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The Best Sci-Fi Movies Based on Books

Updated July 13, 2020 1.2k votes 169 voters 3.4k views30 items

List RulesVote up your favorite movies based on or inspired by sci-fi literature. No comic book, graphic novel, or manga adaptations.

This is a list of the best movies based on science fiction books. Science fiction movies adapted from books are tough to pull off based purely on how die-hard the fan bases are and how much sci-fi films generally cost to make. If sci-fi movies based off of books don’t give passionate fans exactly what they want it could cost a movie studio millions of dollars and be a black eye on the careers of their actors and directors. Films based on science fiction novels are a huge gamble, but when they pay off, boy do they pay off! Here’s a look at some of the best sci-fi books that turned into movies!

This list of the best sci-fi movies based on books has both new and old movies? If you don't see a film you know should be on this list, feel free to add it and check back to see how other users rank your additions. 

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    Blade Runner is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies Based on Books
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    Blade Runner

    Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah

    Released1982

    Directed byRidley Scott

    Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

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    Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies Based on Books
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    Jurassic Park

    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1993

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Jurassic Park

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    2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies Based on Books
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    2001: A Space Odyssey

    Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter

    Released1968

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

    "The Sentinel"

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    The Martian is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies Based on Books
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    The Martian

    Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain

    Released2015

    Directed byRidley Scott

    The Martian

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    Journey to the Center of the E is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies Based on Books
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    Journey to the Center of the Earth

    Pat Boone, Bernard Herrmann

    Released1959

    Directed byHenry Levin

    Journey to the Center of the Earth

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    The Iron Giant is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies Based on Books
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    The Iron Giant

    Jennifer Aniston, Vin Diesel

    Released1999

    Directed byBrad Bird

    The Iron Man

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    Dune is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies Based on Books
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    Dune

    Sting, Patrick Stewart

    Released1984

    Directed byDavid Lynch

    Dune

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    Invasion of the Body Snatchers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies Based on Books
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    Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    Dana Wynter, Sam Peckinpah

    Released1956

    Directed byDon Siegel

    The Body Snatchers

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    The Hunger Games is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies Based on Books
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    The Hunger Games

    Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson

    Released2012

    Directed byGary Ross

    The Hunger Games

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    The Thing is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies Based on Books
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    The Thing

    Kurt Russell, Keith David

    Released1982

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

    Who Goes There?

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    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the  is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies Based on Books
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    Released2005

    Directed byGarth Jennings

    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

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  • 12
    Minority Report is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies Based on Books
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    Minority Report

    Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise

    Released2002

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    "The Minority Report"

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    A Clockwork Orange is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies Based on Books
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    A Clockwork Orange

    Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke

    Released1971

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

    A Clockword Orange

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    The Running Man is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies Based on Books
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    The Running Man

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Brown

    Released1987

    Directed byPaul Michael Glaser

    The Running Man

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    The Time Machine is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies Based on Books
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    The Time Machine

    Yvette Mimieux, Rod Taylor

    Released1960

    Directed byGeorge Pal

    The Time Machine

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    Starship Troopers is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies Based on Books
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    Starship Troopers

    Neil Patrick Harris, Denise Richards

    Released1997

    Directed byPaul Verhoeven

    Starship Troopers

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    Metropolis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies Based on Books
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    Metropolis

    Brigitte Helm, Gustav Fröhlich

    Released1927

    Directed byFritz Lang

    Metropolis

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  • 18
    Children of Men is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies Based on Books
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    Children of Men

    Julianne Moore, Clive Owen

    Released2006

    Directed byAlfonso Cuarón

    The Children of Men

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    A Scanner Darkly is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies Based on Books
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    A Scanner Darkly

    Robert Downey Jr., Keanu Reeves

    Released2006

    Directed byRichard Linklater

    A Scanner Darkly

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    I Am Legend is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies Based on Books
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    I Am Legend

    Will Smith, Emma Thompson

    Released2007

    Directed byFrancis Lawrence

    I Am Legend

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    The Hunger Games: Catching Fir is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies Based on Books
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    The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

    Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks

    Released2013

    Directed byFrancis Lawrence

    Catching Fire

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    The Stepford Wives is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies Based on Books
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    The Stepford Wives

    Tina Louise, Mary Stuart Masterson

    Released1975

    Directed byBryan Forbes

    The Stepford Wives

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    Ender's Game is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies Based on Books
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    Ender's Game

    Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley

    Released2013

    Directed byGavin Hood

    Ender's Game

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    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay,  is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies Based on Books
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    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2

    Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks

    Released2015

    Directed byFrancis Lawrence

    Mockingjay

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    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay,  is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies Based on Books
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    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1

    Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson

    Released2014

    Directed byFrancis Lawrence

    Mockingjay

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