Thrilling and Dazzling Sci-Fi

Sci-Fi movies with great action, style, story, visuals, etc... and some TV shows.
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1.
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
“ Great movie. Funny, exciting and full of eye-catching visuals. ” - rdbrown-zeteo
 
2.
Sunshine (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A team of international astronauts are sent on a dangerous mission to reignite the dying Sun with a nuclear fission bomb in 2057. (107 mins.)
Director: Danny Boyle
“ This movie went beyond my limited expectations. The story was compelling the characters were interesting. The visuals were beautiful. Worth spending time watching. ” - rdbrown-zeteo
 
3.
Elysium (2013)
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In the year 2154, the very wealthy live on a man-made space station while the rest of the population resides on a ruined Earth. A man takes on a mission that could bring equality to the polarized worlds. (109 mins.)
Director: Neill Blomkamp
“ I loved this movie. It was exciting and had heart. I loved the gritty style. The action was great. The acting was great. Worth watching several times and even owning. ” - rdbrown-zeteo
 
4.
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
“ Classic in my book. The twist in the Alien on earth story, where humans are more or less the villains. ” - rdbrown-zeteo
 
5.
Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
After the crew of the Enterprise find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one-man weapon of mass destruction. (132 mins.)
Director: J.J. Abrams
“ Intense. Story. Action. Emotional. Gripping. ” - rdbrown-zeteo
 
6.
Star Trek (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The brash James T. Kirk tries to live up to his father's legacy with Commander Spock keeping him in check as a vengeful, time-traveling Romulan creates black holes to destroy the Federation one planet at a time. (127 mins.)
Director: J.J. Abrams
“ Very good. ” - rdbrown-zeteo
 
7.
The Island (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Lincoln Six Echo is just like everyone else - he's waiting to go to the Island, the only place left in the world to actually live a life... (136 mins.)
Director: Michael Bay
“ This was a surprise to me. The story and premise was awesome, and the action was intense and suspenseful. Great movie by my standards. ” - rdbrown-zeteo
 
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
“ A Great Arnold Classic. ” - rdbrown-zeteo
 
9.
Total Recall (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A factory worker, Douglas Quaid, begins to suspect that he is a spy after visiting Rekall - a company that provides its clients with implanted fake memories of a life they would like to have led - goes wrong and he finds himself on the run. (118 mins.)
Director: Len Wiseman
“ Despite being different from the original, I grade this movie as a stand-alone; therefore, I found this movie visually stunning and exciting. ” - rdbrown-zeteo
 
10.
Man of Steel (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Clark Kent, one of the last of an extinguished race disguised as an unremarkable human, is forced to reveal his identity when Earth is invaded by an army of survivors who threaten to bring the planet to the brink of destruction. (143 mins.)
Director: Zack Snyder
“ Good movie, despite a few set-backs in the story that bothered me. Saying that, I loved 90% of the movie. ” - rdbrown-zeteo
 
11.
TRON: Legacy (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
The son of a virtual world designer goes looking for his father and ends up inside the digital world that his father designed. He meets his father's corrupted creation and a unique ally who was born inside the digital world. (125 mins.)
Director: Joseph Kosinski
“ Great movie with a great soundtrack. ” - rdbrown-zeteo
 
12.
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.)
“ Classic. Awesome effects, for its time. ” - rdbrown-zeteo
 
13.
The Terminator (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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. (107 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
“ Yet another Classic Arnold action flick. ” - rdbrown-zeteo
 
14.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
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. (137 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
“ The classic continues without a disappointment. ” - rdbrown-zeteo
 
15.
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A cybernetic warrior from a post-apocalyptic future travels back in time to protect a 19-year old drifter and his future wife from a most advanced robotic assassin and to ensure they both survive a nuclear attack. (109 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Mostow
“ Good addition to the franchise, not as classic as the first two but a worthy addition. ” - rdbrown-zeteo
 
16.
Terminator Salvation (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
In 2018, a mysterious new weapon in the war against the machines, half-human and half-machine, comes to John Connor on the eve of a resistance attack on Skynet. But whose side is he on, and can he be trusted? (115 mins.)
Director: McG
“ Not everybody's favorite. But it's a good movie in my book. I agree that this installment is much different from the previous three, I feel like it could have been better but I still enjoy watching it. ” - rdbrown-zeteo
 
17.
Avatar (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A paraplegic marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home. (162 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
“ The director's cut it the better version of this movie in my opinion, but none-the-less, great movie. ” - rdbrown-zeteo
 
18.
Looper (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
In 2074, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, the target is sent into the past, where a hired gun awaits - someone like Joe - who one day learns the mob wants to 'close the loop' by sending back Joe's future self for assassination. (119 mins.)
Director: Rian Johnson
“ Great movie. Clever, unique story and very intense. ” - rdbrown-zeteo
 
19.
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.)
“ A Nolan success. ” - rdbrown-zeteo
 
20.
Minority Report (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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. (145 mins.)
 
21.
Equilibrium (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In a Fascist future where all forms of feeling are illegal, a man in charge of enforcing the law rises to overthrow the system. (107 mins.)
Director: Kurt Wimmer
 
22.
Repo Men (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Set in the near future when artificial organs can be bought on credit, it revolves around a man who struggles to make the payments on a heart he has purchased. He must therefore go on the run before said ticker is repossessed. (111 mins.)
 
23.
Bicentennial Man (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
An android endeavors to become human as he gradually acquires emotions. (132 mins.)
Director: Chris Columbus
“ Okay, not an action film. But a great science fiction movie. ” - rdbrown-zeteo
 
24.
After Earth (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
A crash landing leaves Kitai Raige and his father Cypher stranded on Earth, a millennium after events forced humanity's escape. With Cypher injured, Kitai must embark on a perilous journey to signal for help. (100 mins.)
“ Listing this movie could give me flack due to its bad reviews. In my rare opinion, this was a great movie. ” - rdbrown-zeteo
 
25.
Battle Los Angeles (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A squadron of U.S. Marines becomes the last line of defense against a global invasion. (116 mins.)
“ Awesome movie. Its like a alien invasion version of Black Hawk Down. ” - rdbrown-zeteo
 
26.
Cloud Atlas (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution. (172 mins.)
“ Inventive and complex, yet wonderfully enjoyable. ” - rdbrown-zeteo
 
27.
Signs (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A family living on a farm finds mysterious crop circles in their fields which suggests something more frightening to come. (106 mins.)
“ Great M. Night movie. ” - rdbrown-zeteo
 
28.
The Fifth Element (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In the colorful future, a cab driver unwittingly becomes the central figure in the search for a legendary cosmic weapon to keep Evil and Mr Zorg at bay. (126 mins.)
Director: Luc Besson
“ Great movie with great humor. Great action and adventure and great visuals. ” - rdbrown-zeteo
 
29.
Ultraviolet (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  
A beautiful hemophage infected with a virus that gives her superhuman powers has to protect a boy in a futuristic world, who is thought to be carrying antigens that would destroy all hemophages. (88 mins.)
Director: Kurt Wimmer
“ This movie is a purely visually stylistic movie all for fun. ” - rdbrown-zeteo
 
30.
Men in Black (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A police officer joins a secret organization that polices and monitors extraterrestrial interactions on Earth. (98 mins.)
“ Classic. ” - rdbrown-zeteo
 
31.
Men in Black 3 (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Agent J travels in time to M.I.B.'s early days in 1969 to stop an alien from assassinating his friend Agent K and changing history. (106 mins.)
“ MIB 2 was not my favorite, so I skipped it. This one was amazing. ” - rdbrown-zeteo
 
32.
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Mere seconds before the Earth is to be demolished by an alien construction crew, journeyman Arthur Dent is swept off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher penning a new edition of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy." (109 mins.)
Director: Garth Jennings
“ Funny science fiction. ” - rdbrown-zeteo
 
33.
AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
During an archaeological expedition on Bouvetya Island in Antarctica, a team of archaeologists and other scientists find themselves caught up in a battle between the two legends. Soon, the team realize that only one species can win. (101 mins.)
“ Great movie! ” - rdbrown-zeteo
 
34.
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
 
35.
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