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The Best Mars Movies

Updated October 1, 2019 3.1k votes 1.0k voters 114.3k views19 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Mars Movies
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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 on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Total Recall is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Mars Movies
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    Total Recall

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone

    Released1990

    Directed byPaul Verhoeven

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    Lost on Mars is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Mars Movies
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    Lost on Mars

    DAVID LONG, MEGAN GLOSSER

    Released2009

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  • 4
    John Carter is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Mars Movies
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    John Carter

    Willem Dafoe, Bryan Cranston

    Released2012

    Directed byAndrew Stanton

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    Mission to Mars is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Mars Movies
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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 from an original... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Red Planet is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Mars Movies
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    Red Planet

    Val Kilmer, Carrie-Anne Moss

    Released2000

    Directed byAntony Hoffman

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  • 7
    Empire of Danger is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Mars Movies
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    Empire of Danger

    Cindy Tozer, Traci Alms

    Released2009

    Directed byEric Shook

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  • 8
    Species II is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Mars Movies
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    Species II

    Natasha Henstridge, Marg Helgenberger

    Released1998

    Directed byPeter Medak

    Species II is a 1998 American science fiction horror film, sequel to the 1995 film Species and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Mars Attacks! is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Mars Movies
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    Mars Attacks!

    Natalie Portman, Jack Nicholson

    Released1996

    Directed byTim Burton

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    Doom is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Mars Movies
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    Doom

    Dwayne Johnson, Rosamund Pike

    Released2005

    Directed byAndrzej Bartkowiak

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    The Last Days on Mars is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Mars Movies
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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 on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Ghosts of Mars is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Mars Movies
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    Ghosts of Mars

    Ice Cube, Jason Statham

    Released2001

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

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    Doom: Annihilation is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Mars Movies
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    Doom: Annihilation

    Amy Manson, Dominic Mafham

    Released2019

    Directed byTony Giglio

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    RocketMan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Mars Movies
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    RocketMan

    Beau Bridges, Shelley Duvall

    Released1997

    Directed byStuart Gillard

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    Robinson Crusoe on Mars is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Mars Movies
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    Robinson Crusoe on Mars

    Adam West, Paul Mantee

    Released1964

    Directed byByron Haskin

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    Race to Mars is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Mars Movies
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    Race to Mars

    Ron Lea, Macha Grenon

    Released2008

    Directed byGeorge Mihalka

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    Mars Needs Moms is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Mars Movies
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    Mars Needs Moms

    Seth Green, Joan Cusack

    Released2011

    Directed bySimon Wells

    Mars Needs Moms is a 2011 American 3D motion capture computer-animated science fiction comedy... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Santa Claus Conquers the Marti is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Mars Movies
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    Santa Claus Conquers the Martians

    Pia Zadora, Bill McCutcheon

    Released1964

    Directed byNicholas Webster

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    My Favorite Martian is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Mars Movies
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    My Favorite Martian

    Elizabeth Hurley, Christopher Lloyd

    Released1999

    Directed byDonald Petrie

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