Star Wars is something of a Hollywood institution these days and remains one of the most popular movie franchises ever. The movies follow Luke Skywalker, and his quest to become a Jedi Knight, as well as Anakin Skywalker, and his descent to the Dark Side. The popularity of the Star Wars movies stems from the amazing storylines and the fact that they look cool as anything! If you’re looking for some of the best movies like Star Wars, you’ve come to the right place.
Top Movies Like Star Wars
A long time ago, on a TV screen far, far away, this writer was pining over the length of time between Star Wars movies. Granted this was before The Force Awakens came out and scratched that itch a little. So, in searching for similar movies, these titles presented themselves.
Titan A.E. (2000)
In the year 3028, young Cale Tucker must find the hidden Earth ship ‘Titan,’ before an alien race intercepts it, in order to save mankind. It’s a story we’ve all heard before, but that’s why it works. Animated flick Titan A.E. has some definite nods to Star Wars, not least with the spaceships, the concept of hyperspace, space stations, and all manner of alien life-forms. Written by esteemed screenwriters John August and Joss Whedon, if you loved Star Wars, you’ll dig Titan A.E..
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
Marvel sleeper-hit Guardians blasted into cinemas (and our hearts) in 2014. Just when we were all worrying we’d have to wait another year until The Force Awakens, Guardians came along to give us that sci-fi hit. Star-Lord and his band of misfits flee across the galaxy after acquiring a powerful artifact. Rich characters, fabulous humor, and a lingering evil presence make this a film pretty close to the Wars.
Star Trek (2009)
I can already see some Star Trek fans raising their eyebrows at this one, to talk about the same franchises in the same breath is like committing geek treason, but I’m a rebel! Anyway, they aren’t actually all that different from one another. Both have a young, hungry hero living in the shadow of his father, both feature iconic spacecraft, all manner of alien creatures, and some wonderfully quotable lines. If you’re looking for a similar movie to Star Wars, Star Trek really isn’t a million light years away.
Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985)
If you can’t wait to get back to the Star Wars universe, I recommend checking out this delightful family-friendly fodder from 1985. Starring everyone’s favorite cuddly creatures, the Ewoks, The Battle for Endor is perfect for filling that big Star Wars-shaped hole in your life until The Last Jedi is released. Taking place on the planet Endor that we first saw in Return of the Jedi, this is one of the best choices if you’re looking to indulge in movies similar to Star Wars.
The movie continuation of the short-lived cult TV series Firefly, Serenity is peppered with all sorts Star Wars fans will love. Captain Mal Reynolds, a smuggler by trade, is as close to Han Solo as we’re ever likely to see, and the ship Serenity is a fitting younger sibling for the Millennium Falcon. The best way I can describe it is that it’s like a Western in space, and I mean that in the best possible sense – check it out, and discover one of your new favorite sci-fi flicks.
Star Wars is so iconic and important in mainstream popular culture it seems strange to suggest anything could be quite like it. And, of course, it can’t, but that certainly doesn’t stop these movies from sharing similarities or even nods to the great franchise. I hope you dig these movies like Star Wars as much as I did, and may the force be with you!