Top 10 Movies Set in Space

List by john Last updated April 26, 2017

The universe is billions of light years in diameter and largely unknown by us, space movies have captured our fear, wonder and awe of the void. This is a list of the top ten best movies set in space and / or have a significant part that consists of travelling though space-time so no movies that are space themed but have no scenes actually in a ship.

List is ranked in order from lowest to the best.

space travel best List order as defined by john

Silent Running (1972)

Adventure Drama Science Fiction
Amazing companions on an incredible journey...that journeys beyond imagination!
Vote count 154 Vote avg 6.3/10 Release date 1972-03-09 Watch trailer


Contact (1997)

Drama Science Fiction Mystery
If it's just us, it seems like an awful waste of space.
Vote count 1,073 Vote avg 7.1/10 Release date 1997-07-11 Watch trailer

Contact is one of the best movies about what it could actually be like to come into contact with an alien intelligence. The story follows a team of radio astronomers working the SETI (search for extraterrestrial life) project, renting valuable time on the very large array in New Mexico. If anything like what they find in the movie happens in real life it would be insane.


Sunshine (2007)

Science Fiction Thriller
If the sun dies, so do we.
Vote count 982 Vote avg 6.9/10 Release date 2007-04-05 Watch trailer

A team is sent towards our dying Sun aboard Icarus 2, in an effort to reignite it. All contact was lost with Icarus 1 and nobody knows why. One of the top movies set in space.


Moon (2009)

Science Fiction Drama
The last place you'd ever expect to find yourself.
Vote count 1,469 Vote avg 7.5/10 Release date 2009-06-12 Watch trailer

"Moon" is probably the most underrated of all the movies in this top 10 list. In the future the Moon has been converted into a mining facility to deliver much needed ore back to Earth, Simon Bell is the only habitant of the rock. With only three months before his scheduled return, he realises his purpose there is not all what it seems...


Apollo 13 (1995)

Houston, we have a problem.
Vote count 1,322 Vote avg 7.3/10 Release date 1995-06-30 Watch trailer

A depiction of the ill-fated NASA Apollo 13 moon mission in the 70's directed by Ron Howard.


Gravity (2013)

Science Fiction Thriller Drama
Don't Let Go
Vote count 4,788 Vote avg 7.4/10 Release date 2013-09-27 Watch trailer

When disaster strikes in low-earth orbit, the crew of a space shuttle on repair duties must fight to survive.


2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Science Fiction Mystery Adventure
An epic drama of adventure and exploration
Vote count 2,386 Vote avg 7.8/10 Release date 1968-04-05 Watch trailer


Star Wars (1977)

Adventure Action Science Fiction
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...
Vote count 5,511 Vote avg 8/10 Release date 1977-05-25 Watch trailer


Interstellar (2014)

Adventure Drama Science Fiction
Mankind was born on Earth. It was never meant to die here.
Vote count 9,787 Vote avg 8.1/10 Release date 2014-11-05 Watch trailer
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When the human race faces almost certain extinction on Earth, a worm-hole is discovered in close proximity to the planet Saturn. A team is sent to find possible habitable planets on the other side of the worm-hole, it's a journey which explores space-time for what it really means.


Alien (1979)

Horror Action Thriller
In space no one can hear you scream.
Vote count 3,587 Vote avg 7.8/10 Release date 1979-05-25 Watch trailer

The crew of the Nostromo, a freight ship on a long distance journey delivering ore back to Earth are awoken by a distress signal emitting from an inhabited moon in deep space. After landing to assist they soon realise that the message is not all what it seems..



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