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100 Sci Fi Movies that are Considered Greatest

Updated on June 17, 2013

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.

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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.

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) [Blu-ray]
Avatar (Extended Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray]

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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.


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

A Clockwork Orange (Two-Disc Special Edition)
A Clockwork Orange (Two-Disc Special Edition)

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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


# 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]

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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 + Digital Copy]
Back to the Future: 25th Anniversary Trilogy [Blu-ray + Digital Copy]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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)

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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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      5 years ago

      Star Trek Movie Series

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      6 years ago

      Star Wars and Planet of the Apes is a tie for number 1.

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      Neil Spencer 

      6 years ago from uk

      Great lens and very interesting ;-)

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      The Gutter Monkey 

      6 years ago

      2001: A Space Odyssey, without a doubt. Shot before the actual moon landing, without modern CGI, and it STILL hasn't dated. Perfection.

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      6 years ago

      Matrix. It changed history

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      Tracey Boyer 

      6 years ago from Michigan

      Avatar #1 and Starship Troopers #2 and Aliens #3

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      6 years ago

      I love movies & sci fi. I like to watch for the special effects, editing, story line, character growth...all sorts of stuff, as well as the movie itself! Aliens, in my opinion, is the best movie ever made. Only one mistake in the entire film, the plot is good, the acting is good, it is scary, it is sad, it is over before you know it. I have seen this movie over & over ( I watch a lot of movies more than once).

      Really good lens :)

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      6 years ago

      nice work

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      Ken McVay 

      7 years ago from Nanaimo, British Columbia

      Dune...for the incredible imagination and skill needed to invent a complete ecosystem from scratch.

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      7 years ago

      Got the classics! good stuff! Yep great lens, and good choices. Check out my top 5 picks of movies for

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      7 years ago

      A lot of great movies here!

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      7 years ago

      Fantastic list! Packed with classics!

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      pimbels lm 

      7 years ago

      I always loved the Alien series. Great lens, thank you.

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      7 years ago

      In my opinion a good Science Fiction Movie does not completely depend on CGI, That's one of the reasons 2001 A Space Odyssey is classic. Kubrick wanted people to think and Imagine. That being said, I have not seen any of the Transformers movies, used to watch the cartoon when baby sitting my nephew, but the movies look totally awesome!

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      7 years ago

      @jvsper63: Don't think I'd refer to Inception as a Sci-Fi jvsper63.

      Great topic for a lens btw.

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      7 years ago

      Good collection of sci fi movies liked the lens read it till the end

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      rdgubaten lm 

      7 years ago

      It's a great lens and great movies as well. I liked avatar and watched it several times in several platforms. Very beautiful movie. I liked this lens.

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      7 years ago

      I think Robocop would be good on that list too.

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      7 years ago

      @The Goblins Den: Wow, I had forgotten about that one. I have the DVD, but haven't watched it recently, I really liked it but my wife wasn't too excited about it.

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      7 years ago

      I have to see the new version of "I am legend" with Will Smith. Be interesting to see how they updated it from the original.

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      7 years ago

      Love your pick's I put Inception as my favorite. But It's a real close call between I am Legend and Inception. But I am a syfy addict.:) Great lens Love the topic) Joni

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      7 years ago

      Children of the Corn is really scary! Saw movies are Scary! A scary Movie is stupid! Exocerist Movies are ungodly, but are they all true? Are Harry Potter Movies considered Syfy? Ghost t.v syfy lenses i have here. E.T., and Steven King Movies, or books. I also have a Steven King lense. Thanks!

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      7 years ago from Earth

      Avatar was WOW.....District 9 was so revealing of the human disgusting nature.......Matrix made you think if this is actually our real world.....Terminator looks like a possible future to me......Star wars hmm...what words to choose....fantastic....i believe is the best

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      Mark Falco 

      7 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      I've watched the Aliens movies countless times and they never get old. Brazil, as someone else mentioned, is also a personal favorite. Fun lens, thanks for sharing.

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      7 years ago

      inception is one of my favorite movie. :)

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      The Goblins Den 

      7 years ago

      I gotta show some love for Dark City. That was a really bizarre and underrated sci-fi movie.

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      7 years ago

      I would have loved to see Brazil, Metropolis, Robocop and Children of Men here. Good list.

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      AlaskaHydro LM 

      8 years ago

      I love any mention of Phillip K Dick's works. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep was a great book and Blade Runner was a good movie.

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      8 years ago

      Science, fiction and fantasy are favorite themes for me on movies. Well done; in putting the most famous and popular movies in the list.

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      8 years ago

      great polls! keep them coming! thanks

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      Allan R. Wallace 

      8 years ago from Wherever Human Rights Reign

      I would add Dune. Perhaps because I enjoyed the book so many times.

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      8 years ago

      Loved the alien movie's joined your fan club great and well put together lens. Merry Christmas.

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      DesignedbyLisa LM 

      8 years ago

      Good choice of movies!

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      8 years ago

      A couple things my friend: I liked it a LOT! All were killer sci-fi flicks, and if I had to make a list of mine, no doubt some of those if not all would be on my list. Let me ask you though, in those instances of a trilogy or series of movies, is it fair to include every one among that same ranking? For example, not ALL of the Star Wars, new and old, can be rated number 2, right? I mean maybe you should break them up and make it a Top 20! LOL.

      I'm just messing with you, good postman! Keep up the good work!


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      8 years ago

      Nice lens! Collection of some exquisite Sci-Fi Movies.


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