Ever since people have been aware enough to gaze up at the stars, they’ve been fascinated by space. There’s something exciting and a little scary about the unknown, and there’s nothing more unknown than the vast expanse of space.
Little kids dream of being astronauts; teenagers in love gaze longingly up at the night sky; adults wonder if there are other beings up there just waiting to come down and visit. People love space.
By the same token, people also love space movies. The unexpected success of the Star Wars movies in a time when such films were entirely expected to flop is a testament to that.
For this list, we’ve put together some of the very best space movies for kids of all ages. Whether you’re trying to find a movie to entertain your toddler while you’re cleaning or are looking for a great space movie for family movie night, this list has you covered.
*Note: All “appropriate age” ratings come from CommonSenseMedia and shouldn’t take the place of your own parental discretion.
Space Movies for Toddlers (Ages 2-4)
*Note: These movies don’t have much in them that would entertain you, the parent, or any older children or teens in your house. These are strictly movies for young, toddler-age children and are best used for entertaining your babies while you’re cooking dinner, cleaning or otherwise occupied.
Fly Me to the Moon (2008)
This is a relatively silly little movie about house flies who stow away on the Apollo 11 spacecraft and fly to the moon with Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins.
There is a little comic relief, even for adults, in the form of Grandpa, who’s voiced by Christopher Lloyd and spends his time fighting off Soviet flies so they don’t purposely try to wreck the mission.
It’s silly and dorky, but it’s cute, and your kids have the option of watching it in 3D, which is extra fun.
Veggie Tales: Veggies in Space, The Fennel Frontier (2014)
If you’ve ever seen a Veggie Tales movie, you know pretty much what to expect from this one. It’s similar in tone and style to all the others, only it just happens to be set in outer space, which is a nice change of pace.
Like other movies set in the Veggie Tales universe, this one is good for teaching your kids valuable lessons and giving them a chance to learn some Christian values.
It also includes meteor showers, space pirates and exciting spaceships, so it should definitely be enough to keep them entertained.
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Space Adventure (2011)
This is a fun way to introduce your very youngest kids to space. In typical Mickey Mouse fashion, there’s a lot of learning mixed in with all the fun of this movie.
Your kids will get a lot of new information about outer space, but they’ll also get to experience much of the other typical Mickey learning topics like counting, identifying different shapes and all the other common pre-school lessons that are usually featured in any version of a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse movie or television episode.
Ready Jet Go!: One Small Step (2019)
This sweet, informative little cartoon was released to coincide with and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.
In it, the main character, Jet, has built a spaceship and convinces his friends to go with him on a trip to the moon.
They have a bit of a rocky landing, though, and damage their ship. They then have to go scavenging for old parts left by the crew of the Apollo 11 in order to fix their ship and head home.
It’s a cute little cartoon that reinforces the importance of friendship and working together to solve problems.
Jetsons: The Movie (1990)
What can you really say about this movie except that it’s The Jetsons!? They’re the ultimate space age family. This version of the popular show finds George and his family relocating to an asteroid so that George can take a new job.
Judy is mad about leaving home, and George and his son soon find out something isn’t quite right with the new corporation for which George is working.
The movie features all the cool space-age stuff you always see in The Jetsons – flying spaceships, alien creatures, cool tech – but this one also reminds kids to always do the right thing, even when it’s hard and doesn’t do anything good for them.
The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars (1997)
While this sequel to one of my favorite animated movies of all-time, The Brave Little Toaster, doesn’t hold a candle to the original, it’s still a pretty good space movie for toddlers and little kids.
While its predecessor is enjoyable enough to entertain adults, this one won’t do much for you, but your kids will love it.
It features Toaster and the gang, plus a few new friends (Faucet and Calculator) finding a way to blast off to Mars in order to rescue Master and his wife’s new baby (Little Master) from the aliens who have kidnapped him.
Space Movies for Little Kids (Ages 5-7)
WALL-E is one of the sweetest, most heartwarming space movies of all time, and although it’s marketed to and suitable for very young children, most adults love it as well.
If your small children haven’t yet seen it, be aware they may get a little squirmy during the first 30 minutes or so because there’s almost no dialogue and the action is a little slow to start.
They’ll soon get into it though. The story is about abandoned robots living on what’s left of planet Earth after humans destroyed it with trash and pollution and moved to a new planet in outer space.
Although there’s very minimal dialogue in the film, the story of WALL-E and Eve finding and connecting with each other comes through loud and clear.
Space Buddies (2009)
This is a pretty good space movie for family night, although it’s definitely going to be a bigger hit with your kids than it will be with you. It’s part of the incredibly popular Air Buds franchise.
This one focuses on Bud’s five puppies who accidentally get stuck on a test flight for a spacecraft and get shot into outer space.
Once the puppies are in space, they visit an old space station and are introduced to the original space dog, Spudnick, and then they go on to visit the moon. It’s a little cheesy, very sweet and kind of perfect if you’re a family of dog lovers.
Space Jam (1996)
You can’t really talk about great space movies for kids without mentioning Space Jam. It’s one of the cheesiest, corniest, most eye-roll-worthy movies I’ve ever seen, but kids absolutely love it.
The premise is fairly simple: Aliens come to earn and want to take over a Warner Brothers studio. However, they agree to leave it alone if someone can beat them in basketball. Enter Michael Jordan and a lot of Looney Tunes characters.
This was probably one of the most bizarre movies to come out of the 90’s, but whether it was Michael Jordan’s star power or the pretty decent soundtrack, something made it a big enough hit that it’s still popular with kids over 20 years later.
Apollo 11 (2019)
Because this is a documentary featuring real, archived footage from the Apollo 11 landing, it won’t be a hit in every household with young kids.
If your kids are the type of kids who are truly obsessed with space, though, and want to see real footage and actually learn something, you can’t beat Apollo 11.
It incorporates actual footage of Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins and the Apollo 11 moon landing and takes a look at some of the struggles and challenges they faced, as well as their triumphs and successes. It’s great for the family with inquisitive minds.
E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Technically, E.T. is not exactly a space movie. It’s more of an alien movie that takes place on Earth.
Still, E.T. is nearly everyone’s favorite alien, and his movie can’t be left off this list. (Okay. Truth time: I just like encouraging more people to watch E.T. Please don’t judge me too harshly.)
E.T. is one of the best family movies there is. It’ll teach your young children empathy, kindness, the importance of imagination and teamwork and more.
Plus, it’s a total classic, and Elliott flying his bike in front of the moon is a totally iconic image your children need to see.
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins (1998)
When it comes to kids’ space icons, no one tops Buzz Lightyear. His is the first name most kids ever associate with astronauts and space, and they love him for his brash personality and booming voice.
He may be animated, but Buzz Lightyear has inspired more young kids to dress up like astronauts on career day than any other space-related “person.”
In this feature-length film, Buzz and his partner, Warp Darkmatter, crash land on Planet Z in an effort to find the three missing Little Green Men. They find them, but they find a whole lot more on that strange planet as well.
Muppets from Space (1999)
In this late-90’s Muppets movie, the mysterious origins of Gonzo the “whatever” are finally revealed. Gonzo, upset by not knowing his heritage, goes up for some alone time on the roof.
While there, he’s struck by lightning and granted the ability to communicate with cosmic fish who tell him that he’s from outer space. While many of the Muppets don’t believe him, a shady government agent does and kidnaps him for its own nefarious purposes.
It’s a great, family-friendly movie that’s full of all the characteristic Muppets fun and laughs. Plus, Miss Piggy’s role in this one is a particularly good one.
This is an absolutely impossible movie that has almost nothing realistic about it. Even so, it’s still remarkably fun to watch despite the disbelief you feel while watching it.
It features Ethan Hawke and River Phoenix when they were both little more than babies – and they’re both incredibly adorable! – and the lesser-known but equally talented Jason Presson as three teenage friends who build a spaceship based on a series of technologically-heavy dreams Hawke’s character has.
They then fly to outer space and are “spacenapped” by a much larger spaceship controlled by aliens called Neek and Wak, who turn out to be teenage aliens themselves.
It’s incredibly silly and unlikely from beginning to end, but it’s a fun watch that incorporates a lot of good messages about friendship, not pre-judging others and being kind, so it’s definitely worth a watch with your kids. Plus, spaceships and aliens are always entertaining.
Space Movies for Big Kids (Ages 8-9)
Treasure Planet (2002)
This movie is a science fiction, animated version of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel Treasure Island. Although I wasn’t an English teacher when this movie premiered, I was well on my way, and I kind of went nuts for it.
Take the fantastic work that is Treasure Island, set it in outer space, add in Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emma Thompson and Martin Short to the voice cast, and you have a Disney masterpiece that still doesn’t get as much credit as it deserves. Plus, the depiction of space in this movie, although animated, is breathtakingly gorgeous.
Ben 10: Destroy All Aliens (2013)
Sadly, my son’s insane obsession with Ben 10 in his younger years kind of spoiled the character and this movie for me, but if you’re looking for a family-friendly movie that features all the classic space images and tropes – spaceships, battles with aliens, technology that’s light years beyond us and laser weapons – this is a fairly good option. It’s probably not going to be very entertaining for the adults or older teens in your household though.
The Last Starfighter (1984)
This is an old-school space movie made during a time when space movies weren’t made unless they fit the description of “space operas” instead, and that’s exactly what this movie is.
If you haven’t seen it, you’ll get some serious Jumanji meets Pixels vibes from it when the main character, Alex, gets abducted by aliens and is forced to fight in an interstellar battle after becoming the high scorer in a space-themed video game called “Starfighter.”
The special effects are a little cheesy at times, but overall, this is a solid movie that the whole family can enjoy.
The Star Wars Franchise (1977-2020)
Seriously, do these movies even need a description? If you want to watch a phenomenal space movie, pick a Star Wars movie at random.
Different people have different opinions on which Star Wars movie is the best. I, myself, am a The Empire Strikes Back and The Rise of Skywalker kind of woman. Whichever one is your favorite, pop it in and share it with your older children.
If they love space, they’ll love this franchise. If you’re at a true loss as to where to start, go with Return of the Jedi. The ewoks are just too cute not to love.
- Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace
- Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones
- Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith
- Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope
- Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back
- Star Wars: Episode VI – The Return of the Jedi
- Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens
- Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi
- Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker
Space Chimps (2008)
This movie features a killer cast including Andy Samberg, Jeff Daniels, Kristin Chenoweth, Kenan Thompson, Stanley Tucci and Jane Lynch. Because I love so many of those actors, I really wanted to love this movie, but I didn’t.
Even so, I did find it moderately humorous and enjoyable, and my niece did love it, so I figured it deserved a spot on the list.
It has a pretty simple plot: Three chimps are sent into a wormhole to investigate an unknown planet. It has some cute moments and several zingy one-liners, so it’s worth a watch.
Galaxy Quest (1999)
This movie is a classic, and just writing about it now is literally making me smile. Alan Rickman was a true master of the art, and the world is poorer for his death.
He, Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver and Sam Rockwell were absolutely fantastic in this supremely cheesy comedy about the former stars of a science fiction television show being “recruited” by real aliens to come back to their planet.
When they get there, they find out the aliens thought their show was a documentary and have built their entire way of life upon it.
This movie is the cheesiest, most ridiculous space comedy you’ll ever watch, but you’ll love every single second of it.
Hidden Figures (2016)
I’m switching gears a little with this addition to the list. There are no high-budget special effects, aliens – cheesy or otherwise – laser guns or jumping through wormholes, but this movie is a must-see space film nevertheless.
It’s the true story of three African American women who were vital to the Russian/American space race of the 60’s. Not only does it showcase the true story behind everything that goes into space exploration, it also explores important themes of gender and racial equality and the struggle many people face every day.
Both you and your children will also be shocked to learn how technologically advanced the 1960’s actually were – at least as far as space exploration was concerned.
The Right Stuff (1983)
If you’re looking for a space movie that’ll take you through the whole range of human emotion – joy, hilarity, sadness, anxiety, etc. – this is it.
Many of the actors might be a little before your time, but you’ll likely recognize Dennis Quaid and Ed Harris at the very least. It’s another movie that focuses on the very real time period of the Cold War and the Space Race.
It, too, is based on a true story, this one of the Mercury Astronauts (John Glenn, Alan Shepard, etc.) and all the struggles they faced in the first decade and a half of America’s space program.
This early-2000’s film is the third movie based on the series of the same name created by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson that ran from 1965-1966. The movie was largely a flop, and I, personally, am not a huge fan of it myself, but it does feature some really incredible spaceships.
This film is probably the one your children will identify with most, but honestly, the series is so much better than the film. Still, you might have the best luck starting your kids out here, and if they like it, see if you can get them interested in the show.
Despite being over 50 years old, it’s still a great show, and it has a lot of relevance even today.
Space Movies for Tweens (Ages 10-12)
This movie is hands down one of the funniest space movies you’ll ever watch. While watching, you’ll see things that’ll make you think, “Huh. That reminds me of Star Wars/Star Trek/Alien/etc.”
That’s because the movie was created as a parody of these popular space films, much like the Scary Movie franchise of the early-2000’s was made as a parody of popular horror films.
It’s ridiculous; it’s absurd; at times, it’s completely pointless, but most of all, it’s spectacular. The humor in the movie is typical Mo Brooks, and he stars alongside other comedy greats like John Candy, Joan Rivers, Rick Moranis and even Bill Pullman.
It’s a movie that’ll keep you and your family breathless with laughter the whole time, and it’s also infinitely quotable. (*Note: Despite having a 12+ age rating on CommonSenseMedia, there are definitely some instances of cussing, including the F-word at least once.)
The Guardians of the Galaxy Movies (2014-2017)
It’s hard for me to imagine that someone out there hasn’t seen these movies yet, but if you haven’t, you should.
They star Chris Pratt as Peter Quill, a half-human/half-alien space pirate captain who loves sappy 70’s and 80’s rock ballads and dancing, Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket Raccoon, a genetically engineered, talking raccoon who also happens to be a weapons specialist, master tactician, expert marksman and kleptomaniac and Michael Rooker as a rival space pirate who wants to kill Quill and also loves him like a son. Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana and Karen Gillan round out the stellar cast.
The movies are excellent in every way. Plus, they’re that perfect mixture of hilarious and heartwarming.
Captain Marvel (2019)
If you’re looking for a movie that incorporates space, superheroes and a strong female lead all in one great package, this is it. Brie Larson is perfect as Carol Danvers, a female Air Force pilot who crashes an experimental airplane and is picked up by Kree aliens. Danvers spends a lot of time in space with the Kree and is turned into a half-human/half-Kree to save her life. This also gives her extraordinary powers.
This is a typical high-budget, Marvel blockbuster. The movie takes place both on Earth and in space, and the special effects, action scenes and CGI are all amazing. There’s nothing cheesy about this movie, either in plot or in visual effects. It’s an incredibly good movie whether you’re into space, superheroes, Marvel or none of the above.
Apollo 13 (1995)
No list of space movies is complete without Apollo 13. It’s one of those rare films that was loved both by critics and the general public.
It features a stellar cast including Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton and Kevin Bacon and is based on the true story of the astronauts who were part of the nearly fatal Apollo 13 space mission.
Although the crew was rescued, it was a dangerous, nail-biting trip, and that comes through loud and clear in the movie.
There are also moments of fun, comedic relief and tenderness as well. All-in-all, this is a space movie you don’t want to miss.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005)
This movie is based on Douglas Adams’ very popular book of the same name. Trying to turn Adams’ absurd tale into a movie was an ambitious project, and it fell a little flat with the book’s die-hard fans.
Despite that, though, it’s actually a really great space movie if you’re looking for something fun, lighthearted and comical.
It features an excellent cast of grade-A actors and comedians including Martin Freeman, John Malkovich, Zooey Deschanel, Sam Rockwell, Mos Def and Bill Nighy, and it’ll have you gasping for air between bouts of laughter from start to finish.
Any movie featuring a “point of view” gun that can make whole armies depressed with a pull of the trigger is bound to be absurdly hilarious.
Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005)
Zathura is the lesser known, unofficial “sequel” to Jumanji, and despite the fact that most people missed it when it premiered, it’s actually a really good movie.
It’s similar in plot to Jumanji – two brothers play a game that transports their whole house into outer space where they must face all kinds of craziness and trouble – but the visual effects of the movie are so much more stunning.
If you and/or your children are into space movies, this one won’t disappoint. Plus, it has a lot of good talent in it too, including Dax Shepard, who’s always hilarious, Kristen Stewart and a baby-faced, 12-year-old Josh Hutcherson.
The Original Men in Black (1997)
Much like E.T., Men in Black actually takes place on Earth, not in space, so you could technically argue that it isn’t a “space movie.” You’d be right, but it’s awesome; it has aliens in it, and Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones are an unbeatable team, so I stuck it on this list anyway.
There aren’t any vast expanse of space scenes, but there are plenty of aliens, lots of cool, high-tech weapons and even a spaceship in the World’s Fair Observatory Towers.
It’s not a traditional space movie, but it’s at least tangentially connected, and it’s sure to be a big hit with your kids. There are also plenty of sequels if it’s super popular.
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
This is another classic space movie that can’t be overlooked on any list of best space movies. I read something once that said something like, “Space is both wondrous and terrifying, so it’s fitting that this movie is the perfect mixture of both,” and I thought that summed up 2001: A Space Odyssey fairly perfectly.
The film was directed by Stanley Kubrick of The Shining and A Clockwork Orange fame, so it should come as no surprise that this movie has some terrifying moments. Most of them come from a small, red dot on a sentient computer named Hal.
The movie has its beautiful, magical moments too. Although it was released over 50 years ago in 1968, the depiction of space is gorgeous. The effects were so good, in fact, that conspiracy theorists to this day use it as “proof” that NASA faked the moon landing.
The theory is ridiculous, of course, but once you see the stunning visuals of outer space in 2001: A Space Odyssey, you can see how it might make people wonder. Just be aware that this one could scare children who are easily frightened.
Unless you’re from Alabama – which happens to be where I, myself, was born and raised – or one of its nearer neighbors, you might not know what a big deal Space Camp is. Here in Alabama, getting the chance to visit Space Camp is the child and teen equivalent of winning the lottery.
Students write essays trying to win scholarships to Space Camp every year; Space Camp is dangled as the unbeatable prize for selling the most in the school fundraiser or having the highest GPA in your class at the end of the year.
Put simply, Space Camp is huge.
This movie is inspired by the actual U.S. Space and Rocket Center Space Camp right here in Huntsville, Alabama, but in the film, the SpaceCamp is set in Florida near Cape Canaveral.
Four kids are selected to go to SpaceCamp for the summer, but by some weird, accidental twist of fate, they’re accidentally sent to space on a real shuttle instead. The kids then find themselves alone in space and have to practically become real astronauts in order to get back to Earth again.
There are no alien invasions and no future, sci-fi tech in this film, but it’s still a decent space movie, especially if you have kids in the house.
For us kids in Alabama, this movie was always kind of the dream we wished would come true for us, but the folks at Space Camp are good at their jobs; thus far, no kids have been accidentally launched into space.
Titan A.E. (2000)
Due to some last minute changes by Fox and a serious lack of promotion, this movie was a bit of a flop when it first premiered. That’s a shame because it’s actually quite a good movie and has become somewhat of a cult classic over the years.
It’s an animated science fiction film that’s set in a fictional dystopian future in which Earth has pretty much been destroyed by aliens known as the Drej because Earth scientists were working on something called “Project Titan” that terrified the aliens.
After the destruction of Earth, the son of one of the lead scientists that had worked on the project is living in an asteroid belt, working at a salvage yard. He’s tracked down and given a mission to recover the Titan project in order to save what’s left of Earth’s humanity. That’s when all the action begins. From that point on, it’s space chases, battles, cool weapons and cooler spaceships and a race to find the Titan project first.
Despite being animated, the story line is fairly sophisticated, and this film is on par with many of the high-budget, live action space movies on the list.
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (2014)
If you and your children are more into the real thing than science fiction when it comes to space, you must check out Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey.
It’s a documentary about space that’s somewhat of an “unofficial sequel” to the 1980 series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. This 2014 version of Cosmos is hosted and presented by Neil deGrasse Tyson and contains 13 episodes.
The show doesn’t specifically limit itself to outer space. There are some other scientific topics as well, including an episode dedicated to DNA, evolution and extinction events on Earth.
Most of the episodes, though, do focus in one way or another on space and the study of it. It’s amazing, and if you find that you like it, you’ll want to check out the 2020 sequel Cosmos: Possible Worlds, which is almost as awesome.
October Sky (1999)
This is another one of those movies that isn’t strictly about space, but it does have rockets in it, and the young man in the movie eventually goes to work for NASA, so there’s a relation there.
It’s enough of a correlation that I thought I could probably get away with adding it to the list because it’s a beautiful, amazing movie that’s particularly well-suited to watching with your children. Plus, it’s a true story and is incredibly inspirational.
It’s the story of Homer Hickam, a young boy from a small town in West Virginia who dreams of becoming an engineer who builds rockets for NASA.
His dad, the superintendent of the local mine is not supportive and constantly tries to get Homer to give up his dreams of outer space and come to work at the mine. Instead, Homer spends all his time collecting spare parts and building rockets.
Eventually, Homer’s rockets take him to a large competition, which he wins, providing him with many scholarship opportunities and opening up many doors for his future. At this point, his dad finally realizes that he was wrong, and that Homer following his dreams is what should have happened all along.
The whole movie is incredibly heartwarming and moving, and it’s a testament to the resilience of Homer’s spirit and drive when even the people he loved most had no hope in him.
You absolutely do not want to skip this movie.
Space Movies for Teens (Ages 13+)
The suggested age rating on this one is actually 14 and up, but it’s such an amazing space movie, I couldn’t bear to leave it off the list.
It’s the kind of movie that really makes viewers realize how small we are up against something like the vastness of space.
Sandra Bullock and George Clooney are excellent in it, and Alfonso Cuarón, the director, did a phenomenal job of keeping viewers on the edge of their seats, hoping against hope that things would work out even though it seemed like they couldn’t possibly do so. It also has an amazing soundtrack.
Ender’s Game (2013)
This is a great space movie to watch with your space-loving kids because they’ll likely see a lot of themselves in the titular Ender very early on in the movie.
Despite his superior intellect and the unusual circumstances in which he finds himself, he’s a very relatable character.
On the whole, the movie didn’t receive rave reviews, due in large part to the fact that it couldn’t hold a candle to the books, which were amazing, but it’s still good enough for family movie night.
Plus, there’s a lot of great action, big budget battle scenes and some cool special effects. Your kids will love it, and you won’t hate it either.
The Martian (2015)
I tend to divide my space movies into three categories: cheesy space comedies, flash and bang space action movies and serious looks at what being in space might actually be like.
The Martian falls solidly in that last category, and it’s my all-time favorite serious space movie. This movie is a powerful testament to the resilience of the human spirit, and it shines a light on how far a person can go on intellect and perseverance alone.
It’s also a very inspiring movie to show your children. If Matt Damon’s character can survive alone in space with nothing but potato sprouts grown from his own waste, your kids can do whatever they put their minds to doing.
The Fifth Element (1997)
Released in the late-90’s, this is one movie that was very ahead of its time. It’s set in the 23rd century on Earth and in space, and the visuals are beautiful.
The movie has aliens and humans coexisting, although not always peacefully, in the galaxy, and the cast is amazing.
Between Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich, Gary Oldman and Chris Tucker and his absurd sense of style, I’m still not sure who my favorite character is.
The movie is a little crazy in places, and there are things about it that really shouldn’t work, but somehow it all comes together to make a wonderful, unforgettable space adventure.
The New Star Trek Movies (2009-2016)
These movies are almost on par with Star Wars in terms of popular space movies that everyone knows, and they don’t really need a description. Suffice it to say, between Chris Pine as Captain Kirk and Zachary Quinto as Spock, the original show got a great makeover in these films. The casting choices couldn’t have been more perfect, and that extends into the rest of the cast as well. I didn’t even like Star Trek, the show, but even I enjoyed these movies.
Interstellar was definitely best seen when it was first released in IMAX with the booming, surround sound audio and the feel of actually being in space. Even at home, though, it’s a good flick to watch.
Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway are incredible, and Michael Caine is pretty much perfect in everything he does. Jessica Chastain and Mackenzie Foy are no slackers either.
The movie takes a look at a future Earth, which humans have destroyed so badly, NASA must send people to space to find other potential planets that could be habitable.
Parts of it are heartbreaking, but it’s a great movie, and it may even teach your kids a few lessons about taking care of this planet while it’s still here.
Independence Day (1996)
This movie isn’t going to be selling anyone on the beauty of space anytime soon, but it’s still a total classic. In the film, space – more specifically, the aliens in it – is the enemy, and America is the hero fighting bravely to stop it.
If the fact that this movie has Jeff Goldblum in it isn’t enough to make you want to watch it – and it should be – watch it for Will Smith’s cheesy one-liners or the high-budget, explosive action sequences.
Whatever reason you need for watching it, find that reason. You won’t regret it. If you, like millions of other people, have already seen it, now’s a good time for a rewatch with your teens.
Whether you’re looking for a great space movie, a family-friendly movie, a fantasy movie or any other type of movie, I recommend Avatar. It is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful movies you’ll ever watch. In the theater, it was unbeatable; I had never seen anything like it, but even watching it now from home, I’m still impressed with its beauty.
There are all the traditional elements of a space movie – unimaginable tech, high-powered weapons, intense battle scenes and spaceships hurtling through space – but all of that pales in comparison to just enjoying the stunning visual effects of the movie.
The film is set in a fictional world called Pandora in the very real Alpha Centauri solar system, and it’s beautiful there, much more beautiful than even planet Earth. It’s inhabited by a race of blue, vaguely humanoid-like creatures known as the Na’vi, and they, too, look amazing. You’d almost swear they were real creatures.
The plot is good; the acting is fine; everything about the movie is great, but I promise you, the visual effects will absolutely blow your mind.