The Best Sci-Fi Drama Movies, Ranked

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Vote up your favorite drama movies set in a science fiction universe.

This list contains information on the best sci fi drama movies, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best sci fi drama films come in many forms. Some good sci fi drama films take place in outer-space while other good science fiction drama movies feature out of this world technologies. Many of the best sci fi drama films have won awards.

What films will you find on this top sci fi drama movies list? Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind has to be near the top. Director Michel Gondry and writer Charlie Kaufman joined forces to create beautiful film about love, heartbreak, and the dangers of a yet-to-be invented memory-wiping system. Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet kept the movie grounded with their fantastic performances. Donnie Darko is another good film that combines drama and sci fi.

Her finds a man falling in love with his O.S. In the not-too-distant future. Other great sci-fi drama movies featured on this list include Predestination, Gattaca, and Never Let Me Go.

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  • In Earth's future, a global crop blight and second Dust Bowl are slowly rendering the planet uninhabitable. Professor Brand (Michael Caine), a brilliant NASA physicist, is working on plans to save ...more
  • 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 ...more
  • An imposing black structure provides a connection between the past and the future in this enigmatic adaptation of a short story by revered sci-fi author Arthur C. Clarke. When Dr. Dave Bowman (Keir ...more
  • IO is a 2019 American science fiction film directed by Jonathan Helpert. With the final shuttle scheduled to leave the planet, a teenage girl (Margaret Qualley) must decide whether to journey to the ...more
  • Vincent Freeman (Ethan Hawke) has always fantasized about traveling into outer space, but is grounded by his status as a genetically inferior "in-valid." He decides to fight his fate by purchasing ...more
  • Predestination is a 2014 Australian science fiction film, written and directed by Michael and Peter Spierig. The film is based on the Robert A. Heinlein short story "—All You Zombies—", and stars ...more
  • In this Zemeckis-directed adaptation of the Carl Sagan novel, Dr. Ellie Arroway (Jodie Foster) races to interpret a possible message originating from the Vega star system. Once first contact with an ...more
  • 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
  • Following her release from prison, a morose young woman (Brit Marling) seeks out the man (William Mapother) whose life she shattered in a car accident several years earlier.
  • In modern-day Egypt, professor Daniel Jackson (James Spader) teams up with retired Army Col. Jack O'Neil (Kurt Russell) to unlock the code of an interstellar gateway to an ancient Egypt-like world. ...more
  • A man (Hugh Jackman) travels through time on a quest for immortality and to save the woman (Rachel Weisz) he loves. As a 16th-century conquistador, Tomas searches for the legendary Fountain of Youth. ...more
  • Based on a story by famed science fiction writer Philip K. Dick, "Minority Report" is an action-detective thriller set in Washington D.C. in 2054, where police utilize a psychic technology to arrest ...more
  • In 2092 the last mortal human (Jared Leto) on Earth reflects on his long past and thinks about the lives he might have led.
  • Astronaut Sam Bell's (Sam Rockwell) three-year shift at a lunar mine is finally coming to an end, and he's looking forward to his reunion with his wife (Dominique McElligott) and young daughter. ...more
  • Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson) a programmer at a huge Internet company, wins a contest that enables him to spend a week at the private estate of Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac), his firm's brilliant ...more
  • After a painful breakup, Clementine (Kate Winslet) undergoes a procedure to erase memories of her former boyfriend Joel (Jim Carrey) from her mind. When Joel discovers that Clementine is going to ...more
  • The Vast of Night is a 2020 retro-science fiction film directed by Andrew Patterson. In the twilight of the 1950s, a young switchboard operator (Sierra McCormick) and charismatic radio DJ (Jake ...more
  • In this Japanese animation, cyborg federal agent Maj. Motoko Kusanagi (Mimi Woods) trails "The Puppet Master" (Abe Lasser), who illegally hacks into the computerized minds of cyborg-human hybrids. ...more
  • In a funny, moving and distinctly mind-bending journey through suburban America, one extraordinary but disenchanted teenager is about to take Time's Arrow for a ride. After surviving a freak ...more
  • John Murdoch (Rufus Sewell) awakens alone in a strange hotel to find that he is wanted for a series of brutal murders. The problem is that he can't remember whether he committed the murders or not. ...more
  • Blade Runner 2049 is a 2017 neo-noir science fiction film directed by Denis Villeneuve. It is the sequel to Blade Runner and will have Harrison Ford reprise his role as Rick Deckard. Thirty years ...more
  • Disguising herself as a human female, an extraterrestrial (Scarlett Johansson) drives around Scotland and tries to lure unsuspecting men into her van.
  • In the year 2077, Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) works as a security repairman on an Earth left empty and devastated after a war with aliens. Jack has two weeks left before his mission ends and he joins ...more
  • Tells the story of a mysterious patient (Kevin Spacey) at a mental hospital who claims to be from a distant planet called K-PAX. As his psychiatrist (Jeff Bridges) tries to figure out exactly how to ...more
  • When astronauts blast off from the planet Mars, they leave behind Mark Watney (Matt Damon), presumed dead after a fierce storm. With only a meager amount of supplies, the stranded visitor must ...more