Movies about astronomers

List of the best movies about astronomers selected by visitors to our site: Clara, Planetarian: The Reverie of a Little Planet, Another Earth, Nostalgia for the Light, Einstein and Eddington, 2012 Doomsday, Deep Impact, Addicted to Love, Asteroid, Contact
In the top there are new films of 2018, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.
Clara (2018)
Mark6.8 (imdb: 6.7)
CountryCanada, USA
CharactersAstronomers, Scientists, Heroes

An astronomer becomes obsessed with searching the cosmos for signs of life beyond Earth which leads to a shocking discovery.

Planetarian: The Reverie of a Little Planet (2016)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genrefantastic, drama, cartoon
CharactersRobots, Astronomers, Grandparents
PlotLife after death
TimePost apocalypse
StyleTouching, To cry

It is thirty years after the failure of the Space Colonization Program. Humanity is nearly extinct. A perpetual and deadly Rain falls on the Earth. Men known as "Junkers" plunder goods and artifacts from the ruins of civilization. One such Junker sneaks alone into the most dangerous of all ruins—a "Sarcophagus City." In the center of this dead city, he discovers a pre-War planetarium. And as he enters he is greeted by Hoshino Yumemi, a companion robot. Without a single shred of doubt, she assumes he is the first customer she's had in 30 years. She attempts to show him the stars at once, but the planetarium projector is broken. Unable to make heads or tails of her conversation, he ends up agreeing to try and repair the projector...

Another Earth (2011)
Mark6 (imdb: 7)
Genrefantastic, melodrama, drama
CharactersMusicians, Astronomers
PlaceParallel worlds
StyleTouching, Gloomy, Makes me think

On the night of the discovery of a duplicate Earth in the Solar system, an ambitious young student and an accomplished composer cross paths in a tragic accident.

Nostalgia for the Light (2010)
Markimdb: 7.6
Genredrama, documentary
CountryChile, Spain, France, Germany, USA
CharactersAstronomers, Archaeologists
StyleTo cry, Atmospheric, Fascinating

In Chile's Atacama Desert, astronomers peer deep into the cosmos in search for answers concerning the origins of life. Nearby, a group of women sift through the sand searching for body parts of loved ones, dumped unceremoniously by Pinochet's regime.

Einstein and Eddington (2008)
Mark4 (imdb: 7.3)
Genredrama, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
CharactersScientists, Astronomers
PlotAdventure, On real events
PlaceEngland, Germany

A look at the evolution of Albert Einstein's theory of relativity, and Einstein's relationship with British scientist Sir Arthur Eddington, the first physicist to understand his ideas.

2012 Doomsday (2008)
Markimdb: 1.7
Genrefantastic, action, thriller, drama, adventure
CharactersScientists, Heroes, Astronomers
PlotEarthquake, Tornadoes
StyleAction, Exciting, Disturbing, For men

On December 21, 2012 four strangers on a journey of faith are drawn to an ancient temple in the heart of Mexico. For the Mayans it is the last recorded day. For NASA scientists it is a cataclysmic polar shift. For the rest of us, it is Doomsday.

Deep Impact (1998)
Mark8.6 (imdb: 6.2)
Genrefantastic, action, thriller, drama
CharactersAstronauts, Heroes, Presidential, Astronomers
PlotApocalypse, End of the world, Tsunami
StyleTouching, Tense, Disturbing

A seven-mile-wide space rock is hurtling toward Earth, threatening to obliterate the planet. Now, it's up to the president of the United States to save the world. He appoints a tough-as-nails veteran astronaut to lead a joint American-Russian crew into space to destroy the comet before impact. Meanwhile, an enterprising reporter uses her smarts to uncover the scoop of the century.

Addicted to Love (1997)
Markimdb: 6.1
Genrecomedy, melodrama
PlotPursuit, Love, Revenge, Love triangle, Rivalry, Jealousy, Obsession
PlaceNew York

Good-natured astronomer Sam is devastated when the love of his life leaves him for a suave Frenchman. He therefore does what every other normal dumpee would do—go to New York and set up home in the abandoned building opposite his ex-girlfriend's apartment, wait until she decides to leave her current lover, and then win her back.

Asteroid (1997)
Mark3 (imdb: 4.7)
Genrefantastic, action, thriller
CharactersAstronomers, Firefighters, Heroes, Single mothers, Presidential
StyleExciting, Heavy, Depressive, Disturbing, For men

With the discovery of an incoming asteroid, the government of America formulate a plan to destroy it. When the plan fails, all the world can do is wait. The main impact zone is revealed to be Dallas, Texas. Generally, the plot follows the lives and reactions of several characters: an astronomer, her father, her son, two firefighters from Kansas, two young doctors in Dallas and the heads of the government agency in charge of the situation.

Contact (1997)
Mark8.8 (imdb: 7.4)
Genrefantastic, thriller, drama, detective
CharactersInventors, Scientists, Presidential, Astronomers
StyleDisturbing, Fascinating

Contact is a science fiction film about an encounter with alien intelligence. Based on the novel by Carl Sagan the film starred Jodie Foster as the one chosen scientist who must make some difficult decisions between her beliefs, the truth, and reality.

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The Arrival (1996)
Mark9.6 (imdb: 6.2)
Genrefantastic, action, thriller, detective
CountryUSA, Mexico
CharactersAstronomers, Scientists, Heroes
PlotAlien invasion, Investigation, Supernatural, Radio
PlaceMexico, Deserts
StyleDisturbing, Atmospheric, Exciting, Tense, For men

Zane Ziminski is an astrophysicist who receives a message that seems to have extraterrestrial origins. Eerily soon after his discovery, Zane is fired. He then embarks on a search to determine the origins of the transmission that leads him into a Hitchcockian labyrinth of paranoia and intrigue.

Roxanne (1987)
Markimdb: 6.6
Genrecomedy, melodrama
CharactersPoets, Astronomers, Firefighters
PlotLove triangle, Rivalry, Cheating
PlaceSmall cities
StyleTo cry, Fancy, Smart

Based on the play 'Cyrano de Bergerac', large-nosed C.D. Bales falls for the beautiful Roxanne—while she falls for his personality but another man's looks.

A Trip to the Moon (1902)
Mark10 (imdb: 8.2)
Genrefantastic, fantasy, adventure, short
CharactersScientists, Aliens, Kings, Astronomers
PlotAdventure, Expeditions
PlaceSpace, Spaceships, Moon
StyleAtmospheric, By books

Professor Barbenfouillis and five of his colleagues from the Academy of Astronomy travel to the Moon aboard a rocket propelled by a giant cannon. Once on the lunar surface, the bold explorers face the many perils hidden in the caves of the mysterious satellite.