Skydiving can seem crazy to many people. In a way, it is! Basically, we’re descending from planes using nothing but fabric to hold us in place.
What’s the point of skydiving? Doesn’t it pose a risk?
The truth is, skydiving has a lot of benefits. It’s true that there are those who only want to jump to get an adrenaline rush – but there is much more to it.
Our fear of pursuing our dreams and experiencing new things can be a powerful emotion that holds us back from achieving our goals. The more you confront your fears, the more confidence, resilience, and accomplishment you will gain. One of the best examples of this is skydiving. Pushing yourself beyond your limits and facing your fear of heights can allow you to discover new levels of courage.
There are many reasons to try skydiving, not just the freefall, which is the most thrilling part. A breathtaking view of the landscape awaits you the moment you step out of the plane. You’ll never forget the bird’s eye perspective whether you’re in the city or out in the country. Lastly, nothing compares to the feeling of achieving a goal after working hard to reach it. This sense of accomplishment can be experienced very viscerally through skydiving.
So, if you are up for an adventure and want to go skydiving, this post is for you. We have compiled a list of movies that will motivate you more to go on this adventure.
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Professional skydivers Guy Manos and Tony Griffin came up with the idea for this 1994 film. At the beginning of the film, we see the escorting of a terrorist from one state to another by Air Marshal Pete Nessip (played by Snipes). The plane is damaged when an attempted hijack goes awry. After jumping from 30,000 feet, the terrorists parachute out. In some way, Nessip survives, too, even though the terrorists take him with them.
A second terrorist, portrayed by Gary Busey, masterminded the entire thing. A suspicious FBI report informs Nessip that jumps at that height and smuggling parachutes through security are simply not possible.
But Nessip isn’t convinced and consults with a U.S. HALO military parachuting instructor, who confirms they have indeed jumped at this altitude and speed. However, how the parachutes got on the plane remains a mystery.
We have included Point Break on our list of skydiving films even though it was not filmed at Skydive Perris. It can be credited with many legendary skydiving scenes that have inspired many to take to the skies.
In spite of the fact that Point Break does not directly relate to skydiving, the original movie is characterized by its unusually long skydiving scenes, which bring skydiving into the forefront while remaining separate from the overall story.
It’s an action-packed, adrenaline-filled skydiving thriller that should not be missed.
The Gypsy Moths
This 1969 drama tells the story of skydivers from a Midwestern small town. Deborah Kerr, Burt Lancaster, and Gene Hackman star in this ‘OG’ of skydiving films. It was the era of Tom Cruise and Julia Roberts.
Elizabeth, whose husband overhears all the action, falls in love with Mike, played by Lancaster. When Malcolm meets Annie, a student living in the same house as the skydivers, he becomes involved with her. A topless dancer falls in love with Joe, played by Hackman. While the story focuses a lot on romantic relationships and aerial stunts, it also features some impressive camera shots and aerial stunts, especially in the 1960s.
It was still early days for skydiving when the film was filmed on location in Kansas. Aside from bat wings, skydivers also used wingsuits. Anyone who is a skydiver should watch the film to see how the sport has evolved over the last 80 years.
In 1971, Fandango showed what it meant to be drafted in the war and what it meant to end college. Taking one last road trip together just before their deferment from the Vietnam War ends, four college friends decide to celebrate the end of their college years with one last hoorah.
Unlike the other movies on this list, Fandango has a side adventure into skydiving that is quite amazing, and terrifying at the same time. In an attempt to peer pressure one of their friends into taking the course, the group finds a rundown skydiving school. This is one of the most memorable ground school scenes ever filmed.
Are you convinced to get all adventurous and try skydiving? We are sure you are and we guarantee you that it will be the best decision of your life. We also hope that you enjoyed reading this post as much as we enjoyed writing it. If you have any other recommendations, please let us know by commenting below.