Top 45 films in Sci-Fi

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2001: A Space Odyssey

Directed by Stanley Kubrick | Rated G | 149 min | 1968

Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer H.A.L. 9000, sets off on a quest.


A Clockwork Orange

Directed by Stanley Kubrick | Rated X | 136 min | 1971

In future Britain, charismatic delinquent Alex DeLarge is jailed and volunteers for an experimental aversion therapy developed by the government in an effort to solve society's crime problem - but not all goes according to plan.


E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

Directed by Steven Spielberg | Rated PG | 115 min | 1982

A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home-world.


Blade Runner

Directed by Ridley Scott | Rated R | 117 min | 1982

A blade runner must pursue and try to terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space and have returned to Earth to find their creator.


Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Directed by Steven Spielberg | Rated PG | 137 min | 1977

After an encounter with U.F.O.s, a line worker feels undeniably drawn to an isolated area in the wilderness where something spectacular is about to happen.


Frankenstein

Directed by James Whale | 70 min | 1931

An obsessed scientist assembles a living being from parts of exhumed corpses.


Metropolis

Directed by Fritz Lang | 153 min | 1927

In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city's mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences.


Back to the Future

Directed by Robert Zemeckis | Rated PG | 116 min | 1985

Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent 30 years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the maverick scientist Doc Brown.


Brazil

Directed by Terry Gilliam | Rated R | 132 min | 1985

A bureaucrat in a retro-future world tries to correct an administrative error and himself becomes an enemy of the state.


Alien

Directed by Ridley Scott | Rated R | 117 min | 1979

After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as distress call, their landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious lifeform. Continuing their journey back to Earth with the attacked crew having recovered and the critter deceased, they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun.


The Bride of Frankenstein

Directed by James Whale | 75 min | 1935

Mary Shelley reveals the main characters of her novel survived: Dr. Frankenstein, goaded by an even madder scientist, builds his monster a mate.


The Matrix

Directed by Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski | Rated R | 136 min | 1999

A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.


Mad Max: Fury Road

Directed by George Miller | Rated R | 120 min | 2015

A woman rebels against a tyrannical ruler in postapocalyptic Australia in search for her home-land with the help of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshipper, and a drifter named Max.


Inception

Directed by Christopher Nolan | Rated PG-13 | 148 min | 2010

A thief, who steals corporate secrets through use of dream-sharing technology, is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a CEO.


Aliens

Directed by James Cameron | Rated R | 137 min | 1986

The planet from Alien (1979) has been colonized, but contact is lost. This time, the rescue team has impressive firepower, but will it be enough?


Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior

Directed by George Miller | Rated R | 94 min | 1981

In the post-apocalyptic Australian wasteland, a cynical drifter agrees to help a small, gasoline rich, community escape a band of bandits.


Her

Directed by Spike Jonze | Rated R | 126 min | 2013

A lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with his newly-purchased operating system that's designed to meet his every need.


Jurassic Park

Directed by Steven Spielberg | Rated PG-13 | 127 min | 1993

During a preview tour, a theme park suffers a major power breakdown that allows its cloned dinosaur exhibits to run amok.


Stalker

Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky | 163 min | 1979

A guide leads two men through an area known as the Zone to find a room that grants wishes.


The Terminator

Directed by James Cameron | Rated R | 107 min | 1984

A human-looking indestructible cyborg is sent from 2029 to 1984 to assassinate a waitress, whose unborn son will lead humanity in a war against the machines, while a soldier from that war is sent to protect her at all costs.


Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Directed by Don Siegel | 80 min | 1956

A small-town doctor learns that the population of his community is being replaced by emotionless alien duplicates.


Melancholia

Directed by Lars von Trier | Rated R | 130 min | 2011

Two sisters find their already strained relationship challenged as a mysterious new planet threatens to collide with Earth.


Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Directed by James Cameron | Rated R | 137 min | 1991

A cyborg, identical to the one who failed to kill Sarah Connor, must now protect her young son, John Connor, from a more advanced cyborg, made out of liquid metal.


Interstellar

Directed by Christopher Nolan | Rated PG-13 | 169 min | 2014

A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in space in an attempt to ensure humanity's survival.


The Prestige

Directed by Christopher Nolan | Rated PG-13 | 130 min | 2006

Two stage magicians engage in competitive one-upmanship in an attempt to create the ultimate stage illusion.


District 9

Directed by Neill Blomkamp | Rated R | 112 min | 2009

An extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth suddenly finds a kindred spirit in a government agent who is exposed to their biotechnology.


Gravity

Directed by Alfonso Cuarón | Rated PG-13 | 91 min | 2013

A medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after an accident leaves them adrift in space.


Mad Max

Directed by George Miller | Rated R | 88 min | 1979

In a self-destructing world, a vengeful Australian policeman sets out to stop a violent motorcycle gang.


Children of Men

Directed by Alfonso Cuarón | Rated R | 109 min | 2006

In 2027, in a chaotic world in which women have become somehow infertile, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea.


Edge of Tomorrow

Directed by Doug Liman | Rated PG-13 | 113 min | 2014

A soldier fighting aliens gets to relive the same day over and over again, the day restarting every time he dies.


Contact

Directed by Robert Zemeckis | Rated PG | 150 min | 1997

Dr. Ellie Arroway, after years of searching, finds conclusive radio proof of intelligent aliens, who send plans for a mysterious machine.


Snowpiercer

Directed by Joon-ho Bong | Rated R | 126 min | 2013

Set in a future where a failed climate-change experiment kills all life on the planet except for a lucky few who boarded the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe, where a class system emerges.


Moon

Directed by Duncan Jones | Rated R | 97 min | 2009

Astronaut Sam Bell has a quintessentially personal encounter toward the end of his three-year stint on the Moon, where he, working alongside his computer, GERTY, sends back to Earth parcels of a resource that has helped diminish our planet's power problems.


The World's End

Directed by Edgar Wright | Rated R | 109 min | 2013

Five friends who reunite in an attempt to top their epic pub crawl from twenty years earlier unwittingly become humanity's only hope for survival.


Attack the Block

Directed by Joe Cornish | Rated R | 88 min | 2011

A teen gang in South London defend their block from an alien invasion.


Guardians of the Galaxy

Directed by James Gunn | Rated PG-13 | 121 min | 2014

A group of intergalactic criminals are forced to work together to stop a fanatical warrior from taking control of the universe.


Minority Report

Directed by Steven Spielberg | Rated PG-13 | 145 min | 2002

In a future where a special police unit is able to arrest murderers before they commit their crimes, an officer from that unit is himself accused of a future murder.


Sunshine

Directed by Danny Boyle | Rated R | 107 min | 2007

A team of international astronauts are sent on a dangerous mission to reignite the dying Sun with a nuclear fission bomb in 2057.


Galaxy Quest

Directed by Dean Parisot | Rated PG | 102 min | 1999

The alumni cast of a space opera television series have to play their roles as the real thing when an alien race needs their help.


A.I. Artificial Intelligence

Directed by Steven Spielberg | Rated PG-13 | 146 min | 2001

A highly advanced robotic boy longs to become "real" so that he can regain the love of his human mother.


Primer

Directed by Shane Carruth | Rated PG-13 | 77 min | 2004

Four friends/fledgling entrepreneurs, knowing that there's something bigger and more innovative than the different error-checking devices they've built, wrestle over their new invention.


Gattaca

Directed by Andrew Niccol | Rated PG-13 | 106 min | 1997

A genetically inferior man assumes the identity of a superior one in order to pursue his lifelong dream of space travel.


The Martian

Directed by Ridley Scott | Rated PG-13 | 144 min | 2015

An astronaut becomes stranded on Mars after his team assume him dead, and must rely on his ingenuity to find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive.


Under the Skin

Directed by Jonathan Glazer | Rated R | 108 min | 2013

A mysterious woman seduces lonely men in the evening hours in Scotland. Events lead her to begin a process of self-discovery.


Arrival

Directed by Denis Villeneuve | Rated PG-13 | 116 min | 2016

When 12 mysterious spacecraft appear around the world, linguistics professor Louise Banks is tasked with interpreting the language of the apparent alien visitors.

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