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The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked 

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Updated May 18, 2020 2.9k votes 286 voters 9.1k views 56 items

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.

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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

Released: 2014

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

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

Released: 1997

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

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

Released: 1997

Directed by: Andrew Niccol

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

Released: 2017

Directed by: Denis Villeneuve

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

Released: 2014

Directed by: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig

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

Released: 2011

Directed by: Mike Cahill

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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Donnie Darko is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale, Jake Gyllenhaal

Released: 2001

Directed by: Richard Kelly

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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Melancholia is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
Kirsten Dunst, Kiefer Sutherland, John Hurt

Released: 2011

Directed by: Lars von Trier

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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Eternal Sunshine of the ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Carrey

Released: 2004

Directed by: Michel Gondry

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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Arrival is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker

Directed by: Denis Villeneuve

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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IO is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
Margaret Qualley, Anthony Mackie, Danny Huston

Released: 2019

Directed by: Jonathan Helpert

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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The Fountain is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz, Ellen Burstyn

Released: 2006

Directed by: Darren Aronofsky

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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Moon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
Kevin Spacey, Mary Tyler Moore, Kaya Scodelario

Released: 2009

Directed by: Duncan Jones

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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K-PAX is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bridges, Aaron Paul

Released: 2001

Directed by: Iain Softley

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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Escape Room is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
Logan Miller, Deborah Ann Woll, Taylor Russell

Released: 2019

Directed by: Adam Robitel

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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Mr. Nobody is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
Diane Kruger, Jared Leto, Juno Temple

Released: 2009

Directed by: Jaco Van Dormael

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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Under the Skin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
Scarlett Johansson, Kryštof Hádek, Paul Brannigan

Released: 2013

Directed by: Jonathan Glazer

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) 18 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop

Released: 1968

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

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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Snowpiercer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
Chris Evans, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton

Released: 2013

Directed by: Bong Joon-ho

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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Prometheus is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba

Released: 2012

Directed by: Ridley Scott

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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Ghost in the Shell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
Maaya Sakamoto, Akio Ōtsuka, Kōichi Yamadera

Released: 1995

Directed by: Mamoru Oshii

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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Minority Report is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell

Released: 2002

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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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Stargate is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
Kurt Russell, James Spader, Djimon Hounsou

Released: 1994

Directed by: Roland Emmerich

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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The Butterfly Effect is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
Ashton Kutcher, Amy Smart, Logan Lerman

Released: 2004

Directed by: J. Mackye Gruber, Eric Bress

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
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Ex Machina is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, Oscar Isaac

Released: 2015

Directed by: Alex Garland

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