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The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies Of All Time

Updated October 7, 2020 519.1k votes 23.0k voters 455.9k views502 items

List RulesWhich 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? These good 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, so get ready to vote for your favorite sci-fi movies of all time.

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, sci-fi 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 best sci-fi movies of all time? This list of the best sci-fi films is also crowd ranked, 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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    Star Wars Episode V: The Empir is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies Of All Time
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    Released1980

    Directed byIrvin Kershner

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    Alita: Battle Angel is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies Of All Time
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    Alita: Battle Angel

    Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz

    Released2019

    Directed byRobert Rodriguez

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    The Terminator is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies Of All Time
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    The Terminator

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton

    Released1984

    Directed byJames Cameron

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    Alien is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies Of All Time
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    Alien

    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt

    Released1979

    Directed byRidley Scott

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    Predator is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies Of All Time
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    Predator

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura

    Released1987

    Directed byJohn McTiernan

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    Aliens is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies Of All Time
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    Aliens

    Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton

    Released1986

    Directed byJames Cameron

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    Blade Runner is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies Of All Time
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    Blade Runner

    Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah

    Released1982

    Directed byRidley Scott

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    Gaurdians of the Galaxy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies Of All Time
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    Gaurdians of the Galaxy

    Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana

    Released2014

    Directed byJames Gunn

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    Men in Black is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies Of All Time
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    Men in Black

    Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone

    Released1997

    Directed byBarry Sonnenfeld

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    The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies Of All Time
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    The Matrix

    Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving

    Released1999

    Directed byAndy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

    The Matrix is a 1999 American-Australian science fiction action film written and directed by... moreamazon buy button

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    Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies Of All Time
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    Star Wars

    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

    Released1977

    Directed byGeorge Lucas

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    Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies Of All Time
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    Jurassic Park

    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1993

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    The Martian is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies Of All Time
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    The Martian

    Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain

    Released2015

    Directed byRidley Scott

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    Edge of Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies Of All Time
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    1,209

    Edge of Tomorrow

    Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt

    Released2014

    Directed byDoug Liman

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    Interstellar is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies Of All Time
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    Interstellar

    Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey

    Released2014

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

    Interstellar is a British-American 2014 science fiction epic film directed by Christopher... moreamazon buy button
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    The Fifth Element is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies Of All Time
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    The Fifth Element

    Milla Jovovich, Bruce Willis

    Released1997

    Directed byLuc Besson

    The Fifth Element is a 1997 English-language French science fiction action film directed and... moreamazon buy button

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    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kha is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies Of All Time
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    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

    Kirstie Alley, William Shatner

    Released1982

    Directed byNicholas Meyer

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    The Thing is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies Of All Time
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    The Thing

    Kurt Russell, Keith David

    Released1982

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

    The Thing is a 1982 American science fiction horror film directed by John Carpenter, written... moreamazon buy button

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    Terminator 2: Judgment Day is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies Of All Time
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    Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong

    Released1991

    Directed byJames Cameron

    Terminator 2: Judgment Day is a 1991 American science fiction action thriller film written,... moreamazon buy button
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    Serenity is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies Of All Time
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    Serenity

    Summer Glau, Morena Baccarin

    Released2005

    Directed byJoss Whedon

    Serenity is a 2005 American space western film written and directed by Joss Whedon. It is a... moreamazon buy button

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    Star Wars: Episode VI - Return is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies Of All Time
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    Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

    Released1983

    Directed byRichard Marquand

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    Stargate is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies Of All Time
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    Stargate

    Kurt Russell, James Spader

    Released1994

    Directed byRoland Emmerich

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    Planet of the Apes is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies Of All Time
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    Planet of the Apes

    Charlton Heston, Linda Harrison

    Released1968

    Directed byFranklin J. Schaffner

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    RoboCop is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies Of All Time
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    RoboCop

    Alex Van Halen, Peter Weller

    Released1987

    Directed byPaul Verhoeven

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    Total Recall is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies Of All Time
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    Total Recall

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone

    Released1990

    Directed byPaul Verhoeven

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