Science Fiction Movies for World Builders

These movies have been chosen because they give a good sense of the environment that might be found in another world. Notice how vivid the natural world is. How is 'the story' related to the envoronment? Are the social structures ones that would lead to survival in the new world?

Star Wars

Notice the vivid environments in the movies in this series: swamp, desert, snow world and forest. Are we likely to find environments like these on life-bearing worlds?


This movie has a dry, gritty, sandy desert in addition to an interesting power struggle.

Lawrence of Arabia

This is not a science fiction movie at all -- but it is saturated by the heat and the immense spaces of the desert. This is a good movie in itself, and recommended for world builders on desert worlds.

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