What are Some Famous Spaceships in Movies?

Through the years, several space movies in Hollywood have showcased complex and beautifully designed spaceships. These vessels have gained a large cult following and have led to the creation of many miniature models and toys. In this article, we will discuss some of these well-known spaceships in movies. 

What is the name of the spaceship in the movie 1997 movie Event Horizon?

The Event Horizon

The movie follows a group of astronauts dispatched on a rescue mission after a lost spaceship, the Event Horizon, arrives unexpectedly in orbit above Neptune. While searching for traces of life on the ship, they discover that the Event Horizon was a testbed for an experimental engine that caused a hole in the space-time continuum, thus enabling an evil power to take control of it. 

The ship resembles a space station rather than a spaceship. The side wings are aggressive and hunched but it’s difficult to fathom what use they serve on a spaceship. Furthermore, the forward nose portion is tiny, restricted, and claustrophobic-looking.

The Discovery was the spaceship mentioned in 2001: A Space Odyssey. In the movie, Discovery and its groundbreaking supercomputer, HAL, set out to investigate the enigmatic monolith on the lunar surface. However, mid-flight, their supercomputer begins to exhibit increasingly unusual behaviour, culminating in a suspenseful battle between man and machine.

How does the Discovery look?


The Discovery is sleek and elegant, yet dark and ruthless. The 11-foot model created by Con Pederson, a special photographic effects supervisor, offers a depth of detail. The crew reside in the spherical master module at the front. Furthermore, the impressive communications disc sits on a mere strand of technology that spans an almost absurd distance between the two sections. With no gravity to create stress, the crew members traverse back and forth to use the communication device. 

1. Tie Fighter 

The Tie Fighter

The Tie Fighter was the symbol of the Imperial fleet. Carried aboard Star Destroyers, these single-pilot vehicles are prepared for fast-paced dogfights with other starfighters. One of the most recognisable visual elements on the ship is Colin Cantwell’s design for the Empire’s short-range fighters. In a decade that was freshly preoccupied with the potential of solar power, it seemed cutting-edge to include that source of energy into the craft’s design. The shape and dynamic of the craft have pretty much no forebear in any terrestrial technology with the possible exception of marine exploration – it’s truly an ‘alien’ aesthetic, despite the use of solar panels and the cloister-like windows with their primitive support struts.

2. The Millennium Falcon 

The Millenium Falcon

This spacecraft is distinctive and beloved inside the Star Wars canon, and it is no different in the real world. The Falcon’s bisected forward portion gives it a genuine sensation of forward motion, and positioning the cockpit, on the side of the ship is a nice NASA touch, so is the off-set communications dish. The ship, like the original Cylon Raiders, is a sight to behold when completing an ambitious manoeuvre, such as when it is about-face the Cloud City in The Empire Strikes Back or the acrobatic loop-de-loop into the asteroid cave early in the film. The Falcon’s design genius is the positioning of defensive gunner stations throughout the ship in a central column, which also possesses perpendicular artificial gravity.

All Star Wars Spaceships explained

What is the name of the warship used by the Klingon Empire in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock?

In the 1984 movie, the Klingon Bird of Prey was a warship utilized by the Klingon Empire serving the Klingon Defense Forces. The Klingon starship configuration is probably purposefully the opposite of the Federation’s, with the warp nacelles nestled beneath the main body of their vehicle. When moving in for ‘the kill,’ the wings point forcefully forward and drop like an eagle’s. Star Trek III begins with a really blood-curdling and magnificent introduction to the ship, as captain Kruge wrecks an unknowing commerce vessel carrying his loyal and devoted spy Valkyries. It’s one of the finest scenes in any Star Trek film.

Which movie showcased the Dropship Cheyenne?

The movie Aliens showcases Cheyenne, a spaceship with a large cult following. Anyone who enjoys both building and flying spaceships should keep this design in mind. The Apache AH-64 helicopter as well as British warplanes inspire the design of the spaceship.

In the movie, A deep space salvage crew discovers Lt. Ripley’s (Sigourney Weaver) spacecraft after it has been drifting in space for 57 years. After the rescue, Ellen Ripley, the protagonist of the movie, travels to the planet LV-426 to establish contact with a terraforming colony. However, when she arrives, she finds the Alien Queen and her progeny and thus, engages them in a battle to survive. 

The breakdown of Cheyenne Dropship

Which movie is the Gunstar from? How does it look?

The Star League from the movie The Last Starfighter uses the Gunstar as a primary space supremacy fighter and assault vessel.

In the movie, after finally beating the top score on Starfighter, his favourite arcade game, Alex Rogan meets the game’s inventor, Centauri who explains that he designed Starfighter as a training ground for producing and recruiting actual pilots to assist fight a galactic war. Alex is whisked away from the monotony of his daily life to a faraway alien world, where he fights, using his video game abilities to pilot a real ship with real lives on the line.

The Gunstar is beautifully designed, with a cylindrical fuselage tapering out into a forward-moving cockpit. It is a two-person vehicle (pilot and gunner), that is around 20 metres in length. The design is intriguing due to the cowling on the rear hull and the smooth curves of the thrusters. It’s also quite rear-heavy, which contributes to the illusion of practicality as the back is where the space-consuming rockets and fuel are likely to reside. It is also one of the few spaceships in movies that can take off vertically.

Analysis of the Gunstar from The Last Starfighter

Final Thoughts

Sci-Fi movies from Hollywood constantly surprise the audience with memorable and highly advanced technology. The various spaceships mentioned above are a great example of this. However, Hollywood’s ingenuity is not only limited to these spacecrafts. It extends to the plot, the special effects as well as other gizmos and gadgets. Therefore, these movies have a cult following that will remain even in the future.

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