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The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked 

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Updated December 8, 2019 8.9k votes 1.3k voters 46.4k 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

Released: 2010

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

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The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss

Released: 1999

Directed by: Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

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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Alien is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

Released: 1979

Directed by: Ridley Scott

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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Interstellar is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
JacobMcDonald added Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Damon

Released: 2014

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

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) 5 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn

Released: 1986

Directed by: James Cameron

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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Ex Machina is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, Oscar Isaac

Released: 2015

Directed by: Alex Garland

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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Terminator 2: Judgment D... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

Released: 1991

Directed by: James Cameron

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Blade Runner is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Sean Young

Released: 1982

Directed by: Ridley Scott

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 Thing is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
Kurt Russell, Keith David, John Carpenter

Released: 1982

Directed by: 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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The Terminator is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton, Linda Hamilton

Released: 1984

Directed by: James Cameron

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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Arrival is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker

Directed by: Denis Villeneuve

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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

Released: 2002

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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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Prometheus is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba

Released: 2012

Directed by: Ridley Scott

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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District 9 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
Sharlto Copley, Jed Brophy, Vanessa Haywood

Released: 2009

Directed by: Neill Blomkamp

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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12 Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, Christopher Plummer

Released: 1995

Directed by: Terry Gilliam

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Total Recall is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside

Released: 1990

Directed by: Paul Verhoeven

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Looper is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Released: 2012

Directed by: Rian Johnson

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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Source Code is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga

Released: 2011

Directed by: Duncan Jones

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Oblivion is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko

Released: 2013

Directed by: Joseph Kosinski

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Annihilation is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
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Directed by: Alex Garland

The Greatest Science Fiction Thriller

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Edge of Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
metzler added Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton

Released: 2014

Directed by: Doug Liman

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2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop

Released: 1968

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

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Predestination is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
Ethan Hawke, Noah Taylor, Sarah Snook

Released: 2014

Directed by: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig

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Children of Men is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Michael Caine

Released: 2006

Directed by: Alfonso Cuarón

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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Cloverfield is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sci Fi Thriller Movies, Ranked
Odette Annable, Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas

Released: 2008

Directed by: Matt Reeves

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