Total Nerd The Best Science Fiction-y Psychological Dramas  

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List Rules Vote up the top psychological drama movies with elements of sci-fi.

When psychological dramas bring in elements of classic science fiction, the result can be a mind-bending movie-going experience. The best science fiction dramas feature intriguing characters whose everyday lives are complicated by new technology or unexpected events. This is a list of the top psychological science fiction movies including everything from Donnie Darko to A Clockwork Orange to Vanilla Sky.

What films will you find on this list of the best sci fi dramas? At its heart, the Charlie Kaufman-penned Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a love story. The film follows the relationship of Joel (Jim Carrey) and Clementine (Kate Winslet) after they erase each other from their memories. Michel Gondry used in-camera techniques to add to the wonder of this acclaimed film. Inception is another good psychological drama that dabbles in science fiction, while David Lynch's Mulholland Drive has more twists and turns than a supernatural rollercoaster. Other movies featured on this list include 2001: A Space Odyssey, Cloud Atlas, and The Butterfly Effect.

Which science fiction drama deserves the top spot on this list? Give your favorites a thumbs up and please add any films that are missing.

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Inception is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Science Fiction-y Psychological Dramas
Inception Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard Inception is a 2010 science fiction heist thriller film written, produced, and directed by Christopher Nolan. The film stars a large ensemble cast that includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, ...more

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Ex Machina is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Science Fiction-y Psychological Dramas
Ex Machina Alicia Vikander, Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac Ex Machina is a 2015 independent science fiction psychological thriller film directed by Alex Garland. A young programmer (Domhnall Gleeson) is selected to participate in a ground-breaking ...more

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The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Science Fiction-y Psychological Dramas
Mohammed Hafiz Alshafie added The Matrix Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, 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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District 9 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Science Fiction-y Psychological Dramas
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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12 Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Science Fiction-y Psychological Dramas
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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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotle... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Science Fiction-y Psychological Dramas
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Carrey Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a 2004 American romantic science-fiction comedy-drama film about an estranged couple who have each other erased from their memories, written by Charlie ...more

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A Clockwork Orange is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Science Fiction-y Psychological Dramas
A Clockwork Orange Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke, Steven Berkoff A Clockwork Orange is a 1971 dystopian crime film adapted, produced, and directed by Stanley Kubrick, based on Anthony Burgess's 1962 novella A Clockwork Orange. It employs disturbing, violent ...more

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Donnie Darko is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Science Fiction-y Psychological Dramas
Donnie Darko Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale, Jake Gyllenhaal Donnie Darko is a 2001 American supernatural drama film written and directed by Richard Kelly and starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Drew Barrymore, Patrick Swayze, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Noah Wyle, Jena ...more

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2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Science Fiction-y Psychological Dramas
2001: A Space Odyssey Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop 2001: A Space Odyssey is a 1968 epic science fiction film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick. The screenplay was written by Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke, and was partially inspired by ...more

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Looper is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Science Fiction-y Psychological Dramas
Looper Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Joseph Gordon-Levitt Looper is a 2012 American science fiction action thriller film written and directed by Rian Johnson and starring Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Emily Blunt. In the film, time travel is ...more

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The Butterfly Effect is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Science Fiction-y Psychological Dramas
The Butterfly Effect Ashton Kutcher, Amy Smart, Logan Lerman The Butterfly Effect is a 2004 American psychological thriller film that was written and directed by Eric Bress and J. Mackye Gruber, starring Ashton Kutcher and Amy Smart. The title refers to ...more

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Sunshine is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Science Fiction-y Psychological Dramas
Sunshine Rose Byrne, Chris Evans, Mark Strong Sunshine is a 2007 British science fiction thriller film directed by Danny Boyle. The film was adapted from a screenplay written by Alex Garland about the crew of a spacecraft on a dangerous ...more

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Vanilla Sky is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Science Fiction-y Psychological Dramas
Vanilla Sky Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise, Penélope Cruz Vanilla Sky is a 2001 American science fiction thriller film directed, written, and co-produced by Cameron Crowe. It is an English-language remake of Alejandro Amenábar's 1997 Spanish ...more

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The Adjustment Bureau is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Science Fiction-y Psychological Dramas
The Adjustment Bureau Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Jon Stewart The Adjustment Bureau is a 2011 American romantic science fiction thriller film loosely based on the Philip K. Dick short story, "Adjustment Team". The film was written and directed by ...more

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Mulholland Drive is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Science Fiction-y Psychological Dramas
Mulholland Drive Naomi Watts, Billy Ray Cyrus, Melissa George Mulholland Drive is a 2001 American neo-noir mystery film written and directed by David Lynch and starring Naomi Watts, Laura Harring, and Justin Theroux. It tells the story of an aspiring ...more

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The Man Who Fell to Earth is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Science Fiction-y Psychological Dramas
The Man Who Fell to Earth David Bowie, Rip Torn, Buck Henry The Man Who Fell to Earth is a 1976 British science fiction film directed by Nicolas Roeg. The film is based on the 1963 novel of the same name by Walter Tevis, about an extraterrestrial who ...more

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Solaris is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Science Fiction-y Psychological Dramas
JerryDurrwachter added Solaris Anatoly Solonitsyn, Natalya Bondarchuk, Jüri Järvet Solaris is a 1972 Russian science fiction art film adaptation of Polish author Stanisław Lem's novel Solaris. The film was co-written and directed by Andrei Tarkovsky. The film is a meditative ...more

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A Girl Walks Home Alone at Nig... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Science Fiction-y Psychological Dramas
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night Marshall Manesh, Mozhan Marnò, Dominic Rains A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is a 2014 American film directed by Ana Lily Amirpour. Tagged as "The first Iranian vampire Western", it was chosen to show in the "Next" ...more

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Cloud Atlas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Science Fiction-y Psychological Dramas
Cloud Atlas Halle Berry, Tom Hanks, Susan Sarandon Cloud Atlas is a 2012 science fiction film written and directed by Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer and Andy Wachowski. Adapted from the 2004 novel of the same name by David Mitchell, the film has ...more

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Triangle is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Science Fiction-y Psychological Dramas
Triangle Melissa George, Michael Dorman, Rachael Carpani Triangle is a 2009 psychological horror thriller film written and directed by Christopher Smith. Jess (Melissa George) plays a single mother who goes on a boating trip with several friends. When ...more

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Splice is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Science Fiction-y Psychological Dramas
Splice Adrien Brody, Sarah Polley, Delphine Chanéac Splice is a 2009 Canadian-French science fiction horror film directed by Vincenzo Natali and starring Adrien Brody, Sarah Polley, and Delphine Chanéac. The story concerns experiments in ...more

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Never Let Me Go is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Science Fiction-y Psychological Dramas
Never Let Me Go Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield Never Let Me Go is a 2010 British dystopian science fiction drama film based on Kazuo Ishiguro's 2005 novel of the same name. The film was directed by Mark Romanek from a screenplay by Alex ...more

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The Box is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Science Fiction-y Psychological Dramas
The Box Cameron Diaz, Gillian Jacobs, James Marsden The Box is a 2009 American psychological thriller film based on the 1970 short story "Button, Button" by Richard Matheson, which was previously adapted into an episode of the 1980s ...more