Total Nerd 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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Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
Dan Thompson added Star Wars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill Star Wars is a 1977 American epic space opera film written and directed by George Lucas. The first release in the Star Wars franchise, it stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter ...more

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Predator is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
Predator Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura, Carl Weathers 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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Terminator 2: Judgment Day is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
Dan Thompson added Terminator 2: Judgment Day Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton 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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Alien is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
Alien Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm Alien is a 1979 science-fiction horror film directed by Ridley Scott, and starring Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm and Yaphet Kotto. ...more

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Aliens is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
Neil McDowell added Aliens 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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Matrix is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
The Matrix Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss Matrix is a 1999 short film directed by Nicky Hamlyn.

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The Fifth Element is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
Dan Thompson added The Fifth Element Milla Jovovich, Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman The Fifth Element is a 1997 English-language French science fiction action film directed and co-written by Luc Besson. It stars Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman and Milla Jovovich. Mostly set in the ...more

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Blade Runner is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
Blade Runner Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Sean Young Blade Runner is a 1982 American neo-noir dystopian science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott and starring Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, and Edward James Olmos. The screenplay, ...more

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The Terminator is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
Neil McDowell added The Terminator Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton, Linda Hamilton The Terminator is a 1984 American science fiction/horror action film directed by James Cameron, written by Cameron and the film's producer Gale Anne Hurd, and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, ...more

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Total Recall is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
Dan Thompson added Total Recall Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside Total Recall is a 1990 American science fiction action film directed by Paul Verhoeven, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rachel Ticotin, and Sharon Stone. The film is loosely based on the Philip ...more

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Serenity is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
Serenity Summer Glau, Morena Baccarin, Nathan Fillion Serenity is a 2005 American space western film written and directed by Joss Whedon. It is a continuation of Whedon's short-lived 2002 Fox science fiction television series Firefly and stars the ...more

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Mad Max is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
Dan Thompson added Mad Max Mel Gibson, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Steve Bisley Mad Max is a 1979 Australian dystopian action film directed by George Miller, produced by Byron Kennedy and starring Mel Gibson. James McCausland and Miller wrote the screenplay from a story by ...more

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Stargate is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
Ненад Мићевић added Stargate Kurt Russell, James Spader, Djimon Hounsou Stargate is a 1994 French-American adventure science fiction film released through Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Carolco Pictures. Created by Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich, the film is the first ...more

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RoboCop is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
Ненад Мићевић added RoboCop Alex Van Halen, Peter Weller, Leeza Gibbons Sergeant Warren Reed is a fictional character from the film series RoboCop, RoboCop 2, RoboCop 3.

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District 9 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
District 9 Sharlto Copley, Jed Brophy, Vanessa Haywood 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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Escape from New York is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
Escape from New York Jamie Lee Curtis, Kurt Russell, Ernest Borgnine Escape from New York is a 1981 American science fiction action film co-written, co-scored, and directed by John Carpenter. The film is set in a then near-future 1997 in a crime-ridden United ...more

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The Running Man is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
The Running Man Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Brown, Jesse Ventura The Running Man is a 1987 American science fiction action film loosely based on the 1982 novel The Running Man, written by Stephen King and published under the pseudonym Richard Bachman. ...more

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12 Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
12 Monkeys Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, Christopher Plummer 12 Monkeys, also known as Twelve Monkeys, is a 1995 American science fiction film directed by Terry Gilliam, inspired by Chris Marker's 1962 short film La Jetée, and starring Bruce ...more

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Captain America: The Winter So... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
Captain America: The Winter Soldier Scarlett Johansson, Cobie Smulders, Samuel L. Jackson Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a 2014 American superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Captain America, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios ...more

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Minority Report is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
Neil McDowell added Minority Report Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell 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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Dredd is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
Neil McDowell added Dredd Lena Headey, Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby Dredd is a 2012 science fiction action film directed by Pete Travis and written and produced by Alex Garland. It is based on the 2000 AD comic strip Judge Dredd and its eponymous character ...more

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Waterworld is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
Waterworld Kevin Costner, Jack Black, Dennis Hopper Waterworld is a 1995 American post-apocalyptic science fiction action film directed by Kevin Reynolds and co-written by Peter Rader and David Twohy. It was based on Rader's original 1986 ...more

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Logan's Run is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
Logan's Run Farrah Fawcett, Peter Ustinov, Jenny Agutter Logan's Run is a 1976 American science fiction film directed by Michael Anderson and starring Michael York, Jenny Agutter, Richard Jordan, Roscoe Lee Browne, Farrah Fawcett and Peter Ustinov. ...more

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War of the Worlds is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
War of the Worlds Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Channing Tatum War of the Worlds is a 2005 American epic science fiction disaster film and a loose adaptation of H. G. Wells's novel The War of the Worlds, directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Josh ...more

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Escape from L.A. is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
Escape from L.A. Kurt Russell, Steve Buscemi, Pam Grier Escape from L.A. is a 1996 American science fiction action film co-written, co-scored, and directed by John Carpenter, co-written and produced by Debra Hill and Kurt Russell, with Russell also ...more

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The Omega Man is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
The Omega Man Charlton Heston, Anthony Zerbe, Eric Laneuville The Omega Man is a 1971 American science fiction film directed by Boris Sagal and starring Charlton Heston. It was written by John William Corrington and Joyce Corrington, based on the 1954 ...more

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Planet of the Apes is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
Planet of the Apes Mark Wahlberg, Helena Bonham Carter, Paul Giamatti Planet of the Apes is a 2001 American science fiction film directed by Tim Burton and starring Mark Wahlberg, Tim Roth, Helena Bonham Carter, Michael Clarke Duncan, Paul Giamatti, and Estella ...more

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Judge Dredd is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
Dan Thompson added Judge Dredd Sylvester Stallone, Diane Lane, James Earl Jones Judge Dredd is a 1995 American science fiction action film directed by Danny Cannon, and starring Sylvester Stallone, Diane Lane, Rob Schneider, Armand Assante, and Max von Sydow. The film is ...more

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Cyborg is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
Cyborg Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dayle Haddon, Ralf Möller Cyborg, known in the UK as Cyborg 009, is a 1989 American martial-arts science fiction film directed by Albert Pyun. Jean-Claude Van Damme stars as Gibson Rickenbacker, a mercenary who battles a ...more

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The Last Man on Earth is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
The Last Man on Earth Vincent Price, Giacomo Rossi-Stuart, Umberto Raho The Last Man on Earth is a 1964 science fiction horror film based on the Richard Matheson 1954 novel I Am Legend. The film was directed by Ubaldo Ragona and Sidney Salkow, and stars Vincent ...more

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Doomsday is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
Doomsday Rhona Mitra, Malcolm McDowell, Bob Hoskins Doomsday is a 2008 science fiction action film written and directed by Neil Marshall. The film takes place in the future in Scotland, which has been quarantined because of a deadly virus. When ...more

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Rollerball is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
Dan Thompson added Rollerball James Caan, Maud Adams, Ralph Richardson Rollerball is a 1975 dystopian sports action science fiction film, which Norman Jewison directed from a screenplay dramatized by William Harrison, who adapted his own short story, "Roller ...more

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Sleeper is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
Dan Thompson added Sleeper Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, John Beck Sleeper is a 1973 futuristic comic science fiction film, written by Woody Allen and Marshall Brickman, and directed by Allen. The plot involves the adventures of the owner of a health food store ...more

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dirt man is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
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The Blood of Heroes is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
The Blood of Heroes Vincent D'Onofrio, Rutger Hauer, Joan Chen The Blood of Heroes is a 1989 post-apocalyptic Australian and American film directed by David Webb Peoples and starring Rutger Hauer and Joan Chen. The film is also known by the names The Salute ...more

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After Earth is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
After Earth Will Smith, Zoë Kravitz, Jaden Smith One Thousand A.E. is 2013 Science Fiction written by Stephen Gaghan and Gary Whitta and directed by M. Night Shyamalan.