Sept. 28, 2015

Movies about the Moon

It's often the biggest and brightest thing in our night sky, and its familiar face smiles down on us even in the city. It's fascinated us for hundreds of thousands of years, and has been the subject of songs, poetry, art and myths. Our moon is mysterious and beautiful, and makes a pretty out-of-this-world backdrop for all kinds of stories... including movies. 

Check out our top 5 picks for movies about the moon:

Apollo 13 (1995) - PG

Director: Ron Howard

IMDB Rating: 7.5

Apollo 13 is a classic for a reason. With an all-star cast including Tom Hanks and Kevin Bacon, this 1995 movie is based on the true story of the 13th Apollo mission to the moon. 

 Credit: Wikipedia

 Source: Wikipedia

Moon (2009) - R

Director: Duncan Jones

IMDB Rating: 8.0

Moon is one of those films that leaves you with an eery feeling and the thought, "What did I just watch?" This clever movie, led by an incredible performance by Sam Rockwell, showcases the isolating beauty of our moon.

Source: Wikipedia

Source: Wikipedia

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) - G

Director: Stanley Kubrick

IMDB Rating: 8.3

This epic sci-fi adventure is set on the moon and tells the story of the next step of human evolution. For a film made in the 60s, this story's depiction of our sometimes tenuous relationship with technology still feels incredibly relevant.

Source: Wikipedia

Source: Wikipedia

Moonraker (1979) - PG

Director:  Lewis Gilbert

IMDB Rating: 6.3

In this entertainingly cheesy Bond classic, we see James Bond investigate the mid-air theft of a space shuttle, and uncover something much more sinister! 

Source: IMDB  

Source: IMDB

Man on the Moon (1999) - R

Director:  Milos Forman

IMDB Rating: 7.4

Okay, so this one isn't technically about the moon. Jim Carey plays legendary comedian Andy Kaufman in this dramatic comedy. 

Source: Wikipedia

Source: Wikipedia

Seeing it on screen not quite good enough?

This fall, the sky of the Jasper National Park Dark Sky Preserve offers some of the clearest views of the moon in years.

Come see for yourself!

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