Best Sci-Fi Movies (of Each Year) 1950 to Nowby the_whitehawk | created - 30 May 2012 | updated - 9 months ago | Public
A List of My Favourite Science Fiction Films for Each Year Since 1950.
Please Take Note: This list includes many Special Mentions, (i.e. they made my 'Top 5' for the year.)
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1. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
PG-13 | 149 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
The Avengers and their allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.
Votes: 741,450 | Gross: $678.82M
2. Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
R | 164 min | Action, Drama, Mystery
A young blade runner's discovery of a long-buried secret leads him to track down former blade runner Rick Deckard, who's been missing for thirty years.
Votes: 409,781 | Gross: $92.05M
3. Deadpool (2016)
R | 108 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
A wisecracking mercenary gets experimented on and becomes immortal but ugly, and sets out to track down the man who ruined his looks.
Votes: 855,012 | Gross: $363.07M
4. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
R | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
In a post-apocalyptic wasteland, a woman rebels against a tyrannical ruler in search for her homeland with the aid of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshiper, and a drifter named Max.
Votes: 815,682 | Gross: $154.06M
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens
6-10: American Ultra Avengers: Age of Ultron Fantastic Four The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 Insurgent
Above the Bar: Jupiter Ascending Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Pixels Terminator Genisys Tomorrowland Victor Frankenstein
5. Interstellar (2014)
PG-13 | 169 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in space in an attempt to ensure humanity's survival.
Votes: 1,367,720 | Gross: $188.02M
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Edge of Tomorrow
Guardians of the Galaxy
6-10: Big Hero 6 Captain America: The Winter Soldier Predestination RoboCop X-Men: Days of Future Past
Above the Bar: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Divergent The Giver Godzilla The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 Lucy The Maze Runner Time Lapse
Also Seen: The Anomaly Autómata Debug Don't Blink Earth to Echo I, Frankenstein Transcendence
Yet to See: Comet* Extraterrestrial* I Origins* In Your Eyes* Left Behind* Monsters: Dark Continent* Parts Per Billion* Project Almanac* Robot Overlords* The Signal* Space Station 76* Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles* Transformers: Age of Extinction* Young Ones* ----------------------------------------------- Cooties (Oct 10/DVD:?) Bang Bang Baby (2015. Feb 5)
Yet to Screen: The Quiet Hour (2015. Apr 22)
No Date: Flashes
6. Her (2013)
R | 126 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
In a near future, a lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with an operating system designed to meet his every need.
Votes: 495,216 | Gross: $25.57M
Star Trek Into Darkness
The Zero Theorem
6-10: About Time Elysium The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Iron Man 3 Man of Steel
Above the Bar: Dark Skies G.I. Joe: Retaliation Oblivion Pacific Rim Thor: The Dark World Under the Skin The Wolverine World War Z The World's End
Also Seen: +1 After Earth Coherence The Colony The Host Riddick
Yet to See: The Congress* Europa Report* Despicable Me 2* The Last Days on Mars* The Machine* The Purge* Upstream Color
7. Robot & Frank (2012)
PG-13 | 89 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
In the near future, an ex-jewel thief receives a gift from his son: a robot butler programmed to look after him. But soon the two companions try their luck as a heist team.
Votes: 60,163 | Gross: $3.33M
The Hunger Games
6-10: John Carter Looper Prometheus Safety Not Guaranteed Total Recall
Above the Bar: Battleship Lockout Men in Black 3 Seeking a Friend for the End of the World The Watch
Also Seen: Chronicle Dredd Upside Down
Yet to See: Frankenweenie* Resident Evil: Retribution
8. Source Code (2011)
PG-13 | 93 min | Action, Drama, Mystery
A soldier wakes up in someone else's body and discovers he's part of an experimental government program to find the bomber of a commuter train within 8 minutes.
Votes: 463,721 | Gross: $54.71M
Limitless - close 2nd
The Adjustment Bureau
6-10: Captain America: The First Avenger Real Steel Rise of the Planet of the Apes Super 8 X-Men: First Class
Above the Bar: Battle Los Angeles Cowboys & Aliens Melancholia Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Also Seen: Green Lantern I Am Number Four In Time Priest
Yet to See: Another Earth* Attack the Block Contagion* The Darkest Hour The Day* Manborg* The Thing*
9. Inception (2010)
PG-13 | 148 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
A thief who steals corporate secrets through the use of dream-sharing technology is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a C.E.O.
Votes: 1,914,262 | Gross: $292.58M
10. District 9 (2009)
R | 112 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Violence ensues after an extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth finds a kindred spirit in a government agent exposed to their biotechnology.
Votes: 617,033 | Gross: $115.65M
6-10: Push Star Trek Surrogates Terminator Salvation The Time Traveler's Wife
Above the Bar: Gamer X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Also Seen: 2012 Daybreakers Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra Knowing Race to Witch Mountain TiMER Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Underworld: Rise of the Lycans
Yet to See: Astro Boy The Box Cargo* The Fourth Kind Ink* Monsters vs. Aliens Mr. Nobody* Pandorum*
11. Iron Man (2008)
PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
After being held captive in an Afghan cave, billionaire engineer Tony Stark creates a unique weaponized suit of armor to fight evil.
Votes: 895,006 | Gross: $318.41M
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
6-10: Alien Raiders Babylon A.D. Cloverfield The Day the Earth Stood Still Jumper
Also Seen: 10,000 BC The Happening Hellboy II: The Golden Army The Incredible Hulk Quarantine The X Files: I Want to Believe
Yet to See: Blindness City of Ember* Death Race Doomsday Ghost in the Shell 2.0 (revised version of the original) Journey to the Center of the Earth Repo! The Genetic Opera
12. Sunshine (2007)
R | 107 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller
A team of international astronauts are sent on a dangerous mission to reignite the dying Sun with a nuclear fission bomb in 2057.
Votes: 224,661 | Gross: $3.68M
I Am Legend
6-10: Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem The Golden Compass The Invasion The Man from Earth [●REC]
Also Seen: 28 Weeks Later Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer Premonition
Yet to See: The Last Mimzy The Nines Resident Evil: Extinction* The Signal Timecrimes*
13. A Scanner Darkly (2006)
R | 100 min | Animation, Crime, Drama
An undercover cop in a not-too-distant future becomes involved with a dangerous new drug and begins to lose his own identity as a result.
Votes: 102,846 | Gross: $5.50M
14. V for Vendetta (2005)
R | 132 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
In a future British tyranny, a shadowy freedom fighter, known only by the alias of "V", plots to overthrow it with the help of a young woman.
Votes: 978,492 | Gross: $70.51M
15. Primer (2004)
PG-13 | 77 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
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.
Votes: 92,326 | Gross: $0.42M
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - close 2nd
The Final Cut
6-10: AVP: Alien vs. Predator The Butterfly Effect The Chronicles of Riddick The Day After Tomorrow The Manchurian Candidate
Also Seen: Blade: Trinity Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
Yet to See: 2046 Appleseed Control Dawn of the Dead The Forgotten Godsend Resident Evil: Apocalypse* Steamboy* The Stepford Wives*
16. X2: X-Men United (2003)
PG-13 | 134 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
When anti-mutant Colonel William Stryker kidnaps Professor X and attacks his school, the X-Men must ally with their archenemy Magneto to stop him.
Votes: 493,170 | Gross: $214.95M
The Matrix Reloaded
The Matrix Revolutions
6-10: Daredevil Dreamcatcher Hulk The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
Also Seen: The Animatrix The Core
Yet to See: Absolon Beyond Re-Animator It's All About Love Thoughtcrimes Timeline Willard
17. Minority Report (2002)
PG-13 | 145 min | Action, Crime, Mystery
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.
Votes: 482,379 | Gross: $132.07M
Star Trek: Nemesis
The Time Machine
Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones
6-10: 28 Days Later Equilibrium Impostor Resident Evil Signs
Also Seen: Austin Powers in Goldmember Blade II Men in Black II The Tuxedo
Yet to See: Clockstoppers Cypher Interstate 60: Episodes of the Road Lilo & Stitch Reign of Fire S1m0ne Treasure Planet
18. A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)
PG-13 | 146 min | Drama, Sci-Fi
A highly advanced robotic boy longs to become "real" so that he can regain the love of his human mother.
Votes: 280,237 | Gross: $78.62M
19. X-Men (2000)
PG-13 | 104 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
In a world where mutants (evolved super-powered humans) exist and are discriminated against, two groups form for an inevitable clash: the supremacist Brotherhood, and the pacifist X-Men.
Votes: 549,626 | Gross: $157.30M
20. Galaxy Quest (1999)
PG | 102 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
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. However, they also have to defend both Earth and the alien race from a reptilian warlord.
Votes: 141,330 | Gross: $71.58M
21. Dark City (1998)
R | 100 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A man struggles with memories of his past, which includes a wife he cannot remember, and a nightmarish world without a sun.
Votes: 180,749 | Gross: $14.38M
22. Gattaca (1997)
PG-13 | 106 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A genetically inferior man assumes the identity of a superior one in order to pursue his lifelong dream of space travel.
Votes: 267,990 | Gross: $12.34M
Contact - A very close 2nd
The Fifth Element
Men in Black
6-10: Alien: Resurrection Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery Cube Event Horizon Face/Off
Also Seen: Flubber Mimic The Postman The Relic Volcano
Yet to See: The Lost World: Jurassic Park Retroactive Smilla's Sense of Snow
23. Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
PG-13 | 111 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
The Borg travel back in time intent on preventing Earth's first contact with an alien species. Captain Picard and his crew pursue them to ensure that Zefram Cochrane makes his maiden flight reaching warp speed.
Votes: 112,984 | Gross: $92.00M
24. Twelve Monkeys (1995)
R | 129 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
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.
Votes: 551,372 | Gross: $57.14M
25. Stargate (1994)
PG-13 | 116 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
An interstellar teleportation device, found in Egypt, leads to a planet with humans resembling ancient Egyptians who worship the god Ra.
Votes: 168,741 | Gross: $71.57M
26. Jurassic Park (1993)
PG-13 | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
A pragmatic Paleontologist visiting an almost complete theme park is tasked with protecting a couple of kids after a power failure causes the park's cloned dinosaurs to run loose.
Votes: 810,910 | Gross: $402.45M
27. Alien³ (1992)
R | 114 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
After her last encounter, Ellen Ripley crash-lands on Fiorina 161, a maximum security prison. When a series of strange and deadly events occur shortly after her arrival, Ripley realizes that she has brought along an unwelcome visitor.
Votes: 263,347 | Gross: $55.47M
28. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
R | 137 min | Action, Sci-Fi
A cyborg, identical to the one who failed to kill Sarah Connor, must now protect her teenage son, John Connor, from a more advanced and powerful cyborg.
Votes: 944,414 | Gross: $204.84M
29. Total Recall (1990)
R | 113 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
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?
Votes: 285,958 | Gross: $119.39M
30. Back to the Future Part II (1989)
PG | 108 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
After visiting 2015, Marty McFly must repeat his visit to 1955 to prevent disastrous changes to 1985...without interfering with his first trip.
Votes: 445,599 | Gross: $118.50M
31. Akira (1988)
R | 124 min | Animation, Action, Drama
A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psychic psychopath who can only be stopped by two teenagers and a group of psychics.
Votes: 149,500 | Gross: $0.55M
32. RoboCop (1987)
R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi
In a dystopic and crime-ridden Detroit, a terminally wounded cop returns to the force as a powerful cyborg haunted by submerged memories.
Votes: 220,745 | Gross: $53.42M
33. Aliens (1986)
R | 137 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Ellen Ripley is rescued by a deep salvage team after being in hypersleep for 57 years. The moon that the Nostromo visited has been colonized, but contact is lost. This time, colonial marines have impressive firepower, but will that be enough?
Votes: 619,892 | Gross: $85.16M
34. Back to the Future (1985)
PG | 116 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent thirty years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the eccentric scientist Doc Brown.
Votes: 976,584 | Gross: $210.61M
35. The Terminator (1984)
R | 107 min | Action, Sci-Fi
In 1984, a human soldier is tasked to stop an indestructible cyborg killing machine, both sent from 2029, from executing a young woman, whose unborn son is the key to humanity's future salvation.
Votes: 759,436 | Gross: $38.40M
36. Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)
PG | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
After a daring mission to rescue Han Solo from Jabba the Hutt, the Rebels dispatch to Endor to destroy the second Death Star. Meanwhile, Luke struggles to help Darth Vader back from the dark side without falling into the Emperor's trap.
Votes: 898,745 | Gross: $309.13M
37. Blade Runner (1982)
R | 117 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A blade runner must pursue and terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space, and have returned to Earth to find their creator.
Votes: 652,096 | Gross: $32.87M
38. Escape from New York (1981)
R | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
In 1997, when the U.S. president crashes into Manhattan, now a giant maximum security prison, a convicted bank robber is sent in to rescue him.
Votes: 116,437 | Gross: $25.24M
PG | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
After the Rebels are brutally overpowered by the Empire on the ice planet Hoth, Luke Skywalker begins Jedi training with Yoda, while his friends are pursued by Darth Vader and a bounty hunter named Boba Fett all over the galaxy.
Votes: 1,096,103 | Gross: $290.48M
40. Alien (1979)
R | 117 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
After a space merchant vessel receives an unknown transmission as a distress call, one of the crew is attacked by a mysterious life form and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun.
Votes: 741,143 | Gross: $78.90M
41. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
PG | 115 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
When seeds drift to earth from space, mysterious pods begin to grow and invade a small town, replicating the residents one body at a time.
Votes: 48,502 | Gross: $24.95M
42. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
PG | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
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 mysterious Darth Vader.
Votes: 1,168,302 | Gross: $322.74M
43. Logan's Run (1976)
PG | 119 min | Action, Sci-Fi
An idyllic science fiction future has one major drawback: life must end at the age of thirty.
Votes: 49,094 | Gross: $25.00M
The Man Who Fell to Earth
Yet to See: Futureworld King Kong
44. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
R | 100 min | Comedy, Musical