Total Nerd The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked  

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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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Alien is listed (or ranked) 1 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, and starring Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm and Yaphet Kotto. ...more

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Interstellar is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
JacobMcDonald added 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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Inception is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
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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Blade Runner is listed (or ranked) 4 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) 5 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
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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The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 6 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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The Terminator is listed (or ranked) 7 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, and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, ...more

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The Thing is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Aliens is listed (or ranked) 9 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 Day is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Arrival is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Minority Report is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Border is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
Eva Melander, Jorgen Thorsson, Ann Petrén Border is a 2018 Swedish fantasy film directed by Ali Abbasi A customs officer who can smell fear develops an unusual attraction to a strange traveler while aiding a police investigation which ...more

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District 9 is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Donnie Darko is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
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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Source Code is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Prometheus is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Children of Men is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
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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12 Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Gattaca is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
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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Looper is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Total Recall is listed (or ranked) 22 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, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rachel Ticotin, and Sharon Stone. The film is loosely based on the Philip ...more

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Signs is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
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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Cloverfield is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
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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Oblivion is listed (or ranked) 25 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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2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
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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Snowpiercer is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
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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Annihilation is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
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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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Venom is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
Tom Hardy, Riz Ahmed, Michelle Williams Venom is a 2018 American superhero film directed by Ruben Fleischer, based on the Marvel Comics character. The origin story of how reporter Eddie Brock transformed into Venom.

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Gravity is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
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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Predestination is listed (or ranked) 31 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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10 Cloverfield Lane is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
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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Frequency is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
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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A Scanner Darkly is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
JacobMcDonald added 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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The Butterfly Effect is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
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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The Adjustment Bureau is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
JacobMcDonald added 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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Cube is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
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) 38 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
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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The Maze Runner is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
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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Alien: Resurrection is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
MindePinde added Winona Ryder, Sigourney Weaver, Ron Perlman Alien: Resurrection is a 1997 American science fiction action horror film directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and written by Joss Whedon. It is the fourth installment in the Alien film series, and ...more

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The Predator is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
Boyd Holbrook, Olivia Munn, Trevante Rhodes The Predator is a 2018 American science-fiction action horror film directed by Shane Black. It is the fourth installment in the Predator film series, set to take place between Predator 2 (1990) ...more

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The Island is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
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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In Time is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
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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Vanilla Sky is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
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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Transcendence is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
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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Paycheck is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
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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Super 8 is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
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

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Chronicle is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
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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Replicas is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
Keanu Reeves, Alice Eve, Thomas Middleditch Replicas is a 2018 American science fiction thriller film directed by Jeffrey Nachmanoff. In a Christofascist collectivist future, a daring synthetic biologist (Keanu Reeves), after a car ...more

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Tau is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
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