The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies of All Time Films
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The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies of All Time

List Criteria: Which science fiction films are the best? Vote up your favorites and add any that aren't already on the list.

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!
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  1. 1
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    the people's #1 & most listed Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

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    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Bill Paxton

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    Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Sean Young

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    Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Paul Reiser

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    ranked low on reranks Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

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    Michael J. Fox, Lea Thompson, Jason Hervey

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop

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    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Laura Dern

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    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    Milla Jovovich, Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman

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    Kirstie Alley, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy

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    Jennifer Morrison, Zoe Saldana, Winona Ryder

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura, Carl Weathers

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Dean Norris

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Robert MacNaughton

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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    Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd

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    Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox

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    Charlton Heston, Linda Harrison, Roddy McDowall

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, Bob Balaban

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    Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, Christopher Plummer

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    Kurt Russell, James Spader, Djimon Hounsou

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    Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Jeff Garlin

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    Summer Glau, Morena Baccarin, Nathan Fillion

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    Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez

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    Patricia Neal, Michael Rennie, Sam Jaffe

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    Alex Van Halen, Leeza Gibbons, Peter Weller

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    Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Vernon Wells

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    Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tim Allen

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    Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell

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    Kurt Russell, Keith David, John Carpenter

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    Denise Richards, Neil Patrick Harris, Amy Smart

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    Clint Eastwood, Michael J. Fox, Elisabeth Shue

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    Gene Barry, Les Tremayne, Ann Robinson

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    Sharlto Copley, John Sumner, Jed Brophy

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    Yvette Mimieux, Rod Taylor, Alan Young

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    Matthew McConaughey, Jodie Foster, Jay Leno

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    Vin Diesel, Radha Mitchell, Keith David

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    Patrick Stewart, James Cromwell, Alfre Woodard

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    Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Michael Biehn

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    Jennifer Connelly, Kiefer Sutherland, William Hurt

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    Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bryce Dallas Howard

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    Will Smith, Shia LaBeouf, Bridget Moynahan

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    Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve

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    Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum, David Cronenberg

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    Fay Wray, Bruce Cabot, Merian C. Cooper

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