10 space movies you have to see
We like lists because they bring together and choose a few options from among many. Whether it’s curiosity, passion for the subject or knowledge… Today we offer you a selection of the 10 best films framed in space that you cannot miss.
The Christmas holidays are a time of celebration and being with the family. Business lunches and dinners and with a group of friends are also another example of their importance. A time of traditions and ties that often brings us together in front of the television to enjoy a good time. But what to see, when we have already seen so much.
Taking advantage of the recent premiere of the latest Star Wars film, currently the leader in Spanish cinemas and of the growing importance on this subject, we propose a list of 10 films about space that you cannot miss. Surely some of them you do not know.
Voyage to the Moon (1902)
We started with an old film, when the cinema was beginning and the resources were very different from what we are used to today.
More than 100 years ago, in 1902, Voyage to the Moon (Le voyage dans La Lune, original title) transported us to places outside the Earth, so unexplored and unknown that our ancestors could only imagine and find in science fiction novels. .
Precisely this tape in black and white written by Gaston Méliès and starring his brother, Georges Méliès, it was set in two of them, one by Jules Verne and the other by HGWells.
Despite lasting alone 14 minutesVoyage to the Moon was very innovative at the time, not only for introducing the theme but for the special effects that you used.
A Space Odyssey (1968)
More recent and much more famous is A Space Odyssey. There are many who claim that this film, directed by Stanley Kucrick and released in 1968, is the one that inaugurates the cinema of this genre in our time.
Set in a novel by Arthur C. Clarke and accompanied by a prestigious soundtrack, made by great composers, such as Richard Strauss, narrates periods of humanity from the past to the futuredealing with great existential questions such as the presence of God and aliens, the meaning of life, the possible rebellion of machines or inter dimensional travel… It also stands out for its special effects.
Shortly after its release it became a cult film.
Planet of the Apes (1968)
Also in this year, one of the most iconic feature films of all time was released: Planet of the Apes, whose success has given rise to sequels and series.
Directed by Franklin J. Schnaffer, it tells the adventure lived by four astronauts when landing in an unknown place and crash into a lake.
Almost two hours of film that uses scientific concepts such as Einstein’s theory of relativity of time and that invites us to ask ourselves more thoughtful and social questions.
The Star Wars Saga (since 1977)
A year later, the human being landed on the Moon. It was a historic milestone in the middle of a space race that was taking place at great speed in the second half of the 20th century. A few years later, the first film of an iconic saga was released: Star Wars. We can add little that is not known about it, since from the beginning until today it is one of the most outstanding titles, not only in science fiction, but in cinema in general.
The fight between two sides, characterized by “the force” and the “light side” and the “dark side”, respectively, captivated millions of viewers. He did it then and has continued to do so for generations to come.
We recommend a documentary, available on Movistar+, about how the saga has evolved during these 40 years. And if you want to see the saga, you can do it on Disney +.
Alien, the eighth passenger is a horror moviebut set outside of Earth, which is why we also include it in this list of the 10 space movies you can’t miss.
Released in 1979, just two years after Star Wars, it is now considered a cult film. Directed by Ridley Scott, it introduced a new dimension of fear within the genre that surprised and pleased the mass cinema.
The plot is based on the journey made by seven crew members aboard the Nostromo ship. On their way back to Earth they receive a distress signal on an unknown planet and stop, but find a colony of unknown creatures.
Apollo 13 (1995)
In July 2019, it was the 50th anniversary of the man’s landing on the Moon. So, the star was much more unknown to humans than it is today.
Apolo 13, available on Movistar+ and Netflix, embarks on the space voyage made by three astronauts to explore it and which ended up becoming a real fight for your survival. “Houston, we have a problem” was the distress message that the protagonists of this story sent to Earth to help them return home alive.
In the words of NASA professionals, it is one of the most realistic films on the subject.
You may be surprised to find a silent film in a list of the 10 most recommended space movies. But the truth is that Wall’E is one of the most applauded and best valued animation and science fiction films of recent years.
Directed by Andrew Stanton and released in 2008, it presents us with a dystopian future in the year 2800 where humanity leaves Earth. In it, the only inhabitant is a robot, programmed for cleaning, which, however, will discover different things along its way.
It is available on Disney+.
The Moon is one of the favorite destinations for man to explore the universe. Is the nearest.
In 2009, Moondirected by Duncan Jones, the son of David Bowie, imagined the mission of Sam Bell, an astronaut whose mission is study the minerals on the far side of the Moon. One of them is capable of generating clean energy for the Earth.
It is a film that invites us to reflect on Artificial Intelligence and its relationship with the human being and that becomes especially interesting and present due to its resemblance to reality. In early 2019, China announced that it had finally landed on the far side of the Moon.
In recent years there has been a real boom in this subgenre of cinema. One of the films that has managed to stand out the most is Interstellar, by the famous Christopher Nolan and released in 2014.
Available on Netflix, it is considered a masterpiece for many reasons. With a brilliant performance, he addresses a current concern: the conditions that make life possible on Earth are coming to an end. With this premise, different characters study the possibility of traveling to other planets and assume this search as an ethical responsibility and a personal goal.
Exciting, beautiful, surprising… this tape will make you enjoy a lot.
Mars is the setting for this great film directed by Ridley Scott and released in 2015, which bears the same name as the red planet.
According to NASA professionals, is the most realistic space movie to datefor the way they relate the life and tools of cosmonauts.
It tells the story of Mark Watney, an astronaut who is presumed dead in the middle of a mission on Mars. His crew returns and he will have to manage to survive on the red planet and communicate with Earth.
Header image: Interstellar (Warner Bros).