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The Best Space Movies

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List RulesOnly 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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  • 1
    Apollo 13
    1,669
    624

    ActorsTom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ed Harris, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise

    Directed byRon Howard

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  • 2
    Aliens
    2,117
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    Aliens

    1986

    ActorsSigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn, Paul Reiser, Lance Henriksen

    Directed byJames Cameron

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  • 3
    Stargate
    1,242
    442

    ActorsKurt Russell, James Spader, Djimon Hounsou, Erick Avari, French Stewart

    Directed byRoland Emmerich

    Stargate is a 1994 French-American adventure science fiction film released through... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 4
    Alien
    2,485
    1,069

    Alien

    1979

    ActorsSigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm, Yaphet Kotto, Harry Dean Stanton

    Directed byRidley Scott

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  • 5
    Star Wars
    2,088
    926

    ActorsHarrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, James Earl Jones, Alec Guinness

    Directed byGeorge Lucas

    Star Wars is a 1977 American epic space opera film written and directed by George Lucas. The... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 6
    2001: A Space Odyssey

    ActorsArthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop, Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

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  • 7
    Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

    ActorsHarrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, James Earl Jones, Alec Guinness

    Directed byIrvin Kershner

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  • 8
    Predator
    1,245
    469

    ActorsArnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura, Carl Weathers, Bill Duke, Peter Cullen

    Directed byJohn McTiernan

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  • 9
    Contact
    1,236
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    ActorsMatthew McConaughey, Jodie Foster, Jay Leno, John Hurt, James Woods

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

    Contact is a 1997 American science fiction drama film directed by Robert Zemeckis. It is a... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 10
    The Fifth Element
    1,746
    831

    ActorsMilla Jovovich, Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman, Chris Tucker, Ian Holm

    Directed byLuc Besson

    The Fifth Element is a 1997 English-language French science fiction action film directed and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 11
    Serenity
    1,350
    547

    ActorsSummer Glau, Morena Baccarin, Nathan Fillion, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sarah Paulson

    Directed byJoss Whedon

    Serenity is a 2005 American space western film written and directed by Joss Whedon. It is a... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 12
    Pitch Black
    1,165
    556

    ActorsVin Diesel, Radha Mitchell, Keith David, Claudia Black, Cole Hauser

    Directed byDavid Twohy

    Pitch Black is a 2000 science fiction horror film co-written and directed by David Twohy. The... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 13
    Independence Day
    1,349
    691

    ActorsWill Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox, Randy Quaid, Harry Connick

    Directed byRoland Emmerich

    Independence Day is a 1996 American science fiction disaster film co-written and directed by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 14
    Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

    ActorsHarrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, James Earl Jones, Alec Guinness

    Directed byRichard Marquand

    Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi is a 1983 American epic space opera film directed... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 15
    Men in Black
    1,106
    556

    ActorsWill Smith, Sylvester Stallone, Steven Spielberg, Danny DeVito, Tommy Lee Jones

    Directed byBarry Sonnenfeld

    Men in Black is a 1997 American science fiction action comedy film directed by Barry... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 16
    Interstellar
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    ActorsAnne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

    Interstellar is a British-American 2014 science fiction epic film directed by Christopher... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 17
    Event Horizon
    1,015
    510

    ActorsLaurence Fishburne, Jason Isaacs, Sam Neill, Joely Richardson, Kathleen Quinlan

    Directed byPaul W. S. Anderson

    Event Horizon is a 1997 British-American science fiction horror film. The screenplay was... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 18
    Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    ActorsRichard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, Carl Weathers, Bob Balaban, Lance Henriksen

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Close Encounters of the Third Kind is a 1977 science fiction film, written and directed by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 19
    Galaxy Quest
    1,084
    593

    ActorsSigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tim Allen, Sam Rockwell, Justin Long

    Directed byDean Parisot

    Galaxy Quest is a 1999 American science fiction action comedy film directed by Dean Parisot... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 20
    Moon
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    Moon

    2009

    ActorsKevin Spacey, Mary Tyler Moore, Kaya Scodelario, Sam Rockwell, Dominique McElligott

    Directed byDuncan Jones

    Moon is a 2009 British science fiction drama film co-written and directed by Duncan Jones. The... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 21
    Star Trek
    1,357
    824

    ActorsZoe Saldana, Jennifer Morrison, Winona Ryder, Chris Hemsworth, Tyler Perry

    Directed byJ.J. Abrams

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  • 22
    WALL-E
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    WALL-E

    2008

    ActorsSigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy, Fred Willard, Jeff Garlin

    Directed byAndrew Stanton

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  • 23
    The Abyss
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    ActorsEd Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Chris Elliott, Michael Biehn, J. C. Quinn

    Directed byJames Cameron

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  • 24
    Total Recall
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    766

    ActorsArnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside, Dean Norris, Rachel Ticotin

    Directed byPaul Verhoeven

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  • 25
    Star Trek: First Contact

    ActorsPatrick Stewart, James Cromwell, Alfre Woodard, Marina Sirtis, LeVar Burton

    Directed byJonathan Frakes

    Star Trek: First Contact is a 1996 American science fiction film released by Paramount... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button