Science Fiction and Adventure Films

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1. Avatar (2009)

PG-13 | 162 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

83 Metascore

A paraplegic Marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez

Votes: 1,041,055 | Gross: $760.51M

2. Bad Channels (1992 Video)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Horror, Music

An alien determined to capture human females takes over a radio station to do it.

Director: Ted Nicolaou | Stars: Robert Factor, Martha Quinn, Aaron Lustig, Michael Huddleston

Votes: 805

3. Chopping Mall (1986)

R | 77 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

22 Metascore

A group of young shopping mall employees stay behind for a late night party in one of the stores. When the mall goes on lock-down before they can get out, the robot security system malfunctions, and goes on a killing spree.

Director: Jim Wynorski | Stars: Kelli Maroney, Tony O'Dell, Russell Todd, Karrie Emerson

Votes: 9,033

4. Creepozoids (1987)

R | 72 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A group of survivors try to avoid the battles of World War III; when they try to escape to the quiet lands, they encounter something much more deadly.

Director: David DeCoteau | Stars: Linnea Quigley, Ken Abraham, Michael Aranda, Richard L. Hawkins

Votes: 1,703 | Gross: $0.01M

5. Forbidden World (1982)

R | 77 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

In the distant future, a federation marshal arrives at a research lab on a remote planet where a genetic experiment has gotten loose and begins feeding on the dwindling scientific group.

Director: Allan Holzman | Stars: Jesse Vint, Dawn Dunlap, June Chadwick, Linden Chiles

Votes: 3,265

6. Horror Planet (1981)

R | 93 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A crew of interplanetary archaeologists is threatened when an alien creature impregnates one of their members, causing her to turn homicidal and murder them one by one.

Director: Norman J. Warren | Stars: Robin Clarke, Jennifer Ashley, Stephanie Beacham, Steven Grives

Votes: 2,404

7. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

PG | 115 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

75 Metascore

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.

Director: Philip Kaufman | Stars: Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Jeff Goldblum, Veronica Cartwright

Votes: 46,184 | Gross: $24.95M

8. Laserblast (1978)

PG | 85 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A teenager stumbles upon an alien weapon, which transforms him into a grotesque killer.

Director: Michael Rae | Stars: Kim Milford, Cheryl Smith, Gianni Russo, Ron Masak

Votes: 5,257

9. Parasite (1982)

R | 85 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

Paul Dean has created a deadly parasite that is now attached to his stomach. He and his female companion, Patricia Welles, must find a way to destroy it while also trying to avoid Ricus, ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Band | Stars: Robert Glaudini, Demi Moore, Luca Bercovici, James Davidson

Votes: 1,785 | Gross: $7.00M

10. Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)

Not Rated | 79 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

Evil aliens attack Earth and set their terrible "Plan 9" in action. As the aliens resurrect the dead of the Earth to destroy the living, our lives are in danger.

Director: Edward D. Wood Jr. | Stars: Gregory Walcott, Tom Keene, Mona McKinnon, Duke Moore

Votes: 33,674

11. Predator (1987)

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

45 Metascore

A team of commandos on a mission in a Central American jungle find themselves hunted by an extraterrestrial warrior.

Director: John McTiernan | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Kevin Peter Hall, Elpidia Carrillo

Votes: 344,235 | Gross: $59.74M

12. Seedpeople (1992)

R | 87 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

The citizens of Comet Valley are being taken over by seeds from an alien plant that has taken root there. A sheriff investigates the strange goings-on.

Director: Peter Manoogian | Stars: Sam Hennings, Andrea Roth, Dane Witherspoon, Bernard Kates

Votes: 727

13. Silent Running (1972)

G | 89 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

In a future where all flora is extinct on Earth, an astronaut is given orders to destroy the last of Earth's botany, kept in a greenhouse aboard a spacecraft.

Director: Douglas Trumbull | Stars: Bruce Dern, Cliff Potts, Ron Rifkin, Jesse Vint

Votes: 24,519

14. The Matrix (1999)

R | 136 min | Action, Sci-Fi

73 Metascore

A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.

Directors: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving

Votes: 1,500,462 | Gross: $171.48M

15. The War of the Worlds (1953)

G | 85 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

A small town in California is attacked by Martians, beginning a worldwide invasion.

Director: Byron Haskin | Stars: Gene Barry, Ann Robinson, Les Tremayne, Robert Cornthwaite

Votes: 29,530 | Gross: $4.36M

16. Them! (1954)

Not Rated | 94 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

The earliest atomic tests in New Mexico cause common ants to mutate into giant man-eating monsters that threaten civilization.

Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: James Whitmore, Edmund Gwenn, Joan Weldon, James Arness

Votes: 17,938

17. 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: 95,879 | Gross: $13.01M

18. Ticks (1993)

R | 85 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A group of troubled teenagers are led by social workers on a California wilderness retreat, not knowing that the woods they are camping in have become infested by mutated, blood-sucking ticks.

Director: Tony Randel | Stars: Rosalind Allen, Ami Dolenz, Seth Green, Virginya Keehne

Votes: 3,309

19. The Time Machine (1960)

G | 103 min | Adventure, Romance, Sci-Fi

A man's vision for a utopian society is disillusioned when travelling forward into time reveals a dark and dangerous society.

Director: George Pal | Stars: Rod Taylor, Alan Young, Yvette Mimieux, Sebastian Cabot

Votes: 32,882

20. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)

PG-13 | 150 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

35 Metascore

Sam Witwicky leaves the Autobots behind for a normal life. But when his mind is filled with cryptic symbols, the Decepticons target him and he is dragged back into the Transformers' war.

Director: Michael Bay | Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson

Votes: 364,064 | Gross: $402.11M

21. Xtro (1982)

R | 84 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A man who was abducted by aliens returns to his family three years later, but his presence affects them negatively.

Director: Harry Bromley Davenport | Stars: Philip Sayer, Bernice Stegers, Danny Brainin, Maryam d'Abo

Votes: 5,181

22. Xtro II: The Second Encounter (1990)

R | 92 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

Military scientists discover an alternate dimension and, subsequently, aliens with an appetite for human flesh.

Director: Harry Bromley Davenport | Stars: Jan-Michael Vincent, Paul Koslo, Tara Buckman, Jano Frandsen

Votes: 1,349

23. Xtro 3: Watch the Skies (1995)

R | 90 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

Marines travel to a deserted island to diffuse bombs, only to be terrorized by an alien.

Director: Harry Bromley Davenport | Stars: J. Marvin Campbell, Douglas Cavanaugh, Robert Culp, Andrew Divoff

Votes: 819

24. 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957)

Not Rated | 82 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Horror

The first U.S. spaceship to Venus crash-lands off the coast of Sicily on its return trip. A dangerous, lizard-like creature comes with it and quickly grows gigantic.

Director: Nathan Juran | Stars: William Hopper, Joan Taylor, Thomas Browne Henry, Frank Puglia

Votes: 5,726

25. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)

G | 127 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

A ship sent to investigate a wave of mysterious sinkings encounters the advanced submarine, the Nautilus, commanded by Captain Nemo.

Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Paul Lukas, Peter Lorre

Votes: 25,958 | Gross: $28.20M

26. Midnight Movie Massacre (1988)

85 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

A Martian begins to attack the patrons and staff of a movie theater during the 1950's as a low budget science fiction film plays on the screen.

Directors: Laurence Jacobs, Mark Stock | Stars: Robert Clarke, Ann Robinson, David Staffer, Tom Hutsler

Votes: 194

27. AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004)

PG-13 | 101 min | Action, Adventure, Horror

29 Metascore

During an archaeological expedition on Bouvetøya Island in Antarctica, a team of archaeologists and other scientists find themselves caught up in a battle between the two legends. Soon, the team realize that only one species can win.

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson | Stars: Sanaa Lathan, Lance Henriksen, Raoul Bova, Ewen Bremner

Votes: 172,873 | Gross: $80.28M

28. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

PG | 138 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

90 Metascore

Roy Neary, an electric lineman, watches how his quiet and ordinary daily life turns upside down after a close encounter with a UFO.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, François Truffaut, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon

Votes: 166,828 | Gross: $132.09M

29. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

PG | 115 min | Family, Sci-Fi

91 Metascore

A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home world.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Peter Coyote, Dee Wallace

Votes: 335,964 | Gross: $435.11M

30. Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956)

Unrated | 83 min | Action, Sci-Fi

Extraterrestrials traveling in high-tech flying saucers contact a scientist as part of a plan to enslave the inhabitants of Earth.

Director: Fred F. Sears | Stars: Hugh Marlowe, Joan Taylor, Donald Curtis, Morris Ankrum

Votes: 6,285

31. First Men in the Moon (1964)

Not Rated | 103 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

When a spaceship lands on the moon, it is hailed as a new accomplishment, before it becomes clear that a Victorian party completed the journey in 1899, leading investigators to that mission's last survivor.

Director: Nathan Juran | Stars: Edward Judd, Martha Hyer, Lionel Jeffries, Miles Malleson

Votes: 4,634

32. Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971)

PG | 85 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

From Earth's pollution a new monster is spawned. Hedorah, the smog monster, destroys Japan and fights Godzilla while spewing his poisonous gas to further the damage.

Director: Yoshimitsu Banno | Stars: Akira Yamauchi, Toshie Kimura, Hiroyuki Kawase, Toshio Shiba

Votes: 3,687

33. Hardware (1990)

R | 94 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

The head of a cyborg reactivates, rebuilds itself, and goes on a violent rampage in a space marine's girlfriend's apartment.

Director: Richard Stanley | Stars: Dylan McDermott, Stacey Travis, John Lynch, Carl McCoy

Votes: 11,556 | Gross: $5.73M

34. Iron Man (2008)

PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

79 Metascore

After being held captive in an Afghan cave, billionaire engineer Tony Stark creates a unique weaponized suit of armor to fight evil.

Director: Jon Favreau | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges

Votes: 858,988 | Gross: $318.41M

35. Jack the Giant Killer (1962)

G | 94 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

A farmboy turned knight must protect a princess from the schemes of an evil wizard.

Director: Nathan Juran | Stars: Kerwin Mathews, Judi Meredith, Torin Thatcher, Walter Burke

Votes: 1,919

36. Jason and the Argonauts (1963)

G | 104 min | Action, Adventure, Family

The legendary Greek hero leads a team of intrepid adventurers in a perilous quest for the legendary Golden Fleece.

Director: Don Chaffey | Stars: Todd Armstrong, Nancy Kovack, Gary Raymond, Laurence Naismith

Votes: 20,986

37. Jurassic Park III (2001)

PG-13 | 92 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

42 Metascore

A decidedly odd couple with alterior motives convince Dr. Grant to go to Isla Sorna, resulting in an unexpected landing, and startling new inhabitants on the island.

Director: Joe Johnston | Stars: Sam Neill, William H. Macy, Téa Leoni, Alessandro Nivola

Votes: 272,574 | Gross: $181.17M

38. The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)

PG-13 | 129 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

59 Metascore

A research team is sent to the Jurassic Park Site B island to study the dinosaurs there, while an InGen team approaches with another agenda.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Jeff Goldblum, Julianne Moore, Pete Postlethwaite, Vince Vaughn

Votes: 344,146 | Gross: $229.09M

39. The Last Man on Earth (1964)

Not Rated | 86 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

When a disease turns all of humanity into the living dead, the last man on earth becomes a reluctant vampire hunter.

Directors: Ubaldo Ragona, Sidney Salkow | Stars: Vincent Price, Franca Bettoia, Emma Danieli, Giacomo Rossi Stuart

Votes: 15,546

40. Mars Attacks! (1996)

PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

52 Metascore

Earth is invaded by Martians with unbeatable weapons and a cruel sense of humor.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Pierce Brosnan, Sarah Jessica Parker, Annette Bening

Votes: 196,235 | Gross: $37.77M

41. Men in Black (1997)

PG-13 | 98 min | Adventure, Comedy, Mystery

71 Metascore

A police officer joins a secret organization that polices and monitors extraterrestrial interactions on Earth.

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld | Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Linda Fiorentino, Vincent D'Onofrio

Votes: 474,330 | Gross: $250.69M

42. Mothra (1961)

Passed | 101 min | Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller

A giant, ancient moth begins to attack Japan when coming to the rescue of it's two, foot-tall worshippers who were taken by shipwreck survivors.

Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Furankî Sakai, Hiroshi Koizumi, Kyôko Kagawa, Yumi Itô

Votes: 2,938

43. Mysterious Island (1961)

Not Rated | 101 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

During the Civil War a group of Union soldiers and two Confederates escape the stockade using a hot air balloon and end up on a strange Pacific island.

Director: Cy Endfield | Stars: Michael Craig, Joan Greenwood, Michael Callan, Gary Merrill

Votes: 5,737

44. Predators (2010)

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

51 Metascore

A group of elite warriors parachute into an unfamiliar jungle and are hunted by members of a merciless alien race.

Director: Nimród Antal | Stars: Adrien Brody, Laurence Fishburne, Topher Grace, Alice Braga

Votes: 199,195 | Gross: $52.00M

45. Prometheus (I) (2012)

R | 124 min | Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi

64 Metascore

Following clues to the origin of mankind, a team finds a structure on a distant moon, but they soon realize they are not alone.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Noomi Rapace, Logan Marshall-Green, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron

Votes: 537,517 | Gross: $126.48M

46. Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)

PG-13 | 105 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

68 Metascore

A substance designed to help the brain repair itself gives advanced intelligence to a chimpanzee who leads an ape uprising.

Director: Rupert Wyatt | Stars: James Franco, Andy Serkis, Freida Pinto, Karin Konoval

Votes: 471,673 | Gross: $176.76M

47. Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977)

G | 113 min | Action, Adventure, Family

Sinbad The Sailor sails to deliver a cursed prince to a dangerous island in the face of deadly opposition from a powerful witch.

Director: Sam Wanamaker | Stars: Patrick Wayne, Jane Seymour, Taryn Power, Margaret Whiting

Votes: 6,094

48. The 3 Worlds of Gulliver (1960)

Not Rated | 99 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

After being shipwrecked, a man finds himself on an island inhabited by tiny people, who soon make plans for him.

Director: Jack Sher | Stars: Kerwin Mathews, Jo Morrow, June Thorburn, Lee Patterson

Votes: 2,105