Best Sci-fi Movies


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.

One of the best shirts ever having is of Empire Strikes Back. A lot in this 5th Star Wars installment with regards to technology going every which way. A fine rendition with believable 'on their feet' characters constant in action. How it is done is a nifty magician to here up to now. A fan of this am certain it is good as the best in film! - iliescu

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

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 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.

2001: A Space Odyssey should always be 1st place because:

1: Its Physics are 90% realistic
2: It has a straight on story of what happens
3: Space environment has no sound which is very real
4: Uses classical 19th century music (Very calm happy music)
5: Its released in the 60s before star wars
6: It makes more sense
7: Very interesting and adventerous
8: The movie is supposed to to be a future prediction the whole time. In the 60s, people thought there would be spaceships and moon bases in the year 2001
9: It was so popular, the made its sequel in 1984 called 2010 pushing the story further
10: The whole filmed in one very large room that's less expensive than filming in several different locations like star wars.

It should top star wars, Gravity, Intersteller and star trek

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?

A classic with a deep meaning. - TopTenTed

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3 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

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!

The special effects are brilliant! It is much more relatable than Star Wars or Star Trek because it’s based on Earth not some made up planet or galaxy. Jurassic Park is great to but there is really no way dinosaurs can be brought back to life. I do believe that robots or androids are realistic, they are already being made.

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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

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

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

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 Jurassic Park

This film is indeed science fiction as proved by the constant reference to the way they created the dinosaurs through gene splicing and editing. The dinosaurs didn't juts pop up because of some wizards spell, but were engineered by scientists.

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

This film is fantasy, NOT sci-fi.

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9 The Matrix

This movie is a source of discussion even now. So many theories, so many philosophies and such a great story. Not only the movie is mind-bending but also great to watch with amazing actors and action scenes.

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

Matrix does everything for the expectator - CedreticFomento

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10 Inception

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

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 :')

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.

Such a mind blowing movie.

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The Contenders

11 Star Wars, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
12 A Clockwork Orange

Sci-Fi or reality? The book was the author's nightmare vision in response to his wife being brutally assaulted. Provocative with it's violence and we can't keep our eyes off of it. Kubrick's best. - mgenet

kubrick absorbs you into this world and gets you to walk into this twisted characters shoes for a while

A clockwork Orange isn't sci fi. This is a crime thriller

I think if more people thought it was Sci-Fi it would be higher.

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13 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.

This should be at the top 10! - Kevinsidis

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14 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

15 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.

Best movie I've seen

This is the best movie I have ever seen.

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16 Metropolis

This is the greatest silent film of all time.

17 Star Wars: The Force Awakens

This should be one in the top!

18 Planet of the Apes
19 Guardians of the Galaxy

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

20 The Day the Earth Stood Still

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

21 The Terminator

Good combination of story and action

Overshadowed by its sequel

22 Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

Wow THIS LOW this is a great movie and it's the most modern star wars up to date! Don't get me wrong I like the originals, but they were just a few people tapping swords in ightsaber fights. Also episode lll revenge of the sith had genral grievous and showed the best villain and why he became who he is... Darth vader. this episode/ movie is way to underrated

23 E.T. - The Extra-Terrestrial
24 Predator

A gripping franchise like that of Alien, which saw it way rise to the top with Action Figures, Sequels, Comics etc - roblist

What get this higher

25 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!

I can't stand this movie

26 Stalker
27 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Terrible movie

Do you know why I put my money on this one?
Best cgi, Best plot, Awesome actors, Most money out of all Star Wars films so far

28 The Thing

The Thing is AWESOME! Way better than the first Alien film. Why is it down here?!

29 Godzilla
30 Transformers: Dark of the Moon
31 The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
32 Mad Max: Fury Road

Best movies of 2015! Best Mad Max movie of the franchise! Best George Miller movies so far!

33 Jurassic World
34 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
35 Back to the Future Part II
36 Star Wars: The Last Jedi

This movie is straight trash, perhaps the worst Star Wars ever made. Finn and rose's romance was terrible even worse than anakin and padme. the characters were extremely shower and logic was totally thrown out to further the plot. the constant jokes made it feel like an avengers movie. I can't believe anybody actually liked this film. and then there's the mother space walrus/cow crap that was probably the most disgusting thing I've seen in film since the Human Centipede. Disney is really destroying the Star Wars franchise with this one - Monarc6

This Movie Was Good. - masoncarr2244

37 Ghostbusters
38 District 9

Fokin Prawns

39 The Avengers
40 Solaris (1972)

Really, bad, bad, bad.

41 Back to the Future Part III
42 Prometheus

Awesome! - As with all Scott movies the screenplay is brilliant & captivating, the special effects are very professional unlike most cartoonish computerised crap, the acting is good and it must be watched at least 5 times to fully understand.

Very good setup and all the acting and graphics were great, not just about monsters and scariness, it has a complex and we'll executed plot - u_maddox_bro

43 Rise of the Planet of the Apes
44 Godzilla (1954)
45 Avengers: Age of Ultron
46 Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
47 Wall-E
48 Donnie Darko
49 Captain America: Civil War
50 Men in Black 3
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1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
2. Godzilla
3. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
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2. Interstellar
3. Metropolis
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