#8. The Right Stuff (1983)


The Ladd Company

– Director: Philip Kaufman

– Stacker score: 94.4

– Metascore: 91

– IMDb user rating: 7.8

– Runtime: 193 minutes

The films on this list that deal with America’s space program each focus on a different period. Such is the case with “The Right Stuff,” which focuses on the Mercury program of supersonic flight, sometimes in the sub-orbital region of space, which took place between 1958 and 1963. Based on the bestselling book by the same name, “The Right Stuff” was, like many others on this list, a box office failure though it was beloved by critics and remains a modern classic.