The 10 Best Movies About Drones & Drone Pilots

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Drones are devices mostly seen in Sci-Fi movies, often as parts of various missions on Earth or space, and are mostly operated remotely. Drone pilots and drones can be seen in more and more movies, even though only a few tackle them directly. This list covers the ten best movies about drones and drone pilots. Some of them are the movie’s main topics, and some can be seen in a few scenes.

Interstellar (2014)

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What it’s about: In this brilliant Sci-Fi- drama, we learn more about Interstellar travel which becomes possible when a new wormhole far away in the solar system is discovered. A team of astronauts will manage to go where no one has ever gone and research a planet that may have everything needed to sustain human life.

Why you should watch it: Christopher Nolan’s movies are always groundbreaking, different from others, and worth watching. This one is no exception, especially for Sci-fi lovers eager to discover what he has made this time.

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Good Kill (2014)

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What it’s about: In this war thriller-drama, Ethan Hawke plays Thomas Egan, a fighter pilot turned drone pitot whose job is to fight the Taliban by remote control for 12 hours daily. The rest of his day, he struggles with his personal life, constantly fighting with his wife and kids who live in the suburbs. Soon, he starts questioning his mission and wondering whether he is producing more terrorists than destroying them.

Why you should watch it: This movie is an adrenaline-packed thriller and a serious drama that poses many questions about morals and ethics. It shows the extensive use of drones allowed during Barack Obama’s mandate. In this movie, we encounter a somewhat different Ethan Hawke than we are used to, less talkative but extremely expressive and convincing. 

Drone (2017)

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What it’s about: Sean Bean plays Nick, a private drone contractor who works on covert missions. His wife and son don’t know anything about his professional life, and Nick isn’t aware of his wife cheating on him. When his son and wife are killed, and his cover is blown, he will have to confront more enemies than he is used to.

Why you should watch it: This is a very good drone movie where most of the action takes place in the air. Sean Bean is excellent in his role, and the movie is a true thriller with many adrenaline-packed scenes.

Oblivion (2013)

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What it’s about: Tom Cruise plays Jack, one of Earth’s last remaining drone repairmen, where he discovers a crashed spacecraft. Earth’s surface is devastated after decades of fighting with the alien Scavs, and Jack’s discovery will make him question everything he believed about this long-lasting war.

Why you should watch it: This is a very good Sci-fi action movie that includes drones and deals with the possibility of alien inhabitants in the far future, giving us one of many possible scenarios of what might happen in many years to come.

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

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What it’s about: Former Blade Runner Rick Deckard has been missing for over thirty years, and a young Blade Runner K tracks him down upon discovering a long-buried secret. Harrison Ford is back, and Ryan Gosling proved an excellent choice in this powerful and epic sequel.

Why you should watch it: Like most of Villeneuve’s movies, Blade Runner is also very long and doesn’t leave out anything. But we are rarely bored and appreciate his love for details and perfectionism in everything he puts on the big screen.

Furious 7 (2015)

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What it’s about: Dominic and his crew are certain they are finished with criminal activities. Still, when some members of his crew are getting killed as part of revenge from one of their biggest enemies, and there is an even greater threat in the form of a Somalian terrorist, Dominic will have to gather his men and women and try to stop his enemies.

Why you should watch it: This is one of the best Fast and Furious sequels, with a great story and action and an important message about the importance of family and friends.

Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)

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What it’s about: Spider-Man joins his best friends Ned, MJ, and the rest of their gang on a European vacation. Peter wants to spend a few weeks away from his superhero missions and forget his Spider-Man responsibilities. But this won’t be easy since he will accept Nick Fury’s plea for help to uncover the mystery of numerous attacks around the continent that have been creating havoc. It is a new world that has changed immensely, and Peter will have to prepare to face new threats.

Why you should watch it: There is little to say about the Marvel Cinematic Universe. You will enjoy it if you are a fan; if not, you might even become one. Tom Holland is brilliant in his role as Spider-Man, and Spider-Man: Far From Home brings closure to Phase 3 and the Infinity Saga of the MCU.

Elysium (2013)

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What it’s about: There are two classes of people in the year 2154, the extremely rich who live on Elysium, a man-made space station, and the rest who live on overpopulated, devastated Earth. There is a huge discrepancy between these two worlds, but hopefully, things will change when Max, one of the poorer inhabitants, decides to take on a mission that might bring equality between them.

Why you should watch it: If you enjoy visual effects, stunning scenery, and cinematography, this movie is for you. Its story could be a bit more developed, but if you concentrate on its technical aspects, you will be more than satisfied. 

The Circle (2017)

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What it’s about: Mae is a girl hired to work for the world’s most powerful tech and social media company, where she very soon becomes one of the best workers. She is given a new and very interesting task of being a part of an experiment that will change her life in numerous ways and affect the future of her family and friends.

Why you should watch it: Dystopian societies have always been an interesting topic for numerous storytellers. This movie brings us an interesting story that might remind us of 1984 to some extent that doesn’t have to be bad. It is not a copy of Orwell’s view on the future of society, and it probably relies on some of his premises, delivering it in its way. 

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Eye in the Sky (2015)

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What it’s about: Helen Mirren plays Colonel Katherine Powell, a military officer in charge of an operation that captures terrorists in Kenya. Her mission turns unexpectedly when a girl enters the kill zone and starts an international dispute about the implications of modern battles and warfare.

Why you should watch it: This is an intelligent thriller full of suspense, twists, and turns, with a great story and excellent performances. It will draw your attention from the beginning and keep you interested.

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