Star Wars Recommendations

Do you love Star Wars? We’re stoked about Solo, but we just can’t wait for it to come out this weekend! Here are a few of our favorite movies to recommend for Star Wars fans. From new Space Opera to Sci-fi Classics, all these great movies can be found at the Johnson City Public Library!

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Space Opera to the max!

This movie has amazing visuals, fantastic alien characters and a likeable young swashbuckling hero (Solo, anyone?) with a take-charge, kick-butt lady as pilot and partner.



Close Encounters of the Third Kind

This is one of the all time classics–if you haven’t seen it yet, you’ve gotta watch it.  Otherwise, do yourself a favor and give it a rewatch! This movie is built on hope, the hope that other lifeforms aren’t here to destroy us, but to help. Also featuring an ordinary guy compelled to follow an unknown destiny. (Shades of Skywalker there, right?)

Tron (1982)

An outsider with special powers is assisted by a hotshot pilot and his equally talented girlfriend, makes an incredible shot through a tiny opening to breach the core of the terrible weapon threatening to destroy the world. Yeah, it’s Star Wars set inside a computer mainframe! It’s also a lot of fun, with some classic sci-fi visuals.


The Abyss

What’s a movie about the ocean doing in this list?  You’ll see!

Dr. Lindsey Brigman, an underwater drilling engineer, and her estranged husband, an oil rig foreman are asked to accompany the Navy to rescue a submarine in trouble. However, instead of encountering the Soviets they expected, they discover something strange and wondrous.

Dune (1984)

George Lucas has cited the novels by Frank Hebert as inspiration for Star Wars. The story is very similar to the one from a Galaxy Far, Far Away. Evil empire trying to wipe out a group of rebels. A young man finds that he possesses extraordinary powers and then leads the rebels to victory. The David Lynch film isn’t perfect, but it’s a great introduction to the world.


The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

Looking for something a little more lighthearted? Hoping for a droid to provide some laughs? This might be right up your alley. Adapted from Douglas Adam’s classic novels, an average Earth dude gets swept into adventure with aliens and wisecracking robots. Will he find the meaning of life, the universe, and everything?


Yet another great movie with a strong theme of “hope” at it’s core. A team of scientist ventures through a wormhole trying to find a new home for humanity escaping a dying Earth. The answers that former NASA astronaut Cooper finds are not what he expected.

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