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The Best Space Opera Movies Of All-Time

“What are the best Space Opera movies ever made?” We looked at 133 of the top Space Opera films and ranked them so we could answer that very question!

The top 21 films, all appearing on 3 or more “Best Space Opera” movie lists, are ranked below by how many times they appear. The remaining 100+ movies, as well as the sources we used, are in alphabetical order on the bottom of the page.

Happy Scrolling!



Top 21 Best Space Opera Movies



21 .) Babylon 5 (1994 – 1998)

	Babylon 5 (1994 – 1998)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • Medium
  • Screen Rant

Babylon 5 is a five-mile long space station located in neutral space. Built by the Earth Alliance in the 2250s, it’s goal is to maintain peace among the various alien races by providing a sanctuary where grievances and negotiations can be worked out among duly appointed ambassadors. A council made up of representatives from the five major space-faring civilizations – the Earth Alliance, Minbari Federation, Centauri Republic, Narn Regime, and Vorlon Empire – work with the League of Non-Aligned Worlds to keep interstellar relations under control. Aside from its diplomatic function, Babylon 5 also serves as a military post for Earth and a port of call for travelers, traders, businessmen, criminals, and Rangers.



20 .) Battlestar Galactica (2004-2009)

	Battlestar Galactica (2004-2009)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Fandom
  • List Challenges
  • Screen Rant

When an old enemy, the Cylons, resurface and obliterate the 12 colonies, the crew of the aged Galactica protect a small civilian fleet – the last of humanity – as they journey toward the fabled 13th colony, Earth.



19 .) Farscape (1999–2003) directed by Ben Browder

	Farscape (1999–2003)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • Medium
  • Screen Rant

A freak accident during an experimental space mission catapults Astronaut John Crichton across a thousand galaxies to an alien battlefield.



18 .) Firefly (2002-2003)

	Firefly (2002-2003)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Fandom
  • Inverse
  • Screen Rant

Firefly is set in the year 2517, after the arrival of humans in a new star system and follows the adventures of the renegade crew of Serenity, a “Firefly-class” spaceship. The ensemble cast portrays the nine characters who live on Serenity.



17 .) Galaxy Quest (1999)

	Galaxy Quest (1999)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Futurism
  • Rate Your Music
  • Screen Rant

The stars of a 1970s sci-fi show – now scraping a living through re-runs and sci-fi conventions – are beamed aboard an alien spacecraft. Believing the cast’s heroic on-screen dramas are historical documents of real-life adventures, the band of aliens turn to the ailing celebrities for help in their quest to overcome the oppressive regime in their solar system.



16 .) Jupiter Ascending (2015) directed by Lana Wachowski

	Jupiter Ascending (2015)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • List Challenges
  • Medium

In a universe where human genetic material is the most precious commodity, an impoverished young Earth woman becomes the key to strategic maneuvers and internal strife within a powerful dynasty…



15 .) Titan A.E. (2000) directed by Don Bluth

	Titan A.E. (2000)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • List Challenges
  • Rate Your Music

A young man finds out that he holds the key to restoring hope and ensuring survival for the human race, while an alien species called the Dredge are bent on mankind’s destruction.



14 .) Barbarella (1968) directed by Roger Vadim

	Barbarella (1968)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • Medium
  • Screen Rant
  • TV Over Mind

In the far future, a highly sexual woman is tasked with finding and stopping the evil Durand-Durand. Along the way she encounters various unusual people.



13 .) Battle Beyond the Stars (1980) directed by Jimmy T. Murakami

	Battle Beyond the Stars (1980)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Ian Sales
  • IMDB
  • Medium
  • Rate Your Music

A young farmer assembles a band of diverse mercenaries to defend his peaceful planet from an evil tyrant.



12 .) Flash Gordon (1980) directed by Mike Hodges

	Flash Gordon (1980)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Futurism
  • IMDB
  • Medium
  • Rate Your Music

A football player and his friends travel to the planet Mongo and find themselves fighting the tyrant, Ming the Merciless, to save Earth.



11 .) Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) directed by James Gunn

	Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • Inverse
  • List Challenges
  • Rate Your Music

Light years from Earth, 26 years after being abducted, Peter Quill finds himself the prime target of a manhunt after discovering an orb wanted by Ronan the Accuser.



10 .) John Carter (2012) directed by Andrew Stanton

	John Carter (2012)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • List Challenges
  • Rate Your Music
  • Screen Rant

John Carter is a war-weary, former military captain who’s inexplicably transported to the mysterious and exotic planet of Barsoom (Mars) and reluctantly becomes embroiled in an epic conflict. It’s a world on the brink of collapse, and Carter rediscovers his humanity when he realizes the survival of Barsoom and its people rests in his hands.



9 .) Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone (1983) directed by Lamont Johnson

	Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone (1983)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Ian Sales
  • IMDB
  • Medium
  • Rate Your Music

Three women makes an emergency landing on a planet plagued with a fatal disease, but are captured by dictator Overdog. Adventurer Wolff goes there to rescue them and meets Niki, the only Earthling left from a medical expedition. Combining their talents, they try to rescue the women.



8 .) Starship Troopers (1997) directed by Paul Verhoeven

	Starship Troopers (1997)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Futurism
  • Ian Sales
  • List Challenges
  • Rate Your Music

Set in the future, the story follows a young soldier named Johnny Rico and his exploits in the Mobile Infantry. Rico’s military career progresses from recruit to non-commissioned officer and finally to officer against the backdrop of an interstellar war between mankind and an arachnoid species known as “the Bugs”.



7 .) The Empire Strikes Back (1980) directed by Irvin Kershner

	The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Ian Sales
  • List Challenges
  • Rate Your Music
  • Science Fiction

The epic saga continues as Luke Skywalker, in hopes of defeating the evil Galactic Empire, learns the ways of the Jedi from aging master Yoda. But Darth Vader is more determined than ever to capture Luke. Meanwhile, rebel leader Princess Leia, cocky Han Solo, Chewbacca, and droids C-3PO and R2-D2 are thrown into various stages of capture, betrayal and despair.



6 .) The Last Starfighter (1984) directed by Nick Castle

	The Last Starfighter (1984)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • List Challenges
  • Rate Your Music
  • TV Over Mind

A video game expert Alex Rogan finds himself transported to another planet after conquering The Last Starfighter video game only to find out it was just a test. He was recruited to join the team of best Starfighters to defend their world from the attack.



5 .) Star Wars (1977) directed by George Lucas

	Star Wars (1977)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • List Challenges
  • Medium
  • Rate Your Music
  • Science Fiction

Princess Leia is captured and held hostage by the evil Imperial forces in their effort to take over the galactic Empire. Venturesome Luke Skywalker and dashing captain Han Solo team together with the loveable robot duo R2-D2 and C-3PO to rescue the beautiful princess and restore peace and justice in the Empire.



4 .) Stargate (1994) directed by Roland Emmerich

	Stargate (1994)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Fandom
  • IMDB
  • Quora
  • Screen Rant
  • TV Over Mind

An interstellar teleportation device, found in Egypt, leads to a planet with humans resembling ancient Egyptians who worship the god Ra.



3 .) Dune (1984) directed by David Lynch

	Dune (1984)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Futurism
  • IMDB
  • Medium
  • Quora
  • Rate Your Music
  • Screen Rant
  • TV Over Mind

In the year 10,191, the world is at war for control of the desert planet Dune – the only place where the time-travel substance ‘Spice’ can be found. But when one leader gives up control, it’s only so he can stage a coup with some unsavory characters.



2 .) Serenity (2005) directed by Joss Whedon

	Serenity (2005)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Futurism
  • IMDB
  • Inverse
  • List Challenges
  • Rate Your Music
  • Science Fiction
  • Screen Rant

When the renegade crew of Serenity agrees to hide a fugitive on their ship, they find themselves in an action-packed battle between the relentless military might of a totalitarian regime who will destroy anything – or anyone – to get the girl back and the bloodthirsty creatures who roam the uncharted areas of space. But… the greatest danger of all may be on their ship.



1 .) The Fifth Element (1997) directed by Luc Besson

	The Fifth Element (1997)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Futurism
  • Ian Sales
  • IMDB
  • List Challenges
  • Medium
  • Quora
  • Rate Your Music
  • Science Fiction
  • Screen Rant

In 2257, a taxi driver is unintentionally given the task of saving a young girl who is part of the key that will ensure the survival of humanity.



 


The 100+ Additional Best Space Opera Movies Ever Made



 

# Movies Directors Lists
22 2001: A Space Odyssey   Medium
TV Over Mind
23 Alien   Futurism
Inverse
24 Battlestar Galactica (1978) Richard A. Colla IMDB
Quora
25 Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (2001) Shin’ichirô Watanabe IMDB
Inverse
26 Dark Matter (2015–2017) Melissa O’Neil Fandom
IMDB
27 Doctor Who   Fandom
Screen Rant
28 Ender’s Game (2013) Gavin Hood IMDB
List Challenges
29 Forbidden Planet   Futurism
Medium
30 Jason of Star Command (1978–1981) Craig Littler IMDB
Medium
31 Legend of the Galactic Heroes (1988) Yûsaku Yara IMDB
Rate Your Music
32 Red Dwarf   Medium
Screen Rant
33 Return of the Jedi (1983)   List Challenges
Rate Your Music
34 Space Battleship Yamato (1977) Toshio Masuda IMDB
Rate Your Music
35 Spaceballs (1987) Mel Brooks Futurism
IMDB
36
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
  List Challenges
Science Fiction
37
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008)
  Fandom
Rate Your Music
38
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
  List Challenges
Rate Your Music
39 Starchaser: The Legend of Orin (1985) Steven Hahn IMDB
List Challenges
40 Starcrash (1978) Luigi Cozzi IMDB
Medium
41 The Expanse Steven Strait Fandom
IMDB
42 Time Masters (1982) René Laloux IMDB
Rate Your Music
43 Andromeda (2000 – 2005)   Screen Rant
44 Avatar (2009)   List Challenges
45 Avenger (2003– ) Hiroshi Yanaka IMDB
46 Blade Runner   Medium
47 Blake’s 7 (1978–1981) Michael Keating IMDB
48 Borderlands   Inverse
49 BraveStarr: The Legend (1988) Tom Tataranowicz IMDB
50 Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979) Daniel Haller IMDB
51 Captain Video, Master of the Stratosphere (1951) Spencer Gordon Bennet IMDB
52 Crusade (1999) Gary Cole IMDB
53 Crusher Joe: The Movie (1983) Yoshikazu Yasuhiko IMDB
54 Dans une galaxie près de chez vous – Le film (2004) Claude Desrosiers IMDB
55 Dark Planet (2009) Fedor Bondarchuk IMDB
56 Dark Planet: Rebellion (2009) Fedor Bondarchuk IMDB
57 Dark Star   Medium
58 Demolition Man   Medium
59 Dünyayi Kurtaran Adam (1982) Çetin Inanç IMDB
60 Europa Report (2013)   List Challenges
61 Falling Skies   Fandom
62 first 2 Alien movies   Medium
63 Fugitive Alien (1987 TV Movie) Minoru Kanaya IMDB
64 Galaxina (1980) William Sachs IMDB
65 Galaxy of Terror Bruce Clark Ian Sales
66 Gravity (2013)   List Challenges
67
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
  Rate Your Music
68 Halo Legends (2010)   Rate Your Music
69 Harlock: Space Pirate (2013) Shinji Aramaki IMDB
70 Ice Pirates   Medium
71 Interstellar (2014)   List Challenges
72 Kin-dza-dza! / Кин-дза-дза!   Medium
73 Krull (1983) Peter Yates IMDB
74 Lensman (1984) Shûichi Hirokawa IMDB
75 Lexx   Medium
76 Liquid Sky (1982)   Medium
77
Lost in Space (1965-1986, 1998)
  Screen Rant
78
Lots of Star Trek, particularly Wrath of Khan
  Medium
79 Macross Plus (1994– ) Beau Billingslea IMDB
80 Macross: Frontier   Medium
81 Mad Max: Fury Road   Inverse
82 Martian (2010 Video) Brandon Hex IMDB
83 Message from Space (1978) Kinji Fukasaku IMDB
84 Mission Backup Earth (2013– ) Anthony Straeger IMDB
85 Mission Stardust (1967) Primo Zeglio IMDB
86 Moon Zero Two (1969) Roy Ward Baker IMDB
87 Once Upon a Time… Space (1982) Roger Carel IMDB
88 Planet of the Apes (2001) Tim Burton IMDB
89 Planet of the Vampires (1965) Mario Bava IMDB
90 Princess of Mars (2009 Video) Mark Atkins IMDB
91 Prometheus (2012)   List Challenges
92 Riddick (2013) David Twohy IMDB
93 Rod Brown of the Rocket Rangers (1953–1954) Cliff Robertson IMDB
94
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
  Rate Your Music
95
Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
  Rate Your Music
96 Space Academy (1977) Jonathan Harris IMDB
97 Space Adventure Cobra (1982) Osamu Dezaki IMDB
98 Space Armageddon (1996) Hyunse Lee IMDB
99 Space Mutiny (1988)   Medium
100 Space Police (1986 TV Movie) Tony Bell IMDB
101 Space Truckers Stuart Gordon Ian Sales
102 Star Maidens   Medium
103 Star Odyssey (1979) Alfonso Brescia IMDB
104 Star Quest: The Odyssey (2009) Jon Bonnell IMDB
105 Star Trek (2009)   List Challenges
106 Star Trek 5: The Final Frontier William Shatner Ian Sales
107 Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) Robert Wise IMDB
108
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999)
  Rate Your Music
109
Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002)
  Rate Your Music
110
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)
  Rate Your Music
111
Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999)
  List Challenges
112
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)
  Rate Your Music
113 Star Wreck: In the Pirkinning (2005 Video) Timo Vuorensola IMDB
114
Stargate SG-1 (the later seasons)
  Medium
115 Sunshine (2007)   List Challenges
116 tarship Troopers (1997)   Screen Rant
117 The Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers (1986–1989) Jerry Orbach IMDB
118 The Chronicles Of Riddick David N Twohy Ian Sales
119 The Humanoid (1979) Aldo Lado IMDB
120 The Ice Pirates (1984) Stewart Raffill IMDB
121
The Mystery of the Third Planet] (1981)
  Rate Your Music
122 The War in Space (1977) Jun Fukuda IMDB
123 The War of the Planets (1966) Antonio Margheriti IMDB
124 The Warlord: Battle for the Galaxy (1998 TV Movie) Joe Dante IMDB
125 Time-Jam – Valérian & Laureline (2007– ) Gwendal Anglade IMDB
126 Toward the Terra (1980) Hideo Onchi IMDB
127 Treasure Planet (2002)   Rate Your Music
128 Tripping the Rift: The Movie (2008 Video) Bernie Denk IMDB
129 Turks in Space (2006) Kartal Tibet IMDB
130
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)
  Medium
131 WALL-E   Futurism
132 Wing Commander (1999) Chris Roberts IMDB
133 Zardoz   Medium

 


12 Best Space Opera Film Sources/Lists



Source Article
Fandom 9 Best Sci-Fi Space Operas to Stream Right Now
Futurism Best Space Opera Movies of All Time
Ian Sales Top ten space opera films
IMDB Best Space Opera Movies
Inverse The Future Of the Western Movie is the Space Opera
List Challenges “Space Opera” Movies
Medium 30+ Space Operas
Quora What is the best space opera movies that’s not Star Wars or Star
Rate Your Music The Best Space Opera Movies
Science Fiction Top 5 Space Opera Films
Screen Rant 15 Best Space Operas That Aren’t Star Wars or Star Trek
TV Over Mind Five Great Space Opera Movies Not Named Star Wars or Star Trek

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