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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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Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
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Released: 1977

Directed by: George Lucas

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Star Wars Episode V: The... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
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Released: 1980

Directed by: Irvin Kershner

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Terminator 2: Judgment D... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
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Released: 1991

Directed by: James Cameron

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The Terminator is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
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Released: 1984

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Aliens is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
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Released: 1986

Directed by: James Cameron

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Released: 1979

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The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
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Released: 1999

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Predator is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
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Released: 1987

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The Fifth Element is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
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Released: 1997

Directed by: Luc Besson

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Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
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Released: 1993

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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Blade Runner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Sean Young

Released: 1982

Directed by: Ridley Scott

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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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Released: 2014

Directed by: James Gunn

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Released: 1983

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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

Released: 1985

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

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Independence Day is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
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Released: 1996

Directed by: Roland Emmerich

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Men in Black is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
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Released: 1997

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Released: 2005

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