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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 Episode V: The Empir is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
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    Released1980

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    Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
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    Star Wars

    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

    Released1977

    Star Wars is a 1977 American epic space opera film written and directed by George Lucas. The... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Terminator is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
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    The Terminator

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton

    Released1984

    The Terminator is a 1984 American science fiction/horror action film directed by James... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
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    Back to the Future

    Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd

    Released1985

    Back to the Future is a 1985 American science fiction film directed by Robert Zemeckis. Marty... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
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    Jurassic Park

    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1993

    Jurassic Park is a 1993 American science fiction adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Star Wars: Episode VI - Return is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
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    Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

    Released1983

    Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi is a 1983 American epic space opera film directed... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 7
    Alien is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
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    Alien

    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt

    Released1979

    Alien is a 1979 science fiction horror film directed by Ridley Scott. The crew of the... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Terminator 2: Judgment Day is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
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    Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong

    Released1991

    Terminator 2: Judgment Day is a 1991 American science fiction action thriller film written,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 9
    Aliens is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
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    Aliens

    Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton

    Released1986

    Aliens is a 1986 American science-fiction action horror film written and directed by James... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Guardians of the Galaxy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
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    Guardians of the Galaxy

    Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana

    Released2014

    Guardians of the Galaxy is a 2014 American superhero film directed by James Gunn, based on the... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
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    The Matrix

    Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne

    Released1999

    The Matrix is a 1999 American-Australian science fiction action film written and directed by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Predator is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
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    Predator

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura

    Released1987

    Predator is a 1987 American science fiction action film directed by John McTiernan and was... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Fifth Element is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
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    The Fifth Element

    Milla Jovovich, Bruce Willis

    Released1997

    The Fifth Element is a 1997 English-language French science fiction action film directed and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kha is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
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    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

    Kirstie Alley, William Shatner

    Released1982

    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is a 1982 sci-fi film written by Jack B. Sowards and Nicholas... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Blade Runner is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
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    Blade Runner

    Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah

    Released1982

    Blade Runner is a 1982 American neo-noir dystopian science fiction film directed by Ridley... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Avengers: Infinity War is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
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    Avengers: Infinity War

    Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth

    Released2018

    Avengers: Infinity War is a 2018 American superhero film directed by Anthony and Joe Russo.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Lord of the Rings: The Ret is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
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    Released2003

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    Men in Black is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
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    Men in Black

    Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone

    Released1997

    Men in Black is a 1997 American science fiction action comedy film directed by Barry... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Total Recall is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
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    Total Recall

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone

    Released1990

    Total Recall is a 1990 American science fiction action film directed by Paul Verhoeven. In... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Independence Day is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
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    Independence Day

    Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1996

    Independence Day is a 1996 American science fiction disaster film co-written and directed by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
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    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    Felicity Jones, Diego Luna

    Released2016

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    Stargate is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
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    Stargate

    Kurt Russell, James Spader

    Released1994

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    Inception is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
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    Inception

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy

    Released2010

    Inception is a 2010 science fiction thriller film written, produced, and directed by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Lord of the Rings: The Two is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
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    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

    Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen

    Released2002

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    RoboCop is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Science Fiction Action Movies
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    RoboCop

    Alex Van Halen, Peter Weller

    Released1987

    RoboCop is a 1987 American cyberpunk action film directed by Paul Verhoeven and written by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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