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Sunshine (2007)
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Sunshine (2007)

50 years into the future, the Sun begins to die, and Earth is dying as a result. A team of astronauts is sent to revive the Sun - but the mission fails. Seven years later, a new team is sent to finish the mission as mankind's last hope.

Subgenre:
tech noir melodrama cult film independent film 
Themes:
claustrophobia self sacrifice apocalypse religion suicide death murder 
Mood:
nightmare 
Locations:
outer space earth space 
Period:
future 
Story:
religion versus science reference to icarus environmental disaster natural disaster spaceship setting trapped in space freezing to death surgical instrument saving the world mission computer control nuclear fusion bright light sydney opera house ultraviolet light icarus β€¦incineration 2050s airlock weightlessness spacewalk vacuum studio logo segues into film sunburn no survivors arm ripped off dust leg wound spacesuit exploding ship scolding snowman burnt body breaking a window wrist slitting asteroid physics sunrise scalpel whispering burned to death atheist lens flare hologram astronaut sun star end of the world spacecraft sabotage disaster garden umbrella stabbed in the back spaceship scientist science bomb fistfight fire surprise ending bare chested male blood fight  (See All)

Event Horizon (1997)
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Event Horizon (1997)

In the year 2047 a group of astronauts are sent to investigate and salvage the long lost starship "Event Horizon". The ship disappeared mysteriously 7 years before on its maiden voyage and with its return comes even more mystery as the crew of the "Lewis and Clark" discover the real truth behind its… disappearance and something even more terrifying. (Read More)

Themes:
claustrophobia religion suicide 
Mood:
nightmare 
Locations:
outer space space 
Period:
future 
Story:
spaceship setting trapped in space airlock spacesuit exploding ship burnt body wrist slitting scalpel astronaut spacecraft sabotage spaceship science bomb bare chested male 

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2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
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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 signa…ls 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)

Subgenre:
cult film independent film 
Themes:
murder 
Locations:
outer space earth space 
Period:
future 
Story:
spaceship setting trapped in space airlock spacewalk vacuum spacesuit asteroid astronaut sun spacecraft sabotage spaceship scientist surprise ending 

Interstellar (2014)
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Interstellar (2014)

Earth's future has been riddled by disasters, famines, and droughts. There is only one way to ensure mankind's survival: Interstellar travel. A newly discovered wormhole in the far reaches of our solar system allows a team of astronauts to go where no man has gone before, a planet that may have the …right environment to sustain human life. (Read More)

Themes:
self sacrifice death 
Mood:
nightmare 
Locations:
outer space space 
Period:
future 
Story:
dust spacesuit exploding ship lens flare astronaut spacecraft sabotage spaceship scientist science bomb fistfight fire surprise ending fight 

Jason X (2001) is one of the best movies like Sunshine (2007)
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Jason X (2001)

Set way in the future, Earth is no longer inhabitable, so humans have colonized in outer space. One colony receives two cryogenically frozen bodies, and when they defrost them, one of the bodies turns out to be.....who else? Jason Voorhees. No longer in the forest or Camp Crystal Lake, Jason stalks …the colonists in a whole new environment. (Read More)

Subgenre:
independent film 
Themes:
claustrophobia self sacrifice death murder 
Locations:
outer space earth space 
Period:
future 
Story:
spaceship setting trapped in space spacesuit hologram spacecraft sabotage stabbed in the back spaceship scientist fistfight fire surprise ending bare chested male fight blood 

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Gravity (2013)
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Gravity (2013)

Dr. Ryan Stone ('Sandra Bullock' (qv)) is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski ('George Clooney' (qv)) in command of his last flight before retiring. But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving S…tone and Kowalsky completely alone - tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. (Read More)

Themes:
self sacrifice death 
Locations:
outer space space 
Story:
trapped in space weightlessness spacewalk spacesuit lens flare astronaut sun disaster science fire 

Lost In Space (1998)
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Lost In Space (1998)

In the year 2058, the Earth will soon be uninhabitable after the irreversible effects of pollution and global warming! Professor John Robinson, lead scientist of the Jupiter 2 Mission, will lead his family to the habitable planet Alpha Prime to prep it for colonization. The Jupiter 2 is equipped wit…h a hyperdrive that allows faster-than-light travel, which will eventually be employed to evacuate the citizens of Earth. However hypergates must be constructed on Earth and Alpha Prime to provide stable points of departure and arrival. Dr. Zachary Smith is bribed by a terrorist organization to sabotage the mission, and ends up an unwilling stowaway as the ship blasts off. (Read More)

Locations:
outer space earth space 
Period:
future 
Story:
trapped in space 2050s spacesuit hologram sun spacecraft sabotage spaceship scientist 

Oblivion (2013)
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Oblivion (2013)

One of the few remaining drone repairmen assigned to Earth, its surface devastated after decades of war with the alien Scavs, discovers a crashed spacecraft with contents that bring into question everything he believed about the war, and may even put the fate of mankind in his hands.

Subgenre:
melodrama 
Themes:
self sacrifice murder death 
Mood:
nightmare 
Locations:
outer space earth 
Period:
future 
Story:
spacesuit exploding ship hologram astronaut spacecraft spaceship fistfight surprise ending bare chested male fight 

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Life (2017) is one of the best movies like Sunshine (2007)
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Life (2017)

Six astronauts aboard the space station study a sample collected from Mars that could provide evidence for extraterrestrial life on the Red Planet. The crew determines that the sample contains a large, single-celled organism - the first example of life beyond Earth. But..things aren't always what th…ey seem. As the crew begins to conduct research, and their methods end up having unintended consequences, the life form proves more intelligent than anyone ever expected. (Read More)

Themes:
self sacrifice death 
Locations:
outer space earth space 
Story:
trapped in space weightlessness spacewalk spacesuit astronaut scientist science surprise ending blood 

Passengers (2016)
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Passengers (2016)

The spaceship, Starship Avalon, in its 120-year voyage to a distant colony planet known as the "Homestead Colony" and transporting 5,258 people has a malfunction in one of its sleep chambers. As a result one hibernation pod opens prematurely and the one person that awakes, Jim Preston (Chris Pratt) …is stranded on the spaceship, still 90 years from his destination. (Read More)

Themes:
self sacrifice murder 
Mood:
nightmare 
Locations:
outer space space 
Story:
spaceship setting trapped in space spacewalk spacesuit asteroid hologram star spacecraft sabotage spaceship fire surprise ending bare chested male blood 

The Core (2003)
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The Core (2003)

The Earth's core has stopped spinning. Disasters are appearing all over the world: Birds acting crazy, powerful thunderstorms, 32 people die within seconds of each other when their pacemakers quit working. Dr. Josh Keyes and his crew of five (total members: 6) go down to the center of the Earth to s…et off a nuclear device to make the Earth's core start spinning again or Mankind will perish. (Read More)

Themes:
apocalypse death 
Locations:
earth 
Story:
environmental disaster natural disaster saving the world mission studio logo segues into film astronaut end of the world disaster scientist fire bare chested male 

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Red Planet (2000)
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Red Planet (2000)

In the near future, Earth is dying. A new colony on Mars could be humanity's only hope. A team of American astronauts, each a specialist in a different field, is making the first manned expedition to the red planet and must struggle to overcome the differences in their personalities, backgrounds and… ideologies for the overall good of the mission. When their equipment suffers life-threatening damage and the crew must depend on one another for survival on the hostile surface of Mars, their doubts, fears and questions about God, man's destiny and the nature of the universe become defining elements in their fates. In this alien environment they must come face to face with their most human selves. (Read More)

Themes:
death 
Locations:
outer space earth 
Period:
future 
Story:
trapped in space freezing to death 2050s spacewalk spacesuit astronaut spacecraft spaceship blood 

Alien (1979) is one of the best movies like Sunshine (2007)
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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 ar…ea 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)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
death murder 
Locations:
outer space space 
Story:
spaceship setting trapped in space airlock vacuum spacesuit exploding ship lens flare spacecraft spaceship bare chested male blood 

The Last Days On Mars (2013)
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The Last Days On Mars (2013)

On the last day of the first manned mission to Mars, a crew member of Tantalus Base believes he's made an historic discovery; fossilised evidence of bacterial life. Unwilling to let the relief crew claim the glory, he disobeys orders to pack up, and goes out on an unauthorised expedition to collect …further samples. But a routine excavation turns to disaster, when the porous ground collapses, and he falls into a deep crevice and near certain death. His devastated colleagues attempt to recover his body. However, when another vanishes, they begin to realise; the life-form they've discovered is highly dangerous to all human life. (Read More)

Subgenre:
independent film 
Themes:
self sacrifice suicide death 
Locations:
outer space space 
Period:
future 
Story:
trapped in space spacesuit lens flare astronaut spacecraft disaster scientist fistfight surprise ending fight blood 

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Prometheus (2012)
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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)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
self sacrifice suicide murder 
Locations:
outer space earth 
Period:
future 
Story:
religion versus science trapped in space spacesuit exploding ship burned to death lens flare hologram spaceship scientist science bare chested male blood 

Titan A.e. (2000)
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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)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
self sacrifice apocalypse murder 
Mood:
nightmare 
Locations:
outer space earth space 
Period:
future 
Story:
spacesuit exploding ship hologram spacecraft spaceship scientist bomb fistfight bare chested male blood fight 

Europa Report (2013) is one of the best movies like Sunshine (2007)
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Europa Report (2013)

Europa, Jupiter's moon is known to have potential to support life. Hence a manned mission is sent to Europa to search for data proving existence of life there. "Europa report" shows the difficult choices and sacrifices the crew has to make to fulfill their objective of sending valuable data to Earth… for research. (Read More)

Themes:
death 
Locations:
outer space earth space 
Story:
trapped in space airlock spacewalk no survivors spacesuit lens flare astronaut spaceship scientist 

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Pandorum (2009)
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Pandorum (2009)

Two crew members are stranded on a spacecraft and quickly - and horrifically - realize they are not alone. Two astronauts awaken in a hyper-sleep chamber aboard a seemingly abandoned spacecraft. It's pitch black, they are disoriented, and the only sound is a low rumble and creak from the belly of th…e ship. They can't remember anything: Who are they? What is their mission? With Lt. Payton staying behind to guide him via radio transmitter, Cpl. Bower ventures deep into the ship and begins to uncover a terrifying reality. Slowly the spacecraft's shocking, deadly secrets are revealed...and the astronauts find their own survival is more important than they could ever have imagined. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film independent film 
Themes:
claustrophobia murder 
Locations:
outer space earth space 
Period:
future 
Story:
spaceship setting trapped in space incineration end of the world spacecraft spaceship surprise ending bare chested male blood 

Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)
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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:
self sacrifice apocalypse murder death 
Mood:
nightmare 
Locations:
outer space earth 
Story:
spacesuit exploding ship physics whispering lens flare hologram end of the world spacecraft disaster stabbed in the back spaceship scientist bomb fire surprise ending 

Armageddon (1998)
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Armageddon (1998)

It is just another day at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), a few astronauts were repairing a satellite until, out of nowhere, a series of asteroids came crashing into the shuttle, destroying it. These asteroids also decimated New York soon thereafter. Then, NASA discovered t…hat there is an asteroid roughly the size of Texas heading towards the Earth, and when it does hit the Earth, the planet itself and all of its inhabitants will be obliterated, worse, the asteroid will hit the Earth in 18 days. Unfortunately, NASA's plans to destroy the asteroid are irrelevant. That is when the U.S. military decides to use a nuclear warhead to blow the asteroid to pieces. Then, scientists decide to blow the asteroid with the warhead inside the asteroid itself. The only man to do it, is an oil driller named Harry Stamper and his group of misfit drillers and geologists. As he and his drill team prepare for space excavation, the asteroid is still heading towards the Earth. When the crew are launched into outer space, they are determined to destroy this asteroid. (Read More)

Themes:
self sacrifice death 
Locations:
outer space earth space 
Story:
natural disaster saving the world mission spacesuit exploding ship asteroid lens flare astronaut disaster bomb fire 

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The Martian (2015) is one of the best movies like Sunshine (2007)
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The Martian (2015)

During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find… a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring "the Martian" home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible, rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney's safe return. (Read More)

Locations:
outer space earth space 
Story:
trapped in space airlock spacewalk spacesuit astronaut spacecraft garden spaceship scientist science bomb fire surprise ending bare chested male 

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)
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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 worl…d 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:
self sacrifice suicide death murder 
Locations:
outer space space 
Story:
spacewalk spacesuit exploding ship lens flare hologram star spacecraft sabotage disaster stabbed in the back spaceship scientist fistfight fire bare chested male β€¦fight  (See All)

Contact (1997)
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Contact (1997)

Astronomer Dr. Ellie Arroway has long been interested in contact to faraway lands, a love fostered in her childhood by her father, Ted Arroway, who passed away when she was nine years old leaving her then orphaned. Her current work in monitoring for extraterrestrial life is based on that love and is… in part an homage to her father. Ever since funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) was pulled on her work, which is referred to some, including her NSF superior David Drumlin, as more science fiction than science, Ellie, with a few of her rogue scientist colleagues, have looked for funding from where ever they could get it to continue their work. When Ellie and her colleagues hear chatter originating from the vicinity of the star Vega, Ellie feels vindicated. But that vindication is short lived when others, including politicians, the military, religious leaders and other scientists such as Drumlin, try to take over her work. When the messages received from space are decoded, the project takes on a whole new dimension, which strengthens for Ellie the quest for the truth. Thrown into the mix are the unknown person who has up until now funded most of Ellie's work and what his motivations are, and Palmer Joss, a renowned author and theologian, who despite their fundamental differences in outlook, is mutually attracted to Ellie, that attraction based in part on intellect and their common goal of wanting to know the truth. (Read More)

Themes:
religion suicide death 
Locations:
outer space space 
Story:
religion versus science spacesuit physics atheist star sabotage scientist science bomb surprise ending 

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Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014)
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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 "Guardi…ans of the Galaxy" to save the world. (Read More)

Themes:
self sacrifice suicide death murder 
Locations:
outer space earth space 
Story:
exploding ship lens flare hologram spacecraft stabbed in the back spaceship fistfight surprise ending bare chested male fight 

Solaris (1972) is one of the best movies like Sunshine (2007)
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Solaris (1972)

The Solaris mission has established a base on a planet that appears to host some kind of intelligence, but the details are hazy and very secret. After the mysterious demise of one of the three scientists on the base, the main character is sent out to replace him. He finds the station run-down and th…e two remaining scientists cold and secretive. When he also encounters his wife who has been dead for ten years, he begins to appreciate the baffling nature of the alien intelligence. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
self sacrifice suicide death 
Locations:
outer space space 
Period:
future 
Story:
trapped in space weightlessness spacesuit astronaut spacecraft scientist science fire surprise ending blood 

Serenity (2005)
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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)

Themes:
death 
Locations:
outer space space 
Period:
future 
Story:
vacuum exploding ship atheist hologram spacecraft spaceship fire bare chested male 

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Deep Impact (1998)
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Deep Impact (1998)

Journalist Jenny Lerner is assigned to look into the background of Secretary Alan Rittenhouse who abruptly resigned from government citing his wife's ill health. She learns from his secretary that Rittenhouse was having an affair with someone named Ellie but when she confronts him, his strange react…ion leads her to reconsider her story. In fact, a comet, discovered the previous year by high school student Leo Biederman and astronomer Dr. Marcus Wolf, is on a collision course with the Earth, an Extinction Level Event. A joint US-Russian team is sent to destroy the comet but should it fail, special measures are to be put in place to secure the future of mankind. As the space mission progresses, many individuals deal with their fears and ponder their future. (Read More)

Themes:
self sacrifice apocalypse suicide death 
Locations:
outer space earth space 
Period:
future 
Story:
natural disaster saving the world mission astronaut end of the world spacecraft disaster 

Aliens (1986)
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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 th…e 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)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
self sacrifice 
Mood:
nightmare 
Locations:
outer space space 
Period:
future 
Story:
trapped in space spacesuit exploding ship lens flare spacecraft stabbed in the back spaceship bare chested male fight blood 

Lockout (2012) is one of the best movies like Sunshine (2007)
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Lockout (2012)

In 2079, in Washington, the ex-CIA Operative Snow is brutally interrogated, accused of treason against the United States. The chief of the secret service Scott Langral believes that he shot the agent Frank in a hotel room. Meanwhile, the idealistic daughter of the president of the USA, Emilie Warnoc…k, is visiting MS One, a maximum security prison in outer space expecting to find evidence that the prisoners are actually guinea pigs of a huge corporation. When one of her bodyguards loses a hidden pistol to the dangerous prisoner Hydell, he subdues the staff in the central control room and releases the prisoners, including his brother Alex who becomes the leader of the riot. Now the veteran agent Harry Shaw offers freedom to Snow if he succeeds in rescuing the president's daughter. But the idealistic Emilie does not want to leave MS-One without the hostages. (Read More)

Themes:
suicide murder 
Locations:
outer space space 
Period:
future 
Story:
trapped in space spacesuit exploding ship lens flare spacecraft spaceship bomb fistfight surprise ending bare chested male fight 

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Alien: Covenant (2017)
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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 ro…gue 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:
death murder 
Locations:
outer space earth space 
Period:
future 
Story:
trapped in space spacewalk spacesuit burned to death hologram spacecraft stabbed in the back spaceship scientist fistfight fire surprise ending bare chested male fight blood 

Independence Day (1996)
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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, pilot…ed 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)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
self sacrifice apocalypse death 
Locations:
outer space earth 
Story:
saving the world mission sydney opera house exploding ship end of the world spacecraft disaster spaceship scientist fire surprise ending fight 

Tomorrowland (2015)
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Tomorrowland (2015)

Bound by a shared destiny, a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor jaded by disillusionment embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as "Tomo…rrowland." (Read More)

Themes:
self sacrifice apocalypse murder death 
Locations:
outer space space 
Period:
future 
Story:
hologram astronaut end of the world sabotage spaceship scientist science bomb fistfight fire surprise ending fight 

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Beneath The Planet Of The Apes (1970) is one of the best movies like Sunshine (2007)
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Beneath The Planet Of The Apes (1970)

Brent is an American astronaut, part of a team sent to locate missing fellow American astronaut, George Taylor. Following Taylor's known flight trajectory, the search and rescue team crash lands on an unknown planet much like Earth in the year 3955, with Brent being the only survivor of the team. Wh…at Brent initially does not know, much like Taylor didn't initially know when he landed here before Brent, is that he has landed back on Earth in the future, in the vicinity of what was New York City. Brent finds evidence that Taylor has been on the planet. In Brent's search for Taylor, he finds that the planet is run by a barbaric race of English speaking apes, whose mission is in part to annihilate the human race. Brent eventually locates some of those humans, who communicate telepathically and who live underground to prevent detection by the apes. These humans, who are in their own way as barbaric as the apes, want in turn to protect their species. Brent has to figure out a way to save himself under the circumstances, which may be more difficult to accomplish in the battle between the dominant species on this planet. (Read More)

Themes:
apocalypse religion murder death 
Locations:
outer space earth 
Period:
future 
Story:
no survivors astronaut end of the world spacecraft scientist science bomb fistfight fire surprise ending bare chested male blood fight 

Forbidden Planet (1956)
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Forbidden Planet (1956)

When Adams and his crew are sent to investigate the silence from a planet inhabited by scientists, he finds all but two have died. Dr. Morbius and his daughter Altaira have somehow survived a hideous monster which roams the planet. Unknown to Adams, Morbius has made a discovery, and has no intention… of sharing it (or his daughter!) with anyone. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
self sacrifice murder death 
Mood:
nightmare 
Locations:
outer space space 
Story:
spacecraft sabotage garden spaceship scientist surprise ending 

Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)
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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 th…ey 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)

Locations:
outer space earth space 
Story:
trapped in space spacewalk spacesuit star end of the world spacecraft 

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The 5th Wave (2016)
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The 5th Wave (2016)

Four waves of increasingly deadly attacks have left most of Earth in ruin. Against a backdrop of fear and distrust, Cassie is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother. As she prepares for the inevitable and lethal fifth wave, Cassie teams up with a young man who may become her fina…l hope - if she can only trust him. (Read More)

Themes:
self sacrifice apocalypse murder death 
Locations:
earth 
Story:
natural disaster leg wound end of the world spacecraft sabotage disaster spaceship bomb fistfight fire surprise ending bare chested male fight blood 

2010 (1984) is one of the best movies like Sunshine (2007)
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2010 (1984)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Locations:
outer space space 
Story:
spaceship setting trapped in space spacewalk astronaut spacecraft surprise ending 

Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
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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 engagin…g 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)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Mood:
nightmare 
Locations:
outer space 
Story:
weightlessness spacewalk spacesuit exploding ship hologram star end of the world spacecraft spaceship scientist surprise ending blood 

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Ender's Game (2013)
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Ender's Game (2013)

The Earth was ravaged by the Formics, an alien race seemingly determined to destroy humanity. Fifty years later, the people of Earth remain banded together to prevent their own annihilation from this technologically superior alien species. Ender Wiggin, a quiet but brilliant boy, may become the savi…or of the human race. He is separated from his beloved sister and his terrifying brother and brought to battle school in orbit around earth. He will be tested and honed into an empathetic killer who begins to despise what he does as he learns to fight in hopes of saving Earth and his family. (Read More)

Subgenre:
independent film 
Themes:
self sacrifice death 
Locations:
outer space earth 
Period:
future 
Story:
spacesuit exploding ship lens flare hologram spacecraft spaceship fistfight surprise ending bare chested male fight 

Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets (2017)
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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 Laurelin…e (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)

Subgenre:
independent film 
Themes:
self sacrifice apocalypse murder death 
Locations:
outer space 
Period:
future 
Story:
spacesuit exploding ship hologram astronaut spacecraft sabotage stabbed in the back spaceship bomb fistfight fire surprise ending bare chested male fight blood 

Starship Troopers (1997) is one of the best movies like Sunshine (2007)
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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.

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
self sacrifice murder death 
Locations:
outer space 
Period:
future 
Story:
exploding ship asteroid spacecraft stabbed in the back spaceship scientist bare chested male blood fight 

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Critters (1986)
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Critters (1986)

A massive ball of furry creatures from another world eat their way through a small mid-western town followed by intergalactic bounty hunters opposed only by militant townspeople.

Subgenre:
cult film independent film 
Themes:
murder death 
Locations:
outer space 
Story:
exploding ship asteroid burned to death hologram spacecraft sabotage spaceship bomb fire surprise ending blood 

Barbarella (1968)
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Barbarella (1968)

The year is 40,000. After peaceful floating in zero-gravity, astronaut Barbarella lands on the frozen planet Lythion and sets out to find renowned scientist Durand Durand in the City of Night, Sogo, where a new sin is invented every hour. There, she encounters such objects as the Excessive Machine, …a genuine sex organ on which an expert artist of the keyboard, in this case, Durand Durand himself, can drive a victim to death by pleasure, a lesbian queen who can make her fantasies take form in her Chamber of Dreams, and a group of ladies smoking a giant hookah which dispenses Essence of Man through a poor victim struggling in its glass globe. You can not help but be impressed by the special effects crew and the various ways that were found to tear off what minimal clothes our heroine seemed to possess. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
apocalypse suicide death 
Locations:
outer space 
Period:
future 
Story:
weightlessness spacesuit astronaut spacecraft spaceship scientist science fire surprise ending 

X-men: Apocalypse (2016)
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X-men: Apocalypse (2016)

Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshiped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel's X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds …it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto, to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven with the help of Professor X must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction. (Read More)

Themes:
self sacrifice apocalypse death murder 
Mood:
nightmare 
Locations:
outer space earth 
Story:
reference to icarus sydney opera house burned to death end of the world sabotage scientist fistfight fire surprise ending bare chested male blood fight 

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Man Of Steel (2013) is one of the best movies like Sunshine (2007)
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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:
self sacrifice apocalypse death murder 
Locations:
outer space earth 
Story:
spacesuit exploding ship lens flare hologram end of the world spacecraft spaceship scientist fistfight fire surprise ending bare chested male fight 

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016)
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Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016)

Picking up immediately after the events in Resident Evil: Retribution, Alice (Milla Jovovich) is the only survivor of what was meant to be humanity's final stand against the undead. Now, she must return to where the nightmare began - The Hive in Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gather…ing its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse. (Read More)

Themes:
self sacrifice apocalypse death murder 
Mood:
nightmare 
Story:
computer control burned to death hologram end of the world sabotage umbrella stabbed in the back scientist bomb fistfight fire surprise ending fight blood 

Planet Of The Apes (1968)
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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 t…o the city of the apes after damaging his throat so that he is silent and cannot communicate with the apes. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
religion death murder 
Locations:
outer space earth 
Period:
future 
Story:
astronaut spacecraft scientist science fire surprise ending bare chested male 

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The Day The Earth Stood Still (2008)
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The Day The Earth Stood Still (2008)

Dr. Helen Benson is summoned to a military facility with several other scientists when an alien spacecraft of sorts arrives in New York City. Aboard is a human-like alien and a giant robot of immense size and power. The alien identifies himself as Klaatu and says he has come to save the Earth. The U…S military and political authorities see him as a threat however and decide to use so-called intensive interrogation techniques on him but Dr. Benson decides to facilitate his escape. When she learns exactly what he means when he says he is there to save the Earth, she tries to convince him to change his intentions. (Read More)

Themes:
self sacrifice death 
Locations:
outer space earth 
Story:
end of the world spacecraft disaster umbrella scientist blood 

Star Trek: Nemesis (2002) is one of the best movies like Sunshine (2007)
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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 Pra…etor 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:
self sacrifice death 
Locations:
outer space earth space 
Period:
future 
Story:
spacewalk hologram star spacecraft spaceship blood 

Fantastic Four (2005)
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Fantastic Four (2005)

Reed Richards, a brilliant but timid and bankrupt scientist, is convinced that evolution can be triggered by clouds of cosmic energy, and has calculated that Earth is going to pass one of these clouds soon. Together with his friend and partner, the gruff yet gentle astronaut muscle-man Ben Grimm, Re…ed convinces his conceited MIT classmate Dr. Victor Von Doom, now CEO of his own enterprise, to allow him access to his privately-owned space station. Von Doom agrees in exchange for control over the experiment and a majority of the profits from whatever benefits it brings. He thus brings aboard Susan Storm, his shy, though assertive chief genetics researcher and a former lover of Reed's with whom she had an acrimonious break-up, and her diametrically opposed brother Johnny, the maverick and hot-headed playboy pilot. The astronauts make it home intact; however, before long they begin to mutate, developing strange and amazing powers as a result of their exposure to the cloud! Reed is able to stretch like rubber; Sue can turn invisible and create force fields, especially when angered; Johnny can produce fire at supernova temperatures, and is able to fly; and Ben is transformed into "The Thing", a large, rock-like creature with super strength. After Ben, brooding about his situation on the Brooklyn Bridge, inadvertently causes a major traffic pile-up whilst attempting to stop a man about to commit suicide, the four manage to use their powers to prevent any loss of life and to rescue a… (Read More)

Themes:
suicide murder death 
Locations:
outer space earth space 
Story:
exploding ship astronaut spaceship scientist fire surprise ending bare chested male blood 

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