Last Saturday we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. There were a myriad of tweets, articles, news stories, documentaries and other forms of media coverage. Many people looked to the moon landing as a means to wonder what could be the next great challenge we face as a country and as a people. Many others debated whether or not the moon landing actually happened. (Spoiler alert, it did). No matter where you fall on those topics, or whether you even cared much about the moon landing, one thing is certain. That big gray rock has served as a backdrop for some awesome movies. Even though the moon landing anniversary has passed there is no reason why the celebration of Earth’s lone natural satellite shouldn’t continue. Here is a list of the best moon-related movies which you should pull up on your screens this week:
Dumb and Dumber
In case you’ve been living under rock, this is one of the greatest comedies of all time. Lloyd’s discovery of the moon landing, 20+ years after it happened, is just one gem in a movie full of comic gold.
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
Some may think Moonraker is the best moon-related spy movie because it has the word “moon” in the title. They’re wrong. The Spy Who Shagged Me gave us Mini-Me, Fat Bastard, one of the best movie intros ever, and an actual base on the moon. Sure, many of the bits are recycled from the first Austin Powers movie, but they’re still funny. If it’s been a while since you’ve seen this or you feel like you’ve lost a bit of your mojo, I highly recommend you revisit this one.
The film opens with an ominous shadow growing over the moon where we see the moon landing plaque and American flag. As the spaceship travels beyond the moon we see Earth set in it’s sights. What the aliens in that ship don’t know is that Russell Casse is there…waiting for them.
Man on the Moon
This one is for you conspiracy theorists out there. Andy Kaufman was one of the most enigmatic entertainers of his time, maybe of all time. He lived in the gray area between fiction and reality and nobody ever could really tell what was real with him, including his death. The movie itself is pretty much like any biopic, but Jim Carrey’s portrayal of Kaufman is widely considered to be one of his best performances and makes the movie worth watching for that alone.
One of the most famous moons in film history.
Oh, sorry Ben.
An American Werewolf in London
There are a ton of werewolf movies but this one is tops. As most know, the full moon is the catalyst which causes a human to transform into their werewolf form. An American Werewolf in London takes the horror concept of the werewolf, sprinkles in some comedy and Oscar Award winning makeup effects to create what many consider one of the best horror movies of all time.
The most realistic depiction of actual space travel on this list, Apollo 13 tells the story of the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission to the moon. Still inspired by the success of the Apollo 11 mission, this movie tells the story of the astronauts as they prepare for their mission all the way its end. The cast is absolutely fantastic with Tom Hanks, Ed Harris, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise, and Kevin Bacon all bringing their A-games. Not only is this movie one of the best moon-relate movies, it is also a cornerstone of one of my favorite games, Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon.
Perhaps one of the lesser known movies on this list, Moon is one of the best sci-fi movies I have ever seen. Led almost exclusively by Sam Rockwell and Kevin Spacey’s voice, Moon tells the story of a man overseeing a mining operation on the moon. After an incident which requires medical treatment, we come to find out that not everything is as it seems on the space station and an hour and a half of suspense and intrigue follow. If you haven’t seen this movie and are fans of sci-fi drama, I can’t recommend this movie enough.
2001: A Space Odyssey
2001 is the best of the best when it comes to moon-related movies. It’s a classic and genre-defining movie. If you haven’t seen it, now’s a good time to pull it up and give it a watch.