Star Cruisin'1 of 12We're just a few days away from the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the eighth film in the main Star Wars saga – and the Millennium Falcon is still up-and-running in the latest film.
In honor of one of the coolest spaceships there is, we’re taking a look at some of the vehicles it shares the fictional spaceways with. While it's hard to narrow a list down to 10 - we could easily put together a separate countdown composed entirely of starfighters - we've done exactly that, as we present the ten greatest spaceships of all time!
Discovery One2 of 12
Stanley Kubrick's vision of Arthur C. Clarke's masterpiece remains one of the utmost classics of science fiction, thanks largely to his functional, livable Discovery One.
Designed under the supervision of experts and scientists, Discovery One is meant to evoke a natural progression of modern space flight. Even still, it's hard to put Discovery One higher on the list when its rogue AI, HAL, winds up being the villain of the piece.
The Bebop3 of 12
Serenity before Firefly, with all the outdated, bucket-of-bolts charm of the Millennium Falcon, Cowboy Bebop's titular Bebop is manned by a crew of renegades and bounty hunters as charming as the junky, old ship they call home.
For fans of a certain age, the Bebop is as definitive a take on the trope of a lived-in spaceship as has ever been presented, with Cowboy Bebop proving a gateway not just into anime, but into the larger world of sci-fi for many viewers.
Borg Cube4 of 12
Resistance is futile. That is the message of the Borg, and their bizarre, cubic motherships convey their air of utilitarian superiority with cold, unfeeling certainty.
Perhaps the least aerodynamic spaceship of all time, the Borg Cube is remarkable in its willingness to break conventional wisdom about spaceship design, showcasing the limitless possibilities when gravity no longer applies. Borg Cubes are ominous, imposing monoliths to a society without individuality.
Serenity5 of 12
Following a long line of dusty old spaceships that match their ragtag crews, Firefly's Serenity is as charming as it gets. From its eponymous shape, to its moody interior, it perfectly reflects not just the setting of the show, but the people who travel in it.
Serenity is iconic enough to have warranted a cameo in Battlestar Galactica. And really, there's something to be said for being the driving force behind a one-season show that is still drawing petitions for a return from some of the most fervent fans in sci-fi.
The Normandy6 of 12
For video game fans, Mass Effect may be the definitive sci-fi epic of the modern age, and with good reason. Despite an ending that left many cold, the story of Commander Shepard and crew had everything you want from a franchise that aimed to split the difference between hard sci-fi and space opera.
A big part of that was its ship, the Normandy, a cutting edge battlecruiser that went through several iterations in the course of the games. Who didn't love standing at the navigation table in the bridge, gazing out over an entire galaxy of possibilities, or retiring to your captain's quarters after a hard fight? Honestly, Mass Effect could have been called "Starship Simulator" and been just as exciting, so long as you got to helm the Normandy.
The Battlestar Galactica7 of 12
Built for function over form, the roaming Battlestar Galactica holds a small city's population worth of people, and packs enough firepower and defensive capability to sustain them all through their search for Earth.
Sustained through tons of spare parts and seat-of-the-pants mechanics, the Galactica is remarkable for its impressive ability to keep aloft through massive damage and attacks.
Interestingly, the Galactica changed little in the transition from its campy, '70's origins to its modern day fan-favorite revival, proving that a classic never goes out of style.
Imperial Star Destroyer8 of 12
Who could forget the opening shot of Star Wars, when the diplomatic cruiser Tantive IV sails over the screen, followed closely by the underbelly of a massive, seemingly endless battleship? That hull belongs to a Star Destroyer, an Imperial flagship of incredible magnitude - and attitude.
Nearly as iconic as the Death Star (disqualified for being a space station, albeit a mobile one) Darth Vader's personal Star Destroyer, the Executor, is perhaps the most well-known Star Destroyer of them all.
Heart of Gold9 of 12
Playing a central role in Douglas Adams's absurdist sci-fi opus The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, the Heart of Gold is as much a character as any of the people in the book, thanks to its Genuine People Personalities, and its infamous (and zany) Improbability Drive, a method of transport that takes the Heart of Gold to all locations in the universe at once.
Impossible to predict, the Improbability Drive may get you exactly where you want to go, but who knows what weird surprises are in store once you arrive.
Millennium Falcon10 of 12
It's the ship that made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs! The Millennium Falcon may not look like much to the people of the Star Wars galaxy, but to a generation of fans, it has remained the most unassailably cool dream ride for a trip through hyperspace.
A masterpiece of production design, the Millennium Falcon practically invented the trope of the rundown ship with a few tricks left up its sleeve. Best of all, it's still flying in the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
USS Enterprise11 of 12
It may not be as flashy as a Correllian Corvette, but the USS Enterprise is the ship that defined what a sci-fi space cruiser is all about. No matter which flavor you choose - Next Generation's Enterprise-D, the original series's classic model, or J.J. Abrams's updated homage, the Enterprise set the tone for every major ship that came afterwards.
With theoretical technology that is still informing our lives, on-board amenities that make it almost more of a traveling homestead than a spaceship, and a retro-futurist design that is just wonky enough, the Enterprise is truly the greatest spaceship of all time.
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