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1. First Man (2018)

PG-13 | 141 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.4
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84 Metascore

A look at the life of the astronaut, Neil Armstrong, and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969.

Director: Damien Chazelle | Stars: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler

Votes: 120,566 | Gross: $44.94M

2. The Shape of Water (2017)

R | 123 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

7.3
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87 Metascore

At a top secret research facility in the 1960s, a lonely janitor forms a unique relationship with an amphibious creature that is being held in captivity.

Director: Guillermo del Toro | Stars: Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon, Doug Jones

Votes: 308,803 | Gross: $63.86M

3. Hidden Figures (2016)

PG | 127 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.8
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74 Metascore

The story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program.

Director: Theodore Melfi | Stars: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner

Votes: 171,364 | Gross: $169.61M

4. 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: 75,323 | Gross: $32.48M

5. The Right Stuff (1983)

PG | 193 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

7.9
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91 Metascore

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: 52,113 | Gross: $21.50M

6. From the Earth to the Moon (1998)

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

8.7
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Dramatized portrayal of the Apollo manned space program.

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

Votes: 9,598

7. Operation Avalanche (2016)

R | 94 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

6.0
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69 Metascore

In 1967, four undercover CIA agents were sent to NASA posing as a documentary film crew. What they discovered led to one of the biggest conspiracies in American history.

Director: Matt Johnson | Stars: Matt Johnson, Owen Williams, Andrew Appelle, Jared Raab

Votes: 5,917 | Gross: $0.06M

8. G.O.R.A. (2004)

127 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

8.0
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A slick young Turk kidnapped by extraterrestrials shows his great « humanitarian spirit » by outwitting the evil commander-in-chief of the planet of G.O.R.A.

Director: Ömer Faruk Sorak | Stars: Cem Yilmaz, Rasim Öztekin, Özkan Ugur, Idil Firat

Votes: 49,902

9. Spacewalk (2017)

140 min | Adventure, Drama, History

7.3
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Trying to keep lead in the Space Race, Soviet Union preparing two cosmonauts to the first spacewalk.

Director: Dmitriy Kiselev | Stars: Evgeniy Mironov, Konstantin Khabenskiy, Vladimir Ilin, Anatoliy Kotenyov

Votes: 4,825

10. The Road to Hong Kong (1962)

Approved | 91 min | Comedy, Musical, Sci-Fi

6.6
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Mistaken identity and the acquisition of a rare Tibetan herb put two buffoonish con men on the wrong side of a secret organization geared toward world domination.

Director: Norman Panama | Stars: Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Joan Collins, Robert Morley

Votes: 2,291

11. Destination Moon (1950)

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

6.4
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After their latest rocket fails, Dr. Charles Cargraves and retired General Thayer have to start over again. This time, Gen. Thayer approaches Jim Barnes, the head of his own aviation ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 3,274 | Gross: $5.00M

12. Gagarin. Pervyy v kosmose (2013)

108 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

6.6
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GAGARIN: FIRST IN SPACE, is a feature film featuring amazing SFX, that celebrates the bravery and achievements of Yuri Gagarin - the first man in space. On April 12, 1961, Soviet cosmonaut ... See full summary »

Director: Pavel Parkhomenko | Stars: Yaroslav Zhalnin, Mikhail Filippov, Olga Ivanova, Vadim Michman

Votes: 2,331

13. Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: 4:50 from Paddington (1987 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.7
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A friend of Miss Marple's sees a woman being strangled in a passing train. When police cannot find a body and doubt the story, Miss Marple enlists professional housekeeper, Lucy Eyelesbarrow, to go undercover.

Director: Martyn Friend | Stars: Joan Hickson, Juliette Mole, David Beames, Mona Bruce

Votes: 1,532

14. Houston, We Have a Problem! (2016)

88 min | Documentary, Drama

7.9
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Explores the myth of the secret multi-billion-dollar deal behind America's purchase of Yugoslavia's clandestine space program in the early 1960s.

Director: Ziga Virc | Stars: Slavoj Zizek, Josip Broz Tito, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson

Votes: 2,805

15. The Planets (1999– )

390 min | Documentary

8.5
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The Planets is a made for television documentary series that explores in depth the planets that make up our solar system.

Stars: Mark Halliley, Donald Black, Jerry Soften, Sasa Vasilievski

Votes: 1,337

16. 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: 1,655

17. Cold War (1998)

1,120 min | Documentary, History

8.6
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A 24-part series which deals with the relations between the United States, the Soviet Union and their respective allies between the end of World War II to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Anatoli Dobrynin, Robert McNamara, Vladimir Yerofeyev

Votes: 718

18. Wings of Honneamise (1987)

Unrated | 121 min | Animation, Drama, Sci-Fi

7.4
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In an alternative Earth, a young astronaut participates in a controversial fledgling space program.

Director: Hiroyuki Yamaga | Stars: Leo Morimoto, David Thomas, Mitsuki Yayoi, Heidi Lenhart

Votes: 4,423 | Gross: $0.06M

19. The Sky Calls (1959)

77 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

4.5
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Two countries race to have the first successful landing on Mars.

Directors: Mikhail Karzhukov, Aleksandr Kozyr, Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Ivan Pereverzev, Aleksandr Shvorin, Linda Barrett, Konstantin Bartashevich

Votes: 635

20. The Mouse on the Moon (1963)

Approved | 82 min | Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi

6.5
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A tiny country persuades the Americans and Soviets that they're starting a space program, when they really just want some money for new plumbing.

Director: Richard Lester | Stars: Margaret Rutherford, Ron Moody, Bernard Cribbins, David Kossoff

Votes: 1,297

21. Space (1985)

780 min | Drama

7.5
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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: 189

22. 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: 836

23. 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: 159

24. The Cosmonaut (2013)

TV-MA | 93 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

4.0
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Stas, the cosmonaut, gets lost in space. When he comes back he finds Earth completely empty of human life. Yulia and Andrei wait for him on the other side of a collapsing world. How far would you go for love?

Director: Nicolás Alcalá | Stars: Katrine De Candole, Leon Ockenden, Max Wrottesley, David Barrass

Votes: 764

25. It Felt Like a Kiss (2009)

54 min | Documentary, History, Music

8.0
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The story of America's rise to power starting with 1959; it uses archive footage and American pop music to highlight the consequences to the rest of the world and in the peoples' minds.

Director: Adam Curtis | Stars: H. Rap Brown, Nikita Khrushchev, Richard Nixon

Votes: 655

26. Moon Shot (1994 TV Movie)

188 min | Documentary

9.0
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This mini-series is a documentary that chronicles the NASA space program from its inception up through the final moon mission of Apollo 17 with historical, archived NASA film footage.

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

Votes: 197

27. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Moon (2001 Video)

47 min | Documentary, History

5.4
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A documentary on the evidence which shows that the Apollo 11 astronauts never actually landed on the moon.

Director: Bart Sibrel | Stars: Anne Tonelson, Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins

Votes: 564

28. Earthworm Jim (1994 Video Game)

Action, Adventure, Comedy

7.8
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After a spacesuit falls on Jim, it mutates him into an earthworm hero thus Earthworm Jim is born. He must now defeat the evil Queen Slug-for-a-butt and rescue her sister, Princess What's Her Name.

Director: David Perry | Star: Doug TenNapel

Votes: 666

29. 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: 110

30. Rocketmen (2009)

Documentary

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A documentary about the courage, bravery and triumph of the "Rocket Men" of the U.S. manned space program.

Director: Richard Dale

Votes: 65

31. The Astronot (2018)

Not Rated | 72 min | Drama, History

5.3
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Daniel was a recluse who shut out the world yet longed to touch the moon. Sandy was a light whose warmth melted his heart and propelled him to the stars.

Director: Tim Cash | Stars: Pennan Brae, Kiran Cash, Tim Cash, Brittany Dixon

Votes: 9

32. Dreaming of Space (2005)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama

6.7
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A story of a simple, naive Russian man Konek and the people around him: his love and her sister and a mysterious man. The film is set in 1957, time of changes, time of waiting for something big to happen.

Director: Aleksey Uchitel | Stars: Evgeniy Mironov, Evgeniy Tsyganov, Irina Pegova, Elena Lyadova

Votes: 626

33. Sputnik Fever (2007)

Not Rated | 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

34. What Happened on the Moon? - An Investigation Into Apollo (2000 Video)

225 min | Documentary

6.5
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An in-depth British breakdown of how NASA never had the technology to overcome putting a man on on the moon or anywhere further than low orbit from the Apollo moon missions even today with ... See full summary »

Director: David S. Percy | Stars: Ronnie Stronge, H.J.P. Arnold, Mary Bennett, Ian Crawford

Votes: 57

35. Space Force (2019)

14 min | Short, Comedy | Completed

Growing up in the midst of the 60's space race, Barney fantasized about the future's limitless possibilities. Now the future is here, and a much older Barney is failing to keep up with the ... See full summary »

Director: Luke Jarvis | Stars: Tony V., Shannon Ashe, Drew Cooper, Jacqui Dupré

36. 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: 320

37. Apollo Zero (2009)

60 min | Documentary, History

5.2
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Stars: Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, Alan Bean, Eugene Cernan

Votes: 34

38. Spaceflight (1985– )

226 min | Documentary, History

7.9
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A history of space flight.

Stars: Martin Sheen, Frank Borman, Scott Carpenter, Gerald P. Carr

Votes: 46

39. Of Moose and Men: The Rocky & Bullwinkle Story (1990 TV Movie)

Documentary, Animation, History

4.8
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A retrospective look at the "Rocky and Bullwinkle" cartoon show, from the creative talent behind the scenes to the cast of animated characters and the cultural and historical influences behind the show's gags.

Director: Marino Amoruso | Stars: Howard Brandy, Allan Burns, William Conrad, June Foray

Votes: 49

40. Otkrytyy kosmos (2011 TV Movie)

205 min | Documentary, Drama, History

6.5
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History of the Soviet space flight - from Tsiolkovsky, early rockets of 1930's to detailed accounts of first manned flights, the Moon race, orbital space stations - and future plans of expedition to Mars.

Directors: Evheniy Kovalenko, Pavel Tupik | Stars: D. Belyaev, Sergey Chonishvili, M. Doronin, V. Gureyev

Votes: 12

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

TV-PG | Documentary

6.6
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Deadly accidents and failures of the Soviet Union's space program are revealed.

Star: Arthur Kent

Votes: 9

42. Since '45 - In the Extraordinary House of History (2017)

90 min | Documentary

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Director: Michael Korolenko | Stars: Tom Skerritt, Scott Conrad, Ronny Cox, Damon Elliott

43. John Glenn: A Life of Service (2013 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 57 min | Documentary, Biography

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Biography of American space pioneer and public servant John Glenn.

Stars: Dave Shropshire, Jay Barbree, Gen. John Dailey, John Glenn

44. The Star Dreamer (2002)

54 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.0
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About a visual wizard and a fantastic legacy of films which transformed and influenced the science fiction genre as we know it. The Russian filmmaker, Pavel Klusjantsev, has had an ... See full summary »

Directors: Mads Baastrup, Sonja Vesterholt | Stars: Pavel Klushantsev, Zjanna Klusjantseva, Robert Skotak, Valerij Suslov

Votes: 66

45. By George (2012)

8 min | Short, Comedy, Fantasy

9.0
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A man is being driven insane by the idea that his neighbor is Star Wars creator George Lucas.

Directors: Kevin MacDonald, Ron Sparks | Stars: Ron Sparks, Scott McCrickard, Jamie Tarantini, Kevin MacDonald

Votes: 164

46. Was It Only a Paper Moon? (1997)

88 min | Documentary, History

7.0
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Stars: James M. Collier, Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, Alan Bean

Votes: 15

47. John F. Kennedy (1981 Video)

Not Rated | 104 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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Stars: John F. Kennedy, Charles Collingwood, John Hart, Jackie Kennedy

48. 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

49. Aerojet Dade: An Unfinished Journey (2009 Video)

52 min | Documentary, War

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In 1961, John F. Kennedy set a goal for the nation; to put an American on the moon and bring them safely home. This effort to reach the moon before the Soviet Union prompted a burst of ... See full summary »

Director: Doug La Rue

50. Since '45 (1979)

29 min | Documentary

8.9
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"Since '45" is a documentary on recent American history and media. It deals with how media reports, critiques, and ultimately impacts history. It covers the years 1945 through 1979 and ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Korolenko | Stars: Isaac Asimov, Art Buchwald, Alan Canfora, Linda Ellerbee

Votes: 8



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