Space offers an infinite realm for the imagination to run wild and plenty of subjects for incredibly fun and entertaining movies. The following are iconic films that excite, perplex, and speak to the love humanity has with the unknown.
A Trip to the Moon (1902)
This French silent short film by Georges Melies introduced society to the possibility of interstellar travel. Dimension and authenticity were no concern, but the frightening images turned early 20th century watchers into stargazers and dreamers. With a 16 minute run time, this movie was the longest running film of the age. While it may seem that it hardly compares to the sci-fi films that we have today, A Trip to the Moon not only paved the way for Space Movies but for growth in the movie industry in many ways. This makes this film one of, if not THE best, Space movie of all time!
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Stanley Kubrick’s magnum opus uses the expanse of space to describe history itself. The themes in this movie, set to beautiful classical music, make way for modern audiences to imagine the next possible evolution of mankind.
Though space exploration is inviting and romantic, this movie presents a scenario of doom brought about by a violent alien race. Grotesque aliens bent on using a ship’s crew for food and reproductive vessels help create one of the most frightening sci-fi horror movies ever created.
Apollo 13 (1995)
The 1960s were the heyday of human space exploration. The Apollo 13 moon mission carried the hopes and dreams of people, governments, and the science community. When disaster threatens the mission, the quick action of the Apollo 13 crew saves the mission and creates the most important notions associated with the modern space age; “Houston, we have a problem!”
The Fifth Element (1997)
What will humanity’s role be in the future? This film is concentrated on the possibility of a superhuman figure arising from the evolutionary flotsam to preserve a coalition of planets from the onslaught of a horrible alien regime.
Men in Black (1997)
Disclosure of an alien presence on Earth is an old notion in Men in Black. This film about a clandestine government organization working to control alien interactions. Planet Earth is the intersection of alien activity in the universe, and a small team of eccentric secret agents must stop criminal elements in space society.
Space Cowboys (2000)
This post-NASA film borrows from the experiences of veteran astronauts to complete one last important mission. It shows that heroism and bravery are no less important when people are presented with the unpredictability of the vastness of the universe.
Serenity is inspired by the original TV show Firefly. The human race finally destroyed the planet Earth and set out to the sky to find new planets. The new planets aligned under one government, but those who did not want this one governing power became rebels. Serenity is the name of the Spaceship that carries one mismatched group of these rebels that fall into dire situations for an interplanetary crew. Both Firefly & Serenity have a huge cult following by masses of sci-fi movie fans years after the show and movie both ended.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005)
Humor is sometimes the best response to tackling the unknown. This film, based on the best-selling book & 1981 BBC Television Series, makes excellent futuristic parallels with political and social conundrums faced in the present day. The characters are larger-than-life, but manage to create wonderfully rich scenarios and viewer interest. Watch this film to learn the rules for Hitchhiking throughout the Galaxy, the answer to Life, and to see a lot of weird Aliens!
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
Space is the perfect realm for a collision of multi-species interactions and relationships. Heroes are made from conflict and resolution. This film (Based on the Comic Series) uses human and animal hybrid characters to delve into a pantheon of unlikely leading characters who unite to save the civilized portion of the galaxy from impending doom. Even if movies based on Comic books aren’t your things, the soundtrack from this movie alone is worth at least one viewing!
Space movies are some of the most exciting projects arising from the film industry. They touch on important themes and sometimes inspire future ideas. The themes tackled in the greatest space movies are incredibly important and are dealt with in exciting ways. While some of the best Space Movies of all time are based on actual events and some are based on wild imaginative sci-fi ideas, they are all films that we love to watch over and over again!