As India's first inter-planetary mission begins and Isro successfully rockets orbiter Mangalyaan into space, here's a peek into movies based on Mars. It's raining Mars Mission on celluloid, guys!
Arnold Schwarzenegger in a still from Total Recall.
Total Recall (1990)
Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sharon Stone, the film is about a man who goes on a virtual vacation of the planet Mars. However, a harrowing series of events forces him to go to the planet for real.
Mission to Mars (2000)
This is the story of a rescue mission launched to investigate the catastrophic and mysterious disaster that meets the first manned mission to Mars. The challenge is to bring back any survivors.
Red Planet (2000)
An Antony Hoffman flick, Red Planet is about astronauts searching for solutions on Mars to save a dying Earth, only to have the mission go terribly wrong.
John Carter (2012)
A Civil War vet, who gets transported to Mars, discovers a lush planet inhabited by 12-foot tall barbarians. Soon he is a prisoner. He manages to escape, only to encounter a princess who is in desperate need of a savior.
Doom captures how Space Marines are sent to investigate strange events at a research facility on Mars but find themselves at the mercy of genetically enhanced killing machines.
Lost on Mars (2002)
Lost on Mars is a science fiction movie that portrays what it might have been like if Mars had a civilization and an atmosphere billions of years ago.
Ghosts of Mars (2001)
A story of human colonists on Mars who have to be rescued after they get possessed by Martian ghosts.
Mars Attacks! (1996)
A comedy, Mars Attacks! is a sci-fi on how the Earth is invaded by Martians with invincible weapons and a cruel sense of humour.
My Favorite Martian (1999)
Starring Christopher Lloyd and Jeff Daniels, the film is a comedy and it is about how a Martian lands on Earth and makes friends with a reporter.
Species II (1998)
Species II is about a pair of astronauts who make the first successful manned mission to Mars. Later one of the characters gets infected by an alien and slowly begins to mutate.