Top 150 Essential Sci-Fi Movies

There’s only one place where you can get clones, time travel, simulated realities, irradiated and irritated giant lizards, and space fights and beyond. (Maybe not all at once, but we can dream.) Anything’s possible in this creative nebula known as science fiction, and with its long and historic association with cinema, we present our choices of the greatest science-fiction movies ever: The 150 Essential Sci-Fi Movies!

Sci-fi spreads across subgenres, all represented here: the monster movie (Cloverfield), space opera (Serenity), cyberpunk (Ghost in the Shell), and post-apocalyptic (Mad Max: Fury Road) and more. Or it can fuse onto traditional genres like drama (Donnie Darko, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), comedy (Repo Man, Idiocracy), and action (Predator, Demoliton Man). Wherever the destination, these movies — each with at least 20 reviews — were selected because of their unique, fun, and possibly even mind-blowing spins on reality.

Original list: bityli.com/1l4XR
Last update: august 2020

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  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    1

  • Back to the Future

    2

  • Blade Runner

    3

  • Metropolis

    4

  • Star Wars

    5

  • The Matrix

    6

  • Inception

    7

  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    8

  • Alien

    9

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    10

  • The Thing

    11

  • The Empire Strikes Back

    12

  • Aliens

    13

  • Edge of Tomorrow

    14

  • The Terminator

    15

  • Children of Men

    16

  • Akira

    17

  • The Day the Earth Stood Still

    18

  • RoboCop

    19

  • A Clockwork Orange

    20

  • District 9

    21

  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

    22

  • Brazil

    23

  • Ghost in the Shell

    24

  • Gattaca

    25

  • Stalker

    26

  • Primer

    27

  • Jurassic Park

    28

  • Twelve Monkeys

    29

  • Forbidden Planet

    30

  • Godzilla

    31

  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    32

  • WALL·E

    33

  • Ex Machina

    34

  • Arrival

    35

  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    36

  • Looper

    37

  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    38

  • Interstellar

    39

  • Gravity

    40

  • The Martian

    41

  • Moon

    42

  • Total Recall

    43

  • Fantastic Planet

    44

  • The Iron Giant

    45

  • Her

    46

  • Solaris

    47

  • Fantastic Voyage

    48

  • Galaxy Quest

    49

  • Blade Runner 2049

    50

  • The War of the Worlds

    51

  • Escape from New York

    52

  • Star Trek

    53

  • Mad Max 2

    54

  • Planet of the Apes

    55

  • Predator

    56

  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    57

  • Snowpiercer

    58

  • Videodrome

    59

  • Them!

    60

  • Alphaville

    61

  • Minority Report

    62

  • Avatar

    63

  • The Hunger Games

    64

  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

    65

  • Soylent Green

    66

  • Seconds

    67

  • They Live

    68

  • Predestination

    69

  • Altered States

    70

  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes

    71

  • The Abyss

    72

  • Source Code

    73

  • A Scanner Darkly

    74

  • Demolition Man

    75

  • Fahrenheit 451

    76

  • Idiocracy

    77

  • Pacific Rim

    78

  • Donnie Darko

    79

  • Barbarella

    80

  • Independence Day

    81

  • Bumblebee

    82

  • Tron

    83

  • Men in Black

    84

  • Cloverfield

    85

  • The Fly

    86

  • The Man Who Fell to Earth

    87

  • Under the Skin

    88

  • Dark City

    89

  • World on a Wire

    90

  • The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension

    91

  • The Brother from Another Planet

    92

  • Dredd

    93

  • V for Vendetta

    94

  • The Fifth Element

    95

  • Starship Troopers

    96

  • Repo Man

    97

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    98

  • A Quiet Place

    99

  • The Host

    100