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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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Interstellar is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
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) 2 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
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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Gattaca is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
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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Blade Runner 2049 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
Burakhan Doğan added Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright
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 ...more
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Predestination is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
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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Another Earth is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
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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Melancholia is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
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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IO is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
Margaret Qualley, Anthony Mackie, Danny Huston
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 ...more
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K-PAX is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
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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The Fountain is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
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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Donnie Darko is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
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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Moon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
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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Arrival is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
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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Under the Skin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
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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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotle... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
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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Mr. Nobody is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
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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2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
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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Escape Room is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
Logan Miller, Deborah Ann Woll, Taylor Russell
Escape Room is a 2019 American psychological horror-thriller film directed by Adam Robitel. Six strangers find themselves in circumstances beyond their control, and must use their wits to
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Snowpiercer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
Chris Evans, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton
Snowpiercer is a 2013 South Korean-Czech dystopian science-fiction action film based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige by Jacques Lob, Benjamin Legrand and Jean-Marc Rochette. A new ...more
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Ghost in the Shell is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
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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Stargate is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
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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Minority Report is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
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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Primer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
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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Prometheus is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
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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The Butterfly Effect is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
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. The title refers to the butterfly effect, a popular ...more