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The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked 

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Updated December 8, 2019 8.8k votes 1.2k voters 45.3k views 89 items

List Rules Vote up your favorite thrillers set in a science fiction universe.

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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Inception is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard
Inception is a 2010 science fiction thriller film written, produced, and directed by Christopher Nolan. The film stars a large ensemble cast that includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, Joseph ...more

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Alien is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm
Alien is a 1979 science fiction horror film directed by Ridley Scott. The crew of the commercial space tug Nostromo encounter the eponymous Alien, a deadly and aggressive extraterrestrial set ...more

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Aliens is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
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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Terminator 2: Judgment D... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
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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The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
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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Interstellar is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
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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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Edge of Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
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Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton
Edge of Tomorrow is a 2014 American military science fiction thriller film starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. Doug Liman directed the film. The film takes place in a future where Earth is ...more

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The Terminator is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
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. Schwarzenegger plays the Terminator, a ...more

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The Thing is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
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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Arrival is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller 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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Blade Runner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
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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Ex Machina is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, Oscar Isaac
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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Minority Report is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller 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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12 Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
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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Looper is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
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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Prometheus is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller 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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Oblivion is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
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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Total Recall is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside
Total Recall is a 1990 American science fiction action film directed by Paul Verhoeven. In 2084, a construction worker, Douglas Quaid (Arnold Schwarzenegger), suddenly finds himself embroiled in ...more

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District 9 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
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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Source Code is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
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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RoboCop is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
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Alex Van Halen, Peter Weller, Leeza Gibbons
RoboCop is a 1987 American cyberpunk action film directed by Paul Verhoeven and written by Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner. Set in a crime-ridden Detroit, Michigan, in the near future, RoboCop ...more

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Blade Runner 2049 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
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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Annihilation is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
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Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez

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Annihilation is a 2018 science fantasy action horror film directed by Alex Garland, based on the novel by Jeff VanderMeer. A biologist (Natalie Portman) signs up for a dangerous, secret ...more

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Predestination is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller 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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Lucy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Analeigh Tipton
Lucy is a 2014 English-language French science fiction action film written and directed by Luc Besson and produced by his wife Virginie Silla for his company Europacorp. The film was shot in ...more

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