Here is our top pick of 11 Best Space Movies Of All Time. Who doesn’t love a good space movie? Many directors tried to show the audience what space has for us, Not many have succeeded.
Director: Philip Kaufman
Writers: Philip Kaufman (written for the screen by), Tom Wolfe (based on the book by)
Stars: Sam Shepard, Scott Glenn, Ed Harris
The first seven Mercury astronauts: we go behind the prepackaged, unblemished saints we knew through the media to find imperfect human beings who were actually even more heroic. The astronauts are heroes, no doubt about it.
As space pioneer Chuck Yeager bitterly points out, these men all knew the risks they were taking as they rode their primitive capsules into space. They knew they were powered by rockets that could explode them into the tiniest of atoms.
There were the fierce fires of re-entry that could reduce them to cinders, as well as the possibility of no re-entry, leaving them to perish miserably in their orbits. Yet these men eagerly took those risks. They were made of the right stuff.
Director: Sebastián Cordero
Writer: Philip Gelatt
Stars: Sharlto Copley, Michael Nyqvist, Christian Camargo
Europa, Jupiter’s moon is known to have the potential to support life. Hence a manned mission is sent to Europa to search for data proving the existence of life there.
“Europa report” shows the difficult choices and sacrifices the crew has to make to fulfill their objective of sending valuable data to Earth for research.
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Writers: James V. Hart (screenplay by), Michael Goldenberg (screenplay by)
Stars: Jodie Foster, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Skerritt
The esteemed astronomer Dr. Ellie Arroway (Jodie Foster) has irrevocably lost her faith in God, when as a child, her beloved parents were killed, leaving her orphaned.
As a result, Ellie began developing a strange and different belief regarding the existence of life outside Earth’s confined boundaries.
Under those circumstances, as an active member of a dedicated group of researchers dealing with space radio waves, Dr. Ellie sincerely hopes that one day, her expectations will be confirmed, finally finding proof of extraterrestrial life.
Unexpectedly, her faith and perseverance will be rewarded when she receives a long-awaited, yet baffling message, which by decoding it, the blueprints of a puzzling machine will be revealed. Is this a direct invitation for an incredible first contact with elusive alien life forms?
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Writers: Stanley Kubrick (screenplay), Arthur C. Clarke (screenplay)
Stars: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester
A black monolith has an effect on humans, the monolith’s effects focusing on two specific time periods. The first period is four million years ago, at the dawn of man. After the appearance of the monolith, the ape-men begin to display behavior unknown before then.
The second period is the near future, in the year 2001. There are five astronauts aboard Discovery One, which is on a mission to Jupiter. At the beginning of the mission, the reason for it is unknown to the five astronauts.
Three of the astronauts are in hibernation at the start of the mission to preserve the manpower over its entire course, leaving mission commander Dr. Dave Bowman and Dr. Frank Poole as the two manning the spacecraft.
There is another what is often considered “sixth” astronaut on board, HAL 9000 – referred to simply as Hal – the artificially intelligent computer which controls all of the craft’s functions, including the systems keeping the three hibernating astronauts alive.
Hal is made all the more astronaut-like as it is given an artificial voice, Hal and the astronauts often having conversations. A 9000 series computer is considered infallible, any error one has ever made being human-caused.
Ultimately, Bowman and Poole believe that Hal is malfunctioning, they are unaware that Hal’s behavior is due to knowledge of classified information it has about events at Clavius, a lunar outpost, eighteen months earlier.
However, the issue between the astronauts and Hal becomes a fight for survival. The mission in its entirety has profound consequences for the human race.
Director: Duncan Jones
Writers: Duncan Jones (story), Nathan Parker
Stars: Sam Rockwell, Kevin Spacey, Dominique McElligott
Sam Bell has a three-year contract to work for Lunar Industries. For the contract’s entire duration, he is the sole employee based at their lunar station. His primary job responsibility is to harvest and periodically rocket back to Earth supplies of helium-3, the current clean and abundant fuel used on Earth.
There is no direct communication link available between the lunar station and Earth, so his only direct real-time interaction is with GERTY, the intelligent computer whose function is to attend to his day to day needs.
With such little human contact and all of it indirect, he feels that three years is far too long to be so isolated; he knows he is beginning to hallucinate as the end of his three years approaches.
All he wants is to return to Earth to be with his wife Tess and their infant daughter Eve, who was born just prior to his leaving for this job. With two weeks to go, he gets into an accident at one of the mechanical harvesters and is rendered unconscious.
Injured, he awakens back at the station in the infirmary, he assumes assisted by GERTY. GERTY tells him that a rescue team named Eliza will come to the station to clean up the aftermath of the accident.
After his recuperation, he takes an unauthorized trip back to the broken harvester, where he makes an unexpected discovery. Because of his find, he begins to doubt his sanity, then his true identity, then the company and GERTY’s willingness to do what is best for him. Because of his resulting beliefs, his sole mission becomes how to get back to Earth on his own.
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Writers: Stanislaw Lem (novel), Steven Soderbergh (screenplay)
Stars: George Clooney, Natascha McElhone, Ulrich Tukur
Dr. Gibarian, part of a team at a space station studying Solaris, makes an urgent and self-described bizarre video request to his friend, civilian psychiatrist Dr. Chris Kelvin, to come to the station to deal with an unspecified phenomenon aboard, that phenomenon with which Chris’ experience and background may be able to explain and solve.
Chris learns that his trip is sanctioned by the space program as a security force had been sent to the station to investigate, that security team which is now missing.
When Chris arrives at the station, he finds only two surviving team members, Drs. Gordon and Snow (Dr. Gibarian committed suicide), who are both acting nervously.
Chris also finds two unexpected people there, the first, who Chris only sees fleetingly, being Dr. Gibarian’s adolescent son Michael, and the second being Chris’ deceased wife, Rheya.
Chris and Rheya had a passionate relationship in all its good and bad before she committed suicide. Apparently, these appearances of loved ones of the crew at the station are what Chris has come to investigate.
As Chris, Gordon, and Snow discuss and argue about what to do, Chris becomes emotionally invested in this vision of his wife, who herself begins to realize she looks like Rheya, acts like Rheya (including having the same feelings for Chris), answers to the name Rheya, but is not really the Rheya that was once Chris’ wife.
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
Writers: Alfonso Cuarón, Jonás Cuarón
Stars: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris
The crew of the Space Shuttle Explorer is working on the STS-157 mission. Mission Commander Matt Kowalski, medical engineer Dr. Ryan Stone – who is on her first ever space mission – and flight engineer Shariff Dasari are on a spacewalk when they learn from Houston control that an explosion has just occurred at a Russian satellite.
Before the crew can do anything about it, the explosion debris comes hurtling toward Explorer, irreparably damaging the shuttle and station, immediately killing all the crew except Kowalski and Stone, and knocking out at least incoming communication with Houston control, although they have no idea if there is outgoing communication.
The two are left in a precarious position as Stone is untethered with quickly decreasing oxygen on her person meaning that Kowalski has to retrieve her quickly if she has any chance of survival.
Even if he can retrieve her and get her some oxygen, they have the difficult task of trying to get to another satellite with whatever equipment is on hand, and from there ultimately back to Earth.
Through the process, they are often on their own without the other leading to an extreme feeling of isolation which leads to individual questions and ultimate decisions about their own mortality and what may be best for the other at the expense of oneself.
Director: Ridley Scott
Writers: Dan O’Bannon (story), Ronald Shusett (story)
Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt
In the distant future, during her return to Earth, the commercial spaceship Nostromo intercepts a distress call from a distant moon. The seven-member crew is awakened from hypersleep and the spaceship subsequently descends on the moon.
While exploring the moon, a three-member team of the crew discovers a derelict spaceship and a huge chamber inside her containing thousands of eggs. When a curious team member goes near the egg, the parasite inside the egg attacks him, rendering him unconscious.
He is brought back aboard and the spaceship takes off. After a little while, the parasite dies and his host wakes up seemingly unruffled. Everything soon returns to normal, but not for long.
Director: Ron Howard
Writers: Jim Lovell (book), Jeffrey Kluger (book)
Stars: Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon
Based off of real events of one of the worst NASA tragedy’s. In 1971, NASA plans to send out people to the Moon for a lunar mission. They have chosen astronauts Jim Lovell, Frad Haise, and Jack Swigert.
They have launched into outer space successfully, however, a slight fault from inside the space module caused an explosion that turned the exploration into a test for survival for the crew of Apollo 13.
While Loveel, Haise, and Swigert try to survive in space. The workers at NASA (including Ken Mattingly) try to figure out a way to get the astronauts home safely.
Director: Ridley Scott
Writers: Drew Goddard (screenplay by), Andy Weir (based on the novel by)
Stars: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig
During their mission in Mars, a team of astronauts is hit by an unpredicted storm and have to abort their mission and leave for Earth. During the evacuation, one of the crew members, Mark Watney, is hit by a projectile due to the storm and is thrown away.
The crew is forced to leave him thinking he died due to rupture in his space suit. However, Mark survives and now has to find ingenious ways to make it till the next scheduled Mars mission fours years later with the remaining meager supplies.
Being a botanist he manages to cultivate food and survives by scavenging parts of previous missions. NASA soon learns about him and attempts a daring and dangerous mission to bring him back. Will they succeed in bringing him back alive? Only time will tell.
Director: Christopher Nolan
Writers: Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan
Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain
In the near future around the American Midwest, Cooper, an ex-science engineer, and a pilot is tied to his farming land with his daughter Murph and son Tom. As devastating sandstorms ravage Earth’s crops, the people of Earth realize their life here is coming to an end as food begins to run out.
In order to find a new home while Earth decays, Cooper must decide to either stay or risk never seeing his children again in order to save the human race by finding another habitable planet.