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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    Alien is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Space Movies


    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

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    Star Wars Episode V: The Empir... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Space Movies

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    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Space Movies


    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    Aliens is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Space Movies


    Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn

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    2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Space Movies


    Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop

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    Return of the Jedi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Space Movies


    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kha... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Space Movies


    Kirstie Alley, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy

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    The Fifth Element is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Space Movies


    Milla Jovovich, Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman

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    Apollo 13 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Space Movies


    Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ed Harris

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    Star Trek is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Space Movies


    Zoe Saldana, Jennifer Morrison, Winona Ryder

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    WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Space Movies


    Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy

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    Total Recall is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Space Movies


    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside

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    Close Encounters of the Third ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Space Movies


    Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, Carl Weathers

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    Moon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Space Movies


    Kevin Spacey, Mary Tyler Moore, Kaya Scodelario

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    Starship Troopers is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Space Movies


    Neil Patrick Harris, Denise Richards, Amy Smart

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    Planet of the Apes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Space Movies


    Charlton Heston, Linda Harrison, James Whitmore

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    Avatar is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Space Movies


    Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez

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    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Space Movies

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    Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger

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    Pitch Black is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Space Movies

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    Vin Diesel, Radha Mitchell, Keith David

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    Galaxy Quest is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Space Movies

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    Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tim Allen

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    Independence Day is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Space Movies


    Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox

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    Serenity is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Space Movies


    Summer Glau, Morena Baccarin, Nathan Fillion

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    Predator is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Space Movies


    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura, Carl Weathers

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    Men in Black is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Space Movies


    Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone, Steven Spielberg

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    Stargate is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Space Movies

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    Kurt Russell, James Spader, Djimon Hounsou

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    Prometheus is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Space Movies

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    Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba

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    Contact is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Space Movies


    Matthew McConaughey, Jodie Foster, Jay Leno

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    Blade Runner is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Space Movies


    Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Sean Young

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    Interstellar is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Space Movies

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    Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Damon

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    Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Space Movies

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    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei

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    Event Horizon is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Space Movies


    Laurence Fishburne, Jason Isaacs, Sam Neill

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    Star Trek: First Contact is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Space Movies


    Patrick Stewart, James Cromwell, Alfre Woodard

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    Armageddon is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Space Movies


    Ben Affleck, Bruce Willis, Liv Tyler

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    Spaceballs is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Space Movies


    Joan Rivers, John Hurt, Mel Brooks

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    Star Wars Episode III: Revenge... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Space Movies


    Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Samuel L. Jackson

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    Dune is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Space Movies


    Sting, Patrick Stewart, Alicia Witt

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    The Chronicles of Riddick is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Space Movies


    Vin Diesel, Judi Dench, Thandie Newton

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    Enemy Mine is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Space Movies


    Dennis Quaid, Louis Gossett, Jr.

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    Forbidden Planet is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Space Movies


    Leslie Nielsen, Anne Francis, Walter Pidgeon

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    The Right Stuff is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Space Movies


    Jeff Goldblum, Ed Harris, Dennis Quaid

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    Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Space Movies


    William Shatner, Kim Cattrall, Leonard Nimoy

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    The Last Starfighter is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Space Movies


    Wil Wheaton, Robert Preston, Catherine Mary Stewart

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    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Space Movies


    Zooey Deschanel, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich

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    The Abyss is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Space Movies

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    Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Chris Elliott

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    Star Trek III: The Search for ... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Space Movies


    William Shatner, Christopher Lloyd, Leonard Nimoy

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    The Thing is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Space Movies


    Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Eric Christian Olsen, Joel Edgerton

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    Sunshine is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Space Movies


    Rose Byrne, Chris Evans, Mark Strong

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    Star Trek: The Motion Picture is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Space Movies


    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei

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    The Day the Earth Stood Still is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Space Movies


    Patricia Neal, Michael Rennie, Frances Bavier

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    Star Trek Generations is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Space Movies


    Patrick Stewart, William Shatner, Malcolm McDowell

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