Sci-Fi Cinema in the 2000s

by mike_sean | created - 06 Mar 2011 | updated - 07 Mar 2015 | Public

Science fiction movies from the noughties (2000-2009), including TV movies as well as stand-alone mini-series. This list uses a fairly strict definition of science fiction, and therefore does not include most films that deal with fantasy, the supernatural, or super heroes. Films that fall more under the umbrella of horror (like a lot of zombie and pandemic films) have also been omitted.

See also: Sci-Fi Cinema in the 1950s | 1960s | 1970s | 1980s | 1990s | 2010s

Related sci-fi list: Sci-Fi Television in the 2000s

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1. A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)

PG-13 | 146 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

65 Metascore

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

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Haley Joel Osment, Jude Law, Frances O'Connor, Sam Robards

Votes: 264,247 | Gross: $78.62M

2. Battlefield Earth (2000)

PG-13 | 118 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

9 Metascore

After enslavement and near extermination by an alien race in the year 3000, humanity begins to fight back.

Director: Roger Christian | Stars: John Travolta, Forest Whitaker, Barry Pepper, Kim Coates

Votes: 70,166 | Gross: $21.47M

3. Fortress 2 (2000)

R | 92 min | Action, Sci-Fi

7 years after the original Fortress movie, Brennick along with the rebels are captured and sent to a new, more sophisticated fortress prison, in outer space.

Director: Geoff Murphy | Stars: Christopher Lambert, Beth Toussaint, Willie Garson, Aidan Ostrogovich

Votes: 5,873

4. Mission to Mars (2000)

PG | 114 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller

34 Metascore

When the first manned mission to Mars meets with a catastrophic and mysterious disaster after reporting an unidentified structure, a rescue mission is launched to investigate the tragedy and bring back any survivors.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Tim Robbins, Gary Sinise, Don Cheadle, Connie Nielsen

Votes: 65,005 | Gross: $60.88M

5. On the Beach (2000 TV Movie)

195 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

After a global nuclear war, the residents of Australia must come to terms with the fact that all life will be destroyed in a matter of months.

Director: Russell Mulcahy | Stars: Armand Assante, Rachel Ward, Bryan Brown, Jacqueline McKenzie

Votes: 3,388

6. Pitch Black (2000)

R | 109 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

49 Metascore

A commercial transport ship and its crew are marooned on a planet full of bloodthirsty creatures that only come out to feast at night. But then, they learn that a month-long eclipse is about to occur.

Director: David Twohy | Stars: Radha Mitchell, Cole Hauser, Vin Diesel, Keith David

Votes: 207,634 | Gross: $39.24M

7. Red Planet (2000)

PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

34 Metascore

Astronauts, and their robotic dog AMEE (Autonomous Mapping Evaluation and Evasion), search for solutions to save a dying Earth by searching on Mars, only to have the mission go terribly awry.

Director: Antony Hoffman | Stars: Val Kilmer, Carrie-Anne Moss, Tom Sizemore, Benjamin Bratt

Votes: 50,968 | Gross: $17.48M

8. The 6th Day (2000)

PG-13 | 123 min | Action, Mystery, Sci-Fi

49 Metascore

Futuristic action about a man who meets a clone of himself and stumbles into a grand conspiracy about clones taking over the world.

Director: Roger Spottiswoode | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Rapaport, Tony Goldwyn, Michael Rooker

Votes: 106,936 | Gross: $34.60M

9. Space Cowboys (2000)

PG-13 | 130 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

73 Metascore

When a retired engineer is called upon to rescue a failing satellite, he insists that his equally old teammates accompany him into space.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland, James Garner

Votes: 65,625 | Gross: $90.46M

10. Supernova (I) (2000)

PG-13 | 90 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

19 Metascore

Supernova chronicles the search and rescue patrol of a medical ship in deep space in the early 22nd century and its six-member crew which includes a Captain and Pilot, a co-pilot, a medical... See full summary »

Director: Walter Hill | Stars: James Spader, Peter Facinelli, Robin Tunney, Angela Bassett

Votes: 15,745 | Gross: $14.22M

11. Titan A.E. (2000)

PG | 94 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

48 Metascore

A young man learns that he has to find a hidden Earth ship before an enemy alien species does in order to secure the survival of humanity.

Directors: Don Bluth, Gary Goldman | Stars: Matt Damon, Drew Barrymore, Bill Pullman, John Leguizamo

Votes: 54,972 | Gross: $22.75M

12. What Planet Are You From? (2000)

R | 105 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

41 Metascore

A human-looking alien from a highly advanced but emotionless all-male society is sent to Earth to impregnate a woman and bring the child back to their planet. The alien ends up falling in love there. A suspicious FAA agent targets him.

Director: Mike Nichols | Stars: Garry Shandling, Annette Bening, John Goodman, Greg Kinnear

Votes: 8,543 | Gross: $6.29M

13. Xscape (2000)

135 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

In 2069, doctors have developed the technology to create human clones. After governmental legislation, banning human cloning, the doctors at D.B.I. find another way to continue their ... See full summary »

Director: Aaron Michael Lacey | Stars: Emile Piscitelli, Ana Yudiskas, Markus Alexander, Tom Mangione

Votes: 79

14. Donnie Darko (2001)

R | 113 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

88 Metascore

A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a man in a large rabbit suit who manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after he narrowly escapes a bizarre accident.

Director: Richard Kelly | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Mary McDonnell, Holmes Osborne

Votes: 663,698 | Gross: $0.19M

15. Epoch (2001 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 96 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

Disaster strikes as a specialised team of investigators struggle to find out the truth about a strange monolith which sends out an intercontinental signal.

Director: Matt Codd | Stars: David Keith, Stephanie Niznik, Ryan O'Neal, Brian Thompson

Votes: 2,014

16. Evolution (2001)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

40 Metascore

A fire-fighting cadet, two college professors, and a geeky but sexy government scientist work against an alien organism that has been rapidly evolving since its arrival on Earth inside a meteor.

Director: Ivan Reitman | Stars: David Duchovny, Orlando Jones, Julianne Moore, Seann William Scott

Votes: 109,216 | Gross: $38.35M

17. Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001)

PG-13 | 106 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

49 Metascore

A scientist makes a last stand on Earth with the help of a ragtag team of soldiers against an invasion of alien phantoms.

Directors: Hironobu Sakaguchi, Motonori Sakakibara | Stars: Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Ming-Na Wen, Ving Rhames

Votes: 76,458 | Gross: $32.13M

18. Ghosts of Mars (2001)

R | 98 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

35 Metascore

In 2176, a Martian police unit is sent to pick up a highly dangerous criminal at a remote mining post. Upon arrival, the cops find that the post has become a charnel house.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Natasha Henstridge, Ice Cube, Pam Grier, Jason Statham

Votes: 46,397 | Gross: $8.43M

19. Impostor (2001)

R | 95 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

33 Metascore

In the future, an alien race uses androids as bombs to attack Earth. A government weapons specialist is accused of being one such android and sets out to prove his innocence.

Director: Gary Fleder | Stars: Shane Brolly, Vincent D'Onofrio, Gary Sinise, Madeleine Stowe

Votes: 21,167 | Gross: $6.11M

20. The Infinite Worlds of H.G. Wells (2001– )

265 min | Romance, Sci-Fi

H.G. Wells foresaw the future in such visionary novels as The Time Machine and The War of the Worlds. On a night in London in 1946, newspaper reporter Ellen McGillivray arrives at the home ... See full summary »

Stars: Tom Ward, Barry Stanton, Raymond Coulthard, Mark Lewis Jones

Votes: 450

21. Planet of the Apes (2001)

PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

50 Metascore

In 2029, an Air Force astronaut crash-lands on a mysterious planet where evolved, talking apes dominate a race of primitive humans.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Helena Bonham Carter, Tim Roth, Michael Clarke Duncan

Votes: 195,014 | Gross: $180.01M

22. Metropolis (2001)

PG-13 | 108 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

75 Metascore

Kenichi and his uncle Shunsaku Ban must find the mystery behind robot girl Tima.

Director: Rintaro | Stars: Toshio Furukawa, Scott Weinger, Yuka Imoto, Kei Kobayashi

Votes: 18,360 | Gross: $0.64M

23. Replicant (2001)

R | 100 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Scientists create a genetic clone of a serial killer in order to help catch the killer, teaming up with two cops.

Director: Ringo Lam | Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Michael Rooker, Catherine Dent, Brandon James Olson

Votes: 12,302

24. Vortex (2001)

63 min | Sci-Fi

After killing a man in self-defense, Vincent is sent to the Vortex.

Director: Michael Pohl | Stars: Hardy Krüger Jr., Harald Leipnitz, Arne Fuhrmann, Gilbert von Sohlern

Votes: 300

25. Xchange (2001)

R | 110 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

In the future, where it's faster to travel by exchanging bodies with someone at the destination, a man's body is hijacked by a ruthless terrorist.

Director: Allan Moyle | Stars: Stephen Baldwin, Pascale Bussières, Kim Coates, Kyle MacLachlan

Votes: 2,315

26. Antibody (2002 Video)

R | 90 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

After a terrorist with an implanted nuclear detonator gets shot, a team of scientists must defuse the bomb by miniaturizing themselves and going into his bloodstream. His organism's antibodies start to mass against them.

Director: Christian McIntire | Stars: Lance Henriksen, Robin Givens, William Zabka, Gastón Pauls

Votes: 872

27. Cypher (2002)

R | 95 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

An unsuspecting, disenchanted man finds himself working as a spy in the dangerous, high-stakes world of corporate espionage. Quickly getting way over-his-head, he teams up with a mysterious femme fatale.

Director: Vincenzo Natali | Stars: Jeremy Northam, Lucy Liu, Nigel Bennett, Timothy Webber

Votes: 28,430

28. Equilibrium (2002)

R | 107 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

33 Metascore

In an oppressive future where all forms of feeling are illegal, a man in charge of enforcing the law rises to overthrow the system and state.

Director: Kurt Wimmer | Stars: Christian Bale, Sean Bean, Emily Watson, Taye Diggs

Votes: 284,765 | Gross: $1.20M

29. Lathe of Heaven (2002 TV Movie)

91 min | Sci-Fi

In a near future society, a man claims that his dreams physically change reality. His therapist is confused at first, but soon decides to use him for his own gain.

Director: Philip Haas | Stars: James Caan, Lukas Haas, Lisa Bonet, David Strathairn

Votes: 911

30. Men in Black II (2002)

PG-13 | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

49 Metascore

Agent J needs help so he is sent to find Agent K and restore his memory.

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld | Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Rip Torn, Lara Flynn Boyle

Votes: 293,444 | Gross: $190.42M

31. Minority Report (2002)

PG-13 | 145 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

80 Metascore

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.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton, Max von Sydow

Votes: 445,844 | Gross: $132.07M

32. Returner (2002)

R | 116 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

36 Metascore

A young woman from the future forces a local gunman to help her stop an impending alien invasion which will wipe out the human race.

Director: Takashi Yamazaki | Stars: Takeshi Kaneshiro, Anne Suzuki, Gorô Kishitani, Kirin Kiki

Votes: 10,647 | Gross: $0.07M

33. Signs (2002)

PG-13 | 106 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

59 Metascore

A family living on a farm finds mysterious crop circles in their fields which suggests something more frightening to come.

Director: M. Night Shyamalan | Stars: Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, Rory Culkin, Abigail Breslin

Votes: 299,653 | Gross: $227.97M

34. Solaris (2002)

PG-13 | 99 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

65 Metascore

A troubled psychologist is sent to investigate the crew of an isolated research station orbiting a bizarre planet.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: George Clooney, Natascha McElhone, Ulrich Tukur, Viola Davis

Votes: 72,456 | Gross: $14.97M

35. Star Trek: Nemesis (2002)

PG-13 | 116 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

51 Metascore

The Enterprise is diverted to the Romulan homeworld Romulus, supposedly because they want to negotiate a peace treaty. Captain Picard and his crew discover a serious threat to the Federation once Praetor Shinzon plans to attack Earth.

Director: Stuart Baird | Stars: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton

Votes: 64,593 | Gross: $43.25M

36. Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)

PG | 142 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

54 Metascore

Ten years after initially meeting, Anakin Skywalker shares a forbidden romance with Padmé Amidala, while Obi-Wan investigates an assassination attempt on the senator and discovers a secret clone army crafted for the Jedi.

Director: George Lucas | Stars: Hayden Christensen, Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Christopher Lee

Votes: 540,151 | Gross: $310.68M

37. Teknolust (2002)

R | 85 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

43 Metascore

Anxious to use artificial life to improve the world, Rosetta Stone, a bio-geneticist creates a Recipe for Cyborgs and uses her own DNA in order to breed three Self Replicating Automatons, ... See full summary »

Director: Lynn Hershman-Leeson | Stars: Tilda Swinton, Jeremy Davies, James Urbaniak, John O'Keefe

Votes: 1,158 | Gross: $0.03M

38. Terminal Invasion (2002 TV Movie)

R | 90 min | Action, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Aliens in human disguise commandeer a rural airport during a snowstorm. To survive, the people trapped inside must determine which of their own is not of this Earth.

Director: Sean S. Cunningham | Stars: Bruce Campbell, Chase Masterson, C. David Johnson, Kedar Brown

Votes: 1,914

39. The Time Machine (2002)

PG-13 | 96 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

42 Metascore

Hoping to alter the events of the past, a 19th century inventor instead travels 800,000 years into the future, where he finds humankind divided into two warring races.

Director: Simon Wells | Stars: Guy Pearce, Yancey Arias, Mark Addy, Phyllida Law

Votes: 109,829 | Gross: $56.68M

40. Trancers 6 (2002 Video)

R | 88 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

Trancer hunter Jack Deth travels through time and awakens in the body of his daughter. And now he must save himself (her body) and the world from a new a deadly breed of Trancers.

Director: Jay Woelfel | Stars: Zette Sullivan, Jennifer Capo, Robert Donavan, Timothy Prindle

Votes: 371

41. Treasure Planet (2002)

PG | 95 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

60 Metascore

A Disney animated version of "Treasure Island". The only difference is that the film is set in outer space with alien worlds and other galactic wonders.

Directors: Ron Clements, John Musker | Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emma Thompson, Martin Short, Roscoe Lee Browne

Votes: 83,966 | Gross: $38.18M

42. Yeseuteodei (2002)

R | 121 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

1990. A number of children suddenly disappear. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Defense selects an elite group of scientists for a top-secret mission. Then, 30 years later ... The year is 2020 on... See full summary »

Director: Yun-su Chong | Stars: Seung-woo Kim, Yunjin Kim, Min-su Choi, Seon-a Kim

Votes: 689

43. Absolon (2003)

R | 96 min | Sci-Fi, Action, Thriller

In a world ravaged by disease, he's the only cure... and the last hope for human-kind.

Director: David De Bartolome | Stars: Christopher Lambert, Kelly Brook, Lou Diamond Phillips, Ron Perlman

Votes: 2,842

44. Alien Hunter (2003)

R | 92 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

An alien black box is found in the South Pole, where a government agency is conducting botanical experiments.

Director: Ron Krauss | Stars: James Spader, Janine Eser, John Lynch, Nikolai Binev

Votes: 3,745

45. The Animatrix (2003 Video)

Unrated | 100 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The Animatrix is a collection of several animated short films, detailing the backstory of the "Matrix" universe, and the original war between man and machines which led to the creation of the Matrix.

Directors: Peter Chung, Andrew R. Jones, Yoshiaki Kawajiri, Takeshi Koike, Mahiro Maeda, Kôji Morimoto, Shinichirô Watanabe | Stars: Kevin Michael Richardson, Pamela Adlon, John DiMaggio, Tom Kenny

Votes: 65,764

46. Blueprint (2003)

108 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

The story of the first cloned human being - told in her own words: At the age of thirty the world-famous composer Iris Sellin learns that she has an incurable illness. She - a person who ... See full summary »

Director: Rolf Schübel | Stars: Franka Potente, Hilmir Snær Guðnason, Ulrich Thomsen, Katja Studt

Votes: 781

47. Children of Dune (2003– )

Unrated | 266 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

The twins of Paul "Muad'dib" Atreides become embroiled in the political landscape of Arrakis ("Dune") and the rest of the universe.

Stars: Alec Newman, Julie Cox, Ian McNeice, Steven Berkoff

Votes: 10,624

48. Code 46 (2003)

R | 93 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

57 Metascore

A futuristic Brief Encounter (1945), this is a love story in which the romance is doomed by genetic incompatibility.

Director: Michael Winterbottom | Stars: Tim Robbins, Samantha Morton, Om Puri, Togo Igawa

Votes: 18,988 | Gross: $0.20M

49. Encrypt (2003 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 101 min | Sci-Fi

By the year 2068, the Earth's ozone is gone, violent and uncontrollable storms are razing it's surface as a result. A small group of military survivors are the defenders of the last of ... See full summary »

Director: Oscar L. Costo | Stars: Grant Show, Vivian Wu, Steve Bacic, Matthew G. Taylor

Votes: 524