Best Sci-Fi Movies of All Time

#40
Adjusted Score: 99.21%
Critics Consensus: Rogue One draws deep on Star Wars mythology while breaking new narrative and aesthetic ground -- and suggesting a bright blockbuster future for the franchise.
Synopsis: From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," an all-new epic... [More]
Directed By: Gareth Edwards (V)

#39
#39
Adjusted Score: 102.282%
Critics Consensus: Visually stunning and narratively satisfying, Blade Runner 2049 deepens and expands its predecessor's story while standing as an impressive filmmaking achievement in its own right.
Synopsis: Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a... [More]
Directed By: Denis Villeneuve

#38

Source Code (2011)
91%

#38
Adjusted Score: 98.201%
Critics Consensus: Finding the human story amidst the action, director Duncan Jones and charming Jake Gyllenhaal craft a smart, satisfying sci-fi thriller.
Synopsis: When decorated soldier Captain Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) wakes up in the body of an unknown man, he discovers he's... [More]
Directed By: Duncan Jones

#37

District 9 (2009)
90%

#37
Adjusted Score: 99.415%
Critics Consensus: Technically brilliant and emotionally wrenching, District 9 has action, imagination, and all the elements of a thoroughly entertaining science-fiction classic.
Synopsis: Director Neill Blomkamp teams with producer Peter Jackson for this tale of extraterrestrial refugees stuck in contemporary South Africa. It's... [More]
Directed By: Neill Blomkamp

#36
Adjusted Score: 99.472%
Critics Consensus: Employing gritty camerawork and evocative sound effects, Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a powerful remake that expands upon themes and ideas only lightly explored in the original.
Synopsis: In this elaborate remake of the 1956 horror classic, health inspector Donald Sutherland is dispatched to investigate the curious behavior... [More]
Directed By: Philip Kaufman

#35

Children of Men (2006)
92%

#35
Adjusted Score: 100.017%
Critics Consensus: Children of Men works on every level: as a violent chase thriller, a fantastical cautionary tale, and a sophisticated human drama about societies struggling to live.
Synopsis: A futuristic society faces extinction when the human race loses the ability to reproduce. England has descended into chaos, until... [More]
Directed By: Alfonso Cuarón

#34

Blade Runner (1982)
90%

#34
Adjusted Score: 101.009%
Critics Consensus: Misunderstood when it first hit theaters, the influence of Ridley Scott's mysterious, neo-noir Blade Runner has deepened with time. A visually remarkable, achingly human sci-fi masterpiece.
Synopsis: A blend of science fiction and noir detective fiction, Blade Runner (1982) was a box office and critical bust upon... [More]
Directed By: Ridley Scott

#33

Ex Machina (2015)
92%

#33
Adjusted Score: 100.913%
Critics Consensus: Ex Machina leans heavier on ideas than effects, but it's still a visually polished piece of work -- and an uncommonly engaging sci-fi feature.
Synopsis: Alex Garland, writer of 28 Days Later and Sunshine, makes his directorial debut with the stylish and cerebral thriller, EX... [More]
Directed By: Alex Garland

#32

Brazil (1985)
98%

#32
Adjusted Score: 101.269%
Critics Consensus: Brazil, Terry Gilliam's visionary Orwellian fantasy, is an audacious dark comedy, filled with strange, imaginative visuals.
Synopsis: Terry Gilliam's 1985 film is a surrealist nightmare of a low-level bureaucrat in a dismal world of the near future.... [More]
Directed By: Terry Gilliam

#31
Adjusted Score: 101.361%
Critics Consensus: With intelligence and emotional resonance to match its stunning special effects, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes expands on its predecessor with an exciting and ambitious burst of sci-fi achievement.
Synopsis: A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the... [More]
Directed By: Matt Reeves

#30

Jurassic Park (1993)
92%

#30
Adjusted Score: 100.637%
Critics Consensus: Jurassic Park is a spectacle of special effects and life-like animatronics, with some of Spielberg's best sequences of sustained awe and sheer terror since Jaws.
Synopsis: Steven Spielberg's phenomenally successful sci-fi adventure thriller is graced by state-of-the-art special effects from the team of Stan Winston, Phil... [More]
Directed By: Steven Spielberg

#29
Adjusted Score: 101.6%
Critics Consensus: Close Encounters of the Third Kind is deeply humane sci-fi exploring male obsession, cosmic mysticism, and music.
Synopsis: Steven Spielberg followed Jaws (1975), his first major box-office success, with this epic science fiction adventure about a disparate group... [More]
Directed By: Steven Spielberg

#28
Adjusted Score: 101.67%
Critics Consensus: The Road Warrior is everything a bigger-budgeted Mad Max sequel with should be: bigger, faster, louder, but definitely not dumber.
Synopsis: Director George Miller's follow-up to his own 1979 hit Mad Max is proof that not all sequels are inferior to... [More]
Directed By: George Miller

#27

Solaris (1976)
96%

#27
Adjusted Score: 101.788%
Critics Consensus: Solaris is a haunting, meditative film that uses sci-fi to raise complex questions about humanity and existence.
Synopsis: Based on a novel by Stanislaw Lem, Solaris centers on widowed psychologist Kris Kelvin (Donata Banionis), who is sent to... [More]
Directed By: Andrei Tarkovsky

#26

Gojira (1956)
93%

#26
Adjusted Score: 101.807%
Critics Consensus: More than straight monster-movie fare, Gojira offers potent, sobering postwar commentary.
Synopsis: (1954) When a Japanese steamer sinks in flames after the sea seems to erupt, survivors talk of a legendary monster...Godzilla!... [More]
Directed By: Ishir Honda

#25

Looper (2012)
93%

#25
Adjusted Score: 101.999%
Critics Consensus: As thought-provoking as it is thrilling, Looper delivers an uncommonly smart, bravely original blend of futuristic sci-fi and good old-fashioned action.
Synopsis: In the futuristic action thriller Looper, time travel will be invented - but it will be illegal and only available... [More]
Directed By: Rian Johnson

#24

The Iron Giant (1999)
96%

#24
Adjusted Score: 101.931%
Critics Consensus: The endearing Iron Giant tackles ambitious topics and complex human relationships with a steady hand and beautifully animated direction from Brad Bird.
Synopsis: "Iron Giant" is based upon the 1968 story,'Iron Man,' by the British poet laureate Ted Hughes. The film is about... [More]
Directed By: Brad Bird

#23
#23
Adjusted Score: 102.146%
Critics Consensus: Inventive, funny, and breathlessly constructed, Back to the Future is rousing a time-travel adventure with an unforgettable spirit.
Synopsis: Contemporary high schooler Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) doesn't have the most pleasant of lives. Browbeaten by his principal at... [More]
Directed By: Robert Zemeckis

#22
#22
Adjusted Score: 102.309%
Critics Consensus: One of the most influential of all sci-fi films -- and one of the most controversial -- Stanley Kubrick's 2001 is a delicate, poetic meditation on the ingenuity -- and folly -- of mankind.
Synopsis: A mind-bending sci-fi symphony, Stanley Kubrick's landmark 1968 epic pushed the limits of narrative and special effects toward a meditation... [More]
Directed By: Stanley Kubrick

#21
Adjusted Score: 102.488%
Critics Consensus: Socially minded yet entertaining, The Day the Earth Stood Still imparts its moral of peace and understanding without didacticism.
Synopsis: All of Washington, D.C., is thrown into a panic when an extraterrestrial spacecraft lands near the White House. Out steps... [More]
Directed By: Robert Wise

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