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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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Star Wars Episode V: The Empir... is listed (or ranked) 1 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

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Alien is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Space Movies
1979 Alien is a 1979 science-fiction horror film directed by Ridley Scott, and starring Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm and Yaphet Kotto. ...more

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2,025 757
Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 3 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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Aliens is listed (or ranked) 4 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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1,871 820
2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 5 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

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1,609 726
Return of the Jedi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Space Movies
1983 Return of the Jedi is a 1983 American epic space opera film directed by Richard Marquand. The screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and George Lucas was from a story by Lucas, who was also the executive ...more

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1,373 736
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kha... is listed (or ranked) 7 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.

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1,562 567
Apollo 13 is listed (or ranked) 8 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

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1,820 734
The Fifth Element is listed (or ranked) 9 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

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1,295 648
Total Recall is listed (or ranked) 10 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

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1,361 731
WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 11 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

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1,389 747
Star Trek is listed (or ranked) 12 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

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1,099 574
Close Encounters of the Third ... is listed (or ranked) 13 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

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1,708 310
Interstellar is listed (or ranked) 14 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

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1,153 622
Moon is listed (or ranked) 15 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

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1,453 904
Avatar is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Space Movies
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

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1,277 698
Starship Troopers is listed (or ranked) 17 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, originally from an unrelated script called Bug Hunt at ...more

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950 572
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is listed (or ranked) 18 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

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1,371 623
Independence Day is listed (or ranked) 19 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

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1,451 516
Serenity is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Space Movies
2005 Serenity is a 2005 American space western film written and directed by Joss Whedon. It is a continuation of Whedon's short-lived 2002 Fox science fiction television series Firefly and stars the ...more

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1,086 585
Galaxy Quest is listed (or ranked) 21 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

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1,268 539
Pitch Black is listed (or ranked) 22 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 criminal Richard B. ...more

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1,267 421
Predator is listed (or ranked) 23 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

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1,026 590
Planet of the Apes is listed (or ranked) 24 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

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1,298 394
Stargate is listed (or ranked) 25 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

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1,252 620
Prometheus is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Space Movies
NadiH added 2012 Prometheus is a 2012 science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott, written by Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof, and starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Logan ...more

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1,168 494
Contact is listed (or ranked) 27 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

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Blade Runner is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Space Movies
1982 Blade Runner is a 1982 American neo-noir dystopian science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott and starring Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, and Edward James Olmos. The screenplay, ...more

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1,142 542
Men in Black is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Space Movies
1997 Men in Black is a 1997 American science fiction action comedy film directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, produced by Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald and starring Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith. ...more

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Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Space Movies
1986 Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home is a 1986 American science fiction film released by Paramount Pictures. It is the fourth feature film based on Star Trek, and is a sequel to Star Trek III: The ...more

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Star Trek: First Contact is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Space Movies
1996 Star Trek: First Contact is a 1996 American science fiction film released by Paramount Pictures. It is the eighth feature film based on Star Trek, and the first film to feature no cast members ...more

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1,002 499
Event Horizon is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Space Movies
1997 Event Horizon is a 1997 British-American science fiction horror film. The screenplay was written by Philip Eisner and directed by Paul W. S. Anderson. The film stars Laurence Fishburne and Sam ...more

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Star Wars Episode III: Revenge... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Space Movies
2005 (19 Years before Episode IV) Three years after the onset of the Clone Wars, the noble Jedi Knights have been leading a massive clone army into a galaxy-wide battle against the Separatists. When ...more

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555 384
The Right Stuff is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Space Movies
1983 The Right Stuff is a 1983 American drama film that was adapted from Tom Wolfe's best-selling 1979 book of the same name about the Navy, Marine and Air Force test pilots who were involved in ...more

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Spaceballs is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Space Movies
1987 Spaceballs is a 1987 American parody film co-written and directed by Mel Brooks and starring Brooks, Bill Pullman, John Candy and Rick Moranis. It also features Daphne Zuniga, Dick Van Patten, ...more

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Dune is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Space Movies
1984 Dune is a 1984 American science fiction film written and directed by David Lynch, based on the 1965 Frank Herbert novel of the same name. The film stars Kyle MacLachlan as Paul Atreides and ...more

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Armageddon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Space Movies
1998 Armageddon is a 1998 American science fiction disaster thriller film, directed by Michael Bay, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, and released by Touchstone Pictures. The film follows a group of ...more

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The Chronicles of Riddick is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Space Movies
2004 The Chronicles of Riddick is a 2004 American science fiction film which follows the adventures of Richard B. Riddick as he attempts to elude capture after the events depicted in the 2000 film ...more

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Enemy Mine is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Space Movies
1985 Enemy Mine is a 1985 science fiction drama film directed by Wolfgang Petersen based on the story of the same name by Barry B. Longyear. It starred Dennis Quaid and Louis Gossett, Jr. as a human ...more

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Forbidden Planet is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Space Movies
1956 Forbidden Planet is a 1956 American science fiction film from MGM, produced by Nicholas Nayfack, directed by Fred M. Wilcox and starring Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, Leslie Nielsen, Warren ...more

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646 385
The Last Starfighter is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Space Movies
1984 The Last Starfighter is a 1984 American space opera film directed by Nick Castle. The film tells the story of Alex Rogan, an average teenage boy recruited by an alien defense force to fight in ...more

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Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Space Movies
1991 Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country is a 1991 American science fiction film. It is the sixth feature film based on Star Trek, is a sequel to Star Trek V: The Final Frontier and was the last ...more

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Space Movies
2005 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is a 2005 British-American comic science fiction film directed by Garth Jennings, based upon previous works in the media franchise of the same name, created ...more

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Star Trek III: The Search for ... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Space Movies
1984 Star Trek III: The Search for Spock is a 1984 American science fiction film released by Paramount Pictures. The film is the third feature film of the Star Trek science fiction franchise and is ...more

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The Abyss is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Space Movies
1989 The Abyss is a 1989 American science fiction-adventure film written and directed by James Cameron, starring Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, and Michael Biehn. When an American submarine ...more

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The Thing is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Space Movies
2011 The Thing is a 2011 science fiction horror film directed by Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. and written by Eric Heisserer based on the novella Who Goes There? by John W. Campbell. It is a prequel to ...more

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Star Trek: The Motion Picture is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Space Movies
1979 Star Trek: The Motion Picture is a 1979 American science fiction film released by Paramount Pictures. It is the first film based on Star Trek, the first Star Trek film to star the original cast ...more

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The Day the Earth Stood Still is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Space Movies
1951 The Day the Earth Stood Still is a 1951 American black-and-white science fiction film from 20th Century Fox, produced by Julian Blaustein, directed by Robert Wise, and starring Michael Rennie, ...more

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Sunshine is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Space Movies
2007 Sunshine is a 2007 British science fiction thriller film directed by Danny Boyle. The film was adapted from a screenplay written by Alex Garland about the crew of a spacecraft on a dangerous ...more

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Star Trek Generations is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Space Movies
1994 Star Trek Generations is a 1994 American science fiction film released by Paramount Pictures. Generations is the seventh feature film based on Star Trek, and is the first film in the series to ...more