Space — as a setting — is a commonality among some of cinema’s most riveting sci-fi pictures. It provides a stunning backdrop that can be eerie or calming, quieting or intense. Certain filmmakers have ventured into the unknown to create thrillers while others sought the overwhelming beauty of space to bring dramatic features to the screen.
The latest entry in the canon is Life, a Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds film about a crew that discovers Mars is far from uninhabited. In honor of its release, we explore what lies beyond Earth through 13 of our favorite space-set, sci-fi movies. ~Matthew Pariselli