Our 10 Favorite Space Movies in Honor of New Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Gravity’


Houston, we have a problem … There’s a new sci-fi movie that’s going to be astronomical.

Get ready to experience space like never before in the new 3D thriller, Gravity, which crash lands into theaters today.

Starring Sandra Bullock as medical engineer Ryan Stone and George Clooney as veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski, the Alfonso Cuarón-direct film takes you to the final frontier where the Oscar-winning actors experience some — for lack of a better word — technical difficulties.

In the heart-pounding trailer, Sandra is installing a new system on the Hubble telescope when a wave of space debris forces her to detach from the space shuttle, causing her to spiral out of control.

In honor of Gravity, here are 10 space-themed films that made a big bang in the box office:

1. Wall-E

One of the most iconic, animated space movies is Pixar’s, Wall-E. The little robot opened our eyes to societal issues like consumerism and environmental waste.

2. The Green Lantern

In the superhero film, Ryan Reynolds, who played a test pilot, was granted an alien ring that gave him superpowers to protect the universe from space nuisance.

3. Transformers

The animated-series-turned-blockbuster-saga, Transformers, is the epitome of space invasion! Shia LaBeouf  plays your average teenager who is caught in the middle of two feuding space races, the Autobots and Decepticons, and must help the good guys win before earth is ravaged by the evil Decepticons.

4. Star Trek

Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto star in the cult classic which led to a very successful space-movie franchise. Directed by J.J. Abrams, the film journeys into the final frontier to defeat the time-traveling Romulan.

5. Star Wars

Of course, the saga from far, far away that birthed the famous saying, “Luke, I am your father” is one of the most famous sci-fi movies of all time. There’s really no need to explain how those fancy light sabers and the family drama between Darth Vader and Luke made a huge impact on geek culture.

6. Armageddon

When an asteroid the size of Texas is about to hit planet earth, who do you call? Bruce Willis of course. Armageddon chronicles how a team from NASA (R.I.P.) has less than a month to save the planet from total destruction.

7. Fantastic Four

Fantastic Four tells a story about four space travelers who attribute superpowers after being exposed to a cosmic radiation. Evidently, with great power comes great responsibility, (sorry, Spidey) so Chris Evans (Human Torch), Jessica Alba (Invisible Girl), Ioan Gruffudd (Mr. Fantastic), and Michael Chiklis (The Thing), must protect the world from the evil that came with the superhero package.

8. Spaceballs

We owe it all to the the 1987 comedy’s Lone Starr for stopping Lord Dark Helmet in his quest to steal Planet Druidia’s abundant supply of air.

9. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 

Now how could we forget the Steven Spielberg-directed movie that gave aliens a friendly name? The extra-terrestrial film made pointing your index finger while saying “phone home” a thing, and not to mention putting baskets on your bike’s handlebars to hide wanted aliens …

10. Men in Black

Here come the men in black! Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith put an edgy twist to crime fighting aliens in the hit movies as they join a special organization that protects “the earth from the scum of the universe.”