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The Best Science Fiction Action Movies

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In space, no one can hear you scream... but everyone else in the movie theater can. If you're searching for a gasp-worthy flick for movie night, look no further. These are the best science fiction action movies, featuring humans battling each other and struggling for survival against alien forces. These top sci fi action movies include titles ranging from Blade Runner to Planet of the Apes to Waterworld.

What films will you find on this list of the best sci fi action movies? In the 1979 film Alien, the crew of the Nostromo spacecraft fights a seemingly unstoppable extraterrestrial being that is both deadly and terrifying. Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) used every resource available to survive the voyage. Mad Max: Fury Road is another acclaimed action science fiction film that focuses on earthbound monsters instead. Tom Cruise and Steven Spielberg teamed up for the 2005 remake of War of the Worlds. Other good movies featured on this list include The Matrix, The Last Man on Earth, and 12 Monkeys.

Which film deserves the top spot on this list? Give your favorites a thumbs up to move them towards number one, and please add any good action sci fi movies that are missing.

 

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    Back to the Future Part II is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
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    Back to the Future Part II

    Clint Eastwood, Michael J. Fox

    Released1989

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    Edge of Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
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    Edge of Tomorrow

    Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt

    Released2014

    Edge of Tomorrow is a 2014 American military science fiction thriller film directed by Doug... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Thing is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
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    The Thing

    Kurt Russell, Keith David

    Released1982

    The Thing is a 1982 American science fiction horror film directed by John Carpenter, written... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 29
    Avengers: Endgame is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
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    Avengers: Endgame

    Robert Downey Jr, Josh Brolin

    Released2019

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    Star Wars Franchise is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
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    Interstellar is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
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    Interstellar

    Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey

    Released2014

    Interstellar is a British-American 2014 science fiction epic film directed by Christopher... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Planet of the Apes is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
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    Planet of the Apes

    Charlton Heston, Linda Harrison

    Released1968

    Planet of the Apes is a 1968 American science fiction film directed by Franklin J. Schaffner... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Mad Max is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
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    Mad Max

    Mel Gibson, Hugh Keays-Byrne

    Released1979

    Mad Max is a 1979 Australian dystopian action film directed by George Miller, produced by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Serenity is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
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    Serenity

    Summer Glau, Morena Baccarin

    Released2005

    Serenity is a 2005 American space western film written and directed by Joss Whedon. It is a... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Starship Troopers is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
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    Starship Troopers

    Neil Patrick Harris, Denise Richards

    Released1997

    Starship Troopers is a 1997 American military science fiction action film directed by Paul... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 36
    Captain America: The Winter So is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
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    Captain America: The Winter Soldier

    Scarlett Johansson, Cobie Smulders

    Released2014

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    Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
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    Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy

    Released1986

    Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home is a 1986 American science fiction film released by Paramount... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 38
    Minority Report is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
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    Minority Report

    Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise

    Released2002

    Minority Report is a 2002 American neo-noir science fiction mystery-thriller film directed by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Dark Knight Rises is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
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    The Dark Knight Rises

    Christian Bale, Michael Caine

    Released2012

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    Alien Franchise is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
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    Iron Man is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
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    Iron Man

    Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard

    Released2008

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    Mad Max 2 is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
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    Mad Max 2

    Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence

    Released1981

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    Star Trek is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
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    Star Trek

    Zoe Saldana, Jennifer Morrison

    Released2009

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    Demolition Man is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
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    Demolition Man

    Sandra Bullock, Sylvester Stallone

    Released1993

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    Pitch Black is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
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    Pitch Black

    Vin Diesel, Radha Mitchell

    Released2000

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    Back to the Future Part III is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
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    Back to the Future Part III

    Michael J. Fox, Elisabeth Shue

    Released1990

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    The Incredibles is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
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    The Incredibles

    Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter

    Released2004

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    WarGames is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
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    WarGames

    Matthew Broderick, William H. Macy

    Released1983

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    Avatar is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
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    Avatar

    Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver

    Released2009

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    Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
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    Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

    William Shatner, Kim Cattrall

    Released1991

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