Best Sci-Fi Movies of All Time

Cue the theremin, summon some extraterrestrials, and insert that social commentary: It’s Rotten Tomatoes’ list of the 100 best sci-fi movies of all time, ranked by adjusted Tomatometer from at least 40 reviews!

#100
#100
Adjusted Score: 79.627%
Critics Consensus: Though its heady themes are a departure from its predecessor, The Matrix Reloaded is a worthy sequel packed with popcorn-friendly thrills.
Synopsis: After creating an international sensation with the visually dazzling and intellectually challenging sci-fi blockbuster The Matrix, the Wachowski brothers returned... [More]

#99

Signs (2002)
74%

#99
Adjusted Score: 80.172%
Critics Consensus: With Signs, Shyamalan proves once again an expert at building suspense and giving audiences the chills.
Synopsis: A thriller set in Bucks County, Pennsylvania focusing on the mysterious appearance of a five-hundred-foot design of circles and lines... [More]
Directed By: M. Night Shyamalan

#98

Pacific Rim (2013)
71%

#98
Adjusted Score: 80.972%
Critics Consensus: It may sport more style than substance, but Pacific Rim is a solid modern creature feature bolstered by fantastical imagery and an irresistible sense of fun.
Synopsis: When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions... [More]
Directed By: Guillermo del Toro

#97

Predator (1987)
78%

#97
Adjusted Score: 80.967%
Critics Consensus: Predator: Part sci-fi, part horror, part action -- all muscle.
Synopsis: Dutch (Arnold Schwarzenegger) has a code of honor which he will not violate, even when his life depends on it.... [More]
Directed By: John McTiernan

#96

Sunshine (2007)
76%

#96
Adjusted Score: 80.974%
Critics Consensus: Danny Boyle continues his descent into mind-twisting sci-fi madness, taking us along for the ride. Sunshine fulfills the dual requisite necessary to become classic sci-fi: dazzling visuals with intelligent action.
Synopsis: As the sun begins to dim along with humankind's hope for the future, it's up to a desperate crew of... [More]
Directed By: Danny Boyle

#95

Videodrome (1983)
78%

#95
Adjusted Score: 81.886%
Critics Consensus: Visually audacious, disorienting, and just plain weird, Videodrome's musings on technology, entertainment, and politics still feel fresh today.
Synopsis: In this David Cronenberg film, a strange television show called Videodrome, which shows uncut, unedited films of seemingly real human... [More]
Directed By: David Cronenberg

#94
Adjusted Score: 82.009%
Critics Consensus: Though it may be short on dazzling special effects, The Search for Spock is still a strong Star Trek installment, thanks to affecting performances by its iconic cast.
Synopsis: Star Trek II ended with Spock presumed dead, but this film reveals that his consciousness survives within McCoy. Spock's body... [More]
Directed By: Leonard Nimoy

#93
#93
Adjusted Score: 82.236%
Critics Consensus: Steven Spielberg's adaptation of War of the Worlds delivers on the thrill and paranoia of H.G. Wells' classic novel while impressively updating the action and effects for modern audiences.
Synopsis: This is a contemporary retelling of H.G. Wells' seminal sci-fi classic. The adventure/thriller reveals humankind's extraordinary battle against an extra-terrestrial... [More]
Directed By: Steven Spielberg

#92

Jurassic World (2015)
71%

#92
Adjusted Score: 82.526%
Critics Consensus: Jurassic World can't match the original for sheer inventiveness and impact, but it works in its own right as an entertaining -- and visually dazzling -- popcorn thriller.
Synopsis: Steven Spielberg returns to executive produce the long-awaited next installment of his groundbreaking Jurassic Park series, Jurassic World. Colin Trevorrow... [More]
Directed By: Colin Trevorrow

#91

Dredd (2012)
78%

#91
Adjusted Score: 82.953%
Critics Consensus: Fueled by bombastic violence and impressive special effects, rooted in self-satire and deadpan humor, Dredd 3D does a remarkable job of capturing its source material's gritty spirit.
Synopsis: The future America is an irradiated waste land. On its East Coast, running from Boston to Washington DC, lies Mega... [More]
Directed By: Pete Travis

#90

Prometheus (2012)
72%

#90
Adjusted Score: 82.152%
Critics Consensus: Ridley Scott's ambitious quasi-prequel to Alien may not answer all of its big questions, but it's redeemed by its haunting visual grandeur and compelling performances -- particularly Michael Fassbender as a fastidious android.
Synopsis: Ridley Scott, director of Alien and Blade Runner, returns to the genre he helped define. With Prometheus, he creates a... [More]
Directed By: Ridley Scott

#89

Interstellar (2014)
71%

#89
Adjusted Score: 83.626%
Critics Consensus: Interstellar represents more of the thrilling, thought-provoking, and visually resplendent filmmaking moviegoers have come to expect from writer-director Christopher Nolan, even if its intellectual reach somewhat exceeds its grasp.
Synopsis: With our time on Earth coming to an end, a team of explorers undertakes the most important mission in human... [More]
Directed By: Christopher Nolan

#88

Alien: Covenant (2017)
71%

#88
Adjusted Score: 84.108%
Critics Consensus: Alien: Covenant delivers another satisfying round of close-quarters deep-space terror, even if it doesn't take the saga in any new directions.
Synopsis: Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created, with ALIEN: COVENANT, a new chapter in his groundbreaking ALIEN franchise. The... [More]
Directed By: Ridley Scott

#87
Adjusted Score: 84.377%
Critics Consensus: Beyond Thunderdome deepens the Mad Max character without sacrificing the amazing vehicle choreography and stunts that made the originals memorable.
Synopsis: About 15 years after the events of Mad Max 2, nuclear war has finally destroyed what little was left of... [More]

#86

Gattaca (1997)
82%

#86
Adjusted Score: 85.112%
Critics Consensus: Intelligent and scientifically provocative, Gattaca is an absorbing sci fi drama that poses important interesting ethical questions about the nature of science.
Synopsis: In a futuristic society where commerce has overridden more humanistic concerns, the rich and successful, eager to obtain physical and... [More]
Directed By: Andrew Niccol

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