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List of the best movies like Approaching the Unknown (2016): 400 Days, The Martian, Passengers, Gravity, Stowaway, Ad Astra, Red Planet, Mission to Mars, The Divide, Marooned.

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Markimdb: 4.4
Genrefantastic, thriller, detective
CountryUSA
Duration01:46
CharactersAliens, Family, Astronauts
PlotSurvival, End of the world, Travel, Fight, Experiments
PlaceSpace, Spaceships, Mars, Parallel worlds, Bunker
TimePost apocalypse
StylePsychological problems, Smart, Tense, Disturbing

4 would be astronauts spend 400 days in a land locked space simulator to test the psychological effects of deep space travel but, when something goes terribly wrong and they are forced to leave the simulation, they discover that everything on earth has changed. Is this real or is the simulation on a higher level than they could have ever imagined?

Markimdb: 8
Genrefantastic, adventure
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA, Hungary, Jordan
Duration03:34
CharactersAstronauts, Investigators, Astronauts
PlotSurvival, Time travel, Adventure, Travel, Loneliness
PlaceSpace, Spaceships, Mars
TimeFuture
StylePopular, Smart, Disturbing

During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive.

Markimdb: 7
Genrefantastic, thriller, melodrama, drama
CountryUSA, Australia
Duration02:31
CharactersAstronauts
PlotLove, Survival, Adventure, Loneliness, Fate
PlaceSpace, Spaceships
TimeFuture

A spacecraft traveling to a distant colony planet and transporting thousands of people has a malfunction in its sleep chambers. As a result, two passengers are awakened 90 years early.

Markimdb: 7.7
Genrefantastic, action, thriller, drama
CountryUSA, Mexico, United Kingdom
Duration01:30
CharactersAstronauts, Scientists, Friends, Astronauts
PlotSurvival, Disasters, Fear
PlaceSpace, Spaceships
TimeFuture
StyleAction, Beautiful, Atmospheric, Tense, Touching

Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant medical engineer on her first Shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky in command of his last flight before retiring. But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The Shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone-tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness of space. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.

Markimdb: 5.6
Genrefantastic, thriller, drama
CountryUSA, Germany
CharactersAstronauts, Astronauts
PlotSurvival, Adventure, Self-sacrifice
PlaceSpace, Spaceships, Mars
StyleExciting, Action, Fascinating, Tense

A three-person crew on a mission to Mars faces an impossible choice when an unplanned passenger jeopardizes the lives of everyone on board.

Markimdb: 6.5
Genrefantastic, thriller, drama, adventure, detective
CountryUSA, China, Brazil
Duration02:36
CharactersAliens, Astronauts, Military, Astronauts
PlotTravel, Fight, Obsession, Loneliness, Chase
PlaceSpace, Spaceships, Mars, Moon
TimeFuture
StyleExciting, Fascinating, Touching, Serious, Disturbing

An astronaut travels to the outer edges of the solar system to find his father and unravel a mystery that threatens the survival of our planet. He uncovers secrets which challenge the nature of human existence and our place in the cosmos.

Markimdb: 5.7
Genrefantastic, action, thriller
CountryUSA, Australia
Duration01:47
CharactersHeroes, Astronauts
PlotSurvival, Adventure, Saving the World, Environmental disasters
PlaceSpace, Spaceships, Mars
TimeFuture
StyleAtmospheric, Depressive, Serious, Disturbing

Astronauts search for solutions to save a dying Earth by searching on Mars, only to have the mission go terribly awry.

Markimdb: 5.7
Genrefantastic, thriller, adventure
CountryUSA, Canada, France
Duration01:54
CharactersAliens, Heroes, Astronauts
PlotAdventure, Self-sacrifice
PlaceSpace, Spaceships, Mars
TimeFuture
StyleTo cry, Atmospheric, Tense, Serious, Disturbing

When contact is lost with the crew of the first Mars expedition, a rescue mission is launched to discover their fate.

Markimdb: 5.8
Genrehorror, fantastic, fantastic, thriller, thriller, drama, drama
CountryUSA, Germany, Canada, France
Duration02:02
CharactersHeroes, Soldier
PlotSurvival, Apocalypse
PlaceBunker, New York
TimePost apocalypse
StyleAction, Tense, Depressive, Serious

Survivors of a nuclear attack are grouped together for days in the basement of their apartment building, where fear and dwindling supplies wear away at their dynamic.

Markimdb: 5.9
Genrefantastic, thriller, drama, adventure
CountryUSA
Duration02:14
CharactersHeroes, Astronauts
PlotSurvival, Adventure, Self-sacrifice
PlaceSpace
StyleExciting, Action, Inspirational, Tense, Serious

After spending several months in an orbiting lab, three astronauts prepare to return to Earth only to find their de-orbit thrusters won't activate. After initially thinking they might have to abandon them in orbit, NASA decides to launch a daring rescue. Their plans are complicated by a Hurricane headed towards the launch site—and a shrinking air supply in the astronauts' capsule.

Markimdb: 4.5
Genrefantastic, thriller
CountryUSA, Hungary
CharactersAliens, Monsters
PlotSurvival, Adventure, Fight, Friendship
PlaceSpace, Spaceships
TimeFuture
StyleAction, Fascinating, Tense, For men

When a deep space fishing vessel is robbed by a gang of pirates, the Captain makes a daring decision to go after a rare and nearly extinct species. His obsession propels them further into space as the crew spins toward mutiny and betrayal.

Markimdb: 7.8
Genrefantastic, drama, detective
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration01:37
CharactersAstronauts
PlotArtificial Intelligence, Loneliness, Depression
PlaceSpace, Spaceships, Moon
TimeFuture
StyleInteresting, Unexpected ending, Psychological problems, Action, Atmospheric

With only three weeks left in his three year contract, Sam Bell is getting anxious to finally return to Earth. He is the only occupant of a Moon-based manufacturing facility along with his computer and assistant, GERTY. When he has an accident however, he wakens to find that he is not alone.

Markimdb: 5.8
Genrefantastic, thriller, drama
CountryUSA, Canada
CharactersCooks, Heroes, Astronauts
PlotSurvival, Travel, Virtual Reality, Loneliness, Viruses
PlaceSpace, Spaceships
TimeFuture
StyleExciting, Atmospheric, Serious, For men, Disturbing

Twelve extremely talented men and women have been chosen to be part of the Phaeton mission, a 10-year trek to explore a distant planetary system. In order to endure the stress of being confined to their high-tech vessel, the crew passes the time using advanced virtual reality modules that allow them to take on various identities. But as the ship approaches a critical phase of their journey, a deadly flaw is discovered in the virtual system, forcing them to question if someone onboard might be a killer.

Markimdb: 6.6
Genrehorror, fantastic, thriller
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
Duration02:29
CharactersAliens, Monsters, Scientists, Investigators, Astronauts
PlotSurvival, Death, Alien invasion, Chase, Technology
PlaceSpace, Spaceships, Mars, Laboratory
StyleAction, Vital signs, Tense, Disturbing

The six-member crew of the International Space Station is tasked with studying a sample from Mars that may be the first proof of extra-terrestrial life, which proves more intelligent than ever expected.

Markimdb: 5.4
Genrefantastic, thriller, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:49
CharactersAliens, Twins, Astronauts
PlaceSpace
StyleUnexpected ending, Psychological problems, Action, Atmospheric, Tense

When astronaut Spencer Armacost returns to Earth after a mission that nearly cost him his life, he decides to take a desk job in order to see his beautiful wife, Jillian, more often. Gradually, Jillian notices that Spencer's personality seems to have changed, but her concerns fade when she discovers that she's pregnant. As Jillian grows closer to becoming a mother, her suspicions about Spencer return. Why does it seem as if he's a different person?

Markimdb: 3.8
Genrefantastic, action, thriller, drama, adventure
CountryCanada
CharactersHeroes, Presidential
PlotSurvival, Saving the World
PlaceSpace, Spaceships, USA
StyleAction, Tense, Serious, Disturbing

The world watches in awe as the Roebling Clipper is launched into space. Using state-of-the-art scalar engines to fly around the Moon and back in just hours, the maiden voyage of the first-ever trans-lunar passenger ship is about to make history. Among those on board: First Lady Simone Mathany, space-exploration entrepreneur Steve Roebling, Dr. Denise Balaban, pilot Fiona Henslaw, and a very lucky lottery winner. But while en route, a massive solar flare sparks a cosmic-ray burst that accelerates Aurora’s engine and blows the ship away from Earth’s orbit. Now out of control, it’s hurtling straight for the sun.

Markimdb: 7.9
Genrefantastic, thriller, drama, detective
CountryUSA, Canada, India
Duration02:32
CharactersAliens, Strong women, Scientists, Military, Linguists
PlotTime travel, UFO, Alien invasion, Cancer, Fate
PlaceSpace, Spaceships, USA
TimeFuture
StyleInteresting, Popular, Psychological problems, Philosophical, Smart

Taking place after alien crafts land around the world, an expert linguist is recruited by the military to determine whether they come in peace or are a threat.

Markimdb: 4
Genrefantastic, action, thriller, fantasy, adventure
CountryUSA
CharactersMonsters, Heroes
PlotSurvival, Adventure, Supernatural, Rivalry
PlaceSpace
TimeFuture
StyleExciting, Psychological problems, Action, Fascinating, Tense

During their search for a habitable planet the last living humans crash-land on a barren world, inhabited by bloodthirsty aliens and mysterious post-apocalyptic warriors.

Markimdb: 6.1
Genrefantastic, thriller, detective
CountryLuxembourg
Duration01:52
CharactersAstronauts
PlotVirtual Reality, Teleportation, Cheating, Expeditions
PlaceSpace, Spaceships, Parallel worlds
TimeFuture, Post apocalypse
StyleAction, Atmospheric, Tense, Depressive, Serious

The story of CARGO takes place on rusty space-freighter KASSANDRA on its way to Station 42. The young medic LAURA is the only one awake on board while the rest of the crew lies frozen in hibernation sleep. In 4 months will Laura's shift be over.

Markimdb: 6.5
Genrehorror, fantastic, fantastic, thriller, thriller
CountryUSA
Duration01:44
CharactersArtists, Waiters
PlotSurvival, Time travel, Gambling, Treason, Money
PlaceParallel worlds, Party
TimeFuture
StyleUnexpected ending, Psychological problems, Action, Smart, Tense

Three friends discover a mysterious machine that takes pictures 24 hours into the future and conspire to use it for personal gain, until disturbing and dangerous images begin to develop.

Markimdb: 6.4
Genrefantastic, action, thriller, drama, adventure, detective
CountryUSA
Duration01:30
CharactersAstronauts, Astronauts
PlotSurvival, Expeditions
PlaceSpace, Spaceships, USA
TimeFuture
StyleAction

A crew of international astronauts are sent on a private mission to Jupiter's fourth moon.

Markimdb: 6
Genrehorror, fantastic, thriller, drama, detective
CountryUSA
Duration01:10
CharactersDemons, Strangers
PlotSurvival, Survival, UFO, Experiments, Abduction
PlaceSchool, Spaceships
StyleExciting, Psychological problems, Action, Heavy, Tense

Could you trust a jury of your peers with your life? The contestants of a mysterious death game must make harrowing decisions as they strategize for survival in this psychological sci-fi thriller.

Markimdb: 4.3
Genrefantastic, drama
CountryUSA
Duration02:00
CharactersSerial killers, Scientists, Androids
PlotSurvival, Travel, Artificial Intelligence, Death
PlaceSpace, Spaceships, Laboratory
TimeFuture
StyleAction, Fascinating, Tense, Serious, Disturbing

A deep space mining vessel has been adrift for two years. It is suspected the crew brutally killed each other, but the reason for the bloodbath is unknown. A rescue crew is sent to find if there are any survivors, what happened and why.

Markimdb: 5.5
Genrehorror, fantastic, thriller, adventure
CountryUnited Kingdom, Republic of Ireland
Duration01:38
CharactersZombie, Astronauts, Astronauts
PlotSurvival, Fight, Death, Viruses, Expeditions
PlaceSpace, Spaceships, Mars
TimeFuture
StyleAction, Atmospheric, Tense, Depressive, Serious

On the last day of the first manned mission to Mars, a crew member of Tantalus Base believes he has made an astounding discovery – fossilized evidence of bacterial life. Unwilling to let the relief crew claims all the glory, he disobeys orders to pack up and goes out on an unauthorized expedition to collect further samples. But a routine excavation turns to disaster when the porous ground collapses and he falls into a deep crevice and near certain death. His devastated colleagues attempt to recover his body. However, when another vanishes, they start to suspect that the life-form they have discovered is not without danger.

Markimdb: 1.8
Genrefantastic, action, thriller, drama, adventure
CountryUSA
Duration01:25
PlotSurvival, Adventure, Earthquake, Vacation, Snow
PlaceEgypt, Trains, Pyramid
StyleExciting, Action, Fascinating, Tense, Serious

Massive earthquakes open the Arabian tectonic plate, resulting in unstable weather and freezing temperatures that will be unsurvivable by nightfall. Attempting to reach safety, a vacationing family in Egypt must battle the rapidly cooling temperatures that usher in a new Ice Age, covering the Sphinx, Pyramids, and Sahara Desert with mountains of snow.

Markimdb: 2.8
Genrehorror, fantastic, thriller, drama
CountryUSA
Duration02:05
CharactersScientists, Veterans
PlotSurvival, Apocalypse, Death, Supernatural, Viruses
PlaceCemetery, USA
StylePsychological problems, Action, Fascinating, Tense, Serious

A pharmaceutical company recruits a well-known scientist to help develop a vaccine against a deadly virus.

Markimdb: 2.7
Genrehorror, fantastic, action, thriller, drama, adventure
CountryUSA
CharactersSharks, Sisters
PlotAdventure
PlaceUSA
StylePsychological problems, Action, Fascinating, Tense, Disturbing

A group of friends run a popular travel vlog that helps fund their adventures. The leader of the group brings along her younger sister for the next scuba diving trip to an isolated cove. But when their plane crashes, the two sisters must use their strength, resourcefulness and immense courage to survive a pack of great white sharks.

Markimdb: 6.2
Genrehorror, fantastic, thriller, drama
CountryUSA
Duration02:06
CharactersGeniuses, Scientists, Androids, Hermits, Reporters
PlotAdventure, Chess, Artificial Intelligence, Love triangle, Jealousy
PlaceLaboratory
TimeFuture, Dark ones
StyleExciting, Action, Heavy, Tense, For men

For ten years, inventor David Kressen has lived in seclusion with his inventions, including Adam, a robot with incredible lifelike human qualities. When reporter Joy Andrews is given access to their unconventional facility, she is alternately repelled and attracted to the scientist and his creation. But as Adam exhibits emergent behavior of anger and jealousy towards her, she finds herself increasingly entangled in a web of deception where no one’s motives are easily decipherable.

Markimdb: 3.1
Genrefantastic, thriller, drama
CountryUSA, Canada
Duration01:45
CharactersHeroes
PlotSurvival, Apocalypse, Supernatural, Religious, Meaning of life
PlaceAircraft, USA
StyleExciting, Action, By books, Fascinating, Tense

A small group of survivors are left behind after millions of people suddenly vanish during the rapture and the world is plunged into chaos and destruction.





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