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Sunshine (2007)
Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

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.

Themes:claustrophobia, apocalypse, religion, suicide
Mood:melodrama, nightmare
Locations:earth, space
Period:future
Story:sun, icarus, religion versus science, reference to icarus, environmental disaster, natural disaster, spaceship setting, trapped in space, outer space, bomb, freezing to death, surgical instrument, saving the world mission, computer control, nuclear fusion, bright light, sydney opera house, ultraviolet light, incineration, 2050s

Event Horizon (1997)
Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

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:space
Period:future
Story:spaceship setting, trapped in space, spaceship, outer space, airlock, spacesuit, exploding ship, burnt body, wrist slitting, scalpel, astronaut, spacecraft, sabotage, science, bomb, bare chested male

Interstellar (2014)
Adventure, Drama, Sci-fi

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)

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

Jason X (2001)
Action, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

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)

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

Prometheus (2012) is one of the best movies like Sunshine (2007)
Adventure, Mystery, Sci-fi

Prometheus (2012)

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

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

Alien (1979)
Horror, Sci-fi

Alien (1979)

The crew of the commercial spaceship Nostromo are on their way home when they pick up a distress beacon from a distant moon. The crew are under obligation to investigate and the spaceship descends on the moon afterwards. After a rough landing, three crew members leave the spaceship to explore the area on the moon. At the same time as they discover a hive colony of some unknown creature, the ship's computer deciphers the message to be a warning, not a distress call. When one of the eggs is disturbed, the crew realizes that they are not alone on the spaceship and they must deal with the consequences. This is why Alien (1979) is one of the best movies like Sunshine (2007). (Read More)

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

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

Europa Report (2013)
Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

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)

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

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) is one of the best movies like Sunshine (2007)
Adventure, Sci-fi

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

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

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

Gravity (2013)
Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

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 Stone and Kowalsky completely alone - tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. (Read More)

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

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. This is why Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013) is one of the best movies like Sunshine (2007). (Read More)

Themes:suicide
Locations:space
Story:outer space, spacewalk, spacesuit, exploding ship, lens flare, hologram, star, spacecraft, sabotage, disaster, self sacrifice, stabbed in the back, spaceship, scientist, fistfight, fire, bare chested male, murder, death, fight

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

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

Lost In Space (1998) is one of the best movies like Sunshine (2007)
Action, Adventure, Family, Sci-fi, Thriller

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

Passengers (2016)
Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

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)

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

Red Planet (2000)
Action, Sci-fi, Thriller

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)

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

Critters (1986)
Action, Comedy, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

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. This is why Critters (1986) is one of the best movies like Sunshine (2007).

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

Oblivion (2013) is one of the best movies like Sunshine (2007)
Action, Adventure, Mystery, Sci-fi

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.

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

Life (2017)
Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

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 they 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)

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

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

Alien: Covenant (2017)

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

Locations:earth, space
Period:future
Story:trapped in space, outer space, spacewalk, spacesuit, burned to death, hologram, spacecraft, stabbed in the back, spaceship, scientist, fistfight, fire, surprise ending, bare chested male, murder, death, blood, fight

Armageddon (1998)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

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 that 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)

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

Barbarella (1968) is one of the best movies like Sunshine (2007)
Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-fi

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. This is why Barbarella (1968) is one of the best movies like Sunshine (2007). (Read More)

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

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)

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

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

Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014)

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

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

Pandorum (2009)
Action, Horror, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

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 the 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)

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

Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) is one of the best movies like Sunshine (2007)
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:apocalypse
Mood:nightmare
Locations:earth, space
Story:outer space, spacesuit, exploding ship, physics, whispering, lens flare, hologram, end of the world, spacecraft, disaster, self sacrifice, stabbed in the back, spaceship, scientist, bomb, fire, surprise ending, death, murder

The Core (2003)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

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 set off a nuclear device to make the Earth's core start spinning again or Mankind will perish. This is why The Core (2003) is one of the best movies like Sunshine (2007). (Read More)

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

The Last Days On Mars (2013)
Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

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)

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

The Day The Earth Stood Still (2008)
Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

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 US 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)

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

Beneath The Planet Of The Apes (1970) is one of the best movies like Sunshine (2007)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

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

Escape From The Planet Of The Apes (1971)
Action, Sci-fi

Escape From The Planet Of The Apes (1971)

Following the events in "Beneath the Planet of the Apes", Cornelius and Zira flee back through time to 20th Century Los Angeles, where they face fear and persecution similar to what Taylor and Brent suffered in the future, and discover the origins of the stream of events that will shape their world.

Locations:earth, space
Period:future
Story:outer space, astronaut, end of the world, spacecraft, spaceship, scientist, surprise ending, murder

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

Man Of Steel (2013)

A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind. This is why Man Of Steel (2013) is one of the best movies like Sunshine (2007). (Read More)

Themes:apocalypse
Locations:earth
Story:outer space, incineration, spacesuit, exploding ship, lens flare, hologram, end of the world, spacecraft, self sacrifice, spaceship, scientist, fistfight, fire, surprise ending, bare chested male, murder, death, fight

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

The Martian (2015) is one of the best movies like Sunshine (2007)
Adventure, Drama, Sci-fi

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

Contact (1997)
Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

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

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)

Locations:earth, space
Story:outer space, spacesuit, exploding ship, hologram, spacecraft, spaceship, fistfight, fire, surprise ending, cult film, bare chested male, murder, death, fight

Aliens (1986)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

Aliens (1986)

57 years after Ellen Ripley had a close encounter with the reptilian alien creature from the first movie, she is called back, this time, to help a group of highly trained colonial marines fight off against the sinister extraterrestrials. But this time, the aliens have taken over a space colony on the moon LV-426. When the colonial marines are called upon to search the deserted space colony, they later find out that they are up against more than what they bargained for. Using specially modified machine guns and enough firepower, it's either fight or die as the space marines battle against the aliens. As the Marines do their best to defend themselves, Ripley must attempt to protect a young girl who is the sole survivor of the decimated space colony. This is why Aliens (1986) is one of the best movies like Sunshine (2007). (Read More)

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

2010 (1984) is one of the best movies like Sunshine (2007)
Adventure, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

2010 (1984)

In this sequel to 2001: A Space Odyssey, a joint American- Soviet expedition is sent to Jupiter to discover what went wrong with the U.S.S. Discovery against a backdrop of growing global tensions. Among the mysteries the expedition must explain are the appearance of a huge black monolith in Jupiter's orbit and the fate of H.A.L., the Discovery's sentient computer. Based on a novel written by Arthur C. Clarke. (Read More)

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

Agora (2009)
Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, Romance

Agora (2009)

Alexandria, 391 AD: Hypatia teaches astronomy, mathematics, and philosophy. Her student Orestes is in love with her, as is Davus, her personal slave. As the city's Christians, led by Ammonius and Cyril, gain political power, the institutions of learning may crumble along with the governance of slavery. Jump ahead 20 years: Orestes, the city's prefect, has an uneasy peace with Christians, led by Cyril. A group from the newly empowered Christians has now taken to enforce their cultural hegemony zealously; first they see the Jews as their obstacle, then nonbelievers. Hypatia has no interest in faith; she's concerned about the movement of celestial bodies and "the brotherhood of all". Although her former slave doesn't see it that way. (Read More)

Themes:religion
Locations:earth
Story:religion versus science, burnt body, burned to death, atheist, sun, star, self sacrifice, scientist, science, fire, bare chested male, blood, murder

Tomorrowland (2015)
Action, Adventure, Family, Mystery, Sci-fi

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 "Tomorrowland." (Read More)

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

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

Independence Day (1996)

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

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

Star Trek: First Contact (1996) is one of the best movies like Sunshine (2007)
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. This is why Star Trek: First Contact (1996) is one of the best movies like Sunshine (2007). (Read More)

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

The 5th Wave (2016)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

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 final hope - if she can only trust him. (Read More)

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

Forbidden Planet (1956)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

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)

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

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

Planet Of The Apes (1968)

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

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

Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959) is one of the best movies like Sunshine (2007)
Horror, Sci-fi

Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959)

In California, an old man (Bela Lugosi) grieves the loss of his wife (Vampira) and on the next day he also dies. However, the space soldier Eros and her mate Tanna use an electric device to resurrect them both and the strong Inspector Clay (Tor Johnson) that was murdered by the couple. Their intention is not to conquer Earth but to stop mankind from developing the powerful bomb "Solobonite" that would threaten the universe. When the population of Hollywood and Washington DC sees flying saucers on the sky, a colonel, a police lieutenant, a commercial pilot, his wife and a policeman try to stop the aliens. (Read More)

Locations:earth, space
Story:outer space, spacecraft, bomb, fistfight, fire, cult film, murder

X-men: Apocalypse (2016)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

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. This is why X-men: Apocalypse (2016) is one of the best movies like Sunshine (2007). (Read More)

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

Starship Troopers (1997)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

Starship Troopers (1997)

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

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

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)

Locations:earth, space
Period:future
Story:outer space, spacewalk, hologram, star, spacecraft, self sacrifice, spaceship, death, blood

Transformers: Dark Of The Moon (2011) is one of the best movies like Sunshine (2007)
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)

Locations:earth, space
Story:spacecraft, outer space, studio logo segues into film, exploding ship, lens flare, astronaut, sabotage, stabbed in the back, spaceship, scientist, bomb, bare chested male, death, murder, blood, fight

Southland Tales (2006)
Comedy, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Southland Tales (2006)

Southland Tales is an ensemble piece set in the futuristic landscape of Los Angeles on July 4, 2008, as it stands on the brink of social, economic and environmental disaster. Boxer Santaros is an action star who's stricken with amnesia. His life intertwines with Krysta Now, an adult film star developing her own reality television project, and Ronald Taverner, a Hermosa Beach police officer who holds the key to a vast conspiracy. (Read More)

Themes:apocalypse, suicide
Period:future
Story:environmental disaster, star, disaster, outer space, leg wound, end of the world, self sacrifice, scientist, science, fistfight, fire, surprise ending, cult film, independent film, bare chested male, death, fight, blood, murder

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