films The Best '80s Sci-Fi Movies

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List Rules Vote up your favorite science fiction films that were released in the 1980s

This 1980s sci-fi movies list includes some of the most beloved science fiction movies of all time, such as The Empire Strikes Back, Aliens, and E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial.  '80s sci-fi movies include obvious genre classics, as well as many films mixing science fiction and comedy to spectacular effect. So what do you think are the greatest 1980s sci-fi movies? Make sure to vote up your favorites and vote down your least favorites in the list below. 

It may be challenging for some to pick the best '80s sci-fi movies because they'll have to choose between the likes of Blade Runner, The Terminator, and Back to the Future. That said, for all of those Star Wars fans out there, this list of 1980s sci-fi movies will finally settle the score once and for all about which is the better movie: The Empire Strikes Back or Return of the Jedi. One has gravitas, but the other has Ewoks. 

Another interesting challenge in picking the best 1980s science fiction movies is having to figure out which of these hilarious sci-fi comedies is better: Innerspace, Back to the Future, Ghostbusters, Spaceballs, Short Circuit, or Weird Science. All of these '80s science fiction films took clever sci-fi premises and added a comedic spin, which turned into box office gold. 

So hop into your DeLorean, strap on your proton pack, hunt down some replicants, and have fun voting for the top 80s science fiction films! Feel free to add any 1980s sci-fi films we may have missed.

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Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher Mark Hamill

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Blade Runner Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah Sean Young

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Return of the Jedi Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher Mark Hamill

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The Terminator Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton Linda Hamilton

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Back to the Future Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd Lea Thompson

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Aliens Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton Michael Biehn

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Predator Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura Carl Weathers

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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak Debra Winger

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Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Kirstie Alley, William Shatner Leonard Nimoy

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Ghostbusters Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver Dan Aykroyd

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The Thing Kurt Russell, Keith David John Carpenter

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The Last Starfighter Wil Wheaton, Robert Preston Catherine Mary Stewart

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RoboCop Alex Van Halen, Peter Weller Leeza Gibbons - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Escape from New York Jamie Lee Curtis, Kurt Russell Ernest Borgnine

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WarGames Matthew Broderick, William H. Macy Ally Sheedy

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Tron Jeff Bridges, David Warner Michael Dudikoff

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Spaceballs Joan Rivers, John Hurt Mel Brooks

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Dune Sting, Patrick Stewart Alicia Witt

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The Abyss Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio Chris Elliott

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They Live Roddy Piper, Keith David Tommy Morrison

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Back to the Future Part II Clint Eastwood, Michael J. Fox Elisabeth Shue

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Mad Max 2 Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence Vernon Wells

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Weird Science Robert Downey Jr., Kelly LeBrock Bill Paxton

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Flight of the Navigator Sarah Jessica Parker, Paul Reubens Veronica Cartwright

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Short Circuit Steve Guttenberg, Ally Sheedy Austin Pendleton

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Enemy Mine Dennis Quaid, Louis Gossett Jr.

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Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure Keanu Reeves, George Carlin Jane Wiedlin

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The Running Man Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Brown Jesse Ventura

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Outland Sean Connery, Peter Boyle John Ratzenberger

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Star Trek III: The Search for Spock William Shatner, Christopher Lloyd Leonard Nimoy

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Akira Takeshi Kusao, Mami Koyama Tesshō Genda

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Superman II Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve Terence Stamp

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Dreamscape Dennis Quaid, Christopher Plummer Max von Sydow

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The Fly Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum David Cronenberg - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension Jamie Lee Curtis, Christopher Lloyd Jeff Goldblum

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Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy George Takei

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Starman Jeff Bridges, John Carpenter Karen Allen

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Scanners Michael Ironside, Patrick McGoohan Jennifer O'Neill

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Cocoon Steve Guttenberg, Clint Howard Brian Dennehy

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Flash Gordon Timothy Dalton, Max von Sydow Ornella Muti

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The Philadelphia Experiment Nancy Allen, Stephen Tobolowsky Michael Paré

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Brazil Robert De Niro, Bob Hoskins Ian Holm - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Innerspace Meg Ryan, Dennis Quaid Martin Short

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The Final Countdown Kirk Douglas, Martin Sheen Katharine Ross

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Alien Nation James Caan, Terence Stamp Mandy Patinkin

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Electric Dreams Virginia Madsen, Bud Cort Maxwell Caulfield

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Repo Man Jimmy Buffett, Emilio Estevez Harry Dean Stanton

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Ghostbusters II Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver Dan Aykroyd

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Vampire Hunter D Kaneto Shiozawa, Ichirō Nagai Kazuyuki Sogabe

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Nineteen Eighty-Four John Hurt, Annie Lennox Richard Burton