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Airplane! (1980)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  87 min. 
Plot: When the crew of an airplane are struck by some form of virus, the fate of the passengers depends on an ex-pilot who is the only one capable of safely landing the plane.
Cast: Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Leslie Nielsen. Directed by Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, & Jerry Zucker.
Categories:  Aviation  Comedy

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Apollo 11 (2019)
Rated:  G  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  93 min. 
Plot: A look at the Apollo 11 mission to land on the Moon, with newly-discovered footage.
Cast: Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins. Directed by Todd Douglas Miller.
Categories:  Documentary  Politics  Aviation

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Apollo 13 (1995)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD (2 disc set) 116 min. 
Plot: The story of the ill-fated 13th Apollo mission to the moon.
Cast: Tom Hanks, Ed Harris, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon, Gary Sinise. Directed by Ron Howard.
Categories:  History  Drama  Aviation

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Blue Thunder (1983)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  109 min. 
Plot: The test pilot for an experimental police helicopter learns the sinister implications of the new vehicle.
Cast: Roy Scheider, Warren Oates, Candy Clark, Daniel Stern. Directed by John Badham.
Categories:  Law Enforcement  Aviation  Action

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Capricorn One (1978)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  123 min. 
Plot: The first manned flight to Mars turns out to be a simulation and the astronauts hope to survive long enough to expose the fraud.
Cast: Elliott Gould, James Brolin, Brenda Vaccaro, Sam Waterson, O.J. Simpson, Hal Holbrook. Directed by Peter Hyams.
Categories:  SciFi/Fantasy  Aviation  Drama

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Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD (3 disc set) 132 min. 
Plot: An electric lineman has an encounter with something he can't quite explain.
Cast: Richard Dreyfuss, Fran├žois Truffaut, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon. Directed by Steven Spielberg.
Categories:  SciFi/Fantasy  Aviation  Government

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Flight of the Phoenix, The (1965)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  149 min. 
Plot: Survivors of a plane crash in the Mongolian desert work together to build a new plane.
Cast: James Stewart, Richard Attenborough, Peter Finch, Hardy Kruger, Ernest Borgnine. Directed by Robert Aldrich.
Categories:  Aviation  Drama

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Out-of-Towners, The (1970)
Rated:  G  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  97 min. 
Plot: A couple's dream trip to New York City turns into a nightmare of mishaps.
Cast: Jack Lemmon, Sandy Dennis, Sandy Baron. Directed by Arthur Miller.
Categories:  Comedy  Aviation  Employment

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Spirit of St. Louis, The (1957)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  135 min. 
Plot: Biography of Charles Lindbergh from aviation's infancy to his flight from New York to Paris in 1927.
Cast: James Stewart, Murray Hamilton, Patricia Smith, Bartlett Robinson, Marc Connelly, Arthur Space, Charles Watts. Directed by Billy Wilder.
Categories:  Drama  Biography  Aviation

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Star Trek (2009)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  126 min. 
Plot: A chronicle of the early days of James T. Kirk and his fellow USS Enterprise crew members.
Cast: John Cho, Ben Cross, Bruce Greenwood, Simon Pegg, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Winona Ryder. Directed by J.J. Abrams.
Categories:  Aviation  SciFi/Fantasy  Action

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Sully (2016)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD (2 disc set) 96 min. 
Plot: A pilot becames a hero after landing his damaged plane on the Hudson River in order to save the flight's passengers and crew.
Cast: Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney. Directed by Clint Eastwood.
Categories:  Biography  Drama  Aviation

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Top Gun (1986)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD (2 disc) 110 min. 
Plot: Macho students compete to be best in class of an elite flying school.
Cast: Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer, Meg Ryan. Directed by Tony Scott.
Categories:  Action  Military  Aviation

The Wolf Law Library welcomes your suggestions for additions to the Feature Film Collection! If there is a law-related movie you feel we might be missing, please submit your suggestion to the Circulation & Reserve Desk at lawcir@wm.edu.

You can view a list of all law library movies in the online catalog.