Science fiction brings a level of freedom that other genres of movies don’t even come close to. More and more people are now enjoying sci-fi with recent studies showing that about 41.4 million TV watchers enjoy Sci-fi shows. So popular are these movies today that there are web resources that exclusively talk about games such as Star Wars today – an excellent example being The Force Universe.
Star Wars, easily the most popular Sci-Fi movie series of all time, was first started in 1977 and has birthed more than 10 movies. For many, the Star Wars franchise is a piece of cinema that’s hard to surpass. However, there are some movies that can leave you as a Star Wars fan equally satisfied.
In this quick guide, we take a look at the 6 best movies that you will enjoy if you love Star Wars. Excited? Let’s get started!
Star Trek 2009
Any sci-fi fan is bound to enjoy any Star Trek movie. The Star Trek franchise is about 50 years old and is an interesting counterpoint to the Star Wars saga. The modern movie displays sprawling action scenes while still breaking down personal and philosophical dramas. This serves as a reminder to the audience that the stories displayed are of unique people that travel across space.
The Wachowskis are some of the most creative filmmakers in existence. The visuals displayed in their movies are exciting and ambitious. They are the brains behind the Matrix trilogy which receives acclaim to date. Jupiter Ascending tells a tale of startling loyalty and feels like The Wachowskis version of Star Wars.
Guardians of the Galaxy
If you are looking for the perfect combination of Sci-fi, adventure, and comedy, Guardians of the Galaxy will give you that and more. The introduction of Star-Lord and the entire titular Guardians combined with the cosmic side of the MCU, is among the hugest accomplishments of this cinematic universe.
The movie shows Peter Quill, a brash space explorer, being pursued by bounty hunters after stealing an orb that is highly coveted by Ronan who is a powerful villain. Quill hesitantly results into an uncomfortable truce with four misfits; Racoon, Gamora, Groot, and Drax the Destroyer in order to evade Ronan.
He later discovers the orb’s true power and the threat it poses to the universe and decides to break his ragtag group to protect the universe.
Although not Mel Brooks’ best film, SpaceBalls is an absolute comedy classic full of unbelievable sight gags that incorporate the silliest characters. It is no wonder that Mel Brooks has built a solid career from his absurdist and audacious sense of humor.
Pilot Lone Starr who is played by Bill Pullman, and his sidekick Barf, played by John Candy, try to rescue Princess Vespa, played by Daphne Zuniga, from a wicked nemesis and rescue the planet from destruction.
2001: A Space Odyssey
It is impossible to talk about Sci-fi and not mention Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. Stanley’s style covers diverse subjects and genres and brings them out in groundbreaking cinema.
Kubrick approaches Sci-fi in an extremely cerebral way. He displays excellent visuals in 2001 while providing a different perspective on the infinite nature of space and how humanity is incorporated into the equation.
This movie provides chilling insight into the dependency of humankind on technology and the dangers this dependency poses. Compared to Star Wars, 2001 is a much-more high minded but still has a lot of similarities to it.
Did you know that this movie shares almost the exact same production crew as Star Wars?
After touching down on an alien planet with his troops, former marine Jake Sully uses an avatar to co-exist with the Na’vi and learn their culture using the eyes of a native. Avatar sparked a new era in the film with its cutting edge motion capture technology, which combined with Na’vi’s unique language completely takes viewers into the world of Pandora.
The movie casts Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana who do an excellent job in bringing out their characters.
Star Wars has become a major pop culture phenomenon with references of it everywhere. Even for someone who is not a fan of Sci-fi, it is hard to miss Star Wars. We hope that the above list will entertain you and make you want to dig deeper into the world of sci-fi.