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Best Sci-fi Movies 2013

Updated on October 12, 2014

Top 10 Sci-Fi Movies 2013

If you are looking for the best sci-fi movies 2013 then you'll love these top choices.

Some of these science fiction movies are so highly anticipated that fans have waited patiently for years for the movie to actually be made. 2013 looks like it is going to be a huge year for science fiction fans!

I am a huge science fiction fan and always look forward to the latest sci-fi offerings each year. The imagination that goes into the storyline, along with the backdrops and special effects are some of the best you will see in any type of movie. It's been hard, but I've tried to limit myself to only the top 10 science fiction movies 2013.

Have a look at the list and decide which of these movies you think will be the best.

I can't wait to see these sci-fi films on that huge screen at the cinema!

Top 10 Sci-fi Movies Listed in Order of Release!

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Warm Bodies Movie DVD
Warm Bodies Movie DVD

Warm Bodies

If you are looking for a romantic comedy then Warm Bodies is for you.

Click the image for your copy of Warm Bodies now available on DVD.

You might be wondering why this is in the science fiction section and that's because this is about a zombie boy falling in love with a living girl. I think this will be the funniest and one of the best science fiction movies of 2013.

What happens when a zombie guy sees a girl he likes? His heart starts beating and he falls in love with her. That love starts to thaw out his dead bones and brings some life into him. He wants to protect her and keep her safe. He also wants to show the other zombie's that they can be different too.

When their love starts to effect the other zombie's strange stuff starts to happen and humans have no idea who's safe and who's a victim.

If you loved other zombie spoof movies such as Shaun of the Dead and Zombieland then you won't want to miss Warm Bodies - In cinema's from February 1st 2013.

Warm Bodies Trailer

The Highest Grossing Movies of 2013

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Escape From Planet Earth DVD
Escape From Planet Earth DVD

Escape From Planet Earth

Aliens have ego's too you know. So what happens when a confident alien gets an SOS call originating from the deadly planet Earth? Why, he answers of course!

However, he doesn't realize he's walking into a trap and is captured and held secretly in Area 51. He's escaped lots of tight situations before, but he's not getting out of this one alone. Unfortunately, there's only his geeky side-kick, that's never seen any action before, and the other alien residents of Area 51.

This animated movie looks like it will be hilarious and will be a great way to make your date laugh on Valentine's day. Escape From Planet Earth is due in cinema's from February 14th 2013. You can try to figure out which characters are being voiced by Jessica Alba, Brendan Fraser, Sarah Jessica Parker, James Gandolfini and Jane Lynch.

Now available on DVD.

Escape From Planet Earth Trailer

Science Fiction Versus Fantasy?

Do you think science fiction is better than fantasy, or is fantasy better because it's not based on real world rules?

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The Host DVD
The Host DVD

The Host

Twilight fans will be excited to hear another of acclaimed author Stephenie Meyer books is being turned into a movie. The Host is due to be released in cinema's from March 29th 2013.

This sci-fi, thriller, love story is about aliens that have taken over people's bodies. These Hosts have made the world a peaceful place by suppressing human emotions. However, there are small pockets of Host free humans that want to survive as themselves.

When Melanie Stryder is captured by the aliens she is impregnated with a Host. She does everything in her power to return to the man she loves, taking her Host with her. Wanda (the Host) finds herself wondering if her race is right after all to try and take over people's free will. Although she finds herself questioning her actions. The free humans find themselves questioning if Melanie is still in there or if Wanda should be sacrificed for the safety of the group.

Will love prevail?

You can find out by watching in cinema or by ordering your copy of The Host DVD, available now from Amazon.

The Host Trailer

Oblivion DVD
Oblivion DVD


Oblivion is a science fiction movie set in the future in a post apocalypse world. The world is no longer inhabited by humans and we won the war against the aliens, but paid the ultimate price. Earth is ruined and a clean up crew is sent back to make sure any alien stragglers have been killed. It's kinda like Wall-E but with people instead.

Tom Cruise is the star of the show and is sent back with another female to carry out some repairs. He's kinda the garbage man of the future. However, he realizes certain things don't add up. Sub-consciously he's figured out that things don't make as much sense as they should. When he meets some survivors on Earth, which is supposed to be deserted, he's quickly thrown in the deep end and comes to realize he has to find the truth.

On this journey he's led by Morgan Freeman, who is kinda like the Morpheus from The Matrix and helping him uncover the truth about the world they find themselves in.

Game of Thrones fans will be happy to see Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (plays Jaime Lannister in Game of Thrones) in Oblivion too.

Be sure to watch this one in cinema's from April 12th 2013.

Oblivion Trailer

Star Trek into Darkness

Star Trek Into Darkness now available on DVD and Blu-ray.

Back in 2009 The Star Trek franchise was kicked off again with a whole new cast. Now they are bringing it back but this time it's not going to be bright and airy. Instead, Star Trek Into Darkness is dark.

All your favorites are back gain such as Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto. This time there's a villain and he's really good at being bad. Apart from that the details aren't really that clear yet. More information will probably come out closer toward the air date of May 17th 2013.

Star Trek into Darkness Trailer

Looking for more 2013 movies based on books?

After Earth DVD
After Earth DVD

After Earth

What happens a thousand years into the future? Well according to After Earth, we left the planet and moved elsewhere.

Available on DVD.

When a father and son are on a space voyage they run into a few problems and crash land on a hostile world.

Will Smith plays the injured warrior father and has to pass the baton to his son, played by his real life son Jaden Smith. Most of the movie hinges on these two characters as they have crash landed on Earth. However, this isn't the planet we know and love. Instead, everything has evolved to kill humans. We are no longer at the top of the food chain and instead have to avoid the dangers that all the wild animals pose.

After Earth has some amazing visual effects. The back drops and sets are simply stunning. If you like animals then expect to see lots of them in this film. For those that are worried that this is a M. Night Shyamalan project, take solace from the fact that this isn't a story he wrote. This should hopefully fix a lot of the issues he's had with previous projects, allowing him to concentrate on what he does best.

For more cynical viewers, like myself, I am seriously wondering if this is Will Smith trying to launch his son's career as a serious actor. Jaden Smith is growing up fast and this looks like it could be a good time to transition from kid movies to more adult films. Will this Smith movie dominate at the box office or will audiences see right through it? I do like the looks of the costumes.

Either way, this is a more serious Will and Jaden Smith combo in cinema's from June 7th 2013. The last time they collaborated was in The Pursuit of Happyness.

After Earth Trailer

World War Z DVD
World War Z DVD

World War Z

Who would have thought that Brad Pitt would wait until June 21st 2013 to try and start a career as an action hero? Yes he's done action scenes before but never like this.

In World War Z, Brad Pitt plays a family man trying to get his family to safety when a virus breaks out turning people into the fastest moving Zombies you've ever seen.

Once his family are safe, his character is then asked to go back and help others escape the clutches of the zombies and to try to protect the world from being over-run by the zombies.

This makes me think of I Am Legend that starred Will Smith in a similar situation. However, in I am Legend the family died and he was alone. I imagine World War Z is what I am legend would have been like if his family had survived.

Based on World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War book available on Amazon.

World War Z Trailer

Pacific Rim DVD
Pacific Rim DVD

Pacific Rim

If your idea of the perfect sci-fi movie is Godzilla mixed with Transformers then Pacific Rim is totally your film.

From July 12th 2013, you be able to see what happens when a worm hole to another dimension opens in the ocean and allows huge creatures through with the intent of destroying us, and keeping our planet. Only they didn't realize how much we would refuse to lie down and take a beating quietly. Instead, we build huge transformer type machines, that we operate from the inside, to send Godzilla and his cronies back to the realm they came from.

If you still don't get it, then think of it like playing the Wii inside a huge machine that responds and does exactly what you are doing. So if you do the Birdie dance, the giant tin you're in does the Birdie dance.

There's some cool machines and outfits in this one if you love military type movies. I'm gonna say this is probably gonna appeal far more to the guys than to the ladies.

Pacific Rim Trailer

Elysium DVD
Elysium DVD


Jodie Foster and Matt Damon team up in one of the best sci-fi movies 2013.

What's Elysium about? Well it's set in the future in 2159 to be exact. Matt Damon plays the antagonist that decides to change the rules up. You see, in the future the class divide is even bigger than it is now. Those who have the money and resources live in luxury on a Space Station orbitting the world. Everyone else is stuck on Earth which is over-crowded, pollutted and generally a very crappy place to live. All the bad things we've done in today has effected the lives of those that come tomorrow.

Everyone accepts this is the status quo until one man decides he's had enough.

For me, this movie looks like it's going to be a case of Jason Bourne in the future. You can try and catch Jason Bourne in the future from September 20th 2013.

Elysium Trailer

Ender's Game Poster
Ender's Game Poster

Ender's Game

Ender's Game stars Harrison Ford in space, teaching a group of kids to be the worlds salvation against a bunch of aliens. It's based on the book of the same name, written by Orson Scott Card and is due to be released October 25th 2013.

Expect Harrison Ford to play a hard ass on the backs of kids that show skills and talents with weapons. Kids that show these talents early on in life are sent to special boot camp where the whole world watches them grow up to take the mantle of humanity and try and save us from the next alien invasion. It's kinda like The Truman Show, but with far bigger consequences.

There have been a number of production issues with this movie so far, including one part of the operation claiming bankruptcy. Hopefully this won't lead to any further delays

You can read Ender's Game before the movie airs.

Ender's Game Information

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    • tophatpro profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago

      @Joebeducci: Well it's set in space... and it's not a real life story... so I can see why it's classed as sci-fi. However, I don't really rate it that highly. Can't say I'm a fan of the film and I wasn't looking forward to it when I saw the trailer and read the little synopsis saying what it was going to be about. Which is why it's not on my list of the top 10 sci-fi movies of the year. Perhaps you liked it and thought differently. Everyone has different taste.

    • Joebeducci profile image


      4 years ago

      Cool list of SciFi's. Gravity is not really a Sci-Fi, but IMDB ranks it as one, so I think it belongs here too or do you have another opinion about that? :)



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      5 years ago

      You have greatest movie to watch in 2013. thanks for your list.

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      5 years ago

      It looks a great year for sci-fi movies!

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      5 years ago

      I like Sci-fi Movies too.

    • tophatpro profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @YummyMom: There's a fine line between fantasy and sci-fi. I added this to the sci-fi list as zombies are normally a result of a virus so it's more sci-fi than fantasy to me. Plus the rest of the movie is based in the world we know, which makes it closer to sci-fi than fantasy for me.

      Also it's not number 1 on the list. These movies are listed in order of when they air in the cinema, not in terms of which one I think is best.

    • YummyMom profile image


      5 years ago

      I wonder why "Warm Bodies" is part of the list, and number 1 too! It's not sci-fi, it's more of the realm of 'fantasy'


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