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The Best Science Fiction Movies of 2011  

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List of the best 2011 science fiction movies, ranked by how many upvotes they've received by other fans of the genre. Sci-fi movies are always a solid choice if you're in the mood for watching aliens, mutants, creatures from beyond space and anything else you normally wouldn't see in a film. These are all the science fiction movies that defined the year 2011, so vote for your favorites and help them rise to the top. This poll is also a great resource for finding new movies that you haven't already seen, especially since you can watch trailers for each film right on this page. To make sure this list is as accurate as possible, please don't downvote a movie if you haven't seen it.

List is made up of many different movies, including Captain America: The First Avenger and X-Men: First Class. This isn't necessarily a list of all science fiction movies from 2011, but it does contain all the ones worth watching.
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Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender

Released: 2011

Directed by: Matthew Vaughn

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Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Tommy Lee Jones

Released: 2011

Directed by: Joe Johnston

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Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston

Released: 2011

Directed by: Kenneth Branagh

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James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow

Released: 2011

Directed by: Rupert Wyatt

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Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Jon Stewart

Released: 2011

Directed by: George Nolfi

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Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly, Kevin Durand

Released: 2011

Directed by: Shawn Levy

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Elle Fanning, AJ Michalka, Kyle Chandler

Released: 2011

Directed by: J.J. Abrams

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Michelle Rodriguez, Bridget Moynahan, Shaffer Smith

Released: 2011

Directed by: Jonathan Liebesman

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Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga

Released: 2011

Directed by: Duncan Jones

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Steven Spielberg, Sigourney Weaver, Kristen Wiig

Released: 2011

Directed by: Greg Mottola

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Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Eric Christian Olsen, Joel Edgerton

Released: 2011

Directed by: Matthijs van Heijningen, Jr.

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Shia LaBeouf, John Malkovich

Released: 2011

Directed by: Michael Bay

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Warren Christie, Michael Kopsa, Andrew Airlie

Released: 2011

Directed by: Gonzalo López-Gallego

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Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Matt Damon

Released: 2011

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

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Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Bruce Lee

Released: 2011

Directed by: Neil Burger

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Olivia Wilde, Amanda Seyfried, Justin Timberlake

Released: 2011

Directed by: Andrew Niccol

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Dianna Agron, Teresa Palmer, Alex Pettyfer

Released: 2011

Directed by: D. J. Caruso

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Olivia Wilde, Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig

Released: 2011

Directed by: Jon Favreau filmography

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Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds, Angela Bassett

Released: 2011

Directed by: Martin Campbell

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Maggie Q, Lily Collins, Christopher Plummer

Released: 2011

Directed by: Scott Stewart

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Nicolas Cage, Christopher Lee, Ron Perlman

Released: 2011

Directed by: Brett Ratner, Dominic Sena

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Nick Frost, John Boyega, Luke Treadaway

Released: 2011

Directed by: Joe Cornish

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Shannyn Sossamon, Dominic Monaghan, Shawn Ashmore

Released: 2011

Directed by: Doug Aarniokoski

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Rachael Taylor, Emile Hirsch, Greg Kinnear

Released: 2011

Directed by: Chris Gorak

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Will Ferrell, David Cross, Kevin Bailey

Released: 2011

Directed by: Simon J. Smith