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The Best Mars Movies

Updated January 6, 2021 3.0k votes 1.1k voters 115.9k views31 items

List RulesOnly 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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    The Martian

    Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain

    Released2015

    Directed byRidley Scott

    The Martian is a 2015 science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott, based on the novel by...  more

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    Total Recall

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone

    Released1990

    Directed byPaul Verhoeven

    Total Recall is a 1990 American science fiction action film directed by Paul Verhoeven. In...  more

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    Mission to Mars

    Tim Robbins, Don Cheadle

    Released2000

    Directed byBrian De Palma

    Mission to Mars is a 2000 science fiction film directed by Brian De Palma. In 2020, a manned...  more

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    #234 of 498 The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies Of All Time#8 of 34 The Best Gary Sinise Movies

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    Red Planet

    Val Kilmer, Carrie-Anne Moss

    Released2000

    Directed byAntony Hoffman

    Red Planet is a 2000 science fiction thriller film directed by Antony Hoffman. Astronauts, and...  more

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    John Carter

    Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins

    Released2012

    Directed byAndrew Stanton

    John Carter is a 2012 American science fiction fantasy film directed by Andrew Stanton, based...  more

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    Mars

    Mark Duplass, Cynthia Watros

    Released2010

    Directed byGeoff Marslett

    Mars is a 2010 American sci-fi comedy film directed by Geoff Marslett. The discovery of life...  more
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    Mars Attacks!

    Natalie Portman, Jack Nicholson

    Released1996

    Directed byTim Burton

    Mars Attacks! is a 1996 American comic science fiction film directed by Tim Burton. Earth is...  more

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    Robinson Crusoe on Mars

    Adam West, Paul Mantee

    Released1964

    Directed byByron Haskin

    Robinson Crusoe on Mars is a 1964 independently made color Techniscope science fiction film...  more
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    Doom

    Dwayne Johnson, Rosamund Pike

    Released2005

    Directed byAndrzej Bartkowiak

    Doom is a 2005 science fiction action film directed by Andrzej Bartkowiak. It is loosely based...  more

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    Ghosts of Mars

    Ice Cube, Jason Statham

    Released2001

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

    John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars is a 2001 American science fiction action horror film...  more

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    RocketMan

    Beau Bridges, Shelley Duvall

    Released1997

    Directed byStuart Gillard

    RocketMan is a 1997 comic science fiction film directed by Stuart Gillard, and starring...  more
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    Lost on Mars

    Kelli Wilson, Eric Shook

    Released2002

    Directed byEric Shook

    Lost on Mars is a 2002 American sci-fi adventure film directed by Eric Shook. The first ship...  more
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    The Last Days on Mars

    Liev Schreiber, Olivia Williams

    Released2013

    Directed byRuairí Robinson

    The Last Days on Mars is a 2013 science fiction-horror film directed by Ruairí Robinson with a...  more
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    Empire of Danger

    Cindy Tozer, Traci Alms

    Released2009

    Directed byEric Shook

    Empire of Danger is a 2004 American sci-fi adventure film directed by Eric Shook. A newly...  more
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    The Space Between Us

    Gary Oldman, Asa Butterfield

    Released2017

    Directed byPeter Chelsom

    The Space Between Us is a 2017 American romantic science fiction film directed by Peter...  more
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    Doom: Annihilation

    Amy Manson, Dominic Mafham

    Released2019

    Directed byTony Giglio

    Doom: Annihilation is an American action horror film directed by Tony Giglio, it is the...  more
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    Ad Astra

    Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones

    Released2019

    Directed byJames Gray

    Ad Astra is a 2019 American epic science fiction thriller film directed by James Gray. Twenty...  more
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    Flight to Mars

    Cameron Mitchell, Marguerite Chapman

    Released1951

    Directed byLesley Selander

    Flight to Mars is a 1951 American Cinecolor science fiction film, produced by Walter Mirisch...  more
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    Species II

    Natasha Henstridge, Marg Helgenberger

    Released1998

    Directed byPeter Medak

    Species II is a 1998 American science fiction horror film directed by Peter Medak, and the...  more

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    Invaders from Mars

    Milburn Stone, Hillary Brooke

    Released1953

    Directed byWilliam Cameron Menzies

    Invaders from Mars is a 1953 American science fiction film independently produced by Edward L....  more
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    Red Planet Mars

    Peter Graves, Marvin Miller

    Released1952

    Directed byHarry Horner

    Red Planet Mars is a 1952 science fiction film released by United Artists based on a 1932 play...  more
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    The Angry Red Planet

    Jack Kruschen, Les Tremayne

    Released1959

    Directed byIb Melchior

    The Angry Red Planet is a 1959 science fiction film starring Gerald Mohr and directed by Ib...  more
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    Mars

    Shari Belafonte, Olivier Gruner

    Released1997

    Directed byJon Hess

    Mars is a 1997 American sci-fi action film directed by Jon Hess. In the future, Mars has been...  more
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    Life

    Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson

    Released2017

    Directed byDaniel Espinosa

    Life is a 2017 science fiction horror thriller film directed by Daniel Espinosa. The...  more
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    Escape from Mars

    Christine Elise, Peter Outerbridge

    Released1999

    Directed byNeill Fearnley

    Escape from Mars is a 1999 made for TV space film directed by Neill Fearnley. The story...  more