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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, animated space movies, and epic instant classics like Gravity.

 

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Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Space Movies
1977
Star Wars is a 1977 American epic space opera film written and directed by George Lucas. The first release in the Star Wars franchise, it stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter ...more
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Star Wars Episode V: The Empir... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Space Movies
1980
The Empire Strikes Back is a 1980 American epic space opera film directed by Irvin Kershner. Leigh Brackett and Lawrence Kasdan wrote the screenplay, with George Lucas writing the film's story ...more
3
Alien is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Space Movies
1979
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
4
2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Space Movies
1968
2001: A Space Odyssey is a 1968 epic science fiction film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick. The screenplay was written by Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke, and was partially inspired by ...more
5
Aliens is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Space Movies
1986
Aliens is a 1986 American science-fiction action horror film written and directed by James Cameron, produced by his then-wife Gale Anne Hurd, and starring Sigourney Weaver, Carrie Henn, Michael ...more
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Star Wars: Episode VI –Return ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Space Movies
1983
Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi is a 1983 American epic space opera film directed by Richard Marquand, and the third and final film in the original Star Wars trilogy. After a daring ...more
7
Apollo 13 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Space Movies
1995
Apollo 13 is a 1995 American historical docudrama film directed by Ron Howard. The film stars Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise, and Ed Harris. The screenplay by William Broyles, ...more
8
Total Recall is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Space Movies
1990
Total Recall is a 1990 American science fiction action film directed by Paul Verhoeven, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rachel Ticotin, and Sharon Stone. The film is loosely based on the Philip ...more
9
Interstellar is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Space Movies
Amy Boal added 2014
Interstellar is a British-American 2014 science fiction epic film directed by Christopher Nolan, starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain and Michael Caine. The film ...more
10
The Fifth Element is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Space Movies
1997
The Fifth Element is a 1997 English-language French science fiction action film directed and co-written by Luc Besson. It stars Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman and Milla Jovovich. Mostly set in the ...more
11
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kha... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Space Movies
1982
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is a 1982 sci-fi film written by Jack B. Sowards and Nicholas Meyer adn directed by Nicholas Meyer.
12
WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Space Movies
2008
WALL-E is a 2008 American computer-animated science-fiction comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Andrew Stanton, the story follows a ...more
13
Star Trek is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Space Movies
2009
Star Trek is a 2009 science fiction film directed by J. J. Abrams, written by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, and produced by Damon Lindelof and Bryan Burk. It is the eleventh film based on the ...more
14
Moon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Space Movies
2009
Moon is a 2009 British science fiction drama film co-written and directed by Duncan Jones. The film follows Sam Bell, a man who experiences a personal crisis as he nears the end of a three-year ...more
15
Close Encounters of the Third ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Space Movies
1977
Close Encounters of the Third Kind is a 1977 science fiction film, written and directed by Steven Spielberg and featuring Richard Dreyfuss, François Truffaut, Melinda Dillon, Teri Garr, ...more
16
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Space Movies
1982
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is a 1982 American science fiction-family film co-produced and directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Melissa Mathison, featuring special effects by Carlo ...more
17
Avatar is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Space Movies
SunnyLeones added 2009
Avatar is a 2009 American epic science fiction film written and directed by James Cameron, and starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez, Joel David Moore, Giovanni ...more
18
Stargate is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Space Movies
1994
Stargate is a 1994 French-American adventure science fiction film released through Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Carolco Pictures. Created by Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich, the film is the first ...more
19
Contact is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Space Movies
1997
Contact is a 1997 American science fiction drama film directed by Robert Zemeckis. It is a film adaptation of Carl Sagan's 1985 novel of the same name; Sagan and his wife Ann Druyan wrote the ...more
20
Pitch Black is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Space Movies
2000
Pitch Black is a 2000 science fiction horror film co-written and directed by David Twohy. The film stars Vin Diesel, Radha Mitchell, Cole Hauser, and Keith David. Dangerous man Richard B. ...more
21
Starship Troopers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Space Movies
1997
Starship Troopers is a 1997 American military science fiction action film directed by Paul Verhoeven and written by Edward Neumeier. The story follows a young soldier named Johnny Rico and his ...more
22
Independence Day is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Space Movies
1996
Independence Day is a 1996 American science fiction disaster film co-written and directed by Roland Emmerich. The film stars Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Mary McDonnell, Judd Hirsch, ...more
23
Galaxy Quest is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Space Movies
1999
Galaxy Quest is a 1999 American science fiction action comedy film directed by Dean Parisot and written by David Howard and Robert Gordon. The film follows the adventures of a troupe of actors ...more
24
Predator is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Space Movies
1987
Predator is a 1987 American science fiction action film directed by John McTiernan and was distributed by 20th Century Fox. It stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Elpidia Carrillo, Bill ...more
25
Planet of the Apes is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Space Movies
1968
Planet of the Apes is a 1968 American science fiction film directed by Franklin J. Schaffner and starring Charlton Heston. Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans, James Whitmore, and James ...more