Best Science Fiction Movies

The Top Ten

Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back Product Image

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

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.

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!

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!

2001: A Space Odyssey 2001: A Space Odyssey Product Image

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

This is my favorite MOVIE of all time. I was about 15 when it was released and saw it in Cinerama in Tampa. It was totally amazing and cemented my desire to have a career in the space program ultimately supporting every shuttle mission for NASA at KSC. The overall them was cerebral and amazing. The story was fantastic and the SFX are still beyond even some of what we see today. I will admit it is not for everyone and I highly recommend reading the book for explanations of some of the more esoteric parts but it is truly an astounding film accomplishment, particularly when considering the date it was made.

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.

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?

Star Wars IV: A New Hope Star Wars IV: A New Hope Product Image

Greatest Star Wars movie of all time. Return of the Jedi was a disgrace.

Move along, move along, if you didn't like this movie

Star wars hands down

it is what got the others ones made

Terminator 2: Judgement Day Terminator 2: Judgement Day Product Image

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.

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.

One of my favorite movies of all time. This will always earn a special place in my heart. It's sad that Arnold Schwarznegger hasn't been in any incredible movies after the disastrous Batman & Robin.

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 Matrix The Matrix Product Image

Should’ve been #1, for science fiction. I haven’t seen a sci-fi flick that was actually better than this one. The story is fascinating, and the actors are talented. However, I think the best part about the movie are the action sequences and the visual effects. The first half of the movie is pure sci-fi, which is still very interesting. But the second half is action-packed. It’s a must-watch for nerds.

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.

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.

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

Alien Alien Product Image

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.

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.

A huge inspiration for the Metroid series and way better than The Matrix, which is just a live action version of the FIRST Ghost In The Shell film!

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!

Back to the Future Back to the Future Product Image

Back to the future is epic movie. the cool part is that, unlike star wars, is set in a place ON EARTH. it's a grate movie, but I can understand how star wars is in 1st place. you can't compete with the second best selling movie 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!

This is a pretty good movie, but how is Serenity not on here?

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

Jurassic Park Jurassic Park Product Image

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..

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.

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

Aliens Aliens Product Image

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!

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

Interstellar Interstellar Product Image

The movie with the best soundtrack, characters, emotion, themes, cinematography, storyline, relatively realistic science storylines, and entertainment value

What's not there in this film! There is a heavenly feeling while seeing this film but it took the 18th place?

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

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

The Contenders

Blade Runner Blade Runner Product Image

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?

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.

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.

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Product Image

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

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

Star Wars, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi Star Wars, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi Product Image

Top sci-fi movies of all time
1. Return of the Jedi
2. Terminator 2
3. The Empire Strikes Back
4. Jurassic Park
5. Aliens
6. E.T.
7. Back to the Future
8. Star Wars
9. Close Encounters
10.Star Trek (2009)

Am I the only person who thinks this movie is all stupid

the most over looked star wars film. My favorite for sure

Metropolis Metropolis Product Image

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,...

This is the greatest silent film of all time.

Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith Product Image

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!

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

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

Guardians of the Galaxy Guardians of the Galaxy Product Image

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

A Clockwork Orange A Clockwork Orange Product Image

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.

Really? 78? Come one, people. This one is a masterpiece, a true classic of proper cinema that should be in at least the top 10 or 15.

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

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

The Thing The Thing Product Image

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

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

The Terminator The Terminator Product Image

Good combination of story and action

Overshadowed by its sequel

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

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Star Wars: The Force Awakens Product Image

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

This should be one in the top!

Predator Predator Product Image

What get this higher

Best movie ever

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

Planet of the Apes Planet of the Apes Product Image
The Day The Earth Stood Still The Day The Earth Stood Still Product Image

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

Good movie but very underrated. It deserves more credit than it's given.

This is great!
Should be at least top 5!

E.T. - The Extra-Terrestrial E.T. - The Extra-Terrestrial Product Image
Inception Inception Product Image

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.

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 :')

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

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