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What to see if Star Wars is not enough for you: 10 TV series and films
What to see if Star Wars is not enough for you: 10 TV series and films

On the occasion of the release of The Last Jedi, Lifehacker recalls similar stories about space and the civilizations of distant planets. Check - you may have missed something or want to revise.

What to see if Star Wars is not enough for you: 10 TV series and films
What to see if Star Wars is not enough for you: 10 TV series and films

Chronicles of Riddick

  • Action, thriller.
  • 2000, 2004, 2013.

This film series includes three full-length films: "Black Hole", "The Chronicles of Riddick" and "Riddick". The events of the paintings take place in a cruel, gloomy world, where several civilizations suffer from lawlessness and wars. The main character of the trilogy, a seasoned adventurer named Riddick (Vin Diesel), makes his way through this chaos.

Each film reveals the character from new sides and tells about his intergalactic wanderings.

Star Trek

  • Action, drama.
  • 2009, 2013, 2016.

The cult series "Star Trek" has successfully revived in the guise of a trilogy and now enthralls a new generation of fans. Thanks to modern technology, the universe of the series appeared before us in new colors. Space battles are impressive in scale, and the landscapes of distant planets are enchanting with beauty.

The crew of the ship "Enterprise" flies to explore unfamiliar worlds. Join if you haven't already.


  • Thriller, drama, detective.
  • 2015 year.

Television adaptation of the literary cycle of the same name, which has already been christened "the cosmic Game of Thrones". The first season of the series debuted last year and received positive reviews from critics, with the second starting in February. The plot revolves around an intricate conflict between Earth and human colonies on asteroids and Mars.

Against the background of Star Wars and other space opera, Space stands out for its realism. There is no abundance of fantastic creatures from other worlds, and fictional technologies are given a scientific basis.

Starship Troopers

  • Action, drama.
  • 1997 year.

Making a movie based on the novel by Robert Heinlein, director Paul Verhoeven created one of the best space blockbusters of the nineties.

The movie "Starship Troopers" tells about the war between humans and an intelligent alien race. The totalitarian military-political regime is pushing earthlings to destroy these creatures for the sake of new territories. But the aliens give a tough rebuff. The viewer must decide for himself who is to blame and who is right.

Firefly, Serenity Mission

  • Western, action movie.
  • 2002, 2005.

The Avengers writer and director Joss Whedon began his career with serials. One of his most interesting projects in this field was "Firefly". This is a futuristic western about smugglers. Delivering cargo in a spaceship, they get into trouble every now and then.

Events take place in the distant future, where regions beyond the control of the authorities have lagged behind in development and have turned into a kind of Wild West in the United States.

Firefly ended in its first season, followed by Whedon's feature film, Mission Serenity, starring the same characters. Both projects did not achieve financial success, but left an indelible mark on the hearts of critics and the fan community.

Fifth Element

  • Comedy, thriller.
  • 1997 year.

The famous work of Luc Besson is a great example of dynamic and fun space fiction. An all-star cast, charismatic heroes and villains, humor, special effects and spectacular action sequences are the five elements that made the film a box office success.

However, you probably watched it and you yourself know it very well. Classics of the genre, which is not a sin to revisit over and over again.

Guardians of the Galaxy

  • Comedy, thriller.
  • year 2014.

Guardians of the Galaxy is a breath of fresh, invigorating air for audiences tired of traditional Marvel comics. Instead of bored superheroes, we were shown bright and memorable new characters, and instead of Earth - various corners of the galaxy.

The film combines hurricane action, sparkling humor and a well-chosen soundtrack. An excellent choice for viewing in a noisy company.

Edge of the future

  • Action, thriller, drama.
  • year 2014.

This seemingly standard action movie about an alien invasion turns out to be Groundhog Day in a military setting. When the Earth is attacked by aliens, the army PR specialist William Cage (Tom Cruise) enters the front. Not knowing how to fight, he immediately dies. But the day of his death closes the time loop and begins to repeat itself.

Spectacular battles and an unpredictable plot of this picture will not let even a sophisticated fan of combat fiction get bored.

John Carter

  • Drama, action, comedy.
  • year 2012.

A screen version of The Princess of Mars, a novel by Edgar Burroughs. Although some of the events of the film take place on another planet, the plot does not describe the future, but the past.

19th century American Civil War veteran John Carter accidentally enters Mars by magic. Alien deserts, cities and Martian peoples, between which a war is flaring up, await the earthling there.

John Carter is a spectacular and soulful adventure in the best Disney tradition.


  • Drama, action.
  • year 2009.

A film that has become a phenomenon. For all the plot simplicity of "Avatar" he managed to conquer millions of people with the unprecedented beauty of computer animation. It is not surprising that James Cameron, an acclaimed master of high-tech cinema, worked on the film.

The director showed a banal love story between representatives of the warring parties. But at the same time, he transferred it to the entourage of an exotic planet and made it a visual masterpiece.

The full potential of the picture opens up in 3D, but it is able to impress even on the big screen.

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