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The Best Mars Movies  

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List Rules Only movies that have Mars as a location or plot device.

These are the best movies set on the planet Mars. Mars, being the closest planet to our own, has always fascinated us. Whether martians are little green men, or giant aliens, we don't know, but that doesn't stop us from wondering and making movies about Mars. From The Martian to Total Recall, these are the greatest films set on Mars.

What are the best movies on Mars? Vote up your favorite Mars movies or add any movies about mars that are missing.

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Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Chiwetel Ejiofor
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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Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside
Total Recall is a 1990 American science fiction action film directed by Paul Verhoeven. In 2084, a construction worker, Douglas Quaid (Arnold Schwarzenegger), suddenly finds himself embroiled in ...more

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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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Willem Dafoe, Bryan Cranston, Mark Strong
John Carter is a 2012 American science fiction fantasy film directed by Andrew Stanton and produced by Walt Disney Pictures. It is based on A Princess of Mars, the first book in the Barsoom ...more

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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

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mark-shaver added Adam West, Paul Mantee, Victor Lundin
Robinson Crusoe on Mars is a 1964 independently made color Techniscope science fiction film distributed by Paramount Pictures that was produced by Aubrey Schenck, directed by Byron Haskin, and ...more

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Natalie Portman, Jack Nicholson, Sarah Jessica Parker
Mars Attacks! is a 1996 American comic science fiction film directed by Tim Burton and written by Jonathan Gems. Based on the cult trading card series of the same name, the film features an ...more

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Dwayne Johnson, Rosamund Pike, Karl Urban
Doom is a 2005 science fiction action film directed by Andrzej Bartkowiak. It is loosely based on the video game series of the same name created by id Software. The film follows a group of ...more

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Ice Cube, Jason Statham, Natasha Henstridge
John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars is a 2001 American science fiction action horror film composed, written, and directed by John Carpenter. The film stars Ice Cube, Natasha Henstridge, Jason ...more

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Lost on Mars is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Mars Movies
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Beau Bridges, Shelley Duvall, Harland Williams
RocketMan is a 1997 comic science fiction film directed by Stuart Gillard, and starring Harland Williams, Jessica Lundy, William Sadler and Jeffrey DeMunn. It was produced by Walt Disney ...more

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Empire of Danger is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Mars Movies
hatter56793 added Empire of Danger Cindy Tozer, Traci Alms, Tatum Green
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Elizabeth Hurley, Christopher Lloyd, Daryl Hannah
My Favorite Martian is a 1999 comic science fiction film starring Christopher Lloyd, Jeff Daniels, Daryl Hannah, Elizabeth Hurley, Wallace Shawn and Ray Walston, based on the 1960s television ...more

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Doom: Annihilation is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Mars Movies
Amy Manson, Dominic Mafham, Luke Allen-Gale
Doom: Annihilation is an American action horror film directed by Tony Giglio, it is the second-live action adaptation of the Doom video game franchise. A group of space marines responds to a ...more
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annacreim added Liev Schreiber, Olivia Williams, Romola Garai
The Last Days on Mars is a 2013 science fiction-horror film directed by Ruairí Robinson with a screenplay by Clive Dawson, based on the short story "The Animators" by Sydney J. ...more
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Natasha Henstridge, Marg Helgenberger, James Cromwell
Species II is a 1998 American science fiction horror film, sequel to the 1995 film Species and the second installment in the Species series. The film was directed by Peter Medak and starring ...more

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DanCarey_404 added Ron Lea, Macha Grenon, Michael Riley
Race to Mars is a 2007 Canadian television mini-series about a fictitious mission to Mars that is based on contemporary international research. The first part aired on Discovery Channel Canada ...more
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Seth Green, Joan Cusack, Elisabeth Harnois
Mars Needs Moms is a 2011 American 3D motion capture computer-animated science fiction comedy film co-written and directed by Simon Wells, and based on the Berkeley Breathed book of the same ...more

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Pia Zadora, Bill McCutcheon, Ned Wertimer
Santa Claus Conquers the Martians is a 1964 science fiction comedy film that regularly appears on lists of the worst films ever made. It is regularly featured in the "bottom 100" list ...more

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