The Ultimate List of Films Set in Space or on Other Planets

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I have come to the conclusion that not nearly enough films are set in space, I also have a feeling I have seen most of the films that are. To prove myself wrong I have compiled a list of every film that is mostly set in space or another planet.

For a film to be valid it a significant part of the film (20 minutes+) has set in space or another planet  e.g. Gattaca doesn’t count as only the last few seconds were in space neither does Independence Day. The films are mainly science fiction, fantasy films which are not explicitly set on another planet but is obviously not Earth don’t count e.g. Lord of the Rings. I’m not sure about comic books comic book films but they have been included for now. Dramatisations are also good but documentaries are not being counted right now.

The list is getting pretty extensive so I’ve put a smiley face next to a few of my personal recommendations.

General Sci-Fi

2001: A Space Odyssey
2010: The Year We Make Contact 
The American Astronaut
Android
Babylon 5 Films
Barbarella
Battlestar Galactica (1978)
The Black Hole
Captive
Cosmic Princess
Enemy Mine
Galaxina
Forbidden Planet
Ice Pirates
Ikarie XB-1
The Last Starfighter
Lost in Space
Moon 44
Mysterious Planet
Planet of the Apes (2001)
Serenity
Silent Running
Solaris (1972)
Solaris (2002)
Space Hunter: Adventures from the Forbidden Zone
Space Battleship Yamato
Stargate
Star Trek Original Films
Star Trek Next Generation Films
Stingray Sam
Stranded
This Island Earth
Time Warp / Warp Speed

Action

The Fifth Element πŸ™‚
Jupiter Rising
Predators
Riddick
Starship Troopers πŸ™‚
Soldier
Star Trek (2009)
Star Trek: Into Darkness
Wing Commander

Comedy

Airplane II: The Sequel
Dark Star
Galaxy Quest πŸ™‚
The Hitchhikers Guide to The Galaxy
Iron Sky
Space Balls
Space Truckers

Non-Fiction

Apollo 13 πŸ™‚

Horror

Alien Films πŸ™‚
Apollo 18
Creature
Critters 4
Escape from Galaxy 3
Event Horizon
Forbidden World
Galaxy of Terror
Hellraiser: Bloodline
Insemenoid (Horror Planet)
Jason X
Leprechaun 4: In Space
Lifeforce
Pandorum
Pitch Black πŸ™‚
Planet of the Vampires
Prometheus
Screamers
Sunshine πŸ™‚
Supernova

Set on Mars (this category is clearly needed)

Doom
Ghosts of Mars
Mission to Mars
John Carter
Total Recall πŸ™‚
The Martian
The Red Planet
Robinson Crusoe on Mars

Science Fantasy

Avatar
Chronicles of Riddick
Dune πŸ™‚
Star Wars

Thriller

Armageddon
Cargo
Dark City πŸ™‚
Deep Impact
Europa Report
Fortress 2
Gravity
Moon πŸ™‚
Outland πŸ™‚
Lifepod
Saturn 3
The Killings at Outpost Zeta
Trapped in Space

Animated

Be Forever Yamato
The Black Planet
Cyborg 009: Legend of the Super Galaxy
Heavy Metal
Heavy Metal 2000
Planet 51
Mobile Suit Gundam III
Space Adventure Cobra
Space Chimps
Space Runaway Ideon: Be Invoked
Tayna tretey planet
Terra e…
Time Masters
Titan AE
Treasure Planet
Wall-E

Comic Book

Flash Gordon πŸ™‚
Green Lantern
Man of Steel
Thor

Feature Length TV Specials

Doctor Who (1965 + 66)  
Farscape: Peacekeeper Wars
From the Earth to the Moon
LEXX
Riverworld
Stargate SG1 Films

Let me know what I’m missing and I’ll continue to add to it over time until it is the greatest list ever (or not)! The categories are pretty arbitrary so if you think something is in the wrong category (quite likely as it’s been a while since I saw some of these) or there should be another category let me know and I’ll sort it out.

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123 comments

    1. Fire in the sky. Great movie about aliens and a man being abducted and being tortured by the aliens. Especially with peanut butter… Yeah you have to see the movie to understand.

  1. I can’t understand if you are interested only in theatrical releases. Anyway, most of the films below were released theatrically

    – Jason X (Friday the 13th part 10)
    – Critters 4
    – Leprechaun 4: In Space
    – Hellraiser: Bloodline
    – Space Battleship Yamato
    – the old Battlestar Galactica (the pilot episode was shown in theaters before it became a series)
    – Starship Troopers & sequels

    Would you be interested in creating a list of TV movies or series as well? Or maybe including them in this list since some franchises have crossed between TV and cinema… Let’s see:

    – Doctor Who
    – Firefly (the series that ended with Serenity)
    – Star Trek (many series and movies)
    – Blake’s 7
    – Red Dwarf
    – Battlestar Galactica (old & new + Caprica + Blood & Chrome… basically all the franchise minus the Galactica 1980 abomination!)
    – Earth 2
    – Outcasts
    – Farscape
    – LEXX
    – Riverworld (pilot episodes were made in 2003 & 2010 but neither was picked for full series)
    – Hyperdrive
    – Lost In Space
    – Babylon 5

    1. Thanks for the list. TV movies are fine and while I wasn’t including TV Shows in this list specifically I’m pretty certain most of those you mentioned have feature length stand alone episodes anyway.

    1. Mars Attacks! is mostly on Earth… So it falls in the same category as Gattaca and Independence Day I suppose…

  2. Hey again… I noticed that you didn’t add the movies I sent you to the main article… Are you planning to do it or are you done with it?
    Anyway, I just remembered one more film set entirely in space and other planets.
    The movie is called “Galaxina” and it’s a comedy and a very very guilty pleasure! Have you seen it?

    1. Updated thanks for the push, I was definitely neglecting the post but had the intention of returning eventually. I was thinking about reclassifying the films to do with where they took place in space – Mars, deep space, unnamed planet etc.

      I left out those TV shows that never had a TV movie (that I could find), though if you wanted to write this yourself I would be happy to publish it with full credit.

  3. Maybe I could write it myself… We’ll see.
    Anyway since you wanted just the feature length episodes:
    – Riverworld had 2 pilot episodes as I said. The first in 2003 was 90 min. and the second in 2010 was 2×90 min. parts…
    – The first season of LEXX was just 4×90 min. episodes.

    The idea about listing them according to place sounds very good and intriguing… but it might end up a bit tricky. Most films will be on some planet created for that film specifically (e.g. Alien & Aliens on LV-426, Alien 3 on Fiorina ‘Fury’ 161 and Alien Resurrection in deep space) so you will need several categories for each franchise with only one or two films in each, while others might take place in more than one planet AND deep space (like The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy or Star Wars) so you will have to list them 2 or 3 times.
    But it’s your call because it’s your project!

  4. I don’t know if you consider “another dimension” to be “outer space’ or another planet. But, the 2 Mortal Kombat movies and the TV series Mortal Kombat Conquest take place in “outworld”. Also, the TMNT cartoon series had a lot of episodes that took place ni Dimension X. A LOT of different Power Rangers episodes and movies took place in space and on other planets too.

  5. A LOT of animes are feature length or longer that take place in space and on other planets. Some good ones are “Iria: Zeriam The Animation”, Cowboy Bebop, Lily C.A.T. (an Alien rip-off), Gurren Laggan, etc.

  6. Great list, i have copied down some for my viewing…….

    i wanted to contribute one or 2, sorry if its already posted
    Stranded 2002
    Millenium 1989 (though the future planet comes in a small part, the concept was really amazing)
    Planet of vampires (1965) – cracker from 1960s, infact they call it the inspiration to Alien(1979)
    Moon44 (1990) – B grade classic from Roland Emmerich

    1. Thanks for the suggestions, not sure I can include Millennium as it seems the majority of the film takes place on Earth (excluding it by my rules) but I have added the others.

  7. i think you forgot: mars needs moms, gravity, planet51, space chimps, red planet, after earth, oblivian, green lantern

    1. “mars needs moms, after earth, oblivian, green lantern” I think these are mostly set on Earth but thanks for the others.

  8. [1980]
    Saturn 3
    Galaxina
    The Killings at Outpost Zeta
    Captive
    Cyborg 009: Legend of the Super Galaxy (animation)
    Be Forever Yamato (animation)
    Terra e… (animation)

    1. Been neglecting the animated films but this has bought the number up, thanks. All your recommendations should now on the list (I had Horror Planet labelled as Inseminoid).

  9. [1981]
    Galaxy of Terror
    Horror Planet
    Escape from Galaxy 3
    Tayna tretey planety (animation)
    Lifepod
    Time Warp / Warp Speed (with Adam West!)

  10. [1982]
    Android – Klaus Kinski!
    Forbidden World (Alien Ripoff)
    Mysterious Planet
    Cosmic Princess (with Martin Landau)
    Time Masters (animation)
    Space Runaway Ideon: Be Invoked (animation)
    The Black Planet (animation)
    Mobile Suit Gundam III (animation)
    Space Adventure Cobra (animation)

  11. Man of Steel has a significant amount set in space. It goes on for around 30 minutes before you get to see Earth, and there are a couple of other scenes in space after that.

  12. * Space Truckers. Check out that cast!
    * Airplane II: The Sequel

    Also, Iron Sky has a pretty significant amount of screentime on the moon. Dunno exactly how long, though. But, hey, Space Nazis!

    1. D’oh! Although, MAYBE, the cubes were in space? I am not sure you ever find out where the heck they are. Some aspects of the physics would have been easier in zero gravity. Come to think of it, isn’t planet earth in space, too?

      1. Nope third film showed where the first was located and it was just an underground location, the second film was in another dimension though. The Earth is technically a planet in space but this article really only deals with alien planets otherwise it would just be a list of all films ever.

  13. Hey! Been a long time since I checked to see how this list is growing! I don’t have anything new to contribute but I just noticed something very funny: the Chronicles of Riddick trilogy is spread in 3 different categories! Pitch Black is in “Horror”, The Chronicles Of Riddick in “Science Fantasy” and Riddick in “Action”. IMHO this is quite an accomplishment and unique to this franchise!

    1. I know, I’ve been dreadful at keeping this up to date! Fortunately people seem to keep posting additions in the comments πŸ™‚

  14. Hi Chris – hope you can help me – am trying to find a film shown on Sky between its launch 1996 and early 2000;s – about a landing on another planet – all I can remember is that when the astronauts are being called back to the ship at the end of the film – one sees something in the rock – ? what – ho0pe you can help – Sue

  15. Angry Red Planet. Astronauts barely get back to the ship pursued by a giant amoeba, and observed by a native Martian. Also Rocketship XM has the crew barely getting off Mars!

  16. Nice List Chris!
    I know your categories are for Science Fiction but have you considered Science Docu-dramas and Theoretical Cosmology? Tho based on science many of the programs are in the Fictional/Theoretical side of science. There are some really good ones that seem like scifi.

    Alien Planet
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHzPEpHYtXQ
    Life in The Universe Documentary
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34sEX6VM9sU
    Journey to the Edge of the Universe
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVIigCMhCZc
    The Ever Expanding Universe
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plOmQd1rfO8

    Another category you may consider is Games. There are some pretty good gaming worlds set in space and on alien planets.
    B5 – I’ve Found Her
    Firefly Online
    and many more

    Here are some SciFi movies that are Upcoming courtesy of
    http://www.scifi-movies.com/english/agenda.php
    400 Days
    In preparation for a journey into deep space, a group of 4 astronauts spend 400 days in an incredibly realistic space capsule simulator – only to discover that their mission may not be as simulated as they were led to believe.
    Us release date: April 15, 2015

    The Martian
    The story centers on a NASA astronaut who becomes stranded on a Martian colony. As he struggles to survive, NASA tries to mount a rescue mission back home.
    British release date: November 27, 2015
    Us release date: November 25, 2015

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens
    Release date: December 18, 2015

    Attack on Titan
    A movie directed by Shinji Higuchi
    2015 – Color – NC – (filming)

    Prometheus 2
    Release date: March 04, 2016

    Space Command Redemption
    SPACE COMMAND will be a series of new and original feature films by STAR TREK writer Marc Zicree, GALACTICA FX whiz Doug Drexler, director Neil Johnson and other Sci-Fi luminaries. Inspired by classic science fiction TV & Film of the 1950s, this dream team is set to bring to life β€œBold Adventures in the Far Reaches of Space.” Beginning May 16th, the filmmakers will bypass the Studios and Networks, going straight to the fans for funding to greenlight their project.
    (pre-production)

    Beyond Apollo
    The first two-man mission to Venus is aborted in mid-flight and abruptly returns back to Earth. When rescue crews go to retrieve the space capsule, they make a startling discovery: The Captain is missing there is no sign of his body whatsoever – and strangely enough, the lone surviving astronaut has no clue about what took place.
    Beyond Apollo tells the riveting story of when that astronaut, Harry Evans, returns to earth and must answer to the authorities about what really happened on board the doomed flight to Venus. His mind-bending struggle to figure that out is a harrowing journey through the possibilities: Was the Captain murdered? Did he commit suicide? Or were alien beings responsible for his demise? The answer, as Evans will eventually discover, is far more terrifying than anything he could possibly imagine.
    Based on the award winning book by Barry N. Malzberg, Beyond Apollo captures the eerie isolation of delving into the unknown, begs us to ask the unanswerable, and marks the separation between the real, unreal and surreal.
    (pre-production)

    Well, Keep up the good work!

  17. Nice list πŸ™‚
    Star Wreck: In the Pirkinning? I haven’t watched it for a while but I’m pretty sure most of it is not set on Earth
    (i didnt read the rules)
    I’ve been creating a list of my own if you’re interested – trying to keep track of the ‘less talked about’ films

    1. Absolutely, haven’t updated the list for a while so would be cool to check out another list. From what I remember Star Wreck would be applicable I had just completely forgotten about it.

  18. Destination Moon, From the Earth to the Moon, Wall-E, October Sky (not in space, but its setting is about making rockets at the beginning of the space race), Space Cowboys, Gravity, Interstellar

  19. Years ago I saw an old black & white film about a race against time to leave the planet. All through the film you are led to believe that it takes place on earth. Right at the end you discover that the planet they are heading for is earth and in fact all the people are from another planet. Can anyone help?

    1. I also recall many years ago watching a similar movie. It was also b&w and was low budget. The two main things about this one was that they had landed on this planet as I guess a sort of exploration. I missed the first part of the film and did not get the title.
      When they were on the planet they realized after a while that there was some sort of life form there which was killing or infecting the members of the crew so they would become vampires.
      So they finally made a lift-off from the planet, but no one could be certain that one of the crew was not now infected and would make it back to their home and infect the place with these vampires. There was a machine on the space ship which allowed them to pass through asteriod belts etc and deflect the asteriods or other objects so they could make it back. They also had light speed etc. During the course of things they all got infected, but the last two (a couple of course) had survived and were determined they would not allow the ship to get back to their home. This had been assumed by me and intentionally by the movie plot that the home planet was earth. So they defeated the others and wrecked the machine so no one could get back.
      At the last scene they had been circling around the solar system of a nearby sun which they could manage to reach and they picked out a planet they could land on and live out their lives. In the view port you finally see a view of earth from space, so it is obvious they had not come from earth but were about to infect this planet with vampires. I thought that part of it was well done. I recognized some of the actors but could never figure out the names of them and have never been able to find this movie again. I would sure like to view it again if possible. So anyone with a clue as to what the name of the movie is, send me an email.

  20. Pls help! Went to watch the martian today and 20 mins in said it was a remake. I can clearly remember and told hubby exactly what was going to happen except in the version i recall he spelt out help (i think) and satellite spotted it. Said would plant spuds in crap, hab blows out, travels to launch site (but other version was more detailed), other crew slingshot etc etc. I cant have dreamt an exact film!!! Cant recall name of film and apparently book was written recently! Can find no mention on web and its driving me nuts … please help!! (Not written in stones on mars surface!!)

  21. Pls help! Went to watch the martian today and 20 mins in said it was a remake. I can clearly remember and told hubby exactly what was going to happen except in the version i recall he spelt out help (i think) and satellite spotted it. Said would plant spuds in crap, hab blows out, travels to launch site (but other version was more detailed), other crew slingshot etc etc. I cant have dreamt an exact film!!! Cant recall name of film and apparently book was written recently! Can find no mention on web and its driving me nuts … please help!! (Not written in stones on mars surface!!)

    1. Hi Caz the book is very recent so don’t think it could be a remake. It’s possible one of the other Mars survival films has some similar parts though – Stranded, Mission To Mars, Red Planet and likely some others.

  22. Help me too! I watched a movie last year about a mission in space, I think there was some sort of accident which left one sole survivor. His only hope of return was to slingshot round venus to get back to earth, he did this (I think it took years of him being stuck in his wee square pod) when he was approaching earth he decided not to come home but continue the original mission alone to I think Jupiter or saturn. It was low budget and a lot of it was him dealing with solitude and boredom, but it really had me thinking and I wish I could find it again. I have no idea what it’s called, can anyone help? It must be 2013 or 2014 release, thanks

  23. High moon
    Space Station 76
    Space Patrole Orion 1960
    Captive
    400 Days
    Attack on Titan
    Absolution
    Alien Encounter
    Riders from the stars
    Children from Outerspace
    Cave woman from Mars
    Attack of the moon Zombies
    Martian Land
    Skydivers
    Queen of outer space
    Planet Hulk….. Kids
    Bloodsuckers from outer space
    The cat from Puter space
    I married a monster from outer Space
    Fortress 2 re-entry
    Battle beyond the stars
    Jetsons The movie
    Dead Space
    Space adventure Cobra
    Dr Who Space museum/the chase
    Space Buddies … Kids
    Space warriors
    Space Chimps 2 Zartog strikes back
    Dr Who , Colony in Space
    Dr Who, The Ark in Space
    Space dogs…… Kids
    Dead Space Downfall
    G.O.R.A … Space movie
    Power Rangers in Space .. Kids
    Space Jam
    Muppets from Space
    Teenage monsters from Outer Space
    Space balls

    Space station 76
    After Earth….. Will Smith
    Space Junk 3D
    Love …..
    Scorpio cone
    Zathura
    Silent running
    Treasure Planet
    Garlicky Space Pirate
    The incredible petrified world
    Cat woman of the Moon
    Space Mutiny
    Phantom from Space
    Icarus 2
    Dark Star
    Queen of blood
    Ice Pirates
    Planeta Bur
    The Silent Star
    The astronauts Wives Club
    12 to the Moon
    Iron Sky
    From Tsars to the Stars
    Preciousness Find
    Manhunt in Space
    Duel in Space
    The phantom Planet
    Murder in Space
    War in Space
    Mutiny in Space
    Astronaut brother from Outer Space
    Ticket to Outer space .. Comedy
    Space invaders , In search of lost time
    Zombie Planet … Horror
    Planet of Terror
    Forbidden Planet
    Rocket ship 1936
    Space Marines
    Space Master X
    Alien Space Avenger
    Destination Space sci fi TV Pilot
    Battle beyond the Stars
    The Killing at outpost Zeta
    Man in the Moon
    Space Men
    Wild Wild Planet
    Mission Stardust
    DoppelgΓ€nger 1976
    Space Hunter
    Event Horizen
    Pandorum
    Attack on Titan …animation
    Space Camp
    Stingray Sam
    Space Station X1
    Star Chrystal

  24. A

    The Abyss (1989)
    Director: James Cameron
    Cast: Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Michael Biehn, Leo Burmeister, Todd Graff
    Plot: An underwater UFO, travelling at enormous speed, wreaks havoc on tidal activities throughout the world. It also causes a nuclear submarine to sink 2000 feet, to the ledge of underwater abyss. A group of adventurous oil riggers, working out of a high-tech submersible vessel, is pressed into action to seek out the submarine and rescue any survivors.
    Rated PG-13. 140 minutes.
    Alien (1979).
    Director: Ridley Scott.
    Cast: Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm, Harry Dean Stanton, Yaphet Kotto, Veronica Cartwright.
    Plot: The crew of a futuristic cargo ship picks up an unwanted passenger–a form-changing alien that lives on human flesh.
    Rated R. 116 minutes.
    “In space, no one can hear you scream.”
    Aliens (1986).
    Director: James Cameron.
    Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Carrie Henn, Michael Biehn, Paul Reiser, Lance Henriksen, Jenette Goldstein.
    Plot: The sequel to Alien. Warrant Officer Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) wakes after fifty-seven years of deep-space sleep to find that the planet where her crew first encountered the nasty alien has been colonized. Then, contact is lost with the colonists.
    Rated R. 137 minutes.
    Alien 3 (1992).
    Director: David Fincher.
    Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Charles S. Dutton, Charles Dance, Paul McGann, Brian Glover.
    Plot: The third film in the Alien trilogy. Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) crash-lands on a planet where an old mining facility is used as a penal colony for madmen and rapists. The evil alien has once again stowed away on Ripley’s ship, and battles ensues.
    Rated R. 115 minutes.
    The Alpha Incident (1977).
    Director: Bill Rebane.
    Cast: Ralph Meeker.
    Plot: A deadly organism from Mars, an attempted government cover-up, and a radiation leak lead to panic and chaos.
    Rated PG. 84 minutes.
    Android (1982).
    Director: Aaron Lipstadt.
    Cast: Klaus Kinski, Don Opper, Brie Howard, Norbert Weiser.
    Plot: A tongue-in-cheek adventure that takes place on a space station where a mad scientist, Dr. Daniel, is trying to create the perfect android. When a group of criminal castaways arrive at the station, the doctor’s current robot assistant rebels.
    Rated PG. 80 minutes.
    The Angry Red Planet (1959).
    Director: Ib Melchior.
    Cast: Gerald Mohr, Nora Hayden, Les Tremayne, Jack Kruschen.
    Plot: An expedition to Mars runs into various alien terrors, including a terrifying giant mouse/spider hybrid.
    83 minutes.
    Apollo 13 (1995).
    Director: Ron Howard
    Cast: Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon, Gary Sinise, Ed Harris
    Plot: The story of the Apollo 13 lunar mission crisis.
    Rated PG. 140 minutes.
    Arena (1989).
    Director: Peter Manoogian.
    Cast: Claudia Christian, Hamilton Camp, Marc Alaimo.
    Plot: Think Rocky with aliens: a human must take on extraterrestrials from around the galaxy in the Arena, in order to restore the title to humans despite unbelievable odds.
    Rated PG-13. 97 minutes.
    Armageddon (1998).
    Director: Michael Bay
    Cast: Bruce Willis, Liv Tyler, Ben Affleck, Billy Bob Thornton, Steve Buscemi, Will Patton
    Plot: An asteroid is headed straight for Earth, and an oil rig crew goes up into space to stop it. Meanwhile, the world is faced with some difficult decisions about life and death.
    Rated PG-13. 144 minutes.
    The Arrival (1996).
    Director: David Twohy.
    Cast: Charlie Sheen, Ron Silver, Teri Polo, Lindsay Crouse, Tony T. Johnson.
    Plot: A radio astronomer (Sheen) receives a clear radio transmission (a shockwave) from outer space. He takes the recording to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory for analysis, and after handing it to his boss (Silver), he is inexplicably laid off. Is this just another example of corporate downsizing or has he uncovered a conspiracy?
    Rated PG-13. 109 minutes.
    The Arrival II (1998 for cable).
    Director: Kevin S. Tenney
    Cast: Patrick Muldoon, Michael Sarrazin, Jane Sibbett
    Plot: Those crazy scientists find themselves mixed up with aliens again. Watch the hijinx unfold!
    Rated R 101 minutes.
    The Atomic Submarine (1959).
    Director: Spencer Gordon Bennet.
    Cast: Arthur Franz, Dick Foran, Brett Halsey, Tom Conway, Bob Steele, Joi Lansing.
    Plot: Thriller about a U.S. atomic submarine’s encounter with an alien flying saucer in the Arctic.
    B & W. 72 minutes.
    Aurora Encounter (1985).
    Director: Jim McCollough.
    Cast: Jack Elam, Peter Brown, Carol Bagdasarian, Dottie West.
    Plot: A story about a small Texas town visited by aliens in the late 1800s.
    Rated PG. 90 minutes.
    B

    Bad Channels (1992).
    Director: Ted Nicolaou.
    Cast: Paul Hipp, Martha Quinn, Aaron Lustig, Ian Patrick Williams.
    Plot: An alien posing as a radio DJ comes to Earth to pick up chicks, shrink them, and imprison them in small bottles for the trip back to his planet. But the townspeople fight back.
    Rated R. 88 minutes.
    Bad Taste (1987).
    Director: Peter Jackson.
    Cast: Pete O’Herne.
    Plot: A gross sci-fi comedy, in which aliens come to Earth to harvest the universe’s latest fast- food sensation–human flesh. It’s up to the highly trained, but inept, Alien Invasion Defense Service to save the world.
    Not rated. 90 minutes.
    Bamboo Saucer (A.K.A. Collision Course) (1968).
    Director: Frank Telford.
    Cast: Dan Duryea, John Ericson, Lois Nettleton, Nan Leslie.
    Plot: America and the USSR compete with each other as they investigate reports of a UFO crash in the People’s Republic of China.
    100 minutes.
    Barbarella (1968).
    Director: Roger Vadim.
    Cast: Jane Fonda, John Phillip Law, Anita Pallenberg, Milo O’Shea.
    Plot: Jane Fonda stars as a space beauty being drooled over by male creatures on a strange planet.
    Rated PG. 98 minutes.
    Battle Beyond the Stars (1980).
    Director: Jimmy T. Murakami.
    Cast: Richard Thomas, John Saxon, Robert Vaughn, George Peppard.
    Plot: Richard Thomas stars as an emissary from a peaceful planet desperately searching for someone to save it from domination and destruction by an evil warlord.
    Rated PG. 104 minutes.
    Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973).
    Director: J. Lee Thompson.
    Cast: Roddy McDowall, Severn Darden, John Huston, Claude Akins, Paul Williams.
    Plot: The final Apes film, in which simian Roddy McDowall attempts to peacefully coexist with conquered humanity. But not everyone goes along with the plan, especially with an impending nuclear threat.
    Rated PG. 92 minutes.
    Battlestar Galactica (1978).
    Director: Richard A. Colla.
    Cast: Lorne Greene, Richard Hatch, Dirk Benedict, Lew Ayres, Jane Seymour.
    Plot: Film adapted from the television series by the same name.
    Rated PG. 125 minutes.
    the Beast with a Million Eyes (1956)
    Director: David Karmansky
    Cast: Paul Birch, Donna Cole, Chester Conklin, Dick Sargent, Leo Tarver, Lorna Thayer
    Plot: An animal revolt takes place on a farm when an alien stops in for a visit.
    No Rating 78 minutes.
    Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970).
    Director: Ted Post.
    Cast: Charlton Heston, James Franciscus, Maurice Evans, Kim Hunter, Linda Harrison, James Gregory.
    Plot: Sequel to Planet of the Apes. An astronaut is sent to find out what happened to the first team sent to the planet, and he must deal not only with the simian inhabitants, but also with a race of mutants that worship the atomic bomb that made them what they are.
    Rated PG. 95 minutes.
    Beyond the Rising Moon (1988).
    Director: Philip Cook.
    Cast: Tracy Davis, Hans Bachmann.
    Plot: A 21st century genetically created troubleshooter rebels against the corporation that designed her when they send her on a mission to help them exploit alien technology.
    93 minutes.
    Beyond the Stars (1989).
    Director: David Saperstein.
    Cast: Martin Sheen, Christian Slater, Robert Foxworth, Sharon Stone, Olivia D’Abo, F. Murray Abraham.
    Plot: A troubled teen (Christian Slater) forms a friendship with a reclusive ex-astronaut (Martin Sheen). Eventually, Sheen introduces Slater to a secret he discovered on the moon.
    Rated PG. 94 minutes.
    The Black Hole (1979).
    Director: Gary Nelson.
    Cast: Maximilian Schell, Anthony Perkins, Robert Forster, Joseph Bottoms, Yvette Mimieux, Ernest Borgnine.
    Plot: Space movie cliches.
    Rated PG. 97 minutes.
    The Brain From Planet Arous (1958).
    Director: Nathan Juran.
    Cast: John Agar, Joyce Meadows, Robert Fuller.
    Plot: A giant brain from outer space takes over a man’s body in an attempt to conquer the world. Another brain takes over the man’s dog in an attempt to prevent it.
    B & W. 70 minutes.
    The Brother From Another Planet (1984).
    Director: John Sayles.
    Cast: Joe Morton, Darryl Edwards, Steve James.
    Plot: A dark-skinned extraterrestrial on the lam crash-lands his space ship in New York harbor and makes his way to Harlem.
    Unrated. 110 minutes.
    Buck Rogers: Destination Saturn (A.K.A. Planet Outlaws) (1939).
    Director: Ford Beebe, Saul Goodkind.
    Cast: Buster Crabbe, Constance Moore, Jackie Moran, Jack Mulhall, Anthony Warde, C. Montague Shaw, Philip Ahn.
    Plot: Hero Buster Crabbe goes after villain Killer Kan in order to help the oppressed people of future Earth.
    B & W. 91 minutes.
    Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979).
    Director: Daniel Haller.
    Cast: Gil Gerard, Erin Gray, Pamela Hensley, Tim O’Connor, Henry Silva.
    Plot: After years of suspended animation, Buck awakens in a future society under attack by the power-hungry Princess Ardala, and it’s up to him to save the day.
    Rated PG. 89 minutes.
    C

    Capricorn One (1978).
    Director: Peter Hyams.
    Cast: Elliott Gould, James Brolin, Hal Holbrook, Sam Waterston, Karen Black, O.J. Simpson, Telly Savalas.
    Plot: The government stages a mock flight to Mars in a television studio, complete with astronauts pretending to land on the planet. But a statement released by the Pentagon that the ship crashed upon reentry and all aboard were killed, puts the lives of the astronauts in danger.
    Rated PG. 124 minutes.
    Captian Video and the Video Rangers (1949-1955)
    Director: Richard Coogan, Al Hodge
    Cast: Don Hastings, Bran Mossen, Hal Conklin
    Plot: Captain Video fights evildoers like Dr. Pauli in this afternoon tv show. Captain Video used gadgets like the Discatron and Radio Scillograph to punish villains all over the world.
    B & W
    The Cat from Outer Space (1978)
    Director: Norman Tokar
    Cast: Ken Berry, Sandy Duncan, Roddy McDowall, McLean Stevenson
    Plot: Zunar J5/90 Doric 4-7, also known as Jake, is an alien cat who crash-lands on Earth. He heads off to the nearest scientist to find gold ($120,000 worth!) in order to repair his spaceship. Jake reveals that he can predict the winners in sporting events and soon the military is trying to track him down. The plot becomes more complicated when a wacky veterinarian inadvertently puts Jake into a deep sleep; now he must hide the alien cat from government authorities.
    Rated G. 103 minutes.
    Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977).
    Director: Steven Spielberg.
    Cast: Richard Dreyfuss, Francois Truffaut, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon.
    Plot: Spielberg’s unusual vision of an extraterrestrial visit to Earth, portraying the aliens as nonthreatening and childlike.
    Rated PG. 132 minutes.
    Cat Women of the Moon (1954).
    Director: Arthur Hilton.
    Cast: Sonny Tufts, Marie Windsor, Victor Jory.
    Plot: A film in the travel-to-a-planet-of-scantily-clad-women subgenre.
    64 minutes.
    Cocoon (1985).
    Director: Ron Howard.
    Cast: Don Ameche,Wilford Brimley, Hume Cronyn, Brian Dennehy, Jack Gilford, Steve Guttenberg, Barret Oliver, Maureen Stapleton, Jessica Tandy, Gwen Verdon, Tahnee Welch.
    Plot: A group of people in a retirement home think they have found the fountain of youth, but the magic place belongs to a group of extraterrestrials.
    Rated PG-13. 118 minutes.
    Cocoon: the Return (1988).
    Director: Daniel Petrie.
    Cast: Don Ameche,Wilford Brimley, Courteney Cox, Hume Cronyn, Brian Dennehy, Jack Gilford, Steve Guttenberg, Maureen Stapleton, Jessica Tandy, Gwen Verdon, Tahnee Welch.
    Plot: The elderly group returns to Earth to help their alien friends rescue some cocoons that have been endangered by an earthquake.
    Rated PG. 112 minutes.
    Communion (1989).
    Director: Philippe Mora.
    Cast: Christopher Walken, Lindsay Crouse, Frances Sternhagen, Andreas Katsulas.
    Plot: A terrifying film based on science-fiction author Whitley Strieber’s alleged real-life encounter with aliens.
    Rated R. 100 minutes.
    Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972).
    Director: J. Lee Thompson.
    Cast: Roddy McDowall, Ricardo Montalban, Don Murray, Severn Darden.
    Plot: Simian Roddy McDowall matures and leads his fellow domesticated apes in a revolt for freedom.
    Rated PG. 87 minutes.
    Tom Corbett, Space Cadet (1950-1955)
    Cast: Frankie Thomas, Al Markim, Jan Merlin, Margaret Garland
    Plot: Space cadets traveled all over the galaxy experiencing many adventures. Astro, Roger and Tom were also students with problems and differences.
    B & W
    Contact (1997)
    Director: Robert Zemeckis
    Cast: Jodie Foster, Matthew McConaughey, James Woods, John Hurt
    Plot: Unexpected radio contact from space aliens throws the Earth’s intellectuals, scientists and theologians into turmoil.
    Rated PG. 153 minutes
    The Cosmic Man (1972).
    Director: Herbert Greene.
    Cast: John Carradine, Bruce Bennett, Angela Greene.
    Plot: An invisible alien comes to Earth in a giant levitating ping-pong ball.
    B & W. 72 minutes.
    Creature (1985).
    Director: William Malone.
    Cast: Stan Ivar, Wendy Schaal, Klaus Kinski, Marie Laurin, Lyman Ward.
    Plot: Human-devouring life is reawakened on one of Jupiter’s moons.
    Rated R. 97 minutes.
    The Creeping Terror (1964).
    Director: Art J. Nelson.
    Cast: Vic Savage, Shannon O’Neill.
    Plot: Lake Tahoe is terrorized by a pair of space monsters, played by extras dressed in old carpets.
    B & W. 75 minutes.
    D

    Daleks–Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. (1966).
    Director: Gordon Flemyng.
    Cast: Peter Cushing, Bernard Cribbins, Andrew Keir, Ray Brooks.
    Plot: Sequel to Dr. Who and the Daleks. This time, the Daleks are attempting to take over Earth.
    84 minutes.
    Dark City (1998).
    Director: Alex Proyas
    Cast: Kiefer Sutherland, Rufus Sewell, Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt
    Plot: An alien civilization controls humans to see how they survive. The adventure begins when one man escapes from their power.
    Rated R. 101 minutes
    The Dark Side of the Moon (1989).
    Director: D.J. Webster.
    Cast: Will Bledsoe, Alan Blumenfeld, John Diehl, Robert Sampson.
    Plot: A lunar mission crew discovers a link between the dark side of the moon and the Bermuda Triangle.
    Rated R. 96 minutes.
    Dark Star (1974).
    Director: John Carpenter.
    Cast: Dan O’Bannon, Brian Narelle.
    Plot: Four astronauts who have been in space too long seek and destroy unstable planets.
    Rated PG. 83 minutes.
    The Day of the Triffids (1963).
    Director: Steve Sekely.
    Cast: Howard Keel, Nicole Maurey, Janette Scott, Kieron Moore, Mervyn Johns.
    Plot: Alien plants arrive on Earth during a meteor shower that blinds most of the earthlings. Then the plants grow, and begin walking and eating people.
    95 minutes.
    The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1962).
    Director: Val Guest.
    Cast: Edward Judd, Janet Munro, Leo McKern.
    Plot: Following simultaneous nuclear explosions at both poles, the Earth is sent on a collision course with the sun.
    B & W. 99 minutes.
    The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951).
    Director: Robert Wise.
    Cast: Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Hugh Marlowe, Sam Jaffe, Billy Gray.
    B & W. 92 minutes.
    Plot: A visitor from outer space lands on Earth to warn humans of danger, but will they listen to him or destroy him? One of the first sci-fi films to portray aliens as advanced saviours rather than menacing monsters.
    The Deadly Ray from Mars (1938)
    Director: Ford I. Beebe, Robert Hill
    Cast: Larry Crabbe, Don Kerr, Charles Middleton, Bea Roberts, Jean Rogers, Frank Shannon
    Plot: Flash Gordon travels to Mars to find out why a mysterious force is taking the nitrogen from Earth’s atmosphere.
    Not Rated 99 minutes.
    Deep Impact (1998).
    Director: Mimi Leder
    Cast: Morgan Freeman, Robert Duvall, Tea Leoni, Elijah Wood, Vanessa Redgrave
    Plot: America is prepared to go underground if the mission to destroy the comet headed for Earth fails.
    Rated PG-13. 125 minutes.
    Deep Star Six (1989).
    Director: Sean S. Cunningham
    Cast: Taurean Blacque, Nancy Everhard, Greg Evigan, Miguel Ferrer, Nia Peeples, Matt McCoy, Cindy Pickett, Thom Bray, Elya Baskin, Ronn Carroll, Marius Weyers
    Plot: A team of engineers on an undersea missile platform disturb the slumber of a huge, killer crustacean, which soon develops a taste for human-flavored snacks.
    Rated R. 97 minutes.
    Destination Moon (1950).
    Director: Irving Pichel.
    Cast: Warner Anderson, John Archer, Tom Powers, Dick Wesson.
    Plot: A speculative story about the first American spaceship to land on the moon, complete with the classic pointed spaceship and bubble helmets on the travelers.
    Rated PG-13. 99 minutes.
    Disney’s Ducktales: Space Invaders (1990).
    Director: Disney Animation.
    Cast: Scrooge McDuck and his nephews.
    Plot: Space adventures with the Ducktale gang.
    Rated PG. 44 minutes.
    Dr. Who and the Daleks (1965).
    Director: Gordon Flemyng.
    Cast: Peter Cushing, Roy Castle, Jennie Linden, Barrie Ingham.
    Plot: An eccentric old scientist takes his friends on a trip through space and time. They end up on a planet over-run with war-mongering mutants (the Daleks) and must help the the planet’s peaceful inhabitants fight them.
    Rated G. 83 minutes.
    Dr. Who: Revenge of the Cybermen (1986).
    Director: Michael E. Briant.
    Cast: Tom Baker, Elizabeth Sladen.
    Plot: The evil Cybermen attempt to destroy the planet Voga, which is made of solid gold, because gold is the only item that can kill them.
    92 minutes.
    Dog Star Man (1964).
    Director: Stan Brakhage.
    Plot: An abstract silent film about the creation of the universe.
    Silent film. 78 minutes.
    E

    E.T.–The Extra-terrestrial (1982).
    Director: Steven Spielberg.
    Cast: Dee Wallace, Henry Thomas, Peter Coyote, Robert MacNaughton, Drew Barrymore.
    Plot: Spielberg’s fairy tale about a young boy who meets a lovable alien from outer space.
    Rated PG. 115 minutes.
    Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956).
    Director: Fred F. Sears.
    Cast: Hugh Marlowe, Joan Taylor, Donald Curtis, Morris Ankrum.
    Plot: Aliens invading Earth are initially friendly, until the military opens fire on them.
    B &W. 83 minutes.
    The Empire Strikes Back (1980).
    Director: Irvin Kershner.
    Cast: Billy Dee Williams, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Dave Prowse, James Earl Jones (voice).
    Plot: Sequel to Star Wars. Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, and the gang must again join forces against the Empire, led by Darth Vader.
    Rated PG. 124 minutes.
    Enemy from Space (1957).
    Director: Val Guest.
    Cast: Brian Donlevy, William Franklyn.
    Plot: A scientist discovers that aliens are slowly taking over the governments of Earth, starting with Britain.
    B & W. 85 minutes.
    Enemy Mine (1985).
    Director: Wolfgang Petersen.
    Cast: Dennis Quaid, Lou Gossett Jr., Brion James, Richard Marcus, Lance Kerwin.
    Plot: Futuristic epic in which two foes, a human and a reptilian alien, are stranded on a hostile planet and forced to rely on each other for survival.
    Rated PG-13. 108 minutes.
    Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971).
    Director: Don Taylor.
    Cast: Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Eric Braeden, Bradford Dillman, William Windom, Ricardo Montalban.
    Plot: The apes flee nuclear destruction in their own world and time, and arrive on Earth. But humanity decides to destroy them before they can breed.
    Rated PG. 98 minutes.
    Explorers (1985).
    Director: Joe Dante.
    Cast: Ethan Hawke, River Phoenix, Jason Presson, Dick Miller, Robert Picardo.
    Plot: Three kids who share the same dream soon find themselves on an adventurous journey through outer space.
    Rated PG. 109 minutes.
    Eyes Behind the Stars (1972).
    Director: Roy Garrett.
    Cast: Robert Hoffman, Nathalie Delon, Martin Balsam.
    Plot: A reporter and a UFO specialist investigate reports that aliens have landed on Earth.
    Unrated. 95 minutes.
    F

    Fantastic Planet (1973).
    Director: Rene Laloux.
    Cast: Animated.
    Plot: A French-Czechoslovakian production concerning the class struggles and eventual war between two races on an alien planet.
    Rated PG. 71 minutes.
    Fire in the Sky (1993).
    Director: Robert Lieberman.
    Cast: D.B. Sweeney, Robert Patrick, James Garner, Craig Sheffer, Peter Berg, Henry Thomas, Noble Willingham, Kathleen Wilhoite.
    Plot: Dramatization of the alleged abduction of Travis Walton in 1975.
    Rated PG-13. 110 minutes.
    The First Man Into Space (1958).
    Director: Robert Day.
    Cast: Marshall Thompson.
    Plot: A test pilot is mutated by cosmic rays into a blood-thirsty monster.
    Not rated. B & W. 78 minutes.
    First Men in the Moon (1964).
    Director: Nathan Juran.
    Cast: Edward Judd, Martha Hyer, Lionel Jeffries, Peter Finch.
    Plot: Adaptation of an H.G. Wells novel. Creatures menace turn-of-the-century lunar explorers who arrive in a Victorian spaceship.
    103 minutes.
    First Spaceship on Venus (1960).
    Director: Kurt Maetzig.
    Cast: Yoko Tani.
    Plot: German science fiction adventure with an international crew of astronauts landing on Venus.
    78 minutes.
    The Fifth Element (1997)
    Director: Luc Besson
    Cast: Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich, Ian Holm, Chris Tucker, Luke Perry, tiny Lister Jr.
    Plot: Earth, air, fire, water together create the most important element; life. A hero must save the world from evil with the help of the fifth element– a supreme alien being.
    Rated PG-13. 117 minutes.
    Flash Gordon’s Space Soldiers (1936)
    Director: Frederick Stephani
    Cast: Larry “Buster” Crabbe, Priscilla Lawson, John Lipson, Charles Middleton, Jean Rogers, Frank Shannon
    Plot: Flash Gordon deals with space goons in space and beyond.
    Not Rated 97 minutes.
    Flight of the Navigator (1986).
    Director: Randal Kleiser.
    Cast: Joey Kramer, Veronica Cartwright, Cliff De Young, Sarah Jessica Parker, Howard Hesseman, Matt Adler.
    Plot: A youngster who can communicate with machines helps a UFO find its way home.
    Rated PG. 90 minutes.
    Flight to Mars (1951).
    Director: Lesley Selander.
    Cast: Cameron Mitchell, Arthur Franz, Marguerite Chapman, Morris Ankrum, John Litel, Virginia Huston.
    Plot: Scientists and newsmen crash on Mars and discover a race of humans living beneath the planet’s surface.
    72 minutes.
    The Flying Saucer (1950).
    Director: Mikel Conrad.
    Cast: Mikel Conrad, Denver Pyle, Russell Hicks.
    Plot: An American agent is sent to Alaska to investigate a report of a UFO.
    B & W. 69 minutes.
    Forbidden Planet (1956).
    Director: Fred M. Wilcox.
    Cast: Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, Leslie Nielsen, Jack Kelly.
    Plot: The most highly regarded sci-fi film of the 1950s. A futuristic space mission lands on the planet Altair-4 and finds a doctor and his daughter, who are all that remain from a previous colonization attempt, and an unseen force that does not welcome them.
    98 minutes.
    From the Earth to the Moon (1958).
    Director: Byron Haskin.
    Cast: Joseph Cotten, George Sanders, Debra Paget, Don Dubbins.
    Plot: Based on Jules Verne’s story of a turn-of-the-century trip to the moon that is sabotaged.
    100 minutes.
    G

    Galaxina (1980).
    Director: William Sachs.
    Cast: Avery Schreiber, Dorothy Stratten, Stephen Macht.
    Plot: Low-budget space spoof.
    Rated R. 95 minutes.
    Galaxy of Terror (1981).
    Director: B. D. Clark.
    Cast: Erin Moran, Edward Albert, Ray Walston.
    Plot: The crew of a spaceship sent to rescue a crash survivor must face one horror after another on a desolate planet.
    Rated R. 82 minutes.
    The Gifted (1993).
    Director: Audrey King Lewis.
    Cast: Dick Anthony Williams, Bianca Ferguson, Johnny Sekka, Gene Jackson, J.A. Preston, Julie Hampton, Julius Harris, Marguerite Ray, Edmund Cambridge, Davis Roberts, Aaron Lewis.
    Plot: A southern family with supernatural powers that they inherited from their West African ancestors is joined by the only surviving member of the tribe as they fight a desperate alien force.
    Not rated. 101 minutes.
    The Green Slime (1969).
    Director: Kinji Fukasaku.
    Cast: Robert Horton, Richard Jaeckel, Luciana Paluzzi.
    Plot: A bit of alien green slime makes its way onto a space station and multiplies itself into slimy monsters.
    Unrated. 88 minutes.
    The Groundstar Conspiracy (1972).
    Director: Lamont Johnson.
    Cast: George Peppard, Michael Sarrazin, Christine Belford.
    Plot: A government agent is sent to uncover the security leak that led to the destruction of a secret space laboratory, and a man with amnesia is his only lead.
    Rated PG. 103 minutes.
    H

    Hangar 18 (1980).
    Director: James L. Conway.
    Cast: Darren McGavin, Robert Vaughn, Gary Collins, Joseph Campanella, James Hampton.
    Plot: An alien spaceship is accidentally disabled by a U.S. satellite.
    Rated PG. 93 minutes.
    The Hidden (1987).
    Director: Jack Sholder.
    Cast: Michael Nouri, Kyle MacLachlan, Ed O’Ross, Clu Gulager, Claudia Christian, Clarence Felder.
    Plot: A police detective and an FBI agent pursue what may be an alien intruder when a bizarre series of crimes occur in Los Angeles.
    Rated R. 97 minutes.
    The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (1985).
    Director: Alan Bell.
    Cast: Peter Jones, Simon Jones, David Dixon, Joe Melia, Martin Benson.
    Plot: The television version of Douglas Adams’ humorous BBC radio series. Follows the adventures of Arthur Dent, an ordinary citizen who narrowly escapes the Earth’s destruction by aliens who are annoyed that the planet is blocking the intergalactic highway they want to build.
    194 minutes.
    Horror of the Blood Monsters (1970).
    Director: Al Adamson.
    Cast: John Carradine, Robert Dix, Vicki Volante.
    Plot: Astronauts land on a planet and find it inhabited by monsters.
    Rated R. 85 minutes.
    Hyper Sapien: People from Another Star (1986).
    Director: Peter Hunt.
    Cast: Ricky Paul Goldin, Sydney Penny, Keenan Wynn, Gail Strickland, Peter Jason.
    Plot: Youngsters from another planet come to Wyoming to see if Earth is really like the TV commercials they’ve been monitoring, and a teenager shows them around.
    Rated PG. 95 minutes.
    I

    I Come in Peace (1990).
    Director: Craig R. Baxley.
    Cast: Dolph Lundgren, Brian Benben, Betsy Brantley, Matthias Hues, Jesse Vint.
    Plot: An alien comes to take over the Earth, to use human beings as convenient drug factories for his kind, and a cop must stop him.
    Rated R. 92 minutes.
    I Married a Monster from Outer Space (1958).
    Director: Gene Fowler Jr.
    Cast: Tom Tryon, Gloria Talbott, Ken Lynch, Maxie Rosenbloom.
    B & W. 78 minutes.
    Plot: A young woman discovers that her new husband belongs to a race of alien beings with plans to repopulate their planet by having children with Earth women.
    I Was a Zombie for the FBI (1982).
    Director: Marius Penczner.
    Cast: James Raspberry, Larry Raspberry.
    B & W. 105 minutes.
    Plot: Satire about alien invaders seeking a top-secret cola formula who pollute the world’s soft drink industry in the process.
    Ice Pirates (1984).
    Director: Stewart Raffill.
    Cast: Robert Urich, Mary Crosby, John Matuszak, Anjelica Huston, John Carradine.
    Rated PG. 91 minutes.
    Plot: Set in outer space in the far future, when the universe has run out of water.
    The Incredible Melting Man (1978).
    Director: William Sachs.
    Cast: Alex Rebar, Burr DeBenning, Myron Healey, Ann Sweeney.
    Rated R. 86 minutes.
    Plot: During a dangerous space mission, an astronaut contracts an illness that causes his flesh to melt upon his return to Earth.
    Independence Day (1996).
    Director: Roland Emmerich.
    Cast: Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica Fox.
    Rated R.
    Plot: An alien armada arrives on Earth and kills billions of people, but on the 4th of July, the earthlings fight back.
    Infra-Man (1976).
    Director: Hua-Shan.
    Rated PG. 89 minutes.
    Plot: An astronaut is transformed by radiation into a bionic superhero who protects the world from monsters sent from inner Earth.
    Intruders (1992).
    Director: Dan Curtis.
    Cast: Richard Crenna, Mare Winningham, Susan Blakely, Daphne Ashbrook.
    Made for TV. 163 minutes.
    Plot: Two sisters undergo hyponotic regression and convince a psychiatrist that they have been repeatedly abducted by aliens, since childhood.
    Invader (1991).
    Director: Philip J. Cook.
    Cast: Hans Bachman, A. Thomas Smith, Rich Foucheux, John Cooke, Robert Diedermann, Allison Sheehy, Ralph Bluemke.
    Rated R. 95 minutes.
    Plot: A reporter sent to cover a strange massacre of soldiers realizes that the soldiers have been taken over by aliens. In order to turn in the news story, he must fight for survival.
    The Invaders (1995).
    Director: Paul Shapiro.
    Cast: Scott Bakula, Elizabeth Pena, Richard Thomas, Delane Matthews, Richard Belzer, Roy Thinnes.
    Not rated. 180 minutes.
    Plot: A pilot discovers a plan to destroy the Earth’s ecology so that humanoid aliens can colonize it. He and a beautiful scientist race to convince the government of the global threat.
    Invaders From Mars (1953).
    Director: William Cameron Menzies.
    Cast: Helena Carter, Jimmy Hunt, Leif Erickson, Arthur Franz.
    78 minutes.
    Plot: A boy sees a flying saucer land in a nearby field, but no one will believe him.
    Invaders from Mars (1986).
    Director: Tobe Hooper.
    Cast: Karen Black, Hunter Carson, Timothy Bottoms, Laraine Newman, James Karen, Louise Fletcher, Bud Cort.
    Rated PG-13. 94 minutes.
    Plot: A remake of the 1953 film, where a boy battles Martians who have taken over his parents and threaten to destroy the world.
    Invasion of the Animal People (1962).
    Director: Virgil Vogel, Jerry Warren.
    Cast: Robert Burton, Barbara Wilson, John Carradine (narrator).
    B & W. 73 minutes.
    Plot: Extraterrestrial visitors assume the form of animals.
    Invasion of the Bee Girls (1973).
    Director: Denis Sanders.
    Cast: Victoria Vetri, William Smith, Cliff Osmond, Anitra Ford.
    Rated PG. 85 minutes.
    Plot: Strange female invaders affect the male population of a small California town. Wacky spoof — not for kids.
    Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956).
    Director: Don Siegel.
    Cast: Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter, Carolyn Jones, King Donovan.
    B & W. 80 minutes.
    Plot: Disturbingly frightening film about humans being taken over by cold, emotionless pods from outer space.
    Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978).
    Director: Phil Kaufman.
    Cast: Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Leonard Nimoy, Jeff Goldblum, Veronica Cartwright.
    Rated PG. 115 minutes.
    Plot: Semi-sequel to the 1956 film. This one is set in San Francisco, where the “seeds” from outer space are duplicating and destroying the Bay Area residents at an alarming rate.
    Invasion Earth-The Aliens are Here (1987).
    Director: George Maitland.
    Cast: Janis Fabian, Christian Lee, Mel Welles.
    Not rated. 84 minutes.
    Plot: While two ten-year-old boys sit through a monster movie marathon, preparations are being made to destroy the Earth. When an alien projectionist takes over the audience, the boys must rid the town of the real monsters.
    Invasion of the Neptune Men (1963).
    Cast: Sonny Chiba.
    Not rated. B & W. 82 minutes.
    Plot: A superhero streaks through outer space conquering invaders from other planets.
    Invasion of the Saucermen (1957).
    Director: Edward L. Cahn.
    Cast: Gloria Castillo, Frank Gorshin, Raymond Hatton.
    Not rated. B & W.
    Plot: A teenaged couple sees a flying saucer land in a nearby field, but no one believes them.
    Invasion UFO (1980).
    Director: Gerry Anderson, David Lane, David Tomblin.
    Cast: Ed Bishop, George Sewell, Michael Billington.
    97 minutes.
    Plot: Based on the short-lived television series about an alien invasion.
    It Came From Outer Space (1953).
    Director: Jack Arnold.
    Cast: Richard Carlson, Barbara Rush, Charles Drake.
    B & W. 81 minutes.
    Plot: Ray Bradbury story about aliens crash-landing and taking over human bodies so that they can repair their ship unnoticed.
    It Conquered the World (1956).
    Director: Roger Corman.
    Cast: Peter Graves, Beverly Garland, Lee Van Cleef, Sally Fraser.
    B & W. 70 minutes.
    Plot: B-movie about aliens who follow a failed satellite back to Earth. A scientist helps them hide in a cavern, but discovers their intentions are evil.
    It! The Terror From Beyond Space (1958).
    Director: Edward L. Cahn.
    Cast: Marshall Thompson, Ann Doran.
    B & W. 69 minutes.
    Plot: A spaceship returning from Mars in 1973 carries an alien hitchhiker that kills the crew, one by one. Supposedly the inspiration for Alien.
    J

    Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959).
    Director: Henry Levin.
    Cast: Pat Boone, James Mason, Arlene Dahl, Diane Baker.
    Rated G. 130 minutes.
    Plot: Based on a Jules Verne story about a team of scientists who travel to the Earth’s core and discover the lost city of Atlantis.
    Journey to the Far Side of the Sun (1969).
    Director: Robert Parrish.
    Cast: Roy Thinnes, Lynn Loring, Herbert Lom, Patrick Wymark, Ian Hendry.
    99 minutes.
    Plot: Scientists in the future discover a “duplicate” Earth on the other side of the sun and set out to explore it.
    Jungle Hell (1955).
    Cast: Sabu.
    B & W. Not rated.
    Plot: Aliens in a flying saucer terrorize a tribe of natives in the jungle.
    K

    Killers From Space (1954).
    Director: W. Lee Wilder.
    Cast: Peter Graves, James Seay.
    B & W. 68 minutes.
    Plot: Aliens with ping-pong balls for eyes raise a human scientist from the dead to have him spy on Earth for them.
    The Killings at Outpost Zeta (1980).
    Director:
    Cast:
    Not rated. 92 minutes.
    Plot: A team of scientists investigating the disappearance of several space missions finds alien volcanic rock monsters roaming the planet called Outpost Zeta.
    Kronos (1957).
    Director: Kurt Neumann.
    Cast: Jeff Morrow, Barbara Lawrence.
    B & W. 78 minutes.
    Plot: A power-depleted alien civilization sends a robot to Earth to test the Earth’s potential for supplying energy to them. As the robot absorbs energy, it grows, and scientists must find a way to stop it.
    L

    Laboratory (1980).
    Cast: Corinne Michaels.
    Not rated. 93 minutes.
    Plot: The human race is threatened by alien scientists who have placed five of their test subjects on Earth.
    Laserblast (1978).
    Director: Michael Raye.
    Cast: Kim Milford, Cheryl Smith, Roddy McDowall, Keenan Wynn.
    Rated PG. 90 minutes.
    Plot: A young man accidentally discovers an alien ray-gun left on Earth and wreaks havoc.
    The Last Starfighter (1984).
    Director: Nick Castle.
    Cast: Lance Guest, Robert Preston, Dan O’Herlihy, Catherine Mary Stewart, Barbara Bosson.
    Rated PG. 100 minutes.
    Plot: An 18-year-old boy with a talent for video games is recruited by an alien to do battle in space.
    Lifeforce (1985).
    Director: Tobe Hooper.
    Cast: Steve Railsback, Peter Firth, Mathilda May, Frank Finlay, Michael Gothard.
    Rated R. 96 minutes.
    Plot: Ancient vampires from outer space return to Earth via Halley’s Comet and prey on the citizens of London.
    Lifepod (1978).
    Cast: Joe Penny.
    Not rated. 94 minutes.
    Plot: After a computer takes over a spaceship, the passengers seek refuge in a lifepod (a space-age life boat) as they plot to regain control of the ship.
    Lifepod (1993).
    Director: Ron Silver.
    Cast: Robert Loggia, Stan Shaw, Ron Silver.
    Not rated. 120 minutes.
    Plot: After disaster strikes on a luxury space-liner on its way home to Earth, hundreds of its passengers board lifepods. Unfortunately, a murderer is among them.
    Lost in Space (TV Series) (1965-1968).
    Director: Leo Penn, Alexander Singer, Tony Leader.
    Cast: Guy Williams, June Lockhart, Mark Goddard, Jonathan Harris, Marta Kristen, Angela Cartwright, Billy Mumy.
    60 minutes.
    Plot: Television series about a family exloring space.
    Lost in Space (1998)
    Director: Stephen Hopkins
    Cast: William Hurt, Mimi Rogers, Heather Graham, Lacey Chabert, Jack Johnson
    Plot: The United Global Space Force sends Professor John Robinson and family on a promotional space jaunt to herald the “offshore” future for the human race now saddled with eco problems on Earth.
    Rated PG-13. 131 minutes.
    The Lost Planet (1953).
    Director: Spencer Gordon Bennet.
    Cast: Judd Heldren, Vivian Mason.
    B & W. Serial–15 chapters.
    Plot: Human reporters battle an evil scientist and his allies from the planet Ergro.
    M

    Mac and Me (1988).
    Director: Stewart Raffill.
    Cast: Christine Ebersole, Jonathan Ward, Jade Calegory, Katrina Caspary.
    Rated PG. 99 minutes.
    Plot: An alien creature accidentally spotted by an American space probe and brought back to Earth is befriended by a handicapped boy, who eventually helps him return to his own planet.
    The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976).
    Director: Nicolas Roeg.
    Cast: David Bowie, Rip Torn, Candy Clark, Buck Henry.
    Rated R. 140 minutes.
    Plot: An alien comes to Earth in search of water for his planet and becomes a successful businessman.
    Marooned (1969).
    Director: John Sturges.
    Cast: Gregory Peck, Richard Crenna, David Janssen, Gene Hackman, James Franciscus, Lee Grant.
    Rated PG. 134 minutes.
    Plot: Tale of three astronauts stranded in space and the attempts to return them safely to Earth.
    Mars Attacks! (1996).
    Director: Tim Burton.
    Cast: Nearly 20 stars, including Jack Nicholson, Glenn Close, Annette Bening, Danny DeVito, Pierce Brosnan, Martin Short, Michael J. Fox, Sarah Jessica Parker, Natalie Portman, Lukas Haas, Rod Steiger, and yes, Tom Jones as himself.
    Rated PG-13. 100 minutes.
    Plot: Martians come to Earth and gleefully terrorize its inhabitants.
    Mars Needs Women (1966).
    Director: Larry Buchanan.
    Cast: Tommy Kirk.
    Not rated . 80 minutes.
    Plot: A Martian mission is sent to Earth to capture women for breeding, and if the Earth resists it will be destroyed.
    The Martian Chronicles, Parts I-III (1979).
    Director: Michael Anderson.
    Cast: Rock Hudson, Darren McGavin, Gayle Hunnicutt, Bernadette Peters, Nicholas Hammond, Roddy McDowell.
    314 minutes.
    Plot: Mankind colonizes Mars, in an adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s bestseller.
    Masters of Venus (1962).
    B & W. Not rated.
    Plot: Spacemen land on Venus and discover it is already populated by the survivors of Atlantis.
    Menace from Outer Space (1953).
    Cast: Richard Crane, Sally Mansfield.
    B & W. Not rated.
    Plot: Space rangers rally their forces against a runaway comet.
    Men in Black (1997)
    Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
    Cast: Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Linda Fiorentino
    Plot: Secret government ’employees’ monitor the immigration and lives of all aliens that visit Earth.
    Men into Space (1959)
    Director: Franklin Adreon and Richard Carlson
    Cast: William Lundigan, Joyce Taylor, Angie Dickinson
    Plot: A television series based on the explorations of Colonel Ed McCauley. The show attempted to show the real qualities of space, instead of the typical characteristics of a science fiction film.
    Metallica.
    Director: Al Brady.
    Cast: Sharon Baker, Chris Avran.
    Not rated. 90 minutes.
    Plot: A rebel civilization from a far-off galaxy organizes a mission to capture and exploit the planet Earth.
    Metamorphosis — the Alien Factor (1993).
    Director: Glenn Takakjian.
    Cast: Tara Leigh, Tony Gigante, Dianna Flaherty, Katherine Romaine, Marcus Powell.
    Rated R. 98 minutes.
    Plot: After a laboratory accident involving genetic research on organic samples from outer space, one of the scientists begins mutating.
    Meteor (1979).
    Director: Ronald Neame.
    Cast: Sean Connery, Natalie Wood, Karl Malden, Brian Keith, Henry Fonda.
    Rated PG. 103 minutes.
    Plot: A comet strikes an asteroid and sends a five-mile wide meteor on a collision course with Earth.
    Midnight Movie Massacre (1988).
    Director: Mark Stock.
    Cast: Robert Clarke, Ann Robinson.
    Not rated. 86 minutes.
    Plot: A flying saucer lands behind a movie theater and the multi-tentacled monster it was carrying begins eating members of the audience one by one.
    Missile to the Moon (1958).
    Director: Richard Cunha.
    Cast: Richard Travis, Cathy Downes, K.T. Stevens, Michael Whalen, Tommy Cook, Gary Clarke.
    B & W. 78 minutes.
    Plot: An expedition to the moon arrives and finds a sinister woman presiding over a race of moon-women.
    Mission Galactica: The Cyclon Attack (1979).
    Director: Vince Edwards.
    Cast: Lorne Greene, Dirk Benedict.
    108 minutes.
    Plot: The commander of the Battlestar Galactica must take action when the Galactica is stranded without fuel and open to enemy attack.
    Mission Mars (1968).
    Director: Nicholas Webster.
    Cast: Darren McGavin, Nick Adams.
    95 minutes.
    Plot: A trio of astronauts on their way to Mars battle mysterious forces, both seen and unseen.
    Mission Stardust (1968).
    Director: Primo Zeglio.
    Cast: Essy Persson, Lang Jeffries, John Karlsen.
    Rated G. 90 minutes.
    Plot: Imaginative European adventure involving a man who travels to the moon and encounters a race of aliens led by a beautiful blonde who needs human blood.
    Moon 44 (1990).
    Director: Roland Emmerich.
    Cast: Michael Pare, Lisa Eichhorn, Malcolm McDowell.
    Rated R. 102 minutes.
    Plot: In the year 2038, the Earth has run out of natural resources and has begun mining on other planets. A renegade company is attacking the interplanetary shuttles and must be stopped.
    Moon Trap (1989).
    Director: Robert Dyke.
    Cast: Walter Koenig, Bruce Campbell.
    Rated R. 92 minutes.
    Plot: Two astronauts find a fourteen-thousand-year-old race of aliens on the moon.
    Mosquito (1995).
    Director: Gary Jones.
    Cast: Gunnar Hansen, Ron Asheton, Steve Dixon.
    Rated PG-13. 92 minutes.
    Plot: Aliens change ordinary mosquitos into bloodthirsty mutants.
    Muppets From Space (1999).
    Director: Tim Hill.
    Cast: Jeffery Tambor, Andie MacDowell.
    Muppeteers:Dave Golez, Steve Whitmire, Bill Baretta, Frank Oz.
    Rated G. 87 minutes.
    Plot: Gonzo stars in a hilarious adventure to find what his true origin is. Supported by a wonderful cast of old muppet friends and some new faces, this whimsical comedy has appeal enough for both the young and the old at heart.
    Murder By Moonlight (1989).
    Director: Michael Lindsay-Hogg.
    Cast: Julian Sands, Brigitte Nielsen, Brian Cox, Gerald McRaney.
    Rated PG-13. 100 minutes.
    Plot: Detective thriller set on the moon in the year 2015 A.D. A KGB agent and a NASA investigator team up to track down an international terrorist.
    Murder in Space (1985).
    Director: Steven H. Stern.
    Cast: Wilford Brimley, Michael Ironside, Martin Balsam, Arthur Hill.
    Made for TV. 95 minutes.
    Plot: Murder mystery about nine crew members of an international space mission being killed one by one.
    The Mysterians (1959).
    Director: Inoshiro Honda.
    Cast: Kenji Sahara.
    85 minutes.
    Plot: Aliens try to take over the Earth after their own planet is destroyed.
    Mysterious Planet (1984).
    Not rated. 80 minutes.
    Plot: “Battle on a strange planet” thriller, full of spaceships, creatures, and laser guns.
    N

    Night of the Comet (1984).
    Director: Thom Eberhardt.
    Cast: Geoffrey Lewis, Mary Woronov, Catherine Mary Stewart.
    Rated PG-13. 94 minutes.
    Plot: A comet kills most of the people of Earth instantly. The few survivors are turned into flesh-eating zombies, which two unaffected Valley-girl sisters must combat.
    Nightfall (1988).
    Director: Paul Mayersberg.
    Cast: David Birney, Sarah Douglas, Alexis Kanner, Andra Millian.
    Rated PG-13. 83 minutes.
    Plot: When the suns of a land that has never known nightfall set, a cult prophesizes that the phenomenon signals the end of the world. Based on a story by Isaac Asimov.
    Nightflyers (1987).
    Director: T. C. Blake.
    Cast: Catherine Mary Stewart, Michael Praed, John Standing, Lisa Blount, Michael Des Barres.
    Rated R. 90 minutes.
    Plot: A crew of space explorers are confronted by an evil presence aboard an ancient space freighter, and a series of “accidents” befall the members of the crew.
    Not of this Earth (1988).
    Director: Jim Wynorski.
    Cast: Traci Lords, Arthur Roberts, Lenny Juliano, Rebecca Perle.
    Rated R. 82 minutes.
    Plot: A woman discovers that her boss is a blood-sucking alien, and she must save the world from destruction.
    Nukie (1993).
    Director: Sias Odendal.
    Cast: Glynis Johns, Steve Railsback, Ronald France.
    Rated PG. 99 minutes.
    Plot: A benevolent alien arrives in an African country to search for his brother who has been captured by the U.S. government. Two African boys help the alien travel across Africa as American agents try to stop him.
    O

    Official Denial (1993).
    Director: Brian Trenchard-Smith.
    Cast: Parker Stevenson, Dirk Benedict, Erin Gray, Chad Everett.
    Not rated. 86 minutes.
    Plot: Aliens abduct and release a human being, who later becomes their only hope of escaping the military after their spaceship crashes.
    The Omega Imperative (1968).
    Director: Alan Smithee.
    Cast: Aaron “Hatch” Haspell.
    Not rated. 62 minutes.
    Plot: While solving crossword puzzles, a man stumbles upon a plot between the government and aliens.
    Outbreak (1995)
    Director: Wolfgang Petersen
    Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey, Cuba Gooding Jr.
    Plot: In this biological thriller, a virulent African disease is accidentally brought to the United States. It is up to Colonel Sam Daniels and his crack team of Army medical researchers to find the source and contain it before it kills everyone in the country.
    Rated R. 127 minutes.
    Outland (1981).
    Director: Peter Hyams.
    Cast: Sean Connery, Peter Boyle, Frances Sternhagen.
    Rated R. 109 minutes.
    Plot: Sean Connery stars as the marshall on an outer-space mining colony who discovers a secret that threatens the sanity of the miners working there.
    P

    Pajama Party (1964)
    Director: Don Weis
    Cast: Tommy Kirk, Annette Funicello, Elsa Lanchester, Jody McCrea, Buster Keaton, Harvey Lembeck
    Plot: An alien martian studies how humans get it on.
    Not Rated. 82 minutes.
    Peacemaker (1990).
    Director: Kevin S. Tenney.
    Cast: Robert Forster, Lance Edwards, Hilary Shepard, Robert Davi.
    Rated R. 89 minutes.
    Plot: An interplanetary serial killer is hunted down on Earth by a policeman from his planet, but no one can tell them apart.
    The People (1971).
    Director: John Korty.
    Cast: William Shatner, Dan O’Herlihy, Diane Varsi, Kim Darby.
    Made for TV. 71 minutes.
    Plot: Story about a group of psychically talented aliens who must survive on Earth after their home world is destroyed.
    The Phantom Empire (1935).
    Director: Otto Brewer, B. Reeves Eason.
    Cast: Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette.
    B & W. Not rated. 250 minutes (12 episodes).
    Plot: The first sci-fi serial of the sound era. Features the singing cowboy battling robots, mad scientists, and “unearthly terrors.”
    The Phantom Planet (1961).
    Director: William Marshall.
    Cast: Richard Kiel, Coleen Gray.
    B & W. Not rated. 82 minutes.
    Plot: “Gulliver’s Travels” in space. An astronaut lands on an asteroid populated by 6-inch tall humanoids and helps them battle their monster attackers.
    Phantom from Space (1953).
    Director: W. Lee Wilder.
    Cast: Ted Cooper, Rudolph Anders, Noreen Nash.
    B & W. 72 minutes.
    Plot: A group of people in an observatory are terrorized by an invisible alien.
    Phoenix (1995).
    Cast: Stephen Nichols, Billly Drago, William Sanderson, Brad Dourif.
    Not rated.
    Plot: A man-made killing machine on a deep-space outpost begins to think for itself, and its creators must destroy it.
    Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959).
    Director: Edward D. Wood Jr.
    Cast: Bela Lugosi, Gregory Walcott, Tom Keene, Duke Moore, Mona McKinnon.
    B & W. 79 minutes.
    Plot: Considered to be the worst film ever made. Hilariously bad, it attempts to deliver an antiwar message as well as thrills and chills, but does not succeed. I watched the whole thing, and I’m still not sure what the plot is.
    Planet of Blood (1966).
    Director: Curtis Harrington.
    Cast: John Saxon, Basil Rathbone, Judi Meredith, Dennis Hopper, Florence Marly.
    81 minutes.
    Plot: An expedition to Mars investigating a spaceship crash rescues a strange mute alien, not realizing that she’s the vampire who wiped out the previous ship.
    Planet of the Apes (1968).
    Director: Franklin J. Schaffner.
    Cast: Charlton Heston, Kim Hunter, Roddy McDowall, Maurice Evans.
    Rated PG. 112 minutes.
    Plot: The first in the series. Astronauts land on a far-off planet and find it is ruled by apes who treat humans like animals.
    Planet of the Dinosaurs (1978).
    Director: James K. Shea.
    Cast: James Whitworth.
    Rated PG. 85 minutes.
    Plot: A spaceship crashes on a planet inhabited by dinosaurs and its crew must fight for their lives.
    Planet on the Prowl (1965).
    Director: Anthony M. Dawson.
    Cast: Giacomo Rossi-Stuart.
    80 minutes.
    Plot: A runaway planet.
    Planets Against Us (1961).
    Cast: Michael Lemoine.
    Not rated.
    Plot: Aliens invade Earth, murder humans, and assume their forms as they plot to sabotage the planet.
    Predator (1987).
    Director: John McTiernan.
    Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura, Bill Duke, Sonny Landham, Carl Weathers, Richard Chaves, Elpidia Carrillo.
    Rated R. 107 minutes.
    Plot: Arnold Schwarzenegger and his men are recruited by the CIA to fight an enemy in a Latin American jungle that is not of this Earth.
    Predator 2 (1990).
    Director: Stephen Hopkins.
    Cast: Danny Glover, Gary Busey, Ruben Blades, Maria Conchita Alonso, Bill Paxton, Robert Davi, Kent McCord, Morton Downey Jr.
    Rated R. 105 minutes.
    Plot: The invisible creature from another world is back, this time in Los Angeles.
    Prince of Space (1959).
    B & W. Not rated.
    Plot: When evil aliens from outer space try to take over the world, the Prince of Space must stop them.
    Prisoners of the Lost Universe (1983).
    Director: Terry Marcel.
    Cast: Richard Hatch, Kay Lenz, John Saxon.
    Not rated. 94 minutes.
    Plot: Three people are transported to a parallel universe, and they must use modern technology and archaic weaponry as they fight to return to their world.
    Project: Alien (1990).
    Cast: Michael Nouri, Maxwell Caulfield, Darlanne Fluegel, Charles Durning.
    Rated R. 92 minutes.
    Plot: Rumors of UFOs, mutilations, and mysterious disappearances are investigated by reporters and high-level officials, but time is running out.
    Project: Genesis (1993).
    Director: Philip Jackson.
    Cast: David Ferry, Olga Prokhorova.
    Not rated. 79 minutes.
    Plot: A human man and an alien woman must overcome their differences and learn to love in order to save their warring species.
    Project Moon Base (1953).
    Director: Richard Talmadge.
    Cast: Ross Ford, Donna Martell, James Craven.
    B & W. 53 minutes.
    Plot: America’s first woman astronaut, her male co-pilot, and an evil infiltrator are all en route to disaster on the moon’s surface.
    Psi Factor.
    Cast: Peter Mark Richman, Gretchen Corbett.
    Not rated. 91 minutes.
    Plot: A civilian researcher working at the NASA space track station observes and records signals from a distant planet, which then attempts to make contact with him. This results in a government cover-up and a visit from the aliens.
    The Puppet Masters (1994).
    Director: Stuart Orme.
    Cast: Donald Sutherland, Eric Thal, Julie Warner, Yaphet Kotto, Keith David, Will Patton, Richard Belzer, Tom Mason.
    Rated R. 109 minutes.
    Plot: Government officials are sent to Iowa to investigate an alien landing, in which alien beings are taking over the brains of their human hosts. The officials must stop the invaders without killing the innocent humans.
    The Purple Monster Strikes (1945).
    Director: Spencer Gordon Bennet, Fred C. Brannon.
    Cast: Dennis Moore, Linda Stirling, Roy Barcroft.
    B & W. Not rated. 209 minutes (a serial of 15 episodes).
    Plot: A martian schemes to conquer the Earth and save his dying planet.
    Q

    The Quatermass Experiment (1956).
    Director: Val Guest.
    Cast: Brian Donlevy, Jack Warner, Richard Wordsworth.
    B & W. 78 minutes.
    Plot: An astronaut returns to Britain with a deadly infection from outer space that causes him to turn into a monster.
    Quatermass 2 (1957).
    Director: Val Guest.
    Cast: Brian Donlevy, Vera Day, William Franklyn.
    B & W. Not rated. 84 minutes.
    Plot: When aliens invade the bodies of government officials, Professor Quatermass must save the day.
    Queen of Outer Space (1958).
    Director: Edward L. Bernds.
    Cast: Zsa Zsa Gabor, Eric Fleming, Paul Birch.
    80 minutes.
    Plot: A U.S. rocket squadron lands on Venus to find an all-female civilization led by Zsa Zsa Gabor.
    The Quiet Earth (1985).
    Director: Geoff Murphy.
    Cast: Bruno Lawrence, Alison Routledge, Peter Smith.
    Rated R. 91 minutes.
    Plot: An error committed by workers on a secret government project cause nearly the entire population of Earth to be transferred to another dimension.
    R

    Radar Men from the Moon (1952).
    Director: Fred C. Brannon.
    Cast: George Wallace, Aline Towne, Roy Barcroft.
    B & W. Not rated. 167 minutes (a serial of 12 episodes).
    Plot: Rocketmen journey to the moon to battle aliens plotting to conquer the Earth.
    Ray Bradbury’s Chronicles — The Martian Episodes (1993).
    Cast: David Carradine, Ben Cross, John Vernon, Hal Linden, David Birney.
    Not rated. 100 minutes.
    Plot: Five journeys into interplanetary adventure, thrills, and mystery on Mars.
    Ray Gun Justice (1979).
    Director: John Herbert Dudley.
    Cast: Geoff Dudley, Martin Smith, Kimberly Hallisay, Phil Steele, Casey Fahy.
    Not rated. 88 minutes.
    Plot: A band of aliens on a desert-like planet struggle against a corrupt law enforcement officer.
    Red Planet Mars (1952).
    Director: Harry Horner.
    Cast: Peter Graves, Andrea King, Marvin Miller, Herbert Berghof, House Peters.
    B & W. Not rated. 87 minutes.
    Plot: A scientist contacts Mars using Nazi radio equipment, and is unsure whether the answer he receives comes from Martians or God, so he goes to Mars to find out.
    Return of the Aliens: The Deadly Spawn (1983).
    Rated R. 90 minutes.
    Plot: Aliens return to Earth and spread terror.
    Return of the Jedi (1983).
    Director: Richard Marquand.
    Cast: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, David Prowse, Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels, James Earl Jones.
    Rated PG. 133 minutes.
    Plot: Third film in the Star Wars series. The Rebel forces, led by Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, and Lando Calrissian, take on the evil Galactic Empire and Darth Vader.
    Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964).
    Director: Byron Haskin.
    Cast: Paul Mantee, Adam West.
    Not rated. 109 minutes.
    Plot: Tale of an astronaut and his monkey.
    Rocketship (1936).
    Cast: Buster Crabbe, Jean Rogers, Charles Middleton.
    B & W. Not rated.
    Plot: The very first Flash Gordon adventure.
    Rocketship X-M (1950).
    Director: Kurt Neumann.
    Cast: Lloyd Bridges, Hugh O’Brian, Noah Beery Jr., Osa Massen, John Emery.
    B & W. 77 minutes.
    Plot: Catastrophe occurs during a flight to the moon, causing the ship to veer off course and land on Mars, which is inhabited by mutated creatures.
    Rocky Jones, Space Ranger (1954).
    Cast: Richard Crane, Sally Mansfield.
    Vintage television series.
    B &W. Not rated. Approx. 75 minutes each tape.
    Plot: A three-part episode of the vintage television series.
    Roswell — the UFO Cover-up (1994).
    Director: Jeremy Kagan.
    Cast: Kyle MacLachlan, Martin Sheen, Dwight Yoakam, Kim Greist.
    Not rated. 91 minutes.
    Plot: A dramatization of the events that occurred in Roswell, New Mexico in 1947, the site of a UFO crash and subsequent military cover-up.
    S

    Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964).
    Director: Nicholas Webster.
    Cast: John Call, Leonard Hicks.
    80 minutes.
    Plot: Aliens kidnap Santa Claus because they don’t have one of their own.
    Satan’s Satellites (1952).
    Director: Fred C. Brannon.
    Cast: Judd Holdren, Aline Towne, Wilson Wood, Lane Bradford.
    B & W. Not rated. 70 minutes.
    Plot: An atomic superhero battles invading aliens and earthly bad guys in a special flight suit.
    Saturn 3 (1980).
    Director: Stanley Donen.
    Cast: Kirk Douglas, Farrah Fawcett, Harvey Keitel.
    Rated R. 88 minutes.
    Plot: Two research scientists are living happily on a space station until a hostile killer robot arrives.
    The Silencers (1995).
    Director: Richard Pepin.
    Cast: Jack Scalia, Dennis Christopher, Clarence Williams III, Lucinda Weist, Carlos Lauchu.
    Rated R. 103 minutes.
    Plot: An American secret service agent discover a plot by aliens to take over the Earth. He then joins forces with an intergalactic cop to prevent the aliens from succeeding.
    Silent Running (1971).
    Director: Douglas Trumbull.
    Cast: Bruce Dern, Cliff Potts, Ron Rifkin.
    Rated G. 89 minutes.
    Plot: A futuristic space station is entrusted with the last remaining botanical specimens from Earth. In spite of an order to destroy the trees and plants, one crew member tries to save them.
    Solar Crisis (1993).
    Cast: Charlton Heston, Jack Palance, Tim Matheson, Peter Boyle, Annabel Schofield, Corin Nemec.
    Rated PG-13. 111 minutes.
    Plot: A solar flare will soon kill billions and destroy the world, unless a spaceship can evade sabotage and divert the flare.
    Solar Force (1994).
    Director: Boaz Davidson.
    Cast: Michael Pare, Walker Brandt, Billy Drago.
    Rated R. 91 minutes.
    Plot: A man hired by lunar colonists to prevent rebels from regenerating the Earth’s atmosphere changes sides when he falls in love with one of the rebels.
    Solarbabies (1986).
    Director: Alan Johnson.
    Cast: Jami Gertz, Jason Patric, Lukas Haas, Charles Durning, Sarah Douglas, Peter Deluise.
    Rated PG-13. 95 minutes.
    Plot: A group of roller-skating teens try to save an alien from destruction while rebelling against the evil power that rules their planet.
    Space 1999 (TV Series) (1974).
    Director: Ray Austin, Lee H. Katzin.
    Cast: Martin Landau, Barbara Bain, Barry Morse.
    Not rated. 92 minutes.
    Plot: An atomic explosion on the moon throws it out of orbit and forces the occupants of Moon Base Alpha to wander the stars.
    Space Mutiny (1988).
    Director: David Winters.
    Cast: Reb Brown, James Ryan, John Phillip Law, Cameron Mitchell.
    Not rated. 94 minutes.

  25. This is a great list that I’ve consulted over time to see if anyone found anything new πŸ™‚ Maybe this should become a wiki? Additions are getting harder to come by but here is one:

    The Martian Chronicles (1980)
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080242/
    “In the 21st century, Earth begins the colonization of Mars. However, things do not go as planned, at first due to the hostile Martian natives and later because of the self-destructive Earthmen.”

  26. I’m trying to identify the black & white science fiction movie that was being shown in the 42nd Street Theater in the movie “Midnight Cowboy.” I’ve replayed the scene endlessly. There is U.S spacecraft and an astronaut has gone out onto an wing or something to repair it. Some malfunctions with his torch tool and he is plunged into the void. You can hear the name “Captain Grace” being repeated. Do you know what movie I am referring to?

  27. When I was a young (late 69s-early 70s) an unknown space movie strongly influenced me because I constantly read science fiction. It was about an Intergalactic trip to a fabled, mysterious “green planet,” which promised salvation to the travelers. The Green Planet ends up being the Earth. Does anybody know what the name of this movie is and when it was made?

  28. battle for terra (animated film), millennium, jupiter ascending, the space between us (romance may be a fun category to add)

    Theres also a ton of anime like neon genesis… that may be a fun category to add?

  29. Anyone know of a movie were people living on what looks like earth, hear a loud noise every so often and go into suspended animation while their status and surroundings change?
    When they are reanimated they don’t notice the changes that have occurred, eg. a working class man and woman having dinner are transformed to middle class, their meal, furniture, room etc also upgrade.
    For some other people this sound has no affect and they witness what goes on.
    They also have a postcard of a sunny beach which they go in search for, where ever they are it is always cloudy/overcast and rainy with no sunshine.
    I seen this movie on TV channel 4 in the UK in the 90’s.

      1. You never know. Plan to update this post properly at some point but new stuff is the priority for the minute!

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