The subject of space is a difficult one in terms of selecting films. Qualifying elements are somewhat subjective. Does the film have to take place in space? Must it include aliens? Does a mere reference to space, or different planets, make it a "space" film? In short, is it merely a subgenre of science fiction? Space and science fiction, while not mutually exclusive, can occur without the other.

In celebration of the release of one of the newest and most promising space films, Moon, check out a brief list of our favorite space films. What you will find below is a mix of films that celebrate, to an extent, the great beyond. You will not find Transformers, or Jason X here, however, as we do have some standards.

Disclaimer! Apollo 13, The Fifth Element, Total Recall, and all of the Star Wars and Star Trek films were left out as they are always on these lists. Give something else a chance.


At the end of the day, this film isn't about space. It is about the geography of space and, obviously, the human condition. If you are prepping yourself for "Moon," please do so with this film. Hal has lived on as one of the best characters in pop culture, and we can't wait to experience Kevin Spacey voicing the Hal-ish tech system in "Moon."

It is the first in a pivotal franchise for science fiction that sparked a focus on powerful female characters. It is not as good as the sequel, a rare event in cinema, but it is a solid, dark production perfect for a dark viewing space and surround sound.

This is the best evidence to prove that James Cameron can be a compelling directorial force when he wants to be, and he also has some impressive writing chops (he penned the screenplay as well). Bill Paxton's presence even makes up for his later role in "Apollo 13."

This is for everyone currently on the Danny Boyle Slumdog Millionaire bandwagon. This film earned its company in the realm of "Alien" and "2001." Again, it isn't about the technical science-y reason for the crew to begin their journey, but brilliant subtext for where humanity is.