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

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Updated December 6, 2019 7.4k votes 981 voters 3.7k views 61 items

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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The Martian is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Movies of the Last Few Years
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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 rely on his ingenuity to find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Michael Peña, + more

Released: 2015

Directed by: Ridley Scott

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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
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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 secret leads him to track down former blade runner Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), who's been missing for thirty years. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright, Dave Bautista, Sylvia Hoeks, + more

Released: 2017

Directed by: Denis Villeneuve

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Arrival is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Movies of the Last Few Years
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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 Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Forest Whitaker. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg, Tzi Ma

Directed by: Denis Villeneuve

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Ex Machina is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Movies of the Last Few Years
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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 experiment in synthetic intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breath-taking humanoid A.I. (Alicia Vikander). ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, Oscar Isaac

Released: 2015

Directed by: Alex Garland

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