Best Sci-Fi Movies Based on Book

by MAthePA | created - 02 Sep 2018 | updated - 4 months ago | Public

All these sci-fi movies are based on books (no comics; titles descended by release year). When you love a book, few things are more exciting than seeing it turned into a movie. When you initially love a movie, it's never late to know how all the things were on the page...

What is your favorite movie in the list?

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1. Ready Player One (2018)

PG-13 | 140 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

64 Metascore

When the creator of a virtual reality called the OASIS dies, he makes a posthumous challenge to all OASIS users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune and control of his world.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Lena Waithe

Votes: 317,680 | Gross: $137.69M

Based on the novel: Ready Player One (2011) by Ernest Cline

2. Mortal Engines (2018)

PG-13 | 128 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

44 Metascore

In a post-apocalyptic world where cities ride on wheels and consume each other to survive, two people meet in London and try to stop a conspiracy.

Director: Christian Rivers | Stars: Hera Hilmar, Robert Sheehan, Hugo Weaving, Jihae

Votes: 83,112 | Gross: $15.95M

Based on the novel: Mortal Engines (2001) by Philip Reeve

3. Arrival (II) (2016)

PG-13 | 116 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

81 Metascore

A linguist works with the military to communicate with alien lifeforms after twelve mysterious spacecraft appear around the world.

Director: Denis Villeneuve | Stars: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg

Votes: 533,082 | Gross: $100.55M

Based on the novella: Story of Your Life (1998) by Ted Chiang

4. The Martian (2015)

PG-13 | 144 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

80 Metascore

An astronaut becomes stranded on Mars after his team assume him dead, and must rely on his ingenuity to find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara

Votes: 697,878 | Gross: $228.43M

Based on the novel: The Martian (2011) by Andy Weir

5. Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

PG-13 | 113 min | Action, Sci-Fi

71 Metascore

A soldier fighting aliens gets to relive the same day over and over again, the day restarting every time he dies.

Director: Doug Liman | Stars: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Brendan Gleeson

Votes: 557,352 | Gross: $100.21M

Based on the novel: All You Need Is Kill (2004) by Hiroshi Sakurazaka

6. Predestination (I) (2014)

R | 97 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

69 Metascore

For his final assignment, a top temporal agent must pursue the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time. The chase turns into a unique, surprising and mind-bending exploration of love, fate, identity and time travel taboos.

Directors: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook, Noah Taylor, Madeleine West

Votes: 230,476 | Gross: $0.07M

Based on the novelette: '—All You Zombies—' (1959) by Robert A. Heinlein

7. Cloud Atlas (2012)

R | 172 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

55 Metascore

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.

Directors: Tom Tykwer, Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski | Stars: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, Hugo Weaving

Votes: 330,236 | Gross: $27.11M

Based on the novel: Cloud Atlas (2004) by David Mitchell

8. John Carter (2012)

PG-13 | 132 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

51 Metascore

Transported to Barsoom, a Civil War vet discovers a barren planet seemingly inhabited by 12-foot tall barbarians. Finding himself prisoner of these creatures, he escapes, only to encounter Woola and a princess in desperate need of a savior.

Director: Andrew Stanton | Stars: Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Willem Dafoe, Samantha Morton

Votes: 244,746 | Gross: $73.08M

Based on the novel: A Princess of Mars (1912) by Edgar Rice Burroughs

9. The Adjustment Bureau (2011)

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

60 Metascore

The affair between a politician and a contemporary dancer is affected by mysterious forces keeping the lovers apart.

Director: George Nolfi | Stars: Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Lisa Thoreson, Florence Kastriner

Votes: 230,934 | Gross: $62.50M

Based on the short story: Adjustment Team (1954) by Philip K. Dick

10. Limitless (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 105 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

59 Metascore

With the help of a mysterious pill that enables the user to access one hundred percent of his brain abilities, a struggling writer becomes a financial wizard, but it also puts him in a new world with lots of dangers.

Director: Neil Burger | Stars: Bradley Cooper, Anna Friel, Abbie Cornish, Robert De Niro

Votes: 499,870 | Gross: $79.25M

Based on the novel: The Dark Fields (2001) by Alan Glynn

11. The Time Traveler's Wife (2009)

PG-13 | 107 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

47 Metascore

A Chicago librarian has a gene that causes him to involuntarily time travel, creating complications in his marriage.

Director: Robert Schwentke | Stars: Eric Bana, Rachel McAdams, Ron Livingston, Michelle Nolden

Votes: 134,284 | Gross: $63.41M

Based on the novel: The Time Traveler's Wife (2003) by Audrey Niffenegger

12. Next (2007)

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

42 Metascore

A Las Vegas magician who can see into the future is pursued by FBI agents seeking to use his abilities to prevent a nuclear terrorist attack.

Director: Lee Tamahori | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Julianne Moore, Jessica Biel, Thomas Kretschmann

Votes: 141,812 | Gross: $18.21M

Based on the novella: The Golden Man (1954) by Philip K. Dick

13. The Last Mimzy (2007)

PG | 90 min | Drama, Family, Sci-Fi

59 Metascore

Two siblings begin to develop special talents after they find a mysterious box of toys. Soon the kids, their parents, and even their teacher are drawn into a strange new world and find a task ahead of them that is far more important than any of them could imagine!

Director: Robert Shaye | Stars: Joely Richardson, Rainn Wilson, Timothy Hutton, Chris O'Neil

Votes: 20,227 | Gross: $21.47M

Based on the short story: Mimzy Were the Borogoves (1943) by Henry Kuttner and C.L. Moore

14. The Prestige (2006)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

66 Metascore

After a tragic accident, two stage magicians engage in a battle to create the ultimate illusion while sacrificing everything they have to outwit each other.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johansson, Michael Caine

Votes: 1,089,992 | Gross: $53.09M

Based on the novel: The Prestige (1995) by Christopher Priest

15. Paprika (2006)

R | 90 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

81 Metascore

When a machine that allows therapists to enter their patients' dreams is stolen, all Hell breaks loose. Only a young female therapist, Paprika, can stop it.

Director: Satoshi Kon | Stars: Megumi Hayashibara, Tôru Emori, Katsunosuke Hori, Tôru Furuya

Votes: 62,958 | Gross: $0.88M

Simulated Reality. Based on the novel: Paprika (1993) by Yasutaka Tsutsui

16. War of the Worlds (2005)

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

73 Metascore

As Earth is invaded by alien tripod fighting machines, one family fights for survival in this sci-fi action film.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, Tim Robbins, Miranda Otto

Votes: 393,421 | Gross: $234.28M

Based on the novel: The War of the Worlds (1898) by H.G. Wells

17. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)

PG | 109 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

63 Metascore

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."

Director: Garth Jennings | Stars: Martin Freeman, Yasiin Bey, Sam Rockwell, Zooey Deschanel

Votes: 179,394 | Gross: $51.09M

18. I, Robot (2004)

PG-13 | 115 min | Action, Crime, Drama

59 Metascore

In 2035, a technophobic cop investigates a crime that may have been perpetrated by a robot, which leads to a larger threat to humanity.

Director: Alex Proyas | Stars: Will Smith, Bridget Moynahan, Bruce Greenwood, Alan Tudyk

Votes: 471,911 | Gross: $144.80M

Based on the short story: I, Robot (1939) by Earl and Otto (EandO) Binder

19. Paycheck (2003)

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

43 Metascore

What seemed like a breezy idea for an engineer to net him millions of dollars, leaves him on the run for his life and piecing together why he's being chased.

Director: John Woo | Stars: Ben Affleck, Aaron Eckhart, Uma Thurman, Michael C. Hall

Votes: 98,967 | Gross: $53.79M

Based on the short story: Paycheck (1953) by Philip K. Dick

20. 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: 76,132 | Gross: $14.97M

Based on the novel: Solaris (1961) by Stanislaw Lem

21. Minority Report (2002)

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

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: 477,129 | Gross: $132.07M

Based on the short story: The Minority Report (1956) by Philip K. Dick

22. 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: 114,095 | Gross: $56.68M

Based on the novella: The Time Machine (1895) by H.G. Wells

23. A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)

PG-13 | 146 min | 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: 277,843 | Gross: $78.62M

Based on the short story: Supertoys Last All Summer Long (1969) by Brian Aldiss

24. 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: 103,958 | Gross: $58.22M

Based on the novel: The Positronic Man (1992) by Isaac Asimov and Robert Silverberg Based on the novelette: The Bicentennial Man (1976) by Isaac Asimov

25. The Iron Giant (1999)

PG | 86 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

85 Metascore

A young boy befriends a giant robot from outer space that a paranoid government agent wants to destroy.

Director: Brad Bird | Stars: Eli Marienthal, Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Aniston, Vin Diesel

Votes: 160,297 | Gross: $23.16M

Based on the novel: The Iron Man (1968) by Ted Hughes

26. Starship Troopers (1997)

R | 129 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

51 Metascore

Humans in a fascist, militaristic future wage war with giant alien bugs.

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Casper Van Dien, Denise Richards, Dina Meyer, Jake Busey

Votes: 254,087 | Gross: $54.81M

Based on the novel: Starship Troopers (1959) by Robert A. Heinlein

27. Contact (1997)

PG | 150 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

62 Metascore

Dr. Ellie Arroway (Jodie Foster), after years of searching, finds conclusive radio proof of extraterrestrial intelligence, sending plans for a mysterious machine.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Jodie Foster, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt

Votes: 239,276 | Gross: $100.92M

Based on the novel: Contact (1985) by Carl Sagan

28. Jurassic Park (1993)

PG-13 | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

68 Metascore

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.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

Votes: 799,380 | Gross: $402.45M

Based on the novel: Jurassic Park (1990) by Michael Crichton

29. 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: 282,390 | Gross: $119.39M

Based on the short story: We Can Remember It for You Wholesale (1966) by Philip K. Dick

30. Enemy Mine (1985)

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

59 Metascore

During a long space war, the lives of two wounded enemies become dependent on their ability to forgive and to trust.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen | Stars: Dennis Quaid, Louis Gossett Jr., Brion James, Richard Marcus

Votes: 40,900 | Gross: $4.27M

Based on the novella: Enemy Mine (1979) by Barry Longyear

31. Cocoon (1985)

PG-13 | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi

65 Metascore

When a group of trespassing seniors swim in a pool containing alien cocoons, they find themselves energized with youthful vigor.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Don Ameche, Wilford Brimley, Hume Cronyn, Brian Dennehy

Votes: 53,349 | Gross: $76.11M

Based on the novel: Cocoon (1985) by David Saperstein

32. 2010: The Year We Make 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... and HAL.

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

Votes: 47,360 | Gross: $40.20M

Based on the novel: 2010: Odyssey Two (1982) by Arthur C. Clarke

33. Dune (1984)

PG-13 | 137 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

40 Metascore

A Duke's son leads desert warriors against the galactic emperor and his father's evil nemesis when they assassinate his father and free their desert world from the emperor's rule.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Kyle MacLachlan, Virginia Madsen, Francesca Annis, Leonardo Cimino

Votes: 113,464 | Gross: $30.93M

Based on the novel: Dune (1965) by Frank Herbert

34. Blade Runner (1982)

R | 117 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

89 Metascore

A blade runner must pursue and terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space, and have returned to Earth to find their creator.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos

Votes: 641,894 | Gross: $32.87M

35. The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)

R | 139 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

81 Metascore

An alien must pose as a human to save his dying planet, but a woman and greed of other men create complications.

Director: Nicolas Roeg | Stars: David Bowie, Rip Torn, Candy Clark, Buck Henry

Votes: 22,120 | Gross: $0.10M

Based on the novel: The Man Who Fell to Earth (1963) by Walter Tevis



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