Director: Ron Howard
Starring: Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton
A dramatization of the 1970 Apollo 13 lunar mission and an adaptation of astronaut Jim Lovell’s book about the event, Apollo 13 is one of the most famous and acclaimed movies about space travel. The film follows Commander Lovell (Tom Hanks), and pilots Jack Swigert (Kevin Bacon) and Fred Haise (Bill Paxton) as they attempt to get back to Earth safely after an aborted moon landing. Director Ron Howard famously went for strict scientific accuracy, frequently consulting NASA and even filming scenes in a reduced gravity aircraft for realism. The result is a tense, well-made drama about three real life heroes that will leave you biting your nails, even though you probably already know they make it back to Earth alive. Apollo 13 was a huge critical and commercial success, making over $300 million at the box office and earning nine Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture.