Take Me to the Stars: The 10 Best Space Films on Netflix

For those of us who have our heads above the clouds, Netflix offers an interesting selection of space films to enjoy.

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Are you obsessed with space? Would you rather be stuck on Mars or deep-diving into an asteroid belt to look for a missing cargo ship? Do you want to watch films about all three?

Netflix has you covered—seriously, they always have sci-fi films—so we’re going to run through several movies set in space that are currently streaming on the platform. Everyone get ready and grab your blasters.

1. The Beyond (2017)

A British sci-fi film set in 2019, The Beyond centers on a group of astronauts who find a wormhole. When they discover something on the other side it’s a race against time to uncover what that thing is.

2. Halo: The Fall of Reach (2015)

We can’t complete this list without giving a nod to a video game tie-in. Adapted from a novel of the same name, The Fall of Reach explains the origins of the SPARTAN program and gives us some backstory on Halo’s main character, Master Chief.

I found this mini-series to be interesting in an “expanded universe” way, but just a heads up: if you haven’t played the Halo games, you might find it a bit confusing. The movie does its best to navigate this gap.

3. Pandorum (2009)

Pandorum is an older film, but it’s a bit of a sleeper hit and one of my personal favorites.

The plot of it is pretty simple. A ship carrying colonists to a new planet suffers some sort of malfunction, and some of the crew members wake up from hypersleep to discover that everyone else is missing.

At first the crew think this is the worst of their problems, but they soon discover that they’re not alone on the ship. A hostile life form has invaded, and these invaders eat people. It’s then a race to escape before they’re picked off one-by-one.

4. Godzilla 3: The Planet Eater (2018)

Godzilla: The Planet Eater is the most recent installment in Netflix’s Godzilla universe. The story follows the solider Haruo as he tries to save his people, return to Earth and achieve his life-long dream of killing Godzilla.

Unfortunately this dream is put on hold when Earth is invaded by Ghidorah: a creature even more deadly than Godzilla.

5. The Rift: The Dark Side of the Moon (2016)

The Rift is a film about an American military satellite that crash lands in Eastern Serbia. When a team of agents are sent to the crash site, they discover a strange experiment and things go haywire.

6. Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 (2017)

Real talk: who doesn’t know know about Guardians of the Galaxy? A follow-up to the original Guardians, Vol. 2 follows Quill and his team as they deal with their personal issues and the villain Ego.

7. Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)

We’ve definitely mentioned this one before. Set during the Galactic Empire, Solo is the origin story of Han Solo. It shows us how he transitioned from a runner on Corellia to an independent smuggler.

8. The Farthest: Voyager in Space (2017)

This is one of my favorite documentaries on Netflix—so much so I’ve watched it multiple times.

The Farthest follows the story of the Voyager probes from conception to completion of their mission, narrated by the scientists involved in the project. The documentary is incredibly informative, heartwarming, and inspiring, and you can tell the scientists hold nothing but love for their robotic prodigy. I might have teared up once or twice.

9. The Cloverfield Paradox (2018)

The Cloverfield Paradox is a continuation of the Cloverfield franchise. On a space station hoping to solve Earth’s energy crisis, a team of scientists test out their new reactor. This test flings them far into space along a rip in time, leading to a parallel dimension. They must then work against the clock to get home before the rip gets bigger—or any creatures come tumbling through it.

10. The Last Man on the Moon (2014)

The Last Man on the Moon is the second documentary to make the list. Released in 2014, it follows Gene Cernan and his experience as an astronaut. It also talks about how it affected him and his identity.

Is there another sci-fi film on Netflix that you want us to know about? Leave a comment! You can also check out our Star Wars movie marathon order if you’re looking for more space films to binge-watch.

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