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The Best Science Fiction Action Movies

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List RulesVote up the best movies that get you thinking about an action-packed future.

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 exciting 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? Vote up your favorites and check back for new action sci-fi movies as they are added to the list.

 

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    Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
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    Released1980

    Directed byIrvin Kershner

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    Star Wars
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    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

    Released1977

    Directed byGeorge Lucas

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    The Terminator
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    Released1984

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    Back to the Future
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    Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd

    Released1985

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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    Jurassic Park
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    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1993

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    Alien
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    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt

    Released1979

    Directed byRidley Scott

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    Terminator 2: Judgment Day
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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong

    Released1991

    Directed byJames Cameron

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    Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi
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    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

    Released1983

    Directed byRichard Marquand

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    Aliens
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    Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton

    Released1986

    Directed byJames Cameron

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    Guardians of the Galaxy
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    Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana

    Released2014

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    The Matrix
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    Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne

    Released1999

    Directed byAndy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

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    Predator
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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura

    Released1987

    Directed byJohn McTiernan

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    The Fifth Element
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    Milla Jovovich, Bruce Willis

    Released1997

    Directed byLuc Besson

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    Blade Runner
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    Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah

    Released1982

    Directed byRidley Scott

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    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
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    Kirstie Alley, William Shatner

    Released1982

    Directed byNicholas Meyer

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    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
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    Released2003

    Directed byPeter Jackson

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    Avengers: Infinity War
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    Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth

    Released2018

    Directed byAnthony Russo, Joe Russo

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    Total Recall
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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone

    Released1990

    Directed byPaul Verhoeven

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    Men in Black
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    Released1997

    Directed byBarry Sonnenfeld

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    Independence Day
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    Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1996

    Directed byRoland Emmerich

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  • 21
    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
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    Felicity Jones, Diego Luna

    Released2016

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    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
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    Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen

    Released2002

    Directed byPeter Jackson

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    Inception
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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy

    Released2010

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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    RoboCop
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    Alex Van Halen, Peter Weller

    Released1987

    Directed byPaul Verhoeven

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    Stargate
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    Kurt Russell, James Spader

    Released1994

    Directed byRoland Emmerich

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