The Best Moon Movies 

Updated September 22, 2019 980 votes 242 voters 12.4k views 20 items

List Rules Movies set on the moon only

The moon is a desolate place with not a very exciting backdrop, but some pretty decent films were set on the moon, or were about a journey to earth's moon. Which were the best?
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Ron Howard

Actors: Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ed Harris, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise, + more

Released: 1995

Apollo 13 is a 1995 American historical docudrama film directed by Ron Howard. The film stars Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise, and Ed Harris. The screenplay by William Broyles, ...more
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Duncan Jones

Actors: Kevin Spacey, Mary Tyler Moore, Kaya Scodelario, Sam Rockwell, Dominique McElligott, + more

Released: 2009

Moon is a 2009 British science fiction drama film co-written and directed by Duncan Jones. The film follows Sam Bell, a man who experiences a personal crisis as he nears the end of a three-year ...more
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Stanley Kubrick

Actors: Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop, Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, + more

Released: 1968

2001: A Space Odyssey is a 1968 epic science fiction film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick. The screenplay was written by Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke, and was partially inspired by ...more
The Right Stuff is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Moon Movies
Philip Kaufman

Actors: Jeff Goldblum, Ed Harris, Dennis Quaid, Barbara Hershey, Levon Helm, + more

Released: 1983

The Right Stuff is a 1983 American drama film that was adapted from Tom Wolfe's best-selling 1979 book of the same name about the Navy, Marine and Air Force test pilots who were involved in ...more
Despicable Me is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Moon Movies
Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud

Actors: Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Kristen Wiig, Miranda Cosgrove, + more

Released: 2010

Despicable Me is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated comedy film directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud. When a mastermind (Steve Carell) uses a trio of orphan girls as pawns for a grand ...more
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Aaron Howell added Timo Vuorensola

Actors: Charlie Chaplin, Udo Kier, Julia Dietze, Kym Jackson, Götz Otto, + more

Released: 2012

Iron Sky is a 2012 Finnish-Australian-German comic science fiction action film directed by Timo Vuorensola and written by Johanna Sinisalo and Michael Kalesniko. It tells the story of a group of ...more
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Georges Méliès

Actors: Georges Méliès, Jehanne d'Alcy, Bleuette Bernon, Henri Delannoy, Farjaut, + more

Released: 1902

A Trip to the Moon is a 1902 French silent film directed by Georges Méliès. Inspired by a wide variety of sources, including Jules Verne's novels From the Earth to the Moon and ...more
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Nick Park

Actors: Peter Sallis

Released: 1989

A Grand Day Out is a 1990 British stop motion animated short film directed and animated by Nick Park at Aardman Animations in Bristol. In the film, Wallace and Gromit spend a bank holiday by ...more
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Damien Chazelle

Actors: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Corey Stoll, Kyle Chandler, Jason Clarke, + more

First Man is a 2018 American historical biographical drama film directed by Damien Chazelle. A look at the life of the astronaut, Neil Armstrong (Ryan Gosling), and the legendary space mission ...more
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Jay Roach

Actors: Elizabeth Hurley, Heather Graham, Will Ferrell, Rebecca Romijn, Mike Myers, + more

Released: 1999

Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me is a 1999 action comedy film and the second film in the Austin Powers series. It is preceded by the original film, Austin Powers: International Man of ...more
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Guy Hamilton

Actors: Sean Connery, Sammy Davis, Jr., Jill St. John, Valerie Perrine, + more

Released: 1971

Diamonds Are Forever is the seventh spy film in the James Bond series by Eon Productions, and the sixth and final Eon film to star Sean Connery as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. The film is ...more
From the Earth to the Mo... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Moon Movies
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Actors: Sam Neill, Patrick Warburton, Lenka, Eliza Szonert, Bud Tingwell, + more

Released: 2000

The Dish is a 2000 Australian film that tells a somewhat fictionalized story of the Parkes Observatory's role in relaying live television of man's first steps on the moon during the Apollo 11 ...more
Transformers: Dark of th... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Moon Movies
Michael Bay

Actors: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Shia LaBeouf, John Malkovich, Patrick Dempsey, Hugo Weaving, + more

Released: 2011

Transformers: Dark of the Moon is a 2011 American science fiction action film directed by Michael Bay, based on the toy line, and the third film in the series. The Autobots learn of a ...more
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Actors: Peter Finch, Martha Hyer, Lionel Jeffries, Miles Malleson, Marne Maitland, + more

Released: 1964

First Men in the Moon is a 1964 British science fiction film directed by Nathan Juran and starring Edward Judd, Martha Hyer and Lionel Jeffries. It is an adaptation by the noted science-fiction ...more
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Harry Winer

Actors: Joaquin Phoenix, Kelly Preston, Lea Thompson, Kate Capshaw, Terry O'Quinn, + more

Released: 1986

SpaceCamp is a 1986 American space adventure film based on a book by Patrick Bailey and Larry B. Williams and inspired by the U.S. Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama. Directed by Harry Winer from ...more
From the Earthth to the ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Moon Movies
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Robert Altman

Actors: Robert Duvall, James Caan, Ted Knight, Michael Murphy, Barbara Baxley, + more

Released: 1968

Countdown is a 1968 film directed by Robert Altman, based on the novel The Pilgrim Project by Hank Searls. It stars James Caan and Robert Duvall as astronauts vying to be the first American to ...more
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Zeek Earl, Chris Caldwell

Actors: Sophie Thatcher, Jay Duplass, Pedro Pascal, Sheila Vand, Andre Royo

Released: 2018

Prospect is a 2018 American science fiction film directed by Zeek Earl and Chris Caldwell. When a man (Jay Duplass) and his teenage daughter (Sophie Thatcher) travel to an alien moon with a ...more
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William Cameron Menzies

Actors: George Sanders, Raymond Massey, Ralph Richardson, Cedric Hardwicke, Edward Chapman, + more

Released: 1936

Things to Come is a British science fiction film produced by Alexander Korda and directed by William Cameron Menzies. The film stars Raymond Massey, Ralph Richardson, Cedric Hardwicke, Pearl ...more