The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies of All Time

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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.

Want to see more of the best Sci-Fi? Here are the Best Sci-Fi TV Shows of All Time

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 WorldsThe Invisible Man) or Philip K. Dick (Blade RunnerMinority 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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    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

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    Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss

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    Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Sean Young

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton, Linda Hamilton

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    Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

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    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn

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    Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop

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    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

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    Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger

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    Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, Carl Weathers

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    Kirstie Alley, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside

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    Milla Jovovich, Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman

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    Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd

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    Charlton Heston, Linda Harrison, James Whitmore

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura, Carl Weathers

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    Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard

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    Zoe Saldana, Jennifer Morrison, Winona Ryder

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    Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, Christopher Plummer

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    Kurt Russell, James Spader, Djimon Hounsou

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    Clint Eastwood, Michael J. Fox, Elisabeth Shue

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    Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy

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    Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell

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    Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Karen Gillan

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    Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez

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    Kurt Russell, Keith David, John Carpenter

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    Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone, Steven Spielberg

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    Summer Glau, Morena Baccarin, Nathan Fillion

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    Yvette Mimieux, Rod Taylor, Alan Young

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    Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Vernon Wells

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    Patricia Neal, Michael Rennie, Frances Bavier

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    Sharlto Copley, Jed Brophy, Vanessa Haywood

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    Neil Patrick Harris, Denise Richards, Amy Smart

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    Alex Van Halen, Peter Weller, Leeza Gibbons

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    Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tim Allen

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    Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, River Phoenix

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    Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Chris Elliott

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    Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke, Steven Berkoff

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    Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ed Harris

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    Matthew McConaughey, Jodie Foster, Jay Leno

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    Will Smith, Shia LaBeouf, Bridget Moynahan

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    Joan Rivers, John Hurt, Mel Brooks

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    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei

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    Vin Diesel, Radha Mitchell, Keith David

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    Patrick Stewart, James Cromwell, Alfre Woodard

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