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Spaceballs (1987)
Adventure, Comedy, Sci-fi

Spaceballs (1987)

King Roland of the planet Druidia is trying to marry his daughter Princess Vespa to Prince Valium, but Vespa is kidnapped by the evil race of the Spaceballs. The Spaceballs ask Roland a tremendous ransom: all the air of Druidia (you see, the air of Spaceball had serious pollution problems...). The King decides to offer a generous amount of money to a space rogue, Lone Starr, to persuade him to save Vespa. What follows is the parody of a _LOT_ of famous SF movies. (Read More)

Themes:technology, courage, wedding, marriage, kidnapping
Mood:parody, spoof, satire
Locations:space, ship, desert
Characters:villain, hostage, alien
Story:desert planet, space battle, alien technology, alien space craft, planet, explosion in space, space cowboy, human in outer space, space exploration, space war, space opera, space travel, gold robot, female robot, talking robot, transforming robot, princess, king, outer space, parody of cult film

Star Wars (1977)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Star Wars (1977)

The Imperial Forces, under orders from cruel Darth Vader, hold Princess Leia hostage in their efforts to quell the rebellion against the Galactic Empire. Luke Skywalker and Han Solo, captain of the Millennium Falcon, work together with the companionable droid duo R2-D2 and C-3PO to rescue the beautiful princess, help the Rebel Alliance and restore freedom and justice to the Galaxy. (Read More)

Themes:courage
Locations:desert, space, ship
Characters:hostage, alien
Story:princess, desert planet, space battle, rescue, planet, human in outer space, space war, space opera, space travel, gold robot, talking robot, outer space, warp speed, lifting an adult into the air, escape pod, friends who live together, smuggler, extraterrestrial, wilhelm scream, android

Star Wars: Episode Vi - Return Of The Jedi (1983)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Star Wars: Episode Vi - Return Of The Jedi (1983)

Luke Skywalker battles horrible Jabba the Hut and cruel Darth Vader to save his comrades in the Rebel Alliance and triumph over the Galactic Empire. Han Solo and Princess Leia reaffirm their love and team with Chewbacca, Lando Calrissian, the Ewoks and the androids C-3PO and R2-D2 to aid in the disruption of the Dark Side and the defeat of the evil emperor. (Read More)

Locations:space, desert
Characters:alien
Story:princess, desert planet, space battle, battle, human in outer space, space opera, space travel, gold robot, talking robot, outer space, alien civilization, warp speed, lifting an adult into the air, swordplay, friends who live together, smuggler, wilhelm scream, android, planet, lifting someone into the air

Galaxy Quest (1999)
Adventure, Comedy, Sci-fi

Galaxy Quest (1999)

The sci-fi television series "Galaxy Quest", which took place aboard the intergalactic spaceship NSEA Protector, starred Jason Nesmith as suave Commander Peter Quincy Taggert, Gwen DeMarco as sexy communications person Lt. Tawny Madison (a role which consisted solely of repeating what the computer stated, much to Gwen's annoyance), Shakespearean trained Sir Alexander Dane as alien Dr. Lazarus, Fred Kwan as engineer Tech Sgt. Chen, and Tommy Webber as child gunner Laredo. Eighteen years after the series last aired, it lives on in the hearts of its rabid fans. However, it lives on in infamy for its stars, who have not been able to find meaningful acting work since. Their current lives revolve around cashing in on however those roles will afford, which usually entails attending fan conventions or worse, such as shopping mall openings. Only Jason seems to relish his lot in life, until he finds out that his co-stars detest him because of his superior attitude as "the Commander", and much of the public considers him a laughing stock. Their lives change when Jason is approached by who he thinks are convention fans asking for help. They are in reality an alien race called Thermians, led by Mathesar, who have modeled their existence after the series, which they believe to be real. When Jason and then the rest of his co-stars (along with Guy Fleegman, who was killed off before the opening credits in only one episode) go along with the Thermians, Jason's co-stars who believe they are off to yet another paying gig, they learn that they have to portray their roles for real. Without screenwriters to get them to a happy and heroic ending, they have to trust that their play acting will work, especially in dealing with the Thermians' nemesis, General Sarris. Guy in particular fears that he will go the way his character did on the series. But when they run across technical issues that they as actors didn't care anything about during the filming of the series and thus now don't know how to deal with, they need to find someone who should know what to do. (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping
Mood:parody, spoof, satire
Locations:space, desert
Characters:hostage, alien
Story:space battle, human in outer space, space war, space travel, spaceship, outer space, unlikely hero, sci fi spoof, warp speed, escape pod, shapeshifting, extraterrestrial, teleportation, planet, spacecraft, creature, good versus evil, battle, rescue, hero

Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) is one of the best movies like Spaceballs (1987)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia and Chewbacca face attack by the Imperial forces and its AT-AT walkers on the ice planet Hoth. While Han and Leia escape in the Millennium Falcon, Luke travels to Dagobah in search of Yoda. Only with the Jedi master's help will Luke survive when the dark side of the Force beckons him into the ultimate duel with Darth Vader. (Read More)

Locations:space
Characters:villain, alien
Story:princess, space battle, planet, human in outer space, space war, space opera, space travel, gold robot, talking robot, duel, outer space, rescue, friends who live together, smuggler, wilhelm scream, android, spacecraft, character's point of view camera shot, creature, spaceship

Jupiter Ascending (2015)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Jupiter Ascending (2015)

Jupiter Jones was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning other people's houses and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine Wise, a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along - her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos. This is why Jupiter Ascending (2015) is one of the best movies like Spaceballs (1987). (Read More)

Themes:courage, wedding, marriage, kidnapping
Locations:space
Characters:hostage, alien
Story:space battle, human in outer space, space opera, space travel, outer space, unlikely hero, alien civilization, alien contact, bravery, damsel in distress, android, planet, spacecraft, creature, spaceship, good versus evil, robot, battle, rescue, shootout

Alien: Covenant (2017)
Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Alien: Covenant (2017)

Almost eleven years after the futile and disastrous expedition on the distant moon LV-223, the deep-space colonisation vessel Covenant equipped with more than 2,000 colonists in cryogenic hibernation, sets a course for the remote planet Origae-6 with the intention to build a new world. Instead, a rogue transmission will entice the crew to a nearby habitable small planet which resembles The Earth. The unsuspecting members of Covenant will have to cope with biological foes, beyond human comprehension. Ultimately, what was intended as a peaceful exploratory mission, will soon turn into a desperate rescue operation deep into the cold infinite space. (Read More)

Locations:space, ship
Characters:hostage, alien
Story:planet, alien technology, alien space craft, space exploration, space travel, outer space, unlikely hero, xenomorph, extraterrestrial, android, spacecraft, cowboy hat, cult director, obscene finger gesture, character's point of view camera shot, actor playing multiple roles, creature, spaceship, subjective camera, robot

Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)

Two decades after the freak alien invasion that nearly destroyed mankind a new threat emerges. This Alien mothership is more than twice the size as the last one and once again, the world's armies must band together to save the world. Do they have enough firepower or will this battle change and will aliens take over? (Read More)

Themes:technology, courage
Locations:space, ship, desert
Characters:alien
Story:space battle, alien technology, space travel, outer space, alien civilization, alien contact, alien invasion, high tech, bravery, planet, spacecraft, ufo, president, character's point of view camera shot, creature, spaceship, weapon, good versus evil, subjective camera, battle

Star Trek: Beyond (2016) is one of the best movies like Spaceballs (1987)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

Star Trek: Beyond (2016)

After stopping off at Starbase Yorktown, a remote outpost on the fringes of Federation space, the USS Enterprise, halfway into their five-year mission, is destroyed by an unstoppable wave of unknown aliens. With the crew stranded on an unknown planet and with no apparent means of rescue, they find themselves fighting against a ruthless enemy with a well-earned hatred of the Federation and everything it stands for. Only a rebellious alien warrior can help them reunite and leave the planet to stop this deadly menace from beginning a possible galactic war. (Read More)

Themes:courage, kidnapping
Locations:space
Characters:alien, hostage
Story:space battle, alien technology, planet, human in outer space, space opera, space travel, outer space, alien civilization, warp speed, escape pod, wilhelm scream, teleportation, bravery, spacecraft, creature, spaceship, weapon, good versus evil, battle, rescue

Independence Day (1996)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Independence Day (1996)

On July 2nd, communications systems worldwide are sent into chaos by a strange atmospheric interference. It is soon learned by the military that a number of enormous objects are on a collision course with Earth. At first thought to be meteors, they are later revealed to be gigantic spacecraft, piloted by a mysterious alien species. After attempts to communicate with the aliens go nowhere, David Levinson, an ex-scientist turned cable technician, discovers that the aliens are going to attack major points around the globe in less than a day. On July 3rd, the aliens all but obliterate New York, Los Angeles and Washington, as well as Paris, London, Houston and Moscow. The survivors set out in convoys towards Area 51, a strange government testing ground where it is rumored the military has a captured alien spacecraft of their own. The survivors devise a plan to fight back against the enslaving aliens, and July 4th becomes the day humanity will fight for its freedom. July 4th is their Independence Day... (Read More)

Themes:technology, courage, wedding, marriage
Locations:desert
Characters:alien
Story:president, space battle, alien technology, alien space craft, spacecraft, human in outer space, space travel, outer space, alien contact, alien invasion, motor home, high tech, statue of liberty new york city, extraterrestrial, bravery, planet, ufo, creature, spaceship, man with glasses

Star Wars: Episode Vii - The Force Awakens (2015)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Star Wars: Episode Vii - The Force Awakens (2015)

30 years after the defeat of Darth Vader and the Empire, Rey, a scavenger from the planet Jakku, finds a BB-8 droid that knows the whereabouts of the long lost Luke Skywalker. Rey, as well as a rogue stormtrooper and two smugglers, are thrown into the middle of a battle between the Resistance and the daunting legions of the First Order. This is why Star Wars: Episode Vii - The Force Awakens (2015) is one of the best movies like Spaceballs (1987). (Read More)

Themes:courage, kidnapping
Locations:desert
Characters:hostage, alien
Story:desert planet, space battle, planet, human in outer space, space opera, space travel, talking robot, outer space, unlikely hero, warp speed, smuggler, wilhelm scream, flamethrower, bravery, damsel in distress, spacecraft, duel, creature, spaceship, sword fight

Man Of Steel (2013)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Man Of Steel (2013)

A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.

Themes:kidnapping
Locations:desert
Characters:hostage, alien
Story:space battle, planet, space exploration, space war, space travel, outer space, alien civilization, alien contact, alien invasion, hero, escape pod, wilhelm scream, damsel in distress, spacecraft, ufo, character's point of view camera shot, creature, spaceship, man with glasses, good versus evil

Rogue One (2016) is one of the best movies like Spaceballs (1987)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Rogue One (2016)

All looks lost for the Rebellion against the Empire as they learn of the existence of a new super weapon, the Death Star. Once a possible weakness in its construction is uncovered, the Rebel Alliance must set out on a desperate mission to steal the plans for the Death Star. The future of the entire galaxy now rests upon its success. (Read More)

Themes:courage, kidnapping
Locations:space, desert
Characters:hostage, alien
Story:space battle, space war, space opera, space travel, outer space, weapon, warp speed, escape pod, wilhelm scream, bravery, planet, spacecraft, character's point of view camera shot, creature, spaceship, good versus evil, subjective camera, robot, battle, rescue

Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Star Trek: First Contact (1996)

In the 24th century, the crew of the Enterprise-E has been ordered to patrol the Romulan Neutral Zone by the Federation to avoid interference with their battle against the insidious Borg. Witnessing the loss of the battle, Captain Jean-Luc Picard ignores orders and takes command of the fleet engaging the Borg. But the Borg plan to travel back into the 21st century through a vortex with the intention to stop Earth's first contact with an alien race (the Vulcans). Following the Borg sphere, Picard and his crew realize that they have taken over the Enterprise in order to carry out their mission. Their only chance to do away with the Borg and their seductive queen is to make sure that Zefram Cochrane makes his famous faster-than-light travel to the stars. (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping
Characters:alien, hostage
Story:space battle, human in outer space, space war, space opera, outer space, alien contact, alien invasion, battle, warp speed, self destruct, escape pod, wilhelm scream, teleportation, android, spacecraft, spaceship, good versus evil, robot, surprise ending, cult film

Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014)

After stealing a mysterious orb in the far reaches of outer space, Peter Quill from Earth, is now the main target of a manhunt led by the villain known as Ronan the Accuser. To help fight Ronan and his team and save the galaxy from his power, Quill creates a team of space heroes known as the "Guardians of the Galaxy" to save the world. (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping
Locations:space
Characters:villain, hostage, alien
Story:space battle, human in outer space, space opera, space travel, outer space, escape pod, smuggler, android, planet, spacecraft, creature, spaceship, sword fight, good versus evil, battle, rescue, shootout, surprise ending, chase, title spoken by character

Transformers: Dark Of The Moon (2011)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Transformers: Dark Of The Moon (2011)

Autobots Bumblebee, Ratchet, Ironhide, Mirage (aka Dino), Wheeljack (aka Que) and Sideswipe led by Optimus Prime, are back in action taking on the evil Decepticons, who are eager to avenge their recent defeat. The Autobots and Decepticons become involved in a perilous space race between the United States and Russia to reach a hidden Cybertronian spacecraft on the moon and learn its secrets, and once again Sam Witwicky has to go to the aid of his robot friends. The new villain Shockwave is on the scene while the Autobots and Decepticons continue to battle it out on Earth. This is why Transformers: Dark Of The Moon (2011) is one of the best movies like Spaceballs (1987). (Read More)

Themes:technology, kidnapping
Locations:space, desert
Characters:villain, hostage, alien
Story:space battle, alien technology, spacecraft, space travel, talking robot, transforming robot, outer space, alien invasion, shapeshifting, high tech, teleportation, planet, spaceship, weapon, good versus evil, robot, battle, rescue, shootout, chase

Aliens (1986) is one of the best movies like Spaceballs (1987)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

Aliens (1986)

57 years after Ellen Ripley had a close encounter with the reptilian alien creature from the first movie, she is called back, this time, to help a group of highly trained colonial marines fight off against the sinister extraterrestrials. But this time, the aliens have taken over a space colony on the moon LV-426. When the colonial marines are called upon to search the deserted space colony, they later find out that they are up against more than what they bargained for. Using specially modified machine guns and enough firepower, it's either fight or die as the space marines battle against the aliens. As the Marines do their best to defend themselves, Ripley must attempt to protect a young girl who is the sole survivor of the decimated space colony. (Read More)

Themes:technology
Locations:space, ship
Characters:alien
Story:human in outer space, space travel, creature, outer space, alien contact, battle, xenomorph, friends who live together, extraterrestrial, flamethrower, android, spacecraft, obscene finger gesture, character's point of view camera shot, spaceship, subjective camera, robot, rescue, cult film, one word title

Alien (1979)
Horror, Sci-fi

Alien (1979)

The crew of the commercial spaceship Nostromo are on their way home when they pick up a distress beacon from a distant moon. The crew are under obligation to investigate and the spaceship descends on the moon afterwards. After a rough landing, three crew members leave the spaceship to explore the area on the moon. At the same time as they discover a hive colony of some unknown creature, the ship's computer deciphers the message to be a warning, not a distress call. When one of the eggs is disturbed, the crew realizes that they are not alone on the spaceship and they must deal with the consequences. (Read More)

Themes:technology
Locations:space
Characters:alien
Story:human in outer space, space travel, spaceship, outer space, unlikely hero, alien contact, lifting an adult into the air, xenomorph, escape pod, flamethrower, android, lifting someone into the air, spacecraft, creature, robot, cult film, title spoken by character, one word title

Dune (1984)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Dune (1984)

In the far future, a duke and his family are sent by the Emperor to a sand world from which comes a spice that is essential for interstellar travel. The move is designed to destroy the duke and his family, but his son escapes and seeks revenge as he uses the world's ecology as one of his weapons.

Locations:space, desert
Story:desert planet, space travel, planet, space war, space opera, outer space, smuggler, good versus evil, battle, cult film, title spoken by character, one word title

Transformers (2007)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Transformers (2007)

A long time ago, far away on the planet of Cybertron, a war is being waged between the noble Autobots (led by the wise Optimus Prime) and the devious Decepticons (commanded by the dreaded Megatron) for control over the Allspark, a mystical talisman that would grant unlimited power to whoever possesses it. The Autobots managed to smuggle the Allspark off the planet, but Megatron blasts off in search of it. He eventually tracks it to the planet of Earth (circa 1850), but his reckless desire for power sends him right into the Arctic Ocean, and the sheer cold forces him into a paralyzed state. His body is later found by Captain Archibald Witwicky, but before going into a comatose state Megatron uses the last of his energy to engrave into the Captain's glasses a map showing the location of the Allspark, and to send a transmission to Cybertron. Megatron is then carried away aboard the Captain's ship. A century later, Captain Witwicky's grandson Sam Witwicky (nicknamed Spike by his friends) buys his first car. To his shock, he discovers it to be Bumblebee, an Autobot in disguise who is to protect Spike, who possesses the Captain's glasses and the map engraved on them. But Bumblebee is not the only Transformer to have arrived on Earth - in the desert of Qatar, the Decepticons Blackout and Scorponok attack a U.S. military base, causing the Pentagon to send their special Sector Seven agents to capture all "specimens of this alien race." Spike and his girlfriend Mikaela find themselves in the midst of a grand battle between the Autobots and the Decepticons, stretching from Hoover Dam all the way to Los Angeles. Meanwhile, deep inside Hoover Dam, the cryogenically stored body of Megatron awakens. (Read More)

Locations:ship, desert
Characters:alien
Story:space battle, alien technology, space war, space travel, talking robot, transforming robot, outer space, unlikely hero, alien contact, alien invasion, transformer, wilhelm scream, flamethrower, bravery, planet, obscene finger gesture, ufo, good versus evil, robot, battle

Le Cinquieme Element (1997) is one of the best movies like Spaceballs (1987)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Le Cinquieme Element (1997)

In the twenty-third century, the universe is threatened by evil. The only hope for mankind is the Fifth Element, who comes to Earth every five thousand years to protect the humans with four stones of the four elements: fire, water, Earth and air. A Mondoshawan spacecraft is bringing The Fifth Element back to Earth but it is destroyed by the evil Mangalores. However, a team of scientists use the DNA of the remains of the Fifth Element to rebuild the perfect being called Leeloo. She escapes from the laboratory and stumbles upon the taxi driver and former elite commando Major Korben Dallas that helps her to escape from the police. Leeloo tells him that she must meet Father Vito Cornelius to accomplish her mission. Meanwhile, the Evil uses the greedy and cruel Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg and a team of mercenary Mangalores to retrieve the stones and avoid the protection of Leeloo. But the skilled Korben Dallas has fallen in love with Leeloo and decides to help her to retrieve the stones. This is why Le Cinquieme Element (1997) is one of the best movies like Spaceballs (1987). (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping
Mood:satire
Locations:space, ship, desert
Characters:hostage, alien
Story:human in outer space, space opera, space travel, outer space, alien invasion, escape pod, shapeshifting, extraterrestrial, wilhelm scream, flamethrower, planet, spacecraft, president, spaceship, weapon, good versus evil, robot, rescue, shootout, cult film

Pixels (2015)
Action, Comedy, Family, Sci-fi

Pixels (2015)

Sam Brenner, Will Cooper, Ludlow Lamonsoff, and Eddie "The Fire Blaster" Plant all played classic arcade video games as teenagers. But now they have to use their skills to try to save the world from aliens. The aliens watched video feeds that they thought was a declaration of war. So they send down the classic arcade games to destroy earth. They also get help from a military specialist. They have three lives and if all three get used then earth will be destroyed, and every time they lose a live the aliens take someone's life. Who will win, us or the aliens? It's an all-out battle to save our planet and everyone on it. (Read More)

Themes:courage, kidnapping
Mood:satire
Locations:space
Characters:hostage, alien
Story:planet, president, outer space, unlikely hero, alien contact, alien invasion, extraterrestrial, bravery, android, spacecraft, ufo, spaceship, man with glasses, good versus evil, robot, battle, rescue, hero, surprise ending, chase

Green Lantern (2011)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Green Lantern (2011)

In a mysterious universe, the Green Lantern Corps, an elite defense force of peace and justice have existed for centuries. Reckless test pilot Hal Jordan acquires superhuman powers when he is chosen by the Ring, the willpower-fed source of power. Reluctantly at first, he takes on the challenge after the death of Abin Sur, the finest Green Lantern. Putting his self-doubts aside, and spurred on by his sense of duty and love for his beautiful, intellectually equal, colleague, Carol Ferris, he is soon called to defend mankind from Parallax, a powerful, evil being who feeds on fear. Hal Jordan is the universe's last chance, as many Green Lanterns have been killed and the Corps is weakened. And he might just be the right Green Lantern for the duty of keeping the world safe from harm. (Read More)

Themes:courage
Locations:space, desert
Characters:hostage, alien
Story:space war, space travel, outer space, unlikely hero, alien contact, alien invasion, escape pod, flamethrower, bravery, planet, spacecraft, ufo, president, creature, spaceship, sword fight, good versus evil, rescue, title spoken by character

Planet Of The Apes (1968)
Adventure, Sci-fi

Planet Of The Apes (1968)

Taylor and two other astronauts come out of deep hibernation to find that their ship has crashed. Escaping with little more than clothes they find that they have landed on a planet where men are pre-lingual and uncivilized while apes have learned speech and technology. Taylor is captured and taken to the city of the apes after damaging his throat so that he is silent and cannot communicate with the apes. (Read More)

Themes:technology
Mood:satire
Locations:ship, space, desert
Characters:villain
Story:planet, space exploration, space travel, outer space, spacecraft, character's point of view camera shot, spaceship, weapon, rescue, hero, shootout, surprise ending, cult film, chase, kiss

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) is one of the best movies like Spaceballs (1987)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

After saving Xandar from Ronan's wrath, the Guardians are now recognized as heroes. Now the team must help their leader Star Lord (Chris Pratt) uncover the truth behind his true heritage. Along the way, old foes turn to allies and betrayal is blooming. And the Guardians find that they are up against a devastating new menace who is out to rule the galaxy. (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping
Locations:space, ship
Characters:hostage, alien
Story:space battle, human in outer space, space opera, space travel, outer space, warp speed, escape pod, wilhelm scream, android, planet, spacecraft, creature, spaceship, good versus evil, robot, battle, rescue, hero, urination, shootout

Predators (2010)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

Predators (2010)

The mercenary Royce; the military Isabelle; the Russian soldier Nikolai; the San Quentin criminal Stans; the Sierra Leone militia Mombasa; the drug lord Cuchillo; the Yakuza Hanzo; and the Doctor Edwin awake in free fall but they succeed to open their parachutes landing in a jungle. Soon they find that they are on another planet and they are prey of aliens in a deadly hunting game, and they need to join forces to destroy their predators and survive. This is why Predators (2010) is one of the best movies like Spaceballs (1987). (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping
Characters:hostage, alien
Story:outer space, infra red, extraterrestrial, planet, spacecraft, lifting someone into the air, character's point of view camera shot, creature, spaceship, man with glasses, sword fight, subjective camera, battle, rescue, shootout, surprise ending, chase, title spoken by character, one word title

Prometheus (2012)
Adventure, Mystery, Sci-fi

Prometheus (2012)

This film is set in 2093 and takes place in the same universe as the 'Alien' movies. A group of explorers, including some archaeologists, are on an "undisclosed" mission. They arrive at a moon trillions of miles away from Earth. The team spot what they believe to be signs of civilization. They go to investigate and find more than just signs, they find conclusive evidence. But some of them have an ulterior motive for being there, including the Weyland Corporation. They believe that this is where the human race actually came from. Things soon turn from excitement to survival once inside their discovery. (Read More)

Themes:technology
Story:alien technology, alien space craft, human in outer space, space travel, outer space, alien contact, xenomorph, escape pod, flamethrower, android, planet, creature, spaceship, man with glasses, robot, cult film, chase

Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen (2009)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen (2009)

A youth chooses manhood. The week Sam Witwicky starts college, the Decepticons make trouble in Shanghai. A presidential envoy believes it's because the Autobots are around; he wants them gone. He's wrong: the Decepticons need access to Sam's mind to see some glyphs imprinted there that will lead them to a fragile object that, when inserted in an alien machine hidden in Egypt for centuries, will give them the power to blow out the sun. Sam, his girlfriend Mikaela Banes, and Sam's parents are in danger. Optimus Prime and Bumblebee are Sam's principal protectors. If one of them goes down, what becomes of Sam? (Read More)

Themes:courage, kidnapping
Locations:desert
Characters:alien
Story:alien technology, female robot, talking robot, transforming robot, outer space, unlikely hero, alien invasion, teleportation, bravery, android, sword fight, good versus evil, robot, battle, rescue, shootout, chase

Mars Attacks! (1996) is one of the best movies like Spaceballs (1987)
Comedy, Sci-fi

Mars Attacks! (1996)

It is a normal day for everyone, until the President of the United States announces Martians have been spotted circling Earth. The Martians land and a meeting is arranged, but not everything goes to plan, and the Martians seem to have other plans for Earth. Are they just misunderstood beings or do they really want to destroy all of humanity? (Read More)

Mood:spoof, satire
Locations:desert
Characters:alien
Story:president, alien technology, alien space craft, space travel, outer space, alien contact, alien invasion, extraterrestrial, planet, spacecraft, ufo, actor playing multiple roles, creature, spaceship, weapon, cult film

Avatar (2009)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Avatar (2009)

When his brother is killed in a robbery, paraplegic Marine Jake Sully decides to take his place in a mission on the distant world of Pandora. There he learns of greedy corporate figurehead Parker Selfridge's intentions of driving off the native humanoid "Na'vi" in order to mine for the precious material scattered throughout their rich woodland. In exchange for the spinal surgery that will fix his legs, Jake gathers intel for the cooperating military unit spearheaded by gung-ho Colonel Quaritch, while simultaneously attempting to infiltrate the Na'vi people with the use of an "avatar" identity. While Jake begins to bond with the native tribe and quickly falls in love with the beautiful alien Neytiri, the restless Colonel moves forward with his ruthless extermination tactics, forcing the soldier to take a stand - and fight back in an epic battle for the fate of Pandora. (Read More)

Locations:space
Characters:alien, villain
Story:human in outer space, space travel, outer space, alien contact, battle, extraterrestrial, wilhelm scream, bravery, planet, lifting someone into the air, creature, king, spaceship, weapon, good versus evil, robot, rescue, shootout, surprise ending, chase

Transformers: Age Of Extinction (2014)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Transformers: Age Of Extinction (2014)

After the battle between the Autobots and Decepticons that leveled Chicago, humanity thinks that all alien robots are a threat. So Harold Attinger, a CIA agent, establishes a unit whose sole purpose is to hunt down all of them. But it turns out that they are aided by another alien robot who is searching for Optimus Prime. Cade Yeager, a "robotics expert", buys an old truck and upon examining it, he thinks it's a Transformer. When he powers it up, he discovers it's Optimus Prime. Later, men from the unit show up looking for Optimus. He helps Yeager and his daughter Tessa escape but are pursued by the hunter. They escape and Yeager learns from technology he took from the men that a technology magnate and defense contractor named Joshua Joyce is part of what's going on, so they go to find out what's going on. This is why Transformers: Age Of Extinction (2014) is one of the best movies like Spaceballs (1987). (Read More)

Themes:technology, kidnapping
Locations:desert
Characters:alien, villain
Story:alien technology, alien space craft, transformer, talking robot, transforming robot, outer space, battle, shapeshifting, extraterrestrial, planet, spacecraft, creature, spaceship, sword fight, good versus evil, robot, rescue, shootout

Battleship (2012)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

Battleship (2012)

A naval war ship encounters an alien armada and faces the biggest threat mankind has ever faced. If they lose, the world could face a major extinction event and an alien invasion. Will humans win this alien war, what are the aliens doing here, and what do they want? Based on the Hasbro naval war game. (Read More)

Themes:courage
Locations:ship
Characters:alien
Story:space travel, outer space, alien contact, alien invasion, bravery, spacecraft, character's point of view camera shot, spaceship, good versus evil, subjective camera, battle, chase, title spoken by character, one word title

John Carter (2012) is one of the best movies like Spaceballs (1987)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

John Carter (2012)

John Carter, a Civil War veteran, who in 1868 was trying to live a normal life, is "asked" by the Army to join, but he refuses so he is locked up. He escapes, and is pursued. Eventually they run into some Indians, and there's a gunfight. Carter seeks refuge in a cave. While there, he encounters someone who is holding some kind of medallion. When Carter touches it, he finds himself in a place where he can leap incredible heights, among other things. He later encounters beings he has never seen before. He meets a woman who helps him to discover that he is on Mars, and he learns there's some kind of unrest going on. (Read More)

Themes:wedding, marriage, kidnapping
Locations:desert
Characters:hostage, alien
Story:planet, space battle, space opera, space travel, princess, outer space, shapeshifting, teleportation, spacecraft, creature, king, spaceship, weapon, sword fight, good versus evil, battle, rescue, hero, urination, shootout

Star Wars: Episode II - Attack Of The Clones (2002)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Star Wars: Episode II - Attack Of The Clones (2002)

Ten years after the invasion of Naboo, the Galactic Republic is facing a Separatist movement and the former queen and now Senator Padme Amidala travels to Coruscant to vote on a project to create an army to help the Jedi to protect the Republic. Upon arrival, she escapes from an attempt to kill her, and Obi-Wan Kenobi and his Padawan Anakin Skywalker are assigned to protect her. They chase the shape-shifter Zam Wessell but she is killed by a poisoned dart before revealing who hired her. The Jedi Council assigns Obi-Wan Kenobi to discover who has tried to kill Amidala and Anakin to protect her in Naboo. Obi-Wan discovers that the dart is from the planet Kamino, and he heads to the remote planet. He finds an army of clones that has been under production for years for the Republic and that the bounty hunter Jango Fett was the matrix for the clones. Meanwhile Anakin and Amidala fall in love with each other, and he has nightmarish visions of his mother. They travel to his home planet, Tatooine, to see his mother, and he discovers that she has been abducted by Tusken Raiders. Anakin finds his mother dying, and he kills all the Tusken tribe, including the women and children. Obi-Wan follows Jango Fett to the planet Geonosis where he discovers who is behind the Separatist movement. He transmits his discoveries to Anakin since he cannot reach the Jedi Council. Who is the leader of the Separatist movement? Will Anakin receive Obi-Wan's message? And will the secret love between Anakin and Amidala succeed? (Read More)

Themes:wedding, marriage, kidnapping
Locations:ship, desert
Story:planet, desert planet, space battle, space opera, space travel, outer space, warp speed, escape pod, shapeshifting, wilhelm scream, android, spacecraft, duel, creature, spaceship, teacher student relationship, weapon, sword fight, good versus evil, robot

Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013)

When the USS Enterprise crew is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis. With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one-man weapon of mass destruction. As our space heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew. (Read More)

Locations:space
Characters:alien
Story:space battle, human in outer space, space opera, space travel, outer space, warp speed, escape pod, teleportation, planet, spacecraft, creature, spaceship, weapon, good versus evil, battle, rescue, shootout, chase

District 9 (2009)
Sci-fi, Thriller

District 9 (2009)

In 1982, a massive star ship bearing a bedraggled alien population, nicknamed "The Prawns," appeared over Johannesburg, South Africa. Twenty-eight years later, the initial welcome by the human population has faded. The refugee camp where the aliens were located has deteriorated into a militarized ghetto called District 9, where they are confined and exploited in squalor. In 2010, the munitions corporation, Multi-National United, is contracted to forcibly evict the population with operative Wikus van der Merwe in charge. In this operation, Wikus is exposed to a strange alien chemical and must rely on the help of his only two new 'Prawn' friends. This is why District 9 (2009) is one of the best movies like Spaceballs (1987). (Read More)

Locations:ship
Characters:alien
Story:alien technology, unlikely hero, role reversal, extraterrestrial, wilhelm scream, flamethrower, character's point of view camera shot, spaceship, weapon, subjective camera, robot, battle, urination, shootout, cult film, chase, title spoken by character

Pitch Black (2000) is one of the best movies like Spaceballs (1987)
Horror, Sci-fi

Pitch Black (2000)

The space transport vessel "Hunter-Gratzner" carrying 40 people on-board crashes on a desert planet when the ship is struck in a meteor storm. There are only 11 survivors, among them are pilot Carolyn Fry (Who has assumed command after the ship's captain is killed), bounty hunter William J. Johns, religious man Abu Al-Walid, Antiques dealer Paris P. Ogilvie, runaway teenager Jack, settlers John 'Zeke' Ezekiel and his lover Sharon 'Shazza' Montgomery, and Richard B. Riddick, a dangerous escaped convict. Marooned, the survivors discover the barren and hot desert-scape has sunlight from three suns. Not only must they find food and water and worry about Riddick, the survivors find themselves being hunted by the planet's flesh-eating alien inhabitants when the planet is engulfed in darkness, which happens every 22 years, as they emerge from underground to hunt and eat all signs of life. Fry and the survivors find Riddick is their best chance of survival, as Riddick has surgically-enhanced eyes that allow him to see in the dark as they set out to find a way of escaping from the planet and getting to a escape shuttle, before they all get eaten by the creatures on the surface. (Read More)

Locations:ship, desert, space
Characters:alien
Story:planet, desert planet, human in outer space, space travel, outer space, xenomorph, spacecraft, spaceship, subjective camera, battle, rescue, hero, shootout, cult film, chase

Alien: Resurrection (1997)
Action, Horror, Sci-fi

Alien: Resurrection (1997)

Ellen Ripley sacrificed herself to destroy the Company's desires to use the alien queen as a biological weapon. 200 years and seven horrible experiments later, she is resurrected on the USM Auriga using blood samples from Fiorina 161, for the purpose of extracting the alien queen inside her. However, Ripley's DNA gets mixed up with the Queen's DNA and she begins to develop enhanced strength and reflexes. After a band of smugglers, hired by the government, bring the crew of a hijacked transport to the Auriga, all hell breaks loose when the aliens breed from the hijacked crew escape. When the Auriga is set on automatic pilot back to Earth, it's up to Ripley and the smugglers to stop the Auriga and escape with their lives. And when the Queen's secret was revealed, it exposed a bizarre DNA mix-up that left both Ripley and the queen's genetics intertwined; giving light to an alien that could spell doom for Earth. (Read More)

Locations:space, ship
Characters:alien
Story:human in outer space, space travel, outer space, fem bot, fembot, xenomorph, escape pod, friends who live together, flamethrower, android, spacecraft, spaceship, weapon, robot, shootout, cult film, chase, title spoken by character

Serenity (2005)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

Serenity (2005)

In the future, a spaceship called Serenity is harboring a passenger with a deadly secret. Six rebels on the run. An assassin in pursuit. When the renegade crew of Serenity agrees to hide a fugitive on their ship, they find themselves in an awesome action-packed battle between the relentless military might of a totalitarian regime who will destroy anything - or anyone - to get the girl back and the bloodthirsty creatures who roam the uncharted areas of space. But, the greatest danger of all may be on their ship. (Read More)

Locations:space, ship
Story:space battle, human in outer space, space exploration, space opera, space travel, outer space, escape pod, smuggler, android, planet, spacecraft, spaceship, good versus evil, battle, hero, shootout, chase

The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy (2005)
Adventure, Comedy, Sci-fi

The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy (2005)

Everyone has bad mornings. You wake up late, you stub your toe, you burn the toast...but for a man named Arthur Dent, this goes far beyond a bad day. When he learns that a friend of his is actually an alien with advanced knowledge of Earth's impending destruction, he is transported off the Earth seconds before it is exploded to make way for a new hyperspace motorway. And as if that's not enough, throw in being wanted by the police, Earth II, an insane electronic encyclopedia, no tea whatsoever, a chronically depressed robot and the search for the meaning of life, and you've got the greatest adventure off Earth. (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping
Mood:satire
Characters:alien, hostage
Story:human in outer space, space travel, talking robot, spaceship, outer space, alien invasion, escape pod, android, planet, spacecraft, president, robot, chase, title spoken by character, kiss

Star Trek (2009) is one of the best movies like Spaceballs (1987)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Star Trek (2009)

On the day of James Kirk's birth, his father dies on his damaged starship in a last stand against a Romulan mining vessel looking for Ambassador Spock, who in this time, has grown on Vulcan disdained by his neighbors for his half-human heritage. 25 years later, James T. Kirk has grown into a young rebellious troublemaker. Challenged by Captain Christopher Pike to realize his potential in Starfleet, he comes to annoy academy instructors like Commander Spock. Suddenly, there is an emergency on Vulcan and the newly-commissioned USS Enterprise is crewed with promising cadets like Nyota Uhura, Hikaru Sulu, Pavel Chekov and even Kirk himself, thanks to Leonard McCoy's medical trickery. Together, this crew will have an adventure in the final frontier where the old legend is altered forever as a new version of the legend begins. This is why Star Trek (2009) is one of the best movies like Spaceballs (1987). (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping
Locations:space
Characters:hostage, alien
Story:space battle, human in outer space, space opera, space travel, outer space, alien civilization, alien invasion, warp speed, escape pod, teleportation, planet, spacecraft, creature, spaceship, good versus evil, shootout, kiss

Paul (2011)
Adventure, Comedy, Sci-fi

Paul (2011)

Two sci-fi geeks take a pilgrimage to America's UFO heartland. While there, they accidentally meet an alien who brings them on an insane road trip that alters their universe forever. For the past 60 years, an alien named Paul (voiced by 'Seth Rogen' (qv)) has been hanging out at a top-secret military base. When he discovers he's been taken prisoner, the space-traveling smart ass decides to escape the compound and hop on the first vehicle out of town - a rented RV containing Earthlings Graeme Willy ('Simon Pegg' (qv)) and Clive Gollings ('Nick Frost (I)' (qv)). Chased by federal agents and the fanatical father of a young woman that they accidentally kidnap, Graeme and Clive hatch a fumbling escape plan to return Paul to his mother ship. And as two nerds struggle to help, one little green man might just take his fellow outcasts from misfits to intergalactic heroes. (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping
Locations:space, ship, desert
Characters:alien, hostage
Story:alien space craft, ufo, alien contact, motor home, wilhelm scream, spacecraft, creature, spaceship, weapon, rescue, urination, shootout, chase, title spoken by character, one word title

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Adventure, Sci-fi

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

"2001" is a story of evolution. Sometime in the distant past, someone or something nudged evolution by placing a monolith on Earth (presumably elsewhere throughout the universe as well). Evolution then enabled humankind to reach the moon's surface, where yet another monolith is found, one that signals the monolith placers that humankind has evolved that far. Now a race begins between computers (HAL) and human (Bowman) to reach the monolith placers. The winner will achieve the next step in evolution, whatever that may be. (Read More)

Themes:technology
Locations:space, desert
Characters:alien
Story:alien technology, human in outer space, space exploration, space travel, outer space, alien contact, escape pod, spacecraft, cult director, ufo, character's point of view camera shot, spaceship, subjective camera, surprise ending, cult film

4: Rise Of The Silver Surfer (2007)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi, Thriller

4: Rise Of The Silver Surfer (2007)

Everything seems to be going great for the Fantastic Four. Reed and Sue are finally getting married, and things couldn't seem better. However, when the mysterious Silver Surfer crashes things, they learn that they will have to deal with an old foe, and the powerful planet eating Galactus.

Themes:wedding, marriage, kidnapping
Locations:space, desert
Characters:hostage, alien
Story:outer space, canceled wedding, statue of liberty new york city, planet, creature, good versus evil, rescue, chase

Starship Troopers (1997) is one of the best movies like Spaceballs (1987)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

Starship Troopers (1997)

In the distant future high school kids are encouraged to become citizens by joining the military. What they don't know is that they'll soon be engaged in a full scale war against a planet of alien insects. The fight is on to ensure the safety of humanity.

Mood:satire
Locations:space, ship
Characters:alien
Story:space battle, planet, human in outer space, space war, space travel, outer space, alien invasion, spacecraft, creature, spaceship, teacher student relationship, good versus evil, battle, rescue, cult film

The Avengers (2012)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

The Avengers (2012)

Nick Fury is the director of S.H.I.E.L.D., an international peace-keeping agency. The agency is a who's who of Marvel Super Heroes, with Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When global security is threatened by Loki and his cohorts, Nick Fury and his team will need all their powers to save the world from disaster. This is why The Avengers (2012) is one of the best movies like Spaceballs (1987). (Read More)

Themes:technology
Characters:hostage, alien
Story:space travel, outer space, alien invasion, shapeshifting, high tech, teleportation, planet, spacecraft, character's point of view camera shot, king, spaceship, good versus evil, robot, battle, rescue, shootout, chase, title spoken by character

War Of The Worlds (2005)
Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

War Of The Worlds (2005)

Ray Ferrier (Cruise) is a divorced dockworker and less-than-perfect father. When his ex-wife and her new husband drop off his teenage son Robbie and young daughter Rachel for a rare weekend visit, a strange and powerful lightning storm suddenly touches down. What follows is the extraordinary battle for the future of humankind through the eyes of one American family fighting to survive it in this contemporary retelling of H.G. Wells seminal classic sci-fi thriller. (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping
Locations:ship
Characters:hostage, alien
Story:outer space, alien contact, alien invasion, extraterrestrial, ufo, creature, spaceship, good versus evil, battle, rescue, surprise ending, cult film

Stargate (1994)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Stargate (1994)

In 1928, in Egypt, a strange device is found by an expedition. In the present days, the outcast linguist Dr. Daniel Jackson is invited by a mysterious woman to decipher an ancient hieroglyph in a military facility. Soon he finds that the device was developed by an advanced civilization and opens a portal to teletransport to another planet. Dr. Jackson is invited to join a military team under the command of Colonel Jonathan 'Jack' O'Neil that will explore the new world. They find a land that recalls Egypt and humans in a primitive culture that worship and are slaves to Ra, the God of the Sun. But soon they discover the secret of the mysterious "stargate". (Read More)

Locations:space, desert
Characters:alien
Story:planet, space opera, space travel, outer space, shapeshifting, teleportation, spacecraft, creature, spaceship, man with glasses, weapon, battle, shootout, cult film, title spoken by character, one word title

Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery (1997) is one of the best movies like Spaceballs (1987)
Adventure, Comedy

Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery (1997)

Austin Powers is a 60's spy who is cryonically frozen and released in the 1990's. The world is a very different place for Powers. Unfortunately for Austin, everyone is no longer sex-mad. Although he may be in a different decade, his mission is still the same. He has teamed up with Vanessa Kensington to stop the evil Dr. Evil, who was also frozen in the past. Dr. Evil stole a nuclear weapon and is demanding a payment of (when he realises its the 90's) 100 billion dollars. Can Austin Powers stop this madman? or will he caught up with Evil's henchman, with names like Alotta Fagina and Random Task? Only time will tell! (Read More)

Themes:marriage
Mood:spoof
Locations:desert
Characters:hostage
Story:weapon, outer space, fem bot, fembot, escape pod, android, actor playing multiple roles, breaking the fourth wall, man with glasses, good versus evil, robot, battle, urination, shootout, cult film

Blazing Saddles (1974)
Comedy, Western

Blazing Saddles (1974)

The Ultimate Western Spoof. A town where everyone seems to be named Johnson is in the way of the railroad. In order to grab their land, Hedley Lemar ('Harvey Korman' (qv)), a politically connected nasty person, sends in his henchmen to make the town unlivable. After the sheriff is killed, the town demands a new sheriff from the Governor ('Mel Brooks' (qv)). Hedley convinces him to send the town the first Black sheriff ('Cleavon Little' (qv)) in the west. Bart is a sophisticated urbanite who will have some difficulty winning over the townspeople. (Read More)

Mood:parody, spoof, satire
Locations:desert
Story:unlikely hero, shot in the crotch, friends who live together, self referential, cowboy boots, sexy woman, cowboy hat, red dress, film within a film, actor playing multiple roles, written and directed by cast member, breaking the fourth wall, good versus evil, cleavage, hero, blonde, shootout, surprise ending, cult film, chase

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