This Aviator follows Howard Hughes' life. Hughes is known as both a movie director as well as an aviator who would become the world's richest man. His interesting personality and busy life from the 1920s to 1940s make for entertaining on-screen drama. The film beginds with his childhood and moves to his directorial debut, Hell's Angels. Viewers are able to see Howard's passion to use new technology, including audio, and styles in his films, while he develops relationships off-screen with Hollywood's most desired starlets, Ava Gardner among them. All the while, Hughes remains dedicated to aviation, going so far as to become a stockholder of Transcontinental & Western Air and breaking records for flying around the world. However, his mental state deteriorates all the while.