9 Films That Wanted To Be Star Wars
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  • ShortRound42

    Starcrash...yes! You're right that B movie charm that makes is hilarious and fun and definitely wanted to be Star Wars.

  • ShortRound42

    Battle Beyond the Stars is not a Star Wars film so much. More of a Seven Samurai, Magnificent Seven plot although John Boy definitely was Luke. I heard Message From Space was Japan's most expensive movie ever made at that time. Battlestar Galactica is more Wagon Train and the biblical Exodus than Star Wars (yes, the space dog-fights like Star Wars which got it from real dog fighting in WWII). I think some of the sf/x and/or model makers from Industrial Light and Magic worked on Battlestar back in the day too. The Black Hole is not a Star Wars type film either.

  • Patrick Wentzell
    Patrick Wentzell

    Family Guy animated series without approval has boldly gone where many comedies have never gone before. Blue Harvest was the first of the trilogy to poke fun at many things and another favorite is Robot Chicken. having toys and actors reply certain movie lines in non serious ways pretty funny. I do wish Hamil didn't retire from the Joker character he's so good at it. If I was him I'd do that character for as long as possible with Conroy.

  • Ian Oag
    Ian Oag

    You also left out "The Humanoid"

  • Geoffroi Le Hook
    Geoffroi Le Hook

    is that an Absorbaloff in #2 ??

  • Derek Teague
    Derek Teague

    I loved the Black Hole.

  • Michael Carter
    Michael Carter

    Ice Pirates and Flash Gordon ...

  • MrElRockero

    What about "The Humanoid"?

  • CyberiusT

    Oh dear. I've seen a terrifyingly large proprotion of those. Yes, they were nearly all as bad as presented here.

  • David Bland
    David Bland

    I could easily have went on never knowing any of those movies existed except Battlestar Galactica which lead to the modern version of the series which was excellent. I'm having a hard time believing any of the others where even serious attempts at a movie.

  • Jessica Jayes
    Jessica Jayes

    Special effects by Industrial Light and Morons.

  • Rudewalrus

    Spacehunter does have the distinction of being the source of a classic line that I still quote today: "Emergency Repair Procedure Number One: Kick it."

  • Andrea Gudino
    Andrea Gudino

    What about Spaceballs????

  • Chris Maddock
    Chris Maddock

    LOL Another dopey manchild who doesn't know what Space Opera is furrowing his brow in a vain attempt to get a grip on the situation.

  • Randy Reece
    Randy Reece

    Starcrash is the best bad movie ever made. Unbelievably bad on every measure.

  • Demogorgon47

    Now no one wants to be like Star Wars. Or likes Star Wars. Or even will remember Star Wars in the next coming decades. Thanks Disney.

  • jbrisby

    The focus of this article was all wrong. Nobody cares about Z-movies that were made on the cheap and completely forgotten. You should have made a list of the more ambitious Star Wars knockoffs, like The Last Starfighter, Krull, and Enemy Mine.

  • jbrisby

    Hoping to see Krull on this list.

  • Geoffrey Gould
    Geoffrey Gould

    I've seen "Battle Beyond the Stars" (which technically was a low budget sci-fi "Seven Samuri"); how is Disney's meh and weird @The Black Hole in this list its soundtrack score being its best atribute; I have also see the infuriating "StarCrash," one of my most loathed films ever...

  • Grace Skerp
    Grace Skerp

    No Space Mutiny? (Ripped Groundround)

  • pacifistattack

    I've watched four of these. Battle beyond the stars, Metalstorm the destruction of Jared-Syn, Battlestar Galactica, The Black Hole. I don't know if that is good or a bad thing.

  • Mark Phillips
    Mark Phillips

    Have you ever watched Starcrash? It may have knocked off star wars a littlebit, however, it came out in 1978. Therefore, how many ideas did Lucas steal from Starcrash to put into Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi?????

  • lopaka76

    I guess Spaceballs was to good yo make your list. Lol, may the schwartz be with you.

  • Rekaert

    Definitely calling Starcrash and Spacehunter as "So Bad They're Good" movies.

  • Dominic Husband
    Dominic Husband

    The most blatant ripoff was probably The Humanoid, starring Richard Kiel. Starchaser was really blatant too.

  • Richard Big
    Richard Big

    The original 1978 Battlestar Galactica. You need to give that more of a chance.

  • Victor Fatalys
    Victor Fatalys

    How ironic that, in the end, they are way better Star Wars than the "modern" trilogy; at least none of these movies were as disrespectful to Star Wars as Disney was 😉

  • Martin Fri
    Martin Fri

    L’umanoide, this is after star crash the second italian movie. Google it.

  • Greg Francis
    Greg Francis

    I never saw Battlestar Galactica as a rip off of Star Wars. The stories are dramatically different. The enemy is dramatically different. Lasers and space ships? OMG, it must be a copy.

  • Eric Engstrom
    Eric Engstrom

    Black Hole was better than I expected going in. I mean, it wasn't good and the plot was meh, but I had a good time watching Maximilian Schell get into his role.

  • Brian Turnbull
    Brian Turnbull

    Loved Ice Pirates, Last starfighter

  • Reepacheirp firewalker
    Reepacheirp firewalker

    Actually I don't think of Black Hole and Battlestar Galactica as being rip offs I actually liked Battlestar Galactica more than Star Wars at the time and even today Same with Battle Beyond the Stars

  • Harry Nobutee
    Harry Nobutee

    Last Starfighter! Ice Pirates! ...and of course, Space Balls, but that one's obvious... (oh, and Battlestar Galactica was not a Stars Wars rip, it was a Buck Rogers rip-off)

  • Don Lekei
    Don Lekei

    I know you are too young to remember but Battlestar Galactica and Buck Rogers in the 25th Century were television shows that were so expensive to produce that they were released in theatrical release in order to pay for the enormous cost of the sets, models and effects (so they could produce "stock effects" and reuse them dozens of times throughout the series). Has anyone counted the number of times the scene of a viper destroying a cylon then another viper flying through the explosion was used in BSG TOS?

  • James Mac777
    James Mac777

    Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy never attempted to be Star Wars, because Douglas Adams wrote it as satire of the meaning of life, as being described in his generation. By example, in his books, one popular idea is that we don't have free will among those who are avoiding their guilty actions; therefore, we don't choose anything; hence, and all casinos are natural grown gambling machines and tables with a natural grass for the carpet, where people just show up to enjoy what nature brought them; because, nobody would ever build a casino as that required free will to choose. Another example is the answer to the Life, Universe, and Everything is "42," and this is affirming the consequent fallacy, where we take a desired outcome and fill it with a proper question (this is common in socialist education found at universities): in the story, the heroes of the story seek the question to the answer of "42." Overall, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is enjoyable as satire, because we are never tested of our intelligence, because it is only populated with selfish answers that challenge nobody and told for entertainment.

  • Pd Flem
    Pd Flem

    Just because a movie is Sci-fi doesn't mean it ripped off Star Wars... and Star Wars wasn't all that original... Flash Gordan anyone? All the WWII movies of the 50's, 60's, and even early 70's clearly had elements that were "borrowed" to make Star Wars...

  • The AstroNerdBoy
    The AstroNerdBoy

    I can't speak for the movie, but the classic TV series Battlestar Galactica was awesome.

  • Ace o Conner
    Ace o Conner

    Darth Vader a doctor doom knock off just saying 🇬🇧

  • Ace o Conner
    Ace o Conner

    Ok than Star Wars is a Star Trek knock off just saying 🇬🇧

  • Ace o Conner
    Ace o Conner

    I am still a fan of old school battlestar. I had the toys and every thing. Lucas stole from Japanese movies black and White flash Gordon buck Rogers so he got a lot of balls to do that. I am not a Lucas fan . I do like Star Wars but hate the person that Lucas is 🇬🇧

  • Matti Scott
    Matti Scott

    you missed out space balla

  • Tim Drinnon
    Tim Drinnon

    Am I the only one who could only understand about half of what this guy was chattering on about?

  • Der Taran
    Der Taran

    Ups, I watched a lot of them when I was young. The Humanoid anybody?

  • Henry Seldon
    Henry Seldon

    Clicked this in hopes of seeing what some of these star wars clones are like. But I honestly don't know which of the fast and short clips are from the movie being discussed or filler from other movies you've inserted. Sorry, but I didn't get what I came for.

  • Devillin

    Thank you for putting in MetalStorm. I remember seeing that movie in the theater as a child with my family, and absolutely hating it. Whenever I tried to bring it up, my cousins could never remember the name of it. Thank you for finally putting a name to this pain after 30 years. And Battle Beyond the Stars was an awesome movie, for the time. I always saw it on TV, so I never knew it was actually in the theaters.

  • Simon Young
    Simon Young

    So basically, anything set in space that involves good and evil is a Star Wars RIP off. Maybe you should have looked back as far as the likes of Flash Gordon to realise that Star Wars wasn’t that original

  • pudgydog00

    My two choices for this list: 1) Flash Gordon 2) Eragon (Though it wasn't in space, it was almost a scene by scene rip on Star Wars.)

  • Adrienne Simpson
    Adrienne Simpson

    I actually know 3 of those!

  • Giant Skunk
    Giant Skunk

    Not to mention “Argo”

  • Nate Sherrill
    Nate Sherrill

    No ice pirates? FOR SHAME!

  • Nuindakil

    You can add the Sequel Trilogy to that list.

  • Richard Big
    Richard Big

    This is like "Idiocracy." "Let's go see "The Movie." Why does Star Wars have to be the end all sci-fi? When Buck Rogers came out did people say, "Why? "We already have Flash Gordon." When Star Trek came out did people say, "Why? We already have Buck Rogers." When Star Wars came out did people say, "Why? We already have Star Trek." Since Star Wars arrived Sci-fi has died.

  • RE H
    RE H

    You're kidding, right?The Black Hole was awesome.

  • Thomas Huff
    Thomas Huff

    You missed Star Trek the Motion Picture (1979) where they quickly reunited an aging, out of shape cast from a decade old TV show for a quick buck on the Star Wars bandwagon.

  • SayMyName Ice-Zen-Berg
    SayMyName Ice-Zen-Berg

    Other Knock offs -The Last Starfighter(probably the best of the knock offs)(1984) -Starchaser The legend Of Orin(an animated knock off)(1985) -Space Raiders(1983) -Ice Pirates(1984)

  • Karl Nichols
    Karl Nichols

    Hey no Spaceballs how dare you

  • Curmudgeon 101
    Curmudgeon 101

    How Dare you rate the Flying Fallopiam tubes 9th

  • Stallonefan03

    and they are all still better than disney's trilogy and rogue one

  • Chris Sinclair
    Chris Sinclair

    Just starting, did he include wishing Star Wars was Star Wars?

  • James Rose
    James Rose

    I am surprised you did not mention GALAXINA...while not so much a knock off of Star Wars...it was still from that era. And ut does have some fun with character names.. Avery Schriber as "Captain Cornelius Butt"...but it's primary distibction is it was the last film of Dorothy Stratton...in the title role as an emotionless Android learning what it is like to feel. A fitting tribute to a true beauty...and sad that her whackjob boyfriend had to go and kill her. Still it is well worth the time to catch...and mind...don't say "The Blue Dtar" while it's playing or you get the silly Chorus music.

  • constipated in sin city
    constipated in sin city

    7:40 Youngling you are not alone. I remember watching it at the movie theater on Nellis Air Force Base!

  • GamerJay 66
    GamerJay 66

    I just watched the whole video without once listening what he tosser presenter was saying , I was eating potatoe chips , I hope I didn't miss anything important !

  • TheHellbillyx

    and who did star wars copy?

  • Drox0713

    Add four more to that list: "The Force Awakens" "The Last Jedi" * "The Rise of Skywalker" "Solo" * Well, okay - we can argue it wasn't trying to be a Star Wars movie

    • Drox0713

      @Reepacheirp firewalker I know I wasn't the only one to think it, but I just had to say it anyway. XD

    • Reepacheirp firewalker
      Reepacheirp firewalker

      I knew before it opened but applaud your point to the "T". Very nice.

    • Drox0713

      @Stephen DuMont I'd rather watch the prequels at this point. Hell, I'd rather watch the movies on this video. LOL

    • Stephen DuMont
      Stephen DuMont

      you forgot the prequels, wish I could lol

    • Brandon Gavin
      Brandon Gavin

      Drox0713 this is so true!

  • Aaron

    What? No Space Truckers? In the cast/crew interviews, one of them even says "This is going to be the next Star Wars". And he was completely serious!

  • Michael Anthony Lewis
    Michael Anthony Lewis

    Krull (1983) is the worst Star Wars knockoff.

  • Chris DuPont
    Chris DuPont

    Galaxy of Terror (Robert England, James Camrons first movie)

  • Andrew Sep
    Andrew Sep

    Battlestar Galactica was great and so was the 2003 Reboot Mini Series along with the 4 season run.. Bite your tongue on BSG.

  • oldman43

    I would say to the narrator. Please watch the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica. It is far more than a Star Wars knock off.

  • I am the dude
    I am the dude

    Well This was not a good list at all

  • Frédéric Jimenez
    Frédéric Jimenez

    Maybe you should speak faster and enunciate a bit less, so you get completely unintelligible !

  • jb888888888

    7:00 Fun fact: _The Black Hole_ was Disney's first non-G rated movie since the MPAA started rating movies.

  • mark trezza
    mark trezza

    10. Spaced out

  • Robert Pike
    Robert Pike

    Star chaser, the legend of Orin was a great Star Wars Knick off

  • Andy Bailey
    Andy Bailey

    Dune anyone?

  • CraftySouthpaw

    Starcrash is the ultimate guilty pleasure film. Caroline Munro in a black bikini for an entire film... 😍❤😍❤😍

  • JM Browning
    JM Browning

    the jaws "cheapie" was named barracuda , effects on par with 1970's dr who

  • Gary Clouse
    Gary Clouse

    I remember Cattlecar -- Errr --- Battlestar Galactica Early episodes suffered from lazy scripts, but the third version was much better, with some of the cylon outpost general reporting that half their centurions were suffering from rust and encounters with space-NAZIs flying through space in spaceships that greatly resembled giant U-boats, and of course the occasional scene with veteran actor Lorne "Pa Cartwright" Green, resplendent in a uniform covered by a black velour bath robe, maintining an absolutely serious expression while utterting a line begining with "By the lords of Kobol..."

  • Maxxmentum

    Space Hunter was fun....bad but so much fun.

  • Paul Savill
    Paul Savill

    Ice pirates forever! Although, looking back at Anjelica Huston as Maida is now a bit disturbing!

  • Hari Seldon
    Hari Seldon

    Kinda boring article

  • eye of the crow
    eye of the crow

    what about The Last Starfighter?

  • Reuven Gershon
    Reuven Gershon

    The Force Awakens

  • gabrieldelion

    You Forgot The Last Start Fighter

  • Mac Guffin
    Mac Guffin

    Did you not have The Black Hole popup book as a child?

  • Dustin Swafford
    Dustin Swafford

    BSG 2004 is better Sci-fi than anything Star Wars has done since Empire.

  • Darren Means
    Darren Means

    One out of three correct isn't bad... oh wait...

  • Tom B/aka bones
    Tom B/aka bones

    I've seen the movie the black hole that's not bad for a B movie

  • Dr. Ekpyroticus
    Dr. Ekpyroticus

    6:59 How can you consider yourself a nerd in this century without having seen the BSG remake? For as much time as this channel spends panning subpar reboots, remakes, and sequels, you really ought to binge watch one remake that wholly eclipses the original. Also, like one or two others on this list, I can’t see how even the original Battlestar “wanted to be Star Wars”. They’re set in space and both Dirk Benedict and Mark Hamill have about the same late 70’s hairstyle.

  • Chucky McNubbin
    Chucky McNubbin

    Battlestar Galactica was nothing like Star Wars. Different sets, different storyline, different starship, different technologies, different everything. There was no similarity between the two at all.

  • Kathleen McCarthy
    Kathleen McCarthy

    Hey, one good thing about the Black Hole was we all wanted to know what a Black Hole was-that made us want to learn a little about space. I didn’t see any of these so I don’t have a favorite.

  • Mark Clews
    Mark Clews

    Battlestar Galactica didn't have a Farmboy becomes hero story, didn't have a Moon-sized Space Station, didn't have multiple weird looking races (Just one, the robotic enemy) and didn't have a magical power. Yup it must be a rip-off of Star Wars. Something similar can also be said of "The Black Hole".

  • AussieBlokeGordo

    BSG was awesome

  • logon235

    If you mean that they want to hit the box office like star wars, that is every movie ever released in theatres. Star Wars did not invent space based 'sci fi' movies. It's a knock off itself. This list feels 'forced' and probably made by someone trying to meet a deadline or get sacked but somehow got a free pass.

  • Kerrain

    Maybe I missed the point. Most of these movies are not knock offs. At best they are Sci-Fi movies. Battle Star Galactica, look at the actual story, originally Cylons created by aliens that are intent on destroying the humans... This plot in no way resembled StarWars except oh yeah its in space. Blackhole, once again it's in space so it's a knock off? If you meant they desperately wanted to have the financial success of StarWars then I'll agree but other than that you have stretched too far and fallen well short of the mark.

  • alexwestconsulting

    I can't tell if you are 40 or 12.

  • John Doe
    John Doe

    Have too love the Hoff

  • John Doe
    John Doe

    Okay this is not a Star Wars knock off but Babylon 5 think that's one of the best war and drama in space 5 great season and 6 fantastic movie's just love it. And Battle Star Gallica is good stuff and remake series is awesome.

  • Biff Bamboo
    Biff Bamboo

    You forgot The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi and The Rise Of Skywalker. They wanted to be Star Wars too.

  • Jeremy

    How are you going to make a list about Star Wars rip-offs without mentioning the virtual shot for shot remake that was The Force Awakens??

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