The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies of All Time Films

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
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    1980 More
    95
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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
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    The Matrix

    1999 More
    92
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    2001: A Space Odyssey

    1968 More
    87
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    1983 More
    82
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    1993 More
    82
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    The Fifth Element

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

    1982 More
    78
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    1996 More
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    Planet of the Apes

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    77
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    Ghostbusters

    1984 More
    77
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    2009 More
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    1987 More
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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
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    2000 More
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    The Dark Knight

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    69
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    Stargate

    1994 More
    69
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    X-Men: First Class

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    69
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    2005 More
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    2001 More
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    1981 More
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    1995 More
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    RoboCop

    1987 More
    67
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    The Day the Earth Stood Still

    1951 More
    67
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    A Clockwork Orange

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    67
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    The Avengers

    2012 More
    66
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    Back to the Future Part II

    1989 More
    66
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    WALL-E

    2008 More
    66
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    Avatar

    2009 More
    65
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    2003 More
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    1997 More
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    District 9

    2009 More
    65
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    1982 More
    65
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    Contact

    1997 More
    64
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    The War of the Worlds

    1953 More
    62
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    1981 More
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    Dark City

    1998 More
    61
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