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The Best Sci-Fi Parody Movies 

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Updated April 8, 2019 584 votes 83 voters 1.2k views 21 items

List Rules Vote up the movies that do the best job of spoofing the genre.

Here’s a list of the best Sci-Fi parody movies. Science fiction can sometimes be a movie genre that takes itself too seriously, which is why Sci-Fi spoof films always seem to be a welcome breath of fresh air when they arrive. The beauty of the best parodies of Sci-Fi is that they’re not just spoofing science fiction; they use satire to address other topics; such as politics and merchandising in Spaceballs. Good satirical science fiction movies draw both fans of Sci-Fi and comedy movies to them like a tractor beam! You can call them parodies, spoofs, or satire; no matter which term you choose we can all agree that they are funny!

So, we beamed up a list of the top Sci-Fi parody films and think it’s out of this world. Share it with your friends, and if you don’t agree with the rankings feel free to reorder the list the way you feel they should be. If you don't see your favorite satirical science fiction movie on the list, feel free to add it and check back to see how others rank your favorites.

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Galaxy Quest is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Parody Movies
Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tim Allen

Released: 1999

Directed by: Dean Parisot

Galaxy Quest is a 1999 American science fiction action comedy film directed by Dean Parisot and written by David Howard and Robert Gordon. The film follows the adventures of a troupe of actors ...more
Spaceballs is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Parody Movies
Joan Rivers, John Hurt, Mel Brooks

Released: 1987

Directed by: Mel Brooks

Spaceballs is a 1987 American parody film co-written and directed by Mel Brooks and starring Brooks, Bill Pullman, John Candy and Rick Moranis. It also features Daphne Zuniga, Dick Van Patten, ...more
Mars Attacks! is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Parody Movies
Natalie Portman, Jack Nicholson, Sarah Jessica Parker

Released: 1996

Directed by: Tim Burton

Mars Attacks! is a 1996 American comic science fiction film directed by Tim Burton and written by Jonathan Gems. Based on the cult trading card series of the same name, the film features an ...more
Idiocracy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Parody Movies
Maya Rudolph, Terry Crews, Scarface

Released: 2006

Directed by: Mike Judge

Idiocracy is a 2006 American satirical science fiction comedy film directed by Mike Judge and starring Luke Wilson, Maya Rudolph, Dax Shepard, and Terry Crews. The film tells the story of two ...more
They Live is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Parody Movies
Roddy Piper, Keith David, Tommy Morrison

Released: 1988

Directed by: John Carpenter

They Live is a 1988 American science fiction film written and directed by John Carpenter. The film stars Roddy Piper, Keith David, and Meg Foster. It follows a nameless drifter referred to as ...more
Mystery Science Theater ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Parody Movies
Kevin Murphy, Michael J. Nelson, Trace Beaulieu

Released: 1996

Directed by: Jim Mallon

Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie is a 1996 film adaptation of the television series Mystery Science Theater 3000, produced and set between seasons 6 and 7 of the show. It was distributed ...more
Airplane II: The Sequel ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Parody Movies
William Shatner, Leslie Nielsen, Sonny Bono

Released: 1982

Directed by: Ken Finkleman

Airplane II: The Sequel is a 1982 sequel to the 1980 American comedy film Airplane!. First released on December 10, 1982, the film was written and directed by Ken Finkleman and stars Robert ...more
Barbarella is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Parody Movies
Jane Fonda, Anita Pallenberg, Ugo Tognazzi

Released: 1968

Directed by: Roger Vadim

Barbarella is a 1968 French-Italian science fiction film based on Jean-Claude Forest's French Barbarella comics. The film stars Jane Fonda in the title role and was directed by Roger Vadim, who ...more
The Adventures of Buckar... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Parody Movies
Jamie Lee Curtis, Christopher Lloyd, Jeff Goldblum

Released: 1984

Directed by: W. D. Richter

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension!, often shortened to Buckaroo Banzai, is a 1984 American science fiction film. It was directed and produced by W. D. Richter, and ...more
The Ice Pirates is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Parody Movies
Anjelica Huston, Ron Perlman, Max von Sydow

Released: 1984

Directed by: Stewart Raffill

The Ice Pirates is a 1984 comic science fiction film directed by Stewart Raffill, who co-wrote the screenplay with Krull writer Stanford Sherman. The film stars Robert Urich, Mary Crosby and ...more
Sleeper is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Parody Movies
Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, John Beck

Released: 1973

Directed by: Woody Allen

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
Amazon Women on the Moon... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Parody Movies
Michelle Pfeiffer, Carrie Fisher, Bryan Cranston

Released: 1987

Directed by: Peter Horton, Carl Gottlieb, John Landis, Joe Dante, Robert K. Weiss

Amazon Women on the Moon is a 1987 American satirical comedy film that parodies the experience of watching low-budget movies on late-night television. The film, featuring a large ensemble cast, ...more
The Incredible Shrinking... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Parody Movies
The Incredible Shrinking Woman Lily Tomlin, Ned Beatty, Charles Grodin

Released: 1981

Directed by: Joel Schumacher

The Incredible Shrinking Woman is a 1981 science fiction/comedy film directed by Joel Schumacher, written by Jane Wagner and starring Lily Tomlin, Charles Grodin, Ned Beatty, John Glover and ...more
Attack of the Killer Tom... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Parody Movies
Jack Riley, Eric Christmas, Stephen Peace

Released: 1978

Directed by: John De Bello

Attack of the Killer Tomatoes is a 1978 comedy horror film directed, produced, edited, scored and co-written by John DeBello and starring David Miller. The film is a spoof of B movies. Made on a ...more
Hardware Wars is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Parody Movies
Paul Frees, Ernie Fosselius, Scott Mathews

Released: 1978

Directed by: Ernie Fosselius

Hardware Wars is a 1978 short film parody of the classic science fiction film Star Wars. The thirteen-minute film, which was released shortly after Star Wars, consisted of little more than ...more
The Adventures of Pluto ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Parody Movies
Eddie Murphy, Alec Baldwin, Rosario Dawson

Released: 2002

Directed by: Ron Underwood

The Adventures of Pluto Nash is a 2002 Australian-American science fiction comedy film directed by Ron Underwood and starring Eddie Murphy.
Cherry 2000 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Parody Movies
Melanie Griffith, Laurence Fishburne, Ben Johnson

Released: 1987

Directed by: Steve De Jarnatt

Cherry 2000 is a 1987 science fiction cult film starring Melanie Griffith and David Andrews.
Dark Star is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Parody Movies
Dan O'Bannon, Brian Narelle, Cal Kuniholm

Released: 1974

Directed by: John Carpenter

Dark Star is a 1974 American comic science fiction motion picture directed, co-written, produced and scored by John Carpenter, and co-written by, edited by and starring Dan O'Bannon.
The Creature Wasn't Nice... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Parody Movies
Leslie Nielsen, Cindy Williams, Patrick Macnee

Released: 1981

Directed by: Guy Haines

The Creature Wasn't Nice is a 1981 U.S. motion picture written and directed by Bruce Kimmel. The movie is a comedy farce satirizing extraterrestrial horror movies such as Alien. It stars Leslie ...more
Space Truckers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Parody Movies
Dennis Hopper, Charles Dance, Stephen Dorff

Released: 1996

Directed by: Stuart Gordon

Space Truckers is a 1996 American/British/Irish comedy science-fiction film written and directed by Stuart Gordon and starring Dennis Hopper, Stephen Dorff, Debi Mazar and Charles Dance. It was ...more
Sexmission is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Parody Movies
Jerzy Stuhr, Beata Tyszkiewicz, Olgierd Łukaszewicz

Released: 1983

Directed by: Juliusz Machulski

Sexmission is a 1984 cult Polish comedy science fiction action film. It also contains a hidden political satire layer specific to the time and place of its production.