Say hello to our neighbours in space.

When it comes to our cinematic imaginations, there’s one thing for sure — we love exploring the red landscape. Whether its the little green invaders or the loneliness of space exploration, films inspired by Mars always tend to attract sci-fi movie buffs. We’ve rounded up a selection of films based on the red planet. Grab some popcorn and enjoy!

Total Recall

A science-fiction classic. Paul Verhoeven featured Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sharon Stone in an adaptation of the short story “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale” by Philip K. Dick in 1990, and a remake starring Colin Farrell and Kate Beckinsale came out in 2012.

Directed by Paul Verhoeven
With Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sharon Stone

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In 2019 Brad Pitt played NASA astronaut Roy McBride on a mission to Mars to find his father, played by Tommy Lee Jones, who’s been lost in space for 16 years. The film was presented in official competition at the Venice Film Festival.

Directed by James Gray
With Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga, Liv Tyler

The Martian

Yet another success for Ridley Scott, this film saw Matt Damon play an astronaut left for dead on Mars after a mission turned to disaster. Alone, he must find ways to survive on the uninhabitable planet. The feature won two Golden Globes, including one for Damon’s performance.

Directed by Ridley Scott
With Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kristen Wiig

Mission to Mars

Brian De Palma’s film, released in 2000, portrayed a NASA team sent to the red planet for the first time in… 2020. Upon their arrival, the astronauts experience a strange phenomenon that cuts off their communication with Earth. A new team is sent to save them.

Directed by Brian De Palma
With Gary Sinise, Tim Robbins, Don Cheadle


Mars Attacks!

One of Tim Burton’s wackiest cult films. With a star-studded cast, this parody depicts the invasion of Earth by the little green men from Mars. Although they are welcomed by the United States with open arms, it soon becomes clear that they plan to take over and exterminate the human population.

Directed by Tim Burton
With Jack Nicholson, Glenn Close, Pierce Brosnan, Danny DeVito, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michael J Fox, Natalie Portman

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