Best space movies of all-times

Space movies are the perfect fusion of thrill, fun, and some amazing visual effects as the cherry on top. While most of these movies revolve around the concept of contacting extraterrestrial beings, you will also get some unusual ones with space science decoded by the geniuses or simple biography of the space travelers! Let’s check out some of the best space movies you can watch this weekend!

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11. First Man (2019)

Our first movie in this list, the ‘First Man’ basically depicts the life of Neil Armstrong and his life events following the Apollo 11 mission. Rayan Gosling plays the role of the first man to walk on the moon with conviction. From personal to professional life, you can feel almost everything, Neil Armstrong, as a person has gone through.
Despite it not being a huge commercial success, the First Man has received mostly positive reviews for the direction, solid acting, and stunning visualization. Being in most critic’s top ten movie list of 2018, it has also bagged several accolades

10. Contact (1997)

This movie hits a bit differently, because, during its release time, space movies with strong female leads were pretty rare. And Jodie Foster was the perfect one to reprise the role of the radio astronomer who was in charge to communicate with the extraterrestrials. Drama, suspense, romance, logic, theology, this movie vaguely tries to explain them all.
One thing for sure, after finishing this thought-provoking movie, for a while, you would be thinking about why are we here or what is our purpose?

9. Apollo 13 (1995)

“Houston, we have a problem.” Does this line ring any bell? To know how it originated, you can watch Apollo 13, which was released in 1995. When the spacecraft of the Apollo 13 lunar mission faces dangerous damage and risks the lives of three boarding astronauts, NASA had to abort the mission and get them back home safely.
Apart from a few facts, most of this movie was based on true events. The casting was great, Tom Hanks, Kavin Bacon, and Bill Paxton as the astronauts couldn’t be more believable. The CGI of this movie was so convincing that even the real-life Jim Lovell thought they were real.

8. Arrival (2016)

Arrival isn’t your typical out of space movie like the others, but one thing we can assure you that it is worth the watch. If someday earth is invaded by aliens from worlds apart, how are we going to communicate with them? This is the basic plotline of Arrival, however, with the story unfolding, you will get yourself questioning more about how the human mind works. As usual Amy Adams never fails to amaze with her terrific acting skill.
Did you know, a whole new language was created for this thought-provoking movie! It has garnered praises from both critics and audiences for the brilliant portrayal of the importance of communication. Besides, this movie was nominated for eight academy awards and won one for the best sound editing.

7. The Right Stuff (1983)

Have you ever wondered about the start of NASA, or how today’s gigantic space research center started its journey? Watch ‘The Right Stuff’ to know what happened with the original 7 astronauts while no one had a single clue about what was going on. Strangely, this movie wasn’t a commercial success and couldn’t even earn back its investment. But this movie garnered critical acclamation and won 4 academic awards that year!

6. Hidden Figures (2016)

The Hidden Figures shows you how race and gender can affect your life despite being the most deserving one, and how your sheer force of will can make you overcome the obstacles. Watch this one to know how three female scientists of NASA made the history of launching the first man into orbit fighting all odds. From the storytelling to the cast, every aspect of this movie screams pure perfection.

5. October Sky (1999)

This is the story of a boy who wants to become a rocket scientist after witnessing a satellite launching in October 1957. This one is the perfect blend of a sci-fi concept with the family drama. Jake Gyllenhaal played Homer Hickman and Chris Cooper as his father has given a praiseworthy performance throughout the film. Although this movie was not a huge commercial success, the influence it has created is surprising. This one will teach you that you have to keep trying to fulfill your dreams, no matter how hard the route is.

4. Gravity (2013)

When two astronauts get stranded in space after their space shuttle gets destroyed, their attempt to get back to earth safely becomes a race against time. With only two people as the cast, Gravity will glue you to the screen until the last minute. Sandra Bullock and Goerge Cloony were awesome playing their respective roles!
The sound arrangement of this movie was outstanding! No wonder it won the oscar and the Bafta award for the best original score with several other nominations. In total, this visually stunning movie won 7 academy awards and 6 Bafta Awards, making it one of the best sci-fi movies of all time.

3. The Martian (2015)

This movie tells us about an astronaut getting trapped on Mars while on a mission. How he will survive and if his team will be able to rescue him, you will know once you watch it! From the direction to visual effects, everything about this movie is top-notch. Especially, Matt Damon was outstanding as the protagonist trying to survive alone on Mars.
The makers have even consulted NASA to show the accurate scientific aspects of space traveling. The movie was shot in 72 days, following tight schedules. With being the 10th highest-grossing movie of 2015, The Martian was critically acclaimed worldwide.
The sound arrangement of this movie was outstanding! No wonder it won the oscar and the Bafta award for the best original score with several other nominations. In total, this visually stunning movie won 7 academy awards and 6 Bafta Awards, making it one of the best sci-fi movies of all time.

2. Interstellar (2014)

Well, this is one of Cristopher Nolan’s best creations of all time hands down. While the movie was packed with powerful castings like Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Matt Damon, and many more, the Nolan brothers have managed to create a terrific storyline to fit them all perfectly.
The movie tells us about a dystopian world, where a group of astronauts have to travel through a wormhole to find a new home for endangered mankind. The protagonist Cooper and his daughter Murph’s relationship was portrayed beautifully. Besides many other awards, this movie has bagged the academy award and Bafta award for outstanding visual effects.

1. 2001: A Space Odyssey

What happens when someone’s own creation becomes a threat to their very existence? 2001: A Space Odyssey tells us about the battle between humans and Artificial Intelligence. This sci-fi masterpiece by Stanley Kubrick got released more than 50 years ago, but still, it is considered one of the most influential movies of all time. Featuring human evolution, extraterrestrials, technological advancement- this movie is like all the sci-fi issues served on a silver platter.
The initial response to this movie was extremely negative, but later it picked up and became the highest-grossing film of 1968! Talk about a miracle! Although it wasn’t a silent movie, a major portion of this film didn’t have any dialogues. It even won an academy award for the best visual effects.

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