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Top 100 Best Sci Fi Movies of All Time (2022 List)

Updated on February 3, 2022
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List Of Best Science Fiction Films

Sci fi movies have always fascinated me. Either Books or films,science fiction has always been my favorite topic. Just from the idea of traveling time and visiting different time periods, or exploring space with a spaceship that travels much faster than light give me thrills.

I donât know exactly who proposed such fantastic ideas but I have read H.G. Wells and Jules Verneâs novels and I guess they were the basic inspiration behind such films.

From the very first sci fi movie A Trip to the Moon (1902) by Georges Melies to present day films, Hollywood has produced some of the best cult classic science fiction films. Now you can see the first science fiction film was on a topic which at that time looked ridiculous. Who would have ever thought of landing on moon? Agree it or not but JFKâs dream to land on moon and Apollo 11âs success was inspired from such books or movies.

In the 50s decade science was mainly used in horror movies (most notably in Space invasion films). Later on sci fi movies included sub genres like sci fi comedy,sci fi romance and sci fi action. Many directors worked in this genre and became global icon. Most notably being Steven Spielberg, Stanley Kubrick and George Lucas.

I have always had interest in space, technology and extra terrestrial life, so I am big su(ker of this genre. Many movies might look stupid with unimaginable plot but there are several great films.

This page compiles the most famous and best sci fi movies ever made in the history of cinema.I have also selected my 10 personal favorites from the list. You will find many of your favorite films too but please notice that certain rules are followed while making the list :-

* Animated Sci-fi are not included.

* Sequel of movies are not included. They are combined with the original films.

Top 100 Science Fiction Movies - List Of Greatest Sci fi films

I would accept that there was no particular person who ruled this genre. But if I have to select any particular person who changed the face of this genre then I would obviously go with Steven Spielberg and George Lucas.

These two directors played a vital role in shaping the science fiction genre. Directors like Michael Bay, J.J. Abrams and Christopher Nolan are also my favorite directors in sci fi genre.

Which director or actor do you think is the best in this genre? Which sci fi film is your favorite? Pick and vote your favorite film from the list.

  1. The Day After Tomorrow
  2. Attack the Block
  3. Godzilla (1954)
  4. Time bandits
  5. Strange Days
  6. Another Earth
  7. Primer
  8. The World’s End
  9. Delicatessen
  10. Escape From New York
  11. The Running Man
  12. The Time Traveller’s Wife
  13. Dune
  14. The Invisible Man (1933)
  15. The Host (2006)
  16. They Live
  17. TRON
  18. Soylent Green
  19. WarGames
  20. Mars Attacks!
  21. Spaceballs
  22. 2046
  23. Galaxy Quest
  24. Pandorum
  25. Stalker (1979)
  26. Melancholia
  27. The Fly
  28. THX 1138
  29. The Man From Earth
  30. Battle Royale
  31. Death Race Series
  32. Super 8
  33. Frankenstein (1931)
  34. The Mist
  35. Gattaca
  36. Resident Evil Series
  37. V For Vendetta
  38. Mr. Nobody
  39. The Butterfly Effect
  40. Minority Report
  41. Dark City
  42. Brazil
  43. Limitless
  44. The Fountain
  45. Children Of Men
  46. Donnie Darko
  47. The Truman Show
  48. Robocop Series
  49. Starship Troopers
  50. Oblivion
  51. Cloverfield
  52. Pacific Rim
  53. I, Robot
  54. Armageddon
  55. War of the Worlds
  56. 28 Days Later…
  57. Eternal Sunshine of Spotless Mind
  58. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956 and 1978, both parts)
  59. I am Legend
  60. Metropolis (1927)
  61. Cloud Atlas
  62. Watchmen
  63. Serenity
  64. Predator Series
  65. The Hunger Games
  66. Independence Day
  67. Twelve Monkeys
  68. District 9
  69. Moon
  70. Source Code
  71. Total Recall
  72. Solaris (1972)
  73. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
  74. Forbidden Planet (1956)
  75. The Fifth Element
  76. Looper
  77. The Abyss
  78. Blade Runner
  79. The Thing
  80. Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  81. A Clockwork Orange
  82. Men in Black Series
  83. Ironman Series
  84. X-Men Series
  85. Superman Series
  86. Prometheus
  87. Gravity
  88. Avatar
  89. Inception
  90. E.T. – The Extra Terrestrial
  91. Planet of the Apes Series
  92. Back to the Future Trilogy
  93. 2001: A Space Odyssey
  94. Alien Series
  95. Jurassic Park Series
  96. Transformers Series
  97. Star Trek Series
  98. Terminator Series
  99. The Matrix Trilogy
  100. Star Wars Series

Top 10 Sci fi movies

Below is the list of me personal favorite Top 10 sci fi movies of all time.

# 10. Avatar - Enter the world

Avatar (Extended Collector's Edition)
Avatar (Extended Collector's Edition)
Description :- Cameroon waited for 12 long years to develop the project of Avatar into a real film.His vision was far beyond movie technology.Thanks to who-so-ever contributed in the advancement of movie technology in these 12 years that made cameroon to took Avatar out from papers and put it alive on screen.He rather Gifted Avatar to us. Cameroon's Hard work did paid him off.Avatar become the highest grossing film of all time,a well deserved spot for what it showed us.A Non existing world was presented to us in such a beautiful way that it was hard to Just watch and forget.I re-lived avatar countless times and I am desperately waiting for the sequels of this sci fi classic. Director :- James Cameron Star-Cast :- Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana and Sigourney Weaver Plot :- A Marine is sent with a team to pandora a distant moon to capture the moon and resources but the marine realizes his duty and his real life.

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# 9. A Clockwork Orange - Being the adventures of a young man whose principal interests are r@pe, ultra-violence and Beethoven.

A Clockwork Orange (Two-Disc Special Edition)
A Clockwork Orange (Two-Disc Special Edition)
Description :- A Clockwork orange is one of the most controversial movie,hard to digest movie I've ever seen.But it was hard for me to keep this another Kubrick's classic out of this list of best sci fi movies. I can't neglect a movie for being too bold and too realistic.The film focuses on psychopathic delinquent Alex Delarge (Set In Future Britain) whose interests are rape,music and violence.Alex was Portrayed by Malcom Mcdowell to such perfection as if he was presenting his on self among us.His violent day to day routine takes a turn when he is caught and used as an experimental subject by government. The Movie was based on Anthony Burgess' novel of same name.I don't think anyone else other Kubrick could have presented this satirical novel in such realistic way.Visual effects and cinematography were stunning along with the timeless soundtrack featuring Beethoven melodies in dark manner. Director :- Stanley Kubrick Star-Cast :- Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee and Warren Clarke Plot :- Alex Delarge is one notorious mate who love to loot people and rape ladies.When caught by police he is made as a subject to an experimental therapy designed to improve the society and control mind of criminals

"Pawel is very good at asking the right questions. And he knows how to analyze the data." - Yuri Seo, Palo Alto Research Center

Pawel Wozniak has discovered an unexpected phenomenon in quantum physics ... one that could have wide-ranging consequences for everything from time travel to quantum computing.

An assistant professor of physics at Stony Brook University, Wozniak recently published a paper in Physical Review Letters outlining his discovery. In it, he describes experiments with calcium atoms that appear to behave differently depending on how closely they are spaced. The results could have implications for technologies ranging from lasers and optical computers to atomic clocks and even time travel (in theory).

Wozniak, who was born in Poland and holds a PhD from the University of Calgary (he did his postdoctoral work at Harvard), says he began looking into the issue when he was an assistant professor at UC San Diego, where he worked with quantum optics pioneer Peter Sadoff. The experiments that led to his discovery were done by then-graduate student David Weiss and other members of the same group.

"I initially thought we would find nothing interesting," Wozniak recalls, "so I didn't pay much attention to it until we realized there is something crucially new here."

This crucially new behavior occurs because — unlike classical physics — in quantum mechanics particles can behave differently when they are close

# 8. Inception - The Dream Is Real

Description :- Christopher Nolan's movies are always unique in their own ways.Often Its hard to understand his movies in one go.A Lots of new and fascinating information are given by him from his movies and its hard to digest them all in one go.However,every time you watch his movies you get a new experience and feeling. Inception is one such brilliant film that takes you into the world of dreams.Dreams always are fascinating to us and Inception beautifully show cases that how important dreams are in our life.Like all nolan movies,Inception grows up with several unpredictable twists and turns.Characters are mysterious,storyline is rapid and cinematography is top notch.And in the end,the Nolan Formula continues where it is put into viewer's imagination to decide the climax of the movie.INCREDIBLY AWESOME. Director :- Christopher Nolan Star-Cast :- Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Ellen Page Plot :- A thief who steals dream and ideas is given a last chance for plant an idea in the mind of a multi millionaire's son.

# 7. Planet of The Apes (Series) - Somewhere in the Universe, there must be something better than man!

Planet of the Apes 40th Anniversary Collection (Planet of the Apes / Beneath the Planet of the Apes / Escape From / Conquest of / Battle for) [Blu-ray]
Planet of the Apes 40th Anniversary Collection (Planet of the Apes / Beneath the Planet of the Apes / Escape From / Conquest of / Battle for) [Blu-ray]
Description :- In 1968 two sci fi movies changed the standard of Sci fi movies,One among them was Planet of the apes.Was it the plot,the amazing visual effects or the extra ordinary make up work that made planet of the apes memorable piece of sci fi work?Its hard to chose just one. Not just it was a Sci fi film but a philosophical film with intelligent remarks on society and religion. After the success of Original,the story was continued with a long series of sequels (and remakes) but none of them was as good as the original. Director :- Franklin J. Schaffner Star-Cast :- Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall and Kim Hunter Plot :- In Distant Future,A Spaceship crash land on an unknown planet.The crew later finds out that the planet is dominated by intelligent talking apes and for unknown reasons human beings are mute.

# 6. Back To The Future - Marty McFly's having the time of his life. The only question is -- what time is it?

Back to the Future 25th Anniversary Trilogy [Blu-ray]
Back to the Future 25th Anniversary Trilogy [Blu-ray]
Description :- We've Seen sci fi horror,sci fi action,sci fi thriller,sci fi drama but we rarely see sci fi comedies.Thanks to Robert Zemeckis whose genius mind came up with such a extra-ordinary idea. How will you react when you get a chance to meet your parents in their younger age?What if your mom or Dad fall for you?Back to the future gives you a chance to imagine this shameful but hilarious situation.Michael J. fox was the perfect choice for young and energetic college student Marty McFly.Christopher lloyd too did a great job as crazy scientist.Thomas F. Wilson's Portrayal of Biff is also yet another memorable role from the series.Though there were not many special effects but still it Zemeckis' Back to the future is a rare made film and that's the reason i put it up in the list. Director :- Robert Zemeckis Star-Cast :- Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd and Lea Thompson Plot :- Marty mcfly travels time from 1985 to 1955,meets his (teenage) parents and his mother fall for him...

# 5. The Terminator (Series) - The Thing that won't die,in the nightmare that won't end

The Terminator
The Terminator
Description :- Arnold has done more sci fi films than any other actor.Most of his films are sci fi action flicks.The only reason behind this was due to the persona made by him in The Terminator series.James Cameroon,the genius mind behind the film was very choosy in casting. The original Terminator focused on a deadly robot sent from future to kill future mother of James connor (Future leader of Human race in war against Cyborgs). Arnold was given the role of almost unstoppable cyborg sent from future. Terminator 2 focused on another cyborg sent from future to kill young James.This time,However The family have Another cyborg(Arnold) for help. The Major reason behind success of Terminator series was the main idea of Robot Vs Human which was much more realistic than alien attack or anything like that.All in all a classic sci fi movie packed with lots of action. Director :- James Cameron Star-Cast :- Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton and Michael Biehn Plot :- Kyle Reese is sent from future to save Sarah connor from an unstoppable human looking cyborg.

# 4. Alien (Series) - In Space No One Can Hear You Scream

Alien Anthology (Alien / Aliens / Alien 3 / Alien: Resurrection) [Blu-ray]
Alien Anthology (Alien / Aliens / Alien 3 / Alien: Resurrection) [Blu-ray]
Description :- Alien series was produced by Brandywine Productions and is the only film series produced by the studio.The Original film (Alien) is said to be inspired from Star wars and the studio wanted to make a film showing the alternate version of George lucas' epic. Alien,the first movie of the series was directed Ridley Scott.A Science fiction horror film that deals with parasite type of extraterrestrial life.The plot focuses on a mining ship that lands on distant planet.Symptoms of E.T. life are observed and Captain Ellen Ripley decides to go back.However,their ship is now being occupied by a deadly creature. Aliens was directed by James cameroon who loved the original movie and wanted a sequel for it.The story continues many years ahead of original film and this time Ellen Ripley doesn't have to face one or two but a full colony of Deadly creatures. Alien series directly pulls you into the plot.The ever growing suspense,acting,shock factor adds up to the beauty of these sci fi flicks. Director :- Ridley Scott (Alien), James Cameroon (Aliens) Star-Cast :- Sigourney Weaver Plot :- Ellen Ripley fights with extraterrestrial life form to save herself and her planet from being destroyed.

# 3. 2001 : A Space Odyssey - An epic drama of adventure and exploration

2001: A Space Odyssey [Blu-ray]
2001: A Space Odyssey [Blu-ray]
Description :- 2001 : A Space Odyssey redefined the science fiction genre back in 1960s.Stanley Kubrick's sci fi drama was much loved by audience and critics.No doubt it set an example for modern science fiction films. The film may seem to be slow but it was perfection of Kubrick who took care of every minute detail.The film was released in 1968 and man was still dreaming to land on moon at that time.The beauty of movie increases from the fact that technology shown in 2001 : A Space odyssey was not achieved in real 2001. The Script of movie was developed by Arthur C. Clarke along with collaboration of Kubrick Himself.The use of expression more than dialogues,Immortal soundtrack,scientific accuracy and pioneering special effects makes 2001 : A Space Odyssey a perfect science fiction film.The pace of the movie may not be loved by all and the ending is hard to digest for many but Undoubtedly Kubrick's 2001 : A Space Odyssey,takes you away in silent and mysterious space. Director :- Stanley Kubrick Star-Cast :- Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood and William Sylvester Plot :- With the help of Super computer HAL, Astronauts and space scientist sets off on a quest about a mysterious artifact found on moon.

# 2. Star Wars Saga - A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...

Star Wars: The Complete Saga (Episodes I-VI) (Packaging May Vary) [Blu-ray]
Star Wars: The Complete Saga (Episodes I-VI) (Packaging May Vary) [Blu-ray]
Description :- George lucas created a fantasy world In fact a fantasy galaxy that was loved and praised by all.Star wars is an epic saga with lots of fun,adventure,action and drama.Everything was almost perfect for this trilogy,from the casting to the music,from the story to the imagination,from acting to direction.The saga was divided into two trilogies,One was sequel or the Original trilogy and other was Prequel trilogy. The original trilogy received more favorable reviews from critics then the prequel trilogy.However,I loved the whole series.After all its hard to repeat the same success in 6 long movies.Cinematography of Star Wars was amazing and the plot included many great characters like Darth Vader,Han Solo,Yoda,Obi van Kenobi,Luke Skywalker and the list goes on.Every Movie was packed with new plot,twist,characters and enthusiasm,while continuing with the basic theme.The whole saga had huge impact on pop culture and every now and then the star wars movies are imitated.Hats Off to Lucas and a BIG thank you for what he showed to us and changed our world. May the Force be With All of Us. Director :- George Lucas Star-Cast :- Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher Plot :- The epic battle between the galaxies,between the good and the evil,between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader.

# 1. The Matrix Trilogy - Remember there is no spoon

The Ultimate Matrix Collection (The Matrix / The Matrix Reloaded / The Matrix Revolutions / The Animatrix)
The Ultimate Matrix Collection (The Matrix / The Matrix Reloaded / The Matrix Revolutions / The Animatrix)
Description :- The Matrix has multiple genres,the main being Science fiction and action. The film is set in a fictional 22nd century world where everything seems to be normal to Neo (the main protagonist,techie by day and Hacker by night) untill one night he receives a secret information from from mysterious woman.His reality is being questioned and he doubt about the reality of the world he is living in.This leads him to the quest for The Matrix.He is projected as modern Jesus,a warrior who will save the world,the human beings from the machines. Matrix got a captive plot.Most of the sci fi movies focused on the visual effects but Matrix not only showed stunning cinematography but also developed characters and plot beautifully.Neo,Morpheus,Trinity and Agent Smith were repeated in the trilogy and i really loved their work.Its hard to find any loophole in this Perfect movie (That's the reason I placed it to Number 1 in my sci fi list). Director :- Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski Star-Cast :- Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne and Carrie-Anne Moss Plot :- A Hackers learn that he is living in simulated reality world which is controlled by machines and he must fight to overcome this.

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Time Travel Or Space? - Which IS Your Favorite Sci Fi Topic?

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tophatpro: Time travel for sure! Imagine all the cool things you could go back and see first hand. And also all the things you could change about your own life. Like what Biff tried to do in Back to the Future.

eightieschild: Gotta be time travel.

irminia: Time might be far more interesting.

prashant_w: Neither, I would rather go teleport! But since you've asked... I guess I'd go with time travelling. Alien Anthology Blu Ray - an unbiased review. You can check out my newly created lens here! :)

Wealth-seekers LM: Time Travel through wormholes in space in time is possible? Right! As any self-respecting science fiction fan knows, wormholesâ theoretical shortcuts through space and timeâmake for excellent time travel portals. Wormholes connect two points in spacetime, which means that they would in principle allow travel in time, as well as in space. A hypothetical "tunnel" connecting two different points in spacetime in such a way that a trip through the wormhole could take much less time...Through a wormhole to a planet billions of miles away! According to general relativity it would not be possible to use a wormhole to travel back to a time earlier than when the wormhole was first converted into a time machine. This means that anything which entered the accelerated wormhole mouth would exit the stationary one at a point in time prior to its entry; This suggests that a wormhole time machine with an exceedingly short time jump is a theoretical bridge between contemporaneous parallel universes. Now that's COOL Stuff. Like your leans Thanks.

Chocolatealchemy: Time Travel - just imagine what I'd learn!

adamfader: You could always just time travel in space.

littlezotz: I would have to say that I prefer time travel. And alternate dimensions.

Paul Turner: Time travel for sure.

cbessa: Human behavior in different scenarios, so, both would be good. But i think Time Travel would bring more discussions on Humanity.

I Am More Interested In Space

dale-brown-900: Space - Space Travel

Helen Phillips Cockrell: Space

GeoffWakeling: Space. Jumping about all over the place gets confusing....journeying through space is just cooL!

Hammocksaustralia: Space! Time traveling ends up being to confusing in film or books.

John Norman Stewart: More into Space travel.....:)

filme: Space, Time is too confusing!

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Tracey Boyer: I like both, but I think I prefer space.

SandyTaylor: hmmm you know both of those intrigue me lol. I think space :D

Shadrosky: Time travel would be fantastic, but space just holds a mystique unlike anything else

natelrevoh lm: Hands down space! Time travel gets really tricky really fast. Although a lot of sci-fi have interesting concepts such as minority report that are closely related. :)

Stonecutter: In my mind space travel and exploration such as that in Star Trek is much more fun and interesting than time travel


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