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Best space related movies that aren't Star Wars or Star Trek, in no particular order:

  • Event Horizon (It's an evil, evil movie but it's good)
  • Alien
  • October Sky
  • Fifth Element
  • Men in Black
  • Galaxy Quest
  • Armageddon (shut UP)
  • Forbidden Planet
  • Apollo 13
  • Enemy Mine
  • Starship Troopers
  • Independence Day
  • Close Encounters
  • ET
  • The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension
  • Brother From Another Planet
  • The Day the Earth Stood Still
  • Hangar 18
  • The Last Starfighter
  • Space Truckers
  • Santa Claus Conquers the Martians
  • Total Recall
  • Transformers, The Movie
  • Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, The Movie
  • 2001
  • Killer Klowns From Outer Space (yes, really. I own the DVD and watch it often)

* Planet of the Apes (original only!)
* Blade Runner

I know I left some out and I'm sure you'll let me know which ones.

Update: We've already had the Starship Troopers discussion on this blog. I stand steadfast in my defense of the movie. No, it's not comparable to the book, but I loved it as a cheesy sci-fi flick.


Starship troopers is one of those "I hate it, but I can't stop watching it " Movites. Aside from completely destroying the book (where are the jump suits?) The tactics the soldiers use are laughable at best. But...we get to see Doogie Howzer as a Nazi, that Canadian bad ass from "V", and Dina Meyer's boobies. So its a trade off.

Does Planet of the Apes count? I would think it should.

I assume you left it off on purpose, but I thought Aliens was a kickass movie on its own merits when not compared to the first one (just my opinion, not trying to proselytize).

Great call on Enemy Mine.

Starship Troopers? Oh, come on. The only redeemable quality that movie had was a brief glimpse of boobs. Two hours of my life I will never get back.


Blade Runner?

Outland with Sean Connery


"The Martian Chronicles"

No Ice Pirates?

Oh, and Starship Troopers was good. I've heard the sequel rots.


Alien and Aliens - but not Alien Resurrection and AvP.

I think Fifth Element was vastly underrated. Fun movie, and a great bad guy (Gary Oldham as Jean Baptiste Emmanuel Zorg).

Spaceballs - I know, it's a spoof, but it's memorable for any number of reasons, not the least of which is Dark Helmet and a motor home spaceship.

I agree with lawhawk on Alienas and the Fifth Element and would add The Right Stuff.

Noticed you don't have "Flight of the Navigator", which is good, because it stinks.

"Dark Star" perhaps?

I liked Outland.

so, I guess that you mean "theatrical" movies, because otherwise, I'd say that you'd have to throw the original "Battlestar Galactica" in there. dude, Rick Springfield!

ok, for sure, you're missing one great great cheesy movie - Flash Gordon. come on; any movie that features an all-Queen soundtrack can't be that bad, right?

shit, since we're talking cheese, how about Battle Beyond the Stars (with John Boy Walton and his ship that looked like a nutsack)...?

How about Earth Girls are Easy? I know it's really sort of stupid, but it's got Jim Carrey, Geena Davis and Jeff Goldblum?

I second Buckaroo Bonzai... the book was far better (no kidding?)

Of course, no list would be complete without 'Plan 9 from Outer Space'

Jerry: Just a movie?! You don't understand. This isn't 'Plans 1 through 8 from Outer Space', this is 'Plan 9', this is the one that worked. The worst movie ever made.

How about Contact? Not set in outer space, but definitely "space related." Also 2010, the sequel to 2001.

What about 'Red Planet' or 'Su[pernova'?
Or what was that other Mars movie made at the same time? All Oscar-calibre right there.

silent running
dark city
red planet

How about 'Invasion of The Body Snatchers'?

So many people think this blows, but I absolutely loved Mars Attacks!.

Also, The Thing. Specifically the icky eighties version with Kurt Russell. I love it, but I can hardly stand to watch it.

Abyss - I still say they had to come from space
Men in Black - Way better than II
Capricorn One - Classic O.J. Simpson

Just wanted to point out for the regulars that there's someone here with a nick similar to mine who's opinions are not mine.

Starship Troopers as a translation of Heinlein's book...crap. Starship Troopers as a "good" bad scifi movie, freaking excellent.

I know they're parodies but I LOVE Ice Pirates and Space Balls.

I know a lot of folks didn't like it, but I could watch Red Planet on any given Saturday afternoon.

I quite enjoyed Soldier with Kurt Russel.

But I love The Day The Earth Stood Still
and War of The Worlds, not sure about the new Tom Cruise rehash.

Did they ever make an Alf movie?

As long as you agree Starship Troopers was a cheesy flick that never should have said "based on the novel by Robert Heinlein" I have no quibble with the list.

But did you ever see Roughnecks? It was a saturday morning cartoon of Starship Troopers, and it was pretty bloody true to the book, other than using the characters from the movie since everyone knew them.

Actually, I have a quibble. You don't have "The Puppet Masters?" An actual, good (hell, great) rendition of a Heinlein novel for the big screen? Shame on you.

I liked Pitch Black, with Vin Diesel, although I don't remember if it was ni space or not. i also really liked Ghosts of Mars.

And does anyone remember amovie called Exploreres from '85, with Ethan Hawke and River Phoenix? The aliens learned English from watching Looney Tunes! CLASSIC!!

Definitely Pitch Black and Red Planet belong on the list. I also like the quirky vintage First Men in the Moon.

Battle Beyond the Stars with John-Boy Walton, Robert Vaughn, George Peppard, Sybil Danning....classic!

My Favorite Martian
Logan's Run
Battlestar Gallactica
Apollo 13
Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Space Cowboys

No Chronicles of Riddick?

'You keep what you kill'

'You should have taken the money'

'I should have taken the money'

'Who's the better killer?'

'There'll be one speed...mine'

And of course...you didn't think I wouldn't mention...Silent Running. Bruce Dern at his most pshycotic and the trees...the trees!

I think 2010 was at least as good as 2001.

You can call me Outland fan #3.

Starship Troopers...mmmmm...gooooodddd eatin'....bug hunts....Doogie Howser...and a usual over the top Michael Ironside performance...can't get any better...

One of the best "B" actors in the country next to Brucie Campbell is Mr. Ironside..

Another Unknown Pleasure 1994 "Wild Palms"

I had forgotten about Silent Running until it was on a local TV station's "Late Night Sci-Fi Theater".

It wasn't long before the unendurable "hippie tree-hugging" tone had me sighing and rolling my eyes in exasperation.

It was so bad I actually started cheering when those "bio-domes" were being blown up.

And who could forget Bruce Dern's whimpering and sniveling when he ran over one of his little robot pals in his "space buggy"?

I'm laughing out loud right now just thinking about it!.....