Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity is now orbiting multiplexes around the planet with its astronaut disaster hype and hypnotic visuals. Not to take anything away from the new sci-fi drama, but Hollywood has been on a similar trajectory for years.
Here are 11 examples of movies showcasing NASA's finest on tragic missions of murder and mayhem just as harrowing as George Clooney's and Sandra Bullock's intimate calamity high above the beautiful blue Earth. From Johnny Depp returning from orbit infected with a bad alien attitude, to George Takei and Bruce Campbell logging a half-million miles to bring back a moon monster, these 11 crazy cosmic adventures on the big screen will soften the blow before Gravity engulfs your geek brain.
It's Armageddon and Doom for The Astronaut's Wife in a Galaxy of Terror aboard the Event Horizon. Strap in and start the countdown ...
THE ASTRONAUT'S WIFE (1999)
APOLLO 18 (2011)
THE INCREDIBLE MELTING MAN (1977)
THE GREEN SLIME (1968)
MISSION TO MARS (2000)
GALAXY OF TERROR (1981)
EVENT HORIZON (1997)