However, Whitaker is not the first film character faced with life and death decisions at 30,000 feet. Which is why we've rounded up some of our favorite famous airline pilots who tangled with hijackers, serial killers, poisoned fish and even an overdose of mushrooms and ranked them from worst to best.
FYI: For the purposes of this exercise, we considered only movies about commercial airlines, so all those hotshot air aces and helicopter pilots are grounded. (Sorry, Maverick and Billy Covington)
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