The Best Space Movies Films

The Best Space Movies

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List Criteria: 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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  1. 1
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    - 413
    Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

    the people's #1 & most listed
    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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  2. 2
    + 1582
    - 419
    Alien


    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

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  3. 3
    + 1153
    - 381
    Star Wars


    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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  4. 4
    + 1378
    - 380
    Aliens


    Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn

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  5. 5
    + 968
    - 356
    Return of the Jedi


    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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  6. 6
    + 1137
    - 424
    2001: A Space Odyssey


    Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop

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  7. 7
    + 1126
    - 365
    The Fifth Element


    Milla Jovovich, Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman

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  8. 8
    + 833
    - 362
    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan


    Kirstie Alley, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy

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  9. 9
    + 900
    - 405
    Star Trek


    Zoe Saldana, Jennifer Morrison, Winona Ryder

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  10. 10
    + 858
    - 388
    WALL-E


    Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy

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  11. 11
    + 907
    - 312
    Apollo 13


    Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ed Harris

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  12. 12
    + 819
    - 338
    Total Recall


    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside

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  13. 13
    + 671
    - 324
    Close Encounters of the Third Kind


    Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, Carl Weathers

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  14. 14
    + 748
    - 330
    Moon


    Kevin Spacey, Mary Tyler Moore, Kaya Scodelario

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  15. 15
    + 660
    - 318
    Planet of the Apes


    Charlton Heston, Linda Harrison, James Whitmore

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  16. 16
    + 816
    - 360
    Starship Troopers


    Neil Patrick Harris, Denise Richards, Amy Smart

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  17. 17
    + 826
    - 337
    Independence Day


    Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox

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  18. 18
    + 884
    - 507
    Avatar

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez

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  19. 19
    + 964
    - 297
    Serenity


    Summer Glau, Morena Baccarin, Nathan Fillion

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  20. 20
    + 850
    - 287
    Pitch Black


    Vin Diesel, Radha Mitchell, Keith David

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  21. 21
    + 655
    - 324
    Galaxy Quest

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tim Allen

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  22. 22
    + 758
    - 216
    Predator

    ranked low on reranks
    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura, Carl Weathers

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  23. 23
    + 547
    - 313
    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger

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  24. 24
    + 826
    - 220
    Stargate

    ranked low on reranks
    Kurt Russell, James Spader, Djimon Hounsou

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  25. 25
    + 747
    - 299
    Men in Black


    Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone, Steven Spielberg

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  26. 26
    + 703
    - 286
    Contact


    Matthew McConaughey, Jodie Foster, Jay Leno

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  27. 27
    + 735
    - 315
    Prometheus

    added by NadiH
    Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba

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  28. 28
    + 436
    - 302
    Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei

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  29. 29
    + 518
    - 242
    Star Trek: First Contact


    Patrick Stewart, James Cromwell, Alfre Woodard

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  30. 30
    + 425
    - 91
    Blade Runner


    Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Sean Young

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  31. 31
    + 459
    - 349
    Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Samuel L. Jackson

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  32. 32
    + 528
    - 330
    Spaceballs


    Joan Rivers, John Hurt, Mel Brooks

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  33. 33
    + 648
    - 281
    Event Horizon


    Laurence Fishburne, Jason Isaacs, Sam Neill

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  34. 34
    + 534
    - 290
    Dune


    Sting, Patrick Stewart, Alicia Witt

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  35. 35
    + 564
    - 340
    Armageddon


    Ben Affleck, Bruce Willis, Liv Tyler

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  36. 36
    + 626
    - 301
    The Chronicles of Riddick


    Vin Diesel, Judi Dench, Thandie Newton

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  37. 37
    + 410
    - 259
    Enemy Mine


    Dennis Quaid, Louis Gossett, Jr.

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  38. 38
    + 341
    - 248
    Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country


    William Shatner, Kim Cattrall, Leonard Nimoy

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  39. 39
    + 439
    - 302
    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy


    Zooey Deschanel, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich

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  40. 40
    + 409
    - 243
    The Last Starfighter


    Wil Wheaton, Robert Preston, Catherine Mary Stewart

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  41. 41
    + 332
    - 228
    The Right Stuff


    Jeff Goldblum, Ed Harris, Dennis Quaid

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  42. 42
    + 352
    - 202
    Forbidden Planet


    Leslie Nielsen, Anne Francis, Walter Pidgeon

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  43. 43
    + 351
    - 232
    Star Trek III: The Search for Spock


    William Shatner, Christopher Lloyd, Leonard Nimoy

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  44. 44
    + 431
    - 170
    The Abyss

    ranked low on reranks
    Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Chris Elliott

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  45. 45
    + 522
    - 314
    Sunshine


    Rose Byrne, Chris Evans, Mark Strong

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  46. 46
    + 306
    - 241
    Star Trek: The Motion Picture

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei

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  47. 47
    + 476
    - 237
    The Thing


    Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Eric Christian Olsen, Joel Edgerton

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  48. 48
    + 428
    - 86
    Interstellar

    ranked low on reranks & added by Amy Lindorff
    Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Damon

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  49. 49
    + 301
    - 210
    Star Trek Generations


    Patrick Stewart, William Shatner, Malcolm McDowell

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  50. 50
    + 389
    - 218
    The Day the Earth Stood Still


    Patricia Neal, Michael Rennie, Frances Bavier

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