Best Sci-Fi Movies Based on Bookby MAthePA | created - 02 Sep 2018 | updated - 19 Jun 2019 | 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?
Another half of this poll (dystopia, apocalyptic, horror) is available for additional voting.
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1. Ready Player One (2018)
PG-13 | 140 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
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.
Votes: 379,762 | Gross: $137.69M
2. Mortal Engines (2018)
PG-13 | 128 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
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.
Votes: 113,177 | Gross: $15.95M
3. Arrival (II) (2016)
PG-13 | 116 min | Drama, Sci-Fi
A linguist works with the military to communicate with alien lifeforms after twelve mysterious spacecraft appear around the world.
Votes: 609,652 | Gross: $100.55M
4. The Martian (2015)
PG-13 | 144 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
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.
Votes: 774,087 | Gross: $228.43M
5. Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
PG-13 | 113 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
A soldier fighting aliens gets to relive the same day over and over again, the day restarting every time he dies.
Votes: 609,829 | Gross: $100.21M
6. Predestination (I) (2014)
R | 97 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
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.
Votes: 257,848 | Gross: $0.07M
7. Cloud Atlas (2012)
R | 172 min | Action, Drama, Mystery
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.
Votes: 347,456 | Gross: $27.11M
8. John Carter (2012)
PG-13 | 132 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
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.
Votes: 257,486 | Gross: $73.08M
9. The Adjustment Bureau (2011)
PG-13 | 106 min | Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
The affair between a politician and a contemporary dancer is affected by mysterious forces keeping the lovers apart.
Votes: 246,603 | Gross: $62.50M
10. Limitless (I) (2011)
PG-13 | 105 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller
With the help of a mysterious pill that enables the user to access 100% of his brain abilities, a struggling writer becomes a financial wizard, but it also puts him in a new world with lots of dangers.
Votes: 532,964 | Gross: $79.25M
11. The Time Traveler's Wife (2009)
PG-13 | 107 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance
A Chicago librarian has a gene that causes him to involuntarily time travel, creating complications in his marriage.
Votes: 142,790 | Gross: $63.41M
12. Next (2007)
PG-13 | 96 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
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.
Votes: 151,207 | Gross: $18.21M
13. The Last Mimzy (2007)
PG | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
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!
Votes: 20,896 | Gross: $21.47M
14. The Prestige (2006)
PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
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.
Votes: 1,212,914 | Gross: $53.09M
15. Paprika (2006)
R | 90 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy
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.
Votes: 73,282 | Gross: $0.88M
16. War of the Worlds (2005)
PG-13 | 116 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
An updated version of H.G Wells' seminal sci-fi classic about an alien invasion threatening the future of humanity. The catastrophic nightmare is depicted through the eyes of one American family fighting for survival.
Votes: 420,697 | Gross: $234.28M
17. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)
PG | 109 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
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."
Votes: 188,153 | Gross: $51.09M
18. I, Robot (2004)
PG-13 | 115 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
In 2035, a technophobic cop investigates a crime that may have been perpetrated by a robot, which leads to a larger threat to humanity.
Votes: 504,274 | Gross: $144.80M
19. Paycheck (2003)
PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Mystery, Sci-Fi
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.
Votes: 104,449 | Gross: $53.79M
20. Solaris (2002)
PG-13 | 99 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance
A troubled psychologist is sent to investigate the crew of an isolated research station orbiting a bizarre planet.
Votes: 79,533 | Gross: $14.97M
21. 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: 514,610 | Gross: $132.07M
22. The Time Machine (2002)
PG-13 | 96 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
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.
Votes: 119,452 | Gross: $56.68M
23. 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: 293,167 | Gross: $78.62M
24. Bicentennial Man (1999)
PG | 132 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
An android endeavors to become human as he gradually acquires emotions.
Votes: 111,687 | Gross: $58.22M
25. The Iron Giant (1999)
PG | 86 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
A young boy befriends a giant robot from outer space that a paranoid government agent wants to destroy.
Votes: 174,942 | Gross: $23.16M
26. Starship Troopers (1997)
R | 129 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Humans in a fascist, militaristic future wage war with giant alien bugs.
Votes: 273,131 | Gross: $54.81M
27. Contact (1997)
PG | 150 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Dr. Ellie Arroway, after years of searching, finds conclusive radio proof of extraterrestrial intelligence, sending plans for a mysterious machine.
Votes: 258,006 | Gross: $100.92M
28. 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: 882,825 | Gross: $402.45M
29. Total Recall (1990)
R | 113 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
When a man goes in to have virtual vacation memories of the planet Mars implanted in his mind, an unexpected and harrowing series of events forces him to go to the planet for real - or is he?
Votes: 306,751 | Gross: $119.39M
30. Enemy Mine (1985)
PG-13 | 108 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
During a long space war, the lives of two wounded enemies become dependent on their ability to forgive and to trust.
Votes: 44,130 | Gross: $4.27M
31. Cocoon (1985)
PG-13 | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
When a group of trespassing seniors swim in a pool containing alien cocoons, they find themselves energized with youthful vigor.
Votes: 58,173 | 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
A joint U.S.-Soviet expedition is sent to Jupiter to learn what happened to the Discovery, and H.A.L.
Votes: 50,125 | Gross: $40.20M
33. Dune (1984)
PG-13 | 137 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
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.
Votes: 129,986 | Gross: $30.93M
34. 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: 704,148 | Gross: $32.87M
35. The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)
R | 139 min | Drama, Sci-Fi
An alien must pose as a human to save his dying planet, but a woman and greed of other men create complications.
Votes: 24,553 | Gross: $0.10M