As kids, we’ve always wondered if what lies beyond the sky, the earth that we live on. Progressing with education, we learned much about outer space and its wonders. But we can’t deny the role of space movies in enhancing our interest in this mystical strange universe. We all have our own set of favorite movies from the space movies category. Ever wished to go on a spree and watch all the best space movies ever made? Well, if you have, you don’t have to waste your time wondering ‘What are some of the best space movies of all time?’. We’ve simplified that job for you! Here is a list of top and the best space movies sorted by IMDB ratings and where to watch online links.
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Best Space Movies sorted by IMDB Ratings
- Ad Astra (2019)
- First Man (2018)
- Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith (Episode III) (2005)
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
- Apollo 13 (1995)
- Star Trek into Darkness (2013)
- Gravity (2013)
- Avatar (2009)
- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
- Hidden Figures (2016)
- E.T. the Extra Terrestrial (1982)
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Episode VII) (2015)
- Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
- Arrival (2016)
- Star Trek (2009)
- Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
- Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
- The Martian (2015)
- Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (Episode VI) (1983)
- Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
- Avengers: Endgame (2019)
- WALL- E (2008)
- Interstellar (2014)
- Star Wars: A New Hope (Episode IV) (1977)
- Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (Episode V) (1980)
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Ad Astra (2019)
IMDB Ratings: 6.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 83%
Cast: Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga, Donald Sutherland, Kimberly Elise, Loren Dean, Donnie Keshawarz, Sean Blakemore, Bobby Nish, LisaGay Hamilton, John Finn.
Ad Astra is a psychological sci-fi space film directed by James Gray. It premiered at the Venice Film Festival in August of 2019 and released worldwide a month later.
The movie narrates the tale of a strained father-son relationship. In the 21st century, astronaut H. Clifford McBride sets off on the ‘Lima Project’ to look for intelligent extra-terrestrial life. The Lima crew loses contact with those on earth after reaching Neptune. 29 years later, unnatural power surges across the solar system threaten human survival. The cause is identified to the Lima Project. Major Roy McBride, the son of Clifford McBride is assigned to travel to Mars and communicate with his father. What follows is a dramatic turn of events, which changes Roy’s perspective of life forever.
Ad Astra met with generally favorable reviews from critics and viewers. Particular praised were the direction, cinematography, theme, visual effects, and Brad Pitt’s portrayal of Roy McBride. Among the numerous accolades that Ad Astra took home are the Academy Awards, Critics’ Choice Movie awards, Grammy awards, and Jupiter awards. It is undoubtedly one of the best sci-fi space movies to watch for everyone alike.
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First Man (2018)
IMDB Ratings: 7.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 87%
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler, Corey Stoll, Patrick Fugit, Christopher Abbott, Ciarán Hinds, Olivia Hamilton, Pablo Schreiber, Shea Whigham.
Ever wondered what was the real-life of Neil Armstrong like? Well, here is a movie that tells you just that! First Man is an American biographical space film that features the real-life story of Neil Armstrong. It is inspired by First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong, a 2005 book penned by James R. Hansen.
From his personal losses during his time as a NASA pilot to the technical errors that he faced in his career, we learn in detail about the real, raw life of the man that is Neil Armstrong, in this movie. As a test pilot for NASA in 1961, the space plane Neil flew bounced off the atmosphere. Following his daughter’s tragic loss from a brain tumor, Neil goes through a tough phase. After joining Project Gemini, he loses his friends Elliot See and Charles Bassett in the T-38 crash. The Gemini 8 mission co-piloted by Armstrong is aborted due to a malfunction after launch but is deemed a success as it wasn’t the crew’s fault. Later, a fire kills his friend and colleague Ed White and the entire Apollo 1 crew.
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Neil then gets selected for the Apollo 11 mission that finally makes the first lunar landing. Neil then marks the legendary event when he sets his foot on the moon, making him the first human to do so.
One of the best space movies of all time, First Man is widely acclaimed for its performances, direction, visual effects, theme, and sound, and musical score. It took home 25 accolades and 112 nominations, some of which include the Academy Awards, Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, Golden Globe awards, and Satellite awards. This inspiring tale is one of those biographical movies that you should watch at least once.
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Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith (Episode III) (2005)
IMDB Ratings: 7.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 80%
Cast: Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Hayden Christensen, Ian McDiarmid, Samuel L. Jackson, Jimmy Smits, Frank Oz, Anthony Daniels, Christopher Lee, Keisha Castle-Hughes.
Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith is an American space film that released in 2005. It is the third and final movie of the Star Wars prequel trilogy. The events of this film eventually lead up to the 1977 movie Star Wars: A New Hope.
Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker rescue Palpatine, the Supreme Chancellor from Separatist commander General Grievous. Later, at Coruscant, Anakin meets his wife Padme Amidala who tells him she is pregnant. In a subsequent turn of events, Anakin realizes that Palpatine is the real Sith Lord. Palpatine tempts Anakin by promising him powers that can even stop death. Anakin, who has been experiencing nightmares about his wife’s death during childbirth, pledges himself to the Sith to save his wife and becomes Darth Vader. Obi-Wan Kenobi battles Darth Vader nearly killing him, while Yoda engages in a stalemate duel with Palpatine. Later, Padme gives birth to twins and dies soon after with no hope left to live. Kenobi and Yoda decide to hide the whereabouts of the twins, Luke and Leia, from the Sith until they are ready for a war with the Empire.
The film was premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2005 and subsequently released worldwide a few days later. It opened to generally positive reviews from critics and audience for its action sequences, theme, visual effects and performances. Considered as the best among the Star Wars prequel trilogy films, it bagged many awards and nominations like the Academy awards, People’s Choice awards, Saturn awards and Empire awards. An important addition to the Star Wars franchise, Revenge of the Sith is among the best entries in our list of space movies.
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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
IMDB Ratings: 7.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 85%
Cast: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Sylvester Stallone, Kurt Russell, Elizabeth Debicki.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is an American superhero film from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. A sequel to the 2014 movie Guardians of the Galaxy, this movie had its theatrical release in May of 2017. It is also the 15th film of the MCU.
After destroying Ronan and safeguarding the Power Stone, the gang consisting of Peter Quill, Gamora, Rocket, Drax, and Baby Groot are collectively called the ‘guardians of the galaxy. Rocket steals the valuable batteries of the Sovereign race after the guardians are themselves assigned to protect it. Because of this, a fleet of drones sent by the Sovereigns attacks their ship. They are however rescued by Ego, who is Quill’s biological father. On Ego’s invitation, Quill, Gamora, and Drax go to his home planet while Rocket and Baby Groot stay back with Nebula. However, little does Quill know that he has walked into a deadly trap. How the guardians save the worlds from total destruction is what the rest of the story tells us about.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 surpassed its predecessor and became one of the highest-grossing films of the year. Critically credited for its visual effects, humor, story, direction, and performances, the movie is among the favourite MCU films of viewers across the world. It won and has been nominated for many accolades like the Grammy awards, Teen Choice awards, Academy awards and Saturn awards, to name a few. It is without doubt, an entertaining space related movie to watch on a mundane day.
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Apollo 13 (1995)
IMDB Ratings: 7.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 96%
Cast: Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon, Gary Sinise, Ed Harris, Kathleen Quinlan, Mary Kate Schellhardt, Emily Ann Lloyd, Miko Hughes, Max Elliott Slade, Jean Speegle Howard.
Apollo 13 is a space docudrama film that hit the theatres in 1995. It tells the story of Apollo 13, the aborted 1970 lunar mission. Adapted from the book, Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 12, penned by astronauts Jim Lovell
and Jeffrey Kluger, the movie is one of the best space docudramas ever made.
In 1969, Jim Lovell, Ken Mattingly, and Fred Haise are assigned to fly for the Apollo 13 mission. However, a few days prior to launch, Mattingly gets diagnosed with German Measles and is replaced by Jack Swigert. Although initially resentful to this decision, Lovell agrees to continue with the mission fearing the crew getting replaced altogether. In space, several things go askew and the astronauts are exposed to grave danger. The remaining story is about their struggle to get back home safely and how they manage it with sheer luck.
The movie met with critical acclaim for the screenplay and direction, theme, technical and scientific accuracy, editing and sound, and acting performances. It is among the few good docudrama films that sheds some light on the history of space programmes. It took home many honors including the Academy Awards, BAFTA Film Awards, Golden Globe awards and Saturn awards, to mention a few. If you love space films and documentaries, Apollo 13 is sure to entertain you.
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Star Trek into Darkness (2013)
IMDB Ratings: 7.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 84%
Cast: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Benedict Cumberbatch, Anton Yelchin, Bruce Greenwood, Peter Weller, Alice Eve, Noel Clarke.
The sequel to the 2009 film Star Trek, Star Trek into Darkness is an American sci fi space film. It is the twelfth film in the Star Trek movie franchise. Additionally, it is also notable as the last film of Leonard Nimoy before his demise. Nimoy is well-known for his portrayal of Spock in the Star Trek series.
The movie is set in 2259. James T. Kirk is demoted to the first officer from the title of captain of the starship USS Enterprise. Additionally, Spock is transferred to another ship and the current captain of Enterprise is Admiral Christopher Pike. Starfleet Commander John Harrison kills Pike and other senior officers and transports them to the Klingon world. Soon, Kirk, Spock, and Uhura lead a team to the planet to unveil several mysteries and discover a shocking truth about Admiral Alexander Marcus. How they manage to succeed in their mission forms the rest of the story.
Star Trek into Darkness is the highest-grossing Star Trek film ever made. It is highly praised for the acting performances, theme, plot twists, action sequences, and visual effects. One of the best space-related movies, it earned a lot of fame and awards and nominations at the Academy Awards, British Academy Film Awards, and Golden Trailer awards, to name a few.
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IMDB Ratings: 7.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 95%
Cast: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris, Orto Ignatiussen, Phaldut Sharma, Amy Warren, Basher Savage.
Another enthralling sci-fi space movie, Gravity will keep you at the edge of your seat throughout. It premiered at the Venice International Film Festival in August of 2013, before releasing in theatres in October that year.
Gravity tells the tale of Dr. Ryan Stone who is stranded in space, all alone. Stone, a medical engineer is on her first space mission in the Explorer which is sent to service the Hubble Space Telescope. Due to an unfortunate event where space debris hits their space shuttle, most of the crew dies except for Stone and mission commander Matt Kowalski. The duo intends to reach the ISS which is about 900 miles away. However, due to another accident, Kowalski is forced to detach the duo’s tether and float away in space to never return. The rest of the story is about Stone’s inspiring battle to reach back home safely, despite all odds.
The movie is considered one of the best films of 2013 and critically praised for its direction, visuals, cinematography, musical score, and performances. It was chosen in the ‘Movies of the Year’ list of the American Film Institute. It earned numerous awards and nominations like the Academy Awards, BAFTA awards, Golden Globe awards, Hugo awards, and Critics’ Choice Movie awards. One among the top space movies of all time, Gravity is another thrilling movie that deserves to be on your ‘must-watch space movies’ list!
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IMDB Ratings: 7.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 82%
Cast: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez, Giovanni Ribisi, Joel David Moore, CCH Pounder, Wes Studi, Laz Alonso, Dileep Rao.
Avatar is one of the most popular sci fi space movies ever made. Released in 2009, the movie remains the second highest grossing movies of all time, to this date.
The story is set in the year 2154. By this time, due to over-consumption, Earth’s natural resources have depleted. While looking for energy sources, the Resources Development Administration or RDA mines unobtanium, a valuable mineral in Pandora. Pandora is a habitable moon of Polyphemus in the Alpha Centauri star system. As it is not habitable by humans, RDA operates ‘avatars’ who are human hybrids of Navi, the local inhabitants of Pandora, to investigate the location. Jake Sully gets stuck at the place and meets and falls in love with Neytiri, a female Navi. He soon realizes that RDA expanding the mining colony on Pandora would lead to the destruction of the Navis. Empathizing with them, he has to now choose where his loyalties lie.
Avatar hit the theatres in December of 2009 and received high critical acclaim. This is not surprising as its visual effects, theme, acting performances, cinematography, direction and screenplay deserve due credit. It is the first film ever to gross more than 2 billion dollars. Without a doubt, it bagged a huge number of accolades: 73 awards and 148 nominations. These include 3 Academy Awards, 2 BAFTA awards, 3 Empire Awards, 11 Saturn Awards, and many more. Avatar is definitely one of those space movies that you shouldn’t miss watching.
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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
IMDB Ratings: 7.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 84%
Cast: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Alan Tudyk, Donnie Yen, Wen Jiang, Ben Mendelsohn, Guy Henry, Forest Whitaker, Riz Ahmed, Mads Mikkelsen, Jimmy Smits, Alistair Petrie.
Another one of America’s epic space movies, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is an obvious mention on this list of space movies. It is an immediate prequel to the first Star Wars film: Star Wars: A New Hope that released in 1977. Additionally, it is also the first installment in the Star Wars anthology series.
The time period of the movie is set a week immediately before the events of A New Hope. The Galactic Empire is working on the construction of a super-powerful weapon called the Death Star. The Death Star is designed so that it can destroy an entire planet. However, a group of rebels consisting of Jyn Erso, Cassian Andor, Chirrut Imwe, Baze Malbus, Bodhi Rook, and droid K-2S0 steal the schematics of the weapon with an intent to destroy it. The story is all about how they successfully achieve their target while sacrificing themselves for it. It details the Rebel Alliance’s first victory against the Galactic Empire which provides hope for its future endeavors seen in the original Star Wars trilogy.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story met with generally positive reviews from viewers and critics. The acting performances, sound and musical scores, visual effects, and strong storyline were appreciated. It went on to become the second highest-grossing film of the year. It has been nominated and won several honors like the Academy Awards, British Academy Film Awards, Empire Awards, Hugo awards and Saturn awards. This one is indeed among the most entertaining space adventure movies to watch.
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Hidden Figures (2016)
IMDB Ratings: 7.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 93%
Cast: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Mahershala Ali, Aldis Hodge, Glen Powell, Kimberly Quinn, Olek Krupa.
Hidden Figures is an American biographical space film that released in 2016. It tells the story of African American female mathematicians who were NASA employees and played a major role in the earlier NASA missions. The movie is loosely adapted from a book of the same name, penned by Margot Lee Shetterly.
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In 1961, a time period when racist and sexist segregation still existed, Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson are employees at the Langley Research Centre. Termed as what was known as human computers, the women are assigned to compute highly advanced mathematical calculations of the space program. While Katherine struggles as an assistant at the Space Task Group, Dorothy has to face the upcoming challenge of electronic computers replacing the human counterparts. Mary who dreams to be an engineer has to fight her case at court to get admission to an all-white school to be qualified for the same. The story is about the struggle and success of these highly intellectual women who are treated lowly, yet emerge to the top with their perseverance and courage.
A truly inspiring tale, the movie is based on the real lives of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson. Hidden Figures met with critical acclaim for the strong performances, writing, direction, historical accuracy,and emotional weightage. The National Board of Review selected it as one of the ‘Top Ten films of 2016’. Bagging several honors including 28 awards and 73 nominations, we guarantee you that this film will never disappoint in inspiring you.
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E.T. the Extra Terrestrial (1982)
IMDB Ratings: 7.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 98%
Cast: Dee Wallace, Henry Thomas, Peter Coyote, Robert MacNaughton, Drew Barrymore, K.C. Martel, Sean Frye, C. Thomas Howell, Erika Eleniak, David M. O’Dell, Richard Swingler.
E.T. The Extra Terrestrial is a fascinating sci fi space movie from 1982. One of the highest grossing films of all time, it is one of the best space movies to watch for all.
Elliot, a ten-year-old boy who lives in a suburban neighborhood of San Fernando Valley. One day, he discovers an alien in their tool shed. Elliot, his brother Michael and sister Gertie soon discover that he was left behind accidentally by an alien mission studying plant specimens on earth. Elliot grows on E.T., the alien, and the two start to share a strong empathic connection. This causes considerable chaos in Elliot’s school and life. The story talks about the friendship between the boy and the extra-terrestrial, their adventures together, and how they nearly escape death while trying to send back E.T. safely to his home planet.
Hailed as one of the greatest films of all time, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial is widely acclaimed by critics. With a heart-warming theme, it strikes as the best for its direction, sound and musical score, and visual effects. It won and has been nominated for many awards like the Academy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, Los Angeles Film Critics Association awards, and Saturn awards. Suitable for people of all ages alike, this is another must-watch movie from our list of space movies.
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Episode VII) (2015)
IMDB Ratings: 7.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 92%
Cast: Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the fourth Star Wars film and the first of the Star Wars sequel trilogy. The 2015 film is set thirty years after the events of the Return of the Jedi which released in 1983.
Luke Skywalker has gone into hiding sometime after the Galactic Civil War. The First Order which rose from the Galactic Empire is the new military dictatorship of the Dark Side of the Force. Princess Leia, now General Leia Organa, is the head of the Resistance backed by the Republic. She is on a hunt for Luke, who is her twin brother. Kylo Ren, who is Leia and Han Solo’s son, has joined the dark side and works for the First Order.
In an attempt to trace Luke, Resistance pilot Poe Dameron is almost killed. Finn, a reformed Stormtrooper of the First Order unites with a scavenger Rey and BB-8, Poe’s droid, to locate Luke. After Han joins them and encounters Kylo whom the former implores to leave the dark side, Kylo kills his father, causing Chewbacca to severely injure him. Following another intriguing battle with Finn and Rey, Kylo is ordered to retreat. Later with the help of a revived R2-D2, Rey manages to locate Luke on an oceanic planet Ahch-To.
The film opened to overwhelmingly positive reviews. Critics praised the movie for its acting performances, direction and screenplay, visual effects, musical scores, and action sequences. In every sense, it does complete justice to its predecessors. It went on to become the highest-grossing film of 2015 and won 32 prestigious awards and 85 other nominations. A few among these include the Academy Awards, British Academy Film Awards, Critics’ Choice Movie awards, Empire awards, and Saturn awards. If you loved watching the original Star Wars trilogy, you will surely enjoy The Force Awakens.
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Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
IMDB Ratings: 7.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 93%
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Hopkins, Benedict Cumberbatch.
Thor: Ragnarok is an American superhero film that hit the theatres in 2017. Another film from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the film is the third installment in the Thor franchise.
A few years to the Avengers’ valiant fight in the battle of Sokovia, Thor is imprisoned by Surtur, the fire demon. Surtur threatens the destruction of the realm during the prophesized Ragnarok. Although Thor defeats Surtur and escapes, he is determined to find Odin, his father. At Asgard, he meets Loki, his estranged brother. With the help of Dr. Strange, they locate Odin who tells them that he’s dying. He also tells them that Hela, their powerful, evil elder sister will be free from imprisonment soon after his passing and that the Ragnarok cannot be stopped. Hela’s resurfacing, Thor and Loki’s downfall to Sakaar, an interesting plot twist involving none other than the Hulk, and their combined efforts with Valkyrie to fight Hela is what forms the rest of the story.
Thor: Ragnarok is one of the best space-related movies from MCU and the best among all three Thor movies. It is appreciated for its humor, action sequences, visual effects, musical score, direction, and performances. The ninth highest-grossing film of the year, the movie won several accolades and nominations. Some of these include the Critics’ Choice awards, the Empire Awards, the Hugo Awards, and the Saturn Awards. One of the most entertaining Marvel films, Thor: Ragnarok is worth every minute of your time.
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IMDB Ratings: 7.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 94%
Cast: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg, Mark O’Brien, Tzi Ma, Abigail Pniowsky, Julia Scarlett Dan, Jadyn Malone, Frank Schorpion, Lucas Chartier-Dessert.
Arrival is yet another intriguing American sci-fi space movie that deserves its place on this list. It is based on ‘Story of your life, a 1998 short story by Ted Chiang, an American sci-fi writer. The theatrical release of the film took place in November 2016, while a world premiere of the same was held at the Venice Film Festival two months prior.
After twelve extraterrestrial spaceships soar over different locations on earth, the nations are alerted and send experts to monitor the situation. In Montana, the United States, the army sends Louise Banks and Ian Donnelly to study the spaceship hovering over Montana. Banks is a linguist while Donnelly is a physicist. They encounter two aliens, whom they call Abbott and Costello, on the ship. After a message from the aliens is decoded by Banks and Donnelly, a war-like situation arises across the nations. How Banks later breaks the tension by interpreting the real purpose of the aliens’ visit is what forms the crux of the story.
Considered one of the best movies of 2016, Arrival is highly praised for its powerful story and direction as well as the terrific performance of Amy Adams as Louise Banks. The American Film Institute declared the movie as one among the ten ‘Movies of the Year’. It won 25 honorable accolades and 167 nominations, which include the Academy Awards, British Academy Film Awards, and the Critics’ Choice awards. Without a doubt, Arrival is one of the best Hollywood space movies of all time.
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Star Trek (2009)
IMDB Ratings: 7.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 94%
Cast: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Leonard Nimoy, Eric Bana, Bruce Greenwood, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Ben Cross, Winona Ryder.
Star Trek is a popular American sci-fi movie that hit the big screen in May of 2009. Part of the Star Trek film franchise, it is the eleventh installment in the same. The film is set in an alternate reality using the concept of time travel. It bases the character development of the original protagonists during their time in Starfleet Academy.
The story is set in the 23rd century. James T. Kirk is the son of George Kirk, the Late first officer of Kelvin, a Federation starship USS. George Kirk dies while saving his pregnant wife, in an attack laid by Romulan commander Nero on the Kelvin. Thirteen years later, James Kirk joins the Starfleet Academy where he meets a young Commander Spock, who is from planet Vulcan. The rest of the story talks of the duo’s efforts in defeating Nero who poses a threat to the United Federation of Planets.
Star Trek released to critical acclaim for its strong story, visual effects, humor, and action sequences. Bagging 29 prestigious awards and 107 other nominations, it maintains its position as one of the best sci-fi space movies ever made. Some of the honors bestowed upon Star Trek include the Academy Awards, the British Academy Film Awards, Grammy Awards, and Golden Trailer Awards. If you love science fiction, you will definitely love the brilliance of Star Trek.
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Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
IMDB Ratings: 8/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 88%
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Dave Bautista, Robin Wright, Mark Arnold, Vilma Szécsi, Ana de Armas, Wood Harris, David Dastmalchian, Tómas Lemarquis, Sylvia Hoeks, Edward James Olmos.
A sequel to Blade Runner, the famous 1983 film, Blade Runner 2049 is one of the best sci-fi movies of 2017. It features an ensemble cast that includes Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Sylvia Hoeks, and Ana de Armas.
The year is 2049. We are introduced to an advanced race in this time: replicants. Replicants are bio-engineered humans who have features that resemble actual humans. K is a Nexus-9 replicant who works for the Los Angeles Police Department. A blade runner by profession, K discovers a secret while on a mission. A secret that could overthrow the course of civilization on the planet. With several interesting plot twists, the story tells us of K’s adventurous quest for Rick Deckard, a former blade runner to solve the mystery.
Blade Runner 2049 is well acclaimed among critics for its direction, cinematography, visual effects, and acting performances. It took home a total of 44 prestigious accolades and 109 other nominations. These include two Academy Awards, British Academy Film Awards, Critics’ Choice Awards, and Golden Trailer Awards, to list a few. Hailed one of the best films of 2017, Blade Runner 2049 is one of the best sci-fi movies to watch if you are into science fiction.
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Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
IMDB Ratings: 8/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 91%
Cast: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close.
Guardians of the Galaxy is a superhero action movie from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The movie that hit the theatres in 2014 tells the story of a group of extra-terrestrials who are termed as the ‘guardians of the galaxy.
After Peter Quill steals a mysterious orb from the planet of Morag, he encounters a group of like-headed criminals who are also after the orb. They decide to work together and break out of the Kyln prison. The five members of the gang are Quill, Gamora, Rocket, Groot, and Drax. Ronan, under the instructions of Thanos, is also after the orb. He attacks the gang at Knowhere just after Tivan explains the significance of the orb to the gang. Apparently, the orb contains the Power Stone, one of the six infinity stones that form the basis of the universe. How the gang succeeds in guarding the stone from getting into evil hands is what forms the rest of the story.
This space-related movie was a huge success at the box office. It went on to become the third highest-grossing film of 2014. It is critically lauded for the direction, humor, visual effects, action sequences, screenplay, and performances by the cast. As part of Phase 2 of the MCU, the movie has won several honorable awards and nominations. These include the Academy Awards, Grammy Awards, Hollywood Film Awards, and British Academy Film Awards, to list a few. It is, without a doubt, one of the best space adventure movies packed with tons of entertainment.
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The Martian (2015)
IMDB Ratings: 8/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 91%
Cast: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Michael Peña, Sean Bean, Kate Mara, Sebastian Stan, Aksel Hennie, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong.
The Martian is a sci-fi space movie inspired by the 2011 novel of the same name, by Andy Weir. It hit the theatres in September of 2015.
Astronaut Mark Watney is the botanist in the Ares III crew which is on a mission on Mars. While on the mission, a terrible dust storm hits them, forcing the team to evacuate soon. However, Watney is hit by debris while approaching the MAV and gets lost. Though Commander Lewis tries to find him, she fails and he is assumed to be dead. The team exits the planet leaving behind Watney, who is actually alive. The rest of the story tells us of Watney’s inspiring determination and creative efforts to stay alive on the planet and return back home. When his undying spirit teams up with the intelligent NASA team on earth, Watney gets a chance to come home after spending 560 Martian solar days on Mars.
The film opened to high critical acclaim for its intelligent storyline and scientific accuracy, direction, visual effects, and strong performances. It is one of the best space movies ever made that guarantees an inspiring, thrilling experience. It premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Festival. The Martian won a total of 25 prestigious awards and 141 award nominations that include the Academy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, and Satellite Awards.
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Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (Episode VI) (1983)
IMDB Ratings: 8.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 82%
Cast: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Sebastian Shaw, Ian McDiarmid, Frank Oz, James Earl Jones.
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi is the final film in the original Star Wars trilogy. Released in theatres in May of 1983, the film is one of the best American space opera films.
Return of the Jedi continues from the events of The Empire Strikes Back. Following the capture of Han Solo, the Rebel Fleet led by Luke Skywalker try to rescue him from Jabba the Hutt. Meanwhile, the Galactic Empire is trying to construct another Death Star; this time, supervised by the Emperor himself. After rescuing Han, Luke returns to a dying Yoda to resume his Jedi training. He learns another shocking fact; Princess Leia is his twin sister and that Darth Vader is indeed his father. Following this revelation, Luke attempts to bring his father back to the light side of the Force. After a series of power-packed plot sequences, the Rebel Fleet successfully destroys the Death Star. On the other hand, Vader gives up his own life to save his son, thus having reformed in his final moments.
The third installment in the Star Wars movie franchise, Return of the Jedi promises fulfilling entertainment like its predecessors. It won four Academy awards among the total fourteen nominations and several other accolades like British Academy Film Awards and Saturn Awards, to list a few. It is, without a doubt, one of the top space movies to watch and enjoy for all.
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Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
IMDB Ratings: 8.4/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 85%
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chadwick Boseman, Tom Holland, Zoe Saldana.
Avengers: Infinity War is a superhero film from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The third installment in the Avengers franchise, it is among the most popular MCU movies ever.
Thanos, an alien warlord from the planet called Titan, aims to bring universal balance. For this, he decides to destroy half of the living world, so that the universal resources can suffice the rest. The infinity stones, namely the Mind Stone, Power Stone, Time Stone, Space Stone, Soul Stone, and Reality Stone form the basis of universal existence. Anyone who comes in possession of all the six stones becomes infinitely powerful. Thanos, in order to achieve his goal, starts collecting stones from different parts of the universe by killing and torturing all in his way. The Avengers and the guardians of the galaxy die trying to stop him but in vain. In the end, Thor fatally strikes Thanos with his Stormbreaker but fails in killing him. With all the infinity stones on his gauntlet, Thanos snaps his fingers, and half of the living world vanishes away into dust.
With a terrific ensemble cast and their mind-blowing performances, Avengers: Infinity War went on to become the fourth highest-grossing film of all time. The film enjoys high critical acclaim for factors like action sequences, direction, visual effects, and emotional weight. It has won and been nominated for a number of accolades like the Academy Awards, British Academy Film Awards, Grammy Awards, Golden Trailer Awards, and People’s Choice Awards, to name a few. We are sure you’ll love this amazing superhero movie from our list of space movies.
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Avengers: Endgame (2019)
IMDB Ratings: 8.4/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 94%
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chadwick Boseman.
Avengers: Endgame is a superhero film from the Marvel Cinematic Universe that hit theatres in April 2019. The direct sequel to Avenger: Infinity War, it is the fourth installment in the Avengers franchise.
Five years after Thanos wipes off half of the living world, the surviving Avengers come together to reverse the damage. Scott Lang (Ant-man) suggests an idea of time travel using the quantum realm. Accordingly, the team splits up to go back in time in different locations, to retrieve the infinity stones. Everyone except Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow) returns to the present time after completing the mission. Romanoff makes the ultimate sacrifice so that the team gets hold of the Soul Stone. Bruce Banner (Hulk) wears the gauntlet and snaps his fingers to bring back everyone who had vanished. Though he succeeds, disaster strikes after Thanos’ army from the past come back to get hold of the stones. In the ensuing dramatic fight, the heroes who had earlier vanished to join the existing ones to finish off Thanos once and for all. However, victory comes with a great cost; Iron Man…
One of the most awaited films all over the world, Avengers: Endgame is considered the finest work of the Russo brothers. The movie rose to universal acclaim for its stellar story, direction, performances, visual effects, and action sequences, among others. Making it to the highest-grossing films of all time, it has won a total of 37 prestigious accolades and 108 award nominations! No wonder it is one of the most loved space related movies to watch at least once.
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WALL- E (2008)
IMDB Ratings: 8.4/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 95%
Cast: Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, Jeff Garlin, Fred Willard, MacInTalk, John Ratzenberger, Kathy Najimy, Sigourney Weaver, Teddy Newton, Bob Bergen, John Cygan, Pete Docter.
A Pixar film that captured our hearts, WALL-E is a special mention on this list of best space movies. This animated sci-fi film hit theatres in June of 2008.
It is the 29th century. Owing to excess consumerism, natural resources have depleted completely, and all that remains on earth is garbage. About seven centuries earlier, Buy-n-Large (BnL), a megacorporation has evacuated humans from earth to another habitable location. BnL left behind several robots called Waste Allocation Load-Lifter: Earth Class or WALL-E on earth, to clean up the waste. Among these, only one robot remains functional now. To his rather mundane existence enters Extraterrestrial Vegetation Evaluator or EVE. EVE is a robot sent with a mission to check if the earth can sustain life again. What follows is a beautiful romantic adventure that guarantees a worthwhile experience to the viewer.
One of Disney-Pixar’s best, WALL-E leaves a deep impact on environmental degradation. It rose to critical acclaim for its strong plotline, animation and visual effects, musical score, and voice acting. The use of minimal dialogue is one of the striking features for which this Pixar movie is known. Considered ‘the best film of 2008’, it has been bestowed upon several honors like the Academy Awards, Grammy Awards, Golden Globe awards, and BAFTA awards among many others. The heart-warming movie is a must-watch from this list of space movies we’ve brought together for you.
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IMDB Ratings: 8.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 72%
Cast: Ellen Burstyn, Matthew McConaughey, Mackenzie Foy, John Lithgow, Timothée Chalamet, David Oyelowo, Collette Wolfe, Francis X. McCarthy, Bill Irwin, Anne Hathaway.
Interstellar is a sci-fi space movie created by Christopher Nolan. The movie that hit theatres in October 2014, was one of the highest grossing films of the year.
The movie is set in 2067 when most of the resources on earth have exhausted and environmental hazards threaten survival. With little food to exist, a group of bright minds from NASA attempt to find a new habitable planet. They explore possible habitable worlds exposed by a wormhole near Saturn. Former NASA pilot Joseph Cooper sets out on an adventure with Dr. Amelia Brand, Dr. Romilly, and Dr. Doyle. With the tricky concept of time and several other twists in the mysterious outer space, the story is one that’ll keep you glued to your seats until the end.
The film was well-received by viewers and critics across the world. It earned enough credit to become one of the highest-grossing films of the year. It is highly appreciated for the screenplay and direction, visual effects, performances, and emotional weightage. Interstellar has won and been nominated for a number of awards like the Academy Awards, BAFTA Awards, and Golden Trailer Awards, to name a few. One of the best space adventure movies, Interstellar deserves a place on your list of space movies to watch soon!
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Star Wars: A New Hope (Episode IV) (1977)
IMDB Ratings: 8.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 92%
Cast: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing, Alec Guinness, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew, David Prowse, Phil Brown, Shelagh Fraser.
Star Wars: A New Hope is the first film of the popular Star Wars movie franchise. The movie that released in May 1977, is considered one of the greatest films in the history of cinema.
Luke Skywalker is a moisture farmer who lives with his aunt and uncle on the desert planet Tatooine. They buy two astromech droids, R2-D2 and C-3PO from Jawa traders. The droids contain highly confidential schematics about Death Star, a massive space station. The Death Star is a Galactic superweapon that has the capacity of destroying an entire planet. It is Imperial Senator Princess Leia who hides the plan in the droids before getting abducted by Darth Vader. As fate would have it, Luke accidentally triggers a message from Leia asking for help while cleaning the droids. Then follows a dramatic journey in which Luke joins Obi-Wan Kenobi, Han Solo and his Wookie co-pilot Chewbacca. Together they rescue Princess Leia as well as succeed in destroying the Death Star once and for all.
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One of the most popular space movies of all time, Star Wars: A New Hope is critically acclaimed for its pure narrative. It is the first movie in the original Star Wars trilogy, while being the fourth episode in the Skywalker Saga. Exceptional and original, the movie won six Academy Awards at the 50th Academy Awards held in 1978. Additionally, it bagged plenty of other accolades and nominations like the Golden Globe awards, the Grammy Awards, the Saturn Awards and the British Academy Awards. Without a doubt, it earns one of the topmost positions in the list of the best space movies of all time.
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Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (Episode V) (1980)
IMDB Ratings: 8.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 94%
Cast: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, David Prowse, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, Frank Oz, Alec Guinness, Jeremy Bulloch.
The second film in the Star Wars movie franchise, The Empire Strikes Back is a famous space opera film. It is a direct sequel to the 1977 film Star Wars: A New Hope, and opened to audience in May 1980.
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back is set after three years to the events of the previous film. After Death Star is destroyed by Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader hunts the new Rebel base set by Princess Leia. Luke, after getting captured and fatally injured, is instructed by Obi-Wan Kenobi’s spirit to find Jedi Master Yoda. Meanwhile, Han and Leia, and the rest of the team is captured by Darth Vader. He intends to use the group as bait to lure Luke into joining the dark side.
Luke, now training under Yoda, feels a premonition of his friends in pain and leaves for their rescue. However, before he arrives, Princess Leia and Chewbacca manage to escape with the help of Han’s friend Lando. But Han, a former smuggler, is given to Fett, a Bounty hunter who plans to collect a bounty in exchange for him at Jabba the Hutt. Following an engaging battle in which Luke’s right hand is severed, Darth Vader reveals a shocking truth. The Rebel fleet manages to save Luke and escape successfully, while Lando and Chewbacca set on a quest to find Han.
This is one of the few Hollywood space movies that created a major impact on filmmaking and popular culture. It is also credited for one of the greatest plot twists in a movie, in film history. The second installment in the original Star Wars trilogy, it is hailed as the best Star Wars film. It took home numerous prestigious honors like the Academy Awards, BAFTA Awards, Grammy Awards, Saturn Awards, and many others. It also set three Guinness World Records in the field of cinema. Needless to say, this space movie is a must-watch for all.
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