11 Incredible Sci-Fi Films That Will Make You Feel Insignificantly Small

The Fountain (2006)
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Science Fiction movies take viewers to a whole new world or a galaxy. They often explore the outer depths of space and the greater meaning of life, making you realize that you are just a speck on this planet. According to a popular internet forum, eleven Sci-Fi films will make you feel insignificant. 

1. Contact (1997)

Contact (1997)
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Dr. Ellie Arroway races to interpret a possible message originating from the Vega star system. Once first contact with extraterrestrial intelligence is proven, Arroway contends with restrictive National Security Advisor Kitz and religious fanatics bent on containing the implications of such an event. Contact is about how small and insignificant we are and how that makes us special.

2. Ad Astra (2019)

Ad Astra (2019)
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Clifford McBride led a voyage into deep space thirty years ago, but the ship and crew were never heard from again. Now his son must embark on a daring mission to Neptune to uncover the truth about his missing father and a mysterious power surge that threatens the universe’s stability. One cinephile explains that what they love about Ad Astra is “the subtle yet integral difference between the beginning and ending.”

3. Arrival (2016)

Arrival (2016)
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Linguistics professor Louise Banks leads an elite team of investigators when gigantic spaceships touch down in twelve locations worldwide. As nations teeter on the verge of global war, Banks and her crew must race against time to find a way to communicate with the extraterrestrial visitors. Not only is Arrival a really good movie, the just for the sheer size of the extraterrestrials alone makes humans pale in comparison.

4. Prometheus (2012)

Prometheus (2012)
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The discovery of a clue to mankind’s origins on Earth leads a team of explorers to the darkest parts of the universe. Two brilliant young scientists lead the expedition. Shaw hopes they will meet a race of benevolent, godlike beings who will somehow verify her religious beliefs. At the same time, Holloway is out to debunk any spiritual notions. However, neither the scientists nor their shipmates are prepared for the unimaginable terrors that await them.

5. The Fountain (2006)

The Fountain
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In The Fountain, a man travels through time to quest for immortality and save the woman he loves. As a sixteenth-century conquistador, Tomas searches for the legendary Fountain of Youth. As a present-day scientist, he desperately struggles to cure the cancer that is killing his wife.

Finally, as a twenty-sixth-century astronaut in deep space, Tom begins to grasp the mysteries of life, love, and death. As this film takes you through time, it is easy to see how small we are and how little impact we have on this planet.

6. A.I.: Artificial Intelligence (2001)

A.I.: Artificial Intelligence (2001)
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A robotic boy, the first programmed to love, is adopted as a test case by a Cybertronics employee and his wife. Though he gradually becomes their child, unexpected circumstances make this life impossible for him.

Without final acceptance by humans or machines, the robotic boy embarks on a journey to discover where he truly belongs, uncovering a world in which the line between robot and machine is vast and profoundly thin. Many moviegoers claim that the time sequence in this one makes them feel insignificant. 

7. Armageddon (1998)

Armageddon (1998)
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When an asteroid threatens to collide with Earth, NASA honcho Dan Truman determines the only way to stop it is to drill into its surface and detonate a nuclear bomb. Dan finds renowned driller Harry Stamper, who agrees to helm the dangerous space mission provided he can bring along his hotshot crew.

Among them is the cocksure A.J., who Harry thinks isn’t good enough for his daughter until the mission proves otherwise. There is nothing quite like seeing what a man is willing to give up for the rest of humankind to live to realize just how small you are, especially when you see the Earth from space.

8. Fantastic Planet (1973)

Fantastic Planet (1973)
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Fantastic Planet follows the relationship between the small human-like Oms and their much larger blue-skinned oppressors, the Draags, who rule the planet of Ygam. While the Draags have long kept Oms as illiterate pets, this hierarchy shifts after an Om boy becomes educated, thanks to a young female Draag. The way they are treated leads to an Om rebellion, which weakens the Draag’s control over their race. 

9. Interstellar (2014)

Interstellar (2014)
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In Earth’s future, a global crop blight and a second Dust Bowl are slowly rendering the planet uninhabitable. Professor Brand, a brilliant NASA physicist, is working on plans to save mankind by transporting Earth’s population to a new home via a wormhole.

But first, Brand must send former NASA pilot Cooper and a team of researchers through the wormhole and across the galaxy to find out which of three planets could be mankind’s new home. Once again, sacrifices must be made to save the greater good.

10. Moonfall (2022)

Moonfall (2022)
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The world stands on the brink of destruction in Moonfall when a mysterious force knocks the moon from its orbit and sends it hurtling toward a collision course with Earth. With only weeks before impact, NASA executive Jo Fowler teams up with a man from her past and a conspiracy theorist for an impossible mission into space to save humanity.

11. Aniara (2018)

Aniara (2018)
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Aniara features a spacecraft that carries settlers to Mars after an apocalypse on Earth. The consumption-obsessed passengers are prompted to consider their place in the universe when it strays off course. A film fan states, “It may make you feel small, but it will make you feel that life and everything in it is meaningless.

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