Space Lover? Check Out the 50 Best Space Movies of All Time

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For the longest of time, we have wondered about life beyond the stars and the world that is hidden from the naked eye.

We’ve heard myths, created our own theories, and told stories about it too. However, the Hollywood film industry has done an exceptional job in producing content fueled by our imagination. From the MCU movies to Star Trek movies, there is a wide range of movies to choose from.

Today, we’re counting down the top 50 picks for the best space movies of all time. Let’s see if these movies can satisfy your curious soul!

High Life (2018)

Director: Claire Denis

Writer: Geoff Cox, Claire Denis

Cast: Juliette Binoche, Robert Pattinson, Mia Goth

IMDb Rating: 5.8/10

It takes place in a future outside the solar system. A plot about a gang of criminals who agree to participate in a human reproduction experiment in space: after a storm of cosmic rays hits the ship, they find themselves in an unthinkable position—a great movie to add to the list of the top space movies of all time.

Ad Astra (2019)

Director: James Gray

Writer: Ethan Gross, James Gray

Cast: Tommy Lee Jones, Brad Pitt, Ruth Negga

IMDb Rating: 6.5/10

Astronaut Roy McBride’s journeys to the far reaches of the solar system start in search of his lost father and solve a secret that threatens our planet’s survival. His trip will reveal mysteries that will test the understanding of human existence and its role in the universe.

Apollo 13 (1995)

Director: Ron Howard

Writer: William Broyles Jr., Al Reinert

Cast: Kevin Bacon, Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton

IMDb Rating: 7.6/10

The movie is based on the actual account of Apollo 13’s ill-fated trip to the moon. This Hollywood movie is based on the events of the Apollo 13 lunar mission and the families that are left behind when the spacecraft is crippled by a near-fatal accident. However, the intended lunar landing is canceled as an oxygen tank bursts. Tensions between the crew and several technical issues have since arisen, posing a threat to the astronauts’ life and their safe return to Earth.

Event Horizon (1997)

Director: Paul W. S. Anderson

Writer: Philip Eisner

Cast: Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neill, Joely Richardson

IMDb Rating: 6.7/10

A party of astronauts is dispatched in the year 2047 to examine and rescue the long-lost spaceship “Event Horizon.” The unexplained disappearance of Event Horizon, a spaceship intended to investigate the farthest reaches of our solar system, occurred seven years ago. Unfortunately, there is something on board the ship, which has disastrous effects. As the crew gets closer to the ship and spends more time there, it looks like someone or something is playing games with them, and the question becomes, what has the Event Horizon become?

Galaxy Quest (1999)

Director: Dean Parisot

Writer: Robert Gordon, David Howard

Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Tim Allen, Alan Rickman

IMDb Rating: 7.3/10

The interplanetary starship NSEA Protector was the setting for the science fiction adventure series “Galaxy Quest.” The cast members are depressed and in conflict with one another until aliens are known as Thermians, arrive. After mistaking the show for reality and establishing their whole society on it, they transport them to outer space to save them from the genocidal warlord General Sarris. However, they stumbled across technological difficulties that they, as performers, were unconcerned about throughout the series’ production and so didn’t know how to deal with; they needed to find someone who does.

Star Trek: First Contact (1996)

Director: Jonathan Frakes

Writer: Brannon Braga, Rick Berman

Cast: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner

IMDb Rating: 7.6/10

The crew of the USS Enterprise NCC-1701-E has been dispatched by the Federation to monitor the Romulan Neutral Zone in the twenty-fourth century to avoid interfering with their struggle against the insidious Borg. Pickard disobeys instructions and makes a course for Earth, arriving just in time as it becomes apparent that Starfleet is losing the fight. The Enterprise saves the Earth from annihilation, but it quickly becomes clear that the Borg aren’t out to kill the planet but rather to alter its history.

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)

Director: Nicholas Meyer

Writer: Jack B. Sowards, Harve Bennett

Cast: William Shatner, Ricardo Montalbán, Leonardo Nimoy

IMDb Rating: 7.7/10

It’s the twenty-third century. Admiral James T. Kirk is a Starfleet Academy instructor who is feeling old; the thought of going on a two-week student voyage aboard his ship, the USS Enterprise (now a training ship), does not make him feel any younger. Khan Noonien Singh, on the other hand, has returned. Khan, the infamous conqueror from late-twentieth-century Earth, has raided Space Station Regula One, stolen a top-secret device known as Project Genesis, wrested control of another Federation starship, and now plans to set a deadly trap for his old enemy Kirk…with the threat of universal Armageddon.

Gravity (2013)

Director: Alfonso Cuarón

Writer: Jonás Cuarón, Alfonso Cuarón

Cast: Ed Harris, George Clooney, Sandra Bullock

IMDb Rating: 7.7/10

What will you do when you are stranded in space with no way back home? Making it to the list of the best space movies of all time, it’s the story of two astronauts stranded in space after a disaster. The two now should work together to survive.

The Right Stuff (1983)

Director: Philip Kaufman

Writer: Philip Kaufman

Cast: Ed Harris, Chuck Yeager, Scott Glenn

IMDb Rating: 7.8/10

The post-World War II era in the United States is one of grandeur and optimism, with people desiring to achieve things larger and better than they had ever done before. The folks with the “proper stuff” are the ones who will accomplish these achievements. One of the first goals is to break the sound barrier (Mach 1), with pilots from the newly commissioned US Air Force at Edwards Air Force Base in California leading the charge, with many of them dying in the process.

Solaris (1972)

Director: Andrei Tarkovsky

Writer: Friedrich Gorenstein, Andrei Tarkovsky

Cast: Natalya Bondarchuk, Donatas Banionis, Jüri Järvet

IMDb Rating: 8.1/10

The Solaris expedition has built a base on a planet that looks to be home to intelligence, but the specifics are vague and secret. Following the unexplained death of one of the base’s three scientists, the main character is dispatched to take his position. The space station has long been a source of controversy, with many of the station’s residents suffering from hallucinations. When Kelvin arrives, he discovers that one of the three, Gibarian, has died, leaving only two survivors. Kelvin soon begins to see things that aren’t possible.

Contact (1997)

Director: Robert Zemeckis

Writer: Ann Druyan, Carl Sagan

Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Jodie Foster, James Woods

IMDb Rating: 7.5/10

Dr. Ellie Arroway, a renowned astronomer, gets a new perspective on the existence of life beyond the Earth’s restricted bounds after irreversibly losing her trust in God. A mysterious letter from outer space, carrying the plans for a perplexing contraption, unexpectedly rewards her faith and tenacity. Will the machine usher at the end of the world or the end of our beliefs? Will we be accepted as one of the galaxy’s races, or will we remain an outcast species with a long way to go?

The Thing (1982)

Director: John Carpenter

Writer: Bill Lancaster

Cast: Keith David, Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley

IMDb Rating: 8.1/10

In early winter 1982, at a US research outpost in Antarctica, a  helicopter from a nearby Norwegian research station suddenly buzzed the base.  They quickly understand that something terrible has occurred there. After learning that the Norwegians had discovered something horrible, following the discovery, they fled, but something was following them all along.

The Abyss (1989)

Director: James Cameron

Writer: James Cameron

Cast: Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Ed Harris, Michael Biehn

IMDb Rating: 7.5/10

An extraterrestrial species attacks an American nuclear submarine, triggering major electrical and hydraulic failures, forcing the ship to fall into an undersea rock and drown. The tension between the two squads grows as the Navy SEALS move closer to their goal. When several employees claim to have seen UFOs underwater, the SEALS get suspicious and suspect a Russian mini-sub. They also face a variety of challenges and learn that they are not alone. There’s something more lurking beneath the surface.

The Black Hole(2006)

Director: Tibor Takács

Writer: David Goodin

Cast: Kristy Swanson, Judd Nelson

IMDb Rating: 3.2/10

The USS Palomino, a spacecraft, collides with a huge black hole. Once aboard, they discover that the ship is inhabited entirely by robots, with the exception of one human occupant, Dr. Hans Reinhardt, a famous scientist who has been missing for the last twenty years. Commander Hans Reinhardt, on the other hand, has no wish to be rescued. Instead, he has a meeting with the Collapsar’s immensely evil powers, and he intends to bring the PALOMINO’S team along for the voyage.

The Andromeda Strain (1971)

Director: Robert Wise

Writer: Robert Wise, Nelson Gidding

Cast: James Olson, Kate Reid, Arthur Hill

IMDb Rating: 7.2/10

The commander of the US Air Force’s Project Scoop declares an emergency after nearly all of the people of Piedmont, New Mexico, are found dead following the return to Earth of a space satellite. A team of scientists is enlisted to secure and analyze the satellite in a hermetically sealed subterranean facility, finding tiny extraterrestrial particles in the process.

Stargate (1994)

Director: Roland Emmerich

Writer: Dean Devlin, Roland Emmerich

Cast: James Spader, Kurt Russell, Jaye Davidson

IMDb Rating: 7.1/10

Daniel Jackson, an Egyptologist, is sent to a subterranean military bunker, where he decodes the markings on Egyptian cover stones as stars. This opens the way for Stargate, an extraterrestrial technology. Without the proper equipment, they will be unable to re-open the Stargate once they arrive on this Earth-like world. They must battle Evil to return the Stargate to its “locked” position and save the earth from the terrible bomb that the wicked commander plans to send through the Stargate.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

Director: James Cameron

Writer: William Wisher Jr., James Cameron

Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong

IMDb Rating: 8.5/10

After Conor’s mother, Sarah, is sent to a mental hospital, a now ten-year-old John Connor finds himself in foster care; this is after the Terminator’s botched assassination mission in The Terminator (1984). In the face of impending nuclear Conflict, two deadly cyborgs—the ancient but lethal T-800 and the vastly better liquid-metal T-1000—are pursuing the same vulnerable victim. Is it possible for Sarah and John to avoid the impending Day of Judgment?

In terms of visual effects and action sequences, this movie is considered the top film in the Terminator franchise by many fans. Its revolutionary visual effects and impressive action sequences are the stuff of legend.

Twelve Monkeys (1995)

Director: Terry Gilliam

Writer: David Webb Peoples, Chris Marker

Cast: Madeleine Stowe, Bruce Willis, Brad Pitt

IMDb Rating: 8/10

James Cole, a delusional prisoner in a 1990 mental facility, claims to be a time traveler from the distant year 2035 and feels driven to complete his crucial mission: to save the planet from a deadly viral agent capable of annihilating billions. James Cole, a convicted felon, unwillingly agrees to be transported back in time to 1996 in order to learn more about the outbreak’s origins. Cole is accidentally transported to 1990, six years earlier than intended, and is arrested and sent to a mental facility. He meets psychiatrist Dr. Kathryn Railly and Jeffrey Goines, the crazy son of a prominent scientist and virus expert.

Gattaca (1997)

Director: Andrew Niccol

Writer: Andrew Niccol

Cast: Uma Thurman, Ethan Hawke, Alan Arkin

IMDb Rating: 7.8/10

Gattaca Corp. is a prospective aerospace company. During this period, society examines each individual’s DNA to decide their place in the world. Ethan Hawke’s character was born with a congenital cardiac defect, ruling him out of the chance for a space mission. Vincent Freeman, despite being born with a disability that prevents him from traveling to space, is determined to infiltrate the GATTACA space program.

Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983)

Director: Richard Marquand

Writer: George Lucas

Cast: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Ian McDiarmid

IMDb Rating: 8.3/10

In this spectacular third chapter of the “Star Wars” epic, lightsabers sparkle, the Millennium Falcon rushes through hyperspace, and animals from all across the galaxy oppose the Galactic Empire. Unfortunately, the Empire is more than halfway through building a new Death Star, which will be near twice as huge as the original but more than twice as powerful. It will mean a definite disaster for Luke Skywalker and the rebels once it is built. Jabba the Hutt has Han Solo imprisoned, and Princess Leia soon finds herself in the gangster’s clutches.

Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)

Director: George Lucas

Writer: George Lucas

Cast: Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford

IMDb Rating: 8.6/10

In order to put down the uprising against the Galactic Empire, the Imperial Forces, led by the ruthless Darth Vader, kidnapped Princess Leia. However, R2-D2 and his companion C-3PO wind up on the Skywalkers’ farm before he can find him. R2-D2 then wanders out into the desert, where he meets up with Luke, who leads them to Obi-wan. Will Luke, Obi-wan, and the two droids be able to stop the Death Star from destroying the galaxy, or will the Emperor rule forever?

Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Director: Irvin Kershner

Writer: George Lucas

Cast: Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford

IMDb Rating: 8.7/10

On the ice planet Hoth, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, and Chewbacca are attacked by Imperial soldiers and AT-AT walkers. Meanwhile, Han Solo and Princess Leia go to the planet Bespin, where they are met by Han’s old friend, Lando Calrissian, a shady gambler. Darth Vader captures Han and his buddies when they are ambushed by the Empire shortly after their arrival. Luke sets out to save his comrades from Dagobah, only to be greeted by Vader and a surprising discovery.

Forbidden Planet (1956)

Director: Fred M. Wilcox

Writer: Allen Adler, Irving Block

Cast: Anne Francis, Warren Stevens, Leslie Nielsen

IMDb Rating: 7.6/10

Only two survivors are found when Commander Adams and his team are dispatched to investigate why there were no signals from a previous expedition to a planet studied by scientists 20 years prior. Instead, what they find is a lone survivor who is working on uncovering the secrets of the cosmos while investigating how and why an extraterrestrial species was annihilated 2000 millennia ago.

Total Recall (2012)

Director: Paul Verhoeven

Writer: Jon Povill, Ronald Shusett

Cast: Rachel Ticotin, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone

IMDb Rating: 7.5/10

Douglas Quaid, a resentful factory worker, approaches a memory-implant firm to put an end to a nightmare involving his secret-agent character and a beautiful unknown lady. However, when the process to implant a secret agent mission into Quaid’s memory goes awry – or does it? – He finds himself in the middle of a worldwide conspiracy.

The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

Director: Robert Wise

Writer: Edmund H. North

Cast: Patricia Neal, Michael Rennie, Hugh Marlowe

IMDb Rating: 7.7/10

A flying saucer circles the Earth in the 1950s. It lands on the Mall in Washington, DC. A jumpy soldier shoots the lone passenger as he walks out. Gort, a big and strong robot, comes to his rescue. They carry a vital message to the planet, which Klaatu intends to deliver to all nations’ leaders. However, communication becomes tough, so Klaatu decides to take a different approach after learning more about the indigenous.

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

Director: Steven Spielberg

Writer: Melissa Mathison

Cast: Henry Thomas, Dee Wallace, Peter Coyote

IMDb Rating: 7.8/10

A harmless creature is trapped on Earth after being abandoned by his gang of covert visitors. Alone and terrified, the stranded being is lucky enough to be discovered by Elliott, a lonely ten-year-old kid who decides to take him in and names him— E.T. becomes severely ill. As a result of his particular bond with Elliot, the little child suffers as well. When the task force eventually intervenes, the situation becomes serious. All aid may be too late by then, and there’s no extraterrestrial vessel in sight.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

Director: Philip Kaufman

Writer: W. D. Richter

Cast: Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Don Siegel

IMDb Rating: 7.4/10

When Elizabeth Driscoll, a coworker, and dear friend, informs Matthew that her husband has changed, Matthew Bennell, a public health inspector in San Francisco, is intrigued. Several of his pals have expressed concern with their close relations. But, when questioned afterward, they appear to have changed, denying everything or making feeble reasons. He quickly discovers that people are being replaced with soulless replicas of themselves.

Minority Report (2002)

Director: Steven Spielberg

Writer: Jon Cohen, Scott Frank

Cast: Colin Farrell, Tom Cruise, Samantha Morton

IMDb Rating: 7.6/10

It’s the near future, and murders have grown so prevalent that a system has to be put in place. This method is known as “Precrime,” It involves three psychics who can foresee murders before they occur. The Pre-Cogs, on the other hand, predict that Anderton will commit a murder in the following 36 hours. Worse, Anderton has no idea who the victim is. He resolves to go to the bottom of the matter by obtaining the minority report,’ which refers to the female Pre-Cog Agatha’s forecast that “may” reveal a different narrative and establish Anderton’s innocence.

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984)

Director: W. D. Richter

Writer: Earl Mac Rauch

Cast: Ellen Barkin, Peter Weller, Jeff Goldblum

IMDb Rating: 6.4/10

Buckaroo Banzai is a modern renaissance man who has created scientific history as a brain surgeon, rock musician, and explorer. He perfected the Oscillation Overthruster, allowing the eighth dimension to pass through solid matter. Buckaroo Banzai, an adventurer, brain surgeon, rock singer, and his crime-fighting squad, the Hong Kong Cavaliers, must stop wicked extraterrestrial invaders from the eighth dimension from conquering Earth.

The Fifth Element (1997)

Director: Luc Besson

Writer: Robert Mark Kamen, Luc Besson

Cast: Gary Oldman, Bruce Willis, Ian Holm

IMDb Rating: 7.7/10

Life is endangered by the arrival of Evil forces. Only the Fifth Element has the power to prevent the Evil from putting an end to life. While Korben, Leeloo, and the space-priest, Vito Cornelius, hunt for the ultimate weapon to defend mankind from an all-powerful force of pure Evil, Zorg is already pursuing the other four. Leeloo appears to possess the secret to Earth’s redemption in the ultimate fight between good and evil; yet, is the earth worth saving?

The Martian (2015)

Director: Ridley Scott

Writer: Andy Weir

Cast: Jessica Chastain, Matt Damon, Kate Mara

IMDb Rating: 8/10

A space mission goes wrong when an astronaut is stranded on Mars. With the completed team assumed to be dead, the only choice is to use the available resources and ingenuity to connect to the Earth and signal that he is alive. A great concept makes this one of the best space movies of all time.

First Man (2018)

Director: Damien Chazelle

Writer: Josh Singer

Cast: Claire Foy, Ryan Gosling, Jason Clarke

IMDb Rating: 7.3/10

We all know that Neil Armstrong was the first one to land on the moon, but only a few know the struggle and the story behind it. The first man is all about the beautiful story of an American NASA test pilot, risking his life to make the nation’s dream come true. The cinematic experience of the first man is brilliant to witness. Damien Chazelle has created an amazing movie to show all about the First man and his struggle to the moon.

Sunshine (2007)

Director: Danny Boyle

Writer: Alex Garland

Cast: Rose Byrne, Cillian Murphy, Cliff Curtis

IMDb Rating: 7.2/10

The movie takes you 50 years ahead in the future where the sun is dying, and so is the Earth. It is now in the hands of the team of astronauts to revive the sun and bring back everything to normal. With the first failed mission, this second mission, after seven years, is the last hope.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

Director: Steven Spielberg

Writer: Paul Schrader, Steven Spielberg

Cast: Melinda Dillon, Richard Dreyfuss, François Truffaut

IMDb Rating: 7.6/10

Cableman Roy Neary is one of the numerous persons who has witnessed UFOs flying across the night sky and has had a close encounter of the first sort. He is then plagued by a mountain-like picture in his mind, which he gets obsessed with figuring out what it means. Finally, the US government figures out where the visitors intend to land and devises a complex cover-up to keep them away. A number of individuals, including Neary, however, have a vision that attracts them to the location for a gathering with new and old acquaintances.

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Director: Stanley Kubrick

Writer: Arthur C. Clarke, Stanley Kubrick

Cast: Gary Lockwood, Keir Dullea

IMDb Rating: 8.3/10

The film “2001” tells the narrative of evolution. Someone or something stimulated evolution by putting a monolith on Earth in the remote past (presumably elsewhere throughout the universe as well). Humans were then able to reach the moon’s surface, where they discovered yet another monolith. A montage of impressions, music, and outstanding and meticulous attention to subliminal detail describes the tale. Even after 25 years, this picture continues to be impactful and a class act.

Europa Report (2013)

Director: Sebastián Cordero

Writer: Philip Gelatt

Cast: Michael Nyqvist, Sharlto Copley, Christian Camargo

IMDb Rating: 6.4/10

Europa is Jupiter’s moon which is expected to have the potential environment for life. To find the truth about the same, a team of six astronauts is sent to develop the “Europa Report.” Move through the difficulties, challenges, and sacrifices the team needs to make to send the report and insights to Earth. It is indeed a great selection on the list of the best space movies of all time.

Hidden Figures (2016)

Director: Theodore Melfi

Writer: Margot Lee Shetterly, Theodore Melfi

Cast: Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monáe

IMDb Rating: 7.8/10

One of the perfect movies to add to the list of the top space movies of all time is the mathematicians behind the NASA project. Known as the human computers, the three brilliant women rose the ranks in the US space program.

The Wandering Earth (2019)

Director: Frant Gwo

Writer: Gong Geer, Frant Gwo

Cast: Wu Jing, Angel Zhao, Jingjing Qu

IMDb Rating: 6/10

Launched in 2019 with the original title “Liu lang di Qiu,” it is one of the top space movies of all time. With the sun dying out and humanity in danger, it is now up to the group of young and brave people to save the Earth and move it out of orbit. Aiming to set Earth in a new star system, which needs a journey of 2500 years, survival is the biggest question here.

Pandorum (2009)

Director: Christian Alvart

Writer: Christian Alvart, Travis Milloy

Cast: Ben Foster, Dennis Quaid, Eddie Rouse

IMDb Rating: 6.7/10

Two crew members are trapped on a spaceship and rapidly learn that they are not alone – in a terrifying way. Two astronauts awaken in a hyper-sleep chamber onboard a spaceship that appears to have been abandoned. The Elysium spacecraft is dispatched to colonize a faraway planet. After several years on the ship, two crew members awaken from hypersleep to find that all of their colleagues had vanished. Despite this, they do not appear to be alone.

Barbarella (1968)

Director: Roger Vadim

Writer: Jean-Claude Forest, Terry Southern, Roger Vadim

Cast: Anita Pallenberg, Jane Fonda, John Phillip Law

IMDb Rating: 5.9/10

In the far future, the President of Earth has tasked astronaut Barbarella with rescuing famous scientist Durand Durand, who has vanished in the Tau Ceti area. The Positronic Ray, created by Durand Durand, is a formidable weapon that Earth officials worry will fall into the wrong hands. There, Barbarella comes across items like the Excessive Machine, a real sex organ that can be used by an expert to drive a victim to death through pleasure. She links up with the blind angel Pygar on her dangerous quest and confronts the Black Queen as well as numerous sexual torture devices.

Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

Director: Taika Waititi

Writer: Christopher Yost, Eric Pearson

Cast: Tessa Thompson, Chris Hemsworth, Taika Waititi

IMDb Rating: 7.9/10

The Mighty Thor, imprisoned on the opposite side of the cosmos, is pitted against The Incredible Hulk, his erstwhile comrade and fellow Avenger, in a deadly gladiatorial fight. Thor must engage in a gladiator match against the Grandmaster’s defending champion. Thor has no idea that the champion is none other than his old buddy and fellow Avenger, The Incredible Hulk. Thor must team up with The Incredible Hulk and his devious brother Loki to travel home to Asgard in time to confront Hela and avert Ragnarök, Asgard’s catastrophic annihilation.

Armageddon (1998)

Director: Michael Bay

Writer: Jonathan Hensleigh, Robert Roy Pool

Cast: Billy Bob Thornton, Bruce Willis, Liv Tyler

IMDb Rating: 6.7/10

NASA becomes aware of a doomsday asteroid that is on a collision path with Earth as a result of a shuttle’s sad end in orbit. Drilling into its surface and detonating a nuclear bomb appear to be the only methods to throw it off track. So they hire Harry Stamper, the world’s greatest deep core driller, to teach astronauts who will go to the asteroid. However, as high-ranking authorities play politics with the mission, the drilling crew tackles profound personal difficulties that might endanger humanity’s only hope.

Planet of the Apes (1968)

Director: Franklin J. Schaffner

Writer: Michael Wilson, Rod Serling

Cast: Roddy McDowall, Charlton Heston, Kim Hunter

IMDb Rating: 8/10

When Taylor and two other astronauts awaken from their long slumber, they discover their ship has crashed. One of the crew members perished in space, and the remaining three went on a mission to investigate the planet. After escaping with just their clothing, they arrive in a world where mankind is pre-literate and uncivilized, while monkeys have learned to speak and use technology. One of them flees with a female human native to the planet after undergoing a primate trial.

Men in Black (1997)

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld

Writer: Ed Solomon

Cast: Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Rip Torn

IMDb Rating: 7.3/10

They are the universe’s best-kept secret. Kay and Jay are the Men in Black, suppliers of immigration services and regulators of all things alien on Earth, working for a well-funded but unofficial government organization. When an extraterrestrial visitor plans a plot to rule the cosmos, they’ll have their work cut out for them. Is it possible for two guys in black suits to avoid a worldwide calamity on their own?

Independence Day (1996)

Director: Roland Emmerich

Writer: Roland Emmerich, Dean Devlin

Cast: Jeff Goldblum, Will Smith, Bill Pullman

IMDb Rating: 7/10

Humans detected an unusual signal at the beginning of July, and it has now become a worldwide phenomenon. Smaller spacecraft began to blanket whole towns throughout the world while a gigantic spaceship moved towards Earth. Suddenly, the awe turns to dread as the spacecraft uses energy to demolish the city. The survivors formed convoys and went out for Area 51, a mysterious government testing facility. The survivors create a strategy to combat the enslaved aliens, and July 4th becomes the day mankind fights for its freedom. Their Independence Day is July 4th.

Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005)

Director: George Lucas

Writer: George Lucas, Ewan McGregor

Cast: Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen, Natalie Portman

IMDb Rating: 7.5/10

The Clone Wars have been going on for over three years now. The Jedi Council dispatches Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker to assist the imprisoned Chancellor as a new threat emerges. General Grievous and his army of droids are waging a devastating battle against the Republican Army. Emperor Palpatine is liberated from Count Dooku’s captivity by Anakin and Obi-Wan.

Spaceballs (1987)

Director: Mel Brooks

Writer: Ronny Graham, Mel Brooks

Cast: John Candy, Mel Brooks, Bill Pullman

IMDb Rating: 7.1/10

Planet Spaceball, the wicked Spaceballs’ homeworld, is going out of the air. The planet’s leader, President Skroob, has concocted a nefarious scheme to take the air from the peaceful planet Druidia’s atmosphere. However, a defensive shield surrounds Druidia, preventing the Spaceballs from taking the air. Unfortunately, dark Helmet has devised a scheme to suffocate planet Druidia’s oxygen supply, and it’s up to Lonestar and Barf to rescue the princess and save the day.

Interstellar (2014)

Director: Christopher Nolan

Writer: Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan

Cast: Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain

IMDb Rating: 8.6/10

Earth is now falling prey to famines, disasters, and droughts. With only a single way to ensure the survival of humanity, the team of astronauts should travel through a wormhole to a faraway solar system to ensure that it has the right environment for survival.

Moon (2009)

Director: Duncan Jones

Writer: Nathan Parker

Cast: Dominique McElligott, Sam Rockwell, Kaya Scodelario

IMDb Rating: 7.8/10

One of the most exemplary plots in the list of the best space movies of all time is about Sam, who has been on a Lunar contract for 3-years—staying in space in the lunar station for the supply of helium-3, the only clean source of energy to Earth. But soon, there are repercussions, and now he has only one mission, which is to get back to Earth before it’s too late.

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

Director: Denis Villeneuve

Writer: Hampton Fancher

Cast: Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas

IMDb Rating: 8/10

LAPD Officer “K,” a new Blade Runner, unearths a long-buried truth that threatens to throw what’s left of civilization into anarchy. Following this, K makes a unique discovery. He embarks on a hunt for Rick Deckard, a former LAPD Blade Runner who has been lost for thirty years. Indeed one of the best space movies of all time; this is the perfect pick for a chill weekend.

Joshua Garner

Joshua calls himself nerd+geek who is also passionate about football. He enjoys comics, animes, and science fiction. He finds his comfort in writing about suspense, thrillers and science fiction shows and movies.

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