Best Sci-Fi Movies of All Time

#75

Westworld (1973)
86%

#75
Adjusted Score: 89.45%
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

#74

Altered States (1980)
86%

#74
Adjusted Score: 89.895%
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

#73

Turbo Kid (2015)
89%

#73
Adjusted Score: 89.96%
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]

#72

Super 8 (2011)
82%

#72
Adjusted Score: 90.166%
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

#71

Akira (1988)
87%

#71
Adjusted Score: 90.364%
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

#70
#70
Adjusted Score: 90.435%
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

#69

Midnight Special (2016)
83%

#69
Adjusted Score: 91.154%
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

#68
Adjusted Score: 91.833%
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

#67

The Abyss (1989)
89%

#67
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

#66

Avatar (2009)
83%

#66
Adjusted Score: 92.392%
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

#65
Adjusted Score: 92.646%
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

#64

RoboCop (1987)
89%

#64
Adjusted Score: 94.046%
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

#63

The Matrix (1999)
87%

#63
Adjusted Score: 93.439%
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]

#62
#62
Adjusted Score: 94.445%
Critics Consensus: Planet of the Apes raises thought-provoking questions about our culture without letting social commentary get in the way of the drama and action.
Synopsis: Originally intended as a project for Blake Edwards, the film version of Pierre Boule's semisatiric sci-fi novel came to the... [More]
Directed By: Franklin J. Schaffner

#61

THX 1138 (1971)
87%

#61
Adjusted Score: 93.833%
Critics Consensus: George Lucas' feature debut presents a spare, bleak, dystopian future, and features evocatively minimal set design and creepy sound effects.
Synopsis: 'THX 1138' is a chilling look at a 25th-century totalitarian state where mankind is stripped of any individuality. People are... [More]
Directed By: George Lucas

#60

Annihilation (2018)
87%

#60
Adjusted Score: 99.248%
Critics Consensus: Annihilation backs up its sci-fi visual wonders and visceral genre thrills with an impressively ambitious -- and surprisingly strange -- exploration of challenging themes that should leave audiences pondering long after the end credits roll.
Synopsis: Based on Jeff VanderMeer's best-selling Southern Reach Trilogy, Annihilation stars Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva... [More]
Directed By: Alex Garland

#59

The Hunger Games (2012)
84%

#59
Adjusted Score: 94.382%
Critics Consensus: Thrilling and superbly acted, The Hunger Games captures the dramatic violence, raw emotion, and ambitious scope of its source novel.
Synopsis: Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the evil Capitol of the nation of Panem forces... [More]
Directed By: Gary Ross

#58

Star Trek Beyond (2016)
85%

#58
Adjusted Score: 95.689%
Critics Consensus: Star Trek Beyond continues the franchise's post-reboot hot streak with an epic sci-fi adventure that honors the series' sci-fi roots without skimping on the blockbuster action.
Synopsis: Captain Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise encounter an alien warrior race when marooned on a distant planet after... [More]
Directed By: Justin Lin

#57

Moon (2009)
89%

#57
Adjusted Score: 94.538%
Critics Consensus: Boosted by Sam Rockwell's intense performance, Moon is a compelling work of science-fiction, and a promising debut from director Duncan Jones.
Synopsis: An astronaut miner extracting the precious moon gas that promises to reverse the Earth's energy crisis nears the end of... [More]
Directed By: Duncan Jones

#56

Attack the Block (2011)
90%

#56
Adjusted Score: 94.625%
Critics Consensus: Effortlessly mixing scares, laughs, and social commentary, Attack the Block is a thrilling, brisky-paced sci-fi yarn with a distinctly British flavor.
Synopsis: From the producers of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, Attack the Block follows a gang of tough inner-city... [More]
Directed By: Joe Cornish

#55

Galaxy Quest (1999)
90%

#55
Adjusted Score: 95.034%
Critics Consensus: Intelligent and humorous satire with an excellent cast -- no previous Trekkie knowledge needed to enjoy this one.
Synopsis: For four years, the courageous crew of the NSEA Protector donned their uniforms and set out on thrilling and often... [More]
Directed By: Dean Parisot

#54

Mad Max (1979)
90%

#54
Adjusted Score: 95.407%
Critics Consensus: Staging the improbable car stunts and crashes to perfection, director George Miller succeeds completely in bringing the violent, post-apocalyptic world of Mad Max to visceral life.
Synopsis: This stunning, post-apocalyptic action thriller from director George Miller stars Mel Gibson as Max Rockatansky, a policeman in the near... [More]
Directed By: George Miller

#53

Alphaville (1965)
90%

#53
Adjusted Score: 95.418%
Critics Consensus: While Alphaville is by no means a conventional sci-fi film, Jean-Luc Godard creates a witty, noir-ish future all his own.
Synopsis: In Alphaville, Jean-Luc Godard fuses a hardboiled detective story with science fiction. Lemmy Caution (Eddie Constantine), a hero Godard borrowed... [More]
Directed By: Jean-Luc Godard

#52
#52
Adjusted Score: 95.808%
Critics Consensus: While fans of the series will surely appreciate it, First Contact is exciting, engaging, and visually appealing enough to entertain Star Trek novices.
Synopsis: Capt. Picard and his crew pursue the Borg back in time to stop them from preventing Earth from initiating first... [More]
Directed By: Jonathan Frakes

#51

Inception (2010)
86%

#51
Adjusted Score: 96.082%
Critics Consensus: Smart, innovative, and thrilling, Inception is that rare summer blockbuster that succeeds viscerally as well as intellectually.
Synopsis: Visionary filmmaker Christopher Nolan (Memento, The Dark Knight) writes and directs this psychological sci-fi action film about a thief who... [More]
Directed By: Christopher Nolan

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