25 best moon movies ever
Destination Moonbase-Alpha (1978)
A made-for-TV movie in which the moon is blasted out of Earth orbit by an atomic explosion, sending the 300 inhabitants of the titular base drifting into deep space. When a rescue team arrives, only one man can see the truth – that they’re aliens seeking to harvest radiation from the lunar surface!
The Dish (2000)
A quirky comedy about a remote Australian antenna integral to broadcasting images of one of the most important events in history: the Apollo 11 moon landing. While the story takes some liberties with the actual events, much of the film was shot on location at the real Parkes Observatory and many of the props were items left behind by NASA scientists in 1969.
By Rocket to the Moon/Frau im Mond (1929)
It’s perhaps not one of Fritz Lang’s masterpieces, but this could well be the first “serious” movie about travelling to the moon: actual rocket designers (one of which may have been Werner von Braun) were used as consultants, hence the film’s portrayal of a multi-stage rocket.
Things to Come (1936)
With a screenplay written by H.G. Wells, Things to Come tells the story of a future history where a decades-long war is followed by a period of advanced technology and space travel – including a cannon able to fire a craft that circles the moon and returns to Earth.
Moonwalk One (1970)
This feature-length documentary about the Apollo 11 mission was practically forgotten until 2007, when filmmakers looking for archive footage discovered the only surviving 35mm print. It was digitally restored in time for the moon landing’s 40th anniversary in 2009 and re-released as a director’s cut on DVD. It’s now public domain, and you can watch the entire thing on YouTube.