My Favorite Space Movies

Here are some of my favorite movies about space and space travel.  I can (and have) watched these over and over:

  • Contact
  • Galaxy Quest
  • Mission to Mars
  • Space Cowboys
  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
  • Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
  • Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
  • Star Trek: First Contact
  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture
  • Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace
  • Star Wars: Episode II
  • Star Wars: Episode III
  • Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope
  • Star Wars: Episode V: Empire Strikes Back
  • Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
  • The Fifth Element
  • The Last Starfighter
  • Total Recall

The StarTrek and Star Wars series top the list.  Total Recall (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and Contact (Jodie Foster) are both well-done, well-conceived movies that merit special attention, while Galaxy Quest is the best spoof I have ever seen.  The Fifth Element (Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman, Chris Tucker) is the weirdest one on the list and The Last Starfighter is the oldest.  As I recall, the special effects for The Last Starfighter were notably done on a Cray supercomputer.  Though they seem simple and ordinary by today’s standards, they were quite amazing in 1984.

(Also see my Sci-fi list for more related movies.)

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