The best movies about space travel
MFC TOP 5
With the recent launch of the Falcon 9 rocket on a mission by NASA and SpaceX, humanity has taken one step further into the future.
The Falcon 9 rocket, which contained the Crew Dragon capsule and astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, has gone down in history as the first private launch to the International Space Station, leaving behind a world where science fiction is slowly becoming more and more real.
As we get closer to conquering the stars, enjoy our MFC TOP 5 of the best movies about space travel to get used to the idea of living on other planets.
5. The Martian (Ridley Scott, 2015)
Directed by Ridley Scott, The Martian shows us the efforts of astronaut Mark Watney to survive on Mars after being abandoned on the red planet. It features performances by Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara, Sean Bean, Sebastian Stan and Donald Glover, among others.
Based on Andy Weir‘s novel The Martian, the film takes a fairly realistic approach to its premise and offers highly scientifically legitimate solutions to the problems it poses. It was nominated to 7 categories at the Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and is considered one of the best films of 2015.
4. Alien (Ridley Scott, 1979)
Also by director Ridley Scott, Alien is one of the horror and science fiction movies that marked the 1980s and kicked off a new wave of productions in darker genres. The film follows Ripley‘s character and the Nostromo spacecraft crew as they try to survive the attacks of an alien creature that haunts them from the shadows.
The cast is made up of Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt and John Hurt, among others, and Weaver’s character marked the birth of the “action heroine” in mainstream cinema. Alien‘s novel special effects made it one of the most important classics in cinema and earned it an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects.
3. Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón, 2013)
Directed, produced, written and edited by Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity is one of the most daring productions of the genre. The film follows the efforts for survival of Dr. Ryan Stone, who is adrift in space during her first mission on the space shuttle Explorer.
The film stars Sandra Bullock, who delivers one of the most memorable performances of her career that, together with the film’s technical richness, make it one of the best science fiction thrillers. Gravity was awarded in 7 categories of the Academy Awards, including the categories of Best Visual Effects, Best Photography and Best Director.
2. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968)
Directed by legendary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick and written by novelist Arthur C. Clarke and Kubrick himself, 2001: A Space Odyssey is a film that escapes the ordinary. Its story explores themes such as technology, artificial intelligence and extraterrestrial life from the perspectives of scientific realism and surrealism.
Due to its heavy visual symbolism and cutting edge special effects, Space Odyssey is not only one of the most popular films by Stanley Kubrick, but also one of the most important films in cinema history, and has served as inspiration in the production of other great science fiction titles.
1. Interstellar (Christopher Nolan, 2014)
From visionary director Christopher Nolan, Interstellar is one of the most ambitious and spectacular films in science fiction. It stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain, among others, and tells the story of a team of astronauts traveling through a wormhole in search of a new home for humanity.
Interstellar addresses complex scientific topics, such as the theory of spatial relativity and the event horizon of wormholes, and expresses them in a film filled with optimism and visual grandeur. The production won an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects and is remembered as one of the most important films in science fiction.