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The Best Sci-Fi Movies Of The 2010s Decade  

Jason Bancroft
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List Rules Vote up the science fiction movies you love that were released between 2010-2019.

Science fiction fans need to step forward because it's time to vote for the best sci-fi movies of the decade. The genre is more vibrant than ever, thanks to advancements in CGI technology that allow filmmakers to create new worlds and new creatures. As a result, audiences have enjoyed more immersive, ambitious, and action-packed sci-fi flicks than ever before.

What follows is a comprehensive list of the best sci-fi movies of the 2010s. Your votes will rank these titles, allowing the most memorable to rise to the top. If your favorite is ranking too low, vote it up so it can climb higher. Aside from choosing the top entries, this list will provide a handy go-to resource for anyone looking for a good recommendation. By voting, you'll not only be supporting the movies you love, but you'll also be helping other film buffs discover their next obsession.

The best science fiction movies of the 2010s have a lot of diversity. Some of the greatest sci fi movies of the past decade, like Arrival and Annihilation, tackle weighty subject matter, providing thrills and intellectual engagement in equal measure. Others, such as the recent Star Wars episodes or Gravity, offer old-fashioned adventure and excitement. There's something for everyone, but you'll decide which ones triumph. 

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed

Rotten Tomatoes score: 84%

This film is a 2016 American epic space opera film directed by Gareth Edwards. The daughter (Felicity Jones) of an Imperial scientist joins the Rebel Alliance in a risky move to take the plans.
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Alita: Battle Angel is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly

Rotten Tomatoes score: 61%

Alita: Battle Angel is a 2019 American science fiction action film directed by Robert Rodriguez, based on the manga by Yukito Kishiro. After being revived by Dr. Dyson Ido (Christoph Waltz), ...more
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Edge of Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton

Rotten Tomatoes score: 90%

Edge of Tomorrow is a 2014 American military science fiction thriller film starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. Doug Liman directed the film. The film takes place in a future where Earth is ...more
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Guardians of the Galaxy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista

Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%

Guardians of the Galaxy is a 2014 American superhero film directed by James Gunn, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) forms a group of intergalactic "bad ...more
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Star Wars: Episode VII - The F... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

This film is a 2015 American epic space opera film directed by J. J. Abrams. Three decades after the Empire's defeat, a new threat arises in the militant First Order. Ex-stormtrooper Finn (John ...more
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Arrival is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker

Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%

Arrival is a 2016 American science fiction film directed by Denis Villeneuve and written by Eric Heisserer, based on the short story "Story of Your Life" by Ted Chiang. It stars Amy ...more
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Ex Machina is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, Oscar Isaac

Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%

Ex Machina is a 2015 independent science fiction psychological thriller film directed by Alex Garland. A young programmer (Domhnall Gleeson) is selected to participate in a ground-breaking ...more
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Interstellar is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Damon

Rotten Tomatoes score: 72%

Interstellar is a British-American 2014 science fiction epic film directed by Christopher Nolan, starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain and Michael Caine. The film ...more
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Inception is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard

Rotten Tomatoes score: 87%

Inception is a 2010 science fiction thriller film written, produced, and directed by Christopher Nolan. The film stars a large ensemble cast that includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, Joseph ...more
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Solo: A Star Wars Story is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke

Rotten Tomatoes score: 70%

This film is a 2018 American space Western film directed by Ron Howard. Before joining the Rebellion, a young Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) has adventures with his Wookiee partner Chewbacca, and ...more
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The Martian is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig

Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%

The Martian is a 2015 science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott, based on the novel by Andy Weir. An astronaut (Matt Damon) becomes stranded on Mars after his team assume him gone, and must ...more
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Star Wars: Episode VIII - The ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver

Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%

This film is a 2017 American epic space opera film written and directed by Rian Johnson. Having taken her first steps into the Jedi world, Rey (Daisy Ridley) joins Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) ...more
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Big Hero 6 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Jamie Chung, Maya Rudolph, Génesis Rodríguez

Rotten Tomatoes score: 89%

Big Hero 6 is a 2014 American 3D computer-animated superhero action comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 54th film in the Walt ...more
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Snowpiercer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Chris Evans, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton

Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

Snowpiercer is a 2013 South Korean-Czech dystopian science-fiction action film based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige by Jacques Lob, Benjamin Legrand and Jean-Marc Rochette. A new ...more
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Super 8 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Elle Fanning, AJ Michalka, Kyle Chandler

Rotten Tomatoes score: 81%

Super 8 is a 2011 American science fiction horror film written, co-produced, and directed by J. J. Abrams and produced by Steven Spielberg. The film stars Joel Courtney, Elle Fanning, and Kyle ...more
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Mad Max: Fury Road is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Hugh Keays-Byrne

Rotten Tomatoes score: 97%

Mad Max: Fury Road is a 2015 action film directed by George Miller. In a post apocalyptic desert wasteland where gasoline and water are scarce commodities, Max Rockatansky (Max Hardy) joins ...more
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Ready Player One is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn

Rotten Tomatoes score: 72%

Ready Player One is a 2018 American science fiction adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, based on the novel by Ernest Cline. Teenager Wade Owen Watts (Tye Sheridan), who frequents the ...more
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Rise of the Planet of the Apes is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies Of The 2010s Decade
James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow

Rotten Tomatoes score: 82%

Rise of the Apes is in pre-production as of May 2010. This origin story for a new franchise takes place in modern day San Francisco and will star James Franco. It is currently scheduled for a ...more
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Thor: Ragnarok is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

Thor: Ragnarok is a 2017 American superhero film directed by Taika Waititi. Four years after the events of Thor: The Dark World, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) must win a gladiatorial duel against an ...more
20
Venom is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Tom Hardy, Riz Ahmed, Michelle Williams

Rotten Tomatoes score: 29%

Venom is a 2018 American superhero film directed by Ruben Fleischer, based on the Marvel Comics character. The origin story of how reporter Eddie Brock transformed into Venom.
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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies Of The 2010s Decade
James Franco, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell

Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is a 2014 American science fiction film directed by Matt Reeves and written by Mark Bomback, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver. It stars Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary ...more
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The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo

Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%

Marvel's The Avengers is a 2012 American superhero film directed by Joss Whedon, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. Earth's mightiest heroes must come together and learn to fight as a ...more
23
X-Men: Days of Future Past is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman

Rotten Tomatoes score: 90%

X-Men: Days of Future Past is a 2014 science fiction action film written by Jane Goldman, Simon Kinberg and Matthew Vaughn; directed by Matthew Vaughn.
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Looper is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

Looper is a 2012 American science fiction action thriller film written and directed by Rian Johnson and starring Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Emily Blunt. In the film, time travel is ...more
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Annihilation is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez

Rotten Tomatoes score: 88%

Annihilation is a 2018 science fantasy action horror film directed by Alex Garland, based on the novel by Jeff VanderMeer. A biologist (Natalie Portman) signs up for a dangerous, secret ...more