“Interstellar” is a science fiction epic directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Matthew McConaughey. The film follows a group of astronauts on a mission to find a new home for humanity as Earth faces an environmental crisis.
For those who have never seen “Interstellar” or don’t want to review it, the film is available on the HBO Max and Amazon Prime Video streaming services.
If you’ve seen and loved “Interstellar” and are looking for works that share themes such as science fiction, space exploration, time travel and family ties, below we list 5 recommendations for similar films.
- Available to HBO Max subscribers.
“Gravity” is a science fiction thriller film directed by Alfonso Cuarón. The film tells the story of Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock), a medical engineer on her first space mission, and veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski (George Clooney).
After a catastrophic accident destroys their ship, they are stranded in space and struggling to survive as they try to find a way to return to Earth.
The film was awarded 7 Oscars, including “Best Director” for Cuarón.
- Available to rent on Google Play Movies & TV, Apple TV and Amazon Prime Video platforms.
“Contact” is a science fiction film directed by Robert Zemeckis and based on the novel by Carl Sagan. The film follows the journey of Dr. Ellie Arroway (Jodie Foster), a scientist who has dedicated her life to the search for extraterrestrial intelligence.
When Ellie receives an encrypted message from a distant star, she embarks on a mission that challenges her faith, career, and understanding of human existence. As he and a team of scientists (including Matthew McConaughey) decode the message, the entire world is left in suspense, filled with anticipation and fear about contact with alien life.
- Available to Netflix and Paramount+ subscribers.
Starring Amy Adams, “Arrival” tells the story of Dr. Lewis Banks, a renowned linguist, has been recruited to establish communication with a mysterious race of aliens who have arrived on Earth.
As she tries to decipher the language and intentions of the extraterrestrial visitors, Louise also grapples with her own emotional journey and personal trauma.
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- Available to Star+ customers.
Directed by Ridley Scott, “The Martian” is a science fiction thriller with a dose of humor that follows an astronaut (played by Matt Damon) who is left behind on a manned mission to Mars after being presumed dead during a storm.
Stranded on the uninhabited Red Planet, the astronaut uses his ingenuity and scientific knowledge to grow food, harvest water, and find a chance for survival.
- Available to Netflix and Star+ subscribers.
“Ad Astra” is a science fiction film directed by James Gray. The plot takes place in the near future, where the protagonist, Roy McBride (Brad Pitt), is a NASA astronaut who embarks on a space mission to find his missing father, a famous astronaut who may be involved in cosmic events that threaten humanity.
Facing cosmic threats and emotional issues, Roy contemplates his relationship with his father and the meaning of life while traveling through the outer reaches of the solar system.
Beautifully directed by Grey, “Ad Astra” proposes an introspective and philosophical journey that explores loneliness, human connection and outer space as the backdrop.
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