Best Sci-Fi Movies of the 80s/90s

Includes some (sadly) underrated gems!
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1.
The Lawnmower Man (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
A simple man is turned into a genius through the application of computer science. (108 mins.)
Director: Brett Leonard
“ The best movie Pierce Brosnan ever starred in, ludicrous special effects and ridiculous plot make it a great b-movie. ” - onomatsuyama
 
2.
Alien (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
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. (117 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ It started it all and was only surpassed by Aliens, the rest of the series is junk. ” - onomatsuyama
 
3.
Dead Ringers (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Twin gynecologists take full advantage of the fact that nobody can tell them apart, until their relationship begins to deteriorate over a woman. (116 mins.)
“ Awesome performance by Jeremy Irons. ” - onomatsuyama
 
4.
Videodrome (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A sleazy cable-TV programmer begins to see his life and the future of media spin out of control in a very unusual fashion when he acquires a new kind of programming for his station. (87 mins.)
“ Long live the new flesh. ” - onomatsuyama
 
5.
Twelve Monkeys (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
In a future world devastated by disease, a convict is sent back in time to gather information about the man-made virus that wiped out most of the human population on the planet. (129 mins.)
Director: Terry Gilliam
“ Possibly the best sci-fi movie plot ever conceived. ” - onomatsuyama
 
6.
Altered States (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A Harvard scientist conducts experiments on himself with a hallucinatory drug and an isolation chamber that may be causing him to regress genetically. (102 mins.)
Director: Ken Russell
“ A good bad movie, full of cheesy visual effects and ridiculous concepts. ” - onomatsuyama
 
7.
TRON (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A computer hacker is abducted into the digital world and forced to participate in gladiatorial games where his only chance of escape is with the help of a heroic security program. (96 mins.)
“ A quantum leap in the special effects of the time. ” - onomatsuyama
 
8.
Brazil (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A bureaucrat in a retro-future world tries to correct an administrative error and himself becomes an enemy of the state. (132 mins.)
Director: Terry Gilliam
“ Terry Gilliam's best work. ” - onomatsuyama
 
9.
Blade Runner (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
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. (117 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ The best of the best. ” - onomatsuyama
 
10.
Aliens (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The moon from Alien has been colonized, but contact is lost. This time, the rescue team has impressive firepower, but will it be enough? (137 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
“ The first movie started it but this one tweaked it up a notch. ” - onomatsuyama
 
11.
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a wookiee and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire's world-destroying battle-station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader. (121 mins.)
Director: George Lucas
“ The whole Star Wars movies are, of course, a true gem. Too bad the new ones are complete trash conceived with 6-years olds in mind. ” - onomatsuyama
 
12.
Cherry 2000 (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
In the year 2017, a rich man travels to the ends of the earth to find that the perfect woman is always under his nose... (99 mins.)
“ A guy goes all the way to the desert to find a new female android partner after the first one short circuits. Ludicrous plot + cheesy stereotyped post-apoc characters = fantastic view. ” - onomatsuyama
 
13.
Starcrash (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  
An outlaw smuggler and her alien companion are recruited by the Emperor of the Galaxy to rescue his son and destroy a secret weapon by the evil Count Zarth Arn. (92 mins.)
Director: Lewis Coates
 
14.
Galaxina (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.5/10 X  
Main Plot: Crew of interstellar police ship is sent to recover a mysterious crystal, the Blue Star.... (95 mins.)
Director: William Sachs
 
15.
America 3000 (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  
In Colorado, 900 years after a nuclear war in the USA, humanity's been sent.back to the Stone Age life... (92 mins.)
Director: David Engelbach
 
16.
Flash Gordon (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A football player and his friends travel to the planet Mongo and find themselves fighting the tyranny of Ming the Merciless to save Earth. (111 mins.)
Director: Mike Hodges
“ Epic Dino de Laurentiis production + fantastic Queen's soundtrack. ” - onomatsuyama
 
17.
Dune (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A Duke's son leads desert warriors against the galactic emperor and his father's evil nemesis when they assassinate his father and free their desert world from the emperor's rule. (137 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
“ Epic Dino de Laurentiis production. ” - onomatsuyama
 
18.
Brainscan (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A teenager is part of an interactive video game where he kills innocent victims. Later, the murders become real. (96 mins.)
Director: John Flynn
“ An underrated sci-fi/horror gem themed around videogames and featuring the kid from Terminator 2. ” - onomatsuyama
 
19.
The Arrival (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Zane, an astronomer, discovers intelligent alien life. But the aliens are keeping a deadly secret, and will do anything to stop Zane from learning it. (115 mins.)
Director: David Twohy
 
20.
The Wraith (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A mysterious figure suddenly appears to challenge a gang of motorhead thugs. (93 mins.)
Director: Mike Marvin