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The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies of All Time

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What are the greatest sci-fi movies of all time? Science fiction films are among the most popular movies in cinematic history, with films like 'Star Wars' and 'Aliens' keeping audiences on the edge of their collective seats for decades. This list includes these classics, and many more, but it is by no means complete. Feel free to add your favorite sci-fi movies if they aren't listed, and vote for your favorites.

Great sci-fi films include stories of extraterrestrial life, time travel, space travel, robots and more. Some of these amazing science fiction movies are more fantasy-oriented, while others are a bit closer to reality. Either way, scifi films keep audiences rapt with tales of science and technology, combined, at times with the supernatural.

Some sci-fi films are based on classic novels or short stories by such heavyweight authors as H.G. Wells ('War of the Worlds,' 'The Invisible Man') or Philip K. Dick ('Blade Runner,' 'Minority Report').

What are the greatest sci fi movies of all time? This list of the best sci-fi films is also Crowdranked, meaning you can rerank your own greatest sci-fi movies. Your reranks can change the overall order of the films on the list!

List Criteria: Science fiction films

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    Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

    1977 More
    100
  2. 2
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    Alien

    1979 More
    95
  3. 3
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    1980 More
    95
  4. 4
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    Back to the Future

    1985 More
    94
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    Blade Runner

    1982 More
    93
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    Aliens

    1986 More
    92
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    1991 More
    92
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    The Terminator

    1984 More
    92
  9. 9
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    The Matrix

    1999 More
    92
  10. 10
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    2001: A Space Odyssey

    1968 More
    87
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    1983 More
    82
  12. 12
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    1993 More
    82
  13. 13
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    The Fifth Element

    1997 More
    80
  14. 14
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    1982 More
    80
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    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    1982 More
    78
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    Planet of the Apes

    1968 More
    77
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    Ghostbusters

    1984 More
    77
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    Independence Day

    1996 More
    77
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    2009 More
    77
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    1987 More
    76
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    Total Recall

    1990 More
    76
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    Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    1977 More
    74
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    2010 More
    74
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    72
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    2000 More
    70
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    Stargate

    1994 More
    69
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    X-Men: First Class

    2011 More
    69
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    12 Monkeys

    1995 More
    68
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    2001 More
    68
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    Serenity

    2005 More
    68
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    1981 More
    68
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    The Day the Earth Stood Still

    1951 More
    68
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    often listed
    RoboCop

    1987 More
    68
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    A Clockwork Orange

    1971 More
    67
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    The Avengers

    2012 More
    66
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    Back to the Future Part II

    1989 More
    66
  38. 38
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    2002 More
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    2008 More
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  40. 40
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    2003 More
    65
  41. 41
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    1982 More
    65
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    District 9

    2009 More
    65
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    Avatar

    2009 More
    65
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    Starship Troopers

    1997 More
    65
  45. 45
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    Minority Report

    2002 More
    64
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    1999 More
    64
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    often listed
    Contact

    1997 More
    64
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    The War of the Worlds

    1953 More
    62
  49. 49
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    1981 More
    62
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    Dark City

    1998 More
    61
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