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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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Terminator 2: Judgment Day is listed (or ranked) 1 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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Predator is listed (or ranked) 2 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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The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 3 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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Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 4 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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Firefly is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Quantum Leap is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best Sci-Fi Action Shows & Movies, Ranked
Quantum Leap is an American television series that originally aired on NBC for five seasons, from March 1989 through May 1993. Created by Donald P. Bellisario, it starred Scott Bakula as Dr. Sam ...more
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Interstellar is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Inception is listed (or ranked) 8 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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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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Stargate Atlantis is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Sci-Fi Action Shows & Movies, Ranked
Stargate Atlantis is a Canadian-American adventure and military science fiction television series and part of MGM's Stargate franchise. The show was created by Brad Wright and Robert C. Cooper ...more
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Alita: Battle Angel is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Sci-Fi Action Shows & Movies, Ranked
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Alita: Battle Angel is a 2019 American science fiction action film directed by Robert Rodriguez, based on the manga by Yukito Kishiro. After being revived by Dr. Dyson Ido (Christoph Waltz), ...more
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Star Trek: Enterprise is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best Sci-Fi Action Shows & Movies, Ranked
Star Trek: Enterprise is a science fiction TV series and a prequel to the original Star Trek. The series premiered September 26, 2001, on the UPN television network with the final episode airing ...more
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Westworld is listed (or ranked) 13 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) 14 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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Futurama is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Looper is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Sliders is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Sci-Fi Action Shows & Movies, Ranked
Sliders is an American science fiction and fantasy television series created by Robert K. Weiss and Tracy Tormé. It was broadcast for five seasons between 1995 and 2000. The series ...more
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Edge of Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 19 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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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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Heroes is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Jurassic World is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Children of Men is listed (or ranked) 23 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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District 9 is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Eureka is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best Sci-Fi Action Shows & Movies, Ranked
Eureka was an American science fiction television series that premiered on Syfy on July 18, 2006. The fifth and final season ended on July 16, 2012. The show was set in a fictional town in ...more