Best Sci-Fi Movies of All Time

#80
Adjusted Score: 87.578%
Critics Consensus: The Undiscovered Country is a strong cinematic send-off for the original Trek crew, featuring some remarkable visuals and an intriguing, character-driven mystery plot.
Synopsis: In this last film centering on the original television series' stars, an ecological disaster forces the Klingons to seek peace... [More]
Directed By: Nicholas Meyer

#79
#79
Adjusted Score: 87.914%
Critics Consensus: Filled with stunning imagery, The Man Who Fell to Earth is a calm, meditative film that profoundly explores our culture's values and desires.
Synopsis: Space alien (Bowie) crash lands on Earth, seeking help for his drought-stricken planet. By securing patents to advanced technology, he... [More]
Directed By: Nicolas Roeg

#78
Adjusted Score: 88.182%
Critics Consensus: Though failing to reach the cinematic heights of its predecessors, Return of the Jedi remains an entertaining sci-fi adventure and a fitting end to the classic trilogy.
Synopsis: In the epic conclusion of the saga, the Empire prepares to crush the Rebellion with a more powerful Death Star... [More]
Directed By: Richard Marquand

#77
Adjusted Score: 88.523%
Critics Consensus: With Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, George Lucas brings his second Star Wars trilogy to a suitably thrilling and often poignant -- if still a bit uneven -- conclusion.
Synopsis: George Lucas draws the Star Wars film series to a close with this dark sci-fi adventure which sets the stage... [More]
Directed By: George Lucas

#76
Adjusted Score: 88.533%
Critics Consensus: Led by Rupert Wyatt's stylish direction, some impressive special effects, and a mesmerizing performance by Andy Serkis, Rise of the Planet of the Apes breathes unlikely new life into a long-running franchise.
Synopsis: A single act of both compassion and arrogance leads to a war unlike any other -- and to the Rise... [More]
Directed By: Rupert Wyatt

#75

Serenity (2005)
83%

#75
Adjusted Score: 88.734%
Critics Consensus: Snappy dialogue and goofy characters make this Wild Wild West soap opera in space fun and adventurous.
Synopsis: A band of renegades on the run in outer space get in more hot water than they anticipated in this... [More]
Directed By: Joss Whedon

#74

Westworld (1973)
86%

#74
Adjusted Score: 89.415%
Critics Consensus: Yul Brynner gives a memorable performance as a robotic cowboy in this amusing sci-fi/western hybrid.
Synopsis: Welcome to Westworld, where nothing can go wrong...go wrong...go wrong....Writer/director Michael Crichton has concocted a futuristic "Disneyland for adults", a... [More]
Directed By: Michael Crichton

#73
Adjusted Score: 88.55%
Critics Consensus: Timecrimes is a low-budget thriller that's well-crafted and loaded with dark humor and bizarre twists.
Synopsis: An ordinary guy takes an extraordinary step through time in this science fiction thriller. Hector (Karra Elejalde) is spending a... [More]
Directed By: Nacho Vigalondo

#72

Altered States (1980)
86%

#72
Adjusted Score: 89.785%
Critics Consensus: Extraordinarily daring for a Hollywood film, Altered States attacks the viewer with its inventive, aggressive mix of muddled sound effects and visual pyrotechnics.
Synopsis: In this 1980 sci-fi horror film, William Hurt plays Eddie Jessup, a scientist obsessed with discovering mankind's true role in... [More]
Directed By: Ken Russell

#71

Turbo Kid (2015)
89%

#71
Adjusted Score: 89.908%
Critics Consensus: A nostalgic ode to kids' movies of yesteryear, Turbo Kid eyes the past through an entertaining -- albeit surprisingly gory -- postmodern lens.
Synopsis: Set in a post apocalyptic year of 1997, this retro-futuristic and nostalgic tribute to 80's action-adventure films follows an orphaned... [More]

#70

Super 8 (2011)
82%

#70
Adjusted Score: 90.064%
Critics Consensus: It may evoke memories of classic summer blockbusters a little too eagerly for some, but Super 8 has thrills, visual dazzle, and emotional depth to spare.
Synopsis: In the summer of 1979, a group of friends in a small Ohio town witness a catastrophic train crash while... [More]
Directed By: J.J. Abrams

#69

Akira (1988)
87%

#69
Adjusted Score: 90.375%
Critics Consensus: Akira is distractingly bloody and violent, but its phenomenal animation and sheer kinetic energy helped set the standard for modern anime.
Synopsis: One of the best-known examples of contemporary Japanese animation, this cyberpunk adventure takes place in the post-apocalyptic city of Neo-Tokyo.... [More]
Directed By: Katsuhiro Ôtomo

#68
#68
Adjusted Score: 90.491%
Critics Consensus: Featuring an atmospherically grimy futuristic metropolis, Escape from New York is a strange, entertaining jumble of thrilling action and oddball weirdness.
Synopsis: In this grim, cynical science fiction film, the island of New York City has been transformed into a gigantic prison... [More]
Directed By: John Carpenter

#67

Midnight Special (2016)
83%

#67
Adjusted Score: 90.883%
Critics Consensus: Midnight Special's intriguing mysteries may not resolve themselves to every viewer's liking, but the journey is ambitious, entertaining, and terrifically acted.
Synopsis: Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, and Kirsten Dunst star in writer/director Jeff Nichols' drama about a father and his eight-year-old son... [More]
Directed By: Jeff Nichols

#66
Adjusted Score: 91.707%
Critics Consensus: The plot's a bit of a jumble, but excellent performances and mind-blowing plot twists make 12 Monkeys a kooky, effective experience.
Synopsis: An intense film about time travel, this sci-fi entry was directed by Terry Gilliam, a member of the comedy troupe... [More]
Directed By: Terry Gilliam

#65

The Abyss (1989)
89%

#65
Adjusted Score: 92.012%
Critics Consensus: The utterly gorgeous special effects frequently overshadow the fact that The Abyss is also a totally gripping, claustrophobic thriller, complete with an interesting crew of characters.
Synopsis: The crew of an experimental, high-tech submersible is called into action to investigate a mysterious nuclear submarine crash. A series... [More]
Directed By: James Cameron

#64
Adjusted Score: 92.671%
Critics Consensus: Considered by many fans to be the best of the Star Trek movies, Khan features a strong plot, increased tension, and a sharp supporting performance from Ricardo Montalban.
Synopsis: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is fondly regarded as being the closest in spirit to the 1966-69 TV... [More]
Directed By: Nicholas Meyer

#63

RoboCop (1987)
88%

#63
Adjusted Score: 92.625%
Critics Consensus: While over-the-top and gory, Robocop is also a surprisingly smart sci-fi flick that uses ultraviolence to disguise its satire of American culture.
Synopsis: In near-future Detroit, a murdered police officer is resurrected as an experimental crime-fighting cyborg named Robocop. Tormented by memories of... [More]
Directed By: Paul Verhoeven

#62

Avatar (2009)
84%

#62
Adjusted Score: 93.242%
Critics Consensus: It might be more impressive on a technical level than as a piece of storytelling, but Avatar reaffirms James Cameron's singular gift for imaginative, absorbing filmmaking.
Synopsis: "Avatar" is the story of an ex-Marine who finds himself thrust into hostilities on an alien planet filled with exotic... [More]
Directed By: James Cameron

#61

The Matrix (1999)
87%

#61
Adjusted Score: 93.291%
Critics Consensus: Thanks to the Wachowskis' imaginative vision, The Matrix is a smartly crafted combination of spectacular action and groundbreaking special effects.
Synopsis: What if virtual reality wasn't just for fun, but was being used to imprison you? That's the dilemma that faces... [More]

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