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

Updated November 2, 2020 6.9k votes 1.5k voters 8.0k views85 items

List RulesVote up the best science fiction movies released on or after January, 1 2018.

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 or by having earthlings journey to another planet. 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. Check back as the latest new sci-fi movies are added to this list.

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    A Quiet Place
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    A Quiet Place

    John Krasinski, Emily Blunt

    Released2018

    Directed byJohn Krasinski

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    Ready Player One
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    Ready Player One

    Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke

    Released2018

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    Alita: Battle Angel
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    Alita: Battle Angel

    Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz

    Released2019

    Directed byRobert Rodriguez

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    Annihilation
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    Annihilation

    Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh

    Released2018

    Directed byAlex Garland

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    Upgrade
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    Logan Marshall-Green, Betty Gabriel

    Released2018

    Directed byLeigh Whannell

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    Avengers: Infinity War
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    Avengers: Infinity War

    Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth

    Released2018

    Directed byAnthony Russo, Joe Russo

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    Black Panther
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    Black Panther

    Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan

    Released2018

    Directed byRyan Coogler

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    Avengers: Endgame
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    Avengers: Endgame

    Robert Downey Jr, Josh Brolin

    Released2019

    Directed byAnthony Russo, Joe Russo

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    Wonder Woman 1984
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    Wonder Woman 1984

    Gal Gadot, Kristen Wiig

    Released2020

    Directed byPatty Jenkins

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    Ant-Man and the Wasp
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    Ant-Man and the Wasp

    Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly

    Directed byPeyton Reed

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    Captain Marvel
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    Captain Marvel

    Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released2019

    Directed byAnna Boden, Ryan Fleck

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    Sonic the Hedgehog
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    Sonic the Hedgehog

    James Marsden, Ben Schwartz

    Released2020

    Directed byJeff Fowler

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    Bloodshot
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    Bloodshot

    Vin Diesel, Sam Heughan

    Released2020

    Directed byDave Wilson

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  • 14
    The Cloverfield Paradox
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    The Cloverfield Paradox

    Daniel Brühl, Elizabeth Debicki

    Released2018

    Directed byJulius Onah

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    Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker

    Released2019

    Directed byJ. J. Abrams

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    Solo: A Star Wars Story
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    Solo: A Star Wars Story

    Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson

    Released2018

    Directed byRon Howard

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    Freaks
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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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    Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
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    Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

    Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard

    Released2018

    Directed byJ. A. Bayona

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    Venom
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    Venom

    Tom Hardy, Riz Ahmed

    Released2018

    Directed byRuben Fleischer

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    Sorry to Bother You
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    Sorry to Bother You

    Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson

    Released2018

    Directed byBoots Riley

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    Mortal Engines
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    Mortal Engines

    Hera Hilmar, Robert Sheehan

    Released2018

    Directed byChristian Rivers

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    Prospect
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    Prospect

    Sophie Thatcher, Jay Duplass

    Released2018

    Directed byZeek Earl, Chris Caldwell

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    Godzilla: King of the Monsters
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    Godzilla: King of the Monsters

    Vera Farmiga, Ken Watanabe

    Released2019

    Directed byMichael Dougherty

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    Pacific Rim: Uprising
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    Pacific Rim: Uprising

    John Boyega, Scott Eastwood

    Released2018

    Directed bySteven S. DeKnight

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    The Predator
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    The Predator

    Boyd Holbrook, Olivia Munn

    Released(2018)

    Directed byShane Black

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