Total Nerd The Very Best Sci-Fi Action Shows & Movies, Ranked  

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List Rules Vote up the most entertaining science fiction action films & shows, including streaming series.

Throughout all of sci-fi, the very best films tend to sway closer to the action genre. Science fiction like Moon offer an introspective look at the very nature of humanity, but the film lacks that element of action audiences generally expect and enjoy in their sci-fi movies and television shows. Fortunately, Hollywood pays attention to what their fans enjoy and hundreds of films and TV shows have been made that easily fit into the sci-fi/action genre.

If your preference leads closer to the "western" style of sci-fi/action, there are television shows like Firefly and its film Serenity. The universe detailed in those examples follow a tyrannical government out to stop the good businesspeople/smugglers just trying to survive in a universe fraught with peril. Lighter fare like Fox's Futurama offer a glimpse at the life of a delivery boy thrust 1,000 years into the future. The series relies heavily on humor and nerd-culture, but still manages to throw some action and peril into the mix. Of course, there are plenty of other great sci-fi action movies and TV shows to check out—and you can find the top choices on the list below.

Which sci-fi action shows and movies deserve the top spots on this list? Help decide by giving your favorites a thumbs up and voting others down accordingly. If you see a good sci-fi action series or movie is missing from the list, feel free to add it. 

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The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best Sci-Fi Action Shows & Movies, Ranked
Marvel's The Avengers is a 2012 American superhero film directed by Joss Whedon, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. Earth's mightiest heroes must come together and learn to fight as a ...more

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Terminator 2: Judgment Day is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best Sci-Fi Action Shows & Movies, Ranked
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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Interstellar is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best Sci-Fi Action Shows & Movies, Ranked
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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Predator is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Sci-Fi Action Shows & Movies, Ranked
Predator is a 1987 American science fiction action film directed by John McTiernan and was distributed by 20th Century Fox. It stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Elpidia Carrillo, Bill ...more

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Inception is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best Sci-Fi Action Shows & Movies, Ranked
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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Firefly is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best Sci-Fi Action Shows & Movies, Ranked
Firefly is an American space western science fiction drama television series created by writer and director Joss Whedon, under his Mutant Enemy Productions label. Whedon served as an executive ...more

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Westworld is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Sci-Fi Action Shows & Movies, Ranked
Westworld (HBO, 2016) is an American science fiction western thriller television series created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, and based on the 1973 film. In a technologically advanced Wild ...more

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Black Mirror is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best Sci-Fi Action Shows & Movies, Ranked
Black Mirror is a British television anthology series created by Charlie Brooker that features speculative fiction with dark and sometimes satirical themes that examine modern society, ...more

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Avatar is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best Sci-Fi Action Shows & Movies, Ranked
Avatar is a 2009 American epic science fiction film written and directed by James Cameron, and starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez, Joel David Moore, Giovanni ...more

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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Sci-Fi Action Shows & Movies, Ranked
Doctor Who (BBC, 2005) is a British science-fiction television show created by Sydney Newman, C. E. Webber, and Donald Wilson. The further adventures in time and space of the alien adventurer ...more

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Futurama is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Sci-Fi Action Shows & Movies, Ranked
Futurama is an American adult animated science fiction sitcom created by Matt Groening and developed by Groening and David X. Cohen for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series follows the ...more

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Looper is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best Sci-Fi Action Shows & Movies, Ranked
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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Edge of Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best Sci-Fi Action Shows & Movies, Ranked
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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District 9 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best Sci-Fi Action Shows & Movies, Ranked
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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Jurassic World is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best Sci-Fi Action Shows & Movies, Ranked
Jurassic World is an upcoming 2015 American science fiction adventure film directed by Colin Trevorrow. It is the fourth installment in the Jurassic Park film series. The screenplay was ...more

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Minority Report is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best Sci-Fi Action Shows & Movies, Ranked
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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Children of Men is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best Sci-Fi Action Shows & Movies, Ranked
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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Heroes is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Sci-Fi Action Shows & Movies, Ranked
Heroes is an American science fiction television drama series created by Tim Kring that appeared on NBC for four seasons from September 25, 2006 through February 8, 2010. The series tells the ...more

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Fringe is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best Sci-Fi Action Shows & Movies, Ranked
Fringe is an American science fiction television series created by J. J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman, and Roberto Orci. It premiered on the Fox Broadcasting network on September 9, 2008, and concluded ...more

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Sci-Fi Action Shows & Movies, Ranked
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is a 2014 American science fiction film directed by Matt Reeves and written by Mark Bomback, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver. It stars Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary ...more

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Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Sci-Fi Action Shows & Movies, Ranked
Battlestar Galactica is an American military science fiction television series, and part of the Battlestar Galactica franchise. The show was developed by Ronald D. Moore and executive produced ...more

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Lost is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Sci-Fi Action Shows & Movies, Ranked
Lost is an American television drama series that originally aired on the American Broadcasting Company from September 22, 2004, to May 23, 2010, over six seasons, comprising a total of 121 ...more

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Stargate SG-1 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best Sci-Fi Action Shows & Movies, Ranked
Stargate SG-1 is an adventure and military science fiction television series and part of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's Stargate franchise. The show, created by Brad Wright and Jonathan Glassner, is ...more

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Battle Royale is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best Sci-Fi Action Shows & Movies, Ranked
Battle Royale is a 2000 Japanese action thriller film adapted from the 1999 novel of the same name by Koushun Takami. It is the final film directed by Kinji Fukasaku, the screenplay written by ...more

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Primer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best Sci-Fi Action Shows & Movies, Ranked
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