Many science fiction movies are set in space. It’s not a place where everyone can easily go. But it captures the imagination of the audience.
Some of us love watching the vivid screen-play while some enjoy the curiosity behind it. However we put it, almost everyone loves a great space movie!
If you’re looking for a list of the best space movies, you’re at the right place.
Here are some fantastical films that defy human knowledge, such as space travel, planetary experiences, and encounters and confrontations with aliens.
- 17. “2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968)
- 16. “Solaris” (1972)
- 15. “Alien” (1979)
- 14. “Silent Running” (1972)
- 13. “Apollo 13” (1995)
- 12. “Armageddon” (1998)
- 11. “Mission to Mars” (2000)
- 10. “Space Cowboys” (2000)
- 9. “Sunshine” (2007)
- 8. “Moon” (2009)
- 7. “Gravity” (2013)
- 6. “Interstellar” (2014)
- 5. “The Martian” (2015)
- 4. “Passengers” (2016)
- 3. “Life” (2017)
- 2. “First Man” (2018)
- 1. “Ad Astra” (2019)
- Final Thoughts,
17. “2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968)
In 2001, Captain Bowman and the Pool astronauts board the Jupiter-bound spacecraft Discovery. They entrust their operations to HAL9000, the ship’s central computer. However, this computer suddenly revolts and attempts to eliminate everyone.
This film depicts the battle between humans and computers that takes place inside a spaceship.
The creators used special effects technology that was novel at the time. Adding classical music to the background added a hint of reality.
As the director Stanley Kubrick himself said, “You can’t understand it just by watching it once,” this, combined with its esoteric content, had a great influence on subsequent science fiction works.
16. “Solaris” (1972)
People back in earth suddenly lose connection with the space station ‘Prometheus’. It had been investigating Solaris; an unknown planet covered with oceans and clouds.
Psychologist Chris arrives in the space station for investigation, only to find two survivors. They had been terrorized by the suicidal body of a friend.
Chris continues to investigate the whole situation. Later he begins to see his wife, Harry who died a few years ago.
Andrei Tarkovsky, one of the greatest masters of the former Soviet Union, created this science fiction film about human beings in extreme situations. It was hailed as a Russian answer film to 2001: A Space Odyssey at the time of its release, and was remade by Steven Soderbergh in 2002. Another feature is the use of Tokyo’s Metropolitan Expressway as a futuristic urban landscape.
15. “Alien” (1979)
On its way back to Earth, the spacecraft Nostromo receives a mysterious signal. It heads to the planet where the signal originated from.
Once there, they find an alien-like creature that sticks to each crew member and attacks them one by one…
This work can be said to be the origin of the science fiction horror film. This movie was born during the uprise of science fiction movies during the late 1970s and is still being produced today.
Various subplots have sprung up, but director Ridley Scott has also released a director’s cut version of the film, a re-edited version, and prequels Prometheus and Alien Covenant.
14. “Silent Running” (1972)
The movie takes you to a future where the entire planet is artificially managed. Botanist Lowell was tasked with a plan to grow specimens of the few remaining plants. A dome was built inside the spaceship ‘Valley Forge’ for this purpose.
However, the Earth gives the order to stop the plan and destroy all the plants. Lowell, who loves plants, disobeys orders and escapes by murdering his fellow crew members.
Originally conceived and directed by Douglas Trumbull, who worked on SFX for 2001: A Space Odyssey and Andromeda, this sci-fi drama with ecological elements was produced in 1972, but first aired in Japan in 1979 and was first shown theatrically in some mini-theaters in 1986.
13. “Apollo 13” (1995)
In 1970, astronauts Jim, Fred and Jack board the Apollo 13 lunar explorer. After the launch, however, the oxygen tank leaked. Jim and the staff of NASA’s Mission Control Center conduct a desperate operation to ensure the return of No. 13.
Director Ron Howard and star Tom Hanks (who plays Jim) teamed up for this sci-fi film, following on from “Splash”. Although there are some period errors in some of the details, this thrilling depiction of a spaceship in distress was a huge hit.
12. “Armageddon” (1998)
An asteroid with the destructive power to destroy the earth is approaching the earth. In response to this, NASA set up a bomb on the asteroid and detonated it to change its orbit. There they gather a group of employees led by Harry, the president of an oil drilling company. The fate of the earth has been entrusted to them…..
The touching parental love between Harry (played by Bruce Willis) and his daughter Grace brought tears to the eyes and was a huge hit worldwide. However, because there are so many inconsistencies in scientific thinking, NASA is said to have a training curriculum in which you have to find out how many scientific errors there are in the play.
11. “Mission to Mars” (2000)
In 2020, NASA’s first manned Mars mission, Mars 1, will arrive on Mars and a four-member crew will begin exploration activities. They tell the space station that they have found a certain object, but then an unexplained accident occurs and three people die. The remaining one also loses contact with the mysterious message at the end. What awaits the Mars 2 as it heads to Mars for a rescue…
With the full cooperation of NASA, the film presents a realistic depiction of the Mars exploration project and the scenes on Mars based on the research results of the time.
10. “Space Cowboys” (2000)
Frank, a former U.S. Air Force pilot, receives a request from NASA to help him repair a broken Russian satellite. But in order to avenge the humiliation of being forced to abandon his dream of becoming the first American astronaut 40 years ago, Frank offers to lead his team into space.
Clint Eastwood, who also directed and produced this human drama, brings together such great actors as Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland and James Garner. As a once-again movie about four dream-busting old men, it was a hit with a wide range of audiences.
9. “Sunshine” (2007)
The year is 2057, and the human race is on the verge of extinction due to the impending disappearance of the sun. Eight astronauts, tasked with reviving the sun’s activity with a nuclear bomb, board the spacecraft Icarus 2. However, when an unexpected trouble occurred on the route, he was caught up in a situation where his survival was at stake.
The first sci-fi adventure from director Danny Boyle, who made his name with “Trainspotting”. The international casting of Kylian Murphy, Hiroyuki Sanada, and Michelle Yeoh as Chris Evans created a buzz.
8. “Moon” (2009)
Astronaut Sam is on a mission to send fuel-filled pods from the moon to Earth in order to secure the energy needed for a planet that is running out of fuel. However, the day when he can return to Earth is two weeks away, but an accident caused by his carelessness causes an unexpected situation for Sam…
Duncan Jones, son of musician David Bowie, makes his feature film directorial debut with this science fiction film. The film’s homage to science fiction films made in the 1970s, such as “Silent Running” and “Alien,” and its inventive plotting attracted attention and received high praise despite its indie capital.
7. “Gravity” (2013)
Three astronauts working outside the space shuttle are caught up in debris from a Russian satellite that blew itself up. Engineer Stone and veteran aviator Matt have a hard time saving the day, but things get worse. And because of Matt’s selfless action, Stone was forced to return to Earth on his own….
This is a work that truly symbolizes the 2000s, making full use of the latest VFX and 3D technology with a lot of long cuts. The film won seven Academy Awards, including Best Director. Although she missed out on the Academy Award for Best Actress, you can’t take your eyes off of Sandra Bullock’s performance as Stone, who was in the role for most of the film’s run.
6. “Interstellar” (2014)
Due to the degradation of the natural environment and food shortages, the Earth was facing a crisis of human existence. There, humanity launched a project to explore a habitable planet. A former test pilot, Cooper was willing to risk never seeing his children again for the sake of their future.
Director Christopher Nolan incorporates elements of wormhole theory and Interstellar (interplanetary travel) in this epic science fiction film that movingly portrays the bond between a father and daughter across time and space. While it’s hard to grasp everything once you’ve seen the film, it was a huge hit with a worldwide box office record of over $600 million.
5. “The Martian” (2015)
After an accident during a manned mission to Mars, astronaut Watney is left behind by his fellow astronauts. With four years to go before his next search mission and no water, oxygen, or communication, Watney is determined to survive with limited food.
Ridley Scott, director of Alien, adapts Andy Weir’s best-selling novel The Martian to the screen. Matt Damon’s passionate portrayal of the protagonist who continues to stay positive even in the midst of desperate circumstances was highly acclaimed.
4. “Passengers” (2016)
In the year 20XX, the spacecraft Avalon, with 5,000 hypersleeping passengers on board, was on its way to a new home after 120 years. However, only Jim, an engineer, and Aurora, a writer, somehow woke up nearly 90 years early.
Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt play a man and woman who are attracted to each other under extreme conditions. However, there are elements that cannot be broken down as a pure love story, and the truth of why only two people woke up caused both pros and cons at the time of its release.
3. “Life” (2017)
Six astronauts are set to begin their investigation on the International Space Station after the discovery of cells of unknown life on Mars. However, the life forms that evolve and grow in a short time reveal their hostility and attack the astronauts one after another.
A closed-door sci-fi thriller from Paul Warnick and Rhett Reese, who wrote the screenplay for “Deadpool”. Joining the cast of Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds and Rebecca Ferguson is Hiroyuki Sanada.
In the beginning of production, Ryan was scheduled to play the main lead role, but his schedule did not allow him to do so, so Jake was given the position.
2. “First Man” (2018)
Director Damien Chazelle (La La Land) and Ryan Gosling have teamed up again to make this true story about NASA’s mission to reach the moon. The film is based on “First Man: The Life of Neil Armstrong,” a biography of astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon.
During the Cold War, when the U.S. was competing with the Soviet Union in space exploration, Neil Armstrong participated as an astronaut in NASA’s Gemini manned spaceflight program, which began in 1961. The Gemini mission is an important follow-up to the Apollo mission to fly to the moon, and Neil survives the death of his daughter and the sacrifices of his companions to successfully complete the mission aboard Apollo 11 as captain.
Ryan Gosling plays the taciturn and expressionless Captain Armstrong well. The film painstakingly depicts the mission to reach the moon, centered on his perspective, as he becomes obsessed with going to the moon after the death of his daughter, who had an intractable disease.
1. “Ad Astra” (2019)
A sci-fi suspense film starring Brad Pitt and Tommy Lee Jones as a parent and child together. Brad Pitt has a production name and James Gray (Lost City Z: The Lost Golden City (2018)) is directing the film.
A future where humans have a space base on Mars and embark on a search for extraterrestrial life. Astronaut Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) is informed that his father Clifford (Tommy Lee Jones), who disappeared in space 16 years ago, may have survived. Clifford was a prominent researcher and leader of Lima, the extraterrestrial life exploration program.
It tells the story of Roy’s journey to Neptune, the end of the universe, in search of the truth about his father and the Lima project, and Roy’s lonely journey to repair his connection to parenthood and others. The portrayal of a universe so vast is overwhelming, and Roy’s sense of loneliness is palpable.
A space movie with a lot of innovative imagery! Thinking about the vastness of the universe.
This issue has a combined list of some of the best space movies of all time. We’ve included fan-favorites, critics-favorite and many other great ones.
Above all, it is a field that has pioneered one innovative image in order to express space.
We believe that this field will continue to pursue the ultimate in visual expression, including the realistic expression of the vast universe and the use of imagination to supplement the unknown world.