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While A Star is Born and Crazy Rich Asians didn’t win Best Picture awards at either this year’s Oscars or Golden Globe Awards, they did take top honors elsewhere. They were the most popular inflight movies across several airlines during 2019.

(Perhaps they should enlist this Oscar and Golden Globe-campaigning Jennifer Lopez superfan.)

A recent Fortune magazine article details which movies and TV shows were the most watched on Southwest, Alaska, United, and JetBlue.

Delta Air Lines was not included; perhaps they didn’t want more attention to their inflight entertainment this year.

Bohemian Rhapsody was another favorite film, as was Aquaman.

TV-wise, it seems passengers prefer comedies or the occasional reality show. The Big Bang Theory appeared in all of the favorite television series lists. Friends and The Office also scored high with viewers in the sky. (Though I was disappointed my personal inflight favorites, black-ish and Impractical Jokers didn’t make any of the lists.)

What Do You Watch?

Do you have favorite movies or TV shows you watch during flights? Or specific genres you enjoy while flying? Tell us in the below Comments section (which follows after the lists)!

Southwest Airlines

Top 10 Movies of 2019

  1. A Star is Born
  2. Crazy Rich Asians
  3. Aquaman
  4. A Bad Moms Christmas
  5. Captain Marvel
  6. Creed II
  7. 12 Strong
  8. The Hustle
  9. Hunter Killer
  10. Second Act

Top 10 TV Series of 2019

  1. Chopped
  2. The Office
  3. Friends
  4. Fixer Upper
  5. Beat Bobby Flay
  6. The Big Bang Theory
  7. Deadliest Catch
  8. The Kindness Diaries
  9. Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
  10. Southwest Explores Hawaii

Alaska Airlines

Top 10 Movies of 2019

  1. Crazy Rich Asians
  2. A Star is Born
  3. Captain Marvel
  4. The Upside
  5. Aquaman
  6. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
  7. Mary Poppins Returns
  8. The Meg
  9. Avengers: Infinity War
  10. Creed II

Top 10 TV Series of 2019

  1. The Big Bang Theory
  2. Friends
  3. Young Sheldon
  4. Puppy Dog Pals
  5. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  6. Will & Grace
  7. Killing Eve
  8. Riverdale
  9. Criminal Minds
  10. Man in the High Castle

United Airlines

Top 10 Movies of 2019

  1. Bohemian Rhapsody
  2. A Star is Born
  3. Crazy Rich Asians
  4. Green Book
  5. 12 Strong
  6. Aladdin (2019)
  7. Vice
  8. Instant Family
  9. John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum
  10. The Aftermath

Top 10 TV Series of 2019

  1. Big Bang Theory
  2. Friends
  3. Game of Thrones
  4. Modern Family
  5. The Office
  6. Big Little Lies
  7. Chernobyl
  8. Bob’s Burgers
  9. How I Met Your Mother
  10. The Simpsons

JetBlue

Top 5 Movies of 2019

  1. A Star is Born
  2. The Lion King (2019)
  3. Aquaman
  4. Alita: Battle Angel
  5. Bohemian Rhapsody

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2 Comments

  1. Hey, Chris

    My wife and I would have bumped Bohemian Rhapsody up the charts by ourselves.
    I’ve also watched (and again) The Accountant, Red Sparrow and Chef.
    An issue that can impact enjoyment is how much editing will be applied to the movie to make it ‘suitable’ for other eyes onboard. Regardless, I’m grateful to have the opportunity to enjoy IFE. Now if only we could get those Airbus tailcams installed, right? 🙂

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