As far back as humanity can remember, the Moon has captivated people’s imaginations, and it has had a significant influence on human mythology, art, and science. Moon-themed films have been made since A Trip to the Moon (1902), the first science fiction film ever made. Despite this, just a few Moon-themed films have been released in the recent three decades. The following is a list of the top ten Moon films of the last decade, arranged in chronological order:
1. For All Mankind (1989) Director: Al Reinert IMDB Rating: 8.1
Additionally, this film commemorates 40 years since mankind’s first moon landing with an in-depth look at the human side of our journey to the Moon. As though it were a single flight into space, For All Mankind uses compelling NASA imagery and interviews to capture the dedication and astonishment of the astronauts and mission control team back in Houston. As well as detailing the 1960s and 1970s Apollo missions, this visually breathtaking film offers an inside look at what it was like to be an astronaut.
2. A Grand Day Out (1989) Director: Nick Park IMDB Rating: 7.8
Weighing their options for the bank holiday weekend, Wallace and Gromit discover that they have run out of cheese. Since everyone knows that “the moon is made of cheese,” the two decide to build a rocket and take a vacation to the Moon.
3. Apollo 13 (1995) Director: Ron Howard IMDB Rating: 7.5
The film Apollo 13 is based on a true story about the Apollo 13 lunar landing mission that went awry. During a Moon mission in 1970, astronauts Lovell, Haise, and Swigert are deprived of air and power by an on-board explosion. The phrase “Houston, we have a problem” was immortalized in the Apollo 13 crisis, following which the three astronauts faced a perilous battle to return home.
4. The Dish (2000) Director: Rob Sitch IMDB Rating: 7.1
New South Wales, Australia’s Parkes Radio Telescope observatory is featured in this quirky comedy, which is based on a true story. The first nine minutes of the transmission saw NASA rotate between Goldstone in California and Honeysuckle Creek in Canberra, Australia, but this clip focuses on what happened when NASA switched to the distant Australian Parkes station placed in in the middle of an Australian sheep pasture.
5. Magnificent Desolation (2005) Director: Mark Cowen IMDB Rating: 6.8
Apollo 13 was the only Apollo mission to fail during the Apollo program, which attempted seven moon landings between 1969 and 1972. A total of twelve men have walked on the surface of the MFFFfoon, beginning with Apollo 11 and concluding with Apollo 17. Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D does a commendable job of giving the viewer a feel for visiting the only naturally occurring satellite of our planet.
6. In the Shadow of the Moon (2007) Director: David Sington IMDB Rating: 7.9
This documentary tells the story of the famous Apollo space program through the eyes of the last remaining members of the crew. Incredible NASA footage, photos, and interviews provide a tantalizing insight into the minds and hearts of the first men to set foot on a celestial body that is not Earth.
7. Moon (2009) Director: Duncan Jones IMDB Rating: 8.0
There is just one person in the Helium-3 mining base on the Moon: Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell), accompanied by his computer, GERTY. At the end of his three-year mission in space, Sam suffers an accident in his lunar harvester, which causes him to think that something is amiss on the lunar station.
8. Despicable Me (2010) Director: Chris RenaudF IMDB Rating: 7.6
This large underground stronghold is located beneath a black house, where Gru and his small army of minions are at their command, amid a quiet suburban area. Following the theft of one of Egypt’s pyramids by a mystery criminal mastermind, Gru decides to go one further and use a shrinking laser to take the Moon from the sky.
9. Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) Director: Michael Bay IMDB Rating: 6.3
This technology, which was accidentally dropped on Earth’s Moon during the Autobot-Decepticon conflict, has the power to turn the course of the conflict. Aliens are threatening to swallow the Earth 40 years after NASA sends the Apollo 11 crew to investigate the disturbance in 1969. If you’ve ever wanted to see Buzz Aldrin in action on the big screen without having to pay for a ticket, this movie is for you!
10. Iron Sky (2012) Director: Timo Vuorensola IMDB Rating: 6.1
As World War II enters its final phase, a secret Nazi lunar outpost is built on the moon’s dark side to elude capture. Space fortress and flying saucers are then built by the Nazis, who seek to conquer Earth some 70 years after the end of World War II. Even if it wasn’t the best lunar movie ever made, this tongue-in-cheek effort has its moments and breathtaking CGI.