This was brought up in the Misc. memorial thread for Sen. John Glenn. The 1983 movie is one of my favorites of the '80s, and probably the film from that decade I have seen the most. My friends and I went to see it several times, which was unusual for a three-hour movie. It has a really winning mix of drama and humor, and even satire. A lot of great performances, aside from the leads: Jeff Goldblum and Harry Shearer as an odd-couple astronaut recruiting team, Donald Moffat as LBJ, the great musician and singer Levon Helm as Yeager's flight test partner, good old Royal Dano as the "clergyman of death." There was some talk in the other thread about how accurate Tom Wolfe's book was. I think the book was aiming to tell an "overall true" story about the Space Race with the background of the Cold War. It was based on extensive interviews, but of course different individuals have different versions of events, and some didn't want to talk. In addition to the X-1 and the Mercury program, it covers other test pilots like Scott Crossfield and Neil Armstrong with the X-15, and even a little into the "New Nine" class of astronauts. Even though Wolfe was not a technical guy and didn't get deep into the details of the air- and space-craft, and even though it doesn't have footnotes and citations, it stands up pretty well overall for what it is, IMO.