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The Best Space Movies and TV Shows on Kanopy

Finding a good Space movie and TV show to watch can be hard, so we've ranked the best ones and included where to watch them. Check out our list of the best Space movies and TV shows of all time streaming on Kanopy.

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1. Solaris

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8.1/10
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86/100
Released: 1972Rated: PG
Drama, Mystery

What it's about: A psychologist is sent to a space station orbiting a planet called Solaris to investigate the death of a doctor and the mental problems of cosmonauts on the station. He soon discovers that the water on the planet is a type of brain which brings out repressed memories and obsessions.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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2. Coherence

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7.2/10
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85/100
Released: 2013Rated: PG
Science-Fiction, Thriller

What it's about: On the night of an astronomical anomaly, eight friends at a dinner party experience a troubling chain of reality bending events.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, Plex, Vudu & 2 others), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Hulu, Hoopla & 2 others) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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3. A Trip to the Moon

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8.2/10
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83/100
Released: 1902Rated: G
Action & Adventure, Fantasy

What it's about: Professor Barbenfouillis and five of his colleagues from the Academy of Astronomy travel to the Moon aboard a rocket propelled by a giant cannon. Once on the lunar surface, the bold explorers face the many perils hidden in the caves of the mysterious satellite.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy) & rent or buy from $0.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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4. An Inconvenient Truth

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7.4/10
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82/100
Released: 2006Rated: PG
Documentary

What it's about: A documentary on Al Gore's campaign to make the issue of global warming a recognized problem worldwide.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PlutoTV), stream on a subscription service (Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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5. Home

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6.6/10
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76/100
Released: 2015Rated: PG
Animation, Action & Adventure

What it's about: When Earth is taken over by the overly-confident Boov, an alien race in search of a new place to call home, all humans are promptly relocated, while all Boov get busy reorganizing the planet. But when one resourceful girl, Tip, manages to avoid capture, she finds herself the accidental accomplice of a banished Boov named Oh. The two fugitives realize there’s a lot more at stake than intergalactic relations as they embark on the road trip of a lifetime.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, fuboTV & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 7 services (iTunes, Google Play & 5 others).

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6. Alphaville

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7.1/10
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76/100
Released: 1965Rated: G
Drama, Mystery

What it's about: An American private-eye, arrives in Alphaville, a futuristic city on another planet which is ruled by an evil scientist named Von Braun, who has outlawed love and self-expression.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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7. Prospect

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6.2/10
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75/100
Released: 2018Rated: PG-13
Science-Fiction, Drama

What it's about: A teenage girl and her father travel to a remote alien moon, aiming to strike it rich. They've secured a contract to harvest a large deposit of the elusive gems hidden in the depths of the moon's toxic forest. But there are others roving the wilderness and the job quickly devolves into a fight to survive.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play, Prime Video & 2 others). Coming soon to Netflix on November 1st, 2020 (PST).

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8. Save the Green Planet!

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7.3/10
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74/100
Released: 2003
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: A traumatized young man abducts Korean leaders, believing they're toxic reptilian aliens - a fifth column launching a takeover of beloved Earth. Stumped law enforcement geniuses half-seriously hire a disgraced, disheveled private detective with a long-ago history of super-crime solving. The alienated South Korean youngster Lee Byeong-gu builds an isolated basement command post/torture chamber/film studio to force the awful truth out of the slimy, uncooperative politicians and businesspeople, then alert the public. Byeong-gu is helped by his devoted girlfriend, who buys his theories, but wonders if his horrible childhood has colored his thinking.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy).

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9. Explorers

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6.6/10
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73/100
Released: 1985Rated: PG
Children, Science-Fiction

What it's about: The visionary dreams of three curious and adventuresome young boys become an exciting reality in Explorers, the action-fantasy from director Joe Dante, who combines keen humor, warmth and fantasy with unexpected twists. In their makeshift laboratory, the boys use an amazing discovery and their ingenuity to build their own spaceship and launch themselves on a fantastic interplanetary journey.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PlutoTV), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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10. Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World

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7.0/10
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73/100
Released: 2016Rated: PG-13
Documentary

What it's about: Werner Herzog's exploration of the Internet and the connected world.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi & Plex), stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu, Hoopla & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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11. The Quiet Earth

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6.8/10
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70/100
Released: 1985Rated: R
Drama, Mystery

What it's about: After a top-secret experiment misfires, a scientist may be the only man left alive in the world.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Hoopla & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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12. The Blob

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6.4/10
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70/100
Released: 1958
Horror, Cult

What it's about: A drive-in favorite, this sci-fi classic follows teenagers Steve and his best girl, Jane, as they try to protect their hometown from a gelatinous alien life form that engulfs everything it touches. The first to discover the substance and live to tell about it, Steve and Jane witness the blob destroying an elderly man, then it growing to a terrifying size. But no one else has seen the goo, and policeman Dave refuses to believe the kids without proof.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Plex & Crackle), stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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13. High Life

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5.8/10
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70/100
Released: 2018Rated: R
Drama, Science-Fiction

What it's about: A father and his daughter struggle to survive in deep space where they live in isolation.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Hoopla & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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14. A Good American

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7.3/10
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66/100
Released: 2015
Documentary, Biography

What it's about: A Good American tells the story of the best code-breaker the USA ever had and how he and a small team within NSA created a surveillance tool that could pick up any electronic signal on earth, filter it for targets and render results in real-time while keeping the privacy as demanded by the US constitution.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a subscription service (Hoopla & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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15. Free Enterprise

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6.7/10
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64/100
Released: 1998Rated: R
Comedy, Independent

What it's about: Young filmmakers trying to hawk a movie titled "Bradykillers" about a serial killer who goes after victims Marcia, Jan, and Cindy meet their screen idol, William Shatner. The two young men, who idolize him and in their fantasies have seen him as a shadowy fairy godfather figure, are alarmed at the reality of the middle-aged non-Captain Kirk man that they meet.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Google Play).

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16. The Last Movie Star

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6.9/10
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64/100
Released: 2018Rated: R
Drama, Documentary

What it's about: An aging screen icon gets lured into accepting an award at a rinky-dink film festival in Nashville, Tenn., sending him on a hilarious fish-out-of-water adventure and an unexpectedly poignant journey into his past.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (fuboTV, Showtime, Hoopla & 1 other), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Showtime) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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17. Plan 9 from Outer Space

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4.0/10
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61/100
Released: 1959
Horror, Cult

What it's about: In California, an old man grieves the loss of his wife and on the next day he also dies. However, the space soldier Eros and her mate Tanna use an electric device to resurrect them both and the strong Inspector Clay that was murdered by the couple. Their intention is not to conquest Earth but to stop mankind from developing the powerful bomb “Solobonite” that would threaten the universe. When the population of Hollywood and Washington DC sees flying saucers on the sky, a colonel, a police lieutenant, a commercial pilot, his wife and a policeman try to stop the aliens.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, PlutoTV & PopcornFlix), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Fandor, Hoopla & 1 other), stream on a TV everywhere service (TCM) & rent or buy from $2.00 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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18. How to Talk to Girls at Parties

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5.7/10
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59/100
Released: 2017Rated: R
Comedy, Romance

What it's about: Croydon, 1977. A trio of punk teenagers goes to a party to meet girls, but they find that girls there are very different from what they expected.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (fuboTV, Showtime, Hoopla & 1 other), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Showtime) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 7 services (iTunes, Google Play & 5 others).

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19. Woman in the Moon

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7.3/10
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59/100
Released: 1929
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: A scientist discovers that there's gold on the moon, he builds a rocket to fly there, but there's too much rivalry among the crew to have a sucessful expedition.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy).

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20. Elstree 1976

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5.9/10
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54/100
Released: 2015
Documentary

What it's about: A documentary about ten very different lives connected by having appeared onscreen wearing masks or helmets in Star Wars.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Hoopla & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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21. One Small Step

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7.4/10
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54/100
Released: 2018Rated: G
Animation, Action & Adventure

What it's about: ​Luna is a vibrant young Chinese-American girl who dreams of becoming an astronaut. From the day she witnesses a rocket launching into space on TV, Luna is driven to reach for the stars. In the big city, Luna lives with her loving father Chu, who supports her with a humble shoe repair business he runs out of his garage. As Luna grows up, she enters college, facing adversity of all kinds in pursuit of her dreams.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Google Play).

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22. Capsule

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6.0/10
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51/100
Released: 2015
Action & Adventure, Thriller

What it's about: Guy is an experienced British fighter pilot who is in command of Britain's first manned mission to space. He has trained for this for three years at the height of the Cold War and now he is alone in space with a malfunctioning capsule. He has limited contact with the UK, some unusual communication with the US and some unorthodox communication with Roscosmos deep in Soviet Russia. Who will help him? Will he make the right choice?

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi & IMDb TV), stream on a subscription service (Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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23. A Space Program

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6.7/10
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50/100
Released: 2015
Documentary, Action & Adventure

What it's about: The artist Tom Sachs and his team of bricoleurs build a handmade space program and send two female astronauts to Mars

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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24. Mars

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6.0/10
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45/100
Released: 2010
Animation, Comedy

What it's about: A new space race is born between NASA and the ESA when Charlie Brownsville, Hank Morrison, and Dr. Casey Cook compete against an artificially intelligent robot to find out what's up there on the red planet. 'Mars' follows these three astronauts on the first manned mission to our galactic neighbor. On the way they experience life threatening accidents, self doubts, obnoxious reporters, and the boredom of extended space travel.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, PlutoTV & Vudu), stream on a subscription service (Fandor, Hoopla & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $0.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Google Play).

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25. First Spaceship on Venus

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4.5/10
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39/100
Released: 1960Rated: G
Science-Fiction

What it's about: A mysterious magnetic spool found during a construction project is discovered to have originated from Venus. A rocket expedition to Venus is launched to discover the origin of the spool and the race that created it.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy).

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26. First Man Into Space

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5.5/10
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38/100
Released: 1959
Drama, Independent

What it's about: The first pilot to leave Earth's atmosphere lands, then vanishes; but something with a craving for blood prowls the countryside...

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi & PlutoTV), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, HBO MAX, The Criterion Channel & 1 other) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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27. Earth from Space

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8.2/10
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37/100
Released: 2012
Documentary

What it's about: Earth from Space takes you on an epic quest to discover the invisible forces and processes that sustain life on our planet and, for the first time, see them in action in their natural environment in vivid detail. These truly unique images will explore the deepest mysteries of its existence, raising profound questions and challenging the old assumptions of how Earth's system works.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Hoopla & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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28. Eolomea

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5.7/10
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37/100
Released: 1972
Drama, Romance

What it's about: Eight space cargo-ships disappear without a trace within three days. And the orbit station "Margot" has suddenly fallen silent. The space council is faced with a mystery and the scientist in charge, Maria Scholl, sees no other solution than ordering a total flight stop to this mysterious sector of space. Her colleague, Prof. Tal seems to be suspicious since he knows things before they are even released. A forbidden look into his personal file brings to light that Tal was part of the Eolomea project that never found approval of the commission in charge.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy).

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29. The Atomic Submarine

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5.2/10
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36/100
Released: 1959
Science-Fiction, Thriller

What it's about: Ships disappear on route across the Arctic Sea, and a special submarine is sent to investigate.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, AMC Premiere, The Criterion Channel & 1 other), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (AMC) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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30. The Terrible Thing of Alpha-9!

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7.1/10
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34/100
Released: 2009
Animation, Science-Fiction

What it's about: A space bounty-hunter travels to a lonely planet to kill a terrible monster.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy).

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31. Chasing Pluto

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8.0/10
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34/100
Released: 2015Rated: G
Documentary, Biography

What it's about: NOVA captures New Horizons' historic flyby of Pluto, the culmination of the spacecraft's nine-year, three-billion-mile journey to reveal the first ever detailed images of this strange, icy world at the very edge of our solar system.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy).

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32. In the Dust of the Stars

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5.3/10
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33/100
Released: 1976
Science-Fiction

What it's about: A retro '70s vision of the future, IN THE DUST OF THE STARS was made by the DEFA film studio. A radio signal attracts a team of astronauts to a mysterious planet. Once there, they are warmly welcomed by an alien race, but are soon suspicious of what is really occurring on this strange land.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy).

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33. Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet

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3.8/10
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29/100
Released: 1965
Action & Adventure, Science-Fiction

What it's about: In 2020, after the colonization of the moon, the spaceships Vega, Sirius and Capella are launched from Lunar Station 7. They are to explore Venus under the command of Professor Hartman, but an asteroid collides and explodes Capella. The leader ship Vega stays orbiting and sends the astronauts Kern and Sherman with the robot John to the surface of Venus, but they have problems with communication with Dr. Marsha Evans in Vega. The Sirius lands in Venus and Commander Brendan Lockhart, Andre Ferneau and Hans Walter explore the planet and are attacked by prehistoric animals. They use a vehicle to seek Kern and Sherman while collecting samples from the planet. Meanwhile John helps the two cosmonauts to survive in the hostile land.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Epix & Kanopy) & stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Epix).

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