6 Sci-Fi Movies To Watch After Netflix's 'Stowaway'
Calling all cinephiles who love space-themed films.
If you love movies set in outer space, you’ve probably heard of Netflix‘s latest sci-fi film Stowaway starring Anna Kendrick, Shamier Anderson, Toni Collette and Daniel Dae Kim. Stowaway follows Dr. Zoe Levenson (Kendrick), David Kim (Kim) and Marina Barnett (Collette) as they embark on a two-year-long journey to Mars. The three-person crew is unexpectedly joined by engineer Michael Adams (Anderson), who ends up on the ship by accident. The four characters prepare themselves on their mission with supplies just for three astronauts. For those who enjoyed the new release and are looking for similar titles to watch at home, below, we’ve gathered a list of awe-inspiring works by directors like Christopher Nolan, Ridley Scott and more.
Our picks include mind-bending movies such as Interstellar, as well as Gravity and The Martian, which all feature high-end graphics to portray the great outer space. Although the story is not set in a spaceship, The Midnight Sky depicts a dystopian world where the Earth is hit with a catastrophe, forcing residents to leave the planet. For something lighthearted, look to works like Space Sweepers, which follows a crew of misfits as they protect a girl who has the potential to save the world.
Continue reading for some of the best space-themed sci-fi movies to watch after Netflix’s Stowaway.
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Medical engineer Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) goes on her first shuttle mission alongside commander astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney). The two get stranded in outer space after their ship gets hit during a spacewalk and struggle to return back home to Earth.
Like many of his other films, Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar is a title that will have you scratch your head — in the best way possible. The movie follows the story of Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), a former NASA pilot who returns to the station to save mankind with physicist Professor Brand (Michael Caine) as the Earth becomes uninhabitable. Unlike other works listed here, Interstellar touches on the topic of time dilation as astronauts attempt to travel through a wormhole to search for a new home near Saturn.
The Martian (2015)
Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) gets stranded on Mars after his crew leaves him behind following a brutal storm. Using leftover supplies, he finds ways to survive while sending signals to Earth that he is still alive. Slowly, Mark learns to make Mars inhabitable by growing plants and sterilizing the soil.
First Man (2018)
Set in the ’60s and based on the 2005 book of the same title, First Man tells the story of Neil Armstrong reaching the Moon for the very first time through the Apollo 11 mission. After years of risky test flights, Armstrong and his team embarked on the historic journey on July 16, 1969.
The Midnight Sky (2020)
Director: George Clooney
Cast: George Clooney, Felicity Jones, Sophie Rundle
Where To Watch: Netflix
A screen adaptation of Lily Brooks-Dalton’s 2016 novel Good Morning, Midnight, The Midnight Sky stars George Clooney as Augustine Lofthouse, a lone scientist in the Arctic. With the Earth no longer habitable after being wiped out from a global catastrophe, Augustine makes a trip across the Arctic Circle in an attempt to warn a group of returning astronauts to steer away from the planet.
Space Sweepers (2021)
Director: Jo Sung-hee
Cast: Song Joongki, Kim Taeri, Yoo Haejin
Where To Watch: Netflix
In a dystopian world set in 2092, a large corporation called UTS builds a new habitable home on Mars for the elite. The Victory Ship — a crew that makes money by cleaning up floating debris in outer space — encounters Dorothy, a child robot that is classified as a dangerous weapon.