Total Nerd The Best '00s Sci-Fi Movies  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite science fiction films that were released in the 2000s

The 2000s brought us many out of this world ‘00s sci-fi movies of all shapes and sizes; sequels, prequels, superheroes, romance, action/adventure, comedy, horror, and everything in between. The ‘00s was a great decade for the best science fiction movies, and this list will guide you through each unique cult classic, top-grossing box office hit, and television spin-off.


There were many highly-anticipated prequels and sequels among '00s science fiction films: Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, Matrix Reloaded, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Jurassic Park III, and Men in Black II. Although many argue that the Star Wars prequels weren’t as great as the originals, George Lucas was able to play around with visual effects that were previously unavailable to him when IV, V, and VI were filmed.

 

There were also some cult classics, like Donnie Darko, Pitch Black, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. These flicks developed followings, and are still re-watched repeatedly by die-hard fans today. For Fox Mulder fans, X-Files: I Want to Believe was released as a sequel to the hit TV show in 2008. It picked up 7 years after the series left off, with Mulder still in hiding from the law, and Scully working as a hospital physician.

 

James Cameron’s Avatar stole the scene as the highest grossing film of all time, surpassing Titanic. It was the first film to ever make more than $2 billion, and went on to be nominated for nine Academy Awards. Avatar won Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, and Best Visual Effects in 2010.

 

Vote up the best 2000s sci-fi movies, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section.

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Iron Man Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson

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Star Trek is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '00s Sci-Fi Movies
Star Trek Zoe Saldana, Jennifer Morrison, Winona Ryder

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WALL-E Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy

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X-Men Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin

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Pitch Black Vin Diesel, Radha Mitchell, Keith David

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Serenity Summer Glau, Morena Baccarin, Nathan Fillion - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Avatar is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '00s Sci-Fi Movies
Avatar Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez

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Minority Report Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell

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X-Men 2 Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin

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I, Robot Will Smith, Shia LaBeouf, Bridget Moynahan

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I Am Legend Will Smith, Emma Thompson, Salli Richardson

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Spider-Man Kirsten Dunst, Elizabeth Banks, James Franco

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28 Days Later is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '00s Sci-Fi Movies
28 Days Later Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston, Naomie Harris

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Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Samuel L. Jackson

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Transformers Megan Fox, Shia LaBeouf, Odette Annable

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Spider-Man 2 Kirsten Dunst, Elizabeth Banks, James Franco

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Unbreakable Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Robin Wright

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District 9 Sharlto Copley, Jed Brophy, Vanessa Haywood

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Donnie Darko Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale, Jake Gyllenhaal

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The Day After Tomorrow Emmy Rossum, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dennis Quaid

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Men in Black II Michael Jackson, Will Smith, Rosario Dawson - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Zooey Deschanel, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich

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Signs Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, Abigail Breslin

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Children of Men is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '00s Sci-Fi Movies
Children of Men Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Michael Caine

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The Incredible Hulk is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '00s Sci-Fi Movies
The Incredible Hulk Robert Downey Jr., Liv Tyler, Edward Norton

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X-Men Origins: Wolverine Hugh Jackman, Ryan Reynolds, Patrick Stewart

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Reign of Fire Christian Bale, Matthew McConaughey, Gerard Butler

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The Island Scarlett Johansson, Ewan McGregor, Steve Buscemi

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Equilibrium Christian Bale, Sean Bean, Taye Diggs - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Moon Kevin Spacey, Mary Tyler Moore, Kaya Scodelario

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Cloverfield is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best '00s Sci-Fi Movies
Cloverfield Odette Annable, Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas

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War of the Worlds Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Channing Tatum

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Jurassic Park III Téa Leoni, William H. Macy, Laura Dern

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The Matrix Revolutions Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves, Jada Pinkett Smith

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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotle... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best '00s Sci-Fi Movies
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Carrey - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Terminator Salvation Christian Bale, Helena Bonham Carter, Bryce Dallas Howard

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28 Weeks Later Rose Byrne, Idris Elba, Jeremy Renner

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Monsters vs. Aliens Reese Witherspoon, Amy Poehler, Renée Zellweger

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Star Trek Nemesis Whoopi Goldberg, Tom Hardy, Patrick Stewart

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Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Megan Fox, Shia LaBeouf, Hugo Weaving

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Daybreakers Willem Dafoe, Ethan Hawke, Sam Neill

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Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines Arnold Schwarzenegger, Claire Danes, Kristanna Loken

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Hollow Man Kevin Bacon, Elisabeth Shue, Josh Brolin

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Paycheck Ben Affleck, Uma Thurman, Paul Giamatti

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The X-Files: I Want to Believe Gillian Anderson, Amanda Peet, David Duchovny

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A.I. Artificial Intelligence Meryl Streep, Robin Williams, Jude Law

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Superman Returns Marlon Brando, Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth

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Fantastic Four Jessica Alba, Kerry Washington, Maria Menounos

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Primer Shane Carruth, David Sullivan, Keith Bradshaw