Space program movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant space program movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out suspense, exciting, serious, thought provoking, dramatic and cerebral films and TV shows about / with space program, astronaut, outer space, nasa, space travel, catastrophe, storytelling, mentor, first contact and science plots mostly in Drama, Sci-Fi and Thriller genres shot in USA, UK, Canada and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as space program: Hidden Figures (2016), Apollo 13 (1995), The Right Stuff (1983), SpaceCamp (1986), From the Earth to the Moon (1998), Gravity (2013), October Sky (1999), The Astronaut Wives Club (2015), Passengers (2016), Armageddon (1998).

List of space program movies

Hidden Figures (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: The untold story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson – brilliant African-American women working at NASA and serving as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history – the launch of astronaut John Glenn into ...
Style: inspirational, sincere, exciting, factual, touching ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: mathematics, nasa, racism, discrimination, space program, african american woman, racial segregation, sexism, stereotypes, strong female character, genius, scientist ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, year 1961, 20th century, year 1962
Place: virginia, langley virginia, usa
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Apollo 13 (1995)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 140 min.
Story: The true story of technical troubles that scuttle the Apollo 13 lunar mission in 1971, risking the lives of astronaut Jim Lovell and his crew, with the failed journey turning into a thrilling saga of heroism. Drifting more than 200,000 miles from ...
Style: factual, suspenseful, realistic, suspense, tense ...
Audience: boys' night, family outing
Plot: astronaut, space program, space travel, nasa, survival, spacecraft, race against time, outer space, rescue, catastrophe, moon, space exploration ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1970 ...
Place: usa, florida, houston texas, texas, pacific ocean ...
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The Right Stuff (1983)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 193 min.
Story: A chronicle of the original Mercury astronauts in the formation of America's space program: Alan Shepherd, the first American in space; Gus Grissom, the benighted astronaut for whom nothing works out as planned; John Glenn, the straight-arrow ...
Style: exciting, realistic, epic, sincere, serious ...
Plot: nasa, space program, astronaut, u.s. air force, cold war, test pilot, space travel, outer space, race against time, politics, danger, couple relations ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 1940s, 20th century, 1950s ...
Place: california, florida, australia, usa, washington d.c. ...
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SpaceCamp (1986)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Andie Bergstrom, an astronaut eagerly awaiting her first trip to space, runs a summer camp for teenagers with her NASA-employed husband, Zach. One night during an engine test, Andie and four teenage campers are accidentally shot into space. ...
Style: semi serious, intense, inspirational, entertaining, melancholic ...
Audience: kids, teens, boys' night, family outing, pre-teens ...
Plot: nasa, space travel, space program, astronaut, trapped in space, adventure, space shuttle, survival, rescue, race against time, outer space, space opera ...
Time: 80s, future
Place: alabama, california
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From the Earth to the Moon (1998)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Tom Hanks, Imagine Entertainment and HBO present From the Earth to the Moon, the dramatic story of the unforgettable Apollo missions and their heroic astronauts, from President John F. Kennedy's historic speech, through the first manned ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, atmospheric, realistic, sincere ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: nasa, against the odds, space travel, space program, astronaut, outer space, moon, moon landing, catastrophe, spacecraft, dreams, race against time ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 70s, 20th century, 1950s ...
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Gravity (2013)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK, USA, Mexico
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant medical engineer on her first Shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky in command of his last flight before retiring. But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The Shuttle is destroyed, leaving ...
Style: suspenseful, atmospheric, tense, suspense, scenic ...
Plot: isolation, survival, outer space, space station, space travel, spacecraft, astronaut, trapped in space, catastrophe, sole survivor, loss, spacewalk ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: houston texas
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October Sky (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Based on the true story of Homer Hickam, a coal miner's son who was inspired by the first Sputnik launch to take up rocketry against his father's wishes, and eventually became a NASA scientist.
Style: realistic, exciting, touching, sentimental, uplifting ...
Audience: family outing, date night, kids
Plot: follow your dream, generation gap, against the odds, teacher, small town, teenage life, mathematics, friendship, satellite, nasa, cold war, ambition ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1957, future
Place: west virginia, usa, appalachia, new jersey
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The Astronaut Wives Club (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
Story: Based on the book by Lily Koppel, this 10 episode limited series tells the story of the women who were key players behind some of the biggest events in American history. As America’s astronauts were launched on death-defying missions, Life ...
Style: serious, captivating, realistic, psychological
Plot: astronaut, relationship vs career, family relations, couples, best friends, ambition, nasa, parents and children, strong female presence, space program, female bonding, supportive spouse ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1950s, 50s, 1960s
Place: usa
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Passengers (2016)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A spacecraft traveling to a distant colony planet and transporting thousands of people has a malfunction in its sleep chambers. As a result, two passengers are awakened 90 years early.
Style: futuristic, romantic, surprise ending, scenic, cerebral ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: outer space, isolation, love story, space station, space travel, survival, loneliness, trapped in space, spacecraft, stranded, adventure, malfunction ...
Time: future
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Armageddon (1998)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 151 min.
Story: When an asteroid threatens to collide with Earth, NASA honcho Dan Truman determines the only way to stop it is to drill into its surface and detonate a nuclear bomb. This leads him to renowned driller Harry Stamper, who agrees to helm the dangerous ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, suspense, sentimental, disaster movie ...
Audience: family outing, teens, boys' night, girls' night
Plot: apocalypse, end of the world, save the world, nasa, space travel, self sacrifice, astronaut, outer space, race against time, adventure, catastrophe, asteroid ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: paris france, usa, shanghai, washington d.c., shanghai china ...
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The Space Between Us (2017)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A young man raised by scientists on Mars returns to Earth to find his father.
Style: romantic, futuristic, light, feel good, sentimental ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: teenage love, adventure, love story, mars, astronaut, scientist, travel, teenager, space colony, fish out of water, search for father, outer space ...
Time: future, near future
Place: usa, las vegas, california
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Space (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 780 min.
Story: A 13-hour mini-series detailing James A. Michner's fictional account of the American space program from the years after World War II to the Apollo landings on the moon in the early 1970's.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, exciting
Plot: astronaut, outer space, nasa, moon landing, space program, test pilot, heroes, state affairs, obsessive quest, hopes, government agency, ambition ...
Time: 1940s, 70s, 60s, 50s, 80s ...
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The Spacewalker (2017)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Russia
Duration: 140 min.
Story: March 1965. In the heat of the Cold War, the USA and the USSR are competing for supremacy in space. What both superpowers aim for in this race, is to be the first to have a man walk in outer space. To accomplish that, no price is too high and no ...
Style: breathtaking, propaganda film, based on true events, factual, inspirational ...
Plot: spacewalk, cosmonaut, cold war, against the odds, pilot, space program, heroic mission, media coverage, period piece, save the day, characters in danger, stranded ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: soviet union, usa, russia
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Interstellar (2014)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Canada
Duration: 169 min.
Story: Interstellar chronicles the adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.
Style: mind bending, thought provoking, atmospheric, futuristic, cerebral ...
Plot: outer space, space travel, spacecraft, time travel, black hole, end of the world, time paradox, expedition, heroic mission, parallel world, father daughter relationship, space exploration ...
Time: future, 21st century, near future
Place: colorado
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Moonwalkers (2015)
Genre: Action, Comedy
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 96 min.
Story: What if Apollo 11 never actually made it? What if, in reality, Stanley Kubrick secretly shot the famous images of the moon landing in a studio, working for the US administration? This is the premise of a totally plausible conspiracy theory that ...
Style: humorous, feel good, idiotic, light, brutal ...
Plot: mistaken identity, moon landing, nasa, gunfight, justice, space program, mentor, stereotypes, cia agent, conspiracy theory, nudity (full frontal - brief), head blown off ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, year 1969
Place: usa, london, europe
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400 Days (2015)
Genre: Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: 4 would be astronauts spend 400 days in a land locked space simulator to test the psychological effects of deep space travel but, when something goes terribly wrong and they are forced to leave the simulation, they discover that everything on earth ...
Style: psychological, twist ending, suspenseful, suspense, harsh ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: astronaut, experiment, simulation, spacecraft, trapped in space, insanity, space travel, catastrophe, survival, isolation, end of the world, nasa ...
Place: new york
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Clara (2018)
Genre: Sci-Fi
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: An astronomer becomes obsessed with searching the cosmos for signs of life beyond Earth which leads to a shocking discovery.
Style: romantic, exciting, light, enigmatic, intellectual ...
Plot: astronomer, outer space, professor, life, search, parallel universe, scientific discovery, alternate universe, scientific research, scientist, riddles and clues, star ...
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The Beyond (2017)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: UK
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Set in 2019, The Beyond chronicles the groundbreaking mission which sent astronauts - modified with advanced robotics, through a newly discovered wormhole known as the Void. When the mission returns unexpectedly, the space agency races to discover ...
Style: cerebral, suspense, disturbing, tense, captivating ...
Plot: trapped in space, space exploration, space station, outer space, found footage, robot, space mission, space travel, space program, discovery, alien invasion, exploration ...
Time: near future
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Gattaca (1997)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Science fiction drama about a future society in the era of indefinite eugenics where humans are set on a life course depending on their DNA. The young Vincent Freeman is born with a condition that would prevent him from space travel, yet he is ...
Style: futuristic, thought provoking, intellectual, twists and turns, psychological ...
Plot: fighting the system, distopia, neo noir, future dystopia, discrimination, paraplegic, genetics, eugenics, society, philosophy, heart disease, space travel ...
Time: future, near future
Place: detroit, riviera, french riviera
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Space Force (2020)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
Story: On June 18, 2018 the federal government announced the creation of a 6th major division of the United States Armed Forces. The Goal of the new branch is "to defend satellites from attack" and "perform other space-related tasks." ...
Style: absurd, satirical, funny, humorous
Plot: outer space, military, space mission, warlord, father daughter relationship, scientist, chinese, espionage, political humor, moon landing, rocket launching, save the day ...
Time: 2020s
Place: usa, america, china
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Capricorn One (1977)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 123 min.
Story: In order to protect the reputation of the American space program, a team of scientists stages a phony Mars landing. Willingly participating in the deception are a trio of well-meaning astronauts, who become liabilities when their space capsule is ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, suspense, tense, atmospheric ...
Plot: conspiracy, astronaut, nasa, mars, helicopter, whistleblower, uncover truth, investigative reporter, spacecraft, conspiracy theory, investigation, desert ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, future
Place: texas, usa, arizona, houston texas
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Wings of Honneamise (1987)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 121 min.
Story: On a future Earth, war between the Kingdom of Honneamise and its rival, The Republic, is inevitable. As evolving technology creates new ways to wage war, a small group seeks to propel mankind into space in their world’s first spaceflight program. ...
Style: stylized, serious, exciting, visually appealing, melancholic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: space travel, outer space, conspiracy, astronaut, assassination, fighting the system, rivalry, underdog, space and aliens, heroes, society, adventure ...
Place: japan, tokyo
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Mission to Mars (2000)
Genre: Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada, France
Duration: 114 min.
Story: When contact is lost with the crew of the first Mars expedition, a rescue mission is launched to discover their fate.
Style: serious, suspenseful, sentimental, atmospheric, stylized ...
Plot: space travel, mars, spacecraft, adventure, space station, alien encounter, astronaut, mysterious planet, outer space, alien, trapped in space, nasa ...
Time: future, 21st century
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For All Mankind (2019)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Explore an aspirational world where NASA and the space program remained a priority and a focal point of our hopes and dreams as told through the lives of NASA astronauts, engineers, and their families.
Style: suspense, disturbing, exciting, stylized
Plot: nasa, astronaut, alternate reality, space race, scientist, historical event, rivalry, u.s. president, moon, rocket, space program
Time: year 1969, 70s
Place: usa
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The Clone Returns Home (2008)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Kohei Takahara, an astronaut who dies in the line of duty, is legally resurrected as a clone: however, contrary to the scientists’ expectations, he reverts to his childhood memories when his twin brother drowned sacrificing his life for Kohei. ...
Style: atmospheric, art house, contemplative, philosophical, psychological ...
Plot: cloning, twins, homecoming, outer space, professor, obsession, astronaut, doctor, accident, hi-tech, society, reflection ...
Time: 21st century, near future, contemporary
Place: japan
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Kosmo (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Sci-Fi
Country: Czech Republic
Story: Satirical comedy that with merciless exaggeration tells the story of a fictitious Czech flight to the Moon. While the situation of our heroes in space looks pretty hopeless, back on Earth they already know something isn't entirely as it should ...
Style: dark humor
Plot: politician, minister, outer space, absurdism, video diary, political satire, space program, bureaucracy, female astronaut, satire, colleague colleague relationship, diary ...
Place: central europe
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Operation Avalanche (2016)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: In 1967, four undercover CIA agents were sent to NASA posing as a documentary film crew. What they discovered led to one of the biggest conspiracies in American history.
Style: suspenseful, disturbing, surprise ending, tense, suspense ...
Plot: moon landing, conspiracy, nasa, secret agents, spy, secret agent, stalking, mission, cold war, secret mission, friendship, lie ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, year 1968, year 1967, year 1965
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Taming of the Fire (1972)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 166 min.
Story: About Russian space program and missile industry, and it's founder Sergei P. Korolev, from the 1920s to the first man in space in 1961.
Style: epic
Plot: spacecraft, husband wife relationship, post world war two, mastermind, missile, cold war era, space exploration, space race, advanced technology, rivalry, cold war, world war two ...
Place: russia, soviet union
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Moonshot (2009)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Man's landing on the moon was our greatest technological achievement. The Apollo 11 mission was truly the stuff of dreams. For the first time, our species walked on another celestial body. Even more remarkable was their ability to make it back. ...
Style: captivating, exciting, serious, realistic, sincere
Plot: outer space, nasa, moon, heroic mission, human spirit, space travel, spacewalk, heroes, escapades, archive footage, landing, astronaut ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1969, 1960s
Place: usa
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Marooned (1969)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: After spending several months in an orbiting lab, three astronauts prepare to return to earth only to find their rockets wont fire. After initially thinking they might have to abandon them in orbit, NASA decides to launch a daring rescue. Their ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, tense, exciting, futuristic ...
Plot: nasa, space travel, rescue, astronaut, spacewalk, race against time, outer space, escapades, confined, survival, isolation, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, future
Place: usa, antarctica
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