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List Rules Only movies that happen in space or deal with space travel.

A list of the best space movies. These are the top movies that take place in outer space, and they're all good.

What are the best space movies? Animated and live-action films have been included as well as films from all periods, old and new. What are the greatest movies about space? Sci-Fi is obviously the most popular genre, but other genres have been included. What are the best space movies of all time? 1980s space movies were especially popular, as well as ones that were funny, or cartoons. Feel free to check out other related movie lists such as our Disney movies list, best drama movies and best action movies on Netflix.

If you're looking for a serious classic, then you can't go wrong with 2001: A Space Odyssey. Other favorites in the genre include films in the Alien franchise, movies about astronauts, space action movies, animated space movies, and epic instant classics like Gravity.

 

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Aliens is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Space Movies
1986

Actors: Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn, Paul Reiser, Lance Henriksen, + more

Directed by: James Cameron

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Alien is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Space Movies
1979

Actors: Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm, Yaphet Kotto, Harry Dean Stanton, + more

Directed by: Ridley Scott

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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3
Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Space Movies
1977

Actors: Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, James Earl Jones, Alec Guinness, + more

Directed by: George Lucas

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Apollo 13 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Space Movies
1995

Actors: Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ed Harris, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise, + more

Directed by: Ron Howard

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Star Wars Episode V: The... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Space Movies
1980

Actors: Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, James Earl Jones, Alec Guinness, + more

Directed by: Irvin Kershner

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6
2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Space Movies
1968

Actors: Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop, Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, + more

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

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Stargate is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Space Movies
1994

Actors: Kurt Russell, James Spader, Djimon Hounsou, Erick Avari, French Stewart, + more

Directed by: Roland Emmerich

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The Fifth Element is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Space Movies
1997

Actors: Milla Jovovich, Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman, Chris Tucker, Ian Holm, + more

Directed by: Luc Besson

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Star Wars: Episode VI –R... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Space Movies
1983

Actors: Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, James Earl Jones, Alec Guinness, + more

Directed by: Richard Marquand

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10
Independence Day is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Space Movies
1996

Actors: Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox, Randy Quaid, Harry Connick, + more

Directed by: Roland Emmerich

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Contact is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Space Movies
1997

Actors: Matthew McConaughey, Jodie Foster, Jay Leno, John Hurt, James Woods, + more

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

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Pitch Black is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Space Movies
2000

Actors: Vin Diesel, Radha Mitchell, Keith David, Claudia Black, Cole Hauser, + more

Directed by: David Twohy

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Serenity is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Space Movies
2005

Actors: Summer Glau, Morena Baccarin, Nathan Fillion, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sarah Paulson, + more

Directed by: Joss Whedon

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Predator is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Space Movies
1987

Actors: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura, Carl Weathers, Bill Duke, Peter Cullen, + more

Directed by: John McTiernan

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15
Star Trek is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Space Movies
2009

Actors: Zoe Saldana, Jennifer Morrison, Winona Ryder, Chris Hemsworth, Tyler Perry, + more

Directed by: J.J. Abrams

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WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Space Movies
2008

Actors: Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy, Fred Willard, Jeff Garlin, + more

Directed by: Andrew Stanton

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17
Men in Black is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Space Movies
1997

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Directed by: Barry Sonnenfeld

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18
Total Recall is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Space Movies
1990

Actors: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside, Dean Norris, Rachel Ticotin, + more

Directed by: Paul Verhoeven

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19
Star Trek II: The Wrath ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Space Movies
1982

Actors: Kirstie Alley, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei, Ricardo Montalbán, + more

Directed by: Nicholas Meyer

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20
Close Encounters of the ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Space Movies
1977

Actors: Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, Carl Weathers, Bob Balaban, Lance Henriksen, + more

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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21
Event Horizon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Space Movies
1997

Actors: Laurence Fishburne, Jason Isaacs, Sam Neill, Joely Richardson, Kathleen Quinlan, + more

Directed by: Paul W. S. Anderson

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22
Moon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Space Movies
2009

Actors: Kevin Spacey, Mary Tyler Moore, Kaya Scodelario, Sam Rockwell, Dominique McElligott, + more

Directed by: Duncan Jones

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23
Starship Troopers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Space Movies
1997

Actors: Neil Patrick Harris, Denise Richards, Amy Smart, Dina Meyer, Clancy Brown, + more

Directed by: Paul Verhoeven

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24
Galaxy Quest is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Space Movies
1999

Actors: Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tim Allen, Sam Rockwell, Justin Long, + more

Directed by: Dean Parisot

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25
Interstellar is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Space Movies
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Directed by: Christopher Nolan

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