effect like some stunt scenes. Hot shots! is available on YouTube.
“The Tuskegee Airmen” (1995)
“Tuskegee Airmen” was a name given to the air base where the first African Americans joined the United States Army Corps to become pilots. Before becoming pilots, they had to go through a rigorous training program and endure discriminatory remarks from other soldiers. The film centers on Hannibal Lee (Laurence Fishburne), a pilot in training destined to become a member of the US Army Corps.
Similar to most war movies depicting wars, TheTuskegee Airmenis based on real events. The first squadron of African American pilots was part of the 332nd Fighter Squadron which fought in World War II. The film captures their determination to show that they are strong soldiers. The Tuskegee Airmen is available on HBO Max.
“Pearl Harbor” (2001)
Rafe McCawley (Ben Affleck) and Danny Walker (Josh Hartnet) join the war as Air Corps pilots. They are separated when Rafe is assigned to combat with British forces while Danny is assigned to Pearl Harbor. However, before their separation, they both met nurse Evelyn Johnson (Kate Beckinsale) who both began to develop feelings for her.
The film doesn’t just focus on the attack on Pearl Harbor, but on the relationship between Rafe and Danny and their competing love for Nurse Evelyn. These two best friends, Rafe and Danny, have shared their interest in flying airplanes ever since Rafe and Danny snuck into Rafe’s dad’s plane and accidentally started it. wearing pearls(2001) is available on Amazon Prime Video.
“Behind Enemy Lines” (2001)
Some pilots, like Chris Burnett (Owen Wilson), get tired of flying and no longer see the thrill. Chris Burnett and his friend, Lt. Jeremy Stackhouse (Gabriel Macht) were tasked to fly over Bosnia. They flew over an area designated as a “no-fly zone”, where they uncover a closely guarded secret about mass grave sites in the area.
Behind enemy lines(2001) is one of the few Wilson films that is not a comedy. As Chris and Jeremy were both spotted entering enemy territory, they were forced to eject from their planes. Now they landed on enemy ground, and they had to sneak past enemy fire. Behind enemy lines is available on YouTube.
The Lafayette Escadrille is an operational unit of the Air Force which is part of the French Army. Ambitious young men from different backgrounds try their luck and join the Lafayette Escadrille by becoming pilots and fighters for the French. Among these pilots in training were Blaine Rawlings (James Franco), who grew up on a farm in Texas, as well as a boxer, Eugene Skinner (Abdul Salis), and Briggs Lowry (Tyler Labine) whose father forced him to join.
Flyboys (2006) is set years before the start of the First World War; therefore, the planes are not as advanced as those seen in the Superior gun movies. Still, the film includes aerial attacks and stunts as if it were a Superior gun film as the new pilots dodged the enemy attack. Flyboys is available on PlutoTV and Peacock.
Dunkirk is a French city where British and French soldiers wait their turn to evacuate German forces. The film is divided into three parts to tell the stories that happened on land, on water and in the air. These soldiers were not necessarily “sitting ducks”, but were targets for Germany, which dropped bombs on those who walked on land and fired from their fighter planes on British and French pilots.
Dunkirk(2017) is one of Christopher Nolanof which does not evoke temporal illusions but focuses on the tragedies of the Second World War from the point of view of the soldiers of Dunkirk. The soldiers who did not lose their lives saw one of their comrades lose theirs in front of them. Dunkirk is available on Netflix.
After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1942 which claimed many casualties, American commanders believed that the next target for Japanese forces would be Midway. The Battle of Midway becomes the focal point of the film Half-way (2019), because now the United States has broken its neutrality towards World War II after Japan attacked them.
The events taking place in Half-way are based on the historical details of the Battle of Midway which took place between June 4 and June 7, 1942. In the film and in the story, the battle was fought over the Pacific with a warship and fighter planes. Dick Best (Ed Skrein) intended to train the next group of pilots despite the dangerous conditions in which young pilots take flight. Half-way is available on YouTube.
Set in 1942, Captain Krause (tom hank) leads a ship carrying supplies to Britain. The ship is exposed to the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean, but Captain Krause has no choice but to command the ship in the territory known as the “Black Pit”, where the storms are treacherous.
The film focuses on the ship, but it is not immune to enemy warplanes flying over the ocean and trying to fire torpedoes at the ship. Besides overhead attacks, there is also the threat of submarines attacking underwater. doggy style(2020) is available on Apple TV.
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