Cislunar Cinema

by murphydyne | created - 17 Aug 2018 | updated - 7 months ago | Public

117 Movies about space, rockets, satellites, space stations, and astronauts set in the area of space bounded by the Moon and its orbit (a/k/a cislunar space)

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1. A Trip to the Moon (1902)

TV-G | 13 min | Short, Action, Adventure

A group of astronomers go on an expedition to the Moon.

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Georges Méliès, Victor André, Bleuette Bernon, Brunnet

Votes: 41,987

2. Woman in the Moon (1929)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A tenacious scientist blasts off for the moon in hopes of riches that may be found there.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Willy Fritsch, Gerda Maurus, Klaus Pohl, Fritz Rasp

Votes: 2,844

3. Cosmic Journey (1936)

70 min | Sci-Fi

In 1946, the Soviet space program is undergoing turmoil. Professor Sedikh, who is planning to lead the first manned exploration to the moon, is denounced by his rival Professor Karin as ... See full summary »

Director: Vasily Zhuravlyov | Stars: Sergey Komarov, Ksenia Moskalenko, Vassili Gaponenko, Nikolay Feoktistov

Votes: 347

4. Destination Moon (1950)

Not Rated | 92 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

After their latest rocket fails, Dr. Charles Cargraves and retired General Thayer have to start over again. This time, Gen. Thayer approaches Jim Barnes, the head of his own aviation ... See full summary »

Directors: Irving Pichel, Walter Lantz, Dick Lundy, Don Patterson, Paul J. Smith | Stars: John Archer, Warner Anderson, Tom Powers, Dick Wesson

Votes: 3,542 | Gross: $5.00M

5. Radar Men from the Moon (1952)

Approved | 167 min | Action, Sci-Fi

Strategic targets on Earth are being destroyed by an unknown weapon. Government security head Henderson suspects it's an "atomic ray" originating from the moon! He assigns Commando Cody, ... See full summary »

Director: Fred C. Brannon | Stars: George Wallace, Aline Towne, Roy Barcroft, William Bakewell

Votes: 772

6. Project Moon Base (1953)

Approved | 63 min | Sci-Fi

A saboteur posing as a scientist strives to destroy the world's first space station.

Director: Richard Talmadge | Stars: Donna Martell, Hayden Rorke, Ross Ford, Larry Johns

Votes: 937

7. Spaceways (1953)

74 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

A small group of closely-guarded British scientists test their first rocket amidst indications of matrimonial strife in the community. After the partial failure of the firing, a couple go ... See full summary »

Director: Terence Fisher | Stars: Howard Duff, Eva Bartok, Alan Wheatley, Philip Leaver

Votes: 338

8. Cat-Women of the Moon (1953)

Approved | 64 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

Astronauts travel to the moon where they discover it is inhabited by attractive young women in black tights.

Director: Arthur Hilton | Stars: Sonny Tufts, Victor Jory, Marie Windsor, Susan Morrow

Votes: 1,429

9. Gog (1954)

Approved | 83 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

A security agent investigates sabotage and murder at a secret underground laboratory, home of two experimental robots.

Director: Herbert L. Strock | Stars: Richard Egan, Constance Dowling, Herbert Marshall, John Wengraf

Votes: 1,064

10. The Magical World of Disney (1954–1991)
Episode: Man and the Moon (1955)

TV-G | 53 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

The moon is the subject here. Man's fascination with the moon (via animation) is presented, as is the moon's usage in popular culture (from Shakespeare to nursery rhymes to popular songs). ... See full summary »

Director: Ward Kimball | Stars: Frank Gerstle, Richard Emory, Frank Connor, Leo Needham

Votes: 73

11. Satellite in the Sky (1956)

Approved | 85 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

The British launch the world's first orbital vehicle. Their military sends a super-bomb along, which goes wrong and threatens the crew and a stowaway.

Director: Paul Dickson | Stars: Kieron Moore, Lois Maxwell, Donald Wolfit, Bryan Forbes

Votes: 583

12. Missile to the Moon (1958)

Approved | 78 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

Escaped convicts Gary and Lon are caught hiding in a rocket by scientist Dirk Green, who forces them to pilot the ship to the moon. Dirk, who's secretly a moon being, wants to return to his... See full summary »

Director: Richard E. Cunha | Stars: Richard Travis, Cathy Downs, K.T. Stevens, Tommy Cook

Votes: 955

13. Journey to the Moon (1959)

90 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

While attempting to take unauthorized photos of a spaceship, a man accidently launches it, along with its Germanic inventor and a meteorologist. After several misadventures, they land on ... See full summary »

Director: Hamada Abdel Wahab | Stars: Rushdi Abazah, Souad Tharwat, Edmond Tuima, Ismail Yassin

Votes: 44

14. 12 to the Moon (1960)

74 min | Sci-Fi

An international team embarks on an expedition to the moon in an uncommonly spacious rocketship. There they encounter a faceless alien intelligence who conclude that the human race is too ... See full summary »

Director: David Bradley | Stars: Ken Clark, Michi Kobi, Tom Conway, Anthony Dexter

Votes: 982

15. Conquistador de la luna (1960)

80 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi, Fantasy

A couple travels by accident to the Moon and have to deal with aliens lurking for the earth's destruction.

Director: Rogelio A. González | Stars: Antonio Espino, Ana Luisa Peluffo, Andrés Soler, Óscar Ortiz de Pinedo

Votes: 37

16. Nude on the Moon (1961)

83 min | Fantasy, Sci-Fi

A rich rocket scientist organizes an expedition to the moon, which they discover is inhabited by nude women.

Directors: Raymond Phelan, Doris Wishman | Stars: Marietta, William Mayer, Lester Brown, Pat Reilly

Votes: 762

17. Dr. No (1962)

PG | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

78 Metascore

A resourceful British government agent seeks answers in a case involving the disappearance of a colleague and the disruption of the American space program.

Director: Terence Young | Stars: Sean Connery, Ursula Andress, Bernard Lee, Joseph Wiseman

Votes: 142,584 | Gross: $16.07M

18. Moon Pilot (1962)

Not Rated | 98 min | Family, Comedy, Sci-Fi

Away on a short leave before an upcoming moon launch, a NASA astronaut disappears and is feared kidnapped when the security services learn about his friendship with a suspected foreign female spy.

Director: James Neilson | Stars: Tom Tryon, Brian Keith, Edmond O'Brien, Dany Saval

Votes: 359

19. The Mouse on the Moon (1963)

Approved | 82 min | Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi

A tiny country persuades the Americans and Soviets that they're starting a space program, when they really just want some money for new plumbing.

Director: Richard Lester | Stars: Margaret Rutherford, Ron Moody, Bernard Cribbins, David Kossoff

Votes: 1,368

20. First Men in the Moon (1964)

Not Rated | 103 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

When a spaceship lands on the moon, it is hailed as a new accomplishment, before it becomes clear that a Victorian party completed the journey in 1899, leading investigators to that mission's last survivor.

Director: Nathan Juran | Stars: Edward Judd, Martha Hyer, Lionel Jeffries, Miles Malleson

Votes: 5,010

21. Hercules Against the Moon Men (1964)

Unrated | 88 min | Adventure, Fantasy

Hercules is summoned to oppose the evil Queen Samara, who has allied herself with aliens and is sacrificing her own people in a bid to awaken a moon goddess.

Director: Giacomo Gentilomo | Stars: Sergio Ciani, Jany Clair, Anna Maria Polani, Nando Tamberlani

Votes: 1,638

22. Those Fantastic Flying Fools (1967)

Not Rated | 95 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

In Victorian England, an American showman uses a wealthy Frenchman's finances to build a German explosives expert's giant cannon designed to fire a people-filled projectile to the Moon but spies and saboteurs endanger the project.

Director: Don Sharp | Stars: Burl Ives, Jimmy Clitheroe, Terry-Thomas, Graham Stark

Votes: 658

23. Doctor Who (1963–1989)
Episode: The Moonbase: Episode 1 (1967)

TV-PG | 24 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

The TARDIS arrives on the Moon in the year 2070. When Jamie is injured, the other travellers are forced to seek the help of a moonbase afflicted with a space plague.

Director: Morris Barry | Stars: Patrick Troughton, Frazer Hines, Anneke Wills, Michael Craze

Votes: 270

24. You Only Live Twice (1967)

PG | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

61 Metascore

Secret Agent James Bond and the Japanese Secret Service must find and stop the true culprit of a series of space hijackings, before war is provoked between Russia and the United States.

Director: Lewis Gilbert | Stars: Sean Connery, Akiko Wakabayashi, Mie Hama, Tetsurô Tanba

Votes: 94,146 | Gross: $43.08M

25. Countdown (1967)

Unrated | 101 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

Desperate to reach the moon first, N.A.S.A. sends a man and shelter separately, one-way. He must find it to survive. He can't return until Apollo is ready.

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: James Caan, Robert Duvall, Joanna Moore, Barbara Baxley

Votes: 1,850

26. The Reluctant Astronaut (1967)

Approved | 101 min | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi

A NASA janitor is sent into space.

Director: Edward Montagne | Stars: Don Knotts, Leslie Nielsen, Joan Freeman, Jesse White

Votes: 2,041

27. Mission Stardust (1967)

G | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

A team of astronauts is sent to the moon to rescue an alien who is seeking help to save her dying race. They are attacked by a force of bandit robots and discover that enemy spies are out to kill the alien.

Director: Primo Zeglio | Stars: Lang Jeffries, Essy Persson, Luis Dávila, Pinkas Braun

Votes: 628

28. In Like Flint (1967)

Unrated | 114 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Super-spy Flint takes on a cabal of women plotting to rule the world.

Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: James Coburn, Lee J. Cobb, Jean Hale, Andrew Duggan

Votes: 4,980 | Gross: $11.00M

29. They Came from Beyond Space (1967)

Unrated | 85 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

Scientists investigating an unusual meteor shower in a rural field are possessed by an alien force bent on an ulterior purpose.

Director: Freddie Francis | Stars: Robert Hutton, Jennifer Jayne, Zia Mohyeddin, Bernard Kay

Votes: 1,330

30. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

G | 149 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

84 Metascore

After discovering a mysterious artifact buried beneath the Lunar surface, mankind sets off on a quest to find its origins with help from intelligent supercomputer H.A.L. 9000.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Daniel Richter

Votes: 578,959 | Gross: $56.95M

31. Moon Zero Two (1969)

G | 100 min | Crime, Sci-Fi

A space salvage expert and his partner become involved with a group of criminals intent on hijacking a small asteroid made of sapphire and crashing it into the moon for later recovery. The ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Ward Baker | Stars: James Olson, Catherine Schell, Warren Mitchell, Adrienne Corri

Votes: 1,272

32. Marooned (1969)

G | 134 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

62 Metascore

Three American astronauts are stranded in space when their retros won't fire. Can they be rescued before their oxygen runs out?

Director: John Sturges | Stars: Gregory Peck, Richard Crenna, David Janssen, James Franciscus

Votes: 4,468 | Gross: $8.94M

33. UFO (1970–1971)

TV-PG | 45 min | Action, Sci-Fi

The missions of the Supreme Headquarters Alien Defence Organization, which defends Earth from extra-terrestrial threats.

Stars: Ed Bishop, Dolores Mantez, Michael Billington, Ayshea Brough

Votes: 2,679

34. Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

PG | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

59 Metascore

A diamond smuggling investigation leads James Bond to Las Vegas, where he uncovers an evil plot involving a rich business tycoon.

Director: Guy Hamilton | Stars: Sean Connery, Jill St. John, Charles Gray, Lana Wood

Votes: 92,146 | Gross: $43.82M

35. Earth II (1971 TV Movie)

G | 100 min | Sci-Fi

When Earth II, an orbiting research space station, is menaced by a Red Chinese nuclear weapon, its 2,000 inhabitants take action to disarm and dispose of the missile without resorting to violence.

Director: Tom Gries | Stars: Gary Lockwood, Scott Hylands, Hari Rhodes, Anthony Franciosa

Votes: 288

36. Moonbase 3 (1973)

50 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

The adventures of David Caulder and his crew stationed on Moonbase 3 on the moon's surface. In 2003, representatives of many of the world's governments live in bases on the moon. Moonbase 3... See full summary »

Stars: Donald Houston, Ralph Bates, Fiona Gaunt, Barry Lowe

Votes: 119

37. The Doll Squad (1973)

PG | 92 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Squad of beautiful government agents tries to catch saboteurs.

Director: Ted V. Mikels | Stars: Michael Ansara, Francine York, Anthony Eisley, John Carter

Votes: 704

38. Space: 1999 (1975–1977)

50 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

The crew of Moonbase Alpha must struggle to survive when a massive explosion throws the Moon from orbit into deep space.

Stars: Martin Landau, Barbara Bain, Nick Tate, Zienia Merton

Votes: 6,881

39. Moonraker (1979)

PG | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

66 Metascore

James Bond investigates the mid-air theft of a space shuttle, and discovers a plot to commit global genocide.

Director: Lewis Gilbert | Stars: Roger Moore, Lois Chiles, Michael Lonsdale, Richard Kiel

Votes: 87,394 | Gross: $70.31M

40. Salvage 1 (1979– )

60 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

Harry runs a salvage operation, in which he and his partners reclaim trash and junk and sell it as scrap (or as other things). Harry also has a home-made spaceship which he sometimes uses to reclaim junk satellites.

Stars: Andy Griffith, Joel Higgins, Trish Stewart, J. Jay Saunders

Votes: 295

41. The Shape of Things to Come (1979)

PG | 98 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Some time in the future, man has set up colonies on the Moon, when Earth becomes uninhabitable. A madman decides to destroy the Moon colonies with his robots and automated ships, and only three people and their robot can stop him.

Director: George McCowan | Stars: Jack Palance, Carol Lynley, Barry Morse, John Ireland

Votes: 733

42. Airplane II: The Sequel (1982)

PG | 85 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

48 Metascore

A faulty computer causes a passenger space shuttle to head straight for the Sun. Can Ted Striker save the day and get the shuttle back on track - again?

Director: Ken Finkleman | Stars: Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Lloyd Bridges, Raymond Burr

Votes: 47,409 | Gross: $27.15M

43. SpaceCamp (1986)

PG | 107 min | Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi

40 Metascore

The young attendees of a space camp find themselves in space for real when their shuttle is accidentally launched into orbit.

Director: Harry Winer | Stars: Kate Capshaw, Lea Thompson, Kelly Preston, Larry B. Scott

Votes: 12,628 | Gross: $9.70M

44. Amazon Women on the Moon (1987)

R | 85 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

42 Metascore

A spoof 1950s science fiction movie, interspersed with various comedy sketches concerning late night television.

Directors: Joe Dante, Carl Gottlieb, Peter Horton, John Landis, Robert K. Weiss | Stars: Rosanna Arquette, Michelle Pfeiffer, Arsenio Hall, Donald F. Muhich

Votes: 9,737 | Gross: $0.55M

45. Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)

PG | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Family

24 Metascore

The Man of Steel crusades for nuclear disarmament and meets Lex Luthor's latest creation, Nuclear Man.

Director: Sidney J. Furie | Stars: Christopher Reeve, Gene Hackman, Margot Kidder, Jackie Cooper

Votes: 41,562 | Gross: $15.68M

46. Star Cops (1987– )

55 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.4