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The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked

Updated May 18, 2020 3.7k votes 294 voters 9.9k views56 items

List RulesVote 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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  • 1
    Melancholia is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
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    Melancholia

    Kirsten Dunst, Kiefer Sutherland

    Released2011

    Directed byLars von Trier

    Melancholia is a 2011 Danish art film written and directed by Lars von Trier, starring Kirsten... more on Wikipedia
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    Interstellar is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
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    Interstellar

    Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey

    Released2014

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

    Interstellar is a British-American 2014 science fiction epic film directed by Christopher... more on Wikipedia
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    Escape Room is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
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    Escape Room

    Logan Miller, Deborah Ann Woll

    Released2019

    Directed byAdam Robitel

    Escape Room is a 2019 American psychological horror-thriller film directed by Adam Robitel.... more on Wikipedia
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    Contact is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
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    Contact

    Matthew McConaughey, Jodie Foster

    Released1997

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

    Contact is a 1997 American science fiction drama film directed by Robert Zemeckis. It is a... more on Wikipedia
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    Gattaca is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
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    Gattaca

    Uma Thurman, Jude Law

    Released1997

    Directed byAndrew Niccol

    Gattaca is a 1997 American science fiction film written and directed by Andrew Niccol. It... more on Wikipedia
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    Blade Runner 2049 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
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    Blade Runner 2049

    Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling

    Released2017

    Directed byDenis Villeneuve

    Blade Runner 2049 is a 2017 American neo noir science fiction film directed by Denis... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    The Butterfly Effect is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
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    The Butterfly Effect

    Ashton Kutcher, Amy Smart

    Released2004

    Directed byJ. Mackye Gruber, Eric Bress

    The Butterfly Effect is a 2004 American psychological thriller film that was written and... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Predestination is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
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    Predestination

    Ethan Hawke, Noah Taylor

    Released2014

    Directed byMichael Spierig, Peter Spierig

    Predestination is a 2014 Australian science fiction film, written and directed by Michael and... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Another Earth is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
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    Another Earth

    Brit Marling, William Mapother

    Released2011

    Directed byMike Cahill

    Another Earth is a 2010 drama film written by Brit Marling and Mike Cahill directed by Mike... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    IO is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
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    IO

    Margaret Qualley, Anthony Mackie

    Released2019

    Directed byJonathan Helpert

    IO is a 2019 American science fiction film directed by Jonathan Helpert. With the final... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Donnie Darko is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
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    Donnie Darko

    Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale

    Released2001

    Directed byRichard Kelly

    Donnie Darko is a 2001 American supernatural drama film written and directed by Richard Kelly... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Arrival is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
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    Arrival

    Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner

    Directed byDenis Villeneuve

    Arrival is a 2016 American science fiction film directed by Denis Villeneuve and written by... more on Wikipedia
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    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotle is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
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    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst

    Released2004

    Directed byMichel Gondry

    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a 2004 American romantic science-fiction comedy-drama... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    The Fountain is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
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    The Fountain

    Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz

    Released2006

    Directed byDarren Aronofsky

    The Fountain is a 2006 American drama film that blends elements of fantasy, history,... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Mr. Nobody is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
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    Mr. Nobody

    Diane Kruger, Jared Leto

    Released2009

    Directed byJaco Van Dormael

    Mr. Nobody is a 2009 science fiction drama film. It was written and directed by Jaco Van... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Moon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
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    Moon

    Kevin Spacey, Mary Tyler Moore

    Released2009

    Directed byDuncan Jones

    Moon is a 2009 British science fiction drama film co-written and directed by Duncan Jones. The... more on Wikipedia
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    K-PAX is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
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    K-PAX

    Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bridges

    Released2001

    Directed byIain Softley

    K-PAX is a 2001 American science fiction-mystery film directed by Iain Softley and starring... more on Wikipedia
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    2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
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    2001: A Space Odyssey

    Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter

    Released1968

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

    2001: A Space Odyssey is a 1968 epic science fiction film produced and directed by Stanley... more on Wikipedia
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    Under the Skin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
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    Under the Skin

    Scarlett Johansson, Kryštof Hádek

    Released2013

    Directed byJonathan Glazer

    Under the Skin is a 2013 science fiction film directed by Jonathan Glazer, loosely based on... more on Wikipedia
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    Ghost in the Shell is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
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    Ghost in the Shell

    Maaya Sakamoto, Akio Ōtsuka

    Released1995

    Directed byMamoru Oshii

    Ghost in the Shell is a 1995 anime science fiction film based on manga of the same title by... more on Wikipedia
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    Stargate is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
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    Stargate

    Kurt Russell, James Spader

    Released1994

    Directed byRoland Emmerich

    Stargate is a 1994 French-American adventure science fiction film released through... more on Wikipedia
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    Minority Report is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
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    Minority Report

    Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise

    Released2002

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Minority Report is a 2002 American neo-noir science fiction mystery-thriller film directed by... more on Wikipedia
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    Snowpiercer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
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    Snowpiercer

    Chris Evans, John Hurt

    Released2013

    Directed byBong Joon-ho

    Snowpiercer is a 2013 South Korean-Czech dystopian science-fiction action film based on the... more on Wikipedia
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    Prometheus is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
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    Prometheus

    Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender

    Released2012

    Directed byRidley Scott

    Prometheus is a 2012 science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott, written by Jon Spaihts and... more on Wikipedia
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    Ex Machina is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sci Fi Drama Movies, Ranked
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    Ex Machina

    Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander

    Released2015

    Directed byAlex Garland

    Ex Machina is a 2015 independent science fiction psychological thriller film directed by Alex... more on Wikipedia
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