Space is often referred to as the final frontier and rightfully so, it is the only front where progress is stalled for a few decades after humans managed to land on the moon. But if the last decade has been any proof, the future of space exploration looks just as promising as the stories of these movies we’re about to drop on you. Even under the coveted umbrella of sci-fi movies, space movies have a special place in every sci-fi fan's heart. The sheer amount of imagination that goes into putting together a story about a place no one has ever had the pleasure of visiting, is simply commendable.
Let’s take a trip to the infinity and beyond with a few pit stops here and there. These are the top 10 space movies we’ve compiled for you.
Interstellar is one of the best space movies ever made and no space movies list is complete without it! This Christopher Nolan film took us on a journey unlike any other. It documents humanity’s final efforts to find an alternate home to save them from extinction as the earth is slowly dying. It takes us to a place where the realm of reality ends and fantasy begins; planets made up of only ice or water, black holes, time dilution, and much more. The movie also hit a home run with its stellar cast which includes the likes of Michael Caine, Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey and many more.
The first Alien movie by Ridley Scott starring Sigourney Weaver that kicked off this successful franchise is one of the best space movies of all time. It introduced us to some of the most terrifying alien monstrosities we’ve ever had the pleasure of coming across in the history of cinema. The movie follows a spaceship’s crew as they take a detour to investigate a distress signal in a mining outpost. Upon reaching the outpost, they are pitted against a deadly alien that has single-handedly managed to wipe most of the residents of the outpost.
What do you do when you are told you have six months to save the Earth from an approaching asteroid that threatens to cause an extinction event similar to the one that killed the dinosaurs? Obviously, you‘d decide to make a space movie out of it before going ahead to call the best drilling crew in the world to drill a couple of holes in the asteroid and blast it from the inside! The premise of the movie seems pretty straight forward, right? But it redeemed itself in the brilliant action it offers and its cast which includes the likes of Ben Affleck, Bruce Willis, Steve Buscemi, Liv Tyler, and Billy Bob Thornton. If you’re a fan of movies like Die Hard and Con Air, this is a space movie you'll love to watch over and over again.
Gravity is a genre-defining space movie that only comes along once every generation. It’s one of the most realistic and best space movies ever made. It follows a bunch of astronauts working on the outer structure of the International Space Station when it is hit by space debris and destroyed. Sandra Bullock and George Clooney are the only survivors and now they must find a way to return back safely with no ride to bring them home. It’s a gripping tale of survival and also a fictional testament to what could happen if the problem of space debris isn’t addressed soon.
A group of astronauts living on the International Space Station discover the first proof of life on Mars when a probe returns with soil containing the tiny organism. Initially, due to its minuscule size, it is dismissed as just a microorganism but soon the organism starts growing in size raising concerns among the crew. Next thing you know, the creature manages to escape from captivity by killing an astronaut and the whole crew is forced to fight for their lives against the first sign of life from Mars. The cast of this slasher space movie includes the likes of Ryan Reynolds, Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Hiroyuki Sanada, and more.
The Martian is played by Matt Damon who is left behind on Mars when he and his crew are stuck in a fierce dust storm and he is presumed dead due to an accident. His crew has to leave without all of their equipment and possessions. However, due to a twist of fate, Mark (our Martian) manages to survive and must now figure out the science behind the equipment. He has to prolong the food and oxygen rations for a few months until his crew comes back to bring him home. The supporting cast of the movie includes Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara, Michael Peña, and more. One of the best space movies ever and it should be a part of every space movies list out there.
Moon is a space movie that was ahead of its time but managed to make a mark in this subcategory of the sci-fi genre with having achieved a near cult status almost 11 years after its release. This Sam Rockwell starrer tells the story of a supervisor who lives on the moon base and is nearing the end of his 3 year shift. He longs to be with his family and go back home when he stumbles upon a secret that makes him question his very existence. What he does with this secret and how he handles it, will shape his future and also the future of the moon base. Add this space movie to your space movies list today!
Aboard a spaceship on a 90-year voyage to a distant planet, there are 5000 souls resting in hypersleep for the major part of their journey to form the first human colony away from earth. 30 years into their long and seemingly lonely journey, Jim, played by Chris Pratt, is woken up from deep slumber only to find himself a victim of a malfunction in his hypersleep pod. Being all alone, he decides to wake up Aurora, played by Jennifer Lawrence. This space movie is the journey of two of the loneliest people in the universe and how they save the entire ship from imminent destruction and spend the rest of their lives with each other. A beautifully crafted romantic space movie that transcends the borders of time and space.
A private space exploration company sends six astronauts from different corners of the world on a mission to find life on Europa, one of the moons of Jupiter. This space movie is consistent with the theme of searching for life in outer reaches of space with the attitude of what-could-possibly-go-wrong until something actually does go wrong and the very existence of the crew is at stake.
A bunch of scientists try to make a breakthrough in the lower Earth orbit with an experimental technology that has the potential to provide unlimited power. What could possibly go wrong? As it turns out, the experimental reactor is so powerful that it has the power to transcend dimensions, yes, we’re talking about multiple realities. The repercussions of this experiment shapes the entire Cloverfield universe. This is easily one of the best space movies out there. Watch it to get an understanding of the confusing Cloverfield universe.