Best Science Fiction Movies

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1Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back

Star Wars I: Revenge of the Sith is good but nowhere as great as The Empire Strikes back. Every time I look at a top ten on this site, I find that many of the selections are jokes indeed. 2001 or The Empire Strikes Back are the finest science fiction films ever made. But I will give a selection of what a great list should look like. 1. The Empire Strikes Back 2.2001 3. Star Wars 4. Frankenstein 5. Close Encounters of the Third Kind 6. The Bride of Frankenstein 7. A Clockwork Orange 8. Day the Earth Stood Still 9. Invasions of the Body Snatchers 10. Terminator 2: Judgement Day

Awesome movie really enjoyed in I also have the betamax special edition of all the star wars movie from star wars
To revenge of the sith but what I liked the most was the empire strike back screw my 5 year old brother for breaking my portable dvd player screw him

Dark, very mature subject material, the good feelings of the first movie go away, and who can forget, "I'm Your Father"

Story - check. Tech - check. Diverse casting/characters - check. Good-looking cast - check. Part of an excellent franchise - check

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2The Matrix

Original storyline, thrilling end, great acting, nice actors, epic fighting sequences and memorable Action & Sci-Fi/Action sequences. Best movie ever made. - roblist

amazing action, epic quotes and descrates esq philosophical questions. this is my favorite movie of all time! - beasthound

Difficult decision. Love Science Fiction movies.
- 2001 A Space Odyssey was amazing and is a CLASSIC.
- Loved Close Encounters Of The Third Kind back in the day

But The Matrix was awesome.

Free Your Mind from The Matrix - MatrixGuy

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32001: A Space Odyssey

I'm not sure what sane person would place movies like 2001: A Space Odyssey BELOW THE PHANTOM MENACE! 2001 is one of the most chilling, subtle films in science fiction history. There are so many interpretations of it one can make and everyone can take away a different experience from it.

This film should definitely be number one. It's pretty much the "grandfather of science-fiction" because it's inspired just about every other sci-fi director. - Virtuoso

Agreed. 2001 is a masterpiece, no doubt about it.

With the exception of the original 3 Star Wars movies, though, this list is kind of a joke.

I fell in love with this movie. A pure science fiction masterpiece. 2001 is not overrated at all! The Matrix is overrated.

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Best sci-fi movie ever! A terrifyingly amazing scary movie too. The sequel was obviously not as good as the first. This needs to be in the top 10! - nallimcamybloc

One of the most powerful sci-fi movies in our history - Magnolia

Still a great movie to watch after all these years...

Alien is the greatest movie of all time.

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5Blade Runner

Blade Runner was the last true science fiction film because it didn't need all the computer generated images. Everything you see was actually made by hand and filmed on the sets. The way Ridley Scott uses the combination of lighting and sound and the camera has yet to be beaten.

"You Blade Runner". And Harrison Ford does all he can to not get sucked back into the life of a Blade Runner. But even with the Director's cut, the count of Replicants STILL doesn't add up. So like in the book... Is Decker secretly a Replicant? - joenav91

Like tears in rain

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6Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith

Definitely not a good "movie" compared to the classics. This film instead focuses on an idea that no sci fi film has dared: the fall of hope, the tragedy of good people losing their morality and the rise of facism in the decaying aftermath of a brutal war. The original trilogy follows a basic good vs evil story with heroes in a backdrop of a war where no one really important dies and like all star wars films suffers from stilted dialogue. That isn't a problem because George lucas takes his inspiration from 1940s serials which never had great dialogue to begin with. From the amazingly action packed finale of the clone wars, to the raid of the jedi temple, to order 66 and the mustafar duel between anakin, technically vader, and obi wan to the final sunrise leading to a new hope, this film captures the biggest questions the franchise speculated and delivers a space opera of tragedy, loss, angst anf hope. This film gave star wars a much darker tone that raised the stakes and showed the ...more

I never liked the original Star Wars trilogy - too many cliches and such - but it's the prequel movies that allow me to say I do love Star Wars! I admit, they could've improved the story a LOT with this one, but when you boil it down, this one is the best of the bunch. Great special effects, INCREDIBLE acting (especially on Natalie Portman's part) and climatic battle scenes. My only disappointment was seeing General Grievous come and go so fast - he should've hung around for at LEAST the whole trilogy!

Best Star Wars Film of them all. Ties in the whole franchise, best battle scenes, saddest parts. Nothing compares. Not even the classics. - blakematthew.tompkins

Screw the special effects...

The story is amazing.

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7Terminator 2: Judgement Day

This movie was such a monumental step in the history of science-fiction movies, and in all of filmmaking with its still-impressive CGI effects. The story, of course, is brilliant also. - BKAllmighty

Awesome Movie. A bit better than star wars

How is this 9th!? I love it!

8Star Wars IV: A New Hope

it is what got the others ones made

9Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi

Just Watched it now and here's my star wars list:
6. Phantom menace
5. Attack of the clones
4. Revenge of the sith
3. Empire strikes back
2. Return of the Jedi
1. A new hope
My order still swaps between this and empire strikes back but currently this is my order.

10Independence Day

This movie is the most incredible, most exciting, and most just about everything movie. - thedude

Anything that has the world getting it's butt kick, has to be good. - RdrTech

Especially if you have kick-ace surround sound. - heather

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11The Fifth Element

No offense to those who loved the Star Wars movies, but I feel that the 5th Element is quite simply, the perfect Sci-Fi movie. There was great humor, amazing story, fantastic visual effects, wonderful acting, fantastic action, etc. Luc Besson is an unparalleled director - even going so far as to create Leeloo's language. Yes, the 5th Element is, in a word... Perfect.

12Jurassic Park

It should be number 1 best movie Greatest peace of art

The most realistic dinosaurs iv'e ever seen! And a good story and characters to help. Go watch this movie!


Serenity is one of the first science fiction movies I ever watched (after Star Wars). Sure, I loved Star Wars, but when I laid eyes on Serenity... Wow! It is 100% science fiction and may seem unoriginal. Firefly was an amazing T.V. Show as well. Serenity is classic and really action packed. Get Serenity to the top 10! - Miniman1676

The Movie based off the show "firefly" It was made in 2005. The fans were so fond of the show, they made a blockbuster out of it, even though the show was canceled after only 14 episodes. A very cool movie.

14Galaxy Quest

Worth watching, knowing each other too long, disbelief, comedy played well.

15Back to the Future

Really number 39 it should at least make top 10 great movie

Should be in top 20. Hell, it should be #1.

Let's at least put this in top 20. - dureckl

Spaceballs and Brazil are above this? Unacceptable. - dureckl

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16I, Robot

I confess that I think that star wars and similar films are ether over rated or period pieces (not good by today's standards) inception I think should be ranked number 1 this movie tore up my mind so much it made the matrix look like a McDonald's happy meal. The story, cast, cinematography and music were just perfect, the special effects were very good to considering almost no CGI was used, I know this film has I wile to go before it is made a classic. And while I think that star trek, terminator the fifth element, alien (and by the way the second one is better) are all great movies. This my fellow sci fi lovers is the pinnacle of science fiction thought, preying on the imagination not with aliens or monsters or futuristic corrupt/totalitarian governments but simply the potential of the unconscious mind a real thing that we all posses, it was an idea that infected the minds of John carpenter, Ridly Scott and other filmmakers that you love. This film deserves to be recognized as one of the greatest accomplishments of our time. Thank you and in a day or two "I'll be back" to defend my case if any of you care to debate me.

Why is Inception at number 36? It should be at least in the top five spot. Great film by a great writer and director. The plot is amazing and unpredictable. Really the best science fiction movie for me.

34th? Haha... Inception is best sci-fi movie of all time. Enough said!


I like the first one but this one is better. Game over man

No way can this be this low! Easily one of my favorite movies let alone scifi!

19Men In Black

One of my all time favorite movie

20The Thing
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Top Remixes (18)

1. 2001: A Space Odyssey
2. Blade Runner
3. Metropolis
1. Serenity
2. The Fifth Element
3. I, Robot
1. Jurassic Park
2. The Matrix
3. Terminator 2: Judgement Day

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