Before we begin ranking space movies and incurring the wrath of correctional comments—because, invariably, we will exclude the one film you have on VHS, which is really a banger but doesn’t get enough love and so, of course, is ignored from yet another list by yet another incompetent writer who has the film taste of a child, etc., etc.—we should get definitional. We’re going to be strict with this list. Movies just involving beings from space, either invading or just sort of hovering there—think Arrival or District 9—we’re excluding. So, too, are we ignoring movies set on futuristic Earths, which have technically achieved deep space travel, but where the central plot takes place only on our familiar terrestrial plane. So movies like Blade Runner or the Fifth Element are also absent.
We’re talking about movies set in space. Movies where the central action involves characters who exist in space. Movies where space is the antagonist or the frontier or the battlefield—not simply the highway between other more interesting worlds. We’re talking about movies where space is so much a part of the film that without space the movie is simply incoherent nonsense. Could 2001: A Space Odyssey take place on a school bus? No. Then it’s a “space movie.” Sure, we’ll probably skew a bit more modern with these picks, if only to make it easier to stream our choices (we’ll provide links). But space may be that cinematic genre which only gets better with time.
Here are the best space movies
Here I will inform you of the films that have just been released and can be watched in streaming for free. Please choose the film you like below:
Films released for Italy complete with Italian language or audio, especially for you.