As new installments of Star Wars come and go, remaining now and forever on the forefront of humanity's collective consciousness, you are probably waiting in agony for the next cycle's offerings. In the meantime, it might be nice to get your mind off the wait and have some entertainment options similar enough to George Lucas's universe.
There are, of course, dozens of sci-fi shows and movies for people who like Star Wars. Some of the best space movies aren't even creations of Lucas, even though he's often regarded as the king of the genre. Then again, not all movies and shows have to take place in space to qualify for this list.
Instead of just arguing about which Star Wars episode reigns supreme for the next year, here are 18 movie and show recommendations for Star Wars fans of both sci-fi and action movies and shows to fill the black hole.
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Galaxy Quest is an underrated classic with a truly original story. Aliens abduct a crew of TV stars who play spacefarers on the small screen, believing them to be actual galaxy-hopping heroes, and shenanigans ensue. It's funny and chock full of huge stars including Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, and Tim Allen paving the way as actors forced to become true heroes as they help their new extra-terrestrial friends fend off Sarris. If that doesn't convince you, maybe its 90% Rotten Tomatoes score will. It's worth watching.
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Krull is a 1983 film released the same year as Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, and as a result has always been viewed as that movie trying to be Star Wars... if it was even recognized at all. However, Krull actually does have a lot to offer. It's a British space opera with fantastical elements like a cross between Lord of the Rings and Star Wars. In fact, Fernando Croce of CinePassion called it "richer stuff than anything by Lucas before it, or Peter Jackson after it." That review is eyebrow-raising enough to make the movie worth a watch.
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Dune is a cult classic, if not a movie that can actually be labeled "great" (it has a 57% Rotten Tomatoes score). Based on Frank Herbert's novel of the same name, this epic mess is worth watching for its over-the-top ludicrousness. It feels like director David Lynch saw Star Wars and said, "Well, that's a little reserved. Let's kick this up a notch. We'll start with Sting!" Yes, Sting is in this movie, and his performance is as ridiculous as you'd expect. Check your disbelief at the door and wade into this eerie adventure so you at least know what all the fuss is about.
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Battlestar Galactica is certainly darker than Star Wars, centering around warring civilizations instead of focusing on a single hero of destiny, but it offers real drama (both human and alien), and deals with some serious subject matter. Less about a rebellion trying to overthrow an oppressive government, and more science fiction at its heart, BG focuses on the remains of a decimated human race just trying to survive amidst violent aliens. As a result, it often feels more high stakes.