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10 Movies Like "Interstellar"

Updated on November 17, 2015
10 Movies Like Interstellar
10 Movies Like Interstellar

Interstellar is a sci-fi, adventure movie with a touch of drama. First shown on November 7, 2014, it was directed by Christopher Nolan who wrote the script himself. It stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain. Interstellar is about a group of space travelers who, after being shattered by drought and famine due to the intense climate change on earth, explore a mysterious hole in the outer space in search for ways to prevent human extinction and guarantee the continued existence of humanity.

Below are movies like “Interstellar” that will transport you into the outer space, where travelers have to beat the odds, fight for the human survival, and save the earth.

1. Sunshine

Release Date: July 27, 2007

Director: Danny Boyle

Cast: Cillian Murphy, Rose Byrne, Chris Evans

The year is 2057, the Sun’s existence threatens to end, and the Earth is on the verge of dying with it. A crew of international astronauts is out to the rescue. They are sent on an uncertain and life-threatening space mission. Their task is to revive the vanishing Sun using a nuclear fission bomb. Unfortunately, the mission fails. Partly despairing and partly hoping, another team of astronauts is sent into the outer space after seven years. Their mission is the same: to reignite the fading Sun using a nuclear fission bomb. They are mankind’s very last hope. Will the mission succeed this time?

2. 2001: A Space Odyssey

Release Date: 15 May 1968

Director: Stanley Kubrick

Cast: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester

Someone or something in the past had prompted human evolution by putting a monolith on the Earth’s surface. This evolution allowed mankind to find ways to land on the moon. Now, humans have discovered another monolith on the Lunar surface. The monolith is an artificial object that hints whatever or whoever placed the monolith on earth many years ago on how far the entire humanity has evolved. Then, a duel between humans (Bowman) and smart computers (H.A.L 9000) begins. The first to reach the monolith placers will be declared winner and will advance to the next step of evolution.

3. Solaris

Release Date: March 20, 1972

Director: Andrei Tarkovsky

Cast: Natalya Bondarchuk, Donatas Banionis, Jüri Järvet

Based on Stanislaw Lem’s novel, Solaris is about a team of human astronauts called ‘Solaris’ who has established a station on a planet believed to hold some kind of intellect. When one of the three scientists on the station dies for an unknown reason, a psychologist is sent out to the Solaris station to find out what has caused the mission to fail. He finds the mission run-down and starts working from there. He finds working difficult, though, especially around the cold and mysterious two other scientists. While there, he also had an encounter with his dead wife, and he can’t keep himself from being glad about the alien intelligence.

4. Event Horizon

Release Date: August 15, 1997

Director: Paul Anderson

Cast: Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neill, Kathleen Quinlan

50 years into the future, a troop of astronauts is sent to the outer space to conduct an examination in the hopes of recovering the starship ‘Event Horizon.’ During its initial trip, the spaceship has disappeared into a deep crater, vanished for no one knows the reason why, and has been missing for many years. When the ship returns, however, it carries additional mystery to solve… as well as something or someone even more alarming.

5. Wall-E

Release Date: June 27, 2008

Director: Andrew Stanton

Cast: Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, Jeff Garlin

Many years have pass and the Earth has become a huge trash bin. Humans, disgusted by too much trash, abandon their home planet. The only one left on Earth is WALL-E, a small trash-picking robot. He has a habit of collecting anything he finds useful or fascinating. Living with WALL-E are his pet cockroach and the last surviving plant. When WALL-E falls in love with EVE, a shiny, risky probe sent on the Earth to find the last living plant, he goes with her to the outer space. That’s when his adventures begin. Onboard the Axiom, he finds people so lazy that they become so fat. Now, it’s in WALL-E’s hands to retrieve the plant and save mankind.

6. Moon

Release Date: July 10, 2009

Directors: Duncan Jones

Cast: Sam Rockwell, Kevin Spacey, Dominique McElligott

Sam Bell lives alone with his assistant and computer GERTY in an industrial facility based on Moon. There’s only three weeks left in his three-year contract, and he is growing anxious about finally returning to Earth. Communication with Earth is simply impossible; breakdown of a long-standing communication is inevitable. Sometimes, he gets messages from his wife Tess, though. After a long period of living alone, he has been used to talking to himself and to his plants. Until an accident happens, and Sam wakes up to find that he is not alone… and never ever was.

7. The Tree of Life

Release Date: June 22, 2011

Director: Terrence Malick

Cast: Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain

The year is 1956 and a family in Waco, Texas is having quite a struggle with the eldest son, Jack. He doesn’t know what to believe between his father’s and his mother’s contradicting parenting styles. He sees the loss of innocence from his childhood, and witnesses his disappointing years as an adult. Sometime in his grown-up days, he finally decides to meet his father, who used to be so strict, and reconcile. A story of acceptance, The Tree Of Life is basically about an emotionally confused man, lost in the present world, and tries to find the real meaning of life.

8. Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Release Date: December 25, 1977

Director: Steven Spielberg

Cast: Richard Dreyfuss, François Truffaut, Teri Garr

Created by the legendary Steven Spielberg, Close Encounters of the Third Kind tells the extra-terrestrial adventure of Roy Neary. He is just checking his truck one night when suddenly an unidentified flying object appears above him. That brought odd visions to Roy. Five musical notes also keep running in his head. Later on, Roy meets a group of people who are having the same visions as his. Their visions brought them into an unknown area where something remarkable is about to happen… and where they will discover what the visions mean.

9. The Right Stuff

Release Date: October 21, 1983

Director: Philip Kaufman

Cast: Sam Shepard, Scott Glenn, Ed Harris

Based on Tom Wolfe's book that narrates where and how the U.S. Space program started, The Right Stuff is a story of the very first Mercury 7 astronauts. Funny thing is, despite being ‘spacemen,’ none of them actually knows how to operate a space program. Plus, no one of the seven has the slightest idea on how to choose the right people for it. Led by Chuck Yaeger, these astronauts, however, will prove that they can overcome the odds to save the planet; that they are heroes and are ‘the right stuff.’

10. Starship Troopers

Release Date: November 7, 1997

Director: Paul Verhoeven

Cast: Casper Van Dien, Denise Richards, Dina Meyer

In the far away future, fresh high school grad Johnny Rico is encouraged to become a citizen by joining the military forces. The same goes with any other teens in that society. Without them knowing, though, they are actually being prepared for a full-scale battle against the forces of giant insect aliens. With the help of his friends, Johnny is able to work his way up, winning battle after battle. Will his victories continue? Will he guarantee the future of humanity?

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