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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    - 429
    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
    + 1610
    - 428
    Alien


    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

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  3. 3
    + 1174
    - 395
    Star Wars


    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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  4. 4
    + 1402
    - 387
    Aliens


    Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn

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  5. 5
    + 985
    - 368
    Return of the Jedi


    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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  6. 6
    + 1153
    - 434
    2001: A Space Odyssey


    Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop

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  7. 7
    + 1150
    - 374
    The Fifth Element


    Milla Jovovich, Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman

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  8. 8
    + 849
    - 371
    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan


    Kirstie Alley, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy

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  9. 9
    + 915
    - 411
    Star Trek


    Zoe Saldana, Jennifer Morrison, Winona Ryder

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  10. 10
    + 923
    - 316
    Apollo 13


    Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ed Harris

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  11. 11
    + 875
    - 397
    WALL-E


    Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy

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  12. 12
    + 833
    - 345
    Total Recall


    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside

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  13. 13
    + 681
    - 329
    Close Encounters of the Third Kind


    Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, Carl Weathers

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  14. 14
    + 759
    - 335
    Moon


    Kevin Spacey, Mary Tyler Moore, Kaya Scodelario

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  15. 15
    + 675
    - 320
    Planet of the Apes


    Charlton Heston, Linda Harrison, James Whitmore

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  16. 16
    + 837
    - 366
    Starship Troopers


    Neil Patrick Harris, Denise Richards, Amy Smart

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  17. 17
    + 904
    - 515
    Avatar

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez

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  18. 18
    + 843
    - 344
    Independence Day


    Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox

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  19. 19
    + 980
    - 301
    Serenity


    Summer Glau, Morena Baccarin, Nathan Fillion

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  20. 20
    + 867
    - 293
    Pitch Black


    Vin Diesel, Radha Mitchell, Keith David

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  21. 21
    + 668
    - 332
    Galaxy Quest

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tim Allen

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  22. 22
    + 781
    - 217
    Predator


    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura, Carl Weathers

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  23. 23
    + 566
    - 316
    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger

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  24. 24
    + 843
    - 223
    Stargate

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

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  25. 25
    + 759
    - 307
    Men in Black


    Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone, Steven Spielberg

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  26. 26
    + 719
    - 292
    Contact


    Matthew McConaughey, Jodie Foster, Jay Leno

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  27. 27
    + 752
    - 321
    Prometheus

    added by NadiH
    Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba

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  28. 28
    + 447
    - 308
    Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei

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  29. 29
    + 530
    - 248
    Star Trek: First Contact


    Patrick Stewart, James Cromwell, Alfre Woodard

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  30. 30
    + 442
    - 94
    Blade Runner


    Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Sean Young

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  31. 31
    + 540
    - 335
    Spaceballs


    Joan Rivers, John Hurt, Mel Brooks

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  32. 32
    + 549
    - 292
    Dune


    Sting, Patrick Stewart, Alicia Witt

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  33. 33
    + 466
    - 359
    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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  34. 34
    + 661
    - 287
    Event Horizon

    ranked low on reranks
    Laurence Fishburne, Jason Isaacs, Sam Neill

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  35. 35
    + 576
    - 343
    Armageddon


    Ben Affleck, Bruce Willis, Liv Tyler

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  36. 36
    + 641
    - 306
    The Chronicles of Riddick


    Vin Diesel, Judi Dench, Thandie Newton

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  37. 37
    + 418
    - 264
    Enemy Mine


    Dennis Quaid, Louis Gossett, Jr.

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  38. 38
    + 350
    - 253
    Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country


    William Shatner, Kim Cattrall, Leonard Nimoy

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  39. 39
    + 448
    - 307
    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy


    Zooey Deschanel, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich

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  40. 40
    + 418
    - 248
    The Last Starfighter


    Wil Wheaton, Robert Preston, Catherine Mary Stewart

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  41. 41
    + 342
    - 232
    The Right Stuff


    Jeff Goldblum, Ed Harris, Dennis Quaid

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  42. 42
    + 357
    - 209
    Forbidden Planet


    Leslie Nielsen, Anne Francis, Walter Pidgeon

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  43. 43
    + 361
    - 236
    Star Trek III: The Search for Spock


    William Shatner, Christopher Lloyd, Leonard Nimoy

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  44. 44
    + 441
    - 177
    The Abyss

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

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  45. 45
    + 527
    - 320
    Sunshine


    Rose Byrne, Chris Evans, Mark Strong

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  46. 46
    + 314
    - 245
    Star Trek: The Motion Picture

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei

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  47. 47
    + 486
    - 243
    The Thing


    Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Eric Christian Olsen, Joel Edgerton

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  48. 48
    + 450
    - 90
    Interstellar

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

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  49. 49
    + 311
    - 213
    Star Trek Generations


    Patrick Stewart, William Shatner, Malcolm McDowell

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  50. 50
    + 400
    - 223
    The Day the Earth Stood Still


    Patricia Neal, Michael Rennie, Frances Bavier

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