11 Movies to watch in celebration of the moon landing’s 50th anniversary
They're out of this world
Can you believe it's been 50 years since NASA decided to go on a moon voyage?! On 20 July 1969, Apollo astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin made history as the first humans to ever step foot onto the lunar surface. They took a "giant leap for mankind" with an estimated number of 600 million people around the world watching it happen live back home.
Since then, there have been no shortage of realistic space travel movies to fuel our imagination. Here are 11 of our favourite ones for your viewing pleasure on this moon day.
Release date: 30 June 1995
Starring: Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise and Ed Harris
Plot: A docudrama film based on the real-life events of the aborted Apollo 13 mission that happened after an oxygen tank explodes.
Release date: 30 July 1998
Starring: Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck, Billy Bob Thornton, Liv Tyler and Owen Wilson
Plot: After New York City was damaged by hundreds of small meteorites, NASA sends a group of deep-core drillers to stop an asteroid the size of Texas from impacting Earth.
Release date: 19 February 1999
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Cooper, Chris Owen and Laura Dern
Plot: This biographical drama film tells the true story of Homer Hickam, a coal miner's son, who becomes interested in rocket science after witnessing the first artificial satellite, Sputnik 1, going into orbit. Despite his father's disapproval, he eventually became a NASA engineer.
Mission to Mars
Release date: 4 May 2000
Starring: Tim Robbins, Gary Sinise, Don Cheadle, Connie Nielsen and Jerry O'Connell
Plot: This sci-fi movie is set in the year 2020 and is about a rescue team being dispatched to save a manned mission gone wrong that killed three of the four crew members on board.
Release date: 14 September 2000
Starring: Clint Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones, James Garner, Donald Sutherland, James Cromwell and Marcia Gay Harden
Plot: An adventure film about a group of retired Air Force test pilots reuniting to repair an old Russian satellite in space.
Release date: 3 October 2013
Starring: Sandra Bullock and George Clooney
Plot: The Oscar winning film follows Dr. Ryan Stone, a first-time space traveller who finds herself marooned in orbit during a trip to repair the Hubble telescope.
Release date: 6 November 2014
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Bill Irwin, Ellen Burstyn and Michael Caine
Plot: Christopher Nolan’s blockbuster begins in a future where the planet is suffering from an environmental disaster and a team of NASA scientists, engineers and pilots is given the task to find a new habitable planet.
Release date: 1 October 2015
Starring: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Pena, Jeff Daniels and Sebastian Stan
Plot: Following an unanticipated storm, an astronaut is left stranded on Mars when his crew was forced to evacuate their landing site after they presumes him dead.
Release date: 12 January 2016
Starring: Brandon Routh, Caity Lotz, Ben Feldman and Dane Cook
Plot: This psychological sci-fi movie centers around four astronauts who have been sent on a 400-day long simulated mission to test the psychological effects of deep space travel.
Release date: 25 December 2016
Starring: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst and Jim Parsons
Plot: This highly-acclaimed film is set in the 60s and is based on a non-fiction book of the same title. It tells the incredible story of three African American female mathematicians working at NASA who were the brains behind launching astronaut John Glenn into orbit.
Release date: 25 December 2016
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler, Corey Stoll and Christopher Abbott.
Plot: Saving the best for last, this biographical drama film gives viewers an inside look at Neil Armstrong's life and his journey to become the first man to walk on the moon.