film The Best '80s Space Movies  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite space films that were released in the 1980s.

When it comes to movies set in space, the 80s was the decade of the sequel. As this 80s space movie list demonstrates, sometimes it pays to stick with what works. Four Star Trek sequels, two Star Wars sequels, one Alien sequel and, just for good measure, a sequel to 2001: A Space Odyssey were all successful space movies from the 80's. What a great decade to be alive!
 

But don’t worry if you think the 80's was completely without originality. Among the top 1980s space movies you’ll also find The Last Starfighter, Dune, Flash Gordon, and The Transformers: The Movie—which has spawned a few sequels of its own.
 

So which do you prefer, Star Wars or Star Trek? Vote up your favorite space movies from the 80's, or add any that we might have missed.

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The Empire Strikes Back Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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

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Aliens is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '80s Space Movies
Aliens Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn

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

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Dune Sting, Patrick Stewart, Alicia Witt

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The Transformers: The Movie Orson Welles, Judd Nelson, Leonard Nimoy

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SpaceCamp Joaquin Phoenix, Kelly Preston, Lea Thompson

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

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

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Explorers Ethan Hawke, River Phoenix, James Cromwell

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Flash Gordon Timothy Dalton, Max von Sydow, Ornella Muti

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

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Captain EO Michael Jackson, Anjelica Huston, Tony Cox

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Battle Beyond the Stars Kathy Griffin, George Peppard, Robert Vaughn

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Outland Sean Connery, Peter Boyle, John Ratzenberger

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

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Saturn 3 Farrah Fawcett, Kirk Douglas, Harvey Keitel

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Galaxy of Terror Robert Englund, Erin Moran, Sid Haig

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Sexmission Jerzy Stuhr, Beata Tyszkiewicz, Olgierd Łukaszewicz

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Galaxina Dorothy Stratten, Rhonda Shear, Susan Kiger

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Star Trek V: The Final Frontier William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei

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2010 Helen Mirren, John Lithgow, Candice Bergen

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Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone Molly Ringwald, Harold Ramis, Michael Ironside

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Time Masters Alain Cuny, Yves Brainville, Sady Rebbot

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Arcadia of My Youth Hiromi Tsuru, Takeshi Aono, Hidekatsu Shibata

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Android Klaus Kinski, Norbert Weisser, Don Keith Opper