Memories Of The Space Age

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1. Destination Moon (1950)

Not Rated | 92 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

6.4
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One of the first science fiction films to attempt a high level of accurate technical detail tells the story of the first trip to the Moon.

Director: Irving Pichel | Stars: John Archer, Warner Anderson, Tom Powers, Dick Wesson

Votes: 2,912 | Gross: $5.00M

2. Breaking the Sound Barrier (1952)

109 min | Drama, Romance, War

6.9
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Fictionalized story of British aerospace engineers solving the problem of supersonic flight.

Director: David Lean | Stars: Ralph Richardson, Ann Todd, Nigel Patrick, John Justin

Votes: 1,250

3. Men Into Space (1959–1960)

30 min | Sci-Fi

8.2
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The more-or-less realistic adventures of Colonel Ed McCauley, head of the American space program. He battles saboteurs, budget cuts, defective equipment and other problems in outer space.

Stars: William Lundigan, Joyce Taylor, Charles Herbert, Tyler McVey

Votes: 118

4. I Aim at the Stars (1960)

107 min | Biography, Drama

6.2
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The story of rocket scientist Dr. Werner von Braun's career, from the 1920s until the late 1950s.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Curd Jürgens, Victoria Shaw, Herbert Lom, Gia Scala

Votes: 151

5. Moon Pilot (1962)

Not Rated | 98 min | Family, Comedy, Sci-Fi

5.7
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Away on a short leave before an upcoming moon launch, a NASA astronaut disappears and is feared kidnapped when the security services learn about his friendship with a suspected foreign female spy.

Director: James Neilson | Stars: Tom Tryon, Brian Keith, Edmond O'Brien, Dany Saval

Votes: 301

6. Countdown (1967)

Unrated | 101 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

6.0
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Desperate to reach the moon first, N.A.S.A. sends a man and shelter separately, one-way. He must find it to survive. He can't return until Apollo is ready.

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: James Caan, Robert Duvall, Joanna Moore, Barbara Baxley

Votes: 1,494

7. Marooned (1969)

G | 134 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

5.8
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Three American astronauts are stranded in space when their retros won't fire. Can they be rescued before their oxygen runs out?

Director: John Sturges | Stars: Gregory Peck, Richard Crenna, David Janssen, James Franciscus

Votes: 3,839 | Gross: $4.35M

8. Ukroshcheniye ognya (1972)

166 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.4
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About Russian space program and missile industry, and it's founder Sergei P. Korolev, from the 1920s to the first man in space in 1961.

Director: Daniil Khrabrovitsky | Stars: Kirill Lavrov, Ada Rogovtseva, Igor Gorbachyov, Andrei Popov

Votes: 296

9. Houston, We've Got a Problem (1974 TV Movie)

74 min | Drama

6.3
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Story of how NASA controllers fought to return the Apollo 13 space capsule to Earth after an on-board explosion damaged the craft.

Director: Lawrence Doheny | Stars: Robert Culp, Clu Gulager, Gary Collins, Sandra Dee

Votes: 55

10. Stowaway to the Moon (1975 TV Movie)

100 min | Sci-Fi, Family

6.2
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An 11 year old boy, who has always been fascinated by space and astronauts, wishes he could go into space also. So of course it should be easy to get into Cape Kennedy, up the launch tower,... See full summary »

Director: Andrew V. McLaglen | Stars: Lloyd Bridges, Jeremy Slate, Jim McMullan, Morgan Paull

Votes: 159

11. Capricorn One (1977)

PG | 123 min | Action, Thriller

6.8
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A N.A.S.A. Mars mission won't work, and its funding is endangered, so they decide to fake it just this once. But then they have to keep the secret.

Director: Peter Hyams | Stars: Elliott Gould, James Brolin, Brenda Vaccaro, Sam Waterston

Votes: 17,172

12. The Right Stuff (1983)

PG | 193 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

7.9
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The story of the original Mercury 7 astronauts and their macho, seat-of-the-pants approach to the space program.

Director: Philip Kaufman | Stars: Sam Shepard, Scott Glenn, Ed Harris, Dennis Quaid

Votes: 48,728 | Gross: $21.50M

13. My Life as a Dog (1985)

Unrated | 101 min | Drama, Comedy

7.7
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A boy and his brother don't get along well. In order to let their ill mother rest, they're separated and sent each one with their relatives.

Director: Lasse Hallström | Stars: Anton Glanzelius, Tomas von Brömssen, Anki Lidén, Melinda Kinnaman

Votes: 15,871 | Gross: $8.35M

14. Space (1985)

780 min | Drama

7.4
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A 13-hour mini-series detailing James A. Michner's fictional account of the American space program from the years after World War II to the Apollo landings on the moon in the early 1970's.

Stars: James Garner, Susan Anspach, Blair Brown, Bruce Dern

Votes: 188

15. Challenger (1990 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 160 min | Drama

5.9
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New Hampshire teacher Christa McAuliffe joins six other astronauts on the tragic 1986 space-shuttle flight.

Director: Glenn Jordan | Stars: Karen Allen, Barry Bostwick, Julie Fulton, Richard Jenkins

Votes: 293

16. Apollo 13 (I) (1995)

PG | 140 min | Adventure, Drama, History

7.6
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77 Metascore

NASA must devise a strategy to return Apollo 13 to Earth safely after the spacecraft undergoes massive internal damage putting the lives of the three astronauts on board in jeopardy.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon, Gary Sinise

Votes: 226,952 | Gross: $173.84M

17. Apollo 11 (1996 TV Movie)

93 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.0
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Fearful that the Russians would continue their lead in the space race and be the first to put a man on the moon, NASA felt an enormous pressure to push the Apollo Program forward as quickly... See full summary »

Director: Norberto Barba | Stars: Carmen Argenziano, Tuck Milligan, Dennis Lipscomb, William Mesnik

Votes: 390

18. The Cape (1996–1997)

60 min | Action, Drama

7.2
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The select members of the NASA Astronaut Corps train at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Stars: Adam Baldwin, Corbin Bernsen, Cameron Bancroft, Tyra Ferrell

Votes: 139

19. From the Earth to the Moon (1998)

TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Drama, History

8.8
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Dramatized portrayal of the Apollo manned space program.

Stars: Tom Hanks, Nick Searcy, Lane Smith, David Andrews

Votes: 8,758

20. October Sky (1999)

PG | 108 min | Biography, Drama, Family

7.8
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71 Metascore

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.

Director: Joe Johnston | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Cooper, Laura Dern, Chris Owen

Votes: 70,119 | Gross: $32.48M

21. Race to Space (2001)

PG | 104 min | Drama, Family

5.5
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In the 1960s a young woman works at NASA as an animal trainer responsible for the chimpanzee who will go into space.

Director: Sean McNamara | Stars: Alex D. Linz, William Atherton, James Woods, Annabeth Gish

Votes: 795

22. Space Race (2005– )

240 min | Documentary, Drama

8.5
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The BBC's Space Race is a documentary/drama chronicling the major events and characters in the American/Soviet space race, leading up to the first moon landing. The series concentrates on ... See full summary »

Stars: Richard Dillane, Steve Nicolson, Ravil Isyanov, Max Bollinger

Votes: 708

23. Moonshot (2009 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 90 min | Drama

6.6
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The story leading up to the July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 moon landing launch.

Director: Richard Dale | Stars: Daniel Lapaine, James Marsters, Andrew Lincoln, Nigel Whitmey

Votes: 456

24. Der Raketenmann - Wernher von Braun und der Traum vom Mond (2009 TV Movie)

89 min | Documentary, Biography

7.1
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Directors: Peter Claridge, Dirk Kämper | Stars: Johann Hillmann, Ludwig Blochberger, Daniel Rohr, Günter Barton

Votes: 19

25. Pervye sovetskie sputniki Zemli (1957)

39 min | Documentary

4.5
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A summary of the soviet air and space achievements as of the end of 1957 culminating in the launch of the world's satellite Sputnik 1 followed by the launch of the heavier Sputnik 2 with world's first animal on board - space dog Laika.

Directors: Nikolai Chigorin, Maria Slavinskaya

Votes: 6

26. The Race for Space (1959 TV Movie)

55 min | Documentary

6.9
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Director: David L. Wolper | Stars: Esther Goddard, Holger N. Toftoy, Mike Wallace

Votes: 18

27. A Man Has Returned from Space (1961)

Documentary, Short

5.8
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Film about flight of Yuriy Gagarin in space of April, 12, 1961.

Director: Yekaterina Vermishyova | Star: Yuri Gagarin

Votes: 17

28. Footprints on the Moon: Apollo 11 (1969)

95 min | Documentary, History

8.5
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Director: Bill Gibson | Stars: Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, Pierre Jalbert

Votes: 19

29. Moonwalk One (1970)

96 min | Documentary

7.5
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This documentary from 1970 explores all aspects of the Apollo 11 Moon mission.

Director: Theo Kamecke | Stars: Laurence Luckinbill, Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins

Votes: 119

30. NASA: 25 Years (1983 Video)

Documentary, History

7.7
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A collection of NASA films, from Project Mercury to the Space Shuttle.

Votes: 59

31. For All Mankind (1989)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, History

8.2
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An in-depth look at various NASA moon landing missions, starting with Apollo 8.

Director: Al Reinert | Stars: Jim Lovell, Kenneth Mattingly, Russell Schweickart, Eugene Cernan

Votes: 3,844 | Gross: $0.77M

32. The Other Side of the Moon (1990)

90 min | Documentary

7.1
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Features eight Apollo astronauts who intimately share their experience of going to the moon, describing what happened to them while they were there, and how their lives have been shaped by the experience in the 20 years after.

Director: Mickey Lemle | Stars: Buzz Aldrin, Alan Bean, Charles Conrad, James Irwin

Votes: 13

33. Houston, We've Got a Problem (1994)

35 min | Documentary, Short

7.1
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The flight of Apollo 13.

Stars: Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, Walter Cunningham, John Glenn

Votes: 101

34. Moon Shot (1994 TV Movie)

188 min | Documentary

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Director: Kirk Wolfinger | Stars: Barry Corbin, Buzz Aldrin, Jay Barbree, Sam Beddingfield

Votes: 183

35. History Undercover: Secrets of Soviet Space Disasters (1999 TV Movie)

TV-PG | Documentary

6.4
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Deadly accidents and failures of the Soviet Union's space program are revealed.

Star: Arthur Kent

Votes: 8

36. Moonshot - the Spirit of 69 (1999 TV Movie)

54 min | Documentary

6.8
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Director: Peter Nicholson | Stars: Richard E. Grant, Buzz Aldrin, John Lennon, Trevor McDonald

Votes: 6

37. The Red Stuff (2000)

78 min | Documentary

6.7
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52 Metascore

A detailed and in-depth look at the early days of the Soviet Union's space program as told by cosmonauts themselves.

Director: Leo De Boer

Votes: 38

38. Opération lune (2002 TV Movie)

52 min | Comedy, Drama

7.7
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This hard-hitting mockumentary exposes how Stanley Kubrick faked the 1969 moon landing, with seeming-endorsements from many key players in NASA and the US government.

Director: William Karel | Stars: Stanley Kubrick, Richard Nixon, Buzz Aldrin, Loïs Aldrin

Votes: 1,621

39. Rocket Science (2002–2003)

46 min | Documentary

8.3
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Rocket sleds scream across the New Mexico desert. Air Force pilots soar to the edge of space, and one even parachutes back, breaking the sound barrier as he does so. American astronauts ... See full summary »

Stars: Buzz Aldrin, Alan Bean, Frank Borman, Scott Carpenter

Votes: 22

40. Failure Is Not an Option (2003 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 90 min | Documentary, History

8.7
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A history of the U.S. manned space program from Mercury to Apollo 17, as seen by the men of Mission Control.

Directors: Rushmore DeNooyer, Kirk Wolfinger | Stars: Gene Kranz, James Doolittle, Christopher Kraft, Robert Seamans

Votes: 101

41. The Mighty Saturns Part I: The Early Saturns (2003 Video)

Documentary, History

7.3
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The history, development, specifications, accomplishments, and launch footage of America's first heavy-lift space launch vehicles, the Saturn I and Saturn IB rockets.

Stars: John Willyard, Ed Buckbee, Jay Foster, Bob Lindstrom

Votes: 6

42. The Mighty Saturns Part II: The Saturn V (2004 Video)

Documentary, History

7.5
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The history, development and testing, specifications, accomplishments, and launch footage of the world's largest heavy-lift space launch vehicle, the Saturn V moon rocket.

Stars: John Willyard, Ed Buckbee

Votes: 8

43. The Truth Behind the Moon Landings (2003 TV Movie)

50 min | Documentary

7.4
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Director: Virginia Quinn | Stars: Buzz Aldrin, Marcus Allen, Bill Kaysing, Patrick Moore

Votes: 82

44. Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D (2005)

Unrated | 40 min | Documentary, Animation, Short

7.0
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71 Metascore

This program strives to give the viewer an impression of what it is like to actually be on the moon. It provides a romantic, inspirational depiction of the Apollo astronauts travels on the ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Cowen | Stars: Tom Hanks, John Corbett, Andrew Husmann, Bryan Cranston

Votes: 841 | Gross: $34.14M

45. In the Shadow of the Moon (2007)

PG | 100 min | Documentary, History

8.1
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84 Metascore

The crew members of NASA's Apollo missions tell their story in their own words.

Director: David Sington | Stars: Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, Stephen Armstrong, Viola Armstrong

Votes: 5,833 | Gross: $1.13M

46. Secrets of the Moon Landings (2007 TV Movie)

50 min | Documentary

6.5
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The challenges and risks that defined the Apollo program.

Director: Nicole Teusch | Stars: John Aaron, Buzz Aldrin, Bill Anders, Neil Armstrong

Votes: 22

47. Sputnik Fever (2007)

87 min | Documentary

7.5
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68 Metascore

Documentary looking back at the USSR's Sputnik satellite and its effects at the time and over the last 50 years.

Director: David Hoffman | Stars: Liev Schreiber, Gene Banucci, Jay Barbree, Paul Dickson

Votes: 114 | Gross: $0.01M

48. Orphans of Apollo (2008)

Unrated | 52 min | Documentary

8.0
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Join this band of rebels out to change the course of history in space, as they board a private Gulf Stream jet, fly to Russia, negotiate one of the most remarkable business deals of the final frontier.

Directors: Becky Neiman, Michael Potter

Votes: 11

49. When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions (2008– )

Documentary, History

8.8
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Narrated by award-winning actor Gary Sinise, WHEN WE LEFT EARTH is the incredible story of humankind's greatest adventure, as it happened, told by the people who were there. From the early ... See full summary »

Stars: Gene Kranz, Gary Sinise, Jim Lovell, Eugene Cernan

Votes: 1,571

50. Apollo Wives (2010 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 50 min | Documentary

8.5
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Every few years, the first wives of the Apollo astronauts have a reunion. This is their story.

Director: Andrew Tait | Stars: Veronika Hyks, Barbara Butler, Martha Chaffee, Clare Whitfield

Votes: 6

51. Apollo Zero (2009)

60 min | Documentary, History

5.0
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Stars: Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, Alan Bean, Eugene Cernan

Votes: 30

52. Moon Beat (2009)

Documentary

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Moon Beat re-examines the epic 1969 flight of Apollo XI, on it's 40th anniversary, with a behind-the-scenes look from top NASA officials and many leading journalists who covered the first ... See full summary »

Director: Kevin Stirling | Stars: George Alexander, Mark Bloom, Sue Butler, Bob Button

53. Yuri Gagarin Conspiracy: Fallen Idol (2009 Video)

PG-13 | 90 min | Documentary

7.3
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Would you be shocked to find out that the greatest moment of our recent history in space may not have happened at all?

Directors: Denny Hooten, Samuel Oldham | Stars: Gordon Feller, Yuri Gagarin, Elliott Gould, Elliot Haimoff

Votes: 16 | Gross: $0.01M

54. Beginnings of the Space Age: Destination Moon (2011)

Documentary

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"Destination Moon" is the third in the trio of documentaries about the beginnings of the space age. It documents JPL's ambitious plan to beat the Soviet Union in robotic space exploration ... See full summary »

Director: Blaine Baggett | Star: Neil Ross