15 Best Space Movies of All Time

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15 Best Space Movies of All Time

The human mind is always intrigued by the unexplored and what better way to become enthralled by seeing the mysterious universe in which we live in. Over the years, movies set in a distant galaxy have often been showcased as an innovation in the film industry and following are the 15 best space movies of all time:


15. Serenity (2005)

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Long before Joss Whedon changed the entire landscape of superhero movies by Avengers, the director came up with Serenity. As a continuation of the director’s short-lived science fiction show Firefly, the movie takes place several events after the finale.

Set in the distant future, the year is 2517 and the movie focuses upon Captain Malcolm “Mal” Reynolds and his crew who rely on smuggling after recently losing the Unification War. With nine original cast members returning, the movie is a delight to watch for anyone who was a fan of Firefly.


14. Apollo 13 (1995)

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Based upon the actual Apollo 13 lunar mission, the movie is a roller coaster of a mission as the spaceship’s oxygen tanks explode after leaving the Earth’s orbit. Fearing for their lives, the astronauts must do everything they can think of in order to return to their home alive.

Starring Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon and Bill Paxton, Apollo 13 is a tale of real-life brave men. Nominated for nine Academy Awards including Best Picture, the movie won two for Best Sound and Best Film Editing.


13. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

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Fresh from the mega success of Jaws, acclaimed director Steven Spielberg tried his luck on a space adventure and the product of his tireless efforts was Close Encounters of the Third Kind. A hit at the box office and receiving positive response, Spielberg was on the verge being one of the well-known film-makers he is today.

Starring Richard Dreyfuss as Roy Neary, the Indiana electrical lineman sees an unidentified flying object and even suffers a sunburn from its bright lights. After the life-changing event, Neary embarks himself on a journey to find out the truth of UFOs.


12. Wall-E (2008)

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The only animated movie in the list was nothing short of amazing as the lovable robot WALL-E travelled throughout the galaxy with his companion EVE to entertain us with their space adventure.

As the last robot on Earth, WALL-E spends his entire life cleaning up the Earth but eventually develops a personality and senses. As soon as EVE enters his life, a great love story centering upon robots marks its beginning.


11. Galaxy Quest (1999)

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Unlike the rest of the entries in the list, Galaxy Quest has a touch of comedy and proves that a space adventure can be a great fun to watch if added with some laughs.

After the stars of a sci-fi space show become washed up, they are beamed aboard an alien spaceship. Believing that their on-screen performances were real, the aliens request them to combat an oppressive regime that plagues their solar system.

On a related note, if you are a fan of the recently deceased Alan Rickman and wish to see some of his work besides Harry Potter, then Galaxy Quest is definitely for you!


10. Gravity (2013)

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With Hollywood mega-stars George Clooney and Sandra Bullock in the lead roles, the movie can very well reach beyond good expectations. That is exactly where the 2013 science fiction movie Gravity comes in.

During their routine space walk, Medical engineer Dr. Ryan Stone and veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky find themselves in trouble as their shuttle is destroyed. Realizing that there is no way to contact Earth and no chances to be rescued, the pair comes to terms with the only choice to endeavor further into space in order to get back to Earth.


9. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)

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When it comes to cinematic universes set in space, Star Trek is one of the best ones out there. With several iconic characters coupled with a journey that makes the viewers’ jaw drop, very few movies set in space can compare their greatness with Star Trek.

Based upon science fiction television series by Gene Roddenberry, the Star Trek franchise has more than ten movies. If all of them had to be narrowed down to the best one, then it would definitely be Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.


8. The Right Stuff (1983)

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Based on the 1979 best-selling book of the same name by Tom Wolfe, The Right Stuff is one of the most unique space movies but regrettably remains forgettable after its release more than three decades ago.

The movie revolves around a team of astronauts who live in the planet Mercury after being victims of a great political turmoil. Facing several crises and enduring personal troubles, the movie excellently shows that NASA’s technological progresses come with heavy price.