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1. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

G | 149 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

8.3
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82 Metascore

After discovering a mysterious artifact buried beneath the Lunar surface, mankind sets off on a quest to find its origins with help from intelligent supercomputer H.A.L. 9000.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Daniel Richter

Votes: 558,202 | Gross: $56.95M

2. Aniara (2018)

R | 106 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

6.2
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61 Metascore

A spaceship carrying settlers to Mars is knocked off course, causing the consumption-obsessed passengers to consider their place in the universe.

Directors: Pella Kagerman, Hugo Lilja | Stars: Emelie Jonsson, Bianca Cruzeiro, Arvin Kananian, Anneli Martini

Votes: 2,318 | Gross: $0.04M

3. Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)

G | 132 min | Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi

6.4
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48 Metascore

When an alien spacecraft of enormous power is spotted approaching Earth, Admiral James T. Kirk resumes command of the overhauled USS Enterprise in order to intercept it.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan

Votes: 76,456 | Gross: $82.26M

4. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)

PG | 119 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

7.3
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71 Metascore

To save Earth from an alien probe, Admiral James T. Kirk and his fugitive crew go back in time to San Francisco in 1986 to retrieve the only beings who can communicate with it: humpback whales.

Director: Leonard Nimoy | Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan

Votes: 73,937 | Gross: $109.71M

5. Invader ZIM (2001–2004)

TV-Y | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

8.3
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An alien named Zim from the planet Irk is sent on a secret mission to conquer Earth, not realising that his leaders were just trying to get rid of him and hoped that he would die. Once there, Zim manages to disguise himself as a human child, but one boy named Dib sees through his disguise.

Stars: Andy Berman, Richard Steven Horvitz, Rikki Simons, Melissa Fahn

Votes: 18,560

6. Black Knight Decoded (2015 Video)

10 min | Short, Adventure, Drama

5.9
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After receiving a signal from a outer space, a father struggles to unite the world and make first contact.

Director: Jabbar Raisani | Stars: David Oyelowo, Freida Pinto, Layla Crawford, Sebastian Roché

Votes: 20

7. Odin (1985)

139 min | Animation, Sci-Fi

5.5
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A distress signal from a point near Jupiter takes the crew of the space-ship Starlight on a voyage through the sea of stars to a mysterious planet called Odin, the possible birthplace of the universe.

Directors: Takeshi Shirato, Eiichi Yamamoto, Toshio Masuda | Stars: Toshio Furukawa, Edward Glen, Keiko Han, Stacey Gregg

Votes: 141

8. Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987–1994)
Episode: Bloodlines (1994)

TV-PG | 46 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

6.6
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Picard races the Ferengi in an effort to track down the son he never knew he had.

Director: Les Landau | Stars: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn

Votes: 1,452

9. Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987–1994)
Episode: Contagion (1989)

TV-PG | 46 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

7.7
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Encountering the superior technology of a very ancient race creates system malfunctions for a doomed Federation starship, for the Enterprise, and for an eavesdropping Romulan warbird.

Director: Joseph L. Scanlan | Stars: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn

Votes: 1,998

10. Doctor Who (2005– )
Episode: Planet of the Dead (2009)

TV-PG | 59 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

7.5
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A meeting in a London bus with jewel thief Lady Christina takes a turn for the worst for the Doctor when the bus takes a detour to a desert-like planet, where the deadly Swarm awaits.

Director: James Strong | Stars: David Tennant, Michelle Ryan, Lee Evans, Noma Dumezweni

Votes: 3,658

11. Star Trek: Enterprise (2001–2005)
Episode: The Expanse (2003)

TV-PG | 43 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

8.4
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An unknown probe fires on Earth from space, cutting a swath from Florida to Venezuela. Everything in the path of the attack was destroyed, resulting in the deaths of seven million humans ... See full summary »

Director: Allan Kroeker | Stars: Scott Bakula, John Billingsley, Jolene Blalock, Dominic Keating

Votes: 940

12. Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987–1994)
Episode: The Inner Light (1992)

TV-PG | 45 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

9.5
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Picard awakes to find himself living in a small village where he is a well-known member of the community who is suffering from a delusion of being a starship captain.

Director: Peter Lauritson | Stars: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn

Votes: 4,878

13. Star Trek: The Animated Series (1973–1975)
Episode: The Lorelei Signal (1973)

TV-PG | 25 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

6.4
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Female crew members must take over the Enterprise when the men are incapacitated by a race of sirens.

Director: Hal Sutherland | Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, George Takei

Votes: 467

14. Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987–1994)
Episode: The Nth Degree (1991)

TV-PG | 45 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

8.1
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When assigned to investigate an unknown probe, Lt. Barclay is electrocuted through a shuttlecraft's computer, where he receives an unexplainable boost of confidence and a vast increase in his knowledge.

Director: Robert Legato | Stars: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn

Votes: 1,976

15. Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987–1994)
Episode: When the Bough Breaks (1988)

TV-PG | 45 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

6.4
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A planet that was able to cloak itself for thousands of years suddenly reveals itself, with its inhabitants proposing peace. But, after initial negotiations, children of the Enterprise are kidnapped due to the infertility of the inhabitants.

Director: Kim Manners | Stars: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, Denise Crosby

Votes: 2,041



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