52 years ago today Yuri Gagarin became the first man to journey into outer space.
His spacecraft orbited earth on April 12, 1961 for 1 hour and 48 minutes.
To commemorate his historic trip here is a look at my top five space movies of all-time.
5. Wall-E, 2008
If you haven’t seen Wall-E you really ought to. It’s fun and sends a pretty clear message.
4. Spaceballs, 1987
What’s not to love about this Mel Brooks’ classic space movie? Seriously, you need to watch it.
3. 2001: A Space Odyssey, 1968
Many lists have this movie as number one. It’s regarded as yet another Stanley Kubrick masterpiece.
2. Apollo 13, 1995
The words, “Houston, we have a problem,” are permanently etched in history and movie lore because of this film by Ron Howard.
1. Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back, 1980
It’s the best of the original three. It also contains one of the most famous movie quotes of all-time. “Luke, I am your father.” If you haven’t watched the original three Star Wars movies you probably should.