We can’t all fit into that little wicker basket. In fact, some of us have a fear of heights 👋. But we can all enjoy a hot air balloon movie now and then.
Here are some hot air balloon movies for those who love thrillers, the romantic, the science buff and the whole family.
Balloon movie for the whole family.
If you’re with kids, Up by Disney Pixar is a fun movie.
Carl Fredricksen, a retired balloon salesman, ready for his last chance at high-flying excitement. Tying thousands of balloons to his house, Carl sets off to the lost world of his childhood dreams. Russell, an overeager 8-year-old Wilderness Explorer is in the wrong place at the wrong time — Carl’s front porch! The world’s most unlikely duo reach new heights and meet fantastic friends like Dug, a dog with a special collar that allows him to speak, and Kevin, a rare 13-foot tall flightless bird.
See a classic again, or a remake, or an animated version.
There’s the classic Wizard of Oz movie where the wizard of Oz himself flies in a hot air balloon. (The original with Judy Garland on Amazon Prime.)
There’s the 2013 version, Oz The Great and Powerful with James Franco, Mila Kunis and Rachel Weisz on Amazon Prime*.
And an animated TV show for kids, Lost in OZ on Amazon Prime.
Hot air balloon romance based on a famous novel.
2004’s Enduring Love based on Ian McEwan’s novel, of unrequited love stars Daniel Craig as Joe, out with his girlfriend Claire (Samantha Morton) for a picnic in the countryside. Suddenly, over the trees, appears a hot-air balloon that lands, tipping out the pilot, and then rises again, leaving a young boy stranded in the basket.
Available on Amazon Prime
Historical movie about Aeronauts.
2019 Aeronauts: In 1862, pioneering meteorologist James Glaisher (Eddie Redmayne) teams up with daredevil balloon pilot Amelia Rennes (Felicity Jones) to advance human knowledge of the weather and fly higher than anyone in history. While their voyage to the very edge of existence helps the unlikely pair find their place in the world.
Available on Amazon Prime.
Hot air balloon escape!
We need one thriller, right?
2018’s Balloon is about two families that attempt a daredevil plan to escape the GDR with a homemade hot air balloon, but it crashes just before the border. The Stasi finds traces of this attempt to escape and immediately starts investigations, while the two families are forced to build a new escape balloon.
Available on Amazon Prime.
Want more? See our bucket list of best movies by topic.
Our best movies list is categorized by topic and/or party theme so you can take movie night to the next level and make it a party!
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