50 Best Space Movies Of All Time in New Zealand

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Although it may be the last unexplored territory, filmmakers have been picturing space since the advent of film. Indeed, the film’s fascination with the universe beyond our tiny planet has persisted even after humanity reached there.

It’s not difficult to comprehend why. After all, its limitless emptiness is simply a blank slate that reflects on all lofty concepts. Moreover, they relate to humanity’s place in the vacuum, our yearning for exploration, or our basic apprehension of the ultimate unknown.

Because of this, the “best space movies of all time in New Zealand” are classified as a separate genre. You can watch these movies on platforms like Vudu, Netflix, Disney Plus, Apple TV Plus, US Amazon Prime in New Zealand.

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Now, check out the list of best space Movies of all time in New Zealand you must not miss watching:

1. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)


Director: Stanley Kubrick
Writer: Arthur C. Clarke, Stanley Kubrick
Cast: Keir Dullea, William Sylvester, Gary Lockwood
IMDB Rating: 8.3/10
Run Time: 2h 29 m
Genre: Sci-Fi, Adventure

Movie Plot: Something or someone pushed to change, putting a monolith on Earth in the past. Thanks to the change and evolution, humans can now travel to Moon’s surface. Moreover, they found a different monolith on the Moon. It reminded me of humanity’s advancement phase.

Now, humankind must dare to confront those who placed monolith with the help of artificial intelligence (like HAL). If they are successful, evolution will have advanced to whatever point it is.

2. WALL·E (2008)


Director: Andrew Stanton
Writer: Jim Reardon, Pete Doctor
Cast: Elissa Knight, Ben Burtt, Jeff Garlin
IMDB Rating: 8.4/10
Run Time: 1h 38m
Genre: Family, Animation, Adventure

Movie Plot: WALL-E, or Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-class, is the last robot on Earth. He spends every day getting rid of one trash item at a time to clean up the globe.

But for 700 years, WALL-E has grown to have a personality, and he’s pretty lonely. Then he sees EVE; a sleek, angular spacecraft returned to Earth for scanning. So when WALL-E follows EVE across the Galaxy, he is on his most extensive journey.

3. The Martian (2015)


Director: Ridley Scott
Writer: Andy Weir, Drew Goddard
Cast: Kristen Wiig, Jessica Chastain, Matt Damon
IMDB Rating: 8.0/10
Run Time: 2h 24m
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure

Movie Plot: During a trip to Mars his crew leaves behind the astronaut Mark Watney. He is assumed dead after a storm. However, Watney survives and is alone all by himself on the dangerous planet.

Now, he must rely on his wit, inventiveness, and spirit for survival and figure out how to signal Earth about him. Moreover, his mates plan a dangerous rescue attempt. Finally, NASA along with international scientists work efficiently to bring the Martian back home.

4. Star Wars (1977)


Director: George Lucas
Writer: George Lucas
Cast: Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher
IMDB Rating: 8.6/10
Run Time: 2h 1m
Genre: Adventure, Action, Fantasy

Movie Plot: Everything is under the commands of ruthless Darth Vader. Even Princess Leia is being held captive by the Imperial Forces. They are working to end the Galactic Empire’s uprising.

Luke Skywalker and Han Solo, the Millennium Falcon’s captain, work with the friendly droid team R2-D2 and C-3PO to liberate the princess. Moreover, they are also supporting the Rebel Alliance to help restore freedom and justice to the Galaxy.

5. Event Horizon (1997)


Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
Writer: Philip Eisner
Cast: Kathleen Quinlan, Sam Neill, Laurence Fishburne
IMDB Rating: 6.6/10
Run Time: 1h 36m
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller, Horror

Movie Plot: The Event Horizon, a ship used in studies for faster-than-light travel, disappears seven years before its reappearance in 2047. Vague but human voice communication is picked up from the spacecraft. So a rescue team was hurriedly sent to the returned vessel.

The rescue team wonders what the Event Horizon has evolved into as they go closer to the ship and spend more time there. It seems as though someone or something is playing games with them.

6. Alien (1979)


Director: Ridley Scott
Writer: Ronald Shusett, Dan O’Bannon
Cast: Tom Skerritt, John Hurt, Sigourney Weaver
IMDB Rating: 8.5/10
Run Time: 1h 57m
Genre: Sci-Fi, Horror

Movie Plot: The movie is set in the far future and follows the crew of the commercial spaceship Nostromo returning to Earth. On their way, they hear a distress call from a far-off moon. The spaceship docks on the moon, and the team must investigate the surroundings.

Three crew members exit the spacecraft to explore the area on the Moon. The ship’s computer determines the communication as a warning. Moreover, they come upon a hive colony of an unidentified monster.

7. Gravity (2013)


Director: Alfonso Cuaron
Writer: Alfonso Cuaron
Cast: George Clooney, Sandra Bullock, Ed Harris
IMDB Rating: 7.7/10
Run Time: 1h 31m
Genre: Thriller, Sci-Fi

Movie Plot: It is one of the best movies on space. Medical engineer Dr. Ryan Stone is on her maiden shuttle voyage. Veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky, who is piloting his final mission before retiring, is her commander.

However, somehow their shuttle is destroyed, leaving Ryan and Matt trapped in deep space with no connection to Earth or chance of rescue. This catastrophe occurs during a regular space walk. Moreover, they understand that going further into space might be the only way.

8. Aliens (1986)


Director: James Cameron
Writer: David Giler, James Cameron
Cast: Michael Biehn, Sigourney Weaver, Carrie Henn
IMDB Rating: 8.4/10
Run Time: 2h 17m
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Adventure

Movie Plot: In the movie Aliens, Ellen Ripley is asked to assist a group of highly skilled soldiers in fending off the evil life. Aliens overran a space colony on the Moon.

Colonial marines find what they are against is far more than anticipated. It’s either fight or perish. Moreover, Ripley tries to save the small girl, the only survivor of the practically destroyed colony in space.

9. The Right Stuff (1983)


Director: Philip Kaufman
Writer: Tom Wolfe, Philip Kaufman
Cast: Sam Shepard, Ed Harris, Scott Glenn
IMDB Rating: 7.8/10
Run Time: 3h 13m
Genre: Drama, Biography, Adventure

Movie Plot: The movie tells the history of the first seven Mercury astronauts and the start of the US space program. The US hoofed up attempts to catch up after the Soviet Union successfully launched the Sputnik satellite in 1959.

USA’s latest program chose seven pilots after an extensive examination. They immediately ascended to the status of modern-day rock stars, appearing on television and being the subject of life magazine articles.

10. Apollo 11 (2019)


Director: Todd Douglas Miller
Writer: N.A
Cast: Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins
IMDB Rating: 8.1/10
Run Time: 1h 33m
Genre: History, Documentary

Movie Plot: The movie marks the event of the Apollo 11 mission’s 50th anniversary. In addition, archival videos and images from the task depict the events leading up to the Apollo 11 space mission.

The events include everything from last-minute preparations to after the spacecraft and the three occupants safely came to the Earth. The mission was important as it marked the very first time anyone had gone on the Moon.

11. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)


Director: Steven Spielberg
Writer: Jerry Belson, Hal Barwood
Cast: Teri Garr, Richard Dreyfuss, Francois Truffaut
IMDB Rating: 7.6/10
Run Time: 2h 18m
Genre: Sci-Fi, Drama

Movie Plot: Cableman Roy Neary is one of many individuals who witnesses UFOs flying through the night sky and has a close encounter of the first kind. But unfortunately, his marriage is severely strained due to his obsession with learning what the mountains-like image in his head means.

On the other hand, Government officials discovered tangible proof that extraterrestrial visitors who vanished decades ago have reappeared in the middle of nowhere in a second close encounter.

12. A Trip to the Moon (1902)


Director: Georges Melles
Writer: Georges Melles, H.G. Wells
Cast: Georges Melles, Bleuette Bernon, Victor Andre
IMDB Rating: 8.2/10
Run Time: 13m
Genre: Adventure, Short, Action

Movie Plot: A group of astronomers has gathered to hear about Professor Barbenfouillis’ proposal to launch a moon mission. The idea is approved when Barbenfouillis and the other members silence the lone voice of opposition.

Barbenfouillis then selects five more people to go with him. The majority of the preparation for the journey is done in building the ship and the launch mechanism, each resembling a giant gun and a large bullet.

13. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)


Director: Steven Spielburg
Writer: Mellisa Mathison
Cast: Drew Barrymore, Henry Thomas, Peter Coyote
IMDB Rating: 7.9/10
Run Time: 1h 55m
Genre: Sci-Fi, Family, Adventure

Movie Plot: An innocuous extraterrestrial being is left by his group of covert tourists and abandoned alone on Earth. Fortunately, he is found by a lonely 10-year-old person, Elliott, who decides to accompany him. He names him “E.T.”

A gradual bond of trust follows when the friendly blue planet changes into a prison of threats and agents of the government. Elliott and his rescuers now need to act smartly to find a method to reconnect E.T. with his family.

14. Forbidden Planet (1956)


Director: Fred M. Wilcox
Writer: Irving Block, Allen Adler
Cast: Leslie Nielson, Anne Francis, Walter Pidgeon
IMDB Rating: 7.5/10
Run Time: 1h 38m
Genre: Adventure, Sci-Fi

Movie Plot: Altair is in the constellation of Aquilae, which is around 17 light years away. and expedition is dispatched from Earth to discover what happened to a previous scientific exploration mission to Altair’s fourth planet, Altair IV.

The expedition finds a lone survivor working to discover the mysteries of the universe. Moreover, he also investigated how and why an extraterrestrial race was exterminated 2000 centuries ago.

15. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)


Director: Don Siegel
Writer: Jack Finney, Daniel Mainwaring
Cast: Kevin McCarthy, Larry Gates, Dana Wynter
IMDB Rating: 7.7/10
Run Time: 1h 20m
Genre: Sci-Fi, Horror, Drama

Movie Plot: Several of Dr. Miles Bennell’s patients are experiencing the paranoid hallucination that their friends or relatives are imposters when he returns to his small town practice.

He is first dubious, primarily when the purported doppelgangers can provide in-depth answers about the lives of their victims. Still, he eventually believes something strange has occurred and is determined to learn what is causing this phenomenon.

16. Blade Runner (1982)


Director: Ridley Scott
Writer: Philip K. Dick, David Webb Peoples
Cast: Rutger Hauer, Harrison Ford, Sean Young
IMDB Rating: 8.1/10
Run Time: 1h 57m
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Action

Movie Plot: In a dystopian cyberpunk future, man has perfected the technology to produce replicants, humanoid androids with finite lifespans. They are employed in off-world colonies but are forbidden on Earth.

Deckard is a “blade runner,” a police officer specializing in eliminating replicants, in Los Angeles, California, 2019. When four replicants escape from an off-world colony and arrive on Earth, he is compelled to leave retirement.

17. Proxima (2019)


Director: Alice Winocour
Writer: Jean-Stephane Bron, Alice Winocour
Cast: Matt Dillon, Zelie Boulant, Eva Green
IMDB Rating: 6.3/10
Run Time: 1h 47m
Genre: Drama, Action, Adventure

Movie Plot: Sarah is a French astronaut undergoing training at the Cologne-based European Space Agency. She is the only woman in the challenging program. Her only companion is her eight-year-old daughter, Stella.

Sarah feels terrible that she can’t be with her child more often. However, the mother-daughter relationship is thrown into disarray when Sarah is selected to be a part of the crew of the Proxima spacecraft, which will be in orbit for a year.

18. Galaxy Quest (1999)


Director: Dean Parisot
Writer: Robert Gordon, David Howard
Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Tim Allen, Alan Rickman
IMDB Rating: 7.4/10
Run Time: 1h 42 m
Genre: Comedy, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Movie Plot: The interstellar spaceship NSEA Protector served as the setting for the science fiction adventure series “Galaxy Quest”. Actors Jason Nesmith, Gwen DeMarco, Sir Alexander Dane, Tommy Webber, and Fred Kwan keep appearing in character and at sci-fi events.

The cast members are wallowing in sorrow when aliens known as Thermians show up and transport them into space to protect them from the murderous warlord General Sarris.

But unfortunately, the Thermians mistook the show for reality and built their entire culture around it.

19. Moon (2009)


Director: Duncan Jones
Writer: Nathan Parker, Duncan Jones
Cast: Kevin Spacey, Sam Rockwell, Dominique McElligott
IMDB Rating: 7.8/10
Run Time: 1h 37m
Genre: Mystery, Sci-Fi, Drama

Movie Plot: With three weeks remaining in his three-year contract, Sam Bell is impatient to leave Earth. Along with his computer and personal helper, GERTY, he is the sole person who uses a manufacturing plant on the Moon.

But because he spent so much time alone, he mostly talked to his plants or himself. Due to a long-standing communication issue, he cannot communicate directly with Earth, but he occasionally receives messages from his wife, Tess.

20. Star Trek (2009)


Director: J.J. Abrams
Writer: Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci
Cast: Chris Pine, Simon Pegg, Zachary Quinto
IMDB Rating: 7.9/10
Run Time: 2h 7m
Genre: Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure

Movie Plot: Lt. George Kirk steps in for his captain and travels to the Romulan captain’s ship when they attack the U.S.S. Kelvin.

When Kelvin collides with the damaged spaceship, he issues an order for everyone to leave, including his wife, who is about to give birth to their son James Kirk.

A new crew sets sail on the USS Enterprise for its first journey. But unfortunately, their journey directly conflicts with Nero, a future-time Romulan captain.

21. Arrival (2016)


Director: Denis Villeneuve
Writer: Ted Chiang, Eric Heisserer
Cast: Amy Adams, Forest Whitaker, Jeremy Renner
IMDB Rating: 7.9/10
Run Time: 1h 56m
Genre: Mystery, Drama, Sci-Fi

Movie Plot: There have been 12 landings of aliens on Earth. Louise, a language professor, joins a US army squad at one of the Montana locations.

Her role is to learn the aliens’ language to establish a dialogue. She begins constructing a record of the aliens’ “language Banks”—through regular contact with them.

It’s a race against time as conflict with the aliens could break out at any time, and other countries that have experienced alien landings are beginning to see them as a danger.

22. Interstellar (2014)


Director: Christopher Nolan
Writer: Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan
Cast: Anne Hathway, Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain
IMDB Rating: 8.6/10
Run Time: 2h 49m
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Adventure

Movie Plot: Earth will become uninhabitable in the future due to widespread crop blight and a second Dust Bowl. Brilliant N.A.S.A. physicist Professor Brand is developing strategies to save humanity by moving Earth’s inhabitants via a wormhole to a new planet.

But first, Brand needs to send Cooper, a former NASA pilot, and a group of scientists through the wormhole and across the galaxy to determine which of the three planets might serve as humanity’s future home.

23. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)


Director: James Gunn
Writer: Dan Abnett, Nicole Perlman
Cast: Chris Pratt, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel
IMDB Rating: 8.0/10
Run Time: 2h 1m
Genre: Comedy, Action, Adventure

Movie Plot: The superhero film shows you all your favorite characters from the Marvel comics. In this plot, Quill steals the orb and tries to sell it to Xandar, which is the capital of the Empire of Nova. But luck is not in his favor.

Gamora finds him, and a fight between the two takes place. She manages to steal the orb from Quill. In this fight, Groot and Rocket also eventually get involved. However, they get caught by the law and order officers of Nova, who thrash them in jail.

24. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)


Director: Nicholas Meyer
Writer: Harve Bennett, Gene Roddenberry
Cast: Leonard Nimoy, William Shatner, DeForest Kelley
IMDB Rating: 7.7/10
Run Time: 1h 53m
Genre: Sci-Fi, Adventure, Action

Movie Plot: Admiral James T. Kirk is content with the possibility that this may be the final space mission of his career as the Federation spacecraft USS Enterprise is engaged in routine training exercises.

Khan, a notorious conqueror from the late 20th century Earth, has raided Space Station Regula One with the help of his exiled group of genetic supermen.

He stole a top-secret device called Project Genesis, took control of another Federation starship, and is currently plotting to set a deadly trap for his old enemy Kirk. This is one of the best superhero movies of all time you should watch.

25. Europa Report (2013)


Director: Sebastian Cordero
Writer: Philip Gelatt
Cast: Michael Nyqvist, Sharlto Copley, Christain Camargo
IMDB Rating: 6.4/10
Run Time: 1h 30m
Genre: Mystery, Drama, Adventure

Movie Plot: One of the best space movies of all time is Europa Report. The movie is set at Jupiter’s moon Europa, which is thought to have the capacity to harbor life.

Therefore, a human-crewed mission is sent there to prove that life exists on Europa. The “Europa report” demonstrates the challenging decisions and compromises the crew must make to achieve their goal of returning valuable data to Earth for study.

26. Serenity (2005)


Director: Joss Whedon
Writer: Joss Whedon
Cast: Gina Torres, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nathan Fillion
IMDB Rating: 7.8/10
Run Time: 1h 59m
Genre: Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure

Movie Plot: The movie continues the story of Firefly (2002). The Serenity’s crew is in dire danger because the Alliance has dispatched their greatest assassin to recover the ship’s most valuable cargo: River Tam.

The crew has been battling to stay one step ahead for more than a year, but the stakes are higher this time, and everyone’s life is in danger because the ruthless killer will do anything to get her back.

27. First Man (2018)


Director: Damien Chazelle
Writer: James R. Hansen, Josh Singer
Cast: Jason Clarke, Claire Foy, Ryan Gosling
IMDB Rating: 7.3/10
Run Time: 2h 21m
Genre: History, Drama, Biography

Movie Plot: Deke Slayton, the head of the NASA astronaut office, is trapped in between the wake of a devastating family tragedy and the intense Space Race with the Soviet Union. So he approaches the quiet and humble civilian test pilot Neil Armstrong about joining the ambitious Project Gemini.

Armstrong, the commander of Apollo 11, and the American astronaut Buzz Aldrin won’t be able to land the Apollo Lunar Module, Eagle, on the Moon until it has been eight long years full of difficulties, tragedies, and inventions.

28. Apollo 13 (1995)


Director: Ron Howard
Writer: Jeffrey Kluger, Jim Lovell
Cast: Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton
IMDB Rating: 7.7/10
Run Time: 2h 20m
Genre: History, Drama, Adventure

Movie Plot: NASA intends to send astronauts on a lunar trip in 1971. The astronauts Jim Lovell, Fred Haise, and Jack Swigert have been selected.

Despite a successful launch into space, a minor issue with the space module led to an explosion that turned the mission into a survival test for the Apollo 13 crew. While Lovell, Haise, and Swigert struggle to survive in space, Ken Mattingly and the rest of the NASA staff seek a way to return.

29. Hidden Figures (2016)


Director: Theodore Melfi
Writer: Theodore Melfi, Allison Schroeder
Cast: Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monae
IMDB Rating: 7.8/10
Run Time: 2h 7m
Genre: Biography, History, Drama

Movie Plot: A team of African-American women mathematicians runs one of the most significant operations in American history. NASA discovers their untapped potential. It is one of the best space movies of all time in New Zealand as the country races against Russia to launch a man into space.

The movie follows these females as brilliant researchers of NASA. They get ranked among many of history’s greatest names. They are assigned to computing the historic launching of John Glenn, an astronaut into orbit.

30. Solaris (1972)


Director: Andrei Tarkovsky
Writer: Fridrikh Gorenshteyn, Andrei Tarkovsky
Cast: Juri Jarvet, Donatas Banionis, Natalya Bondarchuk
IMDB Rating: 8.0/10
Run Time: 2h 47m
Genre: Sci-Fi, Drama, Mystery

Movie Plot: Although the specifics are murky and highly classified, the Solaris mission has established a base on a planet that possibly is home to some intelligence. After his inexplicable death, the main character is sent out to take the position of one of the base’s three scientists.

According to him, the two remaining scientists are frigid and reticent, and the station is in disrepair. He starts to see how perplexing the extraterrestrial intellect is when he runs into his wife, who has been dead for ten years.

31. Dune (2021)


Director: Denis Villeneuve
Writer: Denis Villeneuve, Jon Spaiths
Cast: Zendaya, Timothee Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson
IMDB Rating: 8.0/10
Run Time: 2h 35m
Genre: Adventure, Action, Drama

Movie Plot: The emperor summons Duke Leto of the illustrious House Atreides and his family in the year 10191 to take over the management of the dry, hostile planet Arrakis, the only source of Spice, the sacred hallucinogen.

But there, plagued by cryptic visions, the duke’s talented son Paul Atreides finds himself imprisoned between two worlds while the hideous Baron Vladimir of the vicious House Harkonnen plans retaliation. It’s one of the best movies about space.

32. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)


Director: Robert Wise
Writer: Harry Bates, Edmund H. North
Cast: Patricia Neal, Hugh Marlowe, Michael Rennie
IMDB Rating: 7.8/10
Run Time: 1h 32m
Genre: Sci-Fi, Drama

Movie Plot: A glittering unidentified flying object racing in from the unfathomable depths of space enters the Earth’s atmosphere at breakneck speed. Then, it makes a flawless landing in Cold War-era Washington, DC.

The benign extraterrestrial ambassador, Klaatu, and the silently dangerous robot of unfathomable strength, Gort, exit from the strange vessel. Enormous but weak armed forces surround them. Their firsthand experience includes the generosity of the Earth’s inhabitants.

33. Planet of the Apes (1968)


Director: Franklin J. Schaffer
Writer: Pierre Boulle, Rod Serling
Cast: Roddy McDowall, Charlton Heston, Kim Hunter
IMDB Rating: 8.0/10
Run Time: 1h 52m
Genre: Sci-Fi, Adventure

Movie Plot: After a lengthy hibernation, Taylor and the other two astronauts wake up to find their ship has crashed. With only their clothing on, they escape and arrive on a planet where humans are anachronistic and pre-literate, while apes have mastered speech and technology.

Taylor is caught and carried to the city of the apes. After injuring his throat, he is now mute and unable to converse with the apes.

34. Thor: Ragnarok (2017)


Director: Taika Waititi
Writer: Christopher L. Yost, Eric Pearson
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Cate Blanchett, Tom Hiddleston
IMDB Rating: 7.9/10
Run Time: 2h 10m
Genre: Comedy, Action, Adventure

Movie Plot: After Odin passes away, Thor learns that he and Loki have a sister named Hela, the Goddess of Death. She is solid and evil, seizing the Asgard throne, and killing anyone who dares to challenge her.

Thor and Loki find themselves on Sakaar, a planet ruled by the Grandmaster, a hybrid of a tyrant and a ringmaster. The Grandmaster’s champion, The Incredible Hulk, challenges Thor to a death match while imprisoned on the planet.

35. Ad Astra (2019)


Director: James Gray
Writer: James Gray, Ethan Gross
Cast: Brad Pitt, Ruth Negga, Tommy Lee Jones
IMDB Rating: 6.5/10
Run Time: 2h 3m
Genre: Adventure, Mystery, Drama

Movie Plot: Dr Clifford McBride and his team embarked on a trip to Neptune thirty years ago. Unfortunately, all communication was lost at one point, and the expedition was believed to fail.

As a result of activities on Neptune, unexpected energy surges are already endangering life elsewhere in the Solar System. Therefore, US Space Command sends McBride’s son Roy, an extremely capable and experienced astronaut, to Neptune to investigate since they are confident that McBride is responsible.

36. Sunshine (2007)


Director: Danny Boyle
Writer: Alex Garland
Cast: Rose Bryne, Cillian Murphy, Chris Evans
IMDB Rating: 7.2/10
Run Time: 1h 47m
Genre: Thriller, Sci-Fi

Movie Plot: The sun is disappearing, and Earth is experiencing another glacial era in the future. Eight astronauts are dispatched to the sun in the Icarus II Mission. After the Icarus Mission fails to detonate a weapon that will cause a supernova within the sun, it is the planet Earth’s last-ditch attempt to save itself.

However, when a crew member makes a mistake using the aircraft shield, he threatens the group’s survival. This is another title in the top space sci-fi movies list that will make you wonder about what’s out there in space.

37. Treasure Planet (2002)


Director: John Musker, Ron Clements
Writer: John Musker, Robert Louis Stevenson
Cast: Emma Thompson, Martin Short, Joseph Gordon-Levitt
IMDB Rating: 7.1/10
Run Time: 1h 35m
Genre: Animation, Family, Adventure

Movie Plot: Jim Hawkins is a disobedient youngster who is perceived by the world as a slacker with no future. His father abandoned the family, and his mother is at her wit’s end.

Even Jim struggles to recognize the positive aspects of his existence until one tragic night when a dying pirate hands him the mythical treasure of Captain Nathaniel Flint. It is the key to unlocking all of his dreams. Jim finds a mentor in the crew’s cook, a cyborg named John Silver, on his adventure into space aboard a ship of sketchy individuals.

38. Starship Troopers (1997)


Director: Paul Verhoeven
Writer: Robert A. Heinlein, Edward Neumeier
Cast: Denise Richards, Casper Van Dien, Dina Meyer
IMDB Rating: 7.3/10
Run Time: 2h 9m
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Adventure

Movie Plot: The movie is set in the future, when Johnny Rico, after graduating, enlists in the military to become a good citizen and to win the affection of his high school girlfriend.

Things get dangerous while battling against the insect aliens of Klendathu. However, after overcoming numerous obstacles, Johnny turns the tide of the conflict and saves the human race with the aid of his friends and colleagues.

39. Silent Running (1972)


Director: Douglas Trumbell
Writer: Michael Cimino, Steven Bochco
Cast: Bruce Dern, Ron Rifkin, Cliff Potts
IMDB Rating: 6.6/10
Run Time: 1h 29m
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi

Movie Plot: The movie is set in the future when one can only find ecosystems in huge pods attached to spacecraft. The Earth is devoid of plants or animals. So the majority of the Valley Forge crew are excited about the idea of returning home when the word is received that the pods will be launched into space and destroyed.

Freeman Lowell, a botanist who adores the forest and all its inhabitants, disagrees. As he takes the ship into the depths of space, he murders his crew. Nevertheless, Lowell enjoys the pleasures of nature when he is alone on the craft with just three tiny robot buddies.

40. Contact (1997)


Director: Robert Zemeckis
Writer: Michael Goldenberg, Carl Sagan
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Jodie Foster, Tom Skerritt
IMDB Rating: 7.5/10
Run Time: 2h 30m
Genre: Mystery, Drama, Sci-Fi

Movie Plot: Contact is the tale of an independent-minded radio machine who stumbles onto a sentient signal transmitted from the depths of space. It can translate the message with the assistance of other researchers. They help it find comprehensive directions for creating a mysterious contraption.

Will the machine bring an end to both our superstitions and our world? Will we establish ourselves as one of the galactic races, or are we merely a newly emerged species with a long way to go?

41. High Life (2018)


Director: Claire Denis
Writer: Claire Denis, Geoff Cox
Cast: Andre 3000, Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche
IMDB Rating: 5.8/10
Run Time: 1h 53m
Genre: Horror, Drama, Adventure

Movie Plot: Dr Dibs sends a group of criminals serving death sentences on a mission in space. They are the guinea pigs for her human reproduction experiment.

A storm of cosmic rays hit the ship leaving everyone but Monte and his baby daughter dead. They are the last survivors of this mission who must now rely on each other to survive the most damned and dangerous situation.

42. Armageddon (1998)


Director: Michael Bay
Writer: Tony Gilroy, J.J. Abrams
Cast: Billy Bob Thornton, Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck
IMDB Rating: 6.7/10
Run Time: 2h 31m
Genre: Adventure, Action, Sci-Fi

Movie Plot: The untimely death of a shuttle in space warns NASA of a doomsday asteroid heading straight for Earth. Unfortunately, it appears that drilling through its surface and detonating a nuclear weapon are the only ways to sway it from its course.

However, as the truth spreads and hysteria develops, the world’s social order collapses.

NASA’s underfunded but creative crew trains the best drillers worldwide for the job. Members of the drilling team are dealing with intense personal concerns that could endanger humanity’s last hope while high-ranking officials politicize the effort.

43. Pandorum (2009)


Director: Christian Alvart
Writer: Christian Alvart, Travis Milloy
Cast: Ben Foster, Dennis Quaid, Cam Gigandet
IMDB Rating: 6.7/10
Run Time: 1h 48m
Genre: Action, Mystery, Horror

Movie Plot: On a spacecraft, two crew members find themselves stranded and rapidly come to the horrifying realization that they are not alone. Two astronauts awaken in a hyper-sleep chamber on board. They are lost in total darkness, and the only sound is a faint rumble and groans coming from the ship’s belly.

They are entirely unable to recall who they are. Bower explores the ship’s depths while Lt. Payton stays behind to direct him by the radio transmitter, beginning to uncover a terrible reality.

44. Deep Impact (1998)


Director: Mimi Leder
Writer: Michael Tolkin
Cast: Tea Leoni, Robert Duvall, Elijah Wood
IMDB Rating: 6.2/10
Run Time: 2h
Genre: Sci-Fi, Drama, Action

Movie Plot: Journalist Jenny Lerner has been tasked with researching the history of Secretary Alan Rittenhouse, who abruptly left the government citing his wife’s health.

She learns Rittenhouse was having an affair through his secretary, but when she confronts him, he exhibits a peculiar response that makes her rethink.

In truth, astronomer Dr Marcus had found a comet the year before, along with high school student Leo Biederman. The comet was heading straight for Earth to create an Extinction Level Event.

45. Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005)


Director: Jon Favreau
Writer: David Koepp, John Kamps
Cast: Jonah Bobo, Josh Hutcherson, Dax Shepard
IMDB Rating: 6.2/10
Run Time: 1h 41m
Genre: Action, Comedy

Movie Plot: Danny and Walter are two brothers who hardly get along. They irritate their parents and are ignored by their older sister.

However, the brothers manage to work together despite their arguments to play the mechanical board game Zathura. After making their initial move, however, they discover that the game appears to have sent them, their sister, and their entire house into space.

The brothers also deduce that winning the game is the only way home. The siblings discover that they must work together in unexpected ways as they come to understand what their relationship means to one another.

46. Capricorn one (1977)


Director: Peter Hyams
Writer: Peter Hyams
Cast: James Brolin, Brenda Vaccaro, Elliott Gould
IMDB Rating: 6.8/10
Run Time: 2h 3m
Genre: Drama, Action, Adventure

Movie Plot: Charles is the astronaut in charge of NASA’s first crewed aimed to Mars. Unfortunately, the whole team is removed from the capsule before launch time, and the rocket left Earth unmanned to Brubaker’s disappointment.

The program director argues that the life support equipment was defective and NASA cannot afford the negative exposure of a failed mission. So now they plan a fake Mars landing. They keep astronauts afar at a far place. However, Robert Caulfield, a journalist suspects that something is fishy.

47. Total Recall (2012)


Director: Len Wiseman
Writer: Mark Bomback, Kurt Wimmer
Cast: Bokeem Woodbine, Colin Farrell, Bryan Cranston
IMDB Rating: 6.2/10
Run Time: 1h 58m
Genre: Adventure, Action, Sci-Fi

Movie Plot: Although Douglas Quaid is a factory worker with a steady career and a loving wife, he decides to take a virtual vacation after finding that a business called Rekall may give him the memories of the ultimate spy experience.

However, something goes wrong while the new memories are being implanted. As the authorities close in and he is accused of being a spy, he swiftly runs for his life. Quaid later learns that his memories and entire life were implanted. This is one of the best spy movies on Netflix that you can watch on your weekends.

48. Stargate (1994)


Director: Roland Emmerich
Writer: Roland Emmerich, Dean Devlin
Cast: James Spader, Kurt Russell, Viveca Lindfors, Jaye Davidson
IMDB Rating: 7.0/10
Run Time: 1h 56m
Genre: Adventure, Action, Sci-Fi

Movie Plot: An expedition discovered a weird contraption in Egypt in 1928. A mysterious woman invites the outcast linguist, Dr. Daniel Jackson, to translate an old hieroglyph in a military installation.

He soon discovers that the tool was created by a highly sophisticated civilization and opens a portal to teleport to another planet. Dr Jackson has been invited to join a military expedition that Colonel Jonathan “Jack” O’Neil will lead.

49. War of the Worlds (2005)


Director: Steven Spielberg
Writer: Josh Friedman, H.G. Wells
Cast: Dakota Fanning, Tom Cruise, Miranda Otto, Tim Robbins
IMDB Rating: 6.5/10
Run Time: 1h 56m
Genre: Adventure, Action, Sci-Fi

Movie Plot: Ray Ferrier, a dedicated but disillusioned dock worker from New Jersey, has sadly failed both as a spouse and a father. As his ex-wife, Mary Ann drops their kids off at his house for the weekend, Ray strives to mend fences with his children, Robbie, a problematic teenager, and Rachel, a young child.

However, things quickly spiral out of control when inexplicable electromagnetic pulses and ferocious lightning strikes and suddenly begin to pound the region.

50. Prometheus (2012)


Director: Ridley Scott
Writer: Damon Lindelof, Jon Spaihts
Cast: Logan Marshall-Green, Noomi Rapace, Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender
IMDB Rating: 7.0/10
Run Time: 2h 4m
Genre: Adventure, Sci-Fi, Mystery

Movie Plot: The accomplished archaeologist Doctor Elizabeth Shaw and her colleague Charlie Holloway follow a thin trail of clues. The two and 17 men set out on an ambitious deep-space research mission, which makes it one of the best space movies of all time in New Zealand.

In 2093, a crew of pioneers in space travel, the USCSS Prometheus, landed on the barren exomoon LV-223 to explore the possibility of the existence of the superior extraterrestrial species known as the “Engineers.”


Space is just up there, floating, and so far beyond any normal human being’s understanding. Sitting on the vast, blue planet, we try to picture what life would be like elsewhere. The conversation around the concept is so frequent that filmmakers have adapted the idea into many motion pictures.

Above is the list of the best space movies of all time in New Zealand. So enjoy the outer world, sitting on your couch while enjoying delicious popcorn.

Remember to use ExpressVPN to bypass the geo-restrictions on the streaming platforms and enjoy these best space Movies of all time in New Zealand. With the help of a VPN, you can also access the best movies and shows on Japanese Netflix, Paramount Plus, Funimation, and CBC Gem movies in New Zealand.

Chris Mack

Chris Mack

Meet Chris Mack, your go-to expert for the best of BBC iPlayer with a twist—he's also a cybersecurity enthusiast. Whether you're into British entertainment classics or searching for hidden gems, Chris has you covered, always with an eye for secure streaming practices. Beyond the screen, Chris blends his love for reading and exploring the outdoors with a passion for staying ahead in the world of cybersecurity, ensuring a safe viewing experience. If you're looking for top British TV picks or tips on keeping your digital viewing secure, Chris is your guide. Dive into the drama of British TV with Chris!

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