Best Science Fiction Movies

The Top Ten

1 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"

It's a good movie

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2 The 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.

This movie sucks

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3 2001: 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

Easily the best Science Fiction Movie of all time. It is realistic, philosophic and powerful. It is an origin story and a future story of mankind. My favorite movie and the first I saw by myself, in a theater as a child in the 8th grade.

Makes Empire and The Matrix look like a pile of rotting garbage in comparison. Terminator 2 shoukd be #2, by the way!

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4 Alien

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

A combination of science foction and horror. If you like Forbidden Planet you will love this movie. Plus it is the first movie of any time with a woman playing the hero as a physically and mentally imposing figure.

Changed the rules of Sci Fi horror

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5 Star Wars IV: A New Hope

it is what got the others ones made

Star wars hands down

6 Terminator 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!

7 Blade 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

How is this not #1? Below The Matrix? Really?

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8 Interstellar

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

37? Come on people, this movie deserves more... Nolan, Thorne, McConaughey they did an incredible work

One of the best, no doubt. Nolan made another greatest Film ever, again. - Nebular65

This is the worst movie ever

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9 Back 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

10 Jurassic 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!

Best movie ever.

Jurassic Park is one of the best science fiction movies ever! Its different, hence stands out from sci-fi movies about aliens and space. This is an original.

The Contenders

11 Aliens

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!

12 Star 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

I'm sorry, but this does not deserve to be on this list. - Scr3aM

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13 Star 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.

Favourite Star Wars and my first, in a weird timey-wimey, wibbly-wobbly way!

14 The Thing

One of the scariest of all sci/fi horror films.

15 The 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.

16 Inception

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 ...more

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!

Dream under a dream within a dream of a dream...fabulous fiction movies ever

17 Men In Black

One of my all time favorite movie

18 Metropolis

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,...

19 The Terminator

Best film ever. Let alone SCI-FI movie ever! - MaxAttack333

20 Star Wars: The Force Awakens

So much action, and destruction, many people died, and don't ever forget what happened to you know who.

RIP Han Solo

21 Independence Day

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

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

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

22 Galaxy Quest

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

23 E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial
24 Serenity

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.

25 Godzilla (2014)
26 Transformers

Watch this instead of the sequels.

27 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
28 The Martian
29 Children of Men
30 The Maze Runner

Should be 10

31 Gattaca

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

32 I, Robot
33 Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Ok Why is this on the list? This movie is horrible, it ruined Star Wars as we know it. The story and plot don’t make any sense, and Luke dying was a dumb move.

34 Predator

Best movie ever

35 Ghostbusters
36 Ex Machina
37 Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
38 Jurassic World
39 Spaceballs

This movie is hilarious! Making fun of Star Trek, but mostly Star Wars. It's hilarious!

Hells yeah pizza the hut was awesome - dbox4

40 Star Trek
41 V for Vendetta
42 Guardians of the Galaxy
43 Prometheus
44 Avengers: Age of Ultron
45 Forbidden Planet

For it's time special effects top notch...Shakespeare themed NICE

46 Solaris
47 The Day The Earth Stood Still

This is great!
Should be at least top 5!

48 Star Trek: First Contact

I'm a huge fan of Star Trek, this movie ROCKS.

49 Close Encounters of the Third Kind

I clicked wrong one. - RalphBob

50 Minority 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

The most underrated sci fi movie. I love Tom Cruise. - MissionImpossible

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1. 2001: A Space Odyssey
2. Blade Runner
3. Metropolis
1. Serenity
2. The Fifth Element
3. I, Robot
1. Serenity
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