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The Best Movies Featuring Astronaut’s And NASA

The Best Movies About Astronauts Or NASA

“What are the best movies about or featuring Astronauts & NASA?” We looked at 54 of the top Astronaut films, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 29 films, all appearing on 2 or more “Best Astronaut” movie lists, are ranked below by how many times they appear. The remaining 25 movies, as well as the sources we used, are in alphabetical order on the bottom of the page.

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Top 29 Astronaut Movies



29 .) 2010 directed by Peter Hyams

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB 1
  • List Challenges

This is a sequel to 2001 A Space Odyssey. It is now 2010 and both the Americans and the Russians are racing to get to Jupiter to investigate the black monolith (similar to the one found in Lunar Crater Clavius) which was found by the U.S.S. Discovery in orbit around Jupiter’s moons. The U.S.S. Discovery’s orbit is rapidly decaying and it will crash into IO but the Americans cannot get there in time to save U.S.S. Discovery. The Russians can get to Jupiter in time but only the Americans have the knowledge to access and awaken the U.S.S. Discovery’s H.A.L.9000 sentient computer. This forces a joint American-Soviet space expedition against a backdrop of growing global tensions. The combined expedition is seeking answers to several mysteries. What is the significance of the black monolith? Why did H.A.L.9000 act so bizarrely and terminate 4 of 5 of the U.S.S. Discovery’s crew? What happened to David Bowman? Along the way, curious data is detected …

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28 .) Capricorn One (1977) directed by Peter Hyams

Lists It Appears On:

  • List Challenges
  • Time

In order to protect the reputation of the American space program, a team of scientists stages a phony Mars landing. Willingly participating in the deception are a trio of well-meaning astronauts, who become liabilities when their space capsule is reported lost on re-entry. Now, with the help of a crusading reporter,they must battle a sinister conspiracy that will stop at nothing to keep the truth

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27 .) Europa Report (2013) directed by Sebastián Cordero

Lists It Appears On:

  • List Challenges
  • Ranker

A crew of international astronauts are sent on a private mission to Jupiter’s fourth moon.

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26 .) From the Earth to the Moon

Lists It Appears On:

  • List Challenges
  • Screen Rant

This twelve part HBO mini-series tells the story of the United States’ space program, from its beginnings in 1961 to the final moon mission in 1972. Tom Hanks served as Executive Producer and introduced each segment.

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25 .) Planet 51 (2009) directed by Jorge Blanco

Lists It Appears On:

  • CNBC
  • Movie Fone

When Earth astronaut Capt. Chuck Baker arrives on Planet 51 — a world reminiscent of American suburbia circa 1950 — he tries to avoid capture, recover his spaceship and make it home safely, all with the help of an empathetic little green being.

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24 .) Planet of the Apes (1968) directed by Franklin J. Schaffner

Lists It Appears On:

  • List Challenges
  • Newsday

An U.S. Spaceship lands on a desolate planet, stranding astronaut Taylor in a world dominated by apes, 2000 years into the future, who use a primitive race of humans for experimentation and sport. Soon Taylor finds himself among the hunted, his life in the hands of a benevolent chimpanzee scientist.

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23 .) Red Planet (2000) directed by Antony Hoffman

Lists It Appears On:

  • CNBC
  • Ranker

Astronauts search for solutions to save a dying Earth by searching on Mars, only to have the mission go terribly awry.

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22 .) Space Camp (1986) directed by Harry Winer

Lists It Appears On:

  • CNBC
  • Huffington Post

Andie Bergstrom, an astronaut eagerly awaiting her first trip to space, runs a summer camp for teenagers with her NASA-employed husband, Zach. One night during an engine test, Andie and four teenage campers are accidentally shot into space. Together, the group — which includes Kathryn, a pilot-in-training, and Tish, a ditz with a perfect memory — must work together to operate the spacecraft and return home.

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21 .) The Astronaut’s Wife (1999) directed by Rand Ravich

Lists It Appears On:

  • List Challenges
  • CNBC

When astronaut Spencer Armacost returns to Earth after a mission that nearly cost him his life, he decides to take a desk job in order to see his beautiful wife, Jillian, more often. Gradually, Jillian notices that Spencer’s personality seems to have changed, but her concerns fade when she discovers that she’s pregnant. As Jillian grows closer to becoming a mother, her suspicions about Spencer return. Why does it seem as if he’s a different person?

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20 .) Toy Story directed by John Lasseter

Lists It Appears On:

  • CNBC
  • Movie Fone

Led by Woody, Andy’s toys live happily in his room until Andy’s birthday brings Buzz Lightyear onto the scene. Afraid of losing his place in Andy’s heart, Woody plots against Buzz. But when circumstances separate Buzz and Woody from their owner, the duo eventually learns to put aside their differences.

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19 .) Destination Moon directed by Irving Pichel

Lists It Appears On:

  • Huffington Post
  • Movie Fone
  • Time

Postulates the first manned trip to the moon, happening in the (then) near future, and being funded by a consortium of private backers. Assorted difficulties occur and must be overcome in-flight. Attempted to be realistic, with Robert A. Heinlein providing advice.

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18 .) In the Shadow of the Moon (2007) directed by David Sington

Lists It Appears On:

  • List Challenges
  • Movie Fone
  • Screen Rant

Archival material from the original NASA film footage – much of it seen for the first time – plus interviews with the surviving astronauts, including Jim Lovell, Dave Scott, John Young, Gene Cernan, Mike Collins, Buzz Aldrin, Alan Bean, Edgar Mitchell, Charlie Duke and Harrison Schmitt.

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17 .) Moonraker directed by Lewis Gilbert

Lists It Appears On:

  • Huffington Post
  • Movie Fone
  • Newsday

During the transportation of a Space Shuttle a Boeing 747 crashes in the Atlantic Ocean yet when they go to look for the destroyed shuttle it is not there. James Bond investigates the missing mission space shuttle and soon learns that the shuttles owner Hugo Drax wants to kill all of mankind.

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16 .) October Sky (1999) directed by Joe Johnston

Lists It Appears On:

  • CNBC
  • Huffington Post
  • IMDB 2

Based on the true story of Homer Hickam, a coal miner’s son who was inspired by the first Sputnik launch to take up rocketry against his father’s wishes, and eventually became a NASA scientist.

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15 .) Alien (1979) directed by Ridley Scott

Lists It Appears On:

  • Huffington Post
  • IMDB 1
  • List Challenges
  • Newsday

During its return to the earth, commercial spaceship Nostromo intercepts a distress signal from a distant planet. When a three-member team of the crew discovers a chamber containing thousands of eggs on the planet, a creature inside one of the eggs attacks an explorer. The entire crew is unaware of the impending nightmare set to descend upon them when the alien parasite planted inside its unfortunate host is birthed.

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14 .) Armageddon (1998) directed by Michael Bay

Lists It Appears On:

  • Cheat Sheet
  • DVD.com
  • Huffington Post
  • List Challenges

When an asteroid threatens to collide with Earth, NASA honcho Dan Truman determines the only way to stop it is to drill into its surface and detonate a nuclear bomb. This leads him to renowned driller Harry Stamper, who agrees to helm the dangerous space mission provided he can bring along his own hotshot crew. Among them is the cocksure A.J. who Harry thinks isn’t good enough for his daughter, until the mission proves otherwise.

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13 .) Contact directed by Robert Zemeckis

Lists It Appears On:

  • Huffington Post
  • IMDB 1
  • Movie Fone
  • Ranker

Contact is a science fiction film about an encounter with alien intelligence. Based on the novel by Carl Sagan the film starred Jodie Foster as the one chosen scientist who must make some difficult decisions between her beliefs, the truth, and reality.

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12 .) Solaris (1972) directed by Andrei Tarkovsky

Lists It Appears On:

  • Huffington Post
  • IMDB 1
  • Ranker
  • Time

A psychologist is sent to a space station orbiting a planet called Solaris to investigate the death of a doctor and the mental problems of cosmonauts on the station. He soon discovers that the water on the planet is a type of brain which brings out repressed memories and obsessions.

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11 .) Sunshine directed by Danny Boyle

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB 1
  • List Challenges
  • Ranker
  • Time

Fifty years into the future, the sun is dying, and Earth is threatened by arctic temperatures. A team of astronauts is sent to revive the Sun — but the mission fails. Seven years later, a new team is sent to finish the mission as mankind’s last hope.

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10 .) The Martian directed by Ridley Scott

Lists It Appears On:

  • DVD.com
  • IMDB 1
  • IMDB 2
  • Ranker

During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive.

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9 .) Marooned (1969) directed by John Sturges

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB 1
  • List Challenges
  • Movie Fone
  • Ranker
  • Time

After spending several months in an orbiting lab, three astronauts prepare to return to earth only to find their rockets wont fire. After initially thinking they might have to abandon them in orbit, NASA decides to launch a daring rescue. Their plans are complicated by a Hurricane headed towards the launch site and a shrinking air supply in the astronauts capsule.

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8 .) Moon (2009) directed by Duncan Jones

Lists It Appears On:

  • Huffington Post
  • IMDB 1
  • List Challenges
  • Ranker
  • Time

With only three weeks left in his three year contract, Sam Bell is getting anxious to finally return to Earth. He is the only occupant of a Moon-based manufacturing facility along with his computer and assistant, GERTY. When he has an accident however, he wakens to find that he is not alone.

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7 .) Interstellar (2014) directed by Christopher Nolan

Lists It Appears On:

  • Cheat Sheet
  • Comic Book
  • DVD.com
  • IMDB 1
  • List Challenges
  • Ranker

Interstellar chronicles the adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.

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6 .) Mission to Mars (2000) directed by Brian De Palma

Lists It Appears On:

  • CNBC
  • Huffington Post
  • IMDB 1
  • List Challenges
  • Movie Fone
  • Ranker

When contact is lost with the crew of the first Mars expedition, a rescue mission is launched to discover their fate.

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5 .) Gravity (2013) directed by Alfonso Cuarón

Lists It Appears On:

  • Cheat Sheet
  • Comic Book
  • DVD.com
  • IMDB 1
  • List Challenges
  • Newsday
  • Ranker

Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant medical engineer on her first Shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky in command of his last flight before retiring. But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The Shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone-tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness of space. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.

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4 .) Space Cowboys (2000) directed by Clint Eastwood

Lists It Appears On:

  • Cheat Sheet
  • CNBC
  • Huffington Post
  • IMDB 1
  • IMDB 2
  • List Challenges
  • Ranker

Frank Corvin, ‘Hawk’ Hawkins, Jerry O’Neill and ‘Tank’ Sullivan were hotdog members of Project Daedalus, the Air Force’s test program for space travel, but their hopes were dashed in 1958 with the formation of NASA and the use of trained chimps. They blackmail their way into orbit when Russia’s mysterious ‘Ikon’ communications satellite’s orbit begins to degrade and threatens to crash to Earth.

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3 .) 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) directed by Stanley Kubrick

Lists It Appears On:

  • CNBC
  • Comic Book
  • Huffington Post
  • IMDB 1
  • List Challenges
  • Movie Fone
  • Newsday
  • Ranker
  • Time

Humanity finds a mysterious object buried beneath the lunar surface and sets off to find its origins with the help of HAL 9000, the world’s most advanced super computer.

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2 .) The Right Stuff (1983) directed by Philip Kaufman

Lists It Appears On:

  • CNBC
  • Comic Book
  • Huffington Post
  • IMDB 1
  • IMDB 2
  • List Challenges
  • Movie Fone
  • Ranker
  • Screen Rant
  • Time

A chronicle of the original Mercury astronauts in the formation of America’s space program: Alan Shepherd, the first American in space; Gus Grissom, the benighted astronaut for whom nothing works out as planned; John Glenn, the straight-arrow ‘boy scout’ of the bunch who was the first American to orbit the earth; and the remaining pilots: Deke Slayton, Scott Carpenter and Wally Schirra.

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1 .) Apollo 13 (1995) directed by Ron Howard

Lists It Appears On:

  • Cheat Sheet
  • CNBC
  • Comic Book
  • DVD.com
  • Huffington Post
  • IMDB 1
  • IMDB 2
  • List Challenges
  • Movie Fone
  • Ranker
  • Screen Rant
  • Time

The true story of technical troubles that scuttle the Apollo 13 lunar mission in 1971, risking the lives of astronaut Jim Lovell and his crew, with the failed journey turning into a thrilling saga of heroism. Drifting more than 200,000 miles from Earth, the astronauts work furiously with the ground crew to avert tragedy.

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The 25 Additional Best NASA Movies



 

# Movies Lists
(Titles Appear On 1 List Each)
30 400 Days Ranker
31 A Trip to the Moon Time
32 Apollo 18 (2011)
List Challenges
33 Approaching The Unknown Ranker
34 Barbarella Newsday
35 Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)
List Challenges
36 Deep Impact
Huffington Post
37 Escape From the Planet of the Apes (1971)
List Challenges
38 Event Horizon Ranker
39 Forbidden Planet Newsday
40 Gattaca
Huffington Post
41 Hidden Figures Ranker
42 Independence Day
Huffington Post
43 Magnificent Desolation
Screen Rant
44 Mars Attacks
Huffington Post
45 Passengers Ranker
46 Rocket’s Red Glare (2000)
List Challenges
47 Rocketman (1997)
List Challenges
48 Solaris (2002) IMDB 1
49 STAR TREK (2009) DVD.com
50 The Adventures of Pluto Nash (2002) CNBC
51 The Astronaut Farmer (2006)
List Challenges
52 The Last Days On Mars Ranker
53 To Boldly Go Time
54 Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Huffington Post


13 Best Films Featuring Astronauts And NASA Sources/Lists



Source Article
Cheat Sheet 5 Movies About Astronauts That You Have to See
CNBC Twelve Movies About NASA
Comic Book The Five Best Astronaut Movies
DVD.com The Six Best Astronaut Movies
Huffington Post Ode To The Space Shuttle: NASA’s Best Movies
IMDB 1 The Best Astronaut Movies
IMDB 2 Top 5 NASA Movies
List Challenges Top 25 Astronaut Movies
Movie Fone The Top Ten Most Memorable Astronaut Movies
Newsday Best astronaut movies: Critic’s picks
Ranker The Best Movies About Astronauts & Realistic Space Travel
Screen Rant The Top 5 Astronaut Movies of All Time
Time Rocket Science: 10 Great Astronaut Movies

 

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