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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.

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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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4,381 1,633
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
4,798 1,234
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
3,780 1,402
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
3,379 1,411
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
3,326 1,378
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
3,949 1,562
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
3,610 1,238
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
3,243 1,134
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
3,362 1,127
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
3,391 1,008
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
2,763 1,355
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
3,027 1,133
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
2,879 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
1,957 1,392
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
2,254 1,040
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
1,783 1,097
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
2,179 1,107
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
2,165 1,030
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
2,492 842
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
1,971 1,101
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
2,389 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
2,053 1,115
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
2,145 1,265
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
1,733 946
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
1,875 884
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
2,027 571
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
1,609 1,014
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
1,447 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
1,800 993
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
1,780 804
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
2,018 1,432
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
1,760 825
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
1,645 1,014
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
1,563 612
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
1,643 951
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
1,457 807
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
1,389 894
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
1,355 795
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
1,221 830
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
1,188 709
The Abyss is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies of All Time
The Abyss Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Chris Elliott

41
1,113 783
The Time Machine is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies of All Time
The Time Machine Yvette Mimieux, Rod Taylor, Alan Young

42
1,311 541
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
1,177 923
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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1,061 716
Apollo 13 is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies of All Time
Apollo 13 Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ed Harris

45
1,189 774
Spaceballs is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies of All Time
May Em added Spaceballs Joan Rivers, John Hurt, Mel Brooks

46
1,012 789
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
1,188 874
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
902 440
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
1,031 718
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