Best Sci-fi Movies

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The Top Ten

1 Star Wars Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

The Empire Strikes back will always have a place in my heart. Don't get me wrong I loved 2001: A Space Odyssey, but I can remember that when a watched it for the first time I wasn't sure what was going on at the end. I really like the elements the added to the Empire Strikes back. More action scenes. I also liked seeing Yoda for the first time. My favorite scene is the duel between Luke and Vader at the end.

Yeah! I'm so glad this is number 1. Not only is the best Sci-Fi movie but it's my favorite movie. It does what all does what all sequels should do but don't ever seem to. It is darker, more involving, and overall improves on pretty much everything from the original. 10/10

Even though I liked 2001: A Space Odyssey I felt there was something missing. Action. 2001: A Space Odyssey has suspense. HAL 9000 still gives my sister nightmares. That voice! Sounds like Siri... But I feel that I'm more of an action guy. And the Star Wars franchise is the ultimate sci-fi action movie. Just pick the best movie from the series and you have the arguably the best sci-fi film of all time and one of the best movies of all time!

Star Wars is a space opera not a sci-fi movie. Also just because a franchise is popular, that doesn't mean it is the 'best movie' and should top in every list! Star Wars is so overrated.

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2 Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope

My personal favorite I enjoy the fun fast pace sy fi action music is also my personal favorite in the series

3 2001: A Space Odyssey

Unlike star wars return of the jedi (I'm not calling out the others because they don't have this problem), it stand the test of time. Instead of using crappy green screen effects, they use well-made practical effects that look good enough to have come out in 2001. But this movie came out in 1968. Some might say that the narrative is confusing at times. And I don't know where they're getting that from. I wasn't confused at all in any part of this movie.

How can you hate this masterpiece? Lush visuals, a simple yet effective story, a master class of a villain and being the film that revolutionized the Sci-Fi genre. How is this not Number 1?

Honestly, this is way better than star wars. I'm no saying star wars is a bad trilogy but the only reason why people say it's the best movie is because they have one of the biggest fan dims in the world. Plus, 2001 leaves you with something to think about that,for once, is supposed to be interpreted I'm your own way. Star wars doesn't have much only a lot of memorable moments but let's be real here, would you rather see Darth Vader announce he's lukes father or watch Dave deactivate hal? - Cucboi99

Still one of the best sci fi movies ever and also 2010 space odyssey

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4 Terminator 2 - Judgment Day

Arnold Schwarznegger really made a name for himself in this movie, about a Cyborg sent back in the past to protect a boy who holds the key to the survival of Mankind in a gripping war that will take place in the future - roblist

What Arnold Schwarzenegger did for terminator is what Harrison ford did for star wars make the movies masterpieces

This is a great movie, and it is not one of those Michael bay movies, it's an action sci fi that has a amazing storyline!

Arnold Schwarzenegger really nailed it this time!

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5 Back to the Future

Back to the future is a masterpiece from Marty going back in time to Marty's dad punching biff it's one of the greatest movies of all time

Marty goes back in 1955 and meets his father and mother back when they were 17 years old. This is some good!

A movie about time travel which mixes Comedy, Sci-Fi and Action in at the same time - roblist

Glad to see it so high on the list...but let's make it top 10. - dureckl

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6 Alien

Number 2 after empire strikes back. This is a cult franchise already due to its surrealism, incredible story and the single most terrifying creature in cinema: the xenomorph. It doesn't even need to be a discussion this movie is just iconic in the whole sense of the word.

I personally like Aliens more. But as a Sci-Fi flick. This works better with its slow building, and atmospheric tension.

Definitely no. 1 here. No contest at all. Real masterpiece - Magnolia

Good Lord this movie gave me nightmares

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7 Aliens

Alien was always one of my favorite moves. Having never seen Aliens, I didn't think it could top the outstanding original. Oh boy was I wrong. This movie is just an outstanding piece of art and will be forever hailed as one of the best sci-fi and action movies of all time.

I like how James Cameron took the horror premise of the first movie and took it into a more action heavy direction with lots of guns, explosions, and even more aliens.

Aliens is the best horror/action movie ever! Absolutely awesome!

This one and the other Alien movies after this sucked.

8 The Matrix

This movie got a lot of credit for his fighting scenes and slow motion. It has a tantalising storyline and Visual and Sound - roblist

Now all modern action movies are using it, but this was one of the first movies to create a world out of CGI

One of the best sci fi movies with deep storyline, great slo mos an fights, and also way, way, way better than the next two

Red pill... Or blue pill?

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9 Inception

Don't you want to take a leap of faith? Or become an old man, filled with regret, waiting to die alone!

Personally, it was hard to choose between this, Back to the Future, The Matrix, A Clockwork Orange, and Metropolis, but ultimately, this really impresses me.

The final scene of this movie is the greatest piece of art that I've ever seen anywhere. Tells so much without actually saying anything. Perfect beauty :')

Such a mind blowing movie.

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10 Jurassic Park

Deserves an everlasting place in the top ten ever made. I don't even need to look at the other sci-fi/fantasy films to know, it's a one of a kind wonder in cinema's history. Just to state the rather obvious..

A new theme park has just opened, that features Dinosaurs, falls to pieces after a the security falls and all the dinosaurs run loose! - roblist

Best movie of all time

This film is fantasy, NOT sci-fi.

The Contenders

11 Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Great Star Trek film but I guess everyone look over the other films ( the motion picture, thr search for spock, the voyage home,and the
Undiscovered country) because everyone grew up with film so they always say it's the best

Richaro Montabalm, James Horners soundtrack, and Nimoy are my favorite parts

12 Blade Runner

A terrific sci-fi film with a touch of film noir ridley scott best work and that's saying a lot considering he made alien which might deserve to be second on this list.

Proof that you can have a great sci-fi movie without a ton of action. Blade Runner takes everything you expect from science fiction and makes it feel lived-in, real, and human. - Deckard

What a shame that it is not higher. It was hugely influential in the sci-fi genre and it is my favorite movie.

2% of the votes? That is horrible!

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13 Star Wars, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
14 Star Wars: The Force Awakens

This should be one in the top!

15 Planet of the Apes
16 Guardians of the Galaxy

Actually I haven't seen it but I can hope people say it's best movies if mcu

17 Interstellar

Well this is real Sci-Fi movie everything out there in interstellar space is shown. I would rate it on number 2 after 2001:odyssey

Best movie ever. Mix of thrills, drama, emotions and science.

This should be at number 1

Best movie I've seen

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18 The Day the Earth Stood Still

The movie with Michael Rene didn't need all the special effects. Well filmed, well written.

19 Metropolis

This is the greatest silent film of all time.

20 Transformers

I can't vote all two of the Transformers movies except the Dark of the Moon I don't like! Megan Fox did great in two of these movies even though she can't continue the third movie because of Michael Bay's anoyying experience on making it way more action. Its like he's trying to beat Avatar and Terminator by making famous directors jealous!

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