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The Best Space Adventure Films  

Ranker Film
192 votes 21 voters 40 items

List Rules Characters must embark on an epic journey through space, both sci-fi and non sci-fi films welcome.

The greatest space adventure films provide audiences with a sense of wonder. They take us to new worlds that offer thrills and excitement, but also occasionally laughter. For that reason, they tend to be incredibly popular at the box office. The top space adventure films rank among the biggest blockbusters ever. Of course, Star Wars is the most notable example. 2001: A Space Odyssey has similarly earned itself a spot as an all-time classic. There are plenty more big hits, including the recent Guardians of the Galaxy adventures.

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Alien is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Space Adventure Films
Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm
Alien is a 1979 science fiction horror film directed by Ridley Scott. The crew of the commercial space tug Nostromo encounter the eponymous Alien, a deadly and aggressive extraterrestrial set ...more
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The Martian is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Space Adventure Films
Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig
The Martian is a 2015 science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott, based on the novel by Andy Weir. An astronaut (Matt Damon) becomes stranded on Mars after his team assume him gone, and must ...more
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The Last Starfighter is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Space Adventure Films
Wil Wheaton, Robert Preston, Catherine Mary Stewart
The Last Starfighter is a 1984 American space opera film directed by Nick Castle. The film tells the story of Alex Rogan, an average teenage boy recruited by an alien defense force to fight in ...more
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Star Wars Episode V: The Empir... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Space Adventure Films
Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill
The Empire Strikes Back is a 1980 American epic space opera film directed by Irvin Kershner. Leigh Brackett and Lawrence Kasdan wrote the screenplay, with George Lucas writing the film's story ...more
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2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Space Adventure Films
Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop
2001: A Space Odyssey is a 1968 epic science fiction film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick. The screenplay was written by Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke, and was partially inspired by ...more
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Interstellar is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Space Adventure Films
Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Damon
Interstellar is a British-American 2014 science fiction epic film directed by Christopher Nolan, starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain and Michael Caine. The film ...more
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Guardians of the Galaxy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Space Adventure Films
Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista
Guardians of the Galaxy is a 2014 American superhero film directed by James Gunn, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) forms a group of intergalactic "bad ...more
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Avatar is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Space Adventure Films
Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez
Avatar is a 2009 American epic science fiction film written and directed by James Cameron, and starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez, Joel David Moore, Giovanni ...more
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Valerian and the City of a Tho... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Space Adventure Films
Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (Valérian et la Cité des mille planètes in French) is a 2017 French science fiction action film produced, written and directed by ...more
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Apollo 13 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Space Adventure Films
Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ed Harris
Apollo 13 is a 1995 American historical docudrama film directed by Ron Howard. The film stars Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise, and Ed Harris. The screenplay by William Broyles, ...more
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Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Space Adventure Films
Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill
Star Wars is a 1977 American epic space opera film written and directed by George Lucas. The first release in the Star Wars franchise, it stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter ...more
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Gravity is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Space Adventure Films
Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris
Gravity is a 2013 science fiction thriller film directed, co-written, and produced by Alfonso Cuarón. It stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as astronauts, and sees them stranded in ...more
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Moon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Space Adventure Films
Kevin Spacey, Mary Tyler Moore, Kaya Scodelario
Moon is a 2009 British science fiction drama film co-written and directed by Duncan Jones. The film follows Sam Bell, a man who experiences a personal crisis as he nears the end of a three-year ...more
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Galaxy Quest is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Space Adventure Films
Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tim Allen
Galaxy Quest is a 1999 American science fiction action comedy film directed by Dean Parisot and written by David Howard and Robert Gordon. The film follows the adventures of a troupe of actors ...more
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First Man is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Space Adventure Films
Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Corey Stoll
First Man is a 2018 American historical biographical drama film directed by Damien Chazelle. A look at the life of the astronaut, Neil Armstrong (Ryan Gosling), and the legendary space mission ...more
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Forbidden Planet is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Space Adventure Films
Leslie Nielsen, Anne Francis, Walter Pidgeon
Forbidden Planet is a 1956 American science fiction film from MGM, produced by Nicholas Nayfack, directed by Fred M. Wilcox and starring Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, Leslie Nielsen, Warren ...more
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Red Planet is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Space Adventure Films
Val Kilmer, Carrie-Anne Moss, Simon Baker
Red Planet is a 2000 science fiction thriller film directed by Antony Hoffman, starring Val Kilmer, Carrie-Anne Moss and Tom Sizemore. Released on November 10, 2000, it was a critical and ...more
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Stargate is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Space Adventure Films
Kurt Russell, James Spader, Djimon Hounsou
Stargate is a 1994 French-American adventure science fiction film released through Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Carolco Pictures. Created by Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich, the film is the first ...more
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Jupiter Ascending is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Space Adventure Films
Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum, Sean Bean
Jupiter Ascending is a 2015 American-Australian space opera film written, produced, and directed by Lana and Andy Wachowski. Starring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis, the film is centered on ...more
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Lost in Space is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Space Adventure Films
Heather Graham, Gary Oldman, Lacey Chabert
Lost in Space is a 1998 American science fiction adventure film directed by Stephen Hopkins and starring Matt LeBlanc, Gary Oldman and William Hurt. The film was shot in London and Shepperton, ...more
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Serenity is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Space Adventure Films
Summer Glau, Morena Baccarin, Nathan Fillion
Serenity is a 2005 American space western film written and directed by Joss Whedon. It is a continuation of Whedon's short-lived 2002 Fox science fiction television series Firefly and stars the ...more
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Prometheus is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Space Adventure Films
Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba
Prometheus is a 2012 science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott, written by Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof, and starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Logan ...more
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Flash Gordon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Space Adventure Films
Timothy Dalton, Max von Sydow, Ornella Muti
Flash Gordon is a 1980 British science fiction action film, based on the comic strip of the same name created by Alex Raymond. The film was directed by Mike Hodges, and produced by Dino De ...more
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Life is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Space Adventure Films
Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Olga Dihovichnaya
Life is a 2017 science fiction horror thriller film directed by Daniel Espinosa. The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Olga Dihovichnaya, Ariyon Bakare, Hiroyuki Sanada and Ryan ...more
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Mission to Mars is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Space Adventure Films
Tim Robbins, Don Cheadle, Gary Sinise
Mission to Mars is a 2000 science fiction film directed by Brian De Palma from an original screenplay written by Jim Thomas, John Thomas, and Graham Yost. In 2020, a manned Mars exploration ...more