best movie genres The Best Space Movies

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List Rules Only movies that happen in space or deal with space travel.

A list of the best space movies. These are the top movies that take place in outer space, and they're all good.

What are the best space movies? Animated and live-action films have been included as well as films from all periods, old and new. What are the greatest movies about space? Sci-Fi is obviously the most popular genre, but other genres have been included. What are the best space movies of all time? 1980s space movies were especially popular, as well as ones that were funny, or cartoons. Feel free to check out other related movie lists such as our Disney movies list, best drama movies and best action movies on Netflix.

If you're looking for a serious classic, then you can't go wrong with 2001: A Space Odyssey. Other favorites in the genre include films in the Alien franchise, movies about astronauts, space action movies, and epic instant classics like Gravity.

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Alien Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

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Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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Star Wars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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Aliens Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn

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2001: A Space Odyssey Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop

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Return of the Jedi Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Kirstie Alley, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy

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The Fifth Element Milla Jovovich, Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman

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Apollo 13 Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ed Harris

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Star Trek Zoe Saldana, Jennifer Morrison, Winona Ryder

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WALL-E Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy

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Total Recall Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside

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Close Encounters of the Third Kind Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, Carl Weathers

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Moon Kevin Spacey, Mary Tyler Moore, Kaya Scodelario

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Starship Troopers Neil Patrick Harris, Denise Richards, Amy Smart

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Planet of the Apes Charlton Heston, Linda Harrison, James Whitmore

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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger

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Avatar Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez

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Independence Day Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox

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Predator Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura, Carl Weathers

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Serenity Summer Glau, Morena Baccarin, Nathan Fillion

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Pitch Black Vin Diesel, Radha Mitchell, Keith David

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Galaxy Quest Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tim Allen

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Stargate Kurt Russell, James Spader, Djimon Hounsou

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Prometheus Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba

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Contact Matthew McConaughey, Jodie Foster, Jay Leno

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Men in Black Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone, Steven Spielberg

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Interstellar Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Damon

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Blade Runner Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Sean Young

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Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei

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Event Horizon Laurence Fishburne, Jason Isaacs, Sam Neill

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Star Trek: First Contact Patrick Stewart, James Cromwell, Alfre Woodard

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Armageddon Ben Affleck, Bruce Willis, Liv Tyler

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Spaceballs Joan Rivers, John Hurt, Mel Brooks

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Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Samuel L. Jackson

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Dune Sting, Patrick Stewart, Alicia Witt

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Enemy Mine Dennis Quaid, Louis Gossett, Jr.

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The Right Stuff Jeff Goldblum, Ed Harris, Dennis Quaid

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The Chronicles of Riddick Vin Diesel, Judi Dench, Thandie Newton

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Forbidden Planet Leslie Nielsen, Anne Francis, Walter Pidgeon

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The Last Starfighter Wil Wheaton, Robert Preston, Catherine Mary Stewart

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The Abyss Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Chris Elliott

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Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country William Shatner, Kim Cattrall, Leonard Nimoy

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Zooey Deschanel, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich

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The Thing Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Eric Christian Olsen, Joel Edgerton

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Star Trek III: The Search for Spock William Shatner, Christopher Lloyd, Leonard Nimoy

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Sunshine Rose Byrne, Chris Evans, Mark Strong

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The Day the Earth Stood Still Patricia Neal, Michael Rennie, Frances Bavier

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Star Trek: The Motion Picture William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei

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Star Trek Generations Patrick Stewart, William Shatner, Malcolm McDowell