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What is your favorite movie about space?

Asked by El_Cadejo (32742 points ) December 18th, 2013

I’ve been on an outer space kick lately; I recently watched Europa Report, Gravity, and Sunshine. They were pretty good but they all had their faults. I think my favorite movie I’ve seen about space, so far, has been Moon.

What’s your favorite space movie?

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Rarebear's avatar

The Dish.

stanleybmanly's avatar

The Empire Strikes Back or Forbidden Planet. I can’t decide.

ragingloli's avatar

Wrath of Khan

RocketGuy's avatar

Star Trek: First Contact

ragingloli's avatar

The scene where the Phoenix spreads her wings was glorious.

emjay's avatar

Rocket Man, lol.

ucme's avatar

Star Trek…wait, stop…what the fuck was I thinking?
Alien beats every other space flick out of sight, end of.

Katniss's avatar


zenvelo's avatar

Apollo 13.

Mimishu1995's avatar

Mars Needs Mom
Pretty touching movie.
I don’t care what those critics say about it. It’s my favorite.

Bill1939's avatar

I have three favorite sci-fi movies, “Destination Moon,” “Forbidden Planet” and the 1953 “War of the Worlds.”

filmfann's avatar

The Right Stuff was a great movie, but I am going with 2001: A Space Odyssey.

elbanditoroso's avatar

Space Cowboys – Tommy Lee Jones, and others. Dumb movie, but funny as hell.

Seek's avatar

OK, as an avid sci-fi buff, there are movies about space, and there are movies that take place in space.

Movies that take place in space: Star Trek: First Contact and The Wrath of Khan.

Movies about space: Event Horizon and Solaris.

elbanditoroso's avatar


Solaris? Really? That was the first movie I have ever walked out of. It (my opinion) had no plot, poor camera work, and was a complete waste of an afternoon.

It was so devoid of content that I got up and left….

Juels's avatar

Star Wars
Star Trek
Space Pirates (dumb but funny)

I know it isn’t a movie but I absolutely LOVE Battlestar Galactica.

Seek's avatar

@elbanditoroso Did you like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind? In my experience, the same crowd actually liked both, and the same crowd hated both. I also loved The Fountain – and my husband fell asleep watching that in the theater.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Forbidden Planet with Walter Pidgeon

elbanditoroso's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr – never saw Eternal Sunshine. I read the reviews and the blurb and thought to myself “another Solaris” and decided not to spend the money.

ucme's avatar
Cheap as chips, low budget crap, but funny as fuck.

El_Cadejo's avatar

So I really need to get around to watching 2001. I’ve tried a couple times now but the intro is so bloody slow I end up turning if off after 20 minutes. I’m going to have to really sit myself down to watch it sometime.

Lots of great movies listed here that I hadn’t heard of before so I’ll definitely be checking them out.

I also should have clarified above I’m looking for the more realistic space movies, that is why I left out Star Wars and other such films like that.

@Seek_Kolinahr Loved Eternal Sunshine, one of my favorite movies. Wasn’t crazy about
Solaris though. Not bad, just wouldn’t watch it again.

ibstubro's avatar

I think the 2001 intro is about serenity, and to purposefully lull you, @uberbatman. It gives you greater empathy for the rest of the movie. The old writer’s admonition, “Don’t tell it, show it.” It balances out.

janbb's avatar

The Brother from Another Planet

KNOWITALL's avatar

Armageddon, Pitch Dark with Vin Diesel (cheesy but I like it), Chronicles of Riddick.
And of course WALL-E!!!

El_Cadejo's avatar

@ibstubro fair enough, to be honest, I haven’t tried to watch that movie since I was much younger with a much much shorter attention span. Maybe I’ll give it a shot tonight.

I recently however did have an amazing video game experience with music from 2001 playin the the background. It was perfect. I was playing KSP and struggling horribly to figure out how in the hell to orbit, I was about to give up but said nah one more try but this time lets do it with some music so I put this on. It just all lined up perfectly, the song would raise in intensity as each success stage of my rocket was engaged, finally climaxing as I broke atmosphere and giving way to blue danube as my ship began to float around the planet.

glacial's avatar

Armaggedon (cheesy as hell, but I love it)
Star Wars

I keep meaning to see Silent Running, but I still haven’t got around to it yet. Anyone have this as a favourite?

El_Cadejo's avatar

@glacial It was on a lot of lists I read before asking this question. I’d never heard of it before, I’ll have to check it out some time; Along with about 7 other movies from this thread :P

Kardamom's avatar

Star Wars Episode IV.

wildpotato's avatar

The Cowboy Bebop movie.
I also have a lingering nostalgic fondness for Apollo 13 and Flight of the Navigator.

RocketGuy's avatar

I liked Serenity too.

jaytkay's avatar

I can’t pick one favorite.

Star Wars

antimatter's avatar

Alien set the standard for space movies, Star Wars set the standard for space fantasy and horrible dialogue. Star Trek set the standard for telling us it’s okay Elves from Lord of the Rings can go to space. Aka Vulcan’s. Gravity is on a league of it’s own. Sunshine was fantastic but still had that Alien feel to it. 2001 manage to set a new standard by showing us how boring can it be, I watched most of 2001 in fast forward. Serenity was something new. It’s almost a sin thinking that they canceled Firefly:-(

El_Cadejo's avatar

@antimatter I thought Sunshine was amazing until the last ~30 min when it transformed from beautiful philosophic space movie into cheesy slasher flick. I though Gravity was good, but I don’t know why everyone is so in love with it. Ya it was pretty as hell, but the story was meh. Kinda like Avatar.

shrubbery's avatar

Apollo 13, Moon, Alien, and In the Shadow of the Moon is hands down the best documentary about the moon missions I’ve seen.

Valerie111's avatar

Independence Day

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