Total Nerd The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked  

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This list contains information on the best sci-fi thriller movies, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best sci-fi thriller films come in many forms. Some good sci-fi thriller films take place in outer-space while other good science-fiction thriller movies feature multiple dimensions. Many of the best sci-fi thriller films have won awards.

What films will you find on this top sci-fi thriller movies list? The Thing has to be at the top. John Carpenters 1982 remake of this classic science-fiction tale is one of the most suspenseful films to ever hit the silver screen. Kurt Russell leads an all-star cast who face off against an ever-evolving extraterrestrial foe in the film. Futuristic crime-solving techniques prove to be untrustworthy in 2002 thriller, Minority Report. Other great sci-fi suspense films featured on this list include Alien, Children of Men and Total Recall.

Do you have a favorite sci fi thriller? Give the best movies a thumbs up and share some of your favorite scenes in the comments section.

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The Thing is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
The Thing Kurt Russell, Keith David, John Carpenter The Thing is a 1982 American science fiction horror film directed by John Carpenter, written by Bill Lancaster, and starring Kurt Russell. The film's title refers to its primary antagonist: a ...more

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Alien is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
Alien Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm Alien is a 1979 science-fiction horror film directed by Ridley Scott, and starring Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm and Yaphet Kotto. ...more

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Blade Runner is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
Blade Runner Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Sean Young Blade Runner is a 1982 American neo-noir dystopian science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott and starring Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, and Edward James Olmos. The screenplay, ...more

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The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
The Matrix Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss The Matrix is a 1999 American-Australian science fiction action film written and directed by The Wachowskis, starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, and Joe ...more

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Inception is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
Inception Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard Inception is a 2010 science fiction heist thriller film written, produced, and directed by Christopher Nolan. The film stars a large ensemble cast that includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, ...more

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The Terminator is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
The Terminator Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton, Linda Hamilton The Terminator is a 1984 American science fiction/horror action film directed by James Cameron, written by Cameron and the film's producer Gale Anne Hurd, and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, ...more

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Ex Machina is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller 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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Interstellar is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
JacobMcDonald added 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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Aliens is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
Aliens Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn Aliens is a 1986 American science-fiction action horror film written and directed by James Cameron, produced by his then-wife Gale Anne Hurd, and starring Sigourney Weaver, Carrie Henn, Michael ...more

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Minority Report is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller 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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Arrival is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller 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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Terminator 2: Judgment Day is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
Terminator 2: Judgment Day Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton Terminator 2: Judgment Day is a 1991 American science fiction action thriller film written, produced and directed by James Cameron. The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Robert ...more

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Total Recall is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
Total Recall Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside Total Recall is a 1990 American science fiction action film directed by Paul Verhoeven, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rachel Ticotin, and Sharon Stone. The film is loosely based on the Philip ...more

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12 Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
12 Monkeys Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, Christopher Plummer 12 Monkeys, also known as Twelve Monkeys, is a 1995 American science fiction film directed by Terry Gilliam, inspired by Chris Marker's 1962 short film La Jetée, and starring Bruce ...more

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Children of Men is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller 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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District 9 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
District 9 Sharlto Copley, Jed Brophy, Vanessa Haywood District 9 is a 2009 science fiction film directed by Neill Blomkamp, released August 13, 2009. It takes place in Johannesburg, South Africa. District 9 is based on Alive in Joburg, a short film ...more

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2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller 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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Oblivion is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller 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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Gattaca is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller 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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Signs is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
Signs Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, Abigail Breslin Signs is a 2002 American science fiction thriller film written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Executive producers for the film comprised Shyamalan, Frank Marshall, Kathleen Kennedy and Sam ...more

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Donnie Darko is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller 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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Cloverfield is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
Cloverfield Odette Annable, Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas Cloverfield is a 2008 American science fiction found footage monster film directed by Matt Reeves, produced by J. J. Abrams & Bryan Burk, and written by Drew Goddard. Before settling on an ...more

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Source Code is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
Source Code Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga Source Code is a 2011 science fiction film directed by Duncan Jones, written by Ben Ripley, and starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga, and Jeffrey Wright. The film had its ...more

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Prometheus is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller 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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Looper is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
Looper Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Joseph Gordon-Levitt Looper is a 2012 American science fiction action thriller film written and directed by Rian Johnson and starring Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Emily Blunt. In the film, time travel is ...more

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10 Cloverfield Lane is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
10 Cloverfield Lane John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Gallagher 10 Cloverfield Lane is a 2016 American science fiction psychological thriller film directed by Dan Trachtenberg. The film was developed from a script titled The Cellar, but under production by ...more

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The Butterfly Effect is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller 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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Predestination is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller 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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The Island is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
The Island Scarlett Johansson, Ewan McGregor, Steve Buscemi The Island is a 2005 American science fiction action thriller film directed by Michael Bay, starring Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson. It was released on July 22, 2005, in the United States ...more

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A Scanner Darkly is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
JacobMcDonald added A Scanner Darkly Robert Downey Jr., Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder A Scanner Darkly is a 2006 American animated science fiction thriller film directed by Richard Linklater based on the novel of the same name by Philip K. Dick. The film tells the story of ...more

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Snowpiercer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller 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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Cube is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
Cube Nicole de Boer, Julian Richings, David Hewlett Cube is a 1997 Canadian science fiction psychological horror film, directed and co-written by Vincenzo Natali. The film was a successful product of the Canadian Film Centre's First Feature

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Primer is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller 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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Gravity is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller 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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Frequency is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
Frequency Jim Caviezel, Elizabeth Mitchell, Dennis Quaid Frequency is a 2000 American science fiction thriller film. It was co-produced and directed by Gregory Hoblit and written and co-produced by Toby Emmerich. The film stars Dennis Quaid and Jim ...more

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The Adjustment Bureau is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
JacobMcDonald added The Adjustment Bureau Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Jon Stewart The Adjustment Bureau is a 2011 American romantic science fiction thriller film loosely based on the Philip K. Dick short story, "Adjustment Team". The film was written and directed by ...more

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The Maze Runner is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
The Maze Runner Kaya Scodelario, Dylan O'Brien, Patricia Clarkson The Maze Runner is a 2014 American science fiction dystopian action thriller film directed by Wes Ball, based on James Dashner's 2009 novel of the same name. The film is the first installment in ...more

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In Time is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
In Time Olivia Wilde, Amanda Seyfried, Justin Timberlake Now (originally titled I'm.Mortal) is an upcoming film starring Amanda Seyfried, Justin Timberlake, Cillian Murphy, Olivia Wilde, Matt Bomer and Alex Pettyfer. The film is written and directed ...more

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Transcendence is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
Transcendence Johnny Depp, Morgan Freeman, Kate Mara Transcendence is a 2014 science fiction film directed by cinematographer Wally Pfister in his directorial debut, and written by Jack Paglen. The English-language co-production stars Johnny Depp, ...more

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Vanilla Sky is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
Vanilla Sky Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise, Penélope Cruz Vanilla Sky is a 2001 American science fiction thriller film directed, written, and co-produced by Cameron Crowe. It is an English-language remake of Alejandro Amenábar's 1997 Spanish ...more

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Coherence is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller 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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Chronicle is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller 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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Paycheck is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
Paycheck Ben Affleck, Uma Thurman, Paul Giamatti Paycheck is a 2003 sci-fi thriller film based on the short story of the same name by science fiction writer Philip K. Dick. The film was directed by John Woo and stars Ben Affleck, Uma Thurman ...more

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Metropia is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
JacobMcDonald added Metropia Alexander Skarsgård, Juliette Lewis, Stellan Skarsgård Metropia is a 2009 Swedish adult animated science-fiction film directed by Tarik Saleh. The screenplay was written by Fredrik Edin, Stig Larsson, and Tarik Saleh after a story by Tarik Saleh, ...more

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Tau is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
Tau Maika Monroe, Ed Skrein, Gary Oldman Tau is a 2018 American sci-fi thriller film directed by Federico D'Alessandro. A woman (Maika Monroe) is held captive in a futuristic smart house and hopes to escape by breaking into the ...more

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Extinction is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
Extinction Lizzy Caplan, Michael Peña, Mike Colter Extinction is a 2018 American science-fiction horror thriller film directed by Ben Young. When the planet is invaded by a force bent on destruction, a father (Michael Peña) fighting for ...more

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The Jacket is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
The Jacket Keira Knightley, Daniel Craig, Jennifer Jason Leigh The Jacket is a 2005 psychological thriller film directed by John Maybury that is partly based on the Jack London novel The Star Rover. Massy Tadjedin wrote the screenplay based on a story by ...more

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The Host is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
The Host Diane Kruger, Saoirse Ronan, Emily Browning The Host is a 2013 science fiction thriller film written by Stephenie Meyer and Andrew Niccol and directed by Andrew Niccol.

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Under the Skin is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller 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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Super 8 is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
Super 8 Elle Fanning, AJ Michalka, Kyle Chandler Super 8 is a 2011 American science fiction horror film written, co-produced, and directed by J. J. Abrams and produced by Steven Spielberg. The film stars Joel Courtney, Elle Fanning, and Kyle ...more