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The Best Sci-Fi Parody Movies

Updated January 15, 2021 1.5k votes 198 voters 3.9k views31 items

List RulesVote 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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    Spaceballs

    Joan Rivers, John Hurt

    Released1987

    Directed byMel 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, and...  more
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    156
    17

    Galaxy Quest

    Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman

    Released1999

    Directed byDean 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 who...  more
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    103
    21

    Idiocracy

    Maya Rudolph, Terry Crews

    Released2006

    Directed byMike 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 people...  more
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    30

    Mars Attacks!

    Natalie Portman, Jack Nicholson

    Released1996

    Directed byTim Burton

    Mars Attacks! is a 1996 American comic science fiction film directed by Tim Burton. Earth is invaded by Martians with unbeatable weapons and a cruel sense of humor....  more
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    61
    24

    They Live

    Roddy Piper, Keith David

    Released1988

    Directed byJohn 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 "Nada",...  more
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    49
    23

    Released1984

    Directed byW. 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 concerns...  more
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    47
    38

    Airplane II: The Sequel

    William Shatner, Leslie Nielsen

    Released1982

    Directed byKen 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 Hays,...  more
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    35
    24

    The Ice Pirates

    Anjelica Huston, Ron Perlman

    Released1984

    Directed byStewart 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 Michael...  more
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    37
    29

    Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie

    Kevin Murphy, Michael J. Nelson

    Released1996

    Directed byJim 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 by...  more
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    32
    26

    Attack of the Killer Tomatoes

    Jack Riley, Eric Christmas

    Released1978

    Directed byJohn 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
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    25
    22

    Hardware Wars

    Paul Frees, Ernie Fosselius

    Released1978

    Directed byErnie 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 inside...  more
  • 12
    8
    1

    Bill & Ted Face the Music

    Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter

    Released2020

    Directed byDean Parisot

    Bill & Ted Face the Music is a 2020 American science fiction comedy film directed by Dean Parisot, and the third film in the Bill & Ted franchise and a sequel to Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure...  more
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    21
    25

    The Incredible Shrinking Woman

    Lily Tomlin, Ned Beatty

    Released1981

    Directed byJoel 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
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    19
    23

    Amazon Women on the Moon

    Michelle Pfeiffer, Carrie Fisher

    Released1987

    Directed byPeter 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, was...  more
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    24
    30

    Barbarella

    Jane Fonda, Anita Pallenberg

    Released1968

    Directed byRoger 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 was...  more
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    2
    0

    Coneheads

    Adam Sandler, Ellen DeGeneres

    Released1993

    Directed bySteve Barron

    Coneheads is a 1993 American science fiction comedy film based on the Saturday Night Live sketches about the Coneheads. The film was directed by Steve Barron and produced by Lorne Michaels. It...  more
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    2
    0

    Earth Girls Are Easy

    Jim Carrey, Geena Davis

    Released1988

    Directed byJulien Temple

    Earth Girls Are Easy is a 1988 American musical romantic comedy film directed by Julien Temple and stars Geena Davis, Julie Brown, Jeff Goldblum, Damon Wayans, and Jim Carrey. The plot is based on...  more
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    2
    0

    The Stuff

    Abe Vigoda, Paul Sorvino

    Released1985

    Directed byLarry Cohen

    The Stuff is a 1985 American science fiction horror comedy film written, produced, and directed by Larry Cohen and starring Michael Moriarty, Garrett Morris, Andrea Marcovicci, and Paul Sorvino. It...  more
  • 19
    2
    0

    Paul

    Steven Spielberg, Sigourney Weaver

    Released2011

    Directed byGreg Mottola

    Paul is a 2011 British-American science fiction road comedy film directed by Greg Mottola and written by and starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. The film is about two British science fiction fans who...  more
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    2
    1

    Land of the Lost

    Will Ferrell, Leonard Nimoy

    Released2009

    Directed byBrad Silberling

    Land of the Lost is a 2009 American adventure science fiction comedy film directed by Brad Silberling, produced by Sid and Marty Krofft and Jimmy Miller, written by Chris Henchy and Dennis...  more
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    15
    26

    Cherry 2000

    Melanie Griffith, Laurence Fishburne

    Released1987

    Directed bySteve De Jarnatt

    Cherry 2000 is a 1987 science fiction cult film starring Melanie Griffith and David Andrews....  more
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    1
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    Repo! The Genetic Opera

    Paris Hilton, Alexa Vega

    Released2008

    Directed byDarren Lynn Bousman

    Repo! The Genetic Opera is a 2008 American rock opera musical horror film directed by Darren Lynn Bousman. Based on the 2002 musical of the same name, which was written and composed by Darren Smith...  more
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    1
    0

    The Naked Monster

    Linnea Quigley, Jeanne Carmen

    Released2006

    Directed byTed Newsom, Wayne Berwick

    The Naked Monster is a 2005 American ultra low-budget science fiction and horror comedy fan-film written by Ted Newsom and directed by Newsom and Wayne Berwick as an homage to and spoof of the "giant...  more
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    1
    0

    MegaMind

    Brad Pitt, Tina Fey

    Released2010

    Directed byTom McGrath

    Megamind is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated superhero comedy film directed by Tom McGrath. It was produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Paramount Pictures. The film premiered on...  more
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    9
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    Dark Star

    Dan O'Bannon, Brian Narelle

    Released1974

    Directed byJohn 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....  more