The 9 best movies to watch on a plane

Is this movie good? Oh god, no – even if you set aside the white savior narrative that underpins it, it’s still formulaic and more than a little schlocky. That said, schlock is something I deeply appreciate in an airplane movie, and Julia Roberts is undeniably good at making you care about her character even when working with subpar material. Plus, the close-ups of Italian cuisine will have you salivating over even the weakest in-flight cheese plates.

play it like Beckham (2002)

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Soccer! Friendship! Interfering and disapproving moms of all races and ethnicities! Archie Panjabi in a brilliant supporting role! This movie is an oldie but a goodie, and watching it on a plane is a great reminder to get up and move (at least once or twice in the cabin, so you don’t get blood clots).

clueless (1995)

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I mean, like, this is totally the perfect airplane movie! (Sorry.) Honestly, though, if you can’t enjoy the antics of sweet, spoiled Beverly Hills teenager Cher Horowitz and her high-flying clique while soaring through the air at high altitude, when can- you ?