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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, anger, monster, escape
Mood:epic
Locations:farm, desert, canyon, space, elevator, bar
Characters:hitman, alien, soldier
Period:future
Story:r2 d2, galaxy, empire, princess, death star, droid human relationship, human android relationship, rebel starship, human in outer space, rebel, planet viewed from outer space, robot human relationship, starship battle, lightsaber battle, desert planet, sword and planet, space battle, sword duel, rescue, darth vader

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

Themes:escape, anger, monster
Mood:epic
Locations:space
Characters:alien, soldier
Period:future
Story:darth vader, jedi, princess, millennium falcon, empire, rebel starship, human in outer space, planet viewed from outer space, attack, space battle, sword duel, starfighter cockpit, starfighter pilot, x wing starfighter, blaster pistol, imperial stormtrooper, protocol droid, astromech droid, human female, human male

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)

Themes:anger, monster
Mood:epic
Locations:space, desert
Characters:alien
Period:future
Story:empire, princess, darth vader, r2 d2, death star, emperor, rebel starship, human in outer space, rebel, starship battle, desert planet, space battle, sword duel, starfighter pilot, x wing starfighter, blaster pistol, imperial stormtrooper, protocol droid, astromech droid, jedi

Rogue One (2016)
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, anger, escape
Mood:epic
Locations:space, farm, elevator, desert
Characters:alien, soldier
Period:future
Story:super weapon, droid human relationship, rebel starship, planet viewed from outer space, robot human relationship, space battle, starfighter cockpit, starfighter pilot, x wing starfighter, blaster pistol, imperial stormtrooper, protocol droid, human female, human male, imperial starship, red blade lightsaber, evil empire, empire, rebel base, exploding planet

Star Wars: Episode Vii - The Force Awakens (2015) is one of the best movies like Star Wars (1977)
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. (Read More)

Themes:courage, anger, monster, escape
Mood:epic
Locations:elevator, desert, bar
Characters:alien, soldier
Story:droid, scavenger, stormtrooper, empire, human in outer space, lightsaber battle, desert planet, space battle, sword duel, starfighter cockpit, starfighter pilot, x wing starfighter, blaster pistol, protocol droid, astromech droid, jedi, angry man, starship bridge, red blade lightsaber, spacecraft cockpit

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. This is why Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014) is one of the best movies like Star Wars (1977). (Read More)

Themes:escape
Locations:space, bar
Characters:alien, soldier
Story:galaxy, human in outer space, space battle, fictional planet, prison escape, space opera, space travel, aerial combat, outer space, alien creature, alien race, escape pod, hand to hand combat, sword fight, anti hero, action hero, foot chase, interspecies relationship, holographic projection, lifted by the throat

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:anger, monster, escape
Mood:epic
Locations:desert
Period:future
Story:jedi, planet, desert planet, space battle, sword duel, protocol droid, astromech droid, jedi mind trick, human female, human male, angry man, bounty hunter, knight, space western, space opera, space travel, humanoid robot, outer space, alien race, escape pod

Star Trek: Beyond (2016)
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, anger, escape
Locations:space, elevator, bar
Characters:alien
Story:human in outer space, space battle, starship bridge, planet, space western, space opera, space station, space travel, outer space, alien creature, alien race, escape pod, hand to hand combat, action hero, foot chase, spaceport, warp speed, ancient astronaut, galactic war, scavenger

Man Of Steel (2013) is one of the best movies like Star Wars (1977)
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:escape
Mood:epic
Locations:farm, desert, bar
Characters:alien, soldier
Story:space battle, starship interior, destruction of planet, exploding planet, planet, space ship, space war, space travel, outer space, reluctant hero, alien race, escape pod, hand to hand combat, action hero, hero, ancient astronaut, supervillain, lifted by the throat, human, exploding ship

Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets (2017)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets (2017)

VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS is the new adventure film from Luc Besson, the director of The Professional, The Fifth Element and Lucy, based on the comic book series which inspired a generation of artists, writers and filmmakers. In the 28th century, Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are a team of special operatives charged with maintaining order throughout the human territories. Under assignment from the Minister of Defense, the two embark on a mission to the astonishing city of Alpha-an ever-expanding metropolis where species from all over the universe have converged over centuries to share knowledge, intelligence and cultures with each other. There is a mystery at the center of Alpha, a dark force which threatens the peaceful existence of the City of a Thousand Planets, and Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe. (Read More)

Themes:monster, escape
Locations:desert
Characters:alien, soldier
Period:future
Story:space battle, human, destruction of planet, exploding planet, space opera, space station, space travel, outer space, alien creature, alien race, hand to hand combat, sword fight, anti hero, action hero, foot chase, warp speed, science fantasy, hyperspace, hangar, exploding ship

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
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. This is why Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) is one of the best movies like Star Wars (1977). (Read More)

Themes:anger, monster, escape
Locations:space
Characters:alien
Story:human in outer space, space battle, galaxy, exploding planet, fictional planet, space opera, space travel, outer space, alien creature, alien race, escape pod, hand to hand combat, anti hero, action hero, warp speed, science fantasy, exploding ship, starship, laser gun, telepathy

The Transformers: The Movie (1986)
Action, Adventure, Animation, Family, Sci-fi

The Transformers: The Movie (1986)

This theatrical movie based on the television series (which was also based on a popular multiform robot toyline) did not go over very well at the box office. The movie takes place in 2005, twenty years after the television series, and chronicles the efforts of the heroic Autobots to defend their homeworld Cybertron from the evil Decepticons. Both factions are seething with anger, and that hatred has blinded them to a hideous menace headed their way. That hideous menace is the colossal planet known as Unicron, who has been ready to consume anything that stands in its way. The only thing that can stop Unicron is the Autobot Matrix of Leadership, which is possessed by the Autobots and which the Decepticons, through Unicron's orders, plan to take away from them. (Read More)

Themes:courage, anger, escape
Characters:alien, soldier
Period:future
Story:human in outer space, space battle, destruction of planet, planet, space war, space station, space travel, talking robot, outer space, escape pod, hand to hand combat, sword fight, famous line, exploding ship, starship, lightsaber, female fighter, underdog, laser gun, android

Spaceballs (1987) is one of the best movies like Star Wars (1977)
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:courage
Locations:space, desert
Characters:alien
Story:human in outer space, desert planet, space battle, planet, space war, space opera, space travel, gold robot, talking robot, princess, outer space, escape pod, sword fight, warp speed, lifting an adult into the air, droid, friends who live together, smuggler, extraterrestrial, wilhelm scream

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)

Themes:monster
Mood:epic
Locations:space, elevator, bar
Characters:alien
Story:human in outer space, space battle, starship bridge, space opera, space station, space travel, outer space, alien creature, alien race, escape pod, hand to hand combat, anti hero, action hero, foot chase, handheld communicator, warp speed, exploding ship, translator, laser gun, hologram

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. (Read More)

Themes:courage, monster, escape
Mood:epic
Locations:space
Characters:hitman, alien
Story:human in outer space, space battle, space opera, space travel, outer space, reluctant hero, alien race, hand to hand combat, anti hero, action hero, spaceport, science fantasy, ancient astronaut, human, exploding ship, starship, laser gun, bounty hunter, hologram, android

Star Trek (2009)
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 Star Wars (1977). (Read More)

Locations:space, elevator, bar
Characters:alien
Period:future
Story:human in outer space, space battle, human being, human female, human male, starship interior, starship bridge, starship, destruction of planet, super weapon, laser weapon, space opera, space travel, outer space, alien creature, escape pod, hand to hand combat, anti hero, action hero, bar fight

Enemy Mine (1985) is one of the best movies like Star Wars (1977)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-fi

Enemy Mine (1985)

A soldier from Earth crash-lands on an alien world after sustaining battle damage. Eventually he encounters another survivor, but from the enemy species he was fighting; they band together to survive on this hostile world. In the end the human finds himself caring for his enemy in a completely unexpected way. (Read More)

Themes:anger, monster, escape
Locations:space, desert
Characters:alien, soldier
Period:future
Story:space battle, human, battle, planet, space western, space station, space travel, outer space, alien creature, alien race, anti hero, action hero, troubled production, scavenger, exploding ship, orchestral music score, galaxy, extraterrestrial, laser gun, spacecraft

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)

Themes:courage, anger, monster, escape
Characters:soldier
Story:reluctant hero, sword and sorcery, hand to hand combat, anti hero, action hero, foot chase, totalitarianism, burnt body, swordsman, reverse footage, mind control, knight, rebellion, rebel, blockbuster, jail cell, helmet, sabotage, severed arm, general

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)

Themes:monster
Mood:epic
Locations:space
Characters:alien, soldier
Period:future
Story:human in outer space, fictional planet, space western, space travel, outer space, male alien, alien creature, hand to hand combat, battle, foot chase, invented language, saga, human, exploding ship, orchestral music score, starship, emperor, extraterrestrial, translator, wilhelm scream

Star Trek: Nemesis (2002)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

Star Trek: Nemesis (2002)

After a joyous wedding between William Riker and Deanna Troi, Captain Picard and the Enterprise crew stumble upon a mysterious signal which results in it being a prototype android who is the twin to Data. Then the Enterprise is invited to Romulus to negotiate peace with the Romulans by their new Praetor named Shinzon. However, Shinzon is revealed to be a clone of Picard who was raised on Remus, a slave planet to the Romulans. Later on, Picard discovers that this peace treaty was nothing more than a set-up due to the fact that Shinzon needs Picard in order to survive. But little do the Enterprise crew know that Shinzon also plans to do away with the Federation by unleashing a weapon that could destroy a whole planet. (Read More)

Themes:escape
Locations:space, desert
Characters:alien
Period:future
Story:human in outer space, starship battle, space battle, android, planet, space war, space opera, twin, outer space, male alien, hand to hand combat, holographic projection, saga, human, galaxy, telepathy, hologram, mind control, rebellion, impersonation

Highlander II: The Quickening (1991) is one of the best movies like Star Wars (1977)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi, Thriller

Highlander II: The Quickening (1991)

The second "Highlander" movie, again with Christopher Lambert and Sean Connery. It's the year 2024 and all the ozone above Earth has gone. To protect people from dying, MacLeod helped in the construction of a giant "shield", several years ago. But, since there isn't left anyone Immortal after MacLeod's victory in the previous film, he has stopped being an Immortal himself. Now he is just an old man, until one day some other Immortals arrive on our planet. You see, the Immortals come from another planet... This is why Highlander II: The Quickening (1991) is one of the best movies like Star Wars (1977). (Read More)

Locations:elevator, desert, bar
Characters:alien
Period:future
Story:sword duel, planet, outer space, alien race, sword and sorcery, sword fight, anti hero, action hero, shot with a laser gun, ancient astronaut, troubled production, victory, female fighter, swordsman, extraterrestrial, laser gun, roman numeral in title, spirit, general, neck breaking

Titan A.e. (2000)
Action, Adventure, Animation, Family, Sci-fi

Titan A.e. (2000)

In the year 3028 A.D., Earth is being attacked by the Drej, which are aliens made of pure energy! The Drej mother-ship destroys Earth with an energy beam just as hundreds of space vehicles manage to escape with the last of mankind aboard! One of the escapees is Sam's young son Cale, who carries with him a ring given to him by his father. Fifteen years later, Cale works on a salvage station, eking out a rough life and hating his father for having disappeared aboard the Titan so long ago. Without a home planet, surviving humans have been reduced to outer space drifters and are constantly bullied and looked down on by other space-faring races. A human captain named Joseph Korso and his pilot Akima seek out Cale and explain that he must help them find the Titan which contains a mechanism that will create a new Earth and therefore unite all of humanity. Meanwhile, the Drej wants to find the Titan so that they can destroy it. With Korso's help, Cale discovers that the ring his father gave to him contains a genetically encoded map to the Titan, and thus begins his race across the universe with Korso and his ship and crew, including Preed, a wisecracking rat-like humanoid, Gune, an eccentric, green-skinned scientist, and Stith, a tough, hard-as-nails weapons expert who resembles something of a kangaroo. Before long, Cale and Akima finds out that Korso is searching for the Titan in order to hand it over to the Drej. (Read More)

Themes:escape, courage
Locations:space
Characters:alien
Period:future
Story:human in outer space, space battle, destruction of planet, exploding planet, prison escape, space opera, space station, space travel, outer space, reluctant hero, alien race, escape pod, anti hero, spaceport, human, exploding ship, galaxy, female fighter, laser gun, hologram

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. (Read More)

Themes:monster, escape
Characters:hitman, alien, soldier
Story:space ship, outer space, alien creature, alien race, sword fight, anti hero, action hero, foot chase, exploding ship, extraterrestrial, planet, lifting someone into the air, spacecraft, severed arm, self sacrifice, tough girl, skeleton, character's point of view camera shot, sniper, spaceship

John Carter (2012)
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:monster, escape
Locations:desert, bar
Characters:alien, soldier
Story:planet, sword and planet, space battle, prisoner, human male, space western, space opera, space travel, aerial combat, princess, outer space, alien race, sword and sorcery, hand to hand combat, sword fight, action hero, bar fight, science fantasy, exploding ship, female fighter

Dune (1984) is one of the best movies like Star Wars (1977)
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.

Themes:monster
Mood:epic
Locations:space, desert
Period:future
Story:desert planet, space travel, emperor, planet, sword and planet, space western, destiny, space war, space opera, outer space, alien creature, sword and sorcery, starship, galaxy, empire, smuggler, telepathy, rebellion, fictional war, good versus evil

In The Name Of The King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (2007)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller

In The Name Of The King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (2007)

Set in the kingdom of Ehb, the story follows Farmer ('Jason Statham' (qv)), who was adopted by his village. When Farmer's wife, Solana ('Claire Forlani' (qv)), and his son leave to sell vegetables at the town of Stonebridge, Farmer's farm is attacked by creatures called Krugs. With the help of his friend and neighbor Norrick ('Ron Perlman (I)' (qv)), he travels to Stonebridge where his wife and son are. Before he arrives, the Krugs, controlled by the wizard Gallian ('Ray Liotta' (qv)), kill his son and capture his wife. Farmer, with the help of Bastian ('Will Sanderson' (qv)), his brother-in-law, and Norrick sets out to find and rescue his wife. The King's nephew Fallow ('Matthew Lillard' (qv)) is conspiring with the wizard Gallian to take over the kingdom led by King Konreid ('Burt Reynolds'). This is why In The Name Of The King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (2007) is one of the best movies like Star Wars (1977). (Read More)

Themes:courage, monster, escape
Mood:epic
Locations:farm
Characters:soldier
Story:sword duel, sword and sorcery, hand to hand combat, sword fight, action hero, telekinesis, genocide, honor, destiny, general, neck breaking, uncle nephew relationship, farmer, attack, duel, princess, fictional war, disarming someone, mixed martial arts, prisoner

Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)
Adventure, Mystery, Sci-fi

Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)

A massive alien spacecraft of enormous power destroys three powerful Klingon cruisers, entering Federation space. Admiral James T. Kirk is ordered to take command of the USS Enterprise for the first time since her historic five-year mission. The Epsilon IX space station alerts the Federation, but they are also destroyed by the alien spacecraft. The only starship in range is the Enterprise--after undergoing a major overhaul at Spacedock on Earth. Kirk rounds up the rest of his crew, and acquires some new members, and sets off to intercept the alien spacecraft. However, it has been there years since Kirk last commanded the Enterprise... is he up to the task of saving Earth? (Read More)

Mood:epic
Locations:space
Characters:alien
Story:human in outer space, human being, starship interior, spacecraft, space opera, space station, space travel, outer space, handheld communicator, leitmotif, invented language, warp speed, troubled production, castle thunder, orchestral music score, starship, famous score, telepathy, android, blockbuster

Masters Of The Universe (1987)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi, Thriller

Masters Of The Universe (1987)

On the planet Eternia, Skeletor and his dark army overthrow the Sorceress of Castle Grayskull expecting to acquire her power. He-Man, his old friend Duncan "Man-at-Arms" and his daughter Teela are attacked by Skeletor's soldiers and they defeat them. They also rescue their prisoner, the inventor and locksmith Gwildor. He explains that he was lured by Evil-Lyn that used his invention Cosmic Key to open the gates and seize the Castle Grayskull. He-Man and his friends retrieve the prototype of the Cosmic Key trying to release the Sorcereress but they are defeated by Skeletor and his army and Gwildor uses his key to open and portal for them to flee. They come to Earth but lose the key. Meanwhile Julie Winston, who grieves the loss of her parents in a plane crash, and her boyfriend Kevin Corrigan find and activate the key, believing it is a foreign musical instrument. On Eternia, Evil-Lyn locates the Cosmic Key and Skeletor sends her with a group of mercenaries and soldiers to vanquish He-man and his friends and bring the key back. Will they succeed? (Read More)

Themes:courage, monster, escape
Mood:epic
Locations:desert
Characters:alien, soldier
Story:planet, sword and planet, sword duel, outer space, sword and sorcery, sword fight, action hero, foot chase, shot with a laser gun, science fantasy, famous line, orchestral music score, galaxy, female fighter, swordsman, laser gun, hologram, mind control, lifting someone into the air, helmet

Allegiant (2016) is one of the best movies like Star Wars (1977)
Action, Adventure, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Allegiant (2016)

After the earth-shattering revelations of INSURGENT, Tris must escape with Four and go beyond the wall enclosing Chicago. For the first time ever, they will leave the only city and family they have ever known. Once outside, old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless with the revelation of shocking new truths. Tris and Four must quickly decide who they can trust as a ruthless battle ignites beyond the walls of Chicago which threatens all of humanity. In order to survive, Tris will be forced to make impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice and love. (Read More)

Themes:courage, escape
Locations:elevator, desert
Characters:soldier
Period:future
Story:prison escape, hand to hand combat, anti hero, action hero, foot chase, science fantasy, totalitarianism, female fighter, laser gun, hologram, reverse footage, genocide, jail cell, sabotage, destiny, tough girl, character's point of view camera shot, attack, fictional war, disarming someone

Warcraft (2016)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Warcraft (2016)

When the world of the Orcs of Draenor is being destroyed by the evil fel magic that uses life-force, the powerful warlock Gul'dan creates a portal to the world of Azeroth and forms the Horde with members of the Orc clans. He also captures many prisoners to keep the portal open. The king of Azeroth, Llane Wrynn and his brother-in-law, Anduin Lothar are informed by the apprentice of magician Khadgar that he has found fel magic in dead bodies and the king decides to summon the Guardian of Tirisfal, Medivh, to protect his kingdom. Lothar and Khadgar head to Kharazhan to meet Medivh and an ominous shadow points a book out to Khadgar, who takes it and hides. Anduin, Khadgar and Medivh and a group of soldiers are attacked by Orcs and they capture the slave Garona, who is released by King Llane, and she shows them the location of the portal. Garona is contacted by the Orc chief of a clan Durotan that wants to meet King Llane to stop the fel magic. Meanwhile Khadgar learns that the gate was opened with the help of someone in Azeroth. Shall King Llane trust Garona and Durotan, who might be the traitor? (Read More)

Themes:anger, monster, escape
Mood:epic
Characters:soldier
Story:sword duel, reluctant hero, sword and sorcery, sword fight, anti hero, action hero, female fighter, telepathy, wilhelm scream, telekinesis, reverse footage, mind control, honor, knight, rebel, blockbuster, planet, jail cell, helmet, severed arm

Flash Gordon (1980)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Flash Gordon (1980)

Flash Gordon is an American football hero who is skyjacked aboard Dr. Hans Zarkov's rocketship along with his beautiful girlfriend Dale Arden. The threesome are drawn into the influence of the planet Mongo, ruled by Emperor Ming the Merciless. The evil Ming has been testing Earth with unnatural disasters, and deeming our world a threat to his rule. He also intends to take Dale as his concubine, attempts to execute Flash and intends to destroy Earth. Flash must avoid the amorous attentions of Ming's daughter, and unite the warring kingdoms of Mongo to rescue Dale and save our world. This is why Flash Gordon (1980) is one of the best movies like Star Wars (1977). (Read More)

Characters:alien
Story:sword and planet, emperor, planet, space opera, space travel, gold robot, outer space, sword and sorcery, action hero, rescue, science fantasy, human, famous score, laser gun, telepathy, telekinesis, mind control, spacecraft, general, princess

The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016)

Themes:courage, anger, monster, escape
Characters:soldier
Story:reluctant hero, sword and sorcery, hand to hand combat, sword fight, anti hero, action hero, bar fight, cloak, telepathy, telekinesis, reverse footage, mind control, helmet, tough girl, attack, fictional war, disarming someone, no opening credits, mixed martial arts, ambush

Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) is one of the best movies like Star Wars (1977)
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:courage, anger, monster, escape
Locations:space, desert
Characters:alien, soldier
Story:space battle, exploding planet, space travel, aerial combat, outer space, alien race, spaceport, science fantasy, laser cannon, exploding ship, translator, laser gun, telepathy, hologram, reverse footage, blockbuster, planet, spacecraft, helmet, general

The Mummy (2017)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller

The Mummy (2017)

Though safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess, whose destiny was unjustly taken from her, is awakened in our current day bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension.

Themes:courage, anger, monster, escape
Locations:desert
Characters:soldier
Story:human, destiny, princess, hand to hand combat, anti hero, action hero, foot chase, telepathy, telekinesis, reverse footage, mind control, knight, self sacrifice, skeleton, character's point of view camera shot, attack, binoculars, disarming someone, no opening credits, mixed martial arts

Star Trek: Insurrection (1998)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

Star Trek: Insurrection (1998)

While on a mission to observe the peaceful Ba'ku race, Lt. Commander Data suddenly behaves as if having to fear for his existence. The immortal Ba'ku, whose planet offers regenerative radiation and therefore incredible lifespans, live in harmony with nature and reject advanced technology. Their planet and their culture is secretly researched by the Federation associated with an alien race called the Son'a. But the Son'a intend to abduct the Ba'ku in order to take the planet for themselves and for the Starfleet officials who all would like to regenerate their bodies. But they did not think of the loyalty of Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the Enterprise-E to the Prime Directive. (Read More)

Characters:alien
Story:human in outer space, space battle, fictional planet, space opera, space travel, outer space, male alien, alien race, warp speed, saga, exploding ship, starship, laser gun, hologram, android, honor, rebel, planet, spacecraft, fictional war

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. This is why Galaxy Quest (1999) is one of the best movies like Star Wars (1977). (Read More)

Themes:monster, escape
Locations:space, elevator, desert
Characters:alien
Story:human in outer space, space battle, starship interior, galaxy, space war, general, space travel, spaceship, outer space, alien race, escape pod, spaceport, warp speed, exploding ship, starship, extraterrestrial, laser gun, hologram, blockbuster, planet

Cowboy Bebop: Tengoku No Tobira (2001) is one of the best movies like Star Wars (1977)
Action, Animation, Crime, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Cowboy Bebop: Tengoku No Tobira (2001)

The year is 2071. Following a terrorist bombing, a deadly virus is released on the populace of Mars and the government has issued a 300 million woo-long reward, the largest bounty in history, for the capture of whoever is behind it. The bounty hunter crew of the spaceship Bebop; Spike, Faye, Jet and Ed, take the case with hopes of cashing in the bounty. However, the mystery surrounding the man responsible, Vincent, goes deeper than they ever imagined, and they aren't the only ones hunting him. The original creators of the virus have dispatched Electra to deal with Vincent and take out anyone who may stumble on the truth behind him. As the hunt for the man with no past and no future continues to escalate, they begin to question what about the world is reality and what is a dream as the line between sanity and insanity becomes more apparent. (Read More)

Themes:escape
Locations:elevator
Characters:soldier
Period:future
Story:human in outer space, space western, space opera, space travel, outer space, hand to hand combat, anti hero, action hero, foot chase, reward, bounty hunter, hologram, mass murder, spacecraft, jail cell, tough girl, character's point of view camera shot, spaceship, disarming someone, mixed martial arts

Pitch Black (2000)
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)

Themes:monster, escape
Locations:desert, space
Characters:alien
Period:future
Story:human in outer space, planet, desert planet, bounty hunter, space travel, outer space, alien creature, hand to hand combat, anti hero, action hero, foot chase, reverse footage, spacecraft, neck breaking, skeleton, attack, spaceship, no opening credits, mixed martial arts, prisoner

Star Trek Vi: The Undiscovered Country (1991)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

Star Trek Vi: The Undiscovered Country (1991)

After an explosion on their moon, the Klingons have an estimated 50 years before their ozone layer is completely depleted, and they all die. They have only one choice - to make peace with the Federation, which will mean an end to 70 years of conflict. Captain James T. Kirk and crew are called upon to help in the negotiations because of their experience with the Klingons. Peace talks don't quite proceed, and Kirk and McCoy are convicted of assassinating the Klingon High Chancellor, and imprisoned on Rura Penthe, a snowy hard-labor prison camp. Will they manage to escape? And will there ever be peace with the Klingons? (Read More)

Themes:escape
Period:future
Story:human in outer space, starship battle, space battle, human being, human female, human male, starship bridge, space war, space opera, space travel, outer space, male alien, alien creature, warp speed, human, exploding ship, starship, empire, translator, roman numeral in title

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. (Read More)

Themes:monster, escape
Locations:elevator
Characters:alien, soldier
Story:space travel, aerial combat, outer space, male alien, alien race, hand to hand combat, anti hero, action hero, supervillain, human, exploding ship, laser gun, hologram, mind control, blockbuster, planet, spacecraft, helmet, sabotage, severed arm

Star Trek: The Wrath Of Khan (1982) is one of the best movies like Star Wars (1977)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Star Trek: The Wrath Of Khan (1982)

It is the 23rd century. Admiral James T. Kirk is an instructor at Starfleet Academy and feeling old; the prospect of attending his ship, the USS Enterprise--now a training ship--on a two-week cadet cruise does not make him feel any younger. But the training cruise becomes a deadly serious mission when his nemesis Khan Noonien Singh--infamous conqueror from late 20th century Earth--appears after years of exile. Khan later revealed that the planet Ceti Alpha VI exploded, and shifted the orbit of the fifth planet as a Mars-like haven. He begins capturing Project Genesis, a top secret device holding the power of creation itself, and schemes the utter destruction of Kirk. This is why Star Trek: The Wrath Of Khan (1982) is one of the best movies like Star Wars (1977). (Read More)

Locations:space, desert
Characters:alien
Story:human in outer space, starship battle, space battle, starship interior, space opera, space station, space travel, outer space, alien creature, handheld communicator, symphonic music score, leitmotif, warp speed, saga, exploding ship, orchestral music score, starship, mind control, blockbuster, planet

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. (Read More)

Mood:epic
Locations:space, elevator, desert, bar
Characters:alien, soldier
Story:space battle, exploding planet, spacecraft, space travel, talking robot, outer space, alien race, ancient astronaut, human, exploding ship, medal, laser gun, blockbuster, planet, sabotage, severed arm, general, binoculars, sniper, fictional war

Power Rangers (2017)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Power Rangers (2017)

High school outcasts stumble upon an old alien ship, where they acquire superpowers and are dubbed the Power Rangers. Learning that an old enemy of the previous generation has returned to exact vegenance, the group must harness their powers and use them to work together and save the world.

Themes:courage, anger, monster, escape
Characters:alien
Story:talking robot, outer space, reluctant hero, hand to hand combat, anti hero, action hero, foot chase, angry, female fighter, extraterrestrial, wilhelm scream, hologram, mass murder, planet, spacecraft, sabotage, destiny, self sacrifice, tough girl, fictional war

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:escape
Mood:epic
Locations:bar
Characters:alien
Story:human in outer space, space battle, space war, space opera, outer space, male alien, alien race, escape pod, battle, warp speed, saga, exploding ship, galaxy, laser gun, wilhelm scream, hologram, android, mind control, spacecraft, severed arm

Pride And Prejudice And Zombies (2016) is one of the best movies like Star Wars (1977)
Action, Horror, Romance

Pride And Prejudice And Zombies (2016)

The five highly trained Bennett sisters in Georgian England must try to protect themselves from the growing zombie threat, find suitable husbands for themselves, battle marriage proposals and unlikely suitors, and save the country before it's too late.

Themes:courage, escape
Characters:soldier
Story:sword duel, hand to hand combat, sword fight, anti hero, action hero, female fighter, swordsman, aunt nephew relationship, rebel, jail cell, severed arm, tough girl, character's point of view camera shot, attack, fictional war, disarming someone, mixed martial arts, ambush, good versus evil, subjective camera

Pan (2015)
Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Pan (2015)

Themes:courage, escape
Story:sword duel, outer space, reluctant hero, hand to hand combat, sword fight, female fighter, jail cell, destiny, tough girl, skeleton, character's point of view camera shot, attack, princess, fictional war, no opening credits, mixed martial arts, ambush, good versus evil, subjective camera, combat

Star Trek III: The Search For Spock (1984)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Star Trek III: The Search For Spock (1984)

In the wake of Spock's ultimate deed of sacrifice, Admiral Kirk and the Enterprise crew return to Earth for some essential repairs to their ship. When they arrive at Spacedock, they are shocked to discover that the Enterprise is to be decommissioned. Even worse, Dr. McCoy begins acting strangely and Scotty has been reassigned to another ship. Kirk is forced to steal back the Enterprise and head across space to the Genesis Planet to save Spock and bring him to Vulcan. Unknown to them, the Klingons are planning to steal the secrets of the Genesis Device for their own deadly purpose. (Read More)

Themes:escape
Locations:space, elevator, bar
Story:human in outer space, space battle, human female, human male, exploding planet, planet, prison escape, space opera, outer space, male alien, alien creature, handheld communicator, warp speed, saga, human, exploding ship, blockbuster, roman numeral in title, spacecraft, sabotage

X-men: Days Of Future Past (2014)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

X-men: Days Of Future Past (2014)

In the future, the mutants and the humans that help them are slaughtered by powerful robots named Sentinels. Professor Xavier, Wolverine, Magneto, Storm, Kitty Pryde and her friends meet at a monastery in China and Xavier explains that the invincible Sentinels were created using the DNA of Mystique that was captured in 1973 when she tried to assassinate their creator Dr. Bolivar Trask. Xavier tells that their only chance is return to 1973 using Pryde's ability to join Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr to convince Mystique to give up of her intention. . However, only Wolverine can withstand the damages of the time travel. Will he succeed in stopping Mystique and the Sentinel Program and save the mutants and their human friends from annihilation? (Read More)

Mood:epic
Locations:elevator
Characters:soldier
Period:future
Story:human, hand to hand combat, anti hero, action hero, foot chase, laser gun, telepathy, telekinesis, hologram, mind control, impersonation, blockbuster, helmet, sabotage, severed arm, general, neck breaking, tough girl, skeleton, character's point of view camera shot

Alien: Covenant (2017) is one of the best movies like Star Wars (1977)
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)

Themes:anger, monster, escape
Locations:space
Characters:alien, soldier
Period:future
Story:planet, space western, space travel, outer space, reluctant hero, alien creature, human, galaxy, extraterrestrial, hologram, android, genocide, spacecraft, helmet, neck breaking, tough girl, skeleton, character's point of view camera shot, sniper, spaceship

The Chronicles Of Riddick (2004)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Chronicles Of Riddick (2004)

Riddick, now a hunted man, finds himself in the middle of two opposing forces in a major crusade. 'Colm Feore' (qv) plays Lord Marshal, a warrior priest who is the leader of a sect that is waging the tenth and perhaps final crusade 500 years in the future. 'Judi Dench' (qv) is Aereon, an ambassador from the Elemental race. She is an ethereal being who helps Riddick unearth his origins. (Read More)

Themes:escape
Locations:space, desert
Period:future
Story:desert planet, space opera, outer space, hand to hand combat, action hero, foot chase, shot with a laser gun, galaxy, laser gun, bounty hunter, rebel, planet, tough girl, attack, duel, fictional war, spaceship, disarming someone, mixed martial arts, ambush

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