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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    Star Wars Episode V: The Empir... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Space Movies

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

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    Alien is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Space Movies


    Alien Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

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


    Star Wars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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


    Aliens Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn

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    Return of the Jedi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Space Movies


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

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    2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Space Movies


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

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    The Fifth Element is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Space Movies


    The Fifth Element Milla Jovovich, Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman

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    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kha... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Space Movies


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

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    Star Trek is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Space Movies


    Star Trek Zoe Saldana, Jennifer Morrison, Winona Ryder

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    Apollo 13 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Space Movies


    Apollo 13 Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ed Harris

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


    WALL-E Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy

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


    Total Recall 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


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

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


    Moon Kevin Spacey, Mary Tyler Moore, Kaya Scodelario

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


    Avatar Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez

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


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

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


    Starship Troopers Neil Patrick Harris, Denise Richards, Amy Smart

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    Independence Day is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Space Movies


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

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


    Serenity Summer Glau, Morena Baccarin, Nathan Fillion

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

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    Galaxy Quest Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tim Allen

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    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Space Movies

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

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


    Pitch Black Vin Diesel, Radha Mitchell, Keith David

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


    Predator 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


    Men in Black 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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    Stargate Kurt Russell, James Spader, Djimon Hounsou

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


    Contact Matthew McConaughey, Jodie Foster, Jay Leno

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

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    Prometheus Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba

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


    Blade Runner Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Sean Young

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    Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Space Movies


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

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    Star Trek: First Contact is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Space Movies


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

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


    Armageddon Ben Affleck, Bruce Willis, Liv Tyler

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    Spaceballs is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Space Movies


    Spaceballs Joan Rivers, John Hurt, Mel Brooks

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    Star Wars Episode III: Revenge... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Space Movies

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

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

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    Event Horizon Laurence Fishburne, Jason Isaacs, Sam Neill

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    Dune is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Space Movies


    Dune Sting, Patrick Stewart, Alicia Witt

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    The Chronicles of Riddick is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Space Movies


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

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    Enemy Mine is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Space Movies


    Enemy Mine Dennis Quaid, Louis Gossett, Jr.

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    Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Space Movies


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

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    The Last Starfighter is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Space Movies


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

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    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Space Movies


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

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    Interstellar is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Space Movies

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    Interstellar Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Damon

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    The Right Stuff is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Space Movies


    The Right Stuff Jeff Goldblum, Ed Harris, Dennis Quaid

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    Forbidden Planet is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Space Movies


    Forbidden Planet Leslie Nielsen, Anne Francis, Walter Pidgeon

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    Star Trek III: The Search for ... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Space Movies


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

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    The Abyss is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Space Movies

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    Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Chris Elliott

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


    Sunshine Rose Byrne, Chris Evans, Mark Strong

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


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

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


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

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    Star Trek Generations is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Space Movies


    Star Trek Generations Patrick Stewart, William Shatner, Malcolm McDowell

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    The Day the Earth Stood Still is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Space Movies


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

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