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The Best Sci-Fi Movies of the '90s

Updated November 5, 2019 7.4k votes 719 voters 17.9k views51 items

List RulesVote up your favorite science fiction films that were released in the 1990s

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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    The Matrix
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    The Matrix

    Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving

    Released1999

    Directed byAndy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

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    Terminator 2: Judgment Day
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    Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong

    Released1991

    Directed byJames Cameron

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    Jurassic Park
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    Jurassic Park

    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1993

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    The Fifth Element
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    The Fifth Element

    Milla Jovovich, Bruce Willis

    Released1997

    Directed byLuc Besson

    The Fifth Element is a 1997 English-language French science fiction action film directed and... more on Wikipedia
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    Independence Day
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    Independence Day

    Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1996

    Directed byRoland Emmerich

    Independence Day is a 1996 American science fiction disaster film co-written and directed by... more on Wikipedia
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    Stargate
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    Stargate

    Kurt Russell, James Spader

    Released1994

    Directed byRoland Emmerich

    Stargate is a 1994 French-American adventure science fiction film released through... more on Wikipedia
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    Men in Black
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    Men in Black

    Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone

    Released1997

    Directed byBarry Sonnenfeld

    Men in Black is a 1997 American science fiction action comedy film directed by Barry... more on Wikipedia

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    Total Recall
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    Total Recall

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone

    Released1990

    Directed byPaul Verhoeven

    Total Recall is a 1990 American science fiction action film directed by Paul Verhoeven. In... more on Wikipedia
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    12 Monkeys
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    12 Monkeys

    Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis

    Released1995

    Directed byTerry Gilliam

    12 Monkeys, also known as Twelve Monkeys, is a 1995 American science fiction film directed by... more on Wikipedia
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    Starship Troopers
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    Starship Troopers

    Neil Patrick Harris, Denise Richards

    Released1997

    Directed byPaul Verhoeven

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    Star Trek: First Contact
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    Star Trek: First Contact

    Patrick Stewart, James Cromwell

    Released1996

    Directed byJonathan Frakes

    Star Trek: First Contact is a 1996 American science fiction film released by Paramount... more on Wikipedia
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    Demolition Man
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    Demolition Man

    Sandra Bullock, Sylvester Stallone

    Released1993

    Directed byMarco Brambilla

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    Back to the Future Part III
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    Back to the Future Part III

    Michael J. Fox, Elisabeth Shue

    Released1990

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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    Dark City
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    Dark City

    Jennifer Connelly, Kiefer Sutherland

    Released1998

    Directed byAlex Proyas

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    Galaxy Quest
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    Galaxy Quest

    Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman

    Released1999

    Directed byDean Parisot

    Galaxy Quest is a 1999 American science fiction action comedy film directed by Dean Parisot... more on Wikipedia
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    Gattaca
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    Gattaca

    Uma Thurman, Jude Law

    Released1997

    Directed byAndrew Niccol

    Gattaca is a 1997 American science fiction film written and directed by Andrew Niccol. It... more on Wikipedia

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    Contact
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    Contact

    Matthew McConaughey, Jodie Foster

    Released1997

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

    Contact is a 1997 American science fiction drama film directed by Robert Zemeckis. It is a... more on Wikipedia
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    Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
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    Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

    William Shatner, Kim Cattrall

    Released1991

    Directed byNicholas Meyer

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    Armageddon
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    Armageddon

    Ben Affleck, Bruce Willis

    Released1998

    Directed byMichael Bay

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  • 20
    The X-Files
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    The X-Files

    Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny

    Released1998

    Directed byRob Bowman

    The X-Files is a 1998 American science fiction film written by Chris Carter and Frank... more on Wikipedia

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    Event Horizon
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    Event Horizon

    Laurence Fishburne, Jason Isaacs

    Released1997

    Directed byPaul W. S. Anderson

    Event Horizon is a 1997 British-American science fiction horror film. The screenplay was... more on Wikipedia
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    Cube
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    Cube

    Nicole de Boer, Julian Richings

    Released1997

    Directed byVincenzo Natali

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    Escape from L.A.
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    Escape from L.A.

    Kurt Russell, Steve Buscemi

    Released1996

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

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    The Lost World: Jurassic Park
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    The Lost World: Jurassic Park

    Julianne Moore, Steven Spielberg

    Released1997

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    Mars Attacks!
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    Mars Attacks!

    Natalie Portman, Jack Nicholson

    Released1996

    Directed byTim Burton

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