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6. 'Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back'
Director: Irvin Kershner
Why: You could make the case for any of the "Star Wars" films, I'm sure, but the reason I felt this was the one worth including on the list is because it has my favorite space sequences in any of the films. The entire subplot involving Han Solo and Princess Leia features some of the best space scenes in the series, and the chase in the asteroid belt has been imitated endlessly since it first rocked theaters in 1980. Kershner understood both the romance of space travel and the terror of it, and while special effects may have gotten technically better over the years, they will never be more genuinely special than they are here.