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The Best New Sci-Fi Movies Of The Last Few Years

Updated October 13, 2020 12.1k votes 1.5k voters 7.5k views45 items

List RulesVote 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. 

Vote up your favorites from this list of new sci-fi movies. If you don't see one of your favorites included here, add it. Don't forget to check back later on to see how other users rank your pick.

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    Blade Runner 2049 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Movies Of The Last Few Years
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    Blade Runner 2049

    Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling

    Released2017

    Directed byDenis Villeneuve

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    A Quiet Place is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Movies Of The Last Few Years
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    A Quiet Place

    John Krasinski, Emily Blunt

    Released2018

    Directed byJohn Krasinski

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    Ready Player One is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Movies Of The Last Few Years
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    Ready Player One

    Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke

    Released2018

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    Alita: Battle Angel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Movies Of The Last Few Years
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    Alita: Battle Angel

    Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz

    Released2019

    Directed byRobert Rodriguez

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    Star Trek Beyond is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Movies Of The Last Few Years
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    Star Trek Beyond

    Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto

    Directed byJustin Lin

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    War for the Planet of the Apes is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Movies Of The Last Few Years
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    War for the Planet of the Apes

    Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson

    Directed byMatt Reeves

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    10 Cloverfield Lane is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Movies Of The Last Few Years
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    10 Cloverfield Lane

    John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead

    Released2016

    Directed byDan Trachtenberg

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    Thor: Ragnarok is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Movies Of The Last Few Years
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    Thor: Ragnarok

    Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston

    Released2017

    Directed byTaika Waititi

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    Logan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Movies Of The Last Few Years
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    Logan

    Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart

    Directed byJames Mangold

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    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Movies Of The Last Few Years
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    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana

    Released2017

    Directed byJames Gunn

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    Annihilation is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Movies Of The Last Few Years
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    Annihilation

    Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh

    Released2018

    Directed byAlex Garland

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    Life is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Movies Of The Last Few Years
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    Life

    Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson

    Directed byDaniel Espinosa

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    Upgrade is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Movies Of The Last Few Years
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    Logan Marshall-Green, Betty Gabriel

    Released2018

    Directed byLeigh Whannell

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    Ghost in the Shell is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Movies Of The Last Few Years
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    Alien: Covenant is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Movies Of The Last Few Years
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    Alien: Covenant

    Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston

    Released2017

    Directed byRidley Scott

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    Valerian and the City of a Tho is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Movies Of The Last Few Years
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    Directed byLuc Besson

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    Solo: A Star Wars Story is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Movies Of The Last Few Years
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    Solo: A Star Wars Story

    Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson

    Released2018

    Directed byRon Howard

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    Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Movies Of The Last Few Years
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    Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

    Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard

    Released2018

    Directed byJ. A. Bayona

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    Freaks is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Movies Of The Last Few Years
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    Freaks

    Lexy Kolker Emile Hirsch Bruce Dern Grace Park Amanda Crew

    Released2019

    Directed byAdam Stein, Zach Lipovsky

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    Star Wars: The Last Jedi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Movies Of The Last Few Years
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    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher

    Directed byRian Johnson

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    Mortal Engines is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Movies Of The Last Few Years
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    Mortal Engines

    Hera Hilmar, Robert Sheehan

    Released2018

    Directed byChristian Rivers

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    Bright is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Movies Of The Last Few Years
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    Bright

    Will Smith, Joel Edgerton

    Released2017

    Directed byDavid Ayer

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    Okja is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Movies Of The Last Few Years
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    Okja

    Ahn Seo-hyun, Tilda Swinton

    Directed byBong Joon-ho

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    Venom is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Movies Of The Last Few Years
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    Venom

    Tom Hardy, Riz Ahmed

    Released2018

    Directed byRuben Fleischer

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    Colossal is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Movies Of The Last Few Years
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    Colossal

    Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis

    Directed byNacho Vigalondo

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