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

  • Crash of Moons
  • Silver Needle in the Sky
  • Captain Video, Master of the Stratosphere
  • Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe
  • Buck Rogers
  • Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars
  • Flash Gordon