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The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies Of All Time

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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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  • 1
    Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
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    3,077

    Released1980

    Directed byIrvin Kershner

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  • 2
    Alita: Battle Angel
    2,244
    1,004

    Alita: Battle Angel

    Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz

    Released2019

    Directed byRobert Rodriguez

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  • 3
    Alien
    5,740
    2,821

    Alien

    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt

    Released1979

    Directed byRidley Scott

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  • 4
    The Terminator
    4,947
    2,467

    The Terminator

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton

    Released1984

    Directed byJames Cameron

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  • 5
    Predator
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    Predator

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura

    Released1987

    Directed byJohn McTiernan

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  • 6
    Aliens
    5,107
    2,532

    Aliens

    Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton

    Released1986

    Directed byJames Cameron

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  • 7
    Blade Runner
    5,733
    2,902

    Blade Runner

    Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah

    Released1982

    Directed byRidley Scott

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  • 8
    The Matrix
    6,017
    3,114

    The Matrix

    Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving

    Released1999

    Directed byAndy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

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  • 9
    Gaurdians of the Galaxy
    3,609
    1,763

    Gaurdians of the Galaxy

    Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana

    Released2014

    Directed byJames Gunn

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  • 10
    Men in Black
    2,976
    1,456

    Men in Black

    Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone

    Released1997

    Directed byBarry Sonnenfeld

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  • 11
    Star Wars
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    3,518

    Star Wars

    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

    Released1977

    Directed byGeorge Lucas

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  • 12
    Jurassic Park
    4,539
    2,601

    Jurassic Park

    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1993

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • 13
    The Martian
    1,830
    830

    The Martian

    Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain

    Released2015

    Directed byRidley Scott

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  • 14
    Edge of Tomorrow
    2,443
    1,242

    Edge of Tomorrow

    Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt

    Released2014

    Directed byDoug Liman

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  • 15
    Interstellar
    2,658
    1,346

    Interstellar

    Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey

    Released2014

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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  • 16
    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
    3,236
    1,892

    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

    Kirstie Alley, William Shatner

    Released1982

    Directed byNicholas Meyer

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  • 17
    Terminator 2: Judgment Day
    4,963
    3,015

    Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong

    Released1991

    Directed byJames Cameron

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  • 18
    The Fifth Element
    4,417
    2,608

    The Fifth Element

    Milla Jovovich, Bruce Willis

    Released1997

    Directed byLuc Besson

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  • 19
    The Thing
    3,008
    1,548

    The Thing

    Kurt Russell, Keith David

    Released1982

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

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  • 20
    Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi
    4,518
    2,726

    Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

    Released1983

    Directed byRichard Marquand

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  • 21
    Serenity
    2,583
    1,476

    Serenity

    Summer Glau, Morena Baccarin

    Released2005

    Directed byJoss Whedon

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  • 22
    Planet of the Apes
    3,110
    1,868

    Planet of the Apes

    Charlton Heston, Linda Harrison

    Released1968

    Directed byFranklin J. Schaffner

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  • 23
    Stargate
    2,712
    1,631

    Stargate

    Kurt Russell, James Spader

    Released1994

    Directed byRoland Emmerich

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  • 24
    Total Recall
    3,249
    2,010

    Total Recall

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone

    Released1990

    Directed byPaul Verhoeven

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  • 25
    RoboCop
    2,263
    1,347

    RoboCop

    Alex Van Halen, Peter Weller

    Released1987

    Directed byPaul Verhoeven

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