Whether fighting beings from the other end of the universe, sitting alone above the Earth in a tin can or finding out who your real dad is, space movies have it covered.
Space has been a staple of contemporary cinema since the Cold War made it glamorous, and if the major studios' continuous involvement is anything to go by - Guardians of the Galaxy, Star Wars, Star Trek - the race for bigger, bolder and brighter feats of intergalactic wonder might never slow down.
This selection of films covers all aspects of space, going between genres and exploring the great, dark, cold unknown in unique ways, with tightly wound isolation dramas, tongue in cheek comedies and galaxy-busting epics. The acting, soundtracks and visuals perfectly showcase and make familiar so much of which is still unknown.
Honourable mentions go to a handful that did not make the list, including bleak psychological thriller Sunshine (Danny Boyle), pitch-perfect Trek parody Galaxy Quest (Dean Parisot) and genre-and-logic-bending The Fountain (Darren Aronofsky), but those that are here represent the sheer diversity the broad 'space movie' umbrella has to offer.