The 24 Best Space Movies Featuring Aliens and Astronauts That Are Out of This World

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When Earth gets to be too much, there’s nothing quite like heading to the stars with an unforgettable space movie. Hollywood’s fascination with outer space has led to an abundance of movies featuring astronauts and aliens. From Sandra Bullock‘s anxiety-inducing journey of survival in 2013’s “Gravity” to the nostalgia of 2005’s kid-friendly flick “Zathura,” the best movies that take viewers out of this world run the gamut from realistic to fantastical.

It’s not surprising that Hollywood has found an endless fount of inspiration by exploring what happens when humans go to space . . . or when space comes to them. Sometimes that means watching a brilliant character devise a way to survive in an inhospitable environment (think Matt Damon in “The Martian”), and other times it means looking at Earth from a new perspective (just like Natalie Portman‘s astronaut character in “Lucy in the Sky”). Then there’s the prolific subgenre of films all about aliens, including adorable ones like Stitch from “Lilo & Stitch” and far more dangerous ones like the human-hunting predators in “Prey.”

The one thing all space movies have in common is a fascination with the unknown. There’s still so much people don’t understand about the vastness of the universe, but thankfully, there are plenty of films out there committed to letting viewers explore space from the comfort of their couch with a big bowl of popcorn. Ahead, check out our roundup of the best space movies.

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