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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



 

#MoviesDirectorsLists
222001: A Space Odyssey Medium
TV Over Mind
23Alien Futurism
Inverse
24Battlestar Galactica (1978)Richard A. CollaIMDB
Quora
25Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (2001)Shin’ichirô WatanabeIMDB
Inverse
26Dark Matter (2015–2017)Melissa O’NeilFandom
IMDB
27Doctor Who Fandom
Screen Rant
28Ender’s Game (2013)Gavin HoodIMDB
List Challenges
29Forbidden Planet Futurism
Medium
30Jason of Star Command (1978–1981)Craig LittlerIMDB
Medium
31Legend of the Galactic Heroes (1988)Yûsaku YaraIMDB
Rate Your Music
32Red Dwarf Medium
Screen Rant
33Return of the Jedi (1983) List Challenges
Rate Your Music
34Space Battleship Yamato (1977)Toshio MasudaIMDB
Rate Your Music
35Spaceballs (1987)Mel BrooksFuturism
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
39Starchaser: The Legend of Orin (1985)Steven HahnIMDB
List Challenges
40Starcrash (1978)Luigi CozziIMDB
Medium
41The ExpanseSteven StraitFandom
IMDB
42Time Masters (1982)René LalouxIMDB
Rate Your Music
43Andromeda (2000 – 2005) Screen Rant
44Avatar (2009) List Challenges
45Avenger (2003– )Hiroshi YanakaIMDB
46Blade Runner Medium
47Blake’s 7 (1978–1981)Michael KeatingIMDB
48Borderlands Inverse
49BraveStarr: The Legend (1988)Tom TataranowiczIMDB
50Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979)Daniel HallerIMDB
51Captain Video, Master of the Stratosphere (1951)Spencer Gordon BennetIMDB
52Crusade (1999)Gary ColeIMDB
53Crusher Joe: The Movie (1983)Yoshikazu YasuhikoIMDB
54Dans une galaxie près de chez vous – Le film (2004)Claude DesrosiersIMDB
55Dark Planet (2009)Fedor BondarchukIMDB
56Dark Planet: Rebellion (2009)Fedor BondarchukIMDB
57Dark Star Medium
58Demolition Man Medium
59Dünyayi Kurtaran Adam (1982)Çetin InançIMDB
60Europa Report (2013) List Challenges
61Falling Skies Fandom
62first 2 Alien movies Medium
63Fugitive Alien (1987 TV Movie)Minoru KanayaIMDB
64Galaxina (1980)William SachsIMDB
65Galaxy of TerrorBruce ClarkIan Sales
66Gravity (2013) List Challenges
67
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
 Rate Your Music
68Halo Legends (2010) Rate Your Music
69Harlock: Space Pirate (2013)Shinji AramakiIMDB
70Ice Pirates Medium
71Interstellar (2014) List Challenges
72Kin-dza-dza! / Кин-дза-дза! Medium
73Krull (1983)Peter YatesIMDB
74Lensman (1984)Shûichi HirokawaIMDB
75Lexx Medium
76Liquid Sky (1982) Medium
77
Lost in Space (1965-1986, 1998)
 Screen Rant
78
Lots of Star Trek, particularly Wrath of Khan
 Medium
79Macross Plus (1994– )Beau BillingsleaIMDB
80Macross: Frontier Medium
81Mad Max: Fury Road Inverse
82Martian (2010 Video)Brandon HexIMDB
83Message from Space (1978)Kinji FukasakuIMDB
84Mission Backup Earth (2013– )Anthony StraegerIMDB
85Mission Stardust (1967)Primo ZeglioIMDB
86Moon Zero Two (1969)Roy Ward BakerIMDB
87Once Upon a Time… Space (1982)Roger CarelIMDB
88Planet of the Apes (2001)Tim BurtonIMDB
89Planet of the Vampires (1965)Mario BavaIMDB
90Princess of Mars (2009 Video)Mark AtkinsIMDB
91Prometheus (2012) List Challenges
92Riddick (2013)David TwohyIMDB
93Rod Brown of the Rocket Rangers (1953–1954)Cliff RobertsonIMDB
94
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
 Rate Your Music
95
Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
 Rate Your Music
96Space Academy (1977)Jonathan HarrisIMDB
97Space Adventure Cobra (1982)Osamu DezakiIMDB
98Space Armageddon (1996)Hyunse LeeIMDB
99Space Mutiny (1988) Medium
100Space Police (1986 TV Movie)Tony BellIMDB
101Space TruckersStuart GordonIan Sales
102Star Maidens Medium
103Star Odyssey (1979)Alfonso BresciaIMDB
104Star Quest: The Odyssey (2009)Jon BonnellIMDB
105Star Trek (2009) List Challenges
106Star Trek 5: The Final FrontierWilliam ShatnerIan Sales
107Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)Robert WiseIMDB
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
113Star Wreck: In the Pirkinning (2005 Video)Timo VuorensolaIMDB
114
Stargate SG-1 (the later seasons)
 Medium
115Sunshine (2007) List Challenges
116tarship Troopers (1997) Screen Rant
117The Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers (1986–1989)Jerry OrbachIMDB
118The Chronicles Of RiddickDavid N TwohyIan Sales
119The Humanoid (1979)Aldo LadoIMDB
120The Ice Pirates (1984)Stewart RaffillIMDB
121
The Mystery of the Third Planet] (1981)
 Rate Your Music
122The War in Space (1977)Jun FukudaIMDB
123The War of the Planets (1966)Antonio MargheritiIMDB
124The Warlord: Battle for the Galaxy (1998 TV Movie)Joe DanteIMDB
125Time-Jam – Valérian & Laureline (2007– )Gwendal AngladeIMDB
126Toward the Terra (1980)Hideo OnchiIMDB
127Treasure Planet (2002) Rate Your Music
128Tripping the Rift: The Movie (2008 Video)Bernie DenkIMDB
129Turks in Space (2006)Kartal TibetIMDB
130
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)
 Medium
131WALL-E Futurism
132Wing Commander (1999)Chris RobertsIMDB
133Zardoz 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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