The 5 Bravest Movie Pilots To Ever Grace The Skies

Monday, December 12 by Winston Carter

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Movie pilots are constantly showing their bravery. Whether it’s destroying an alien force, or simply putting out a fire, pilots in film have always stepped up to the task at hand. Inspiring millions to fly themselves who only come to find that most of flying is terrible routines.

Maverick “Top Gun”

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	If there is ever a list about <a href=action movie pilots, a cast member from “Top Gun” must be on it. Whether it’s shooting down Migs over the Indian Ocean, or taking his own instructor to school—both in the air and in the bedroom—Maverick constantly lived up to his reputation as one of the best movie pilots of all time. And he cemented this by bravely helping a fellow pilot back onto the deck of an aircraft carrier in incredibly rough seas.

Lando Calrissian “Return Of The Jedi”

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Obviously "Star Wars" is full of incredible pilots. Luke destroyed the first Death Star and Han Solo consistently comes to the rescue whenever he is needed, albeit just in the nick of time. But only one pilot took the mighty Millennium Falcon and flew it into the Death Star. That’s right, not on or around, but into the Death Star. Dodging and weaving steam vents and tie fighters like it was his birthright, Lando took out the Empire's mightiest battle station. And he did it not with a fighter, or even a bomber, but with an oversized smuggler's ship—built more for storing cargo and speed than agility. This feat places Lando near the top of any list about awesome movie pilots.

Captain Hiller, "Independence Day"

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	Few men can say they beat an alien ship in a fighter jet. Even fewer can say they single-handedly saved the earth against an alien armada while smoking a cigar. Captain <span data-scayt_word=Hiller can say both of these things. Throughout the entire sci-fi film "Independence Day" Hiller constantly is flying things to rescue people. Even going so far as commandeering a helicopter to save his stripper girlfriend and the first lady. Truly the things of movie pilot legend. 

Corbin Dallas “The Fifth Element”

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	While many might not see Corbin as a pilot consider this. He drives a flying cab that is wrecked by a gorgeous half-naked woman. He then pilot’s said cab up, down and any other way possible in a massive <a href='http://www.screenjunkies.com/tag/police/' class='linkify' target='_blank'>police</a> chase. Avoiding space trains, other flying <a href='http://www.screenjunkies.com/tag/cars/' class='linkify' target='_blank'>cars</a>, and a barrage of bullets in the process. Making him not only a great movie pilot, but also the bravest, or dumbest, one as well.</p>
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	<strong>Alex <span data-scayt_word=Rogan “The Last Starfighter”

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Few movie characters have had quite as drastic a lifestyle change as young Alex Rogan in “The Last Starfighter.”  Going from high school student/trailer park repair man to top space pilot/alien killing bad ass would be rough for anyone especially in only a matter of weeks. Recruited by a face changing, hat wearing alien based on his merits at an arcade game, Alex truly proved to be brave when he fought and destroyed the Ko-Dan armada like a boss.