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100 Greatest Sci-Fi Movies

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Criteria: These 'Greatest Science Fiction Movies' are ranked by Impact, Influence, and Popularity.

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100 Greatest Sci-Fi Movies
  1. 2001: A Space Odyssey - (1968) (Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood)
  2. Star Wars: Ep.V - The Empire Strikes Back - (1980) (Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford)
  3. Metropolis - (1927) (Alfred Abel, Brigitte Helm)
  4. Star Wars: Ep.IV - A New Hope - (1977) (Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford)
  5. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial - (1982) (Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore)
  6. The Day The Earth Stood Still - (1951) (Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal)
  7. Planet of the Apes - (1968) (Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowell)
  8. Blade Runner - (1982) (Harrison Ford, Sean Young, Rutger Hauer)
  9. Close Encounters of the Third Kind - (1977) (Richard Dreyfus, Teri Garr)
10. Frankenstein - (1931) (Boris Karloff, Colin Clive, Mae Clark)

11. A Clockwork Orange - (1971) (Malcolm McDowell, Michael Bates)
12. Jurassic Park - (1993) (Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum)
13. Alien - (1979) (Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt)
14. The War of the Worlds - (1953) (Gene Barry, Ann Robinson)
15. Back to the Future - (1985) (Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson)
16. Invasion Of The Body Snatchers - (1956) (Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter)
17. The Terminator - (1984) (Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Michael Beihn)
18. The Road Warrior - (1981) (Mel Gibson, Virginia Hey)
19. Forbidden Planet - (1956) (Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis)
20. Terminator 2: Judgment Day - (1991) (Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton)
21. Superman - (1978) ) (Christoper Reeve, Gene Hackman, Morgot Kidder)
22. Star Wars: Ep.VI - Return Of the Jedi - (1983) (Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford)
23. Avatar - (2009) (Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver)
24. 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea - (1954) (Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Peter Lorre)
25. Solaris - (1972) (Natalya Bondarchuk, Donatas Banionis)
26. The Martian - (2015) (Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig)
27. Bride of Frankenstein - (1935) (Boris Karlof, Elsa Lanchester)
28. Brazil - (1985) (Jonathan Pryce, Kim Greist, Robert De Niro)
29. Aliens - (1986) (Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Lance Henriksen)
30. Things To Come - (1936) (Raymond Massey, Ralph Richardson)
31. Marooned - (1969) (Gregory Peck, Gene Hackman, Richard Crenna)
32. Them - (1954) (James Arness, Edmund Gwenn)
33. Mad Max - (1979) (Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel)
34. Godzilla - (1954) (Haruo Nakajima, Katsumi Tezuka, Akira Takarada)
35. Ghostbusters - (1981) (Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis)
36. The Invisible Man - (1933) (Claude Rains, Gloria Stuart)
37. Children Of Men - (2006) (Clice Owen, Julianne Moore)
38. Interstellar - (2014) (Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain)
39. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan - (1982) (William Shatner, Ricardo Montalban)
40. THX 1138 - (1971) (Robert Duvall, Donald Pleasence, Maggie McOmie)
41. District 9 - (2009) (Sharlto Copley, Jason Cope)
42. Westworld - (1973) (Yul Brynner, Richard Benjamin)
43. The Matrix - (1999) (Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne)
44. Fantastic Voyage - (1966) (Stephen Boyd, Raquel Welch)
45. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - (2005) (Sam Rockwell, Mos Def, John Malkovich)
46. Ghost in The Shell - (1995) (Animated)
47. Minority Report - (2002) (Tom Cruise, Max Von Sydow)
48. Akira - (1988) (Animated)
49. The Abyss - (1989) (Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio)
50. Escape From New York - (1981) (Kurt Russell, Donald Pleasence)
51. Robinson Crusoe on Mars - (1964) (Paul Mantee, Victor Lundin)
52. Total Recall - (1990) (Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ronny Cox, Rachel Ticotin)
53. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home - (1986) (William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Catherine Hicks)
54. Gravity - (2013) (Sandra Bullock, George Clooney)
55. Superman II - (1980) (Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Gene Hackman)
56. Cocoon - (1985) (Steve Gutenberg, Wilford Brimley)
57. Liquid Sky - (1982) (Ann Carlisle)
58. Fahrenheit 451 - (1967) (Oskar Werner, Julie Christie)
59. The Man From Planet X - (1951) (Robert Clarke, Margaret Fielding)
60. Robocop - (1987) (Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Kurtwood Smith)
61. Predator - (1987) (Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers)
62. The Man Who Fell to Earth - (1976) (David Bowie, Rip Torn, Buck Henry)
63. 12 Monkeys - (1995) (Bruce Willis, Brad Pitt)
64. A Boy and His Dog - (1975) (Don Johnson, Jason Robards, Susanne Benton)
65. Donnie Darko - (2001) (Jake Gyllenhaal, Patrick Swayze, Jena Malone)
66. Repo Man - (1984) (Emilio Estevez, Harry Dean Stanton)
67. The Time Machine - (1960) (Rod Taylor, Yvette Mimieux)
68. Silent Running - (1971) (Bruce Dern, Steve Brown)
69. The Thing - (1982) (Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David)
70. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids - (1989) (Rick Moranis, Marcia Strassman, Amy O'Neill)
71. Wall-E - (2008) (Animated)
72. Serenity - (2005) (Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres)
73. Men in Black - (1997) (Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones)
74. The Fly - (1986) (Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis)
75. Earth Vs. the Flying Saucers - (1956) (Hugh Marlowe, Joan Taylor)
76. Invaders from Mars - (1953) (Arthur Franz, Helena Carter, Jimmy Hunt)
77. Logan's Run - (1976) (Michael York, Jenny Agutter)
78. It Came From Outer Space - (1953) (Richard Carlson, Barbara Rush, Charles Drake)
79. A Scanner Darkly - (2006) (Keanu Reeves, Winona Rider, Robert Downey Jr.)
80. Time Bandits - (1981) (John Cleese, Ralph Richardson)
81. The Fifth Element - (1997) (Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich, Gary Oldman)
82. Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith - (2005) (Hayden Christensen, Ewan McGregor)
83. The Thing From Another World - (1951) (Kenneth Tobey, James Arness, Margeret Sheridan)
84. Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome - (1985) (Mel Gibson, Tina Turner)
85. Soylent Green - (1973) (Charlton Heston, Edward G. Robinson)
86. Flash Gordon - (1980) (Sam Jones, Max Von Sydow, Music by Queen)
87. Star Trek: First Contact - (1996) (Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes)
88. X Men - (2000) (Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen)
89. Gattaca - (1997) (Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman)
90. I, Robot - (2004) (Will Smith, James Cromwell)
91. Barbarella - (1968) (Jane Fonda, David Hemmings, John Phillip Law)
92. Starman - (1984) (Jeff Bridges, Karen Allen)
93. Alien Nation - (1988) (James Caan, Mandy Patinkin, Terrence Stamp)
94. The Last Starfighter - (1984) (Lance Guest, Robert Preston, Catherine Mary Stewart)
95. Explorers - (1985) (Ethan Hawke, River Pheonix)
96. Looper - (2012) (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis)
97. Starship Troopers - (1997) (Dina Meyer, Dinise Richards)
98. 1984 - (1984) (John Hurt, Richard Burton)
99. The Hunger Games - (2012) (Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson)
100. Moon - (2009) (Sam Rockwell, Kevin Spacey, Dominique McElligott)

101. Signs - (2002) (Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix)
102. Stalker - (1979) (Alisa Freyndlikh, Aleksandr Kaydanovskiy)
103. Enemy Mine - (1985) (Dennis Quaid, Louis Gossett)
104. Innerspace - (1987) (Dennis Quaid, Martin Short)
105. Omega Man - (1971) (Charlton Heston, Anthony Zerbe)
106. Dark City - (1998) (Kiefer Sutherland, William Hurt, Jennifer Connely)
107. Star Trek III: The Search For Spock - (1984) (William Shatner, Christopher Lloyd)
108. Star Trek: The Motion Picture - (1979) (William Shatner, Lynord Nimoy, Persis Khambatta)
109. Star Wars: Ep. I - The Phantom Menace - (1999) (Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, Jack Lloyd)
110. Star Wars: Ep. II - Attack Of The Clones - (2002) (Hayden Christensen, Ewan McGregor)
111. The Andromeda Strain - (1971) (Arthur Hill, David Wayne)
112. Alien 3 - (1992) (Sigourney Weaver, Charles S. Dutton)
113. Contact - (1997) (Jodi Foster, Matthew McConaughey)
114. Stargate - (1994) (Kurt Russell, James Spader)
115. Invasion Of The Body Snatchers - (1978) (Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams)
116. Star Trek - (2009) (Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Eric Bana)
117. Independence Day - (1996) (Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum)
118. The Stepford Wives - (1975) (Katherine Ross, Paula Prentiss)
119. Sleeper - (1973) (Woody Allen, Diane Keaton)
120. Tron - (1982) (Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner)
121. The Lost World: Jurassic Park - (1997) (Jeff Goldblum, Julianne Moore)
122. Star Trek Generations - (1994) (Patrick Stewart, William Shatner, Malcolm McDowell)
123. 2010: The Year We Make Contact - (1984) (Roy Scheider, John Lithgow)
124. Virtuosity - (1995) (Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe)
125. The Fly - (1958) (Vincent Price, Patrica Owens)
126. Men in Black II - (2002) (Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones)
127. A.I.: Artificial Intelligence - (2001) (Haley Joel Osment, Jude Law)
128. Red Planet - (2000) (Val Kilmer, Carrie-Anne Moss)
129. Space Truckers - (1997) (Dennis Hopper, Stephen Dorff)
130. Spaceballs - (1987) (Rick Moranis, Bill Pullman, John Candy)
131. Solaris - (2002) (George Clooney, Jeremy Davies)
132. The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai - (1984) (Peter Weller, John Lithgow)
133. The Arrival - (1996) (Charlie Sheen, Lindsay Crouse)
134. Galaxy Quest - (1999) (Tim Allen, Alan Rickman)
135. Star Trek: Insurrection - (1998) (Patrick Stewart, F. Murray Abraham)
136. Species - (1995) (Natasha Henstridge, Marg Helgenberger, Ben Kingsley)
137. War of the Worlds - (2005) (Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, Tim Robbins)
138. Scorpio One - (1998) (Robert Carradine, Jeff Speakerman)
139. Rollerball - (1975) (James Caan, John Houseman)
140. Outland - (1981) (Sean Connery, Peter Boyle)
141. Dark Planet - (1997) (Michael York, Paul Mercurio)
142. The Time Machine - (2002) (Guy Pearce, Jerery Irons)
143. Star Trek V: The Final Frontier - (1989) (William Shatner, Laurence Luckinbill)
144. Rocketship X-M - (1950) (Lloyd Bridges, Noah Beery)
145. Lifeforce - (1985) (Patrick Stewart, Steve Railsback)
146. Communion - (1989) (Christopher Walken, Lindsay Crouse)
147. Slaughterhouse Five - (1972) (Michael Sacks, Valerie Perrine)
148. The Running Man - (1987) (Arnold Schwarzenegger, Richard Dawson)
149. Star Quest - (1995) (Steven Bauer, Emma Samms)
150. The Blob - (1958) (Steve McQueen, Aneta Corsaut)
151. X-Files - (1998) (David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson)
152. Supernova - (2000) (James Spader, Lou Diamond Phillips, Angela Bassett)
153. Mission To Mars - (2000) (Tim Robins, Gary Sinise)
154. Johnny Mnemonic - (1995) (Keanu Reeves, Dolph Lundgren)
155. Moon 44 - (1990) (Michael Pare, Malcolm McDowell)
156. Fantastic Planet - (1973) (Animated) (Director - René Laloux)
157. Pitch Black - (2000) (Vin Diesel, Keith David)
158. Not of This Earth - (1995) (Michael York, Parker Stevenson)
159. The American Astronaut - (2001) (Cory McAbbe, Rocco Sisto)
160. First Encounter - (1998) (Roddy Piper, Trevor Goddard)
161. Alien Intruder - (1992) (Billy Dee Williams, Maxwell Caulfield)
162. Event Horizon - (1997) (Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neill)
163. Matrix Revolutions - (2003) (Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne)
164. Lost In Space - (1998) (Gary Oldman, William Hurt)
165. The Black Hole - (1979) (Maximilian Schell, Anthony Perkins)
166. This Island Earth - (1955) (Rex Reason, Jeff Morrow)
167. Alien Resurrection - (1997) (Sigourney Weaver, Winona Ryder)
168. When Worlds Collide - (1951) (Richard Derr, Barbara Rush)
169. V for Vendetta - (2005) (Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving)
170. The Man from Earth - (2007) (David Lee Smith, John Billingsley, Tony Todd)
171. Soldier - (1998) (Kurt Russell, Gary Busy)
172. The Quartermass Xperiment - (1956) (Brian Donlovey, Margia Dean)
173. Sphere - (1998) (Dustin Hoffman, Samuel L. Jackson)
174. Ghosts Of Mars - (2001) (Joanna Cassidy, Ice Cube)
175. Journey To The far Side Of the Sun - (1969) (Roy Thinnes, Herbert Lom)
176. Dark Universe - (1993) (Blake Pickett, Cherie Scott)
177. Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country - (1991) (William Shatner, Christopher Plummer)
178. Planet of the Apes - (2001) (Mark Wahlberg, Tim Roth, Helena Bonham Carter)
179. First Men in the Moon - (1964) (Edward Judd, Lionel Jeffries, Martha Hyer)
180. Quartermass And the Pit (5 Million years to Earth) - (1968) (Andrew Keir)
181. Zardoz - (1974) (Sean Connery, Charlotte Rampling)
182. Escape From L.A. - (1996) (Kurt Russell, Steve Buscemi)
183. Dark Star - (1974) (Brian Narelle, Cal Kuniholm, Dre Pahich)
184. Coneheads - (1993) (Dan Aykroyd, Jane Curtin, Phil Hartman)
185. Forterss - (1993) (Christopher Lambert, Kurtwood Smith)
186. Cyberzone - (1995) (Marc Singer, Rochelle Swanson, Future)
187. Alphaville - (1965) (Eddie Constantine, Anna Karina)
188. Destination Moon - (1950) (John Archer, Warner Anderson)
189. It Conquered the World - (1956) (Peter Graves, Lee Van Cleef)
190. The Postman - (1997) (Kevin Costner, Will Patton)
191. Flash Gordon: Rocketship - (1936) (Buster Crabbe, Jean Rogers)
192. Seksmisja (aka Sexmission) - (1984) (Olgierd Lukaszewicz, Jerzy Stuhr)
193. Timecop (1994) - (Jean Claude Van Damme)
194. Batteries Not Included - (1987) (Jessica Tandy, Hume Cronyn)
195. Beneath the Planet of the Apes - (1970) (James Franciscus, Kim Hunter)
196. Death Race 2000 - (1975) (Sylvester Stallone, David Carradine)
197. Demolition Man - (1993) (Sylvester Stallone, Sandra Bullock)
198. Mars Attacks - (1996) (Jack Nicholson, Annette Bening)
199. Dune - (1984) (Kyle MacLachlan, Max Von Sydow)
200. Waterworld - (1995) (Kevin Costner, Dennis Hopper)
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10 Best Sci-Fi Movies of 2015

  1. The Martian - (Ridley Scott) (Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig)
  2. Mad Max: Fury Road - (George Miller) (Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult)
  3. Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens - (J.J. Abrams) (Daisy Ridley, John Boyega)
  4. Ex Machina - (Alex Garland) (Alicia Vikander, Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac)
  5. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Pt. 2 - (Francis Lawrence) (Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson)
  6. Insurgent - (Robert Schwentke) (Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Theo James)
  7. Jurassic World - (Colin Trevorrow) ( Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins)
  8. Ant-Man - (Peyton Reed) (Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Corey Stoll)
  9. Chappie - (Neill Blomkamp) (Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, Hugh Jackman)
10. Jupiter Ascending - (Lana & Lilly Wachowski) (Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis)
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10 Best Sci-Fi Movies of 2014

  1. Interstellar - (Christopher Nolan) (Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain)
  2. Guardians of the Galaxy - (James Gunn) (Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper)
  3. Edge of Tomorrow - (Doug Liman) (Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton)
  4. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 - (Francis Lawrence) (Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson)
  5. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - (Matt Reeves) (Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Andy Serkis)
  6. The Maze Runner - (Wes Ball) ( Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter)
  7. Time Lapse - (Bradley King) (Danielle Panabaker, Matt O'Leary, George Finn)
  8. Divergent - (Neil Burger) (Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet)
  9. The Signal - (William Eubank) (Brenton Thwaites, Olivia Cooke, Beau Knapp)
10. Predestination - (Peter Spierig, Michael Spierig) (Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook, Noah Taylor)
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10 Best Sci-Fi Movies of 2013

  1. Gravity - (Alfonso Cuarón) (Sandra Bullock, George Clooney)
  2. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire - (Francis Lawrence) (Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson)
  3. Star Trek Into Darkness - (J.J. Abrams) (Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto)
  4. Pacific Rim - (Guillermo del Toro) (Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam)
  5. Europa Report - (Sebastián Cordero) (Sharlto Copley, Michael Nyqvist)
  6. Mr. Nobody - (Jaco Van Dormael) (Jared Leto, Sarah Polley)
  7. Elysium - (Neill Blomkamp) (Matt Damon, Jodie Foster)
  8. Ender's Game - (Gavin Hood) (Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield)
  9. Oblivion - (Joseph Kosinski) (Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman)
10. Riddick - (David Twohy) (Vin Diesel, Karl Urban)
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10 Best Sci-Fi Movies of 2012

  1. Looper - (Rian Johnson) (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis)
  2. The Hunger Games - (Gary Ross) (Jennifer Lawrence)
  3. Chronicle - (Josh Trank) (Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell)
  4. Prometheus - (Ridley Scott) (Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron)
  5. Cloud Atlas - (Tom Tykwer) (Tom Hanks, Halle Berry)
  6. Dredd 3D - (Pete Travis) (Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby)
  7. Men In Black 3 - (Barry Sonnenfeld) (Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones)
  8. John Carter - (Andrew Stanton) (Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins)
  9. Total Recall - (Len Wiseman) (Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale)
10. Battleship - (Peter Berg) (Alexander Skarsgard, Brooklyn Decker)
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