Writer at The Secrets of the Universe and Founder of Astronomy Hub, I am 17 year old student from Romania. I am an astronomy popularizer and love to teach the subject. I also enjoy classical music and love reading philosophy and literature.
Writing about the movies I consider the best in the field of space and science is a great pleasure for me, as I am an avid passionate of cinematography too. Over the last few years I watched real masterpieces of the genre, movies I am overjoyed to watch again anytime, and movies I hope you will enjoy too. Some of them are even considered blockbusters, so I expect that you have seen some of them. At the end of the article, I will give you the upcoming movie I am most excited about, and why you should too.
Mankind was born on Earth. It was never meant to die here.”
This is a contemporary classic. A 3-hour long masterpiece of art, science and human drama. The whole essence of humanity, put in the greatest challenge of it. The scientific accuracy of the film is extraordinary, and the way hard concepts in science, such as black holes or wormholes, are depicted making Interstellar better than almost all the others of its genre.
2. The Martian
Now seeing ”The Martian” really made me want to be an astronaut. Even knowing that I might end up being stranded on Mars. Mark Watney was such an amazing character, so confident, funny, smart and ambitious that it should be the model personality of the NASA astronaut recruiters.
”At some point, everything's gonna go south on you and you're going to say, this is it. This is how I end. Now you can either accept that, or you can get to work. That's all it is. You just begin and do the math. You solve one problem and you solve the next one, and then the next. And If you solve enough problems, you get to come home.”
3. The Theory of Everything
The important thing about this list, it is not a ranking. All the movies here are personal choices of mine as great space and science cinematic achievements. So don’t judge me for writing “The Theory of Everything” the third, as it was a hell of a movie.
You may either like Stephen Hawking or don’t like Stephen Hawking. At the end of this movie, you will love him. “The Theory of Everything” showed so well this man’s struggles in life, his passion for science and his will to live and study the Universe, that it left me shaken.
“There should be no boundaries to human endeavor. However bad life may seem, while there is life, there is hope.”
4. Hidden Figures
It took this movie to make the world aware of the enormous contribution of these 3 women to the Apollo program, and to humanity itself. Great depiction, of some great people, recreating extremely well the case of colored people in the 60s, even at NASA. A lesson of courage, and will to succeed.
“Every time we have a chance to get ahead, they move the finish line”
5. Good Will Hunting
Want the profile of a genius mathematical teen? You can find it here. Will Hunting, who in the beginning of the movie is seen as a janitor at MIT, shows us that even geniuses struggle with life. So if you’re enjoying mathematics, and want a good life story, Will Hunting is your guy.
“You wasted $150,000 on an education you could a got for $1.50 in late fees at the public library.”
One of the best SF movies of the last decades, “Arrival” is great not only as a cinematic experience, but also as an intellectual challenge.
7. The Imitation Game
“The Imitation Game” tells us the real story of breaking the Nazi codes during the WWII. Also, it depicts the beginnings of computers, instruments which now defined the 21th century. Alan Turing is portrayed in the film by the great actor Benedict Cumberbatch.
Alfonso Cuaron’s Oscar-winning picture is a good choice too. Although the movie lacks action in the common sense, it is really dramatic and captivating. Also, what can you expect when George Clooney and Sandra Bullock team up to be the stranded astronauts in space?
What to see next
By far, the most interesting space picture this year comes from James Gray’s “Ad Astra”. The story focuses for a son’s quest to the edge of the Solar System to find his dad, a scientist whose failed mission is threatening the Universe now. Sounds like a great experience to me.
So these were one of the best science movies on my list. Which movie will you add to it? Comment below 🙂