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The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Sci-Fi Movies

Updated May 3, 2018 9.6k votes 667 voters 6.8k views27 items

List RulesVote up the best guilty pleasure sci-fi films.

If you're on the hunt for the best guilty pleasure sci-fi movies, you best prepare for some overdone neon lighting, corny costumes, and premises riddled with plot holes. Science fiction is a genre that hinges on world building, so a decent premise, excellent special effects, and believable prosthetics are key to pulling it off. When things go south, you get some seriously cheesy films that are great for a good laugh. 

Dumb sci-fi films are the result of multiple factors. An excellent script can be executed poorly without a big enough budget. On the other hand, some films are so bogged down in special effects, producers forget to craft a decent story. This does not infringe on viewer enjoyment, however. Quality science fiction is often an allegorical reflection on modern times that requires analysis and thought. However, sometimes you'd rather opt for something fun and easy. If you're on the hunt for some of the cheesiest sci-fi films viewers love to hate, browse this list. And feel free to add anything you think is missing! 

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    The Fifth Element
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    The Fifth Element

    Milla Jovovich, Bruce Willis

    Released1997

    Directed byLuc Besson

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    Starship Troopers
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    Starship Troopers

    Neil Patrick Harris, Denise Richards

    Released1997

    Directed byPaul Verhoeven

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    Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
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    Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

    Keanu Reeves, George Carlin

    Released1989

    Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure is a 1989 American science fiction comedy buddy film and the... more on Wikipedia
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    Mars Attacks!
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    Mars Attacks!

    Natalie Portman, Jack Nicholson

    Released1996

    Directed byTim Burton

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    Blade
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    Blade

    Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes

    Released1998

    Directed byStephen Norrington

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    Demolition Man
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    Demolition Man

    Sandra Bullock, Sylvester Stallone

    Released1993

    Directed byMarco Brambilla

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    Short Circuit
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    Short Circuit

    Steve Guttenberg, Ally Sheedy

    Released1986

    Directed byJohn Badham

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    Tron
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    Tron

    Jeff Bridges, David Warner

    Released1982

    Directed bySteven Lisberger

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    Riddick
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    Riddick

    Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista

    Released2013

    Directed byDavid Twohy

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    Armageddon
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    Armageddon

    Ben Affleck, Bruce Willis

    Released1998

    Directed byMichael Bay

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    Flash Gordon
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    Flash Gordon

    Timothy Dalton, Max von Sydow

    Released1980

    Directed byMike Hodges

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    Dune
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    Dune

    Sting, Patrick Stewart

    Released1984

    Directed byDavid Lynch

    Dune is a 1984 American science fiction film written and directed by David Lynch, based on the... more on Wikipedia
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    Minority Report
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    Minority Report

    Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise

    Released2002

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    Judge Dredd
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    Judge Dredd

    Sylvester Stallone, Diane Lane

    Released1995

    Directed byDanny Cannon

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    A.I. Artificial Intelligence
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    A.I. Artificial Intelligence

    Meryl Streep, Robin Williams

    Released2001

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    Event Horizon
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    Event Horizon

    Laurence Fishburne, Jason Isaacs

    Released1997

    Directed byPaul W. S. Anderson

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    Tron: Legacy
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    Tron: Legacy

    Olivia Wilde, Jeff Bridges

    Released2010

    Directed byJoseph Kosinski

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    Signs
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    Signs

    Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix

    Released2002

    Directed byM. Night Shyamalan

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    Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
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    Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones

    Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor

    Released2002

    Directed byGeorge Lucas

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    Waterworld
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    Waterworld

    Kevin Costner, Jack Black

    Released1995

    Directed byKevin Costner, Kevin Reynolds

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    Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
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    Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

    Natalie Portman, Keira Knightley

    Released1999

    Directed byGeorge Lucas

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    War of the Worlds
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    War of the Worlds

    Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman

    Released2005

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    Alien: Resurrection
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    Alien: Resurrection

    Winona Ryder, Sigourney Weaver

    Released1997

    Directed byJean-Pierre Jeunet

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    Maximum Overdrive
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    Maximum Overdrive

    Carrie Fisher, Stephen King

    Released1986

    Directed byStephen King

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    The Core
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    The Core

    Hilary Swank, Stanley Tucci

    Released2003

    Directed byJon Amiel

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