The 20 Best Science Fiction Movies

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1.
Twelve Monkeys (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 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
“ This gut wrenching film uses time travel in a unique and interesting way that ignores the typical Hollywood doctrines and stays true to its form to effect the most emotional ending of any film I've ever scene. ” - enchantmentofeternity
 
2.
Donnie Darko (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a large bunny rabbit that manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after narrowly escaping a bizarre accident. (113 mins.)
Director: Richard Kelly
“ In many ways this film plays out like a typical indie comedy, however it has a very unique and interesting twist, with one of the most exceptional uses of time travel in this intellectual mind bending film. ” - enchantmentofeternity
 
3.
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
During the near end of the clone wars, Darth Sidious has revealed himself and is ready to execute the last part of his plan to rule the Galaxy... (140 mins.)
Director: George Lucas
“ My favorite of the Star Wars saga for its unbeliveable powerful ending that binds the whole saga together and for having in spades what no other chapter of the saga holds, it's powerful message of the corruption of power and relation to modern times ” - enchantmentofeternity
 
4.
Aliens (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The planet 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
“ This absolutely exciting and intense film is filled with great characters and heart stopping suspense that gets me every time ” - enchantmentofeternity
 
5.
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
After the rebels have been brutally overpowered by the Empire on their newly established base, Luke Skywalker takes advanced Jedi training with Master Yoda, while his friends are pursued by Darth Vader as part of his plan to capture Luke. (124 mins.)
Director: Irvin Kershner
“ This coming of age film is the most complete of the Star Wars saga, with it surprisingly dark ending and epic battle sequences, the cat and mouse scenes with the millennium falcon and the epic Yoda training scenes. ” - enchantmentofeternity
 
6.
Starman (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
An alien takes the form of a young widow's husband and asks her to drive him from Wisconsin to Arizona. The government tries to stop them. (115 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
“ One of the best Love stories ever told, in this unique take on an alien visitation to Earth ” - enchantmentofeternity
 
7.
Inception (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
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. (148 mins.)
“ One of the best and unique thrillers ever made showcasing mastery of film making and acting. ” - enchantmentofeternity
 
8.
Total Recall (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
When a man goes for virtual vacation memories of the planet Mars, an unexpected and harrowing series of events forces him to go to the planet for real - or does he? (113 mins.)
Director: Paul Verhoeven
“ The Ultimate in mind bending Thrillers, this Arnie action film despite its gratuitous violence and cheesy one liners remains a suspenseful and intelligent mind bending epic. ” - enchantmentofeternity
 
9.
Super 8 (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
During the summer of 1979, a group of friends witness a train crash and investigate subsequent unexplained events in their small town. (112 mins.)
Director: J.J. Abrams
“ JJ Abrams recaptures the magic of ET with a horrific twist, in this film that pulls on the heart strings and masters suspense. ” - enchantmentofeternity
 
10.
District 9 (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
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. (112 mins.)
Director: Neill Blomkamp
“ A high quality drama that explores important issues and the nature of humanity through the genre of science fiction ” - enchantmentofeternity
 
11.
The Butterfly Effect (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Evan Treborn suffers blackouts during significant events of his life. As he grows up, he finds a way to remember these lost memories and a supernatural way to alter his life by reading his journal. (113 mins.)
“ This edgy film explores sensitive teenage and childhood issues through the powerful use of time travel ” - enchantmentofeternity
 
12.
Vanilla Sky (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A self-indulgent and vain publishing magnate finds his privileged life upended after a vehicular accident with a resentful lover. (136 mins.)
Director: Cameron Crowe
“ This stylistic mysterious film delivers with awesome characterization, and it sets the mood perfectly. And it all ends in an emotional and wonderfully done epic ending. ” - enchantmentofeternity
 
13.
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
With the assistance of the Enterprise crew, Admiral Kirk must stop an old nemesis, Khan Noonien Singh, from using the life-generating Genesis Device as the ultimate weapon. (113 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Meyer
“ The epic starship chase movie with one of the best endings of any film ” - enchantmentofeternity
 
14.
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Admiral Kirk and his bridge crew risk their careers stealing the decommissioned Enterprise to return to the restricted Genesis planet to recover Spock's body. (105 mins.)
Director: Leonard Nimoy
“ The epic struggle to recover Spock delivers. Although I loathe sci fi "bring character back to life story" this one is so well done I have to give into it, with Kirk and crew's epic stealing of the Enterprise to the epic showdown with the Klingon hostage takers. ” - enchantmentofeternity
 
15.
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
After rescuing Han Solo from the palace of Jabba the Hutt, the rebels attempt to destroy the second Death Star, while Luke struggles to make Vader return from the dark side of the Force. (131 mins.)
“ The epic conclusion to the Star Wars saga delivers with the emotional story of father and son along side legendary Star Wars battle sequences. ” - enchantmentofeternity
 
16.
Dark City (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A man struggles with memories of his past, including a wife he cannot remember, in a nightmarish world with no sun. (100 mins.)
Director: Alex Proyas
“ This shocking, "turn your world upside" story delivers in shock value and weirdness, if not in acting. This is a unique sci fi tale to keeps you engaged all the way through ” - enchantmentofeternity
 
17.
Star Trek: Nemesis (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
The Enterprise is diverted to the Romulan homeworld Romulus, supposedly because they want to negotiate a peace treaty. (116 mins.)
Director: Stuart Baird
“ The best Next Generations film, despite its horrible soundtrack and close resemblance to a famous original Trek film, Nemesis is the only Next Gen film that really brings the characters of the beloved series to live in an ever engaging game of cat and mouse with an outstanding ending action sequence that is not only the best of any Trek movie but up there with any sci fi film. ” - enchantmentofeternity
 
18.
The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
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Neo and the rebel leaders estimate that they have 72 hours until 250,000 probes discover Zion and destroy it and its inhabitants. During this, Neo must decide how he can save Trinity from a dark fate in his dreams. (138 mins.)
“ An awesome edgier sequel to Matrix. This story exceeds its successor in many ways as its more complex, action packed and philosophical. Its greatest flaw is that it is a set up for the GOD AWFUL Matrix: Revolutions ” - enchantmentofeternity
 
19.
Serenity (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The crew of the ship Serenity try to evade an assassin sent to recapture one of their numbers who is telepathic. (119 mins.)
Director: Joss Whedon
“ A fast past scifi action with a western twist. A film based off the Television series Fire Fly, and a huge improvement on that series in my opinion, as its package in cyberpunk-esque style, with a solid plot and awesome villain ” - enchantmentofeternity
 
20.
Predator (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A team of commandos on a mission in a Central American jungle find themselves hunted by an extraterrestrial warrior. (107 mins.)
Director: John McTiernan
“ This classic Arnie action film about the action hero taking on a bad ass alien hunter ” - enchantmentofeternity