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The Best Space Movies

Updated October 13, 2020 138.0k votes 13.4k voters 919.5k views184 items

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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    Apollo 13 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Space Movies
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    ActorsTom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ed Harris, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise

    Directed byRon Howard

    Apollo 13 is a 1995 American historical docudrama film directed by Ron Howard. The film stars... moreamazon buy button

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

    1986

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

    Directed byJames Cameron

    Aliens is a 1986 American science-fiction action horror film written and directed by James... moreamazon buy button
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    Stargate is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Space Movies
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    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... moreamazon buy button
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    Alien is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Space Movies
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    Alien

    1979

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

    Directed byRidley Scott

    Alien is a 1979 science fiction horror film directed by Ridley Scott. The crew of the... moreamazon buy button

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    Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Space Movies
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    ActorsHarrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, James Earl Jones, Alec Guinness

    Directed byGeorge Lucas

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

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

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

    2001: A Space Odyssey is a 1968 epic science fiction film produced and directed by Stanley... moreamazon buy button
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    Star Wars Episode V: The Empir is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Space Movies

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

    Directed byIrvin Kershner

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    Contact is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Space Movies
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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... moreamazon buy button
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    Predator is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Space Movies
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    ActorsArnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura, Carl Weathers, Bill Duke, Peter Cullen

    Directed byJohn McTiernan

    Predator is a 1987 American science fiction action film directed by John McTiernan and was... moreamazon buy button

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    The Fifth Element is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Space Movies
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    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... moreamazon buy button
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    Serenity is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Space Movies
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    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... moreamazon buy button

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    Pitch Black is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Space Movies
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    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... moreamazon buy button
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    Independence Day is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Space Movies
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    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... moreamazon buy button
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    Star Wars: Episode VI - Return is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Space Movies

    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... moreamazon buy button
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    Interstellar is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Space Movies
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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... moreamazon buy button
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    Event Horizon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Space Movies
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    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... moreamazon buy button

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    Men in Black is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Space Movies
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    ActorsWill Smith, Sylvester Stallone, Steven Spielberg, Danny DeVito, Tommy Lee Jones

    Directed byBarry Sonnenfeld

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    Galaxy Quest is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Space Movies
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    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... moreamazon buy button

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    Moon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Space Movies
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    Moon

    2009

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

    Directed byDuncan Jones

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

    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... moreamazon buy button

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    Star Trek is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Space Movies
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    ActorsZoe Saldana, Jennifer Morrison, Winona Ryder, Chris Hemsworth, Tyler Perry

    Directed byJ.J. Abrams

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    The Abyss is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Space Movies
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    ActorsEd Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Chris Elliott, Michael Biehn, J. C. Quinn

    Directed byJames Cameron

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    WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Space Movies
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    WALL-E

    2008

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

    Directed byAndrew Stanton

    WALL-E is a 2008 American computer-animated science-fiction comedy film produced by Pixar... moreamazon buy button

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    Star Trek: First Contact is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Space Movies

    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... moreamazon buy button
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    Total Recall is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Space Movies
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    ActorsArnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside, Dean Norris, Rachel Ticotin

    Directed byPaul Verhoeven

    Total Recall is a 1990 American science fiction action film directed by Paul Verhoeven. In... moreamazon buy button

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