Friday's Top Five: Space movies
July 8th, 2011
10:18 AM ET

Friday's Top Five: Space movies

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Today marks the end of an era in space exploration. NASA’s iconic shuttle program will have one final lift-off. It seems the future of space travel will now rely on taking commercial steps for mankind and probably charging extra for luggage. Nevertheless, there’s another form of space travel that’s been around and affordable for generations.

Movies have been launching armchair astronauts into space for more than 100 years. Georges Méliès, a motion picture pioneer, took audiences on their first sci-fi voyage with 1902's “A Trip to the Moon” long before the Cold War’s Space Race.

This week’s topic crosses multiple genres, including sci-fi, horror, comedy, action and drama; therefore, the candidates to choose from are as vast and boundless as the category itself.  Whether you’re partial to Captain Kirk, Luke Skywalker, Duck Dodgers, or even an unforgettable duo like Lone Starr and Barf, get ready to defend your favorites.

Now prepare for the jump to light speed and may the Schwartz be with you as you compile your top five space movies! Here's mine:

1. "The Right Stuff" (1983): “And as I was sayin', whoever controls the high ground of space controls the world.” – Lyndon Johnson

2. "Star Wars" (1977):  “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...” – Title card

3. "Aliens" (1986): “Get away from her, you b*@#%!” – Ellen Ripley (Am I alone in thinking that this sequel is superior to its singular titled predecessor?)

4. "Flash Gordon" (1980): “Flash, I love you, but we only have fourteen hours to save the Earth!” – Dale Arden

5. "2001: A Space Odyssey" (1968): “I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that.” – H.A.L.

Honorable Mention:

  • "SpaceCamp" (1986): “You think you're scared now? Wait till your parents get the bill for breaking Daedalus.” – Andie Bergstrom
  • "The Last Starfighter" (1984): “Greetings, Starfighter. You have been recruited by the Star League to defend the frontier against Xur and the Ko-Dan armada.” – Centauri
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  6. XWngLady

    Well, I may be a bit biased, but here's my list:

    1. Star Wars (Episodes 4, 5 & 6 – they cannot be separated)
    2. Spaceballs
    3. Aliens
    4. Enemy Mine (If you haven't seen it, you should)
    5 Star Trek (2009)

    Honorable Mention:
    1. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (not in space, but had the best spaceship visuals of all time)
    2. 5th Element (because as terrible as this movie was, there was still something endearing about it)
    3. The Chronicles of Riddick (Vin Diesel's acting left much to be desired, but the storyline and space-themed cinematography was excellent)
    4. Armageddon (the part that actally happened in outer space was great)

    ** Event Horizon started off promising, but then got WAAAAAY too creepy and end up just plain stupid and therefore did not make my list.

    August 30, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. daithi mac curtáin

    Moon!

    August 28, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Captain Kirk

    Deep Impact
    Forbidden Planet
    When Worlds Collide

    August 22, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Captain Picard

    Serenity
    Event Horizon
    Red Planet

    August 22, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ferdinand

    yeah sunshine should have definitely been on this list. awesome reference to spacecamp though. young Joaquin phoenix with his robot friend jinx lol

    August 22, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jim

    Of course "Aliens" is better than "Alien." :)

    One of my favorites is "Galaxy Quest" with Tim Allen.

    August 20, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  12. PlanetDrew80

    All of you on here have a great list of top Scifi films. But the people at CNN are looking for the best space films. That means movies that take place in outerspace with planets, stars and spaceships.I'am going to put down my top 10 films that take place in outerspace. Because I seen alote of good one like from 30 years ago.

    1) Star Wars a new hope
    2) Star Trek the motion picture
    3) Battlestar Galactica
    4) The Right stuff
    5) The Last Star Fighter
    6) Wall-e
    7) Mystery Science Theather 3000 the movie
    8) Spaceballs
    9) The Black Hole
    10) Airplane 2

    August 18, 2011 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Dan

    Yes – you are alone in thinking that Aliens is better than Alien.

    August 17, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  14. conor

    Come on Guys and Girls BLADERUNNER hasto be in the Top 10. :)

    August 14, 2011 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  15. T

    1. Star Trek: First Contact
    2. 2001 (Far out FX !)
    3. Flash Gordon (1980)
    4. Right Stuff (Real American Heroes)
    5. Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan
    6. The Empire Strikes Back
    7. Star Wars (1977)
    8. It came from Outer Space ('50s with Richard Carlson)
    9. Forbidden Planet (classic '50s film that every guy should see, with hottie Anne Francis !)
    10.Apollo 13 (love that line – "Houston, we have a problem..."
    11. The Thing (1950s film with James "Gunsmoke" Arness as the monster)
    12. The Day the Earth stood Still (1950s version, not the horrible remake !)

    TV SERIES:
    1. Duck Dodgers (the series)
    2. Star Trek: The Next Generation (series)
    3. Babylon 5
    4. Battlestar Galactica (1978)
    5. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (great cast)

    August 10, 2011 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  16. Luis

    I agree with most user recommendations (2001 & Moon are A++), including the original 1972 Solaris, if you can suspend your disbelief for nearly 3 hours given the Soviet era SFX, but....stay the HECK away from Silent Running unless you like to watch grass grow for half the film. The script is just as weak as Avatar, but it does have some good SFX.
    Space Cowboys has as much right here as Flash Gordon, or Space Balls – pure fantasy or er, comedy.

    August 9, 2011 at 4:08 am | Report abuse |
  17. JRadke

    I'm surprised that nobody pulled Barbarella out of the old VHS drawer for this one...

    July 15, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Pliny

    OK...here's the top 3 BEST Sci-Fi movies:

    1) 2001
    2) 2001
    3) 2001

    Now for the top 3 WORST Sci-Fi movies:

    1) Starship Troopers / Independance Day (a tie)
    2) Event Horizon
    3) Anything by Michael Bey

    Now, for the best Sci-Fi movie NEVER made:

    1) Childhood's End

    July 11, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Mark G.E.

    Just because they happen in space, doesnt make them space movies. Is The Godfather an Earth movie because it happened on Earth? I would lean toward 2001, Moon, Silent Running, (Tarkovsky's) Solaris, Apollo 13.

    July 11, 2011 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  20. Jonathan Webber

    Josh from CNN's list is great, but here are some others, in no particular order:

    1. Contact
    2. Meatballs Part II
    3. Fire in the Sky
    4. Spaced Invaders
    5. MST3K The Movie: This Island Earth
    6. Suburban Commando

    July 11, 2011 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  21. garydrewlevine

    Dark City

    July 10, 2011 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Danger

    Blade Runner..Clockwork Orange... The Thing... The Day the Earth Stood Still...

    July 10, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  23. John Gill

    Flash Gordon? Surely you jest...

    July 10, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  24. George

    2001 Odyssey has to be #1. Huge breakthru and still unparalleled. But I only see "Marz" adding "Contact", by Carl Sagan, also unparalleled and a must for any list like this, along with the original "Planet of the Apes".

    July 10, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Jason

    1) ANY of the Star Wars movies
    2)Most of the Star Trek movies
    3)The Black Hole
    4)Alien
    5)Flash Gordon
    Thats my list and for those who dont think Star Wars should get the top billing all i can say is look at the amount the Movies brought in total. More than any of the others...

    July 10, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  26. JI

    My list would go:

    1. 2001; A Space Oddysey
    2. Alien
    3. Solaris (1972)
    4. Empire Strikes Back
    5. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

    July 10, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  27. MS

    1 Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (YMMV on whether or not it's technically a space movie, but since a good portion of the movie takes place in space I consider it one)

    2 Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

    3 Apollo 13

    4 Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

    5 Alien

    July 10, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Leia

    well..............

    1) The Empire Strikes Back
    2) Apollo 13
    3) Aliens ( I wish it had ended here. To me the others dont exist)
    4) Star Wars
    5) ET (the Extra Terrestrial) (ohh come on you still cry and you know it!

    HM

    Armaggedon – I know its abit cheesy but don't we all want to be Bruce Wills for abit and save the world?

    July 10, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  29. James in Space

    1) 2001 – stil stands the test of time...THEE space movie
    2) War of the Worlds (original)
    3) Star Wars
    4) Close Encounters of the Third Kind
    5) Aliens

    July 10, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Martin

    Here's my list

    1) The Right Stuff (totally agree on this one)
    2) Apollo 13
    3) Star Trek: First Contact
    4) The Day The Earth Stood Still
    5) War of The Worlds (original, not Tom Cruise version)

    July 10, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  31. oh please

    THIS IS A BLOG
    NOT NEWS

    July 10, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Craig Olshlager

    1) Apollo 13
    2) The Right Stuff
    3) Space Cowboys
    4) Star Wars
    5) Star Trek (2009)

    July 10, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Mcc

    Really? This poster must be a very young man. "The Right Stuff" ahead of "2001?" "Aliens" superior to "Alien?" Maybe he should watch more movies rather than the ones he's told to put on the list.

    July 10, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  34. S Jack

    Anyone who says The Right Stuff should not be on this list, let alone number one on that list, is smoking crack. If it hadn't been for the events portrayed in that film the rest of films would have no context or significance.

    July 10, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Sam

    1. The Right Stuff
    2. Apollo 13
    3. 2001: A Space Odyssey
    4. Outland
    5. Space Cowboys

    July 10, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  36. bgl

    While I have a great deal of respect for Aliens, I have even greater respect for its predecessor Alien. I consider Alien to be one of the greatest gothic science fiction films ever made. You rarely see such quality today.

    July 10, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  37. flChris77

    Flash Gordon??? Set the bong down and back away. Enemy Mine of Krull were better than Flash Gordon!
    Surprised Buck Rogers or Barbarella weren't on that list.
    Space Cowboys, Apollo 13, one of the various Star Trek's, Spaceballs, Forbidden Planet... couldn't come up with something better than Flash Gordon?

    July 10, 2011 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
  38. hope

    SPACEBALLS!!! may the schwartz be with you

    July 10, 2011 at 4:01 am | Report abuse |
  39. todd

    from the earth to the moon – hbo movie 10 hs long awesome........armageddon, space cowboys, star trek, star wars.

    July 10, 2011 at 3:23 am | Report abuse |
  40. DiamondSky

    Literature is better, yes, even in the sci-fi genre.

    July 10, 2011 at 2:31 am | Report abuse |
  41. heliocracy

    Three of those choices are suspect:

    Star Wars – Belongs on the list, but Empire Strikes Back is a better movie and certainly does too.
    Aliens – Alien is a better movie, period. Why does alomst every Cameron movie feature a squad of stereotypical jarheads?
    Flash Gordon – Doesn't even warrant an honorable mention. Might as well include Battle Beyond the Stars and Krull if you're going to include this dreck.

    July 10, 2011 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
  42. Rob

    Not for nothing, but Planet of the Apes was a space movie until the very last scene. That, Forbidden Planet, 2001, Star Wars (1977), and Destination: Moon round out my list (in no particular order). Flash Gordon was just *bad*, in my opinion.

    July 9, 2011 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Randy

    2001: A Space Odyssey
    Close Encounters of the Third Kind
    War of the Worlds (original)
    Pitch Black
    Aliens

    there are many more to consider, but these five come to mind immediately. Others would include Silent Running, Star Wars, Dark City, Forbidden Planet, many others.

    July 9, 2011 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Randy

    .: Agree with you that Aliens is a better film than Alien. Disagree with the inclusion of The Right Stuff, and would consider 2001: A Space Odyssey to be at #1.

    July 9, 2011 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Gavin Ford

    Want to know another thing that's better than another? People who know how to spell "sequel" over those that don't.

    July 9, 2011 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  46. TC

    Outland,...with Sean Connery. Maybe not the top five space movies, but top five crime movies:)

    July 9, 2011 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      Outstanding pick! I thought I was the only person in the universe who liked Outland. Great movie!

      July 10, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Zoinks!

    Didn't make it to a movies, but man, it should have...Pigs in Space. Classic. Haha, for all the ones who take this list to seriously. :)

    July 9, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  48. SheriffKevin

    Space Jam
    Starship Troopers
    Rocketman

    July 9, 2011 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Major Matt Mason

    Really impressed with the folks who mentioned "Outland". To me, it's always been the best example of what real outer space settlement would look like. Yes, it's "High Noon" in space, but on the other hand it's a real gritty blue collar mining operation with corrupt local officials fighting a federal law enforcement authority. Take away the space ships and space suits and it's just good, realistic drama. Very few space movies can really make that "it could happen" claim.

    July 9, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Ken from FL

    How about "The Day the Earth Stood Still." The original, not that execrable remake with Keanu Reeves. And how about the granddaddy of them all, the one that started it all, "Forbidden Planet." An absolute class that still stands up very well 60 years later. "Flash Gordon?" You've got to be kidding me! Cheesey, campy, stupidly entertaining, but certainly not one of the greatest of all time.

    July 9, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Rob

    Absolutely disagree with that list, accept for 2001. Star Wars was the beginning of the dark era of death and destruction instead of a future of hope and the power of technology. Aliens was just plain Horror. Blood and guts with suspense. The Right Stuff might have been about the business of being an astronaut but it wasn't even sci fi. Other people have listed much better SciFi movies in this forum.

    July 9, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      Ok, I mixed up the topic of 'Space Movies' and "SciFi Movies". But Hollywood mixes them up too. No wonder the genre is so confusing.

      July 9, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  52. jim

    Heres my list:
    2001- one of the best movies of all time. Period.
    The Day the Earth Stood Still (the original, not the Keannu Reeves re-make)
    Apollo 13
    The original War of the Worlds (1957)
    Alien (The original-although the sequel is pretty good too)
    Honorable Mention: 2010, The Right Stuff, Star Wars ( the first 3 only), Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan

    July 9, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Aardie

    Wow, what a terrible list. I loved the Star Wars movies, but they were terrible "space" movies. There is no sound in space but Star Wars had far too much. Putting Flash Gordon on the list takes away all credibility from the author. At least the greatest space movie of all time, 2001, is on the list at number 5.

    July 9, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  54. sttwok

    "In space no one can hear you scream."

    Unless you're Kirk: "KHAAAAAAAAAANNNNNN!!!"

    July 9, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Gary

    Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy??

    July 9, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  56. John

    The Last Starfighter was a great movie.

    And I prefer the second Aliens to the first Alien.

    July 9, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  57. Spaced out

    5th Element
    Flahs 'ahhhh' Gordon
    First 3 Star Wars (who watches one without watching the others?)
    Galaxy Quest
    Serenity

    All for entertainment.

    July 9, 2011 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  58. Spaced Out

    The Right Stuff at No. 1!?!?!? Are you kidding us?

    1. Star Wars
    2. 2001 Space Odyssey
    3. Star Trek
    4. Apolo 13
    5. The Last Starfighter

    July 9, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Spaced Out

      Aw, dang! How could I forget The Black Hole!? (I'm sure I'm still forgetting good stuff.)

      1. Star Wars
      2. 2001 Space Oddyssey
      3. Star Trek
      4. Apolo 13
      5. The Black Hole
      6. The Last Starfighter

      July 9, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  59. okinawadato

    Yes, you are alone...the first Alien was way better than any of it's successors. Aliens was more of a bone-cruncher action flick,the first outstripped it and then some on the suspense scale.

    July 9, 2011 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
  60. Rollingblue

    1. 2001
    2. Empire Strikes Back
    3. Star Wars
    4. Aliens
    5. Alien

    Flash Gordon? Really?

    July 9, 2011 at 4:13 am | Report abuse |
  61. soggynode

    If we're throwing Flash Gordon up there, guess we should add Airplane II, Lost in Space, and Battlefield Earth. Seriously, it would be pretty tough to grind down a list to five space movies and end up with Flash in the four spot. Apollo 13 must have drawn a bad seed and got bumped in an early round.

    July 9, 2011 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |
  62. lame

    Sunshine? Event Horizon?

    July 9, 2011 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
  63. Richard

    Plan 9 from Outer Space is the best of all :-) Far better then Flash Gordon.

    July 9, 2011 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
  64. ggomes

    Did you actually put "Flash Gordon" on this list! I'm pretty sure I can randomly pick a dozen space movies that would be for superior to this joke. About the only decent thing in this move was the Queen soundtrack.

    July 8, 2011 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
  65. jay

    What the hell? How does Spaceballs not make this list?????

    July 8, 2011 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Fishin

    1) The Right Stuff
    2) Empire Strikes Back
    3) Star Trek II Wrath of Khan (Khaaaaaaaaannnnn !!!!!!!!!!)
    4) Space Balls (I see your swartz is a big as mine !)
    5) Aliens (Get away from her your B$tch)

    Honorable Mention in no order
    6) Star Trek 2009
    7) The Last Satr Fighter
    9) Close Encounters
    10) Space Cowboys
    11) Appolo 13
    12) Wall-e
    13) Critters

    July 8, 2011 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  67. samuraisleeps

    space cowboys.......what? huh? did i just say that out loud....old men in space.....lol...oh man im losing it....i just saw a movie it seems nobody mentioned .....i dont even like this one.....lets see....Alien is way better than the sequel, Armageddon was junk, Apollo 13 i hear is an awesome movie but i would not know cuz i keep falling asleep during it, Starship Troopers...hahaha.... i enjoyed it for the bugs and over the top-ness but no....The last Starfighter....good mention, Space Oddysey 2001/2010... i am sure they were astounding and all but again fell asleep....snoozers!!!, and all i can say about Flash Gordon is ......NO.

    July 8, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  68. TAK

    Howsabout Apollo 13? Destination Moon? Star Trek (pick a number from 1-6 except no 5). 2010: The Year We Make Contact wasn't bad either.

    July 8, 2011 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Paul

    2001
    Star Wars: Episode V
    Fifth Element
    Alien
    Silent Running

    July 8, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Glader

    Two words, Space Balls....

    July 8, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  71. James

    2001
    2010

    (thats all that needs to be said)

    July 8, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  72. jdurand1970

    Oh!

    "Battle Beyond the Stars"

    I kid...

    July 8, 2011 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  73. jdurand1970

    Somehow I feel "Close Encounters" and "ET" should receive some sort of honorable mention here. Also:

    – "Alien" instead of "Aliens"
    – "Galaxy Quest" instead of "Flash Gordon"

    Lastly, this is the second recent list I have seen with Space Camp on it (the other list being one about movies starring kids). Why? The movie sucked rocks.

    July 8, 2011 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Billy

    There are some movies I recalling seeing the theatres in the 1970's which I can not find out if they even exist anymore. One had a moon life setting where the main character was an illegal cargo smuggler and he had a space ship that looked like the lunar lander except he did not leave the base behind. The rock song Frankenstein was the theme song for the movie and the main plot was an asteroid made mostly out of Diamonds and a gangster who lived on the moon contracted him make it crash on his part of the moon. Second was a mission to mars movie where man landed for the first time and found giant sunflowers that reflected the lethal rays of the sun and cooked the men. And then when a mysterious asteroid landed on the planet they could not lift off and inorder to be allowed to leave one of them had to be given over to the asteroid occupants. That was a good and scary one.

    July 8, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  75. susbh

    Has anyone else seen the very early comic sci-fi gem by a young George Lucas called "Dark Star", which includes the ship commander trying to "talk down" a renegade mega-atomic planet-destroying bomb using existential philosophy.....Absolutely brilliant and hysterical. The run-down space ship is probably what real ships will look like, not bright clean and white like those seen in Star Trek or Star Wars. One of my favorites, which also include Apollo 13, Alien, 2001, and Forbidden Planet.

    July 8, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Exar Kun

      Sorry, but Dark Star is NOT a George Lucas movie. No relationship with him at all. It's actually a John Carpenter and Dan O'Bannon film. Dan O'Bannon went on to co-write Aline, and Dark Star is considered the "catalyst" that got Dan to write Alien. Dark Star is a dark comedy/sci-fi flick. Dan wanted a more serious movie with the alien being the central character in the film. That's where Alien came from....the need for a more serious and much higher budgeted film.

      I have the DVD that has both the original theatrical release and the Special Edition.

      July 8, 2011 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Aletheya

    2001: A Space Odyssey
    Apollo 13
    Alien
    Contact
    2010: The Year We Make Contact

    July 8, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Xerxes 2011

    SPACE BALLS!!

    July 8, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  78. CW Moss

    Galaxina; best @ss in space!

    July 8, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Clark

    I would have certainly included "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" and "Contact".

    July 8, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  80. niquie

    Come on people. Space movies not the matrix, war of the worlds.... What have they to do with space. 1.star wars. 2.star trek. 3.Armageddon. 4. Appolo 13. (Not in order)

    July 8, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Barry Stevens

    Another one they missed is the most provoking of all, 1951's "The Day the Earth Stood Still." Michael Rennie was there to tell Patricia Neal "Klaatu barada nikto." Gort would not be happy about this omission.

    July 8, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • ohHenery

      Yeah, well, "Gort" (or whatever) wasn't too cool with the idea of playing second fiddle to a grade "B" British movie "actor" either. That cheesy, hokey *ss movie was so bad... how do you spell ... l-o-w b-u-d-g-e-t.

      July 8, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Jeffrey Root

    Contact should be number 2 after 2001 a space Odysesey

    July 8, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Christopher

    You forgot about 'Sunshine'

    July 8, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Barry Stevens

    The one that they totally missed is "Forbidden Planet." Robbie would not be pleased with that. Leslie Nielsen and Anne Francis were there to see Morbius'dreams come true.

    July 8, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  85. TripleA

    I guess Neil Armstrong's “one small step for a man” film doesn’t even rate an ‘honorable mention” (beat out by "Spacecamp" and "The Last Starfighter" LOL) in a contest of “Top Space Movies”. Now I see why the US space program is toes up.

    July 8, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  86. James

    You should be alone. Alien was a much better movie, with better acting. It kept you on the edge of your seat with constant chills. Aliens was just a really good horror/monster flick set in space with little depth or story compared with its predecessor. But I'll give you points back for picking The Last Starfighter for an honorable mention. That's an underappreciated classic!

    July 8, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Bob

    The Alien series is really just a horror movie, so Aliens doesn't belong on the list. If you want to have Sigourney Weaver on the list, you should consider Galaxy Quest, which is better any any of the Star Trek movies it satirizes.

    Flash Gordon, a remake of the old space opera serial, does not belong on the list either. You would have done better to include Dune (with Kyle MacLachlan and Sting), which is visually striking even though it probably doesn't make sense unless you have read the book. Back to Flash Gordon, it is really Star Wars that really captures the feel of the old-time serial in a modern movie, and without being a remake.

    If The Right Stuff belongs on the list, then Apollo 13 should be there, too.

    Forbidden Planet is an early but still watchable science fiction movie, with the best production values attainable at the time it was made. It would be required in any course on space movies.

    July 8, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Michael

    No, author: you're not alone in thinking "Aliens" is superior to "Alien," but you *are* incorrect. Cameron's sequel is a great sci-fi action film, make no mistake. It's a minor classic in its own right. But the original "Alien," directed by Ridley Scott, is a true masterpiece of oppressive mood, incredible production (and creature) design, and originality of concept and story. Unlike its sequel–a sort of rock'em sock'em "squad" movie–"Alien" is a movie that captures the terror and wonder of space.

    July 8, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  89. RN

    I liked the scene in alien when the guy gave birth. All the deliveries I have seen were women giving birth!

    July 8, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Will&Kate

    As a few have already observed, for the last time: BLADE RUNNER IS NOT A SPACE MOVIE!!! Now off to the polo match....

    July 8, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  91. BobinCal

    Alien the best science fiction movie ever made. I especially like the line by Ripley early in the film "Everyone will get what they deserve". I belive they call this foreshadowing.

    July 8, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  92. STEVE D

    Ok... Here it is the Top 5 " no if's ands or Butts "

    1. 2001 Space Odessey
    2. Apollo 13
    3. War of Worlds ( Original )
    4. Star Trek ( Original )
    5. Capricorn One Really made you think ??

    Honorable mention... Planet of Apes, Alien, The day Earth Stood Still , Star Wars, Close Encounter 3rd kind.

    July 8, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  93. cajr

    I still watch Aliens 2-3 times a month. my favorite by far. Now if i can just convince the wife to let me find and buy the alien queen prop and put it in my den....

    July 8, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • ohHenery

      re: cajr
      "I still watch Aliens 2-3 times a month. my favorite by far. Now if i can just convince the wife to let me find and buy the alien queen prop and put it in my den...."

      cajr... poor, cajr... you need a life... cajr....... get away from the tv screen, cajr...

      July 8, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  94. EP Sato

    Okay, I love the band Queen and I love the movie Flash Gordon. But I love it because it's a BAD MOVIE. It is not in any possible way one of the best space movies of all time. It's also not even one of the best "bad sci fi" movies out there. How is Flash Gordon better than "Starship Troopers"? It had two sequels!

    It's also INSULTING that Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan did not make this list. It's a classic and is considered the best Trek film by pretty much everybody.

    I do concur on Star Wars and Aliens. However, Alien deserves to be there before Aliens does because of how groundbreaking it was. No one ever painted space as gritty blue collar place to be before Alien. This same grittiness can also be seen in Sean Connery's underrated "Outland", which also made clear the connection between space faring sci fi and the western (space ships and wookies aside, they're basically the same genre. Seriously, challenge me on this if you don't believe me as I've got evidence up the wazoo to prove this thesis).

    So, this list is wack, the writer lacks knowledge of sci fis impact on popular culture and it's relationship to other genres.

    July 8, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  95. diamond rick

    When I saw 2001, they were handing out explanations of the movie in the lobby of the theater. It was very Kubrick, very weird but very memorable. "Open the pod bay doors Hal."

    July 8, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  96. C. Burton

    Star Wars but no Star Trek......really.

    July 8, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  97. timothy kayes

    Most people I know think that Aliens is better than Alien.

    July 8, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Cosmo

    All,

    Shocked there is no love for "Enemy Mine" – a really good story with parallels to war today. The idea of dehumanizing an enemy, enemy's turning into friends...and a coming to an understanding of universality of freedom and sentience. A great story, with some cheesy special effects, but a good story nonetheless.

    July 8, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Chuck Anziulewicz

    Not only is "2001: A Space Odyssey" THE greatest space movie of all time, it is for my money the purest expression of cinematic art ever captured on film. But "Flash Gordon???" Oh, BROTHER.

    July 8, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  100. Anthony

    You have to put Forbidden Planet in the top five if for no other reason than Anne Francis was some kind of hot. And if you are going to go with campy/cheesy, Indepedence Day is a legit contender.

    July 8, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  101. Pizza the hut

    MOON.....????....movie is amazing on so many levels....and this has to be a joke since you mention spaceballs but leave it out. "what's the matter colonel sanders? Chicken?"

    July 8, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  102. alexman

    How about Moon or Gattica?

    July 8, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  103. lostsoul1331

    Flash Gordon? The Right Stuff? The Last Starfighter? Your list sucks. The writer probably doesn't even like space movies. Everyone knows that the Wrath of Kahn is DEFINITELY in the top 5....
    Starship Troopers
    The Fifth Element.... also deserve mention

    July 8, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  104. David

    ALso... to add to my comments above... October Sky DEFINATELY belongs on that list.

    July 8, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  105. David

    The only movie of the 5 picked that is a space movie is The Right Stuff... the other 4 are fantasies.

    How Apollo 13 and the TV Mini-series (yeah... still a movie...) From the Earth to the Moon was left off shows how weak this list really is.

    CNN... stick to sensationalizing murder trials... you're good at that... NOT picking space movies!

    July 8, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  106. Stephen

    Aliens by far better then the first, but give the director a ton of credit, older scifi movies so much better then the new CGI stuff

    July 8, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  107. KL

    Am I the only one who remembers...Santa Claus Conquers the Martians??

    July 8, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • davetharave

      No doubt a quality flick, however this category is space movies not Christmas movies.

      July 8, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  108. plainsjain

    "The Last Starfighter" was such a cool movie. My boys had that VHS tape in their "favorites" rack.. a good one to watch on snowdays, too hot days, sick days, whenever! We all loved "Grigg" and his laugh. Alex Rogan was a good role model too.

    July 8, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  109. Ryan Furlong

    No Josh, you're not alone in your thoughts about Alien vs Aliens. I believe Aliens was WAAYYY better than Alien in almost every way. Except Newt. GOD I wish they didn't have Newt. "They mostly come out at night... mostly". Stupid accent ruined it.

    July 8, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  110. pavel

    1962 Czech Sci-Fi "IKARIE XB 1" directed by Jindrich Polak was named(30 years ago) by the British Magazine Sight and Sound superior to 2001:Space Odyssey.The story line is not dissimilar to Star Track, but many yeare earlier. Today the great mid-century 60's art direction looks very hip again, and all the roles are taken by top Czech actors of the period. Check out parts of it on YouTube. Criterion Collection will finally bring it to US theaters and DVD.

    July 8, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  111. curzen

    in no particular order

    Total Recall
    Avatar
    Planet of the Apes
    Moon
    Starship Troopers

    July 8, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  112. davetharave

    "Forbidden Planet" is a classic 1950s space sci-fi that should be on a top 5 list. This movie introduced the concept of warp drive and featured one of the first robots ('Robby') with artificial intelligence. The extraterrertrial technology was astounding for it's time and the monster (dredged from Dr. Morbius' mind) would have eaten alien and predator for breakfast. The concept of a machine that could immediately transcribe thought into mass (objects) and how that was ultimately controlled by the unconscious mind (leading to total destruction) is way ahead of almost anything before or after, and for these reasons 'Forbidden Planet' gets my vote (Oh, and Anne Francis too !)

    July 8, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • BobibCal

      Yes, and the underlying theme of man's better nature struggling with his insidious one. A theme that was carried forward in Star Wars.

      July 8, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  113. Elliot

    I like the list but no way Flash Gordon is top 5. Its campy and that is nice, but way too many other quality films.

    July 8, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  114. Joe

    Solaris (1972)

    July 8, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  115. Mr. Doody

    Yes, you in fact ARE alone in thinking Aliens > Alien.

    July 8, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  116. dan Akroyd

    My Mother is a Space Alien!

    July 8, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  117. paterpull

    Exar Kun has the right idea. Ditto!

    July 8, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  118. Dave

    The very first space movie I remember as a kid was Earth VS the Flying Saucers. A Ray Harryhausen masterpiece. Got me hooked on scifi. And who can leave off Forbidden Planet. Don't kick Robbie the Robot to the curb!

    July 8, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • davetharave

      I LOVED Earth vs Flying Saucers !! That is also one of the first sci-fi movies I remember from my youth. And Forbidden Planet ABSOLUTELY belongs on a top-5 sci-fi list ! (See my post a little further down !) Daves know best, I guess .. lol

      July 8, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  119. Burt

    Only idiots compare Aliens to Alien. They are two totally different movies.

    July 8, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  120. John C

    Forbidden Planet

    July 8, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  121. Debbie Stepp

    I think you forgot the most memorable movie that was actually the start of space flight "October Sky" which mentions Marshall Space Center's Director Wernher von Braun as the influence for the main character of the movie Homer Hickman. Remember the crowd in front of the Hickman home watching Sputnik flying across the night sky?

    July 8, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  122. Noogies

    You kinda forgot about Starship Troopers, very entertaining campy sci-fi space flick.

    July 8, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  123. Mike

    Nice list, but I cannot support a list without The Planet of the Apes on it.

    July 8, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  124. Chris

    Journey to the 7th Planet, The Black Hole, R.C. on Mars, Star Trek TMP, Moonraker...

    July 8, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  125. KHAN

    KKKKKKKKHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    (Shot of the moon) KKKKKKHHHHHHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANNNNNNNNNNN!!!!!

    July 8, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Big Khan Fan

      "And I shall go on...hurting you" Man they just don't make Sci Fi movies like ST2..

      July 8, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  126. amused and confused

    I think a "space" movie should include space as a character in the film. Cold, airless, black and impossibly endless, "space" should impact the plot and affect the characters' actions.
    1. 2001: A Space Oddyssey
    2. Aliens
    3. Silent Running
    4. Marooned
    5. Apollo 13

    July 8, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  127. OS2toMac

    What, no "Santa Claus conquers the Martians", or "Plan 9 from Outer Space"!!

    July 8, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  128. kazz

    Silent Running

    July 8, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Exar Kun

      Definitely!!! Totally under-rated and almost forgotten movie.....and that's a shame!!

      July 8, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  129. E.V.Love

    AS IF! #1 Spaceballs!

    July 8, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  130. Eric

    Serenity should have been named.

    July 8, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  131. Julio

    ice pirates
    Moon 44
    Serenity
    Dune
    Blade Runner

    July 8, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roy Battey

      Blade runner was long and slow but I always liked the ending "All those moments will be lost, like tears in the rain" Time to die.

      July 8, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • tim

      @ Julio–loved Ice Pirates as a kid... you, sir, are among the film elite in my book.

      1–Star Trek (2, 6, 8, and the reboot are the best)
      2–Star Wars (ep 4 for the younglings out there)
      3–Flash Gordon (another fav when I was a kid, hard to watch nowadays)
      4–Apollo 13 (epic tale of guts and the American way before we lost it)
      5–Wall*E (Pixar has done little wrong, save A Bug's Life and both Cars flicks)

      HM: Last Starfighter–my 9 yr old just watched it for the first time this past weekend, and even he said it was awesome.

      July 8, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  132. EF

    Battlestar Galactica.......yeah I know it's not a movie but it's the best space TV show of all time!

    July 8, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • kazz

      BSG 2.0 is arguably one of the best TV shows of all time ... for any genre. If not the best.

      July 8, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike in NYC

      Agreed. Of course to try and cash in on the series Glen Larson recut the pilot and first episode into a feature length movie. I hate to admit it ... but I really liked the reboot series as well. I started watching it in order to be able to have an informed reason for disliking it but ended up loving that series too!!!! :)

      July 8, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike in NYC

      Agreed kazz. I actually bought the entire BSG 2.0 series on blue ray because it was THAT good!

      July 8, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • OS2toMac

      But they did put out the original BSG as a movie. I think they took the first two or three episodes and combined them for the big screen.

      July 8, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Exar Kun

      Space 1999! GREAT show for it's time, and my all-time favorite "space TV show" (at least the first season)!!!

      July 8, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  133. BW - Seattle

    I must admit, I think the original Alien was more suspense whereas Aliens was more of an action flick. I prefer Alien simply for the atmosphere. I also would like to say that 2001, while one of the best movies ever, is a bit of a snoozer – it's more art film than straight-up sci-fi. I like it, but watching it is a major commitment. To those who think that Starship Troopers and Armageddon were great, I can't even fathom why you'd think so. The only thing I remember about Starship Troopers is a ton of gratuitous decapitations and some truly horrendous dialog. Armageddon.....let's just say I couldn't even make it through to the launch, it was so bad. To each their own, though.

    July 8, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  134. citoyenne

    Serenity.
    Blade Runner

    July 8, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  135. Brian

    Flash Gordon? That was hard to turn off because it was so bad. Like watching a train wreck.

    July 8, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  136. Mike in NYC

    Lots of good movies mentioned (and some that don't QUITE have anything to do with space). Here's my list (sorry but I refuse to limit myself to 5 lol):

    1) Empire Strikes Back
    2) Star Wars
    3) Wrath of Khan
    4) Wall-E
    5) Apollo 13
    6) Independance Day
    7) The Day the Earth Stood Still (original)
    8) Forbidden Planet
    9) Alien
    10) Armageddon

    HMs:
    Misson to Mars, Last Star Fighter, Starship Troopers, Blade Runner, When Worlds Collide, Total Recall, Star Trek (2009), and Silent Running

    Most overrated:
    1) Avatar
    2) 2001: A Space Odyssey
    3) Serenity
    4) Dune
    5) ANYTHING George Lucus did after Jedi!!!!

    July 8, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      I wouldn't even call Avatar a space movie... there was like one scene on a space ship. The rest was on Pandora.

      July 8, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      And yes, the Dune movie(s) sucked, but the book is amazing enough to compensate for that. THE best sci-fi epic ever written.

      July 8, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  137. Loki

    Barbarella?

    July 8, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike in NYC

      Can't go wrong with a young Jane Fonda prancing around doing a naked zero-G workout!!! Kinda reminded me of Flash Gordon on LSD. lol

      July 8, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  138. Shel Holtz

    "Marooned" gets little credit; hardly anyone remembers it, but it was terrific. Gregory Peck, Gene Hackman, James Franciscus, Richard Crenna, David Janssen and Lee Grant in a story of an Apollo shot that goes bad. Excllent all the way around.

    July 8, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Exar Kun

      I LOVE Marooned! Great piece of Sci-Fi/Fact based type movie! The acting is top notch, and the story is almost too real!

      July 8, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michelle

      Loved MAROONED! One of my all-time favorites. Truly a space classic.

      July 10, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  139. Eagle2Sky

    Oh, Thank goodness! I thought 2001 was 1st. It's a decent movie but for about 10 minutes all you can hear is breatheing and then the guy turns into a fetus while returning to earth. haha

    July 8, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  140. Jim T

    BLADERUNNER!!!!!!

    July 8, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  141. palintwit

    How about "Enema Bandits from Mars" starring Sarah and Bristol Palin?

    July 8, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike in NYC

      How about "Star Trek CXIX: the Search for Intellegent or Original Comments from palintwit"

      July 8, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  142. gary

    "Forbidden Planet" and "The Day the Earth Stood Still" should be in there.

    July 8, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  143. ButterGoat

    What about forrest gump? how could you not include that on a top space movie list?

    July 8, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  144. Kiteman51

    Patrick Doyen is right on, both in selection and insightful comments.

    July 8, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  145. ohHENRY

    "2001"... a pompous bore. "Forbidden Planet" please.

    July 8, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  146. TRH

    "War of the Worlds" both the 1956 original and the new Tom Cruise version.

    July 8, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  147. Daniel

    2001 is the most overrated garbage. I cannot believe it continues to make these lists.

    July 8, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Exar Kun

      Daniel, guess you wouldn't know good Sci-Fi, huh? 2001 is one of the all-time classics. And Forbidden Planet is the grand-daddy of all modern Sci-Fi!!

      July 8, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      @ Ex Con – I know exactly what a good Sci Fi is...and that ain't it.

      July 8, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Exar Kun

      Daniel, well, it simply proves we all have differences in tastes. I think 2001 and especially Forbidden Planet are two of the greatest of all time. But, that's simply my opinion, though there are a lot who seem to agree.

      July 8, 2011 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  148. Tyson

    So, what you're saying is there hasn't been a good space movie made in 25 years? What about Apollo 13?

    July 8, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  149. Toby

    Where is Apollo 13?

    July 8, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  150. Ryan

    Really No Apollo 13 makes this list completely invalid.

    July 8, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  151. giselle

    How can you compile a list of the best space movies and leave off "Office Space"? Anyone who does so should be sent to prison – and I mean federal pound you in the -- prison!

    July 8, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  152. Exar Kun

    For some reason it posted mine as a response, so I have re-posted it and this time it looks correct. Here's my list:

    I am one who thinks that Aliens, though a great movie, was NOT better than the original Alien. Alien is one of the all-time classic Sci-Fi films, and one of the greatest movies ever made!

    My list would be as follows:

    1) 2001: A Space Odyssey
    2) Forbidden Planet
    3) Alien
    4) The Right Stuff
    5) Apollo 13

    Honorable mentions(in no particular order):
    Star Trek: The Motion Picture(my favorite of all the Star Trek movies)
    The Empire Strikes Back
    Marooned
    Moon
    Silent Running
    Robinson Crusoe on Mars
    This Island Earth
    When Worlds Collide

    And absolutely THE most overrated movie of all time:
    Avatar (horrible movie)

    July 8, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  153. Yes1fan

    "Journey to the Far Side of the Sun" had the best-ever plot!

    July 8, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  154. iggy

    Escape to Witch Mountain.
    The Apple Dumpling Gang.
    The Worlds Greatest Athlete.
    Friday the 13th.
    Poseiden Adventure.

    July 8, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  155. Cletus

    Barbarella

    July 8, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  156. Lee

    I was a kid back then but have to say,no offense, that to this day "2001" was the absolute most boring movie I have ever seen. It was literally painful to sit through it...soooooo slooooooowww......

    July 8, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      100% agree. I can't believe everyone gushes over it.

      July 8, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Twifter

      2001 makes you think, a lot. As I mentioned in a reply somewhere up the list Kubrick wants you to get the information from symbolism and the way the the film is shot versus dialogue.

      July 8, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  157. Hugh

    Where's Logan's Run?

    Where's Liquid Sky?

    Sacrilidge!

    July 8, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  158. T-Mo

    What, no talk about The Ice Pirates?? Should at least get a honorable mention.

    July 8, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • rusty719

      Dude! I soooooo wanted to be the one to say that! Ice Pirates is one of the great classics!

      July 8, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  159. Not Ron Howard

    For me, it's 2001: A Space Odyssey, with (most) everything else a distant second. The first, and still one of the very few, to get the technical details right (no sounds in a vacuum, for example). Incredible visuals for the late 60s and a great story by Clarke.

    July 8, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  160. Rick

    I'd give honorable mention to Silent Running, which is more of a cult classic with Bruce Dern. It's just a cool movie and really the same concept as Alien many years before Alien. It was a TV movie but worth watching.

    July 8, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  161. Kevin in Atlanta

    SPACE BALLS!!!!!!!!

    July 8, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Finger me silly

      Kevin you sound very level headed and cute. Would you like to shine my knob, suck my goober then finger my hineyhole before you slam it...

      Sounds like great fun...what is your phone number?

      July 8, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  162. Seef

    With the exception of 2001: Space Odyssey (painfully low on the chart I might add), this is probably the worst top 5 list I have ever seen. Then again, I expected it to be bad coming from a news network.

    July 8, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  163. rob

    The Black Hole and Dune are taken over by SpaceCampy and ... erm.. Explorers?
    What are you smoking???

    July 8, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  164. closetiguana

    Best space movies
    1. Space Odyssey: 2001
    2. Moon (which does seem to be on many lists)
    3. Close Encounters

    The rest seem really dated

    July 8, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  165. JJ

    1. Star Wars (as a series)
    2. Moon
    3. Wall-E
    4. Alien
    5. Sunshine

    July 8, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  166. Texas Doc

    STARSHIP TROOPERS!

    July 8, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  167. Dragun

    You know, one movie that shaped my love for all things Sci-fi, and imo one very underrated movie, is 1979's "The Black Hole". I mean you want to talk about a great space movie, the whole thing happens in space! And name me anyone who didn't shed a tear when Bob and Vincent took on Maximillion near the end of the movie. That flick instilled a love of that genre of movie in me that i still have, and now i have passed it on to my children.

    July 8, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  168. Mike

    The only thing I can say about that list is wow. Just wow.

    My Personal Top Ten:
    1. Empire Strikes Back (1980)
    2. Star Wars (1977)
    3. Close Encounters of the Third KInd (1978)
    4. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. (1982)
    5. Aliens (1986)
    6. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
    7. Apollo 13 (1995)
    8. 2010 (1984)
    9. Blade Runner (1982)
    10. Star Trek (2009)

    July 8, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  169. Evan

    this list is ridiculous. too bad a real-live movie critic/historian couldn't have been tasked by the editor to take this piece on.

    July 8, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  170. Bubba

    I've seen three of those in the last month.

    July 8, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  171. Adam T

    freaking Flash Gordon beat 2001, arguably one of the greatest movies ever made? LOL to that.

    July 8, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  172. Yep

    1. Space Odyssey: 2001
    2. Star Wars
    3. Apollo 13
    4. Wrath of Kahn
    5. Event Horizon (just left me with a creepy feeling, ya know)

    July 8, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  173. Mr.Positive

    It's obviously clear here with a lot of these comments that certain people require education on the differences between a "space movie" and a "sci-fi movie".

    July 8, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryK

      I agree...and even after making a similar observation, I'm second guessing my inclusion of some on my list.

      July 8, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  174. CLEfan

    You left out Apollo 13? Really?

    July 8, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  175. Randy

    Assuming that a requirement for list is that a significant portion of the movie took place in _space_, then lots of wonderful films don't qualify in this category: Blade Runner, ET, The Right Stuff, etc.

    1. Apollo 13
    2. 2001
    3. Empire Strikes Back
    4. Wrath of Kahn
    5. Aliens

    Honorable Mention:
    6. Serenity
    7. Star Wars
    8. Star Trek (2009)
    9. 2010
    10. Alien

    I wouldn't argue with anyone who rearranged 1, 2, and 3. In my mind Apollo gets the nod for incredible realism.

    July 8, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  176. KENY

    ARMAGEDDON

    July 8, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  177. n needlemier

    You are absolutely alone in thinking that Aliens was better. Alien (the original) was great because, when you in a small space, like a tube, and your friends are screaming: "its getting closer"! You look around and can not see it until you look down, and find it comming up the tube to kill you. That was some scarry stuff in a large dark 1980's theater.

    Also, when someone is sitting at the table eating and feels a gas bubble rising from his stomach, you kind of push away from the table, and draw your guns. what ever is comming out better be just gas.

    In Aliens, they had a budget to do the movie some real justice. It was filmed in better quality, but you kind of expected the eggs, the aliens, and all of the other horrible stuff that could happen. It was not a surprise, but it was good. In the third one, you might as well call it Aliens 3 "the search for more money"

    July 8, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  178. Brian

    Finally! Someone who shares my love of Flash Gordon. That movie changed my childhood.

    July 8, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  179. LarryK

    I'm an idiot: ...know as space.

    July 8, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  180. Mark

    Moon

    July 8, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  181. BombardierBob

    Most of you forgot "The Black Hole" or "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" should be mentioned...

    July 8, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  182. Martin Ski

    No STAR TREK????? Ridiculous!

    July 8, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  183. dogbreath

    Did we forget about some movie called "Apollo 13", huge cast, compelling real life story unlike Aliens and Flash Gordan, plus two of the three honorable mentions I'd never heard of. Why not throw in Spaceballs, while your at it?

    July 8, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  184. LarryK

    Some of the movies listed besides the original author's are great Scifi movies, but not necessarily great 'SPACE' movies. I agree with most that the exclusion of any of the Star Trek movies is an oversight. My list would look something like this (again, following the argument of this being a great SPACE movie list):

    1. Star Wars (not as good as ESB, but much more space action)
    2. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn
    3. 2001: A Space Odyssey
    4. Aliens (liked this much better than the original)
    5. Star Trek VI – The Undiscovered Country

    Note: Loved Flash Gordon, again, not sure if it qualifies as a Space Movie. While the action is certainly otherworldly, it does not technically take place in what we no as space.

    July 8, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  185. Phearis

    Top 5:
    1.) 2001: A Space Odyssey
    2.) Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
    3.) Apollo 13
    4.) Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
    5.) Alien

    HM:
    6.) Forbidden Planet
    7.) The Right Stuff
    8.) Moon

    July 8, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  186. gremlin

    What a generic list.

    July 8, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  187. shibbygirl

    no Spaceballs?

    July 8, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  188. saganhill

    YOu missed the Classic 50's Sci-Fi hit "Forbiddon Planet".

    July 8, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • davetharave

      Forbidden Planet . . one of the best ever. (See my post at 4:29 PM)

      July 8, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  189. Todd AO

    1. 2001: A Space Odyssey
    2. Blade Runner
    3. Solaris (1972)
    4. Close Encounters of the Third Kind
    5. The Empire Strikes Back

    July 8, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  190. Big Jeff

    1. Empire Strikes Back
    2. KHAAAAAAAAANNNNNN!
    3. Alien
    4. 2001
    5. Solaris (the original without Clooney)

    Honorable mentions – Moon, Sunshine, Serenity,Galaxy Quest, Outland, Total Recall, Enemy Mine

    and to answer why the original Planet of the Apes isn't on my list – it took place on EARTH! (damn, dirty apes)

    July 8, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  191. stevek

    @Andulamb, You should read the Dark Horse comic Aliens. Its totally what you were thinking of. Supposedly this was supposed to be Alien 3, but then there were all these franchise rights blah blah blah. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aliens_%28comic_book%29

    July 8, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  192. Todd AO

    "We don't need other worlds. We need a mirror."

    From Andrei Tarkovsky's "Solaris" (1972)

    July 8, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  193. jkINC

    Flash Gordon? PU! Id say Right Stuff and Star Wars are interchangeable at top spot, one historic the other fantasy/fiction. As for Flash G, how could it possibly beat out Forbidden Planet, Wrath of Khan or Apollo 13?

    July 8, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  194. Howard

    How on Earth could you have overlooked the original greatest space movie ever made? Forbidden Planet! God, would I love to see what Hollywood could do with special effects in a remake of that one!

    July 8, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  195. Kado

    When 'Wired' magazine asked producers, directors and "techies" several years ago for their favorite SciFi movie, it was, hands-down Blade Runner. I still agree. It has a great cast, action, suspense, and a view of a gritty, dark future...very much in keeping with what this planet will probably end up like. But, it still had heart and hope as well. THIS list is a joke.

    July 8, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • what?

      I love Blade Runner too, but this is a list about Space movies, not Sci Fi in general.

      July 8, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  196. Roland

    Star Crash staring Marjoe Gortner.

    July 8, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  197. Conrad Shull

    WHAT?! No "Amazon Women On The Moon"?

    July 8, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  198. mark

    Why do people bother screaming My Movie Is Not on the list, he does say "as you compile your top five space movies"...so create your own favorites.

    July 8, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  199. JustThinkinOutloud

    Wow, this list is missing some classics.
    Plan 9 from Outer Space
    Astro Zombies
    Moon
    Doom
    Sunshine
    Gattica
    The Day the Earth Stood Still
    The Watchmen
    Darkstar

    July 8, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phearis

      WTH does 'The Watchmen' have to do with space?

      July 8, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • JustThinkinOutloud

      Glad you asked, my friend. Part of The Watchmen takes place on Mars, and it's one of the coolest scenes. So I consider it a space movie. I'm glad you did call me on it. Bravo for you, sir.

      July 8, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  200. BigLuvins

    You all are forgetting about the 1997 classic. Rocket Man, starring Harland Williams.

    July 8, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  201. 300Cooper

    Sunshine...

    July 8, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  202. TheAlaskaCurmudgeon

    This list is bunk. "Dark Star" blows 'em all out of the universe.

    July 8, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  203. Phearis

    Flash Gordon beat out: Wrath of Khan?!?! W T F???

    July 8, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  204. Screamer

    Who (at least of those who saw the movie in the theater, not many years later on DVD) will ever forget the tag line, "In space, no one can hear you scream?" Alien...what a great, imaginative, unparalleled (at the time) movie.

    July 8, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  205. Shandi

    I immediately thought of The Andromeda Strain. I watched it in my high school anatomy class, and I remember being completely riveted, while my classmates slept (admittedly, I'm a bit of a nerd). Thinking back, I don't really remember if space had anything to do with it at all...

    Also have to agree with WALL•E and The Fifth Element. Both great movies.

    My submission for worst space movie: Battlefield Earth. What a massively awful fail of a movie.

    July 8, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • TBM

      No space per se... The life form came from space though... (the original Andromeda Strain! the new one sucks rocks!)

      July 8, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  206. John_in_LA

    "Flash Gordon"? You gotta be kidding me. There are much better "space" movies than this. And although Blade Runner is one of my ATFs, it's really not a "space" movie, it's Sci-Fi, it all takes place on Earth. Here's some of my favs

    Original Star Wars Trilogy
    Outland (Sean Connery, really underrated film IMHO)
    Alien and Aliens ("Game over, man, game over!" one of the most classic lines, ever)
    Spaceballs ("Use the Schwartz!")

    July 8, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  207. DavidM

    How did Planet of the Apes (the original, not that garbage with Marky Mark) not make this list but Flash Gordon did?!?

    July 8, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  208. Steve-O

    Here's the real top 5:
    1. The Right Stuff (merely for historical purposes)
    2. Alien (NOT ALIENS. Captured the true essence of space isolation)
    3. Contact (it is afterall a 'space travel' movie, isn't it?)
    4. Sunshine (grim eco-space narrative)
    5. Starship Troopers (if there is an alien presence in space it will likely be bugs)

    July 8, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  209. Davey Jones

    1. Aliens vs Predator
    2. Armegeddon
    3. Alien 3
    ...
    Oh wait, is this the worst space movies, or the best?

    July 8, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  210. will

    1) Star Wars, 2) 2001: A Space Oddity, 3) Alien, 4) Star Trek II :The Wrath of Kahn, 5) Apollo 13. Honorable Mentions: Space Camp, Spaceballs, The Black Hole, Enemy Mine, Dune, Flash Gordon, and Space Cowboys.

    July 8, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  211. palintwit

    How about "Bowling for Cow Pies" starring Bristol (the dancing porker) Palin?

    July 8, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  212. Fritz1871

    Did we mention OUTLAND – with Sean Connery... EXCELLENT for its' time.... and CAPRICORN ONE, for a twist on the space race – CLASSIC 70s conspiracy...

    July 8, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  213. Maverick2591b

    Before Spielberg, before Lucas, long before Bay or many others...there was Roddenberry.

    July 8, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  214. JoeT

    List fail items: (most obvious)
    1. Lack of Star Trek, the Wrath of Kahn.
    2. Lack of mention for Forbidden Planet
    3. Inclusion of Flash Gordon

    July 8, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dead Man Blogging

      I also thought of Forbidden Planet – a retelling of Shakespeare's "The Tempest" in outer space.

      July 8, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  215. LouAz

    Alien was genuine unknown space SCARY. Never got a clear look at it. Not sure what it even was till almost the end. Totally alien, who could have thought of something like that. Brillant movie making. The sequels were space action cowboy and indian stuff.

    July 8, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tosh 2.005

      Right on, LouAz. Alien was definitely ground-breaking in the same way The Exorcist was in its genre. For pure entertainment, I enjoyed Aliens more, but Alien was definitely a great movie. Didn't care that much for the rest of them.

      July 8, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  216. kevin

    How could "Apollo 13" not be on this list??? And "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan???" And you put "Flash Gordon" on this list instead of either film?

    "Alien" and "Aliens" were too different kinds of films. The first relied on suspense and the unknown to jolt the audience. The film still gives me the creeps. The second was an all-out action flick. Both are outstanding on their own terms.

    July 8, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  217. juanita

    Five Space Faves:
    1. Apollo 13- Murphy's Law in space- with a vengeance! But NASA team's ingenuity saves the day.
    2. The Right Stuff- great movie about the early space program. You feel you were right there with the guys.
    3. Starship Troopers- space marines glory, blood and guts story from science fiction author Robert Heinlein.
    4. Alien-terrifying. glued to my seat. Ripley-space heroine-kicks alien butt!
    5. Deep Impact-great special effects. Especially the tsunami that ate New York.

    July 8, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  218. erich2112x

    I have to put "Serenity" on the top of that list, not because I'm a cool loner and like cheezy movies, but because never has cheezy been done as masterfully.

    July 8, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  219. Jason

    1. 2001: A Space Odyssey
    2. Star Wars
    3. Dune
    4. Alien
    5. Solaris

    July 8, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Davey Jones

      Dune was an awesome book, but there was too much there for a good movie. I can't believe the movie made much sense to people who hadn't read the book.

      July 8, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  220. Dutchy

    You people gotta be kidding. Starship Troopers,,, Enemy Mine. Must be the pre puberty bunch posting. No mention of Forbidden Planet or Robinson Crusoe on Mars. How can one take this list serious.

    July 8, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • JustThinkinOutloud

      Hahahaha, I could not agree more.

      July 8, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • cityslicker

      "Dutchy
      ..." No mention of Forbidden Planet or Robinson Crusoe on Mars. How can one take this list serious."

      "Forbidden Planet "has been mentioned several times, stunning film for it's time and still mind boggling. "Robinson Crusoe on Mars"? Yes. Also agree with those recommending the original (and only the original) "Planet of the Apes," which was a real ground breaker.

      July 8, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  221. CC

    Flash Gordon?? C'mon. Without a doubt, 2001 and Star Wars had the most impact to everthing that followed.

    July 8, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • JustThinkinOutloud

      Dude...hate to say it...buuuuut...uh....Star Wars was influenced by the Flash Gordon serials back in the day. So....really...Flash Gordon influenced Star Wars.

      I'm a die-hard Star Wars fan, but we must face the truth at some time.
      Even Jesus had a father.

      July 8, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bubba

      Yeah, but there's a long gap between black and white Flash serials and the campy color movie.

      July 8, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  222. HighknJ

    Two space movies I really love but haven't seen on any lists yet:

    The Fifth Element–it's rare to find such a great Sci Fi movie that also doesn't take itself too seriously.

    Silent Running–from about 1971 I think. Anybody remember it? Super social commentary on our penchant for self destruction. Also where the idea for R2D2 came from.

    July 8, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  223. ..--..

    you're not alone in considering Cameron's sequel to be better than Scott's original Alien (i too feel that way) but you are crazy to be leaving the best space film off of the list, one of the greatest masterpieces of all of cinema in Andrei Tarkovsky's 1972, metaphysical masterpiece SOLARIS.

    July 8, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mick Jagger

      I completely agree. Tarkovsky's "Solaris" was nothing short of breathtaking. After looking at the imdb I remember one of my favorite sections of dialogue in the film was this: "Science? Nonsense! In this situation mediocrity and genius are equally useless! I must tell you that we really have no desire to conquer any cosmos. We want to extend the Earth up to its borders. We don't know what to do with other worlds. We don't need other worlds. We need a mirror. We struggle to make contact, but we'll never achieve it. We are in a ridiculous predicament of man pursuing a goal that he fears and that he really does not need. Man needs man!"

      July 8, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  224. STEVE1414

    Spaceballs did not make the list. Real shame.

    July 8, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      Spaceballs was a hoot and everybody who likes to laugh should see it. But it was not one of the top five best space movies, not by a long shot.

      July 8, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  225. Michael

    I love that Apollo 13 was left off the list. What Ron Howard did to the legacies of Deke Slayton and the flight surgeons by turning them into a bunch of bumbling idiots was a complete abomination and completely ruined the movie. These men were responsible for making sure the astronauts on the flight crews were the best of the best and were all absolutely exemplary in their job performances.

    July 8, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  226. Paul Teller

    2001: A Space Odyssey is in a class by itself!

    July 8, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  227. Nemo

    "Contact" with Jodie Foster is definitely worth seeing. It's based on Carl Sagan's novel.

    July 8, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  228. William

    "Aliens" a better film than "Alien"??? LMAO! That's the most absurd thing I've heard since yesterday when Obama sided with the UN in traitorous defense of a Mexican murderer.

    July 8, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • bdgfn

      I was wondering how long it would take for some mindless Repukelican turned this into a political discussion. I look forward to your responses.

      July 8, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • palintwit

      How about "Dueling Dooshes" starring Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann?

      July 8, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  229. EricLr

    Each of the original four Alien movies is original and brilliant in its own way. They great thing that Fox did was to give each film to a great new director and writer, and so each is different (and should be judged on its own merit). Alien is a great atmosopheric horror film from Ridley Scott (the precursor to his even more brilliant Blade Runner). Aliens is a great character-driven action movie, the kind of incredible fusion that James Cameron did so well in the 80's. Alien 3 is a dark, moody, fatalistic piece–typical of David Fincher at his best. And Alien Resurrection has the whimsy of Jean-Pierre Jeunet mixed with the a great proto-Firefly crew from writer Joss Whedon. Each a great film, but for different reasons. Comparisons really aren't fair.

    July 8, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  230. bdgfn

    I have a feeling the same people who are saying "Maid in Manhattan" and similar movies belong on this list will be the ones complaining that "Lost in Space" didn't make the top 5 Chick Flicks.

    C'mon, people, this list is about SPACE movies. Now, if someone had complained that Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back wasn't on the list, I'd at least see their point...although that isn't the same kind of "space".

    July 8, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  231. infinitespace2000

    Patman, I agree. Sunshine w/ the excellent Mark Strong as a maniac starship captain had the best lines in any sci-fi movie. How can you beat a psychotic Mark Strong saying:
    At the end of time, a moment will come when just one man remains. Then the moment will pass. Man will be gone. There will be nothing to show that we were ever here... but stardust.

    July 8, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  232. Christopher

    The Right Stuff and Flash Gordon. Bwwaahahahaha!!! Yeah, this list is an effin' joke.

    July 8, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  233. citizenUSA

    As many other agree, Apollo 13 should be on the list and NOT Flash Gordon. It was too stupid to be campy therefore not enjoyable. What about "Silent Running", other Star Wars and a couple of Star Trek movies, (especially the most recent one), "Forbidden Planet"? Although "Sapce Camp" has outer space scenes, isn't it mostly earthbound? You might as well add "Independence Day" and "Armaggedon" to my list. know we all have our favorites but this list is rank.

    July 8, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  234. BigAl

    2001 should be #1. It was and remains the most scientifically accurate si-fi movie EVER made, period.

    July 8, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ken

      Yes, except it's now 2011...and in 2010 we should have received a message "All these worlds are yours except Europa" and be looking at two suns in the sky. So maybe not that accurate.

      All kidding aside, I do believe 2001 is definitely a classic, and would love to see if 2061 or even better 3001 get made into a movie.

      July 8, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  235. MarylandBill

    There is a lot of room for debate on here. But I agree with those who are talking about the failure to put Apollo 13 in the list. Along with 2001, it is an essential core on this list. I like the Right Stuff; certainly it has a lot of great lines in it ("No Bucks, no Buck Rogers"), but it covers so many characters and such a broad range of material, its hard to get emotionally invested in it... still, I think a strong case can be made for it. Though, I love them, I am actually going to argue against Star Wars and Star Trek II. While set in space, neither film really makes space integral to the plot (You could set Star Wars at sea, with the Death Star being a super powerful warship, and it plays mostly the same way... ditto Star Trek II.).

    July 8, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  236. Brad

    Snarky – Hilarious? He thought he just killed his pregnant wife. Plus, the light-sabre battle between Obi-Wan and Anakin, which we had been waiting for since 1977, over-rides everything.

    July 8, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Snarky

      Meh, the lightsaber battle in Phantom Menace was better.

      July 8, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Davey Jones

      I have to agree, the NYOOOOO!!! made you end the movie with a bad taste in your mouth. It was as bad as when Anakin finds out Padamine's (Is that the right person?) pregnant and pretends to act troubled, but happy. Terrible acting! Overall, the movie was epic, but was weighed down be stuff like that.

      July 8, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  237. KC

    Too bad O'bumbles missed the history lesson on the quote from Lyndon Johnson...

    July 8, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • phearis

      Ohhhh, how soon we forget that your boy Gee-Dub had so many word and quote screw ups, that a new term was created to properly express them all: Bushisms

      July 8, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  238. Huh?

    Flash Gordon and 2001 Space Odyssey? Admittedly, 2001 had great special effects and had a profound influence on a lot of people, but in reality, it was poorly written, poorly acted and except for the special effects, would have been a "B" movie. And Flash Gordon??? What the... that movie was a joke! I can think of a hundred sci fi movies that were better than either one of those.

    July 8, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Twifter

      It's actually funny that you say this because while the special effect were far superior to anything of the time the story was also perfect. Kubrick never meant for there to be a lot of dialogue, instead it was replaced by symbolism. I was lucky enough to have taken a Science Fiction class that went over this movie in great detail and after that everything else is number 2 and below because this is a masterpiece.

      July 8, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  239. ProperVillain

    This list: not written by a hard core sci-fi fan. The inclusion of "Flash Gordon" (1980's version) was a dead give away. Not to mention "Space Camp" and, speaking of "camp"...The Last Starfighter. This is the best list this guy could come up with?

    Amateur....

    July 8, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  240. PaulV

    Man – I forgot about Lost In Space..........I actually liked the re-make!

    July 8, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  241. Brad

    eddantes: Generations sucked! One of the worst Star trek movies.

    My 5:
    1. Star Wars Episode III – Revenge of the Sith
    2. Aliens
    3. Star Trek IV : The Voyage Home
    4. Apollo 13
    5. Galaxy Quest

    HM: Star Wars Episode VI – Return of the Jedi, Contact, Star Trek : First Contact, 2010

    July 8, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Snarky

      Whoaaaaa... Revenge of the Sith? Do you not remember Darth Vader's unintentionally hilarious Nyoooooooooooooooooo!! in that movie? Absolutely killed any good will the film had built up prior to that.

      July 8, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Galaxy Quest

      Ha ha, Galaxy Quest was one of the funniest movies ever. Loved it!

      July 8, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  242. palintwit

    How about "Naked Hot Tub Biscuit Bumping" starring Sarah Palin and Casey Anthony?

    July 8, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  243. Crockett

    Since nobody mentioned Lifeforce, here's my list of space movies:
    1. Tremors
    2. The Descent
    3. Journey to the Center of the Earth
    4. Fantastic Journey
    5. The Matrix

    Oh wait...

    July 8, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Raquel Welch

      Okay, that was a cool show about getting lost in the Bermuda Triangle back in 1977. But what about Fantastic Voyage? That's the movie in which I wore my blood diamond! I'm in touch with my inner space, but obviously you are not!

      July 8, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  244. eddantes

    Star Trek Generations with Patrick Stewart and William Shatner, perhaps of all the star trek movies the best.

    July 8, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  245. Bandla

    No one mentioned Jodie Foster's "CONTACT"

    July 8, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lisa

      Absolutlely, Contact should be on the list, Bandia! Thanks for bringing that up!

      July 8, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  246. Bob A

    Add me to the list of those who think that Forbidden Planet should be on this list!

    July 8, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  247. Melissa

    Why isn't star wars at the top of this list? The Right Stuff is a terrible movie.

    July 8, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  248. Kewl Imp

    I was going to say they should have Flight of the Navigator, but thats more of an alien movie than space. Whenever I think of space movies, I think aliens, 2001 and Event Horizon

    July 8, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  249. LL

    Love Friday's Top 5!
    Here are mine:

    1. Star Wars
    2. The Right Stuff
    3. Apollo 13
    4. WALL-E
    5. Alien

    HM:
    Moon
    Spaceballs

    July 8, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  250. Steve

    How Star Trek (Wrath, Voyage, Undiscovered, First Contact... take your pick) is not mentionned is an attrocity. It was probably the inspiration for getting a large majority of NASA scientists interested in space to begin with. Plus no Apollo 13!!! Agree with Right Stuff and Star Wars. Flash Gordon!!! Give me a break...

    July 8, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  251. Brad

    Doesn't anyone here like Star Trek IV, with the whales? And nobody has mentioned Revenge of the Sith. I must agree that you have to include a Star Trek movie in there somewhere.

    July 8, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steven Gaynor

      I agree – In my book ST IV earns the nod over ST II. I also like Empire Strikes Back from the Star Wars group. How about Moonraker or Deep Impact? Also, while I agree it is a stretch to include Flash on the list, I liked it and am partial to anything with Topol in it (except my toothpaste).

      July 8, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Butchie67

      “…computer, oh computer……ah keyboard, how quaint.”

      July 8, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Exar Kun

      Brad, nothing personal, but I think Star Trek IV is an awful movie, and next to Star Trek V, quite possibly the worst of the bunch!

      Revenge of the Sith was incredible, IMO, but not quite as good as either The Empire Strikes Back or A New Hope.

      July 8, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alysandir

      Star Trek IV was okay; neither great nor terrible, but very much a one-trick pony, i.e. "let's have a laugh at the future people misunderstanding our present day world." It played more like a comedy than a science-fiction movie.

      RotS loses points for me from the huge departure from logic the movie takes in the second half. Anakin wants to save Padme, right, I get that. And in a moment of desperation he acts to preserve the life of the one man he figures can do that for him; I can buy that too. But then to willingly become a cold-blooded killer who slaughters anyone and anything, including friends, comrades, and children without even a moment's hesitation? No moment where the heat of the moment passes and he thinks, "Holy crap. What have I done? I have to stop this before it gets worse!" Or at the very least, "OK, this is bad...I need to get Padme, find the fastest ship out of here, and just disappear forever. I'll find my own way to save her!" Riiiiight.

      Or a woman who led an entire planet for several terms, guided her world through an occupation and war, and held a seat in the Imperial Senate, is such a wilting flower that she loses the will to live, because Anakin goes bad. No believing she could turn him around at some point, no living for the sake of her UNBORN CHILDREN, just giving up. "Anakin...you're breaking my heart!" Padme, you're breaking my brain!

      July 8, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  252. outawork

    "The Day the Earth Stood Still" (the original one)
    "War of the Worlds" (the original one)
    "Forbidden Planet"
    "2001"
    "Star Wars – A New Hope"

    Honorable Mentions

    "Sunshine"
    "Rocketship XM"
    "Earth vs. The Flying Saucers"
    "Serenity"
    "This Island Earth"
    "When Worlds Collide"
    "Silent Running"
    "Macross – Do You Remember Love"

    July 8, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  253. bill

    Nobody mentioned Avatar Seriously?. Also the Abyss.
    Serenity. (I miss Firefly)
    2001 and 2010 was also terrific.
    All of the Aliens movies had something going on but the first 2 were the best.
    Independence day was fun.

    July 8, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  254. C

    I would have put Star Wars as number.

    July 8, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  255. Rick122

    How could you forget a classic like "Forbidden Planet"? One of the top on my campy list would be Earth Girls are Easy...

    July 8, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  256. Weblord

    1. Star Trek II
    2. Armageddon
    3. Flash Gordon
    4. The Fifth Element
    5. Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith

    July 8, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  257. The Måd Råp3r

    Cowboy Bebop movie

    July 8, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  258. wally zebco

    "Serenity" but then
    "Everyone Say Cheese"
    "God's Twin Brother"
    "Does This Make My Uranus Look Big?"
    "Tonight The Sun!"

    July 8, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  259. Alysandir

    1. Aliens
    2. Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
    3. Star Wars IV: A New Hope
    4. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
    5. The Last Starfighter

    July 8, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  260. tman

    That list sucks.

    July 8, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  261. Joohwan K.

    Besides 2001, every movie on that list is a space opera. They might as well call the list the greatest moneymaking space films ever because this is absurd.

    July 8, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  262. cityslicker

    Excuse me, but I don't see the grand daddy (and best sci-fi) of them all, "Forbidden Planet," 1956. Still the best science fiction (space) movie of them all, hands down! ...thanks in advance for adding it to your list.

    July 8, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  263. max

    You are totally wrong!! 2001 Space Odyssey belongs at the TOP of that list. Star Wars maybe, but The Empire Strikes Back was way Superior. Alien was better than Aliens...and Flash Gordon???? You are an idiot!

    July 8, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  264. BobbyC

    1. Return of the Jedi
    2. Star Wars
    3. Star Trek II – The Wrath of Khan
    4. Aliens
    5. Moon

    HM: Apollo 13, Spaceballs, Alien, The Right Stuff

    July 8, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  265. JoeJoe

    What about "When Worlds Collide", "War of the Worlds" 1953. "The Thing from another planet", "Mission to Mars","Red Planet", "Robinson Crusoe on Mars", and "Independence Day".

    July 8, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • TBM

      The original Thing (from another planet) is a great movie. It has one of the best dialog tracks I've ever seen... Constant overlapping and intervening conversations... Absolutely Brilliant!

      July 8, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  266. Aaron

    Star Trek II should be on this list instead of flash gordon

    July 8, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  267. Dolores

    top five with out Star Trek =Get another job. and how can anyobe choose just five best of all the great sci-fi movie made

    July 8, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  268. Bryce

    Here's what I would have chosen:

    1. 2001: A Space Odyssey
    2. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
    3. Apollo 13
    4. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
    5. Aliens

    HM:

    1. Star Wars
    2. Alien
    3. The Right Stuff
    4. Star Trek (2009)
    5. The Last Starfighter

    July 8, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phearis

      Take that "S" off Alien and you have I have the same list in the same order.

      July 8, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  269. Jim

    SpaceCamp sucked! It was not even CLOSE to being accurate! The flight crew is on board during ET loading/main engine firing and children would NEVER be allowed anywhere NEAR it! That stupid little robot could NEVER have effected a launch, no matter WHAT it did!

    July 8, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  270. Uncle Pat

    Interesting that no one has voted for the highly ballyhooed and overrated Avitar.

    July 8, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  271. jon

    "Flash Gordan" is on the list but not "Apollo 13"? Maybe I'm missing something.

    July 8, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  272. Jessica

    Flash Gordon, Really??? That isn't a space movie it's a campy mess of a movie.

    July 8, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  273. Mike Kell

    October Sky: you can't have space movies if no one wanted to be a rocket scientist in the first place!

    Running Silent: saving part of earth for posterity

    July 8, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  274. Tom J

    I'm surprised no one mentioned "Marooned" Great film.

    July 8, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  275. Lily

    Mars Attacks

    July 8, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  276. Penis Buffet

    Invasion Uranus.
    Crabs Nebula.
    Kiss The Moon.
    Rocket Ride.
    Head Cheese.

    July 8, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  277. Gëzim

    ...It's worth mention one of the greatest sci movies..it is "Forbidden Planet" ( 1956 ). The great actor Leslie Nielsen has played also. When you look that movie which has been made 55 years ago you will be impressed how fantastic it is...

    July 8, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  278. blubber

    Armaggedon > Flash Gordon

    July 8, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  279. Sven

    –From Germany with love (you mustn't agree with my choice):
    1. Star Trek: Generations ("Haben wir etwas bewegt?" "Ja, haben wir")
    2. Star Trek: 1st contact (–for FREEDOM!! For all that "is", for everything that lives, america stands for that!!)
    3. Star Wars: The empire strikes back ("question ourselves")
    4. 2001 – a space odyssey (I *do* DEEPLY believe in our lord *AND* in *LIFE OUT THERE*)
    5. 2010 – the year we make contact ("contact" for ourselves? Maybe to overcome prejudices??!? :-)
    –and furthermore–
    6. Apollo 13
    7. The time machine (H.G. Wells, somewhen in the 1960's, the "older ones" will know that one, "elois" and "morlocks")
    8. Blade Runner (rights for everything that "is", for everything that lives)
    9. Running man (see 8.)
    10. Planet of the apes 1-3, charlton heston, the "older ones" will know them probably, too.

    All the best from "good old" germany.

    –"life itself will find ways"–

    July 8, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • scifijunky

      Good list! I would add:
      1.Logan's Run
      2. War of the Worlds (The Original)
      3. Forbidden Planet

      Honorable Mention:
      1.Outland

      July 8, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike in NYC

      Good additions, however, I would argue that Logan's Run is not a "space" movie. Its set on earth "in the future"

      July 8, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yosh

      Great list Sven, thanks for sharing!

      July 8, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  280. ron31

    Another one i just thought of........Friday the 13th 10 or simply put Jason X.

    July 8, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  281. Sven

    –From Germany with love (you mustn't agree with my choice):
    1. Star Trek: Generations ("Haben wir etwas bewegt?" "Ja, haben wir")
    2. Star Trek: 1st contact (–for FREEDOM!! For all that "is", for everything that lives, america stands for that!!)
    3. Star Wars: The empire strikes back ("question ourselves")
    4. 2001 – a space odyssey (I *do* DEEPLY believe in our lord *AND* in *LIFE OUT THERE*)
    5. 2010 – the year we make contact ("contact" for ourselves? Maybe to overcome prejudices??!? :-)
    –and furthermore–
    6. Apollo 13
    7. The time machine (H.G. Wells, somewhen in the 1960's, the "older ones" will know that one, "elois" and "morlocks")
    8. Blade Runner (rights for everything that "is", for everything that lives)
    9. Running man (see 8.)
    10. Planet of the apes 1-3, charlton heston, the "older ones" will know them probably, too.

    All the best from "good old" germany.

    July 8, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  282. Brandon

    1. Star Wars
    2. Star trek (I like the remake)
    3. Aliens
    4. Moon (Duncan Jones)
    5. Solaris (Tarkovsky) – great film remade by Steven soderbergh in 2002

    July 8, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dirk the Daring

      I totally agree about "Solaris." Tarkovsky was a brilliant filmmaker. Anyone serious about film should see "Andrei Rublev" and "The Mirror" as well.

      July 8, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  283. ed

    Herbie The LoveBug.
    Pale Rider.
    Bachelor Party.
    Convoy.
    Smokie and the Bandit.

    July 8, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  284. jonathan

    Starship Troopers...definitely #1 in your heart
    Armageddon???
    Deep Impact??
    Superman 2??

    Com'on people

    July 8, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  285. Uncle Fester

    Barbarella.
    The Abyss.
    Walking Tall (the original).
    Space Girls without Underpants.
    Planet of the Apes (the original).

    July 8, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  286. Top5Fan

    Dumb and Dumber – "We landed on the moon!!! YEAH!!!"

    July 8, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  287. James Burrill

    How can you leave off Heinlein's "Destination Moon"? You can't be a real space geek without knowing who Heinlein was! The movie predates the Apollo landing but had so much "right."

    And I agree, Forbidden Planet did such a great job of showing a science fiction story on film, for all the primitive FX.

    July 8, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  288. PaulV

    You mean to tell me that no one here liked Event Horizon???
    Top five:
    1. Star Wars
    2. Star Trek II
    3. Aliens
    4. The Last Starfighter/Apollo 13
    5. Event Horizon

    July 8, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • DaveS

      II liked Event Horizon despite some of its flaws. I'm hoping that one day they will remake it and up the ante visually. I want to see what Hell looks like.

      July 8, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Elise

      I definitely like your list better. Event Horizon is awesome. One of the scariest movies I've ever seen.

      July 8, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Did you know that the studio cut up Event Horizon from being too long and goreish. Quite sad really as I would have enjoyed the Director's cut even more.

      July 8, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  289. libfreak48

    You pick Flash Gordon, Space Camp AND The Last Starfighter over ANY Star Trek movies? Is this a best list or a worst list???

    July 8, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  290. Doug

    There are a lot of space movies being overlooked, especially for today's shuttle launch...
    What about Space Cowboys? I thought Clint and the gang did a good job.
    And I agree with Apollo 13, as well as Wrath of Khan. Any good Trekkie appreciates the first time, ship to ship battle at close range was done within the ST realm!

    July 8, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  291. Shane

    You really think Aliens is better than Alien? You must be joking...

    July 8, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  292. Al

    Forbiddon Planet was years ahead of everything else when it came out in the 50s. Other than the slow laser burst speeds, still top notch special effects 55 years later.

    July 8, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • JM63

      Agree – Forbidden Planet set the standard, which really only was surpassed by 2001 a decade later.

      July 8, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • TBM

      I still chuckle when I see Leslie Neilson quick step down the stairs :/

      July 8, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  293. David

    You Trekkies make me sick...Flash Gordon could kick Kirk's butt, and throw a long bomb TD pass, ANDDD get girls that aren't blue.

    Great list; How about these?

    1. E.T. This movie makes me cry every time
    2. Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind...I can't get those 5 notes out of my head
    3. Total Recall "Damn it Kohagen, give these people their air!!!"
    4. Apollo 13...I agree with Ron Howard up there, even though Tom Hanks' sideburns freak me out
    5. Stargate...it's the only movie I've ever seen where James Spader plays a good guy and it's better than the 5th Element

    July 8, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • DJL

      ET and Close Encounters are both great movies, but while they are SCI-FI movies, they don't qualify for this list of SPACE movies, as they don't take place in space...

      July 8, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  294. Clint

    Armageddon?

    July 8, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Davey Jones

      Worst movie I've ever seen, and I'm a Bruce Willis and Owen Wilson fan.

      July 8, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  295. Baron of Baltimore

    More recent, but I thought Moon was fantastic. If this were a top 10 list, I would include it.

    July 8, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  296. JamesTKirk

    2001, A Space Odyssey, placed below first, or at worst second, place is bizzare, to say the least. Who's writing these lists? What are they smokin'? How old are they? Not a matter of opinion: Simple fact.

    July 8, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  297. Korgri

    Why on earth is Flash Gordon on there? It's terrible. Should be Apollo 13 instead.

    July 8, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  298. MAJBSK

    Agree on inclusion of Apollo 13 just for historical art (as JFK should be in the top 5 presidential movies, regardless of one's politics). HOWEVER, the biggest flaw of this list HAS to be 2001 not being number 1. Here's my argument:
    1. '68!! Had a space station orbitting earth (2001 was the year of the decommission of MIR and handover to ISS)
    2. '68!! 2003 beta version of Skype released to public. When I saw this movie for the first time about 1990, i thought "yeah, right: video phone. Whatever." This guy had it going on.
    3. '68!! 2004 the first orbiter of Saturn arrived, launched in 97. Granted, it wasn't manned, but still. This guy had it going on.

    So, thought complete. Thoughts? B

    July 8, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Twifter

      Another thing that I always like to add when referring to how well Kubrick did with 2001 is that he got the image of the earth almost perfect even though no one had ever seen it from space at that point in time.

      July 8, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  299. Chris

    The Empire Strikes Back

    July 8, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  300. leslie

    What about the original Dune? And I totally agree with erich2112x about Serenity, probably my #1. And I know I am going to get some scoffs at this one, but I used to love Critters.

    July 8, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  301. EAPoe

    Aliens: It was a slow day at work and the boss was out of town, so we shut down the office and went to an afternoon matinee. Definitely one of the few sequels that's as good as or maybe even better than the original.

    2001: My favorite movie of all time.

    July 8, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • TBM

      Agreed with 2001... 2010 was also very good I thought. Both too cerebral for most though.

      July 8, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  302. Ed

    2001 is number one by far. The direction is flawless and it still is very impressive 42 years later. Alien is great too.

    July 8, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  303. Melissa

    Agreed that Star Wars should have been first, and that there needed to be something from the Star Trek franchise. I would go with either Wrath of Kahn, or surprisingly, the newest Start Trek movie – what a ride that was. But I certainly agree with the choice of Aliens – great film.

    July 8, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  304. Jugger

    1. Star Wars
    2. Star Trek
    3. Aliens
    4. The Last Starfighter
    5. Enemy Mine (With Dennis Quaid and Lou Gosset Jr.)

    July 8, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  305. Paulina

    I'd vote for "Moon", Duncan Jones' first movie, for psychological tension, keeping me guessing to the end, and portraying space (well, the moon, but whatever) as I think it would really be: cold, lonely, quiet, somewhat creepy.

    July 8, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  306. Driver

    WHAT?? No Apollo 13?? No Spaceballs?? No OUTLAND or Santa Claus Conquers the Martians??? How about Howard the DUCK/?? List is just so LACKING!!!!! HA HA HA..Flash Gordon?? Really?? Then why not tell us that Plan 9 from Outer Space is a OSCAR WINNER>>>

    July 8, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  307. jonathan daniels

    2001: a space odyssey was the most surreal movie when i saw it five times in1968. Back then, we all hoped that 2001 will be the year where technology will give us the space station rotating and creating artificial gravity..

    July 8, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  308. BHL

    Great list–agree with Apollo 13 but sometimes just not enough space for all the great stuff. Love the FAV 5.

    July 8, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  309. ty764

    Bridesmaids

    July 8, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  310. Peace

    How about Tim Allen's "Galaxy Quest"? Have a couple of your fav beverages & watch that crazy movie! @ palintwit, I have to admit, that made me chuckle! (Shame on me! Lol)

    July 8, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Wally

      Ditto on Galaxey Quest! Now I too am.... "going to find the nearest pub"....

      July 8, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  311. Mike

    Anybody remember Apollo 13? "Houston, we have a problem"
    Brilliant movie. Doesn't even get an honourable mention. Hmmm.... wonder who compiled this list?

    July 8, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  312. DP

    Flash Gordon? Seriously??

    Agree Wrath of Khan is better. Also too, Outland.

    July 8, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  313. Fez

    TEEN WOLF 1 & 2

    July 8, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  314. palintwit

    " The Human Centipede 2 " starring the entire Palin family.

    July 8, 2011 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  315. erich2112x

    Terms Of Endearment.

    July 8, 2011 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  316. ROCKWOOD

    What about Silent Running, it had great special effects for the time.

    July 8, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  317. mpl

    Outland!

    July 8, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
    • bdgfn

      Outland! How could I have forgotten about Outland? Or Saturn 5? Probably not good enough to make the top 5, but both were decent movies.

      July 8, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  318. Superhiro

    I was under the impression everybody thought Aliens was better than Alien. How about we throw some Starship Troopers into this mix too? I actually thought that film was kinda underrated

    July 8, 2011 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • mkleve

      No, not Starship Troopers. Nothing like the book it was supposed to be based on. It could have been SO much better.

      July 8, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Andulamb

      Both Alien and Aliens are great, but they are different kinds of movies. Alien is much more realistic, and thus is very slow-paced. Aliens is more in line with today's sci-fi/action movies. Then there's Alien 3, which ruined the franchise. I like to pretend it doesn't exist. I'm sorry, but you don't make an entire movie about rescuing someone, and then kill that person off at the beginning of the next movie. Just dump all over the preceeding movie, why don't you. Furthermore, there was a build up from Alien to Aliens - from one alien to a slew of aliens. Alien 3 should have upped the ante again by having an alien hitch a ride to earth. An alien running amok on a prison planet? Who cares?

      July 8, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • R

      @ Andulamb

      I liked Alien 3. It was pretty good. At was Alien Resurrection (4) that was too much. I liked Winona Ryder in it but some of the stuff in it was stupid. Alien is classic. There is so much suspense because we don't see the alien during most of the movie. And Aliens is awesome because Ripley kicks butt in it.

      July 8, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • bdgfn

      Starship Troopers should have gotten an honorable mention, and as mkleve says, it is nowhere close to the book. Campy fun with plenty of action, gore, and even some T&A. The two sequels, however, were absolutely horrible!

      July 8, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  319. Ray

    No "Wrath of Kahn"? The entire list is suspect.

    July 8, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  320. Fred Evil

    Are you kidding?! "Flash Gordon" makes the list, but nary a mention of Star Trek? Ok, there are some crap ST movies out there, but 'Wrath of Khan' is outstanding.
    And kudos on Last Starfighter getting at least an honorable mention!
    And The Right Stuff was good, but there is NO topping the original Star Wars.....unless you mean the short 'Hardware Wars!'

    July 8, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  321. Ed

    Spaceballs anyone?? May the schwartz be with you.

    July 8, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • EAPoe

      My schwartz is bigger than yours!

      July 8, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • SightSeer

      Spaceballs one of the top 5 outer space movies of all time – riiiiiiiight. May good taste, common sense, and some basic intelligence find you.

      July 8, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Ed

      One of Mel's worst.

      July 8, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      Agreed, Spaceballs is one of the greatest comedies, nay, movies of all time!! Space themed or not. Any of the fools who knocked your comment have serious issues and should consult a therapist ASAP!

      July 8, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • FarewellAquarius

      "Funny, she doesn't look Druish..."

      July 8, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • PBanta62

      The little "Jews in Space" bit at the end of Mel's "History of the World: Part I" was funnier than the whole movie "Spaceballs" (except the "Michigan J. Alien" scene close to the end)

      July 9, 2011 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Stamps

      I bet SHE gives good helmet!

      July 10, 2011 at 3:44 am | Report abuse |
  322. Consuela

    Maid in Manhatten should be on the list

    July 8, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  323. CindeeBee

    I can't believe they left out mannequin

    July 8, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  324. Top5Fan

    Amazon Women On The Moon – Classic!

    July 8, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  325. Bob

    THE GRINCH WHO STOLE CHRISTMAS

    July 8, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  326. Ann54

    I think a good one would be Justin Bieber: Never say Never

    July 8, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  327. erich2112x

    What about 'Serenity', that's a good one.

    July 8, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  328. Ahnold

    Fast Times at Ridgemont High is a good one

    July 8, 2011 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
    • bdgfn

      Good movie, yes (thank you, Phoebe Cates, from every red-blooded man around at the time, and since) but it is not a space movie, which is what this list is.

      July 8, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  329. Cletus

    Cars 2

    July 8, 2011 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
    • bachmanntwit

      Don't look now Cletus, but someone's trying to hotwire your tractor.

      July 8, 2011 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  330. Top5Fan

    I love the Friday Top Five! Give me something to look forward to every week. You are spot-on this week with the Top 5. I also have to agree that the sequel to Aliens was better than the original – only movie I can say that for. Keep up the great work and I'll look forward to next weeks. "Funny, she doesn't look druish"!!

    July 8, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Victor

      Empire Strikes Back...

      July 8, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
    • cosmicsnoop

      Aliens is so good. Saw that movie in my science fiction literature class at college, so even the snooty, out of touch prof. knew how good it was.

      July 8, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      Sorry but you are dead wrong! 2001 is by far the best science fiction film of all time – Kubrick and Clarke were geniuses! Also, the first Alien pic is better than the second and the 3rd is best of all 4. I do agree that Apollo 13 deserves to be on the list.

      July 8, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  331. Ron31

    Why isn't Apollo 13 on this list? That is the greatest space movie of all time and disappointing it isn't on the list or even get an honorable mention.

    July 8, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
    • DarkGuardian

      Agreed. Apollo 13 should have been on the list. Going by pure space movies (movies that have significant time in space, and not just on an alien planet):

      Apollo 13
      Star Wars (ESB is better, but the original has more space time)
      Star Trek II
      2001
      The Right Stuff

      Alien/Aliens (both are equally good IMO) and Last Starfighter get HMs

      July 8, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Rahul

      You can't have a list of space movies without Apollo 13 – in my opinion it's a classic at least for space enthusiasts. A pretty good timing for this list as we are witnessing the historic closure in the shuttle missions.

      July 8, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Brooksindy

      100% agreement on Apollo 13.

      July 8, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • yosh1977

      Is this Ron Howard?

      July 8, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      Agree that Apollo 13 has to be on list. Geez, they're making calculations of thrust fires using slide rulers!

      July 8, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jenickki

      Actually, when I read this; it was the first movie I thought about....then 2001...then Star Wars. LOL, I loved Flash Gordon. Campy as ever...what a soundtrack...go Queen.

      July 8, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • patman

      remember Marooned with Richard Crenna and Gene Hackman back in the 70's and James Franciscus

      July 8, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • bdgfn

      Agreed. Apollo 13 deserves to be on this list. Flash Gordon, on the other hand, does not.

      July 8, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dead Man Blogging

      Apollo 13 has more excitement, tension and drama than any of the Sci-Fi movies, and it really happened.

      July 8, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Franque

      Because Tom Hanks is a tatty fecking botch, that's why.

      July 8, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Geoz

      Apollo 13 is real miss here.

      July 8, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • FarewellAquarius

      "I think ol' Swigart gave me the clap"...Apollo 13 was a little too Hollywood-ized, but they took pains to get technical details right. Should have been on this list, near the top.

      July 8, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • GaryO

      I agree with Apollo 13 being worthy of this list. I like that Flash Gordon made the list, though. I just watched it the other night, after the wife and daughter fell asleep. Great soundtrack! Blade Runner was great, but all of the action took place on Earth, so it shouldn't be on a list of Space movies, as some people suggest. Star Wars A New Hope is a classic, though any of that trilogy are worthy. I'm also glad The Last Starfighter made the list, as it is one of my favorites.

      July 8, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • lomo1954

      SERIOUSLY!!! I can't believe Apollo 13 isn't anywhere on this list! Definitely in my top 5, along with Alien, Armageddon, The Right Stuff and Star Wars.

      July 8, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • TJ98

      Maybe the trashy costumes in Flash Gordon won out over the substance in Apollo 13?

      July 8, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  332. The Måd Råp3r

    Not a movie but I can't get enough Exosquad.

    July 8, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
    • patman

      Sunshine with Cilian Murphy from 28 days later where a team of astronauts are sent to re-ignite the dying sun 50 years into the future.

      July 8, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Måd Råp3r

      God bless Armenia indeed, NeoWar.

      July 8, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • bdgfn

      @NeoWarComByGod, did you forget to take your meds today?

      @FFLoyd, what language is that? It sure isn't English.

      July 8, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • NOwar

      reason why you no got do Ameriac. PLease limit mex to low people and paris to limitations. god bless uss and godd bless making babies.

      July 8, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • bdgfn

      NOwar = Epic Fail!

      July 8, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Christopher

      The Right Stuff and Flash Gordon. LOL ...this list is a joke.

      July 8, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • cosmic

      Brain Diseased Good For Nothing – why do you got so much English language abuse? Naff off and speak proper.

      July 8, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Morbius. Morbius! Something is coming this way, it is now quite close!

      Yes, Christopher, I agree. Surely Forbidden Planet rates above the camp comedy Flash Gordon.. And The Right Stuff was a brilliant exposition of fifties American can-do culture, but not really a space movie.

      July 8, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • GuffEnuff

      patman : You do got so must visit with fried poultry.

      July 8, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • DavidM

      How did Planet of the Apes (the original, not that garbage with Marky Mark) not make this list?!?

      July 8, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Elizabeth

      What about "Galaxy Quest"? Who can forget the best space camp movie of all time?

      July 8, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gene

      bdgfn:

      "...did you forget to take your meds today?"

      God, that's original!

      I guess "You suck!" was already taken, huh?

      The scintillating, Wildean wit of the knucklewalking proles.

      July 8, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • matt geist

      How in the world can you leave out apollo 13? Whoever edits the list needs smacked!

      July 8, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • sonylegend

      MAD.... get a life

      July 8, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • sbr

      Yes, you are alone – Aliens was horrible compared to Alien, a true classic.

      July 8, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • EeyeUp!

      Oi! Where is my NeoWarComByGod contribution? Are you deleting UnAmercium comments, by The Sky Fairy? Nuff said, move on to the next ammendment if you must.

      July 8, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • rob

      Empire strikes back blows the original star wars out of the water. AT-ATs and boba fett > picking up power converters from the tashi station.

      Alien is far more suspenseful and effectively done than it's sequel, hands down. I'll take the chestburster scene over newt's high pitched screaming any day... besides... Ridley Scott > James Cameron, I suppose this is mostly subjective... mostly.

      What really throws me is this spacecamp nomination.... I'd have put Explorers (three kids make a spaceship out of a tilt-a-whirl), on the list before spacecamp! Both sucked but River > Joaquin, and besides.. neither are worthy of pushing spaceballs out of mention.

      I wholeheartedly stand behind flash gordan being up there.

      July 8, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • patrick doyen

      I've gotta put my 2 cents in here. By any standard, 2001 has to top the list. It was the first real attempt to show an audience the possibilities of space exploration (and in color). I would have to go with APOLLO 13 next. It was also about the possibilities of space exploration going 'not so good,' and it really happened. Next would be The ANDROMEDA STRAIN. Numbers 4 & 5 are a toss up for me. One would be CLOSE ENCOUNTERS-about the possibilities of space exploration that will eventually happen, and finally ARMAGEDDON, for the same reason.

      July 8, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony Clifton

      The #1 film in science fiction in my opinion is The Empire Strikes Back.

      July 8, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Måd Råp3r

      Hey sonylegend, still fighting the good fight against the illuminati/neo-sapien/reptoid invasion?

      July 8, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Exar Kun

      I am one who thinks that Aliens, though a great movie, was NOT better than the original Alien. Alien is one of the all-time classic Sci-Fi films, and one of the greatest movies ever made!

      My list would be as follows:

      1) 2001: A Space Odyssey
      2) Forbidden Planet
      3) Alien
      4) The Right Stuff
      5) Apollo 13

      Honorable mentions(in no particular order):
      Star Trek: The Motion Picture(my favorite of all the Star Trek movies)
      The Empire Strikes Back
      Marooned
      Moon
      Silent Running
      Robinson Crusoe on Mars
      This Island Earth
      When Worlds Collide

      And absolutely THE most overrated movie of all time:
      Avatar (horrible movie)

      July 8, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • John, Arlington VA

      Serenity, the sequel to the Firefly TV series, was an amazing tale.

      2010 was terrific also, ending with the most stunning and audacious act of thinking beings ever portrayed on film. Only Clarke could out-Clarke himself.

      I thought Sunshine was very good until the deranged killer showed up. Then it degenerated.

      July 8, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • KC

      Alien was far superior to aliens. Forget about the fact that sequals are never better. It depends on the audience, if you're a teenager who spends hours every day playing video games and you think starship troopers is a good movie, then yes, aliens was better. Also, how can anyone put the right stuff above classics like 2001, star wars and empire? These were ground breaking original movies

      July 8, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • BigJezza

      Sunshine ala Danny Boyle. Brilliant. Also of notable mention, Event Horizon which was a box office flop but went on to be a cult film.

      July 8, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Drowlord

      Pips for Star Wars and Aliens. But the rest? Do you even watch space movies?

      July 8, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • EdS

      No, You are not alone in thinking "Aliens" is superior to "Alien". A classic westen played out in space. Maybe greatest ever, except 2001-A Space Odyessy

      July 8, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • PJ

      Does Blade Runner count? They were "OFF WORLD"

      July 8, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      I disagree that Aliens, Star Wars, and Flash Gordon are even space movies. But more to the point Flosh Gordon sucked. No question. It really sucked. Adding Flash Gordon and not Apollo 13 makes this list a joke.

      July 8, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      Apollo 13!!!! how could you forget that movie?

      July 8, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • boredtotears

      I love space movies ,here are some more,

      Mission to Mars
      The Red Planet
      Sunshine
      Outland
      The Right Stuff
      The Black Hole
      Saturn 3

      These would all make my top 5

      July 8, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • spocksbrain

      I do think the original Alien superior to any of its sequels. Also I'd mention "Silent Running." I also liked the new "Star Trek" movie for some reason. I'd put 2001 A Apace Odyssey as #1.

      July 8, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Georg

      I guess we could spend all night and STILL find the one or the the other forgotten "must have" movie.

      I just remembered one which i think deserves mentioning, it's "Silent Running" . It's old, but if you haven't seen it you should. And of course, there is NO way to make a SciFi/space list without mentioning Star Trek. And if we're at it..what about BSG? :)

      July 8, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Boss

      2001 is so boring and sucks, but has a place in history. Flash Gordon you can't be serious.

      July 8, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • xet1356

      what about Apollo 13!

      July 8, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mad Patter

      I think 70% or more of the film needs to be in space or on another planet, for it to be considered a space movie.

      Here is my list. More than 5 because I don't like limits
      1.) Empire Strikes Back
      2.) Sunshine
      3.) Disney's The Black Hole
      4.) Flash Gordon
      5.) Alien (The original Alien not that compromised second draft)
      6.) Event Horizon
      7.) The Last Starfighter
      8.) Forbidden Planet
      9.) Star Trek The Wrath Of Khan
      10.) Star Trek First Contact
      11.) Lifeforce
      12.) Ice Pirates
      13.) Space Balls

      July 8, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Enemy Mine! Louis Gosset Jr.'s character was classic.

      July 8, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave-O

      Moon gets my vote

      July 8, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Herivelto Bernabe - Brazil

      1) 2001: A Space Odyssey
      2) The Right Stuff
      3) Apollo 13
      4) 2010: The Year We Make Contact
      5) Solaris

      July 9, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
    • ClintOR

      What the H***??? lol wow

      July 9, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • A. T. Johnson

      EVENT HORIZON!!!

      July 10, 2011 at 2:00 am | Report abuse |
    • smoooth

      Ice Pirates is one of my all time favorites.

      July 11, 2011 at 2:41 am | Report abuse |
    • MP

      surprised "Wing Commander" hasn't gotten a mention. only the most epic film ever, underrated.

      July 11, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • TommyE

      You are very correct about Aliens being superior to Alien. The sequel blows the original away. The original is a classic. The sequel is legendary.

      July 12, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Kreuzberlin

      "Moon" with Sam Rockwell. Should be #2 after 2001: A Space Odyssey

      August 24, 2011 at 4:52 am | Report abuse |

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