Yuri’s Night at the Movies!

With just under two weeks until Yuri’s Night, it’s a good time to hammer out exactly what activities you plan to have at your event if you’re hosting one. Whatever your audience is, and however many people it involves, one element you might want to consider incorporating into your Yuri’s Night celebrations is movies. After all, space has been a popular subject for films both factual and fictional ever since Georges Méliès filmed A Trip To The Moon in 1902 (the classic silent film where the poor Man-in-the-Moon gets hit in the eye with a space capsule.)

There are many ways to make movies a part of your Yuri’s Night celebrations—you might plan to visit a local museum or science center to see a space documentary in IMAX, host a marathon of your favorite sci-fi flicks in your own home, or just have a film playing in the background at a traditional party for ambiance, sound optional.

If you’re going with one of the later two options, make sure to take into consideration your party’s planned length and audience and make sure it synchs up with the running time and rating of the films you want to show. If the film you’re playing in the background is two hours long and your party lasts for four hours, you might want to pop in another one that so your guests aren’t just looking at the DVD menu screen for the other half of the party. And you certainly don’t want to show a film in which anybody gets bloodily slaughtered by aliens if you know young children will be coming to your event.

If you’re planning on going the IMAX route, the official IMAX website offers this tool to see if one of their theaters is near you and has links to the sites of those local theaters.

If not, then your movie selection is your choice, and the following guide is a starting point for finding space movies you might want to make a part of your Yuri’s Night. There are of course far too many movies set in or featuring space to list in such a short post, but this list is just designed to get you thinking and offer some suggestions.


Documentaries—Individual films

Cosmic Voyage (1996, 36 minutes, Not Rated)

Destiny In Space (1994, 40 minutes, Not Rated)

The Dream is Alive (1985, 37 minutes, Not Rated)

For All Mankind (1989, 80 minutes, Not Rated)

Hubble 3-D (2010, 40 minutes, G)

In the Shadow of the Moon (2007, 100 minutes, PG)

Journey to the Edge of the Universe (2008, 91 minutes, Not Rated)

Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3-D (2005, 40 minutes, Not Rated)

Man on a Mission: Richard Garriott’s Road to the Stars (2010, 83 minutes, Not Rated)

Moonwalk One (1970, 96 minutes, Not Rated)

Orphans of Apollo (2008, 52 minutes, Not Rated)

Planetary (2015, 92 minutes, Not Rated)

Roving Mars (2006, 40 minutes, G)

Space Junk 3-D (2012, 38 minutes, Not Rated)

Space Odyssey: Voyage to the Planets (2004, 2 50-minute episodes, Not Rated)

Space Station (2002, 47 minutes, Not Rated)



Documentaries—Series you can show an episode or two of

COSMOS: A Personal Voyage (1980, 13 60-minute episodes, Not Rated)

COSMOS: A Space-Time Odyssey (2014, 13 60-minute episodes, PG)

Space Race (2005, 4 60-minute episodes, Not Rated)

When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions (2008, 7 50-minute episodes, Not Rated)

Wonders of the Solar System (2010, 5 60-minute episodes, Not Rated)

Wonders of the Universe (2011, 4 61/62-minue episodes, Not Rated)




Apollo 13 (1995, 140 minutes, PG)

The Dish (2000, 101 minutes, PG-13)

From the Earth to the Moon (1998, 12 60-minute episodes, Not Rated)

October Sky (1999, 108 minutes, PG)

The Right Stuff (1983, 193 minutes, R)



Fiction– Present-Day and Near-Future Blockbuster

Armageddon (1998, 151, PG-13)

Contact (1997, 150 minutes, PG)

Deep Impact (1998, 120 minutes, PG-13)

Europa Report (2013, 90 minutes, PG-13)

Gattaca (1997, 106 minutes, PG-13)

Gravity (2013, 91 minutes, PG-13)

Interstellar (2014, 169 minutes, PG-13)

Moon (2009, 97 minutes, R)

SpaceCamp (1986, 107 minutes, PG)

Space Cowboys (2000, 130 minutes, PG-13)

Sunshine (2007, 107 minutes, R)



Fiction—Far-Out Sci-Fi

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, 160 minutes, G) and 2010: The Year We Make Contact (1984, 116 minutes, PG)

Avatar (2009, 162 minutes, PG-13)

Galaxy Quest (1999, 102 minutes, PG)

The Fifth Element (1997, 126 minutes, PG-13)

Flash Gordon (1980, 111 minutes, PG)

Lost in Space (1998, 130 minutes, PG-13

Serenity (2005, 119 minutes, PG-13)

Solaris (1972, 167 minutes, PG)

Spaceballs (1987, 96 minutes, PG)

The Star Wars series (well, maybe not all six in a row…)

The Star Trek movies (well, probably not all twelve in a row…)



Fiction—Especially for Younger Cosmonauts (but enjoyable for anyone):

The Astronaut Farmer (2006, 104 minutes, PG)

Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins (2000, 70 minutes, Not Rated)

E.T. The Extraterrestrial (1982, 115 minutes, PG)

Flight of the Navigator (1986, 90 minutes, PG)

Fly Me To the Moon (2008, 84 minutes, G)

The Last Starfighter (1984, 101 minutes, PG)

Titan A.E. (2000, 94 minutes, PG)

Treasure Planet (2002, 95 minutes, PG)

Wall-E (2008, 98 minutes, G)

Zathura (2005, 101 minutes, PG)



More-extensive lists:

Wikipedia: List of films about outer space

Space-Facts: Films set in space or on other planets


Much thanks to Zoe Strassfield for this great exhaustive list!

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