Total Nerd The Best '90s Sci-Fi Movies  

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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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Terminator 2: Judgment Day is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '90s Sci-Fi Movies
Terminator 2: Judgment Day Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton Terminator 2: Judgment Day is a 1991 American science fiction action thriller film written, produced and directed by James Cameron. The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Robert ...more

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The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '90s Sci-Fi Movies
The Matrix Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss The Matrix is a 1999 American-Australian science fiction action film written and directed by The Wachowskis, starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, and Joe ...more

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Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '90s Sci-Fi Movies
Jurassic Park Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough Jurassic Park is a 1993 American science fiction adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg. It is the first installment of the Jurassic Park franchise. It is based on the 1990 novel of the ...more

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The Fifth Element is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '90s Sci-Fi Movies
The Fifth Element Milla Jovovich, Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman The Fifth Element is a 1997 English-language French science fiction action film directed and co-written by Luc Besson. It stars Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman and Milla Jovovich. Mostly set in the ...more

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Stargate Kurt Russell, James Spader, Djimon Hounsou Stargate is a 1994 French-American adventure science fiction film released through Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Carolco Pictures. Created by Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich, the film is the first ...more

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Men in Black is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '90s Sci-Fi Movies
Men in Black Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone, Steven Spielberg Men in Black is a 1997 American science fiction action comedy film directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, produced by Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald and starring Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith. ...more

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Total Recall Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside Total Recall is a 1990 American science fiction action film directed by Paul Verhoeven, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rachel Ticotin, and Sharon Stone. The film is loosely based on the Philip ...more

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Independence Day is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '90s Sci-Fi Movies
Independence Day Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox Independence Day is a 1996 American science fiction disaster film co-written and directed by Roland Emmerich. The film stars Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Mary McDonnell, Judd Hirsch, ...more

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12 Monkeys Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, Christopher Plummer 12 Monkeys, also known as Twelve Monkeys, is a 1995 American science fiction film directed by Terry Gilliam, inspired by Chris Marker's 1962 short film La Jetée, and starring Bruce ...more

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Contact Matthew McConaughey, Jodie Foster, Jay Leno Contact is a 1997 American science fiction drama film directed by Robert Zemeckis. It is a film adaptation of Carl Sagan's 1985 novel of the same name; Sagan and his wife Ann Druyan wrote the ...more

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Starship Troopers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '90s Sci-Fi Movies
Starship Troopers Neil Patrick Harris, Denise Richards, Amy Smart Starship Troopers is a 1997 American military science fiction action film directed by Paul Verhoeven and written by Edward Neumeier, originally from an unrelated script called Bug Hunt at ...more

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Dark City is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '90s Sci-Fi Movies
Dark City Jennifer Connelly, Kiefer Sutherland, Melissa George Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Dark City is a 1998 neo-noir science fiction film directed by Alex Proyas. The screenplay was written by Proyas, Lem Dobbs and David S. Goyer. The film stars Rufus Sewell, Kiefer Sutherland, ...more

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Galaxy Quest Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tim Allen Galaxy Quest is a 1999 American science fiction action comedy film directed by Dean Parisot and written by David Howard and Robert Gordon. The film follows the adventures of a troupe of actors ...more

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Gattaca Uma Thurman, Jude Law, Ethan Hawke Gattaca is a 1997 American science fiction film written and directed by Andrew Niccol. It stars Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman, with Jude Law, Loren Dean, Ernest Borgnine, Gore Vidal, and Alan ...more

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Armageddon Ben Affleck, Bruce Willis, Liv Tyler Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Armageddon is a 1998 American science fiction disaster thriller film, directed by Michael Bay, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, and released by Touchstone Pictures. The film follows a group of ...more

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Event Horizon Laurence Fishburne, Jason Isaacs, Sam Neill Event Horizon is a 1997 British-American science fiction horror film. The screenplay was written by Philip Eisner and directed by Paul W. S. Anderson. The film stars Laurence Fishburne and Sam ...more

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Demolition Man Sandra Bullock, Sylvester Stallone, Jack Black Demolition Man is a 1993 American science fiction action film directed by Marco Brambilla in his directorial debut. The film stars Sylvester Stallone and Wesley Snipes. The film was released in ...more

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The Rocketeer 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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Star Trek: First Contact Patrick Stewart, James Cromwell, Alfre Woodard Star Trek: First Contact is a 1996 American science fiction film released by Paramount Pictures. It is the eighth feature film based on Star Trek, and the first film to feature no cast members ...more

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The X-Files Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny, Blythe Danner The X-Files is a 1998 American science fiction film written by Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz, and directed by Rob Bowman. It is the first feature film based on The X-Files series created by ...more

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Back to the Future Part III Michael J. Fox, Elisabeth Shue, Christopher Lloyd Back to the Future Part III is a 1990 American science fiction Western film. It is the third and final installment of the Back to the Future trilogy. The film was directed by Robert Zemeckis and ...more

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Soldier 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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Mars Attacks! 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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Predator 2 Gary Busey, Bill Paxton, Danny Glover Predator 2 is a 1990 American science fiction action horror film written by Jim and John Thomas, directed by Stephen Hopkins, and starring Danny Glover and Kevin Peter Hall. The film is a sequel ...more

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Deep Impact 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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Star Trek Generations 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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Sphere 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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Outbreak 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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The Lost World: Jurassic Park 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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Species is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best '90s Sci-Fi Movies
Species 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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Mimic 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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Universal Soldier 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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Darkman 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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The Arrival 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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Waterworld is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best '90s Sci-Fi Movies
Waterworld 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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Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country William Shatner, Kim Cattrall, Leonard Nimoy Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country is a 1991 American science fiction film. It is the sixth feature film based on Star Trek, is a sequel to Star Trek V: The Final Frontier and was the last ...more

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Strange Days Ralph Fiennes, Angela Bassett, Juliette Lewis Strange Days is a 1995 American science fiction action thriller film directed by Kathryn Bigelow. Co-written and produced by James Cameron and co-written by Jay Cocks, it stars Ralph Fiennes, ...more

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Timecop Jean-Claude Van Damme, Mia Sara, Ron Silver Timecop is a 1994 science fiction action film directed by Peter Hyams and co-written by Mike Richardson and Mark Verheiden. Richardson also served as executive producer. The film is based on ...more

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Cube 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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Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace 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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RoboCop 2 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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Escape from L.A. 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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Fire in the Sky James Garner, Robert Patrick, Peter Berg Fire in the Sky 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 ...more

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Existenz 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

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The City of Lost Children Ron Perlman, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Dominique Pinon The City of Lost Children is a 1995 French-German-Spanish science fantasy drama film directed by Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet and starring Ron Perlman, who does not speak French, and ...more

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The Lawnmower Man Pierce Brosnan, Dean Norris, Geoffrey Lewis The Lawnmower Man is a 1992 American science fiction action horror film directed by Brett Leonard and written by Brett Leonard and Gimel Everett. The film is named after a Stephen King short ...more

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Alien 3 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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Virtuosity Kaley Cuoco, Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe Virtuosity is a 1995 science fiction action film directed by Brett Leonard, written by Eric Bernt, and produced by Gary Lucchesi. The film stars Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Kelly Lynch, ...more

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Open Your Eyes Penélope Cruz, Eduardo Noriega, Najwa Nimri Abre los Ojos is a 1997 Spanish film co-written, co-scored and directed by Alejandro Amenábar and co-written by Mateo Gil. It stars Eduardo Noriega, Penélope Cruz, Fele ...more

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Hardware Iggy Pop, Dylan McDermott, Ian Fraser Kilmister Hardware is a 1990 British-American post-apocalyptic science fiction horror film directed by Richard Stanley and starring Dylan McDermott. Inspired by a short story in 2000 AD, the film depicts ...more