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Top 10 Science Fiction Movies of the 90s

Updated on February 2, 2013

The ultimate 90s Sci Fi movie list

If you are looking for some quality Sci Fi movies you have come to the right place. Here you will find a list of the top 10 best Science Fiction movies of the 90s. With movies like The Fifth Element, Star Wars Episode I,The Phantom Menace and Men in Black on the list, there should be something for the taste of any cyberpunk, timetravel or overall SF fan. The top ten sci fi films on this list was hollywood blockbusters or extremely popular science fiction movies in the 1990s, but they all have braved the test of time and they are still great stories to watch today. Whether you are going to see these 90s movies for the first time or showing them to your children so they may also experience the epic tales of the future (although for some of them the future is now the past), I hope you have an amazing Sci-Fi experience.



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Waterworld Quote:

"I've sailed further than most men have dreamed."

Mariner (Kevin Costner) - Waterworld

Waterworld(1995) - Best Sci Fi movies of the 90s nr. 10

Waterworld [Blu-ray]
Waterworld [Blu-ray]

Kevin Costner produced and starred in this Sci-Fi movie dealing with the future scenario where the Polar Ice Caps has completely melted, causing earth to be almost entirely flooded.

The human race are desperately trying to survive in the new climate and some has even started to mutate to fit the new world order, by developing gills and webbed feet. One of these mutants is the Mariner (Kevin Costner) who lives by trading dirt gathered from the bottom of the sea. Waterworld follows the Mariner as he becomes the unlikely hero that discovers the Dryland, the last area of earth above sealevel. The movie received quite mixed reviews, however it is worth viewing both for its special effects(Waterworld had a budget of 175$ almost as much as Titanic) and for the interesting idea of exploring the what if of a very real problem the human race might be facing.


Waterworld Trailer - Kevin Costner, Dennis Hopper, Jeanne Tripplehorn

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Twelve Monkey Quote:

"I am insane.

  And you are my   insanity. "

James Cole(Bruce Willis) - Twelve Monkeys

Twelve Monkeys (1995) - Best Sci Fi movies of the 90s nr. 9

12 Monkeys [Blu-ray]
12 Monkeys [Blu-ray]

The mid 1990s saw the release of Twelve Monkeys a movie about life on earth after a man-made virus wiped out most of the human race. James Cole (Bruce Willis) is a convicted felon who is sent back in time to gather information on the virus, in hopes that there might be a way to make a cure. When he arrives in the past he ends up in a mental hospital where he meets Jeffrey Goines(Brad Pitt) and extremist animal rights fighter.

The best part of Twelve Monkeys is the backhand plot twist that you never expected. The actors also did a brilliant job of portraying the characters and gives you an excellent movie experience.


Independence day Quote:

"Now that's what I call a close encounter."

Captain Steven Hiller (Will Smith) – Independence day

Independence day (1996) - Best Sci Fi movies of the 90s nr. 8

Independence Day [Blu-ray]
Independence Day [Blu-ray]

The 1990s saw a rise in catastrophe movies where earth was somehow treatened by natural disasters or by invaders from space. Independence day fits the latter category.

It is 1999 and an alien spaceship is orbitting earth, after a brief contact between earth and the extraterrestials, the aliens proceed to destroy Washington D.C., New York and Los Angeles as well as many other big cities in the world.

This is when Steven Hiller(Will Smith) comes into the picture. The movie follows his and the rest of the human race desperate fight against a dominant enemy. The special effects of Independence days are quite spectacular considering the release date and the story is interesting and the action is gripping.


Independence Day movie Soundtrack - by Nicholas Dodd

Demolition man Quote:

"Simon says, Die.".

Simon Phoenix (Wesley Snipes) – Demolition Man

Demolition Man (1993) - Best Sci Fi movies of the 90s nr. 7

Demolition Man (BD) [Blu-ray]
Demolition Man (BD) [Blu-ray]

Sylvester Stallone, Sandra Bullock and Wesley Snipes stars together in Demolition Man. Sylvester Stalone plays the police officer John Spartan who is tasked with rescuing a group of hostages from the evil crome lord Simon Phoenix(Wesley Snipes). The raid goes wrong and both John Spartan and Simon Phoenix are sentenced to jailtime in CryoPrison. Fast forward to year 2032 the world has been ridded of crime and everything unhealthy (including sex) is now prohibited to keep crime extinct. By accident Simon Phoenix is revived and in the new peace loving society noone knows how to deal with violence anymore. The solution is to revice his arch enemy John Spartan so he can help stop Simon Phoenix from spreading terror. Together with the beautiful police officer Lenina Huxley (Sandra Bullocks) John Spartan sets out to put and end to Simon Phoenix once and for all.

Demolition is a good mix of action and comedy with a thought provoking plot that makes you wonder.


Demolition Man Trailer

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Stargate Quote:

It's not

Door to Heaven

it is


Daniel Jackson (James Spader) - Stargate

Stargate (1994) - Best Sci Fi movies of the 90s nr. 6

Stargate 15Th Anniversary Edition [Blu-ray]
Stargate 15Th Anniversary Edition [Blu-ray]

In 1928 in the Stargate Universe a strange monument is uncovered in Giza. It is covered with strange hieroglyphs that noone can translate. For years many try and fail until Daniel Jackson (James Spader) arrives and cracks the code. The monument is a Stargate, build to allow travel through space by the use of wormhole technology.

The destination of the Stargate of course has to be investigated and Daniel suddenly find himself involved in an expedition to another galaxy.

The Stargate movie is awesome because it offers an interesting theory on Extraterrestials and ties old egyptian mythology and aliens together in a very elegant fashion. The movie was followed up with TV series, and 4 novels that has expanded and enriched the Stargate universe.

Dean Devlin who is the original creator has mentioned many times that he would like to add two more movies and make Stargate into the trilogy he originally intended it to be.


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Terminator 2 Quote:

"Come with me if you want to live!"

The Terminator(Arnold Schwarzenegger) - The Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Terminator 2:Judgment Day(1991) - Best Sci Fi movies of the 90s nr. 5

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (Skynet Edition) [Blu-ray]
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (Skynet Edition) [Blu-ray]

The 90s started out strong with the sequence to the action hit Terminator. Arnold Schwarzenegger once more plays the terminator, but this time instead of going back in time to kill Sarah Connor, he is sent back to protect her teenage son John Connor from a new terminator version. Schwarzenegger is once more brilliant in the role as the unfeeling robot and Linda Hamilton is amazing playing Sarah Connor, who has had to toughen up a lot since the first movie.

This Sci-Fi movie is actionfilled to the brim, it has great use of humor and the story is interesting without being too drawn out. An absolute fantastic movie.


Terminator 2: Judgment Day Trailer

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Men in Black Quote:

"Oh, the red button there kid, don't ever, ever touch the red button!"

Kay(Tommy Lee Jones) - Men in Black

Men in Black (1997) - Best Sci Fi movies of the 90s nr. 4

Men in Black [Blu-ray + BD-Live]
Men in Black [Blu-ray + BD-Live]

Is there life in space? Yes there is, but you don't have to look that far, according to Men in Black extraterrestials are living amongst us already. The Men in Black is a top-secret organisation that are making sure that regular people will never know that Earth is crawling with aliens. Will Smith plays the rookie agent Jay who partnered with Kay (Tommy Lee Jones) gets tasked with tracking down an intergalactic terrorist. This is space comedy from start to finish. Tomme Lee Jones and Will Smith are the perfect partners and the imaginative slapstick humour never grows old. A very funny Sci-Fi movie from the 90s that can be enjoyed by the entire family


Men in Black movie Soundtrack - By Will Smith, Danny Elfman and Tim Blaney

Star Wars I Quote:

"The council has granted me permission

to train you.

You will be a Jedi, I promise. "

Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) - Star Wars Episode I, The Phantom Menace

Star Wars Episode I, The Phantom Menace(1999) - Best Sci Fi movies of the 90s nr. 3

Star Wars - Episode I, The Phantom Menace (Full Screen Edition)
Star Wars - Episode I, The Phantom Menace (Full Screen Edition)

This is the first movie in the trilogi of prequels to the original Star Wars movies. It was directed, written and produced by George Lucas and was one of the most anticipated Sci-Fi movies of all times. In The Phantom Menace we meet Anakin Skywalker as a child and follow the events that lead to him joining the Jedi order. We also get to spend some time getting to know Obi-Wan Kenobi better as he is the leading protagonist of the movie.

This Star Wars movie, like the previous is a great mix of adventure, Sci-Fi and comedy. The latter is provided mainly by the droids R2D2 and C-3PO and the much debated (and by many fans detested) Jar Jar Binks.

The movie works very well as an epic space saga and a science fiction fantasy movie and while it can be(and has been) discussed whether it is a worthy successor to the original Star Wars movies, it can not be debated that the movie very entertaining and engaging and an absolute must on the shelves of any serious Star Wars fan.


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The Jar Jar Binks Character - Voice your opinion

The debate over Jar Jar Binks is something that can get otherwise lovely, calm and quiet Star Wars fans very agitated. What about you, do you have an opinion on Jar Jar Binks?

Do you think Jar Jar Binks is funny?

Yes, he is hilarious!

Yes, he is hilarious!

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    • Maria Burgess 5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      cute character =)

    • Tiggered 5 years ago

      Misa think Jar Jar is great :)

    No, He single-handedly ruined The Phantom Menace

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      • anonymous 3 years ago

        nothing but a silly Sidekick to sell the Movie to Children... he sucks!

      • The Gutter Monkey 5 years ago

        He was deplorable.

      • christopherwell 5 years ago

        I just found him very annoying.

      The Fifth Element Quote:

      "Negative, I am a meat popsicle. "

      Korben Dallas(Bruce Willis) - The Fifth Element

      The Fifth Element(1997) - Best Sci Fi movies of the 90s nr. 2

      The Fifth Element (Remastered) [Blu-ray]
      The Fifth Element (Remastered) [Blu-ray]

      Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich and Chris Tucker stars in this Sci-Fi comedy. Each they add their own element to the movie. Bruce Willis brings action, Milla Jovovich beauty and Chris Tucker adds laughs in such a degree that you will find yourself having a hard time not falling off the couch.

      The Fifth Element takes place on Earth in the year 2263, a great evil has appeared and destroyed a battleship. It is only a matter of time before the turn comes to earth itself. Bruce Willis plays the unlikely (and unwilling) hero who has to stop the great evil by collecting all the 5 elements of the Mondoshawans and ancient extraterrestial race. 1 of the elements has been given the body of a humanoid female Leeloo (Milla Jovovich) and it falls on Bruce Willis to protect her while they together track down the missing 4 elements.

      If you love adventures, comedy and cyberpunk you must watch this movie.


      The Fifth Element Trailer - Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich, Chris Tucker

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      The Matrix Quote:

      "Welcome to the Real World"

      Morpheus(Laurence FIshburne) - The Matrix

      The Matrix (1999) - Best Sci Fi movies of the 90s nr. 1

      The Matrix [Blu-ray]
      The Matrix [Blu-ray]

      The Matrix is a philosophical Science Fiction movie, depicting a unique post acapolyptic universe where machines has taken over and are using humans as unknowing batteries to fuel their existance.

      Matrix hit the work out of nowhere and suddenly everyone were talking about Neo(Keanu Reeves) and blue pill/red pill. The plot is ingenious, it keeps you wondering all through the movie and you still have unanswered questions once the Matrix finishes. It is one of those movies where you can't get to the end fast enough, because you want answers and when you get there you wish the time hadn't gone by so fast. Yet you still have more questions. Take the red pill by watching the Matrix and see for yourself.


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      The Matrix Trailer - Keeanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Laurence Fishburne

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      The Matrix Movie Soundtrack

      The top 10 Sci Fi movie list of the 90s


      As I was putting this list together I was very torn regarding the placement of each movie. Picking The Matrix over the Fifth Element was a really tough choice for me as they are both extremely strong movie experiences. In the end though I had to go with The Matrix because of the WoW feeling I had when I left the cinema after watching it back in 1999 and because the movie was on everyones lips.

      The Matrix really had a huge impact on people back in the end of the 90s and while many at this point might not understand the hype the movie has been given it truly was a revelation when it was new. At this point in time, everyone knows the twists and answers, but I clearly remember coming out from the cinema saying give me more Matrix truth. I must know!

      I hope you have enjoyed this trip down memory lane and that you will watch or rewatch these classic Science Fiction movies. They have all stood the test of time!

      What is your Favourite Sci Fi movie from the 90s?

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          Joebeducci 3 years ago

          I just saw twelve monkeys, such a cool movie! Great lens! Greets,


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          irminia 4 years ago

          I'd have to watch them over again to decide :)

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          The Gutter Monkey 5 years ago

          From the 90's, I'd have to say Contact and Gattaca (both of which are from 97).

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          Maria Burgess 5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

          Anything Sci-Fi is my favorite! Nice work!

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Great lens. T-2 is my favorite Sci-fi flick produced in the 90s, nothing else even comes close.

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          Inkhand 5 years ago

          The Fifth Element is my favourite.

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          dannydeu 5 years ago


          Great list thanks for all your hard work. My favorite is Stargate.


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          christopherwell 5 years ago

          A fine list! My list of favorite 1990s sci-fi films would include STAR TREK VI: UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY and TOTAL RECALL.

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          Stacywilliams201 5 years ago

          I liked all of above movies!! Very nicely presented.. Other than these i also liked Men in Black! :)

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          HomesteadingChic 5 years ago

          My favorite is probably Independence Day, but it is a hard decision.