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The Best Sci-Fi Movies, 2000-2009

Updated January 8, 2020 11.7k votes 1.3k voters 82.5k views58 items

List RulesVote up your favorite science fiction films that were released in the 2000s

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.

Vote up the best 2000s sci-fi movies, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section.

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    Star Trek
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    Star Trek

    Zoe Saldana, Jennifer Morrison

    Released2009

    Directed byJ.J. Abrams

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    WALL-E
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    WALL-E

    Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman

    Released2008

    Directed byAndrew Stanton

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    Minority Report
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    Minority Report

    Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise

    Released2002

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    Serenity
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    Serenity

    Summer Glau, Morena Baccarin

    Released2005

    Directed byJoss Whedon

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    Pitch Black
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    Pitch Black

    Vin Diesel, Radha Mitchell

    Released2000

    Directed byDavid Twohy

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    Avatar
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    Avatar

    Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver

    Released2009

    Directed byJames Cameron

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    Iron Man
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    Iron Man

    Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard

    Released2008

    Directed byJon Favreau filmography

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    X-Men
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    X-Men

    Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman

    Released2000

    Directed byBryan Singer

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    X-Men 2
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    X-Men 2

    Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman

    Released2003

    Directed byBryan Singer

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    District 9
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    District 9

    Sharlto Copley, Jed Brophy

    Released2009

    Directed byNeill Blomkamp

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    I Am Legend
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    I Am Legend

    Will Smith, Emma Thompson

    Released2007

    Directed byFrancis Lawrence

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    Spider-Man
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    Spider-Man

    Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe

    Released2002

    Directed bySam Raimi

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    I, Robot
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    I, Robot

    Will Smith, Shia LaBeouf

    Released2004

    Directed byAlex Proyas

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    Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
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    Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

    Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor

    Released2005

    Directed byGeorge Lucas

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    Spider-Man 2
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    Spider-Man 2

    Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst

    Released2004

    Directed bySam Raimi

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    28 Days Later
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    28 Days Later

    Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston

    Released2002

    Directed byDanny Boyle

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    Children of Men
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    Children of Men

    Julianne Moore, Clive Owen

    Released2006

    Directed byAlfonso Cuarón

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    Donnie Darko
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    Donnie Darko

    Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale

    Released2001

    Directed byRichard Kelly

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    Unbreakable
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    Unbreakable

    Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released2000

    Directed byM. Night Shyamalan

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    The Day After Tomorrow
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    The Day After Tomorrow

    Emmy Rossum, Jake Gyllenhaal

    Released2004

    Directed byRoland Emmerich

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    Daybreakers
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    Daybreakers

    Willem Dafoe, Ethan Hawke

    Released2009

    Directed byMichael Spierig, Peter Spierig

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    Signs
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    Signs

    Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix

    Released2002

    Directed byM. Night Shyamalan

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    Moon
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    Moon

    Kevin Spacey, Mary Tyler Moore

    Released2009

    Directed byDuncan Jones

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    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
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    Released2005

    Directed byGarth Jennings

    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is a 2005 British-American comic science fiction film... more on Wikipedia
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    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
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    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst

    Released2004

    Directed byMichel Gondry

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