Classic Space Movies

Wednesday, March 30 by Walter Turner

Classic space movies are just good fun to watch. They often combine thrills, excitement, and humor with an intriguing situation or concept. Some even qualify as epic films on a par with some of the best movies ever made. But, the most important thing about classic space movies is that they are entertaining. That's why they remain popular over time and attract audiences that cut across generational lines. Below are listed some of the best classic space movies. If you're looking for a film that provides good fun and escapist entertainment, one of these movies will fit the bill perfectly. 

  1. “Alien” A vicious alien creature is killing the crew members of a cargo ship. But, the last surviving crewman, warrant officer Ripley, proves to be remarkably tough. Sigourney Weaver is brilliant in this classic space movie.

  2. “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope” This is the film that launched the “Star Wars” franchise. A young farm boy, a Jedi Knight, a smuggler, his Wookie companion, and two robots set out to rescue a beautiful princess held prisoner by the evil empire. This picture is a spectacular Hollywood achievement on many levels. Mark Hamill, Alec Guinness, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford give their most well-known performances in this film. Guinness, a star of stage and screen, was particularly irritated that this was his most famous role.

  3. “Star Trek: Wrath of Khan” This classic space movie revitalized the “Star Trek” franchise after the ponderous, pretentious “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” disappointed fans. This film is based on a popular TV episode. Captain Kirk and company battle a genetically enhanced warlord from the twentieth century. It's starship versus starship in an epic space battle. William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, and the rest of the regular cast star in this action packed film that also features Ricardo Montalban as the villain.

  4. “Flash Gordon” Football quarterback Flash Gordon, scientist Dr. Zarkov, and news reporter Dale Arden rocket to the planet Mongo, where they battle Ming the Merciless. Ming rules the universe and is hell-bent on destroying the Earth. Sam Jones, Max von Sydow, Melody Anderson, and Chaim Topol star in this campy cult classic which also features the music of Queen.

  5. “The Right Stuff” This classic space movie tells the story of the Mercury astronauts, who were dar devil test pilots before entering the space program. This film, based on true events, is highly regarded among movie critics. Sam Shepherd, Scott Glenn, Ed Harris, Dennis Quaid, and Fred Ward are the standout performers among the film's large cast.

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