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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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The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss
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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Terminator 2: Judgment D... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
Dan Thompson added Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton
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Aliens is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
Neil McDowell added Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn
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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Star Wars Episode V: The... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
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Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
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Alien is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm
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The Terminator is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
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Blade Runner is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Sean Young
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Predator is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura, Carl Weathers
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The Fifth Element is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
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Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
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Guardians of the Galaxy ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
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Avatar is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
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Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson
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Avengers: Infinity War ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
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Independence Day is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
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Inception is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
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Total Recall is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
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Serenity is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
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Men in Black is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
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RoboCop is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
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Starship Troopers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
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