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List Rules 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! Also, if you love sci-fi, check out this list of the best new sci-fi shows of the last few years. 

 

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1
4,388 1,634
Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies of All Time
Star Wars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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2
4,803 1,235
Star Wars Episode V: The Empir... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies of All Time
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

3
3,784 1,405
Alien is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies of All Time
Alien Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

4
3,381 1,413
Terminator 2: Judgment Day is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies of All Time
Terminator 2: Judgment Day Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

5
3,329 1,381
Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies of All Time
Back to the Future Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

6
3,951 1,563
The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies of All Time
The Matrix Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss

7
3,617 1,240
Blade Runner is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies of All Time
Blade Runner Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Sean Young

8
3,246 1,137
The Terminator is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies of All Time
The Terminator Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton, Linda Hamilton

9
3,364 1,129
Return of the Jedi is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies of All Time
Return of the Jedi Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

10
3,393 1,010
Aliens is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies of All Time
Aliens Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn

11
2,768 1,356
2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies of All Time
2001: A Space Odyssey Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop

12
3,028 1,136
Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies of All Time
Jurassic Park Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

13
2,882 1,179
The Fifth Element is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies of All Time
The Fifth Element Milla Jovovich, Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman

14
1,958 1,396
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies of All Time
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger

15
2,255 1,042
Ghostbusters is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies of All Time
Ghostbusters Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd

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16
1,786 1,098
Close Encounters of the Third ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies of All Time
Close Encounters of the Third Kind Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, Carl Weathers

17
2,182 1,108
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kha... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies of All Time
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Kirstie Alley, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy

18
2,168 1,031
Total Recall is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies of All Time
Total Recall Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside

19
2,494 842
Predator is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies of All Time
Predator Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura, Carl Weathers

20
1,976 1,102
Planet of the Apes is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies of All Time
Planet of the Apes Charlton Heston, Linda Harrison, James Whitmore

21
2,394 1,198
Inception is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies of All Time
Inception Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard

22
2,054 1,116
Star Trek is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies of All Time
Star Trek Zoe Saldana, Jennifer Morrison, Winona Ryder

23
2,146 1,266
Independence Day is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies of All Time
Independence Day Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox

24
1,733 947
12 Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies of All Time
12 Monkeys Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, Christopher Plummer

25
1,879 884
Stargate is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies of All Time
Stargate Kurt Russell, James Spader, Djimon Hounsou

26
2,031 573
Guardians of the Galaxy is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies of All Time
AndrewGreen added Guardians of the Galaxy Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Karen Gillan

27
1,610 1,015
Back to the Future Part II is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies of All Time
Back to the Future Part II Clint Eastwood, Michael J. Fox, Elisabeth Shue

28
1,448 1,073
Minority Report is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies of All Time
Minority Report Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell

29
1,802 993
WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies of All Time
WALL-E Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy

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30
1,783 806
The Thing is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies of All Time
The Thing Kurt Russell, Keith David, John Carpenter

31
2,020 1,433
Avatar is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies of All Time
Avatar Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez

32
1,764 826
Serenity is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies of All Time
Serenity Summer Glau, Morena Baccarin, Nathan Fillion

33
1,646 1,016
District 9 is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies of All Time
District 9 Sharlto Copley, Jed Brophy, Vanessa Haywood

34
1,563 615
Men in Black is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies of All Time
but chickens double d added Men in Black Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone, Steven Spielberg

35
1,646 951
Starship Troopers is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies of All Time
Starship Troopers Neil Patrick Harris, Denise Richards, Amy Smart

36
1,459 807
RoboCop is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies of All Time
RoboCop Alex Van Halen, Peter Weller, Leeza Gibbons

37
1,393 894
Galaxy Quest is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies of All Time
Galaxy Quest Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tim Allen

38
1,357 795
Mad Max 2 is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies of All Time
Mad Max 2 Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Vernon Wells

39
1,224 830
The Day the Earth Stood Still is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies of All Time
The Day the Earth Stood Still Patricia Neal, Michael Rennie, Frances Bavier

40
1,115 783
The Time Machine is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies of All Time
The Time Machine Yvette Mimieux, Rod Taylor, Alan Young

41
1,188 710
The Abyss is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies of All Time
The Abyss Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Chris Elliott

42
1,312 541
Indiana Jones and the Last Cru... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies of All Time
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, River Phoenix

43
1,178 924
Contact is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies of All Time
Contact Matthew McConaughey, Jodie Foster, Jay Leno

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1,190 774
Spaceballs is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies of All Time
May Em added Spaceballs Joan Rivers, John Hurt, Mel Brooks

45
1,061 716
Apollo 13 is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies of All Time
Apollo 13 Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ed Harris

46
1,015 791
A Clockwork Orange is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies of All Time
A Clockwork Orange Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke, Steven Berkoff

47
1,190 874
I, Robot is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies of All Time
I, Robot Will Smith, Shia LaBeouf, Bridget Moynahan

48
903 440
Edge of Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies of All Time
PascalWaitek added Edge of Tomorrow Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton

49
1,033 718
Star Trek: First Contact is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies of All Time
Star Trek: First Contact Patrick Stewart, James Cromwell, Alfre Woodard

50
1,024 457
Interstellar is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies of All Time
mysmith50 added Interstellar Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Damon