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The Best Sci-Fi Movies of the '90s  

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With the rise of computer graphics technology for special effects, '90s science fiction films took the sci-fi genre to a whole new level, creating some of the biggest blockbusters in film history, including Jurassic Park, The Matrix, and Terminator 2: Judgment Day

The mind-blowing special effects of Terminator 2 got '90s sci-fi movies off to a solid start, followed by the even more impressive feat of bringing dinosaurs to life on the big screen in Jurassic Park. If you're a Will Smith fan, you already know that he was certainly at his peak during this time with two alien invasion features: Men In Black and Independence Day. Of course, if you like movies about the world coming to an end, then a 1990s sci-fi movies list isn't complete without Armageddon and Deep Impact

Other major blockbusters, such as Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace and The Lost World: Jurassic Park, brought in a ton of studio money. 1995's Waterworld, was even turned into a live attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood in California! Vote up the best '90s sci-fi films below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section! 
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Charlie Sheen, Teri Polo, Ron Silver
The Arrival is a 1996 science fiction film directed by David Twohy and starring Charlie Sheen, and co-starring Lindsay Crouse, Ron Silver, Teri Polo, and Richard Schiff. Sheen stars as radio ...more
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Jennifer Connelly, Timothy Dalton, Alan Arkin
The Rocketeer is a 1991 American period superhero film produced by Walt Disney Pictures and based on the character of the same name created by comic book writer/artist Dave Stevens. Directed by ...more
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Nicole de Boer, Julian Richings, David Hewlett
Cube is a 1997 Canadian science fiction psychological horror film, directed and co-written by Vincenzo Natali. The film was a successful product of the Canadian Film Centre's First Feature
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Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey, Dustin Hoffman
Outbreak is a 1995 American medical disaster film directed by Wolfgang Petersen and based on Richard Preston's non-fiction book The Hot Zone. The film stars Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo, and ...more
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Waterworld is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies of the '90s
Kevin Costner, Jack Black, Dennis Hopper
Waterworld is a 1995 American post-apocalyptic science fiction action film directed by Kevin Reynolds and co-written by Peter Rader and David Twohy. It was based on Rader's original 1986 ...more
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Sharon Stone, Samuel L. Jackson, Dustin Hoffman
Sphere is a 1998 science fiction psychological thriller film, directed and produced by Barry Levinson and starring Dustin Hoffman, Sharon Stone, and Samuel L. Jackson. Sphere was based on the ...more
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Natalie Portman, Jack Nicholson, Sarah Jessica Parker
Mars Attacks! is a 1996 American comic science fiction film directed by Tim Burton and written by Jonathan Gems. Based on the cult trading card series of the same name, the film features an ...more
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Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundren, Jerry Orbach
Universal Soldier is a 1992 American science fiction action film directed by Roland Emmerich. The film stars Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren as soldiers who kill each other in Vietnam ...more
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Ralph Fiennes, Angela Bassett, Juliette Lewis
Strange Days is a 1995 American science fiction action thriller film directed by Kathryn Bigelow. It stars Ralph Fiennes, Angela Bassett, Juliette Lewis, Tom Sizemore, Vincent D'Onofrio, and ...more
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Julianne Moore, Steven Spielberg, Camilla Belle
The Lost World: Jurassic Park is a 1997 American science fiction adventure directed by Steven Spielberg. It is the second installment in the Jurassic Park franchise. The film was produced by ...more
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Morgan Freeman, Robert Duvall, Elijah Wood
Deep Impact is a 1998 American science fiction disaster film directed by Mimi Leder, written by Bruce Joel Rubin and Michael Tolkin, and starring Robert Duvall, Téa Leoni, Elijah Wood, ...more
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Escape from L.A. is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies of the '90s
Kurt Russell, Steve Buscemi, Pam Grier
Escape from L.A. is a 1996 American science fiction action film co-written, co-scored, and directed by John Carpenter, co-written and produced by Debra Hill and Kurt Russell, with Russell also ...more
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Species is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies of the '90s
Michelle Williams, Ben Kingsley, Natasha Henstridge
Species is a 1995 American science fiction horror film directed by Roger Donaldson, and starring Natasha Henstridge, Ben Kingsley, Michael Madsen, Alfred Molina, Forest Whitaker and Marg ...more
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Josh Brolin, Mira Sorvino, Norman Reedus
Mimic is an American 1997 science fiction horror film co-written and directed by Guillermo del Toro, based on a short story of the same name by Donald A. Wollheim. Del Toro was unhappy with the ...more
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Patrick Stewart, William Shatner, Malcolm McDowell
Star Trek Generations is a 1994 American science fiction film released by Paramount Pictures. Generations is the seventh feature film based on Star Trek, and is the first film in the series to ...more
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Kurt Russell, Gary Busey, Jason Isaacs
Soldier is a 1998 American science fiction action film directed by Paul Anderson, written by David Webb Peoples, and starring Kurt Russell, Jason Scott Lee, Jason Isaacs, Connie Nielsen, Sean ...more
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Natalie Portman, Keira Knightley, Ewan McGregor
(32 Years Before Episode IV) Stranded on the desert planet Tatooine after rescuing young Queen Amidala from the impending invasion of Naboo, Jedi apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi and his Jedi Master ...more
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Darkman is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies of the '90s
Liam Neeson, Frances McDormand, Bruce Campbell
Darkman is a 1990 American superhero action film directed and co-written by Sam Raimi. It is based on a short story Raimi wrote that paid homage to Universal's horror films of the 1930s. The ...more
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Johnny Mnemonic is a 1995 Canadian-American cyberpunk action thriller film directed by Robert Longo in his directorial debut. The film stars Keanu Reeves and Dolph Lundgren. The film is based on ...more
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Sigourney Weaver, Charles Dance, Paul McGann
Alien 3 is a 1992 American science-fiction horror film and the debut feature film of director David Fincher. The film is the third installment of the Alien film series. The film takes place ...more
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James Garner, Robert Patrick, Peter Berg
This film is a 1993 science fiction horror drama film based on an alleged extraterrestrial encounter, directed by Robert Lieberman, and written by Tracy Tormé based on Travis Walton's ...more
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Peter Weller, Leeza Gibbons, Nancy Allen
RoboCop 2 is a 1990 American cyberpunk action film directed by Irvin Kershner and starring Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Dan O'Herlihy, Belinda Bauer, Tom Noonan and Gabriel Damon. Set in the near ...more
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The Thirteenth Floor is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies of the '90s
jsmusicprincess85 added Gretchen Mol, Vincent D'Onofrio, Shiri Appleby
The Thirteenth Floor is a 1999 film directed by Josef Rusnak.
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JayFend added Naomi Watts, Ice-T, Iggy Pop
Tank Girl is a 1995 American science fiction action comedy film directed by Rachel Talalay, loosely based on Alan Martin and Jamie Hewlett's comic series of the same name, which originated in ...more
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Jude Law, Willem Dafoe, Jennifer Jason Leigh
Existenz is a 1999 Canadian science fiction body horror film written, produced, and directed by Canadian director David Cronenberg. It stars Jennifer Jason Leigh and Jude Law. As in Videodrome, ...more