In the Shadow of the Moon
Between 1968 and 1972 twenty-four people went to the moon and back. Not all landed, but they all have a story. The surviving astronauts are all about 77 years old now. With this movie Ron Howard collects their stories.
Science fiction does some cool stuff, but it almost never manages to convey the power and emotion that footage of the real thing does. "In the Shadow of the Moon" shows lots of footage that I've never seen, and some footage that the public at large has never seen. Rockets exploding in an orderly upward manner and rockets exploding in a less orderly outward manner. Instead of just the Apollo 11 footage this movie shows footage from all the moon launches and landings. Good quality shots of landers and rovers with the astronauts themselves telling what was going on in their heads.
If you lived through this you'll want to see this movie. If you have children you'll want to take them to see this. If you're like me and too young to have been alive then and kinda pissed about that then you'll want to see this.
This is a great documentary and should win some awards. I will definitely get this on DVD.
I'd also recommend the movie "The Dish". When sending people to the moon we need to be able to see them all the time. So NASA made a deal to use the huge dish in a sheep paddy in Parks, Australia (also known as PKS in radio chatter). "The Dish" tells the true story of what was happening and what went wrong at Parks in the lead up to and during the 1969 landing.