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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Best Outer Space Movies Ranked! What 48 online movie rankings say are the top 50 space movies of all time

Scene from Star Wars VII The Force Awakens opening December 18th. 

With Star Wars Episode VII The Force Awakens about to be released, we thought it would be interesting to continue with our pre-launch rankings by aggregating the online outer space movie rankings. Taken together, 2001 Space Odyssey takes the first place spot. Although  Star Wars is second in the list, with Star Wars Episode 4: A New Hope (1977) making 48% of the top fives for outer space movies that we found online, this is likely because the Star Wars votes were split between episodes 4 and 5.  This is a long standing debate among Star Wars fans on which movie is the best Star Wars movie: New Hope or Empire Strikes back.  Surprisingly, the only Star Wars movie from the prequel trilogy to make any top fives lists was Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999). It's hard to believe Episode I made the top movies list but not Episode III. The outer space genre includes space operas, space westerns and colonization movies, which we will cover in the coming weeks.


Top 50 Space Movies  based on 48 published rankings
Percent of online rankings they appear in, right hand side
1. 2001: A Space Odyssey(1968):  70.83%
2. Star Wars Episode 4: A New Hope(1977):  47.92%
3.(tied) Alien(1979):  37.5%
3.(tied) Star Wars Episode 5: The Empire Strikes Back(1980):  37.5%
5. The Right Stuff(1983):  35.42%
6. Gravity(2013):  31.25%
7.(tied) Apollo 13(1995):  27.08%
7.(tied) Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan(1982):  27.08%
9. Aliens(1986):  22.92%
10. WALL-E(2008):  14.58%
11.(tied) Moon(2009):  12.5%
11.(tied) Intersellar(2014):  12.5%
13.(tied) Contact(1997):  6.25%
13.(tied) Star Wars Episode 6: Return of the Jedi(1983):  6.25%
13.(tied) Pandorum(2009):  4.17%
13.(tied) Serenity(2005):  4.17%
13.(tied) Solaris(1972):  4.17%
13.(tied) Sunshine(2007):  4.17%
13.(tied) Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy(2005):  4.17%
13.(tied) Armageddon(1998):  4.17%
13.(tied) Forbidden Planet(1956):  4.17%
13.(tied) Flash Gordon(1980):  4.17%
13.(tied) Prometheus(2012):  4.17%
13.(tied) Star Trek: Into Darkness(2013):  4.17%
13.(tied) The Fifth Element(1997):  4.17%
13.(tied) Guardians of The Galaxy(2014):  4.17%
27.(tied) The Fourth Kind(2009):  2.08%
27.(tied) District 9(2009):  2.08%
27.(tied) Solaris(2002):  2.08%
27.(tied) Independence Day(1996):  2.08%
27.(tied) Avatar(2009):  2.08%
27.(tied) Event Horizon(1997):  2.08%
27.(tied) Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within(2001):  2.08%
27.(tied) Lost In Space(1998):  2.08%
27.(tied) Galaxy Quest(1999):  2.08%
27.(tied) Starship Troopers(1997):  2.08%
27.(tied) Countdown(1968):  2.08%
27.(tied) Marooned(1969):  2.08%
27.(tied) Mission To Mars(2000):  2.08%
27.(tied) The Martian(2015):  2.08%
27.(tied) Total Recall(1990):  2.08%
27.(tied) Cowboy Bebop(2001):  2.08%
27.(tied) Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind(1984):  2.08%
27.(tied) Close Encounters of the Third Kind(1977):  2.08%
27.(tied) Superman: The Movie(1978):  2.08%
27.(tied) Royal Space Force: The Wings of HonnĂ©amise(1995):  2.08%
27.(tied) Star Trek(2009):  2.08%
27.(tied) Love(2011):  2.08%
27.(tied) Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace(1999):  2.08%
27.(tied) Le Voyage Dans la Lune(1902):  2.08%




Outer Space Movie Ranking Sources
Stuff  : top 25 outer space movies
Hitfix  : top 11 outer space movies
Ranker  : top 225 outer space movies
imdb  : top 30 outer space movies
Giant Freakin Robot  : top 10 outer space movies
Crave  : top 83 outer space movies
Forbes  : top 10 outer space movies
LA Weekly  : top 25 outer space movies
The Telegraph  : top 42 outer space movies
The Richest  : top 10 outer space movies
Bewildering Stories  : top 10 outer space movies
Joblo  : top 10 outer space movies
G3 Sky  : top 10 outer space movies
Tech Republic  : top 10 outer space movies
Variety  : top 10 outer space movies
Westword  : top 25 outer space movies
CNN  : top 5 outer space movies
wplr  : top 10 outer space movies
The Flick Chick  : top 5 outer space movies
Projects Word Toys  : top 5 outer space movies
Chron  : top 13 outer space movies
Miami New Times  : top 25 outer space movies
Broward Palm Beach  : top 25 outer space movies
Prime Wire  : top 214 outer space movies
Hub Pages  : top 10 outer space movies
az central  : top 10 outer space movies
ewao  : top 15 outer space movies
Quick Flix  : top 10 outer space movies
What Culture  : top 10 outer space movies
Vulture  : top 16 outer space movies
Omnni Reboot  : top 10 outer space movies
Flick Chart  : top 100 outer space movies
Village Voice  : top 25 outer space movies
Made Movie Man  : top 10 outer space movies
Space Bio  : top 10 outer space movies
Dallas Observer  : top 25 outer space movies
InterGallactic Vault  : top 10 outer space movies
Audiences Everywhere  : top 50 outer space movies
Rate Your Music  : top 30 outer space movies
Phoenix News Time  : top 25 outer space movies
Houston Press  : top 25 outer space movies
Stage Buddy  : top 13 outer space movies
Auto Straddle  : top 40 outer space movies
GO  : top 11 outer space movies
Share Ranks  : top 30 outer space movies
Showbiz Cafe  : top 10 outer space movies
Insights  : top 10 outer space movies
nssmag  : top 5 outer space movies


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