110 Best Sci-Fi Movies of All Time

#75

Altered States (1980)
86%

#75
Adjusted Score: 89.68%
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

#74

Turbo Kid (2015)
90%

#74
Adjusted Score: 91.081%
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]

#73

Super 8 (2011)
81%

#73
Adjusted Score: 89.848%
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

#72

Akira (1988)
88%

#72
Adjusted Score: 91.297%
Critics Consensus: Akira is strikingly 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

#71
#71
Adjusted Score: 91.782%
Critics Consensus: Featuring an atmospherically grimy futuristic metropolis, Escape from New York is a strange, entertaining jumble of thrilling action and oddball weirdness.
Synopsis: It's 1997 and Manhattan has been turned into a maximum security prison. When the United States president crash lands into... [More]
Directed By: John Carpenter

#70

Midnight Special (2016)
83%

#70
Adjusted Score: 91.615%
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

#69

Ready Player One (2018)
72%

#69
Adjusted Score: 90.289%
Critics Consensus: Ready Player One is a sweetly nostalgic thrill ride that neatly encapsulates Spielberg's strengths while adding another solidly engrossing adventure to his filmography.
Synopsis: In the year 2045, people can escape their harsh reality in the OASIS, an immersive virtual world where you can... [More]
Directed By: Steven Spielberg

#68
Adjusted Score: 93%
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: 92.018%
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)
82%

#66
Adjusted Score: 92.028%
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: 93.867%
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

The Matrix (1999)
88%

#64
Adjusted Score: 94.605%
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]

#63

THX 1138 (1971)
87%

#63
Adjusted Score: 93.826%
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

#62

RoboCop (1987)
89%

#62
Adjusted Score: 94.24%
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

#61

The Hunger Games (2012)
84%

#61
Adjusted Score: 95.11%
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

#60
#60
Adjusted Score: 93.932%
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

#59

Moon (2009)
90%

#59
Adjusted Score: 95.883%
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

#58

Attack the Block (2011)
90%

#58
Adjusted Score: 95.012%
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

#57

Galaxy Quest (1999)
90%

#57
Adjusted Score: 95.063%
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

#56
#56
Adjusted Score: 96.573%
Critics Consensus: Disturbing and thought-provoking, A Clockwork Orange is a cold, dystopian nightmare with a very dark sense of humor.
Synopsis: Stanley Kubrick dissects the nature of violence in this darkly ironic, near-future satire, adapted from Anthony Burgess's novel, complete with... [More]
Directed By: Stanley Kubrick

#55
#55
Adjusted Score: 94.887%
Critics Consensus: Visually spectacular and suitably action packed, Star Trek Into Darkness is a rock-solid installment in the venerable sci-fi franchise, even if it's not as fresh as its predecessor.
Synopsis: In Summer 2013, pioneering director J.J. Abrams will deliver an explosive action thriller that takes 'Star Trek Into Darkness.' When... [More]
Directed By: J.J. Abrams

#54

Mad Max (1979)
90%

#54
Adjusted Score: 95.435%
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)
91%

#53
Adjusted Score: 97.088%
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

Star Trek Beyond (2016)
86%

#52
Adjusted Score: 97.622%
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

#51
#51
Adjusted Score: 95.787%
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

Pages: Prev 1 2 3 4 Next

Tag Cloud

Pet Sematary Amazon Prime Action Shudder psycho supernatural series Brie Larson psychological thriller mutant E! Biopics Family Emmy Nominations travel TIFF Musical Creative Arts Emmys El Rey anime natural history witnail Disney animated comiccon Holidays Lifetime SXSW Warner Bros. ABC harry potter FOX Rocketman Sci-Fi OWN festivals Summer binge zero dark thirty revenge PaleyFest Ghostbusters medical drama 20th Century Fox Winter TV Quiz green book hist Mary poppins award winner Ellie Kemper Pop technology Paramount Network Amazon Prime Video President dc finale Horror Schedule social media Interview toy story Netflix true crime SundanceTV Best and Worst ESPN Spike WarnerMedia Pixar dragons Amazon Film National Geographic Countdown Sneak Peek disaster CMT kids Reality cops TV doctor who singing competition dramedy Comics on TV Animation Black Mirror cults HBO diversity Columbia Pictures cars children's TV Hulu Winners Heroines Christmas discovery Apple Spring TV Captain marvel Ovation WGN jamie lee curtis war Logo 45 Grammys Red Carpet Stephen King Fall TV YA television TNT Crackle serial killer Sundance Now Oscars Watching Series docudrama Election crime drama TCA Nickelodeon CBS All Access science fiction MCU spider-man Extras MTV justice league unscripted Britbox FXX The CW Star Wars Mudbound FX Video Games Country Chilling Adventures of Sabrina TV Land casting movies Dark Horse Comics elevated horror Anna Paquin Epix GLAAD police drama Fox News teaser TLC 24 frames IFC Films space The Arrangement sitcom BET strong female leads APB Mary Poppins Returns CNN miniseries Musicals adaptation what to watch YouTube Red BBC America TCM 2017 Rock Sundance Emmys Rocky crime thriller Spectrum Originals VICE DC Universe ITV The Witch theme song Certified Fresh Mindy Kaling crossover nature DirecTV LGBT sports Acorn TV Tomatazos Marathons DC streaming service composers Set visit crime Opinion American Society of Cinematographers Vudu Pirates Comic Book Food Network Showtime Teen USA Network TBS Film Festival DC Comics New York Comic Con BBC Paramount blaxploitation Toys Shondaland aliens E3 Super Bowl Infographic 2018 cinemax Thanksgiving Bravo Superheroes RT21 First Look X-Men Women's History Month spinoff Sony Pictures spy thriller Lionsgate Year in Review richard e. Grant romance Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Tumblr RT History Nominations based on movie dceu Syfy political drama Awards Tour book A&E See It Skip It Chernobyl period drama game show Box Office Freeform Polls and Games Elton John Mystery golden globes Nat Geo historical drama streaming Calendar Rom-Com tv talk Universal politics CW Seed Marvel TCA 2017 Drama 2019 Mary Tyler Moore biography NBC Cannes zombies TruTV IFC Esquire Binge Guide 007 Trailer Superheroe cooking Character Guide Western SDCC USA Adult Swim CBS HBO Max ratings NYCC anthology Martial Arts quibi Writers Guild of America Song of Ice and Fire Lucasfilm Disney streaming service Walt Disney Pictures Podcast Premiere Dates GoT YouTube Premium adventure robots PBS Fantasy GIFs Cosplay sequel vampires Comedy Central talk show LGBTQ 21st Century Fox 2015 zombie thriller VH1 Starz San Diego Comic-Con Awards Tarantino transformers Comedy History MSNBC Kids & Family Masterpiece facebook Pride Month mockumentary Trophy Talk Valentine's Day Star Trek boxoffice Trivia cats Disney Channel DGA ABC Family AMC Photos Cartoon Network Reality Competition Music comic 2016 ghosts