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The Best New Sci-Fi Movies of the Last Few Years  

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List Rules Vote up the best science fiction movies released on or after January, 1 2015.

Modern science fiction movies provide audiences with a wide range of subject matter. The genre offers a lot of flexibility, as it is capable of telling stories set on Earth or in outer space. Often times, the two are combined, with aliens visiting our planet, as in Arrival, or by having earthlings journey to another planet, like in The Martian. Audiences have long enjoyed the speculative nature of sci-fi - the way it imagines amazing scientific breakthroughs, futuristic societies, interstellar battles, and more. It taps directly into our collective imagination.

The best new sci-fi films have continued this tradition. The genre has benefited from modern advancements in special effects technology. As CGI becomes more and more sophisticated, it's possible for movies to take on bigger ideas and to depict astonishing sights with more authenticity than ever before. Consequently, a couple of the more recent sci-fi movies have already come close to achieving "classic" status. 

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Alita: Battle Angel is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Movies of the Last Few Years
Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly
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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Blade Runner 2049 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Movies of the Last Few Years
Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright
Blade Runner 2049 is a 2017 American neo noir science fiction film directed by Denis Villeneuve, and a sequel to the 1982 film. A young blade runner's (Ryan Gosling) discovery of a long-buried ...more
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Ex Machina is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Movies of the Last Few Years
Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, Oscar Isaac
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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The Martian is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Movies of the Last Few Years
Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig
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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Mad Max: Fury Road is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Movies of the Last Few Years
Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Hugh Keays-Byrne
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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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Movies of the Last Few Years
Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed
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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War for the Planet of the Apes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Movies of the Last Few Years
Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn
This film is a 2017 science fiction film directed by Matt Reeves. Following the events of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014), Caesar (Andy Serkis) and the apes are embroiled in a conflict ...more
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A Quiet Place is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Movies of the Last Few Years
John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Noah Jupe
A Quiet Place is a 2018 American supernatural horror film directed by John Krasinski. A family living on a farm hides from a supernatural evil attracted to sound by avoiding making sound and ...more
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Star Wars: Episode VII - The F... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Movies of the Last Few Years
Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill
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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Ready Player One is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Movies of the Last Few Years
Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn
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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Arrival is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Movies of the Last Few Years
Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker
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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Tomorrowland is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Movies of the Last Few Years
George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, Tim McGraw
Tomorrowland is a 2015 American science-fiction mystery adventure film directed by Brad Bird. A disillusioned genius inventor (George Clooney) and a teenage science enthusiast (Britt Robertson) ...more
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Passengers is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Movies of the Last Few Years
Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt, Michael Sheen
Passengers is a 2016 romantic science fiction thriller film directed by Morten Tyldum and written by Jon Spaihts. It stars Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt as two people who awake, 90 years too ...more
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Solo: A Star Wars Story is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Movies of the Last Few Years
Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke
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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Sorry to Bother You is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Movies of the Last Few Years
Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Jermaine Fowler
Sorry to Bother You is a 2018 American sci-fi fantasy comedy film directed by Boots Riley. In an alternate reality of Oakland, California, a young African-American telemarketer (Lakeith ...more
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Star Trek Beyond is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Movies of the Last Few Years
Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana
Star Trek Beyond is a 2016 American science fiction adventure film directed by Justin Lin from a screenplay by Simon Pegg and Doug Jung, based on the series Star Trek, created by Gene ...more
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Ghost in the Shell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Movies of the Last Few Years
Ghost in the Shell is a 2017 science fiction action film directed by Rupert Sanders, based on the Japanese manga of the same name by Masamune Shirow. Cyborg counter-cyberterrorist field ...more
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Star Wars: Episode VIII - The ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Movies of the Last Few Years
Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver
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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Prospect is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Movies of the Last Few Years
Sophie Thatcher, Jay Duplass, Pedro Pascal
Prospect is a 2018 American science fiction film directed by Zeek Earl and Chris Caldwell. When a man (Jay Duplass) and his teenage daughter (Sophie Thatcher) travel to an alien moon with a ...more
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Upgrade is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Movies of the Last Few Years
Logan Marshall-Green, Betty Gabriel, Harrison Gilbertson
Upgrade is a 2018 Australian science fiction action horror film directed by Leigh Whannell. A self-identified technophobe (Logan Marshall-Green) in a near-future world uses an experimental ...more
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Okja is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Movies of the Last Few Years
Ahn Seo-hyun, Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano
Okja is a 2017 South Korean-American action-adventure film directed by Bong Joon-ho and co-written by Bong and Jon Ronson. A young girl named Mija risks everything to prevent a powerful, ...more
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Jurassic World is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Movies of the Last Few Years
Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt, Vincent D'Onofrio
Jurassic World is an upcoming 2015 American science fiction adventure film directed by Colin Trevorrow. It is the fourth installment in the Jurassic Park film series. The screenplay was ...more
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Midnight Special is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Movies of the Last Few Years
Kirsten Dunst, Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton
Midnight Special is an upcoming American science fiction film written and directed by Jeff Nichols. The film stars Adam Driver, Michael Shannon, Kirsten Dunst, and Joel Edgerton. It is Nichols' ...more
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10 Cloverfield Lane is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Movies of the Last Few Years
John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Gallagher
10 Cloverfield Lane is a 2016 American science fiction psychological thriller film directed by Dan Trachtenberg. The film was developed from a script titled The Cellar, but under production by ...more
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Logan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Movies of the Last Few Years
Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Richard E. Grant
Logan is a 2017 American superhero drama film featuring the Marvel Comics character Wolverine. It is the 10th installment in the X-Men film series and the third and final Wolverine solo film ...more