There are a slew of fantastic sci-fi and space movies that resemble Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar in both appearance and feel. Here are 15 of the most notable examples in no particular order.
As a huge hit in the often niche and divisive genre of science-fiction space opera, Christopher Nolan’s Interstellarprovided a fulfilling and emotional adventure from a story that explores enormously complex theoretical ideas.
In the meantime, there are a number of great contemporary films that have similarly high standards, as well as a number of classics that played an important role in shaping the plot and overall feel of the film. These films can be enjoyed right now by moviegoers who missed out on the first film’s many fans. Here are some great examples of films like Interstellar that are set in space.
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Considered one of the most popular sci-fi films of all time among moviegoers, it’s no surprise that interest in Christopher Nolan’s hugely successful space opera continues to grow. This list will have to grow in tandem with the fan base. Look no further than these Interstellar-inspired films for some of Nolan’s greatest influences and contemporaries.
15. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
It is true that Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey had a significant impact on subsequent science-fiction films, but the comparison to Interstellar is more apt.
However, the visual similarities can be seen throughout 2001and the operatic tone of Interstellar, which both deal with similar theoreticalideas.
14. Solaris (2002)
The adaptation of Stanislaw Lem’s novel by Steven Soderbergh differs significantly from the more famous version directed by Andrei Tarkovsky, but it is just as full of engrossing drama and profound philosophical questions.
Things are a lot more ambiguous than in a straight man on a mission movie like Interstellar, but this helps a lot with the haunting visual beauty ofSolaris..
13. Ad Astra (2019)
One of the few recent science-fiction films that is perhaps more intense than Christopher Nolan’s impending doom, James Gray’s sci-fi thriller is remarkably similar to Interstellarin terms of a straightforward and linear plot.
As the emotionally detached son of a famous missing astronaut, Brad Pitt is drawn into a mysterious mission to find out what happened to his dad.
12. First Man (2018)
While emotional detachment was common in classic space movies like Interstellar, Damien Chazielle’s biographical drama about Neil Armstrong’s historic journey to the moon focuses much more on the famous astronaut’s mental state throughout the mission.
With the tragic death of Armstrong’s young daughter as a lens, the events of the Apollo 11 mission became a powerful and striking drama. First Man shared a commitment to practical effects and techniques with Interstellar, making both films feel more tangible..
11. Gravity (2013)
Although it moves at a breakneck pace thanks to Alfonso Cuarón’s use of fast-paced action, the space survival film from the director isn’t without its share of heartfelt moments.
Sandra Bullock’s stranded astronaut faces a deluge of debris flying around Earth’s orbit, and that simple setup allows for just as many awe-inspiring audiovisual feats as a movie like Interstellar. Sandra Bullock
10. The Right Stuff (1983)
The Right Stuff, an adaptation of Tom Wolfe’s book of the same name, takes a more objective, but no less strikingly well-made, view of biographical aviation history.
This film, which stars Matthew McConaughey as an ace pilot named Joseph “Coop” Cooper, is heavily influenced by Sam Shepard’s portrayal of Charles “Chuck” Yeager in 2001: A Space Odyssey.
9. Apollo 13 (1995)
Even though it’s set in the early 1970s, Apollo 13 is just as thrilling and grandiose as a film like Interstellar because of the limitations of spaceflight at the time.
The story of NASA’s seventh lunar mission is chronicled in Ron Howard’s tense drama, which, like The Right Stuff, paints a rich and engrossing picture of a moment in time that’s made up of so many tiny and realistic details that it feels as huge asStar Wars.
8. Sunshine (2007)
A far more fantastical and Jules Verne-inspired sci-fi thriller than any of the previous films on this list, Danny Boyle’s thriller follows closely in the footsteps of Interstellar’s more outlandish theoretical concepts.
An astronaut team is sent into space with the sole purpose of dropping a bomb into the dying sun in an attempt to give humanity one final hope. However, as the mission’s importance grows, the crew begins to experience problems that were not expected and face apocalyptic risks.
7. The Black Hole (1979)
One of Disney’s earliest–and still most influential–sci-fi cult classics is this tale of a lost spaceship discovered on the edge of the titular region in spacetime. An insane scientist and his depraved robotic creations live there.
When it comes to weird, dark, and horrific moments, the Black Hole can match them all. The unforgettable demonic robot “Maximillian” literally out-psycho’d the real psycho from the movie Psycho, Anthony Perkins. There is a vein of adventure running through it that is reminiscent of Star Warsand Jules Verne, as well as Interstellar’s desire to view science’s wonders from a theoretical–and sometimes even theological–standpoint
6. Mission to Mars (2000)
For those who are interested in a different take on the plot of the next film on our list, take a look at this adaptation of the same-named Disneyland attraction, directed by none other than master director Brian De Palma, known for his dark and violent thrillers.
After a daring rescue mission to Mars, the film explores a number of the same themes as Interstellar, including unhappiness and making contact with extraterrestrial life. There are parts of Mission to Mars’ visual effects that hold up and are still stunning today, despite the film’s tonal inconsistency. Its depiction of the first meeting between humans and extraterrestrials drew more criticism than evenInterstellar’s.
5. The Martian (2015)
It is directed by Ridley Scott, who previously directed the far more morbid and horrifying Aliensmovies, but in this adaptation of Andy Weir’s bestselling novel, Scott manages to create one of the most upbeat sci-fi survival films ever made. Maybe in the end.
While Matt Damon’s character is stranded on Mars when he’s presumed dead, the film’s plot revolves around his infectious optimism in the face of certain death.
4. Deep Impact (1998)
When compared to Michael Bay’s monstrous disaster filmArmageddon, which was released less than two months after Armageddon, Mimi Leder’s giant asteroid film is far more genuine and emotional, and it shares many other characteristics with Interstellar..
Melodramatic elements such as parental abandonment and hopelessness in light of humanity’s impending demise are elevated by the presence of these themes, and the result is an incredibly moving sci-fi adventure.
3. Moon (2009)
Duncan Jones’ debut film became an instant cult classic thanks to some smartly simple designs and a stunning lead performance from the always-compelling Sam Rockwell. It was a much more isolated and claustrophobic slice of sci-fi than the operatics of Interstellar, but it was no less thought-provoking.
In Moon, Rockwell’s lone lunar worker discovers the life-changing secret of their job’s nature and its far-reaching existential implications. Moon For fans of Interstellar’s look at a convincingly not-too-distant future, this is an essential modern entry into the genre.
2. 2010: The Year We Make Contact (1984)
However, despite being an almost complete reversal of Stanley Kubrick’s groundbreaking 2001: A Space Odyssey, the long-awaited sequel is in no way an underrated entry in the genre or a film that is reviled by fans of the original.
While the year 2001 was devoid of any well-known actors, the year 2010 boasted an almost all-star cast, which had little impact on the film’s quality. The Year We Make Contact, on the other hand, is all about providing clarity over ambiguity, and it does so by answering many of A Space Odyssey’s biggest questions in retrospect. However, director Peter Hyams’ eye for detail in the designs is spellbinding and much of the tension from the original is carried over and syncs even better with Interstellar’s large set pieces and intense debates. It may never match the atmosphere of the first movie.
1. Contact (1997)
This film, based on Carl Sagan’s novel of the same name, explores the huge scientific questions raised by the film Interstellar by introducing the writers of the original treatment on a blind date. Contactdives deep into these issues while remaining true to the story’s fictional elements.
Produced by Lynda Obst, a key producer on the way to Interstellar and a co-author of the original treatment, Robert Zemeckis’ film about a mysterious extraterrestrial signal is a must-see for fans of sci-fi in general and stars Matthew McConaughey.