Best Science Fiction Movies

The Top Ten Best Science Fiction Movies

1 Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back

Top 5 favorite sci-fi movies:
1. Empire Strikes Back
2. A New Hope
3. The Matrix
4. Return of the Jedi
5. Jurassic Park

It's a good movie. But in fact it is no science fiction movie. It's more a fantasy film with a science fiction setting. - Dantrouser

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.

2 2001: A Space Odyssey

This movie is not only a cinematic masterpiece, but also, through symbology and recurring imagery, paints a picture of humanity and our evolution through time and space. Poses a lot deeper questions than it answers, which is the point. It's supposed to be a hypnotic, mystifying and mysterious visual narrative. Also, it got so many predictions about space and the future correct, it's unreal.

Not just the best Sci-fi movie, but also the greatest movie of al time.

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.

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.

3 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

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

Awesome Movie. A bit better than star wars

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.

4 Star Wars IV: A New Hope

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

it is what got the others ones made

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

Star wars hands down

5 The Matrix

Has almost everything you may want from a movie.
Amazing storytelling, great characters and amazing fight scenes

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.

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

Haven't had my mind blown by any other movie like I was with The Matrix

6 Alien

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!

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.

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

7 Back to the Future

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.

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

Really number 39 it should at least make top 10 great movie

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

8 Interstellar

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

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

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

9 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.

This movie is awesome. I love it. Best dino movie ever. And the ones that say they hate it, they just don't know what there talking about.

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

10 Aliens

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.

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.

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

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

The Contenders

11 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.

I am upset that Blade Runner was so low I had to vote for it instead of Clockwork Orange out of fairness

I’ve never figured out why people put this movie on a pedestal?

"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

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

13 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

14 Metropolis

This is the greatest silent film of all time.

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,...

15 Star Wars, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

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

16 The Thing

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.

17 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

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.

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

18 Guardians of the Galaxy

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

Should be #1

19 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

20 The Terminator

Good combination of story and action

Overshadowed by its sequel

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

21 Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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!

RIP Han Solo

22 Galaxy Quest

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

The best star trek parody ever.

23 Predator

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

Best movie ever

What get this higher

24 The Day The Earth Stood Still

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

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

This is great!
Should be at least top 5!

25 Planet of the Apes
26 E.T. - The Extra-Terrestrial
27 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.

I've always wondered why the flight attendants look less like flight attendants and more like strippers

28 Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi

You have this mess on here twice. George Lucas was mind tricked or something

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!

29 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!

Watch this instead of the sequels.

I can't stand this movie

30 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

31 Inception

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

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.

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.

32 Children of Men
33 Men In Black

One of my all time favorite movie

34 Stalker
35 Godzilla (2014)
36 Alita: Battle Angel
37 The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
38 Avengers: Infinity War
39 The Martian
40 The Maze Runner

Should be 10

41 Star Trek: First Contact

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

42 Solaris (1972)

In space no one can hear you crying for love.

Excellent film.

Really, bad, bad, bad.

43 Gattaca

Predicts a very near future. No explosions, no blasters but exciting and engaging through out.

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

This movie was voted the most accurate sci-fi film by scientists! That's what makes it so great, because you can actually imagine this happening one day, its not a wild stretch like a lot of other sci-fi flicks. It really provokes thought.

44 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
45 District 9

Fokin Prawns

46 Transformers: Dark of the Moon
47 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

48 Ghostbusters
49 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
50 Close Encounters of the Third Kind

I clicked wrong one. - RalphBob

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