Total Nerd The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked  

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List Rules 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.

Do you have a favorite drama sci-fi movie? Give the best films a thumbs up and share your thoughts in the comments section.

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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is a 1982 American science fiction-family film co-produced and directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Melissa Mathison, featuring special effects by Carlo ...more

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Interstellar is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
Interstellar Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Damon Interstellar is a British-American 2014 science fiction epic film directed by Christopher Nolan, starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain and Michael Caine. The film ...more

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Contact is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
Contact Matthew McConaughey, Jodie Foster, Jay Leno Contact is a 1997 American science fiction drama film directed by Robert Zemeckis. It is a film adaptation of Carl Sagan's 1985 novel of the same name; Sagan and his wife Ann Druyan wrote the ...more

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Donnie Darko is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
Donnie Darko Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale, Jake Gyllenhaal Donnie Darko is a 2001 American supernatural drama film written and directed by Richard Kelly and starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Drew Barrymore, Patrick Swayze, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Noah Wyle, Jena ...more

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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotle... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Carrey Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a 2004 American romantic science-fiction comedy-drama film about an estranged couple who have each other erased from their memories, written by Charlie ...more

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Prometheus is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
Prometheus Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba Prometheus is a 2012 science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott, written by Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof, and starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Logan ...more

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Dark City is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
Dark City Jennifer Connelly, Kiefer Sutherland, Melissa George Dark City is a 1998 neo-noir science fiction film directed by Alex Proyas. The screenplay was written by Proyas, Lem Dobbs and David S. Goyer. The film stars Rufus Sewell, Kiefer Sutherland, ...more

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Arrival is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
Arrival 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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Ex Machina is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
Ex Machina 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) 10 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
The Martian 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 dead, and must ...more

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Gravity is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
Gravity Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris Gravity is a 2013 science fiction thriller film directed, co-written, and produced by Alfonso Cuarón. It stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as astronauts, and sees them stranded in ...more

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Moon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
Moon Kevin Spacey, Mary Tyler Moore, Kaya Scodelario Moon is a 2009 British science fiction drama film co-written and directed by Duncan Jones. The film follows Sam Bell, a man who experiences a personal crisis as he nears the end of a three-year ...more

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Minority Report is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
Minority Report Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell Minority Report is a 2002 American neo-noir science fiction mystery-thriller film directed by Steven Spielberg and loosely based on the short story of the same name by Philip K. Dick. It is set ...more

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Children of Men is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
Children of Men Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Michael Caine Children of Men is a 2006 science fiction thriller film directed and co-written by Alfonso Cuarón. The screenplay, based on P. D. James's 1992 novel of the same name, was credited to five ...more

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Gattaca is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
Gattaca Uma Thurman, Jude Law, Ethan Hawke Gattaca is a 1997 American science fiction film written and directed by Andrew Niccol. It stars Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman, with Jude Law, Loren Dean, Ernest Borgnine, Gore Vidal, and Alan ...more

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The Fountain is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
The Fountain Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz, Ellen Burstyn The Fountain is a 2006 American drama film that blends elements of fantasy, history, spirituality, and science fiction. It is directed by Darren Aronofsky, and stars Hugh Jackman and Rachel ...more

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes James Franco, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is a 2014 American science fiction film directed by Matt Reeves and written by Mark Bomback, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver. It stars Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary ...more

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War of the Worlds is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
War of the Worlds Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Channing Tatum War of the Worlds is a 2005 American epic science fiction disaster film and a loose adaptation of H. G. Wells's novel The War of the Worlds, directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Josh ...more

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The Butterfly Effect is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
The Butterfly Effect Ashton Kutcher, Amy Smart, Logan Lerman The Butterfly Effect is a 2004 American psychological thriller film that was written and directed by Eric Bress and J. Mackye Gruber, starring Ashton Kutcher and Amy Smart. The title refers to ...more

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Her is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
Her Scarlett Johansson, Olivia Wilde, Amy Adams Her is a 2013 American romantic science fiction comedy-drama film written, directed, and produced by Spike Jonze. The film's musical score was composed by Arcade Fire, with the cinematography ...more

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Snowpiercer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
Snowpiercer Chris Evans, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton Snowpiercer is a 2013 science fiction, drama, action film written by Bong Joon-ho and Kelly Masterson and directed by Bong Joon-ho.

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Never Let Me Go is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
Never Let Me Go Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield Never Let Me Go is a 2010 British dystopian science fiction drama film based on Kazuo Ishiguro's 2005 novel of the same name. The film was directed by Mark Romanek from a screenplay by Alex ...more

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Mr. Nobody is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
Mr. Nobody Diane Kruger, Jared Leto, Juno Temple Mr. Nobody is a 2009 science fiction drama film. It was written and directed by Jaco Van Dormael, produced by Philippe Godeau, and starred Jared Leto, Sarah Polley, Diane Kruger, Linh Dan Pham, ...more

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Melancholia is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
Melancholia Kirsten Dunst, Kiefer Sutherland, John Hurt Melancholia is a 2011 Danish art film written and directed by Lars von Trier, starring Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Alexander Skarsgård, Cameron Spurr, and Kiefer Sutherland. The ...more

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K-PAX is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
K-PAX Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bridges, Aaron Paul K-PAX is a 2001 American science fiction-mystery film directed by Iain Softley and starring Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bridges, Mary McCormack and Alfre Woodard. The screenplay, written by Gene Brewer ...more

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Solaris is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
Solaris Anatoly Solonitsyn, Natalya Bondarchuk, Jüri Järvet Solaris is a 1972 Russian science fiction art film adaptation of Polish author Stanisław Lem's novel Solaris. The film was co-written and directed by Andrei Tarkovsky. The film is a meditative ...more

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Stargate is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
Stargate Kurt Russell, James Spader, Djimon Hounsou Stargate is a 1994 French-American adventure science fiction film released through Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Carolco Pictures. Created by Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich, the film is the first ...more

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Another Earth is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
Another Earth Brit Marling, William Mapother, Kumar Pallana Another Earth is a 2010 drama film written by Brit Marling and Mike Cahill directed by Mike Cahill. "When Rhonda Williams, a beautiful, bright MIT astrophysics student, leans out of her car ...more

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Under the Skin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
Under the Skin Scarlett Johansson, Kryštof Hádek, Paul Brannigan Under the Skin is a 2013 science fiction film directed by Jonathan Glazer, loosely based on Michel Faber's 2000 novel. A mysterious young woman (Scarlett Johansson) seduces lonely men in the ...more

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2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
2001: A Space Odyssey Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop 2001: A Space Odyssey is a 1968 epic science fiction film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick. The screenplay was written by Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke, and was partially inspired by ...more

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War for the Planet of the Apes is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
War for the Planet of the Apes Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn War for the Planet of the Apes 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 ...more

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Bicentennial Man is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
Bicentennial Man Robin Williams, Sam Neill, Oliver Platt Bicentennial Man is a 1999 American science fiction family comedy-drama film starring Robin Williams. Based on the novel The Positronic Man, co-written by Isaac Asimov and Robert Silverberg, ...more

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The Lobster is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
The Lobster Rachel Weisz, Colin Farrell The Lobster is an upcoming science fiction romantic comedy-drama film directed by Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos in his English-language debut. Its script was awarded the ARTE International ...more

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Midnight Special is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
Midnight Special 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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Coherence is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
Coherence Nicholas Brendon, Elizabeth Gracen, Lorene Scafaria Coherence is a 2013 American-British science fiction thriller film directed by James Ward Byrkit in his directorial debut. The film had its world debut on September 19, 2013 at the Austin ...more

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Europa Report is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked

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Oblivion is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
Oblivion Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko Oblivion is a 2012 action and science fiction film written by Joseph Kosinski and William Monahan and directed by Joseph Kosinski.

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The One I Love is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
The One I Love Elisabeth Moss, Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen The One I Love is a 2014 American romantic dramedy film, directed by Charlie McDowell and starring Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss. The film had its world premiere at 2014 Sundance Film Festival ...more

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Elysium is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
Elysium Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Alice Braga Elysium is a 2013 American dystopian science fiction action thriller film written, directed, and co-produced by Neill Blomkamp, and starring Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Alice Braga and Sharlto ...more

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Chronicle is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
Chronicle Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell, Michael B. Jordan Chronicle is a 2012 American found footage science-fiction thriller film directed by Josh Trank. After gaining telekinetic powers from an unknown object, three teenagers use their abilities for ...more

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Cloud Atlas is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
Cloud Atlas Halle Berry, Tom Hanks, Susan Sarandon Cloud Atlas is a 2012 science fiction film written and directed by Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer and Andy Wachowski. Adapted from the 2004 novel of the same name by David Mitchell, the film has ...more

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Primer is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
Primer Shane Carruth, David Sullivan, Keith Bradshaw Primer is a 2004 American science fiction drama film about the accidental discovery of a means of time travel. The film was written, directed, produced, edited and scored by Shane Carruth, who ...more

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The Day the Earth Stood Still is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
The Day the Earth Stood Still Jennifer Connelly, Keanu Reeves, Jon Hamm The Day the Earth Stood Still is a 2008 American science fiction film, a remake of the 1951 film of the same name. The screenplay is based on the 1940 classic science fiction short story ...more

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A.I. Artificial Intelligence is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
A.I. Artificial Intelligence Meryl Streep, Robin Williams, Jude Law A.I. Artificial Intelligence, also known as A.I., is a 2001 American science fiction film written, directed, and produced by Steven Spielberg, and based on Brian Aldiss's short story Super-Toys ...more

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Ghost in the Shell is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
Ghost in the Shell Maaya Sakamoto, Akio Ōtsuka, Kōichi Yamadera Ghost in the Shell is a 1995 anime science fiction film based on manga of the same title by Masamune Shirow. The film was written by Kazunori Itō, directed by Mamoru Oshii, animated by ...more

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Rise of the Planet of the Apes is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
Rise of the Planet of the Apes James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow Rise of the Apes is in pre-production as of May 2010. This origin story for a new franchise takes place in modern day San Francisco and will star James Franco. It is currently scheduled for a ...more

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The Girl With All The Gifts is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
The Girl With All The Gifts Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine, Glenn Close The Girl with All the Gifts is a 2016 British post-apocalyptic zombie horror drama film directed by Colm McCarthy and written by M.R. Carey adapted from his novel of the same name. The film ...more

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Predestination is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
Predestination Ethan Hawke, Noah Taylor, Sarah Snook 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 ...more

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Ender's Game is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
Ender's Game Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis Ender's Game is a 2013 American science fiction action film based on the novel of the same name by Orson Scott Card. Written and directed by Gavin Hood, the film stars Asa Butterfield as Andrew ...more