Total Nerd The Best Space Movies  

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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, and epic instant classics like Gravity.

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Alien Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

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Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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1,711 603
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Star Wars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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1,924 588
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Aliens Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn

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1,628 655
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2001: A Space Odyssey Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop

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1,374 587
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Return of the Jedi Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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1,199 592
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Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Kirstie Alley, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy

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The Fifth Element Milla Jovovich, Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman

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1,320 463
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Apollo 13 Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ed Harris

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1,141 515
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Total Recall Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside

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WALL-E Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy

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Star Trek Zoe Saldana, Jennifer Morrison, Winona Ryder

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958 481
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Close Encounters of the Third Kind Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, Carl Weathers

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Moon Kevin Spacey, Mary Tyler Moore, Kaya Scodelario

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1,128 559
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Starship Troopers Neil Patrick Harris, Denise Richards, Amy Smart

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Avatar Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez

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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger

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Independence Day Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox

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Amy Boal added Interstellar Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Damon

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Planet of the Apes Charlton Heston, Linda Harrison, James Whitmore

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Serenity Summer Glau, Morena Baccarin, Nathan Fillion

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1,126 462
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Pitch Black Vin Diesel, Radha Mitchell, Keith David

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Predator Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura, Carl Weathers

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Galaxy Quest Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tim Allen

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Stargate Kurt Russell, James Spader, Djimon Hounsou

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Blade Runner Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Sean Young

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NadiH added Prometheus Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba

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Contact Matthew McConaughey, Jodie Foster, Jay Leno

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Men in Black Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone, Steven Spielberg

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Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei

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Star Trek: First Contact Patrick Stewart, James Cromwell, Alfre Woodard

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Event Horizon Laurence Fishburne, Jason Isaacs, Sam Neill

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Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Samuel L. Jackson

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Armageddon Ben Affleck, Bruce Willis, Liv Tyler

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Dune Sting, Patrick Stewart, Alicia Witt

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Spaceballs Joan Rivers, John Hurt, Mel Brooks

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The Right Stuff Jeff Goldblum, Ed Harris, Dennis Quaid

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863 424
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The Chronicles of Riddick Vin Diesel, Judi Dench, Thandie Newton

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Enemy Mine Dennis Quaid, Louis Gossett, Jr.

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Forbidden Planet Leslie Nielsen, Anne Francis, Walter Pidgeon

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571 345
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The Last Starfighter Wil Wheaton, Robert Preston, Catherine Mary Stewart

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642 266
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The Abyss Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Chris Elliott

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Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country William Shatner, Kim Cattrall, Leonard Nimoy

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Zooey Deschanel, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich

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The Thing Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Eric Christian Olsen, Joel Edgerton

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Star Trek III: The Search for Spock William Shatner, Christopher Lloyd, Leonard Nimoy

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549 306
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The Day the Earth Stood Still Patricia Neal, Michael Rennie, Frances Bavier

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609 459
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Sunshine Rose Byrne, Chris Evans, Mark Strong

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Star Trek: The Motion Picture William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei

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426 337
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Star Trek Generations Patrick Stewart, William Shatner, Malcolm McDowell