1980-2000 sci-fi to watch

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1. Kronos (1957)

Not Rated | 78 min | Action, Drama, Horror

Aliens from another world send a huge robotic accumulator to invade the Earth and absorb all energy it comes in contact with.

Director: Kurt Neumann | Stars: Jeff Morrow, Barbara Lawrence, John Emery, George O'Hanlon

Votes: 1,483

2. Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie (1996)

PG-13 | 73 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

65 Metascore

Mike Nelson and his robot companions watch and give their comments about This Island Earth (1955).

Director: Jim Mallon | Stars: Trace Beaulieu, Michael J. Nelson, Jim Mallon, Kevin Murphy

Votes: 16,934 | Gross: $1.01M

3. The Arrival (1996)

PG-13 | 115 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

56 Metascore

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.

Director: David Twohy | Stars: Charlie Sheen, Lindsay Crouse, Richard Schiff, Shane

Votes: 29,166 | Gross: $14.05M

4. Les mille merveilles de l'univers (1997)

90 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

Humanity lives in fear of an alien invasion: for the first time in history, a coded message from outer space has reached planet Earth. A few months later, the 12,000 residents of Sepulveda ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Michel Roux | Stars: Tchéky Karyo, Julie Delpy, Chick Ortega, Féodor Atkine

Votes: 186

5. Bunker Palace Hôtel (1989)

95 min | Sci-Fi

In an imaginary dictature of a futuristic world, rebellion has broken out. The men in power scramble to the Bunker Palace Hotel, a bunker built long ago for just this kind of contingency. ... See full summary »

Director: Enki Bilal | Stars: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Carole Bouquet, Maria Schneider, Roger Dumas

Votes: 730

6. Stargate (1994)

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

42 Metascore

An interstellar teleportation device, found in Egypt, leads to a planet with humans resembling ancient Egyptians who worship the god Ra.

Director: Roland Emmerich | Stars: Kurt Russell, James Spader, Jaye Davidson, Viveca Lindfors

Votes: 163,282 | Gross: $71.57M

7. Zardoz (1974)

R | 105 min | Fantasy, Sci-Fi

46 Metascore

In the distant future, a savage trained only to kill finds a way into the community of bored immortals that alone preserves humanity's achievements.

Director: John Boorman | Stars: Sean Connery, Charlotte Rampling, Sara Kestelman, John Alderton

Votes: 17,376

8. Alphaville (1965)

Not Rated | 99 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

A U.S. secret agent is sent to the distant space city of Alphaville where he must find a missing person and free the city from its tyrannical ruler.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Eddie Constantine, Anna Karina, Akim Tamiroff, Valérie Boisgel

Votes: 19,892 | Gross: $0.05M

9. Tykho Moon (1996)

Not Rated | 102 min | Sci-Fi

The McBee family has erected a government over a future 'colony', that looks like a run-down Paris divided into sectors by the Berlin Wall. All male family members suffer from a mysterious ... See full summary »

Director: Enki Bilal | Stars: Julie Delpy, Johan Leysen, Michel Piccoli, Marie Laforêt

Votes: 602

10. Harrison Bergeron (1995 TV Movie)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

In a distant future, egalitarianism has created a truly equal state. The cost? The sacrifice of everything great about humankind. The question: is peace worth the price?

Director: Bruce Pittman | Stars: Sean Astin, Miranda de Pencier, Eugene Levy, Howie Mandel

Votes: 2,140

11. The City of Lost Children (1995)

R | 112 min | Fantasy, Sci-Fi

73 Metascore

A scientist in a surrealist society kidnaps children to steal their dreams, hoping that they slow his aging process.

Directors: Marc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet | Stars: Ron Perlman, Daniel Emilfork, Judith Vittet, Dominique Pinon

Votes: 60,910 | Gross: $1.51M

12. Outbreak (1995)

R | 127 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

65 Metascore

Army doctors struggle to find a cure for a deadly virus spreading throughout a California town that was brought to America by an African monkey.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey

Votes: 99,380 | Gross: $67.82M

13. Powder (1995)

PG-13 | 111 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

An off the charts genius who is home schooled and shunned after his last relative dies shows the unconscious residents of his town about connection awareness and the generosity of the spirit.

Director: Victor Salva | Stars: Mary Steenburgen, Sean Patrick Flanery, Lance Henriksen, Jeff Goldblum

Votes: 26,769 | Gross: $30.86M

14. No Escape (1994)

R | 118 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

A soldier convicted for murdering his commanding officer is dumped and left to die on a prison island inhabited by two camps of convicts.

Director: Martin Campbell | Stars: Ray Liotta, Lance Henriksen, Stuart Wilson, Kevin Dillon

Votes: 17,388 | Gross: $15.34M

15. Timecop (1994)

R | 99 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

48 Metascore

Max Walker, an officer for a security agency that regulates time travel, must fend for his life against a shady politician who's intent on changing the past to control the future.

Director: Peter Hyams | Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Mia Sara, Ron Silver, Bruce McGill

Votes: 50,800 | Gross: $44.85M

16. Guarding Tess (1994)

PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy, Drama

46 Metascore

A former U.S. First Lady wants a particular Secret Service agent to head her bodyguard detail, even though he can't stand her.

Director: Hugh Wilson | Stars: Shirley MacLaine, Nicolas Cage, Austin Pendleton, Edward Albert

Votes: 14,331 | Gross: $27.05M

17. Fortress (1992)

R | 95 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

In 2017, John Henry Brennick and his wife Karen are captured at a US immigration point with an illegal baby during population control. The resulting prison experience is the subject of the ... See full summary »

Director: Stuart Gordon | Stars: Christopher Lambert, Loryn Locklin, Kurtwood Smith, Clifton Collins Jr.

Votes: 25,676 | Gross: $6.74M

18. Demolition Man (1993)

R | 115 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

34 Metascore

A police officer is brought out of suspended animation in prison to pursue an old ultra-violent nemesis who is loose in a non-violent future society.

Director: Marco Brambilla | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Wesley Snipes, Sandra Bullock, Nigel Hawthorne

Votes: 142,453 | Gross: $58.06M

19. Wax, or the Discovery of Television Among the Bees (1991)

85 min | Documentary, Drama, Sci-Fi

A man recalls the story of how his bees implanted in him a bee television, causing him to lose all perception of space, time, and self in the deserts of the American West.

Director: David Blair | Stars: Father Bessarion, David Blair, William S. Burroughs, Florence Ormezzano

Votes: 247

20. Final Approach (2007 TV Movie)

240 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

An action filled account of an Ex FBI negotiator who uses all his skills to save a jumbo jet headed for Los Angeles California from the terrorists who have placed a bomb on board.

Director: Armand Mastroianni | Stars: Dean Cain, Anthony Michael Hall, Ernie Hudson, Sunny Mabrey

Votes: 570

21. Dollman (1991 Video)

R | 79 min | Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi

A hard-boiled, intergalactic policeman lands on Earth where he is only 12 inches tall.

Director: Albert Pyun | Stars: Tim Thomerson, Jackie Earle Haley, Kamala Lopez, Humberto Ortiz

Votes: 2,239

22. The Rocketeer (1991)

PG | 108 min | Action, Adventure, Family

61 Metascore

A young pilot stumbles onto a prototype jetpack that allows him to become a high flying masked hero.

Director: Joe Johnston | Stars: Billy Campbell, Jennifer Connelly, Alan Arkin, Timothy Dalton

Votes: 47,794 | Gross: $46.70M

23. Flatliners (1990)

R | 115 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

55 Metascore

Five medical students experiment with "near death" experiences, until the dark consequences of past tragedies begin to jeopardize their lives.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Kevin Bacon, Julia Roberts, William Baldwin

Votes: 73,753 | Gross: $61.49M

24. Tremors (1990)

PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy, Horror

65 Metascore

Natives of a small isolated town defend themselves against strange underground creatures which are killing them one by one.

Director: Ron Underwood | Stars: Kevin Bacon, Fred Ward, Finn Carter, Michael Gross

Votes: 106,192 | Gross: $16.67M

25. The Dark Side of the Moon (1990)

R | 87 min | Action, Horror, Mystery

In 2022, a repair crew is sent to fix an orbital weapon but their spaceship malfunctions and ends up heading towards the dark side of the moon. There, in a mysterious, seemingly abandoned space shuttle, a sinister force lies in wait.

Director: D.J. Webster | Stars: Robert Sampson, Will Bledsoe, Joe Turkel, Camilla More

Votes: 1,808

26. Total Recall (1990)

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

57 Metascore

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?

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside, Rachel Ticotin

Votes: 273,240 | Gross: $119.39M

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27. Posetitel muzeya (1989)

136 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

In a post-apocalyptic world, in which a large part of the population consists of demented and deformed mutants being kept in reservations, a man embarks upon visiting the ruins of a museum ... See full summary »

Director: Konstantin Lopushanskiy | Stars: Viktor Mikhaylov, Vera Mayorova, Vadim Lobanov, Irina Rakshina

Votes: 677

28. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)

PG | 93 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

63 Metascore

The scientist father of a teenage girl and boy accidentally shrinks his and two other neighborhood teens to the size of insects. Now the teens must fight diminutive dangers as the father searches for them.

Director: Joe Johnston | Stars: Rick Moranis, Matt Frewer, Marcia Strassman, Kristine Sutherland

Votes: 126,558 | Gross: $130.72M

29. The Dead Zone (1983)

R | 103 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

69 Metascore

A man awakens from a coma to discover he has a psychic ability.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Christopher Walken, Brooke Adams, Tom Skerritt, Herbert Lom

Votes: 53,292 | Gross: $20.77M

30. Starman (1984)

PG | 115 min | Romance, Sci-Fi

71 Metascore

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.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Karen Allen, Charles Martin Smith, Richard Jaeckel

Votes: 38,359 | Gross: $28.70M

31. They Live (1988)

R | 94 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

54 Metascore

A drifter discovers a pair of sunglasses that allow him to wake up to the fact that aliens have taken over the Earth.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Roddy Piper, Keith David, Meg Foster, George 'Buck' Flower

Votes: 93,365 | Gross: $13.01M

32. The Abyss (1989)

PG-13 | 145 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

62 Metascore

A civilian diving team is enlisted to search for a lost nuclear submarine and face danger while encountering an alien aquatic species.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Michael Biehn, Leo Burmester

Votes: 148,851 | Gross: $54.46M

33. Tayna tretey planety (1981)

48 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi, Animation

At the end of the 22nd century Alisa Seleznyova, her father Professor Seleznyov and pilot Zeleny go on a space expedition to find rare animals for Moscow Zoo. On the way they seem to ... See full summary »

Director: Roman Kachanov | Stars: Olga Gromova, Vsevolod Larionov, Yuriy Volyntsev, Vasiliy Livanov

Votes: 2,069

34. Event Horizon (1997)

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

35 Metascore

A rescue crew investigates a spaceship that disappeared into a black hole and has now returned...with someone or something new on-board.

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson | Stars: Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neill, Kathleen Quinlan, Joely Richardson

Votes: 140,703 | Gross: $26.67M

35. Cube (1997)

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

61 Metascore

6 complete strangers of widely varying personality characteristics are involuntarily placed in an endless maze containing deadly traps.

Director: Vincenzo Natali | Stars: Nicole de Boer, Maurice Dean Wint, David Hewlett, Andrew Miller

Votes: 186,870 | Gross: $0.50M

36. Escape from New York (1981)

R | 99 min | Action, Sci-Fi

76 Metascore

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.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Kurt Russell, Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine, Donald Pleasence

Votes: 109,696 | Gross: $25.24M

37. Bicentennial Man (1999)

PG | 132 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi

42 Metascore

An android endeavors to become human as he gradually acquires emotions.

Director: Chris Columbus | Stars: Robin Williams, Embeth Davidtz, Sam Neill, Oliver Platt

Votes: 100,539 | Gross: $58.22M

38. 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: 211,707 | Gross: $39.24M

39. Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Horror, Musical

81 Metascore

A nerdy florist finds his chance for success and romance with the help of a giant man-eating plant who demands to be fed.

Director: Frank Oz | Stars: Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Vincent Gardenia, Levi Stubbs

Votes: 57,444 | Gross: $38.75M

40. The Hidden (1987)

R | 97 min | Action, Crime, Horror

Law abiding people suddenly become violent criminals. A cop and an FBI agent race for answers in this sci-fi thriller.

Director: Jack Sholder | Stars: Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Nouri, Claudia Christian, Clarence Felder

Votes: 15,086 | Gross: $9.75M

41. 2010: The Year We Made Contact (1984)

PG | 116 min | Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi

53 Metascore

A joint U.S.-Soviet expedition is sent to Jupiter to learn what happened to the Discovery.

Director: Peter Hyams | Stars: Roy Scheider, John Lithgow, Helen Mirren, Bob Balaban

Votes: 46,110 | Gross: $40.20M

42. Videodrome (1983)

R | 87 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

60 Metascore

When he acquires a different kind of show for his station, a sleazy cable-TV programmer begins to see his life and the future of media spin out of control in a terrifying new reality.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: James Woods, Debbie Harry, Sonja Smits, Peter Dvorsky

Votes: 72,925 | Gross: $2.12M



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