Space Opera: Epic Adventure and Heroic Fantasy in Sci-Fi

A science fiction sub-genre that largely favors colorful spectacle and sweeping melodrama over hard science or any speculation on the effects of technological progress. Several titles on this list contain elements that overlap with traits from the genres of fantasy and planetary romance. These films tend to be inspired by pulpy adventure novels and comic books, often featuring brash interstellar cowboys, a destiny-fulfilling "chosen one," exotic alien races, and epic feuds between galactic dynasties.

See also:
Frontier Metaphors: The Western in Sci-Fi
All of my lists:
List Index

  • Star Wars
  • Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
  • Flash Gordon
  • The Fifth Element
  • Jupiter Ascending
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
  • Dune
  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  • Interstellar Civil War: Shadows of the Empire
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • Thor: Ragnarok
  • Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  • The Osiris Child
  • Star Trek Beyond
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Star Raiders: The Adventures of Saber Raine
  • Starship Rising
  • Space Pirate Captain Harlock
  • Star Trek Into Darkness
  • Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome
  • John Carter
  • Nydenion
  • Space Battleship Yamato
  • Battlestar Galactica: The Plan
  • Star Trek
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars
  • Babylon 5: The Lost Tales - Voices in the Dark
  • Battlestar Galactica: Razor
  • Turks in Space
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
  • Serenity
  • Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith
  • Thru the Moebius Strip
  • The Chronicles of Riddick
  • G.O.R.A.
  • Battlestar Galactica
  • Frank Herbert's Children of Dune
  • Babylon 5: The Legend of the Rangers - To Live and Die in Starlight
  • Star Trek: Nemesis
  • Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones
  • Ice Planet
  • Frank Herbert's Dune
  • Heavy Metal 2000
  • Titan A.E.
  • Babylon 5: A Call to Arms
  • Galaxy Quest
  • Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace
  • Babylon 5: In the Beginning
  • Babylon 5: The River of Souls
  • Babylon 5: Thirdspace
  • Queen Emeraldas
  • The Warlord: Battle for the Galaxy
  • Galaxis
  • Babylon 5: The Gathering
  • Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Overture to a New War
  • Mom and Dad Save the World
  • Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
  • Space Chase
  • Legend of the Galactic Heroes: My Conquest Is the Sea of Stars
  • Outlaw of Gor
  • Space Mutiny
  • Gor
  • Masters of the Universe
  • Spaceballs
  • Dune
  • Hyperspace
  • The Ice Pirates
  • The Last Starfighter
  • Lensman: Secret of the Lens
  • Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
  • Space Battleship Yamato - Final Chapter
  • Krull
  • Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn
  • Space Raiders
  • Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone
  • Return of the Jedi
  • Space Pirate Captain Harlock: Arcadia of My Youth
  • Cosmic Princess
  • Flash Gordon: The Greatest Adventure of All
  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
  • Conquest of the Earth
  • Erotic Games in the Third Galaxy
  • Battle Beyond the Stars
  • Be Forever Yamato
  • Galaxina
  • The Empire Strikes Back
  • Mission Galactica: The Cylon Attack
  • The Humanoid
  • Space Battleship Yamato: The New Voyage
  • Star Odyssey
  • Farewell to Space Battleship Yamato
  • Message from Space
  • Starcrash
  • The War in Space
  • Flesh Gordon
  • Barbarella