#2 - THE ROBE - 1953
The High and the Mighty stars John Wayne as Dan Roman, a washed up co-pilot on a trans Pacific flight. When the commercial airliner develops engine problems and the pilot loses his nerve, it is up to Dan to bring the plane and it's passengers in safely. With one problem after another, The High and the Mighty is the original airplane disaster movie. The cabin is full of passengers with every type of personality defect imaginable and features an all-star cast of Clair Trevor, Laraine Day, Phil Harris, Jan Sterling and ironically, Robert Stack of future Airplane fame. I must admit, when I recently caught it again on cable, it was kinda slow, but that whistling theme song still tears my heart up.
#4 - THE HUSTLER - 1961