Best Science Fiction Movies

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Star 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"
[Newest]Story - check. Tech - check. Diverse casting/characters - check. Good-looking cast - check. Part of an excellent franchise - check

2The Matrix
Original storyline, thrilling end, great acting, nice actors, epic fighting sequences and memorable Action & Sci-Fi/Action sequences. Best movie ever made.


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


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.

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.


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.
[Newest]The best movie ever made, in my opinion.

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!


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


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

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?


Blade runner was so revolutionare and way ahead of it's time. Should of been nominated for best picture!

6Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith
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.


Screw the special effects...

The story is amazing.

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.


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

9Jurassic Park
The most realistic dinosaurs iv'e ever seen! And a good story and characters to help. Go watch this movie!

10Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi
Favourite Star Wars and my first, in a weird timey-wimey, wibbly-wobbly way!

The Contenders

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.

12Independence Day
This movie is the most incredible, most exciting, and most just about everything movie.


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


Especially if you have kick-ace surround sound.


Metropolis is so well done for a movie from the 20's! Also, it inspirated a lot of famous movies like star wars, the matrix,...

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

15Galaxy Quest

16Close Encounters of the Third Kind
I clicked wrong one.


17Back 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.


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!


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.

19The Day The Earth Stood Still
This is great!
Should be at least top 5!

20I, 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!

22Solaris (1972)
In space no one can hear you crying for love.

Excellent film.

23The Thing

24Men In Black
One of my all time favorite movie

25The Terminator

This movie is hilarious! Making fun of Star Trek, but mostly Star Wars. It's hilarious!
Hells yeah pizza the hut was awesome



28Star Trek

29Star Trek: First Contact
I'm a huge fan of Star Trek, this movie ROCKS.


31Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
How can this possibly be this low?!


32Minority Report
omg this movie is SO GOOD!!!! normally, i hate tom cruise as an actor, but he did a good job in this one! this movie is so amazingly creepy yet so cool

One of the best movies ever. I'm not taking the ending into account here... I pretend that never happened.


very very good and shockingly scary at the end


34E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial

35A.I. - Artificial Intelligence
A moving movie more than Sci-Fi


36Forbidden Planet


38District 9

Spawned Two hit series, one of which became the longest running SciFi show ever. Great movie. Great universe.


40Mars Attacks

Amazing movie better than any movie in this list and no comparison

42Resident Evil
This movie is the greatest sci-fi ever! zombies attack, cool action and sexy as hell Mila.. amazing journey!





46The Omega Man

47Event Horizon
Horror in space. very original and spooky


49Total Recall


51A Clockwork Orange
I can't believe how low this is. This list is better than the other one, but still awful.

One of the best low budget sci-fi I've even seen. Christian Bale is really good in it.


53Star Trek Into Darkness

54Dark City

55Cloud Atlas

56Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

57Silent Running

58The Last Starfighter

59Rollerball (1975)


61The Stepford Wives (1975)

62Phase IV

63Men In Black II

64Harry Potter & The Order Of the Phoenix


66Village of the Damned

67The Invisible Man

68Enemy Mine

I bealive that this is one of the most under-rated sci films ever made. The music and filming were quite riveting, riminding me of 2001 space odessy quire a bit. The acting, organic special effects and extreamly well thogu thought out story are compleatly incredable. This film deserves to be on the top 10 list at like number 7?




73The Day After Tomorrow

Such a great movie, a fantastically photographed dystopia, that could come true in the near future

75Natural City



78Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

79Edge of Tomorrow

80Star Wars I: The Phantom Menace
How the end (and rebirth) of the jedi began.

81Star Wars II: Attack of the Clones

82The Matrix: Revolutions

83Terminator Salvation

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