For years science fiction films have turned to space for their backdrop. And it's no wonder given how well the setting lends itself to cool special effects and high-stakes drama.

Setting movies in space really kicked off after the success of 'Star Wars' and 'Alien' in the '70s. However between this year's 'Ad Astra' and last year's 'First Man', they show no sign of slowing down anytime soon.

But picking the best movie set in space ever is no easy task. After all, so many iconic films have taken to the stars to provide unforgettable classics that don't just touch on sci fi but animation and comedy too.

Here are our 19 picks of the creme de la creme - now it's up to you.