The Best Space Movies

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List Criteria: 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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    Alien 
	is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Space Movies


    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

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    Star Wars Episode V: The Empir... 
	is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Space Movies

    the people's #1 & most listed
    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    Star Wars 
	is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Space Movies


    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    - 446
    Aliens 
	is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Space Movies


    Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn

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    2001: A Space Odyssey 
	is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Space Movies


    Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop

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    Return of the Jedi 
	is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Space Movies


    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kha... 
	is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Space Movies


    Kirstie Alley, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy

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    The Fifth Element 
	is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Space Movies


    Milla Jovovich, Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman

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    - 367
    Apollo 13 
	is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Space Movies


    Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ed Harris

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    Star Trek 
	is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Space Movies


    Zoe Saldana, Jennifer Morrison, Winona Ryder

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    - 465
    WALL-E 
	is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Space Movies


    Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy

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    - 396
    Total Recall 
	is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Space Movies


    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside

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    - 377
    Close Encounters of the Third ... 
	is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Space Movies


    Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, Carl Weathers

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    Moon 
	is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Space Movies


    Kevin Spacey, Mary Tyler Moore, Kaya Scodelario

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    Starship Troopers 
	is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Space Movies


    Neil Patrick Harris, Denise Richards, Amy Smart

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    Planet of the Apes 
	is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Space Movies


    Charlton Heston, Linda Harrison, James Whitmore

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    - 605
    Avatar 
	is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Space Movies


    Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez

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    - 395
    Independence Day 
	is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Space Movies


    Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox

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


    Summer Glau, Morena Baccarin, Nathan Fillion

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    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 
	is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Space Movies

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger

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    Galaxy Quest 
	is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Space Movies

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tim Allen

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    - 257
    Predator 
	is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Space Movies


    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura, Carl Weathers

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    - 351
    Pitch Black 
	is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Space Movies


    Vin Diesel, Radha Mitchell, Keith David

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    - 263
    Stargate 
	is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Space Movies

    ranked low on reranks
    Kurt Russell, James Spader, Djimon Hounsou

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    - 357
    Men in Black 
	is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Space Movies


    Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone, Steven Spielberg

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    - 387
    Prometheus 
	is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Space Movies

    added by NadiH
    Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba

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    Contact 
	is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Space Movies


    Matthew McConaughey, Jodie Foster, Jay Leno

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    - 142
    Blade Runner 
	is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Space Movies


    Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Sean Young

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    - 142
    Interstellar 
	is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Space Movies

    ranked low on reranks & added by Amy Boal
    Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Damon

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    Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home 
	is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Space Movies

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei

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    Event Horizon 
	is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Space Movies


    Laurence Fishburne, Jason Isaacs, Sam Neill

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    Star Trek: First Contact 
	is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Space Movies


    Patrick Stewart, James Cromwell, Alfre Woodard

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    Armageddon 
	is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Space Movies


    Ben Affleck, Bruce Willis, Liv Tyler

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    Spaceballs 
	is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Space Movies


    Joan Rivers, John Hurt, Mel Brooks

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    - 417
    Star Wars Episode III: Revenge... 
	is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Space Movies

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Samuel L. Jackson

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    Dune 
	is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Space Movies


    Sting, Patrick Stewart, Alicia Witt

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    - 346
    The Chronicles of Riddick 
	is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Space Movies


    Vin Diesel, Judi Dench, Thandie Newton

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    Enemy Mine 
	is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Space Movies


    Dennis Quaid, Louis Gossett, Jr.

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    The Right Stuff 
	is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Space Movies


    Jeff Goldblum, Ed Harris, Dennis Quaid

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    - 243
    Forbidden Planet 
	is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Space Movies


    Leslie Nielsen, Anne Francis, Walter Pidgeon

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    Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered... 
	is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Space Movies


    William Shatner, Kim Cattrall, Leonard Nimoy

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    - 290
    The Last Starfighter 
	is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Space Movies


    Wil Wheaton, Robert Preston, Catherine Mary Stewart

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    - 204
    The Abyss 
	is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Space Movies

    ranked low on reranks
    Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Chris Elliott

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    + 505
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    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... 
	is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Space Movies


    Zooey Deschanel, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich

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    - 276
    Star Trek III: The Search for ... 
	is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Space Movies


    William Shatner, Christopher Lloyd, Leonard Nimoy

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    + 561
    - 274
    The Thing 
	is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Space Movies


    Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Eric Christian Olsen, Joel Edgerton

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    - 372
    Sunshine 
	is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Space Movies


    Rose Byrne, Chris Evans, Mark Strong

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    + 359
    - 289
    Star Trek: The Motion Picture 
	is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Space Movies

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei

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    + 445
    - 260
    The Day the Earth Stood Still 
	is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Space Movies


    Patricia Neal, Michael Rennie, Frances Bavier

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    + 353
    - 257
    Star Trek Generations 
	is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Space Movies


    Patrick Stewart, William Shatner, Malcolm McDowell

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