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The Best Sci-Fi Movies, 2000-2009  

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The 2000s brought us many out of this world ‘00s sci-fi movies of all shapes and sizes; sequels, prequels, superheroes, romance, action/adventure, comedy, horror, and everything in between. The ‘00s was a great decade for the best science fiction movies, and this list will guide you through each unique cult classic, top-grossing box office hit, and television spin-off.


There were many highly-anticipated prequels and sequels among '00s science fiction films: Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, Matrix Reloaded, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Jurassic Park III, and Men in Black II. Although many argue that the Star Wars prequels weren’t as great as the originals, George Lucas was able to play around with visual effects that were previously unavailable to him when IV, V, and VI were filmed.

There were also some cult classics, like Donnie Darko, Pitch Black, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. These flicks developed followings, and are still re-watched repeatedly by die-hard fans today. For Fox Mulder fans, X-Files: I Want to Believe was released as a sequel to the hit TV show in 2008. It picked up 7 years after the series left off, with Mulder still in hiding from the law, and Scully working as a hospital physician.

James Cameron’s Avatar stole the scene as the highest grossing film of all time, surpassing Titanic. It was the first film to ever make more than $2 billion, and went on to be nominated for nine Academy Awards. Avatar won Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, and Best Visual Effects in 2010.

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Iron Man is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies, 2000-2009
Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges
Iron Man is a 2008 American superhero film directed by Jon Favreau, based on the Marvel Comics character. After being held captive in an Afghan cave, billionaire engineer Tony Stark (Robert ...more
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Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy
WALL-E is a 2008 American computer-animated science-fiction comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Andrew Stanton, the story follows a ...more
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Star Trek is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies, 2000-2009
Zoe Saldana, Jennifer Morrison, Winona Ryder
Star Trek is a 2009 science fiction film directed by J. J. Abrams, written by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, and produced by Damon Lindelof and Bryan Burk. It is the eleventh film based on the ...more
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Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin
X-Men is a 2000 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name, distributed by 20th Century Fox. It is the first installment in the X-Men film series. The ...more
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Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell
Minority Report is a 2002 American neo-noir science fiction mystery-thriller film directed by Steven Spielberg and loosely based on the short story of the same name by Philip K. Dick. It is set ...more
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Vin Diesel, Radha Mitchell, Keith David
Pitch Black is a 2000 science fiction horror film co-written and directed by David Twohy. The film stars Vin Diesel, Radha Mitchell, Cole Hauser, and Keith David. Dangerous man Richard B. ...more
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Summer Glau, Morena Baccarin, Nathan Fillion
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Serenity is a 2005 American space western film written and directed by Joss Whedon. It is a continuation of Whedon's short-lived 2002 Fox science fiction television series Firefly and stars the ...more
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Avatar is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies, 2000-2009
Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez
Avatar is a 2009 American epic science fiction film written and directed by James Cameron, and starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez, Joel David Moore, Giovanni ...more
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Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin
X2 is a 2003 American superhero film, based on the X-Men superhero team appearing in Marvel Comics, distributed by 20th Century Fox. It is the second installment in the X-Men film series. The ...more
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Will Smith, Shia LaBeouf, Bridget Moynahan
I, Robot is a 2004 American dystopian science fiction action film directed by Alex Proyas. The screenplay was written by Jeff Vintar and Akiva Goldsman, and is inspired by Isaac Asimov's ...more
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28 Days Later is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies, 2000-2009
Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston, Naomie Harris
28 Days Later is a 2002 British post-apocalyptic horror film directed by Danny Boyle. The screenplay was written by Alex Garland. The film stars Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Brendan Gleeson, ...more
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Sharlto Copley, Jed Brophy, Vanessa Haywood
District 9 is a 2009 science fiction film directed by Neill Blomkamp, released August 13, 2009. It takes place in Johannesburg, South Africa. District 9 is based on Alive in Joburg, a short film ...more
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Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe, Kirsten Dunst
Spider-Man is a 2002 American superhero film directed by Sam Raimi, based on the Marvel Comics character. When bitten by a genetically modified spider, Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire), a nerdy, ...more
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I Am Legend is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies, 2000-2009
Will Smith, Emma Thompson, Salli Richardson
I Am Legend is a 2007 American post-apocalyptic science fiction horror film directed by Francis Lawrence and starring Will Smith. It is the third feature film adaptation of Richard Matheson's ...more
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Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Samuel L. Jackson
(19 Years before Episode IV) Three years after the onset of the Clone Wars, the noble Jedi Knights have been leading a massive clone army into a galaxy-wide battle against the Separatists. When ...more
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Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Robin Wright
Unbreakable is a 2000 American superhero drama film written, produced, and directed by M. Night Shyamalan and starring Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson. The film tells the story of ...more
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Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco
Spider-Man 2 is a 2004 American superhero film directed by Sam Raimi, based on the Marvel Comics character. While struggling to manage both his personal life and his duties as Spider-Man, Peter ...more
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Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale, Jake Gyllenhaal
Donnie Darko is a 2001 American supernatural drama film written and directed by Richard Kelly and starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Drew Barrymore, Patrick Swayze, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Noah Wyle, Jena ...more
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Megan Fox, Shia LaBeouf, Odette Annable
Transformers is a 2007 American science fiction action film directed by Michael Bay, based on the toy line. An ancient struggle between two Cybertronian races, the heroic Autobots and the evil ...more
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Children of Men is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies, 2000-2009
Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Michael Caine
Children of Men is a 2006 science fiction thriller film directed and co-written by Alfonso Cuarón. The screenplay, based on P. D. James's 1992 novel of the same name, was credited to five ...more
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Zooey Deschanel, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is a 2005 British-American comic science fiction film directed by Garth Jennings, based upon previous works in the media franchise of the same name, created ...more
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Signs is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies, 2000-2009
Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, Abigail Breslin
Signs is a 2002 American science fiction thriller film written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Executive producers for the film comprised Shyamalan, Frank Marshall, Kathleen Kennedy and Sam ...more
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Kevin Spacey, Mary Tyler Moore, Kaya Scodelario
Moon is a 2009 British science fiction drama film co-written and directed by Duncan Jones. The film follows Sam Bell, a man who experiences a personal crisis as he nears the end of a three-year ...more
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The Day After Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies, 2000-2009
Emmy Rossum, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dennis Quaid
The Day After Tomorrow is a 2004 American climate fiction-disaster film co-written, directed, and produced by Roland Emmerich and starring Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ian Holm, Emmy Rossum, ...more
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Christian Bale, Sean Bean, Taye Diggs
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Equilibrium is a 2002 American dystopian science fiction film written and directed by Kurt Wimmer and starring Christian Bale, Emily Watson, and Taye Diggs. The film follows John Preston, an ...more