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Movies: Best Science Fiction Movies

Science fiction film (or sci-fi film) is a genre that uses speculative, fictional science-based depictions of phenomena that are not fully accepted by mainstream science, such as extraterrestrial lifeforms, alien worlds, extrasensory perception and time travel, along with futuristic elements such as spacecraft, robots, cyborgs, interstellar travel or other technologies. Science fiction films have often been used to focus on political or social issues, and to explore philosophical issues like the human condition. In many cases, tropes derived from written science fiction may be used by filmmakers ignorant of or at best indifferent to the standards of scientific plausibility and plot logic to which written science fiction is traditionally held. The genre has existed since the early years of silent cinema, when Georges Melies' A Trip to the Moon (1902) employed trick photography effects. The next major example in the genre was the film Metropolis (1927) - being the first feature length science fiction movie. From the 1930s to the 1950s, the genre consisted mainly of low-budget B movies. After Stanley Kubrick's landmark 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), the science fiction film genre was taken more seriously. In the late 1970s, big-budget science fiction films filled with special effe... [Wikipedia]

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Inception(2010)

4.1/5 (with 8,583 votes)

Cobb, a skilled thief who commits corporate espionage by infiltrating the subconscious of his targets is offered a chance to regain his old life as payment for a task considered to be impossible: "inception", the implantation of another person's idea into a target's subconscious.

Directed by Christopher Nolan - With Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, ...

Avatar(2009)

PG-13
| 2h 42min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction
3.7/5 (with 7,362 votes)

In the 22nd century, a paraplegic Marine is dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission, but becomes torn between following orders and protecting an alien civilization.

Directed by James Cameron - With Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez, Joel David Moore, Giovanni Ribisi, ...

The Avengers(2012)

PG-13
| 2h 23min | Science Fiction, Action, Adventure
3.8/5 (with 7,285 votes)

When an unexpected enemy emerges and threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins!

Directed by Joss Whedon - With Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, ...

Interstellar(2014)

PG-13
| 2h 49min | Adventure, Drama, Science Fiction
4.1/5 (with 6,973 votes)

Interstellar chronicles the adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.

Directed by Christopher Nolan - With Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, Bill Irwin, Ellen Burstyn, ...

Guardians of the Galaxy(2014)

PG-13
| 2h 1min | Action, Science Fiction, Adventure
4.0/5 (with 6,419 votes)

Light years from Earth, 26 years after being abducted, Peter Quill finds himself the prime target of a manhunt after discovering an orb wanted by Ronan the Accuser.

Directed by James Gunn - With Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Michael Rooker, Lee Pace, Ophelia Lovibond, ...

The Hunger Games(2012)

PG-13
| 2h 22min | Science Fiction, Adventure, Fantasy
3.5/5 (with 5,783 votes)

Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. Part twisted entertainment, part government intimidation tactic, the Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which “Tributes” must fight with one another until one survivor remains. Pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their entire lives, Katniss is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy. If she’s ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love. The world will be watching.

Directed by Gary Ross - With Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Lenny Kravitz, Stanley Tucci, Willow Shields, ...

Mad Max: Fury Road(2015)

3.7/5 (with 5,758 votes)

An apocalyptic story set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and most everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life. Within this world exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order. There's Max, a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos. And Furiosa, a woman of action and a woman who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland.

Directed by George Miller - With Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Josh Helman, Nathan Jones, Zoë Kravitz, ...

Iron Man(2008)

PG-13
| 2h 6min | Action, Science Fiction, Adventure
3.7/5 (with 5,650 votes)

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

Directed by Jon Favreau, Nick Cassavetes - With Robert Downey, Jr., Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges, Gwyneth Paltrow, Shaun Toub, Faran Tahir, ...

The Matrix(1999)

R
| 2h 16min | Action, Science Fiction
4.0/5 (with 5,519 votes)

Set in the 22nd century, The Matrix tells the story of a computer hacker who joins a group of underground insurgents fighting the vast and powerful computers who now rule the earth.

Directed by Lilly Wachowski, Lana Wachowski - With Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano, Hugo Weaving, Keanu Reeves, Gloria Foster, ...

Iron Man 3(2013)

PG-13
| 2h 10min | Action, Adventure, Science Fiction
3.4/5 (with 5,369 votes)

When Tony Stark's world is torn apart by a formidable terrorist called the Mandarin, he starts an odyssey of rebuilding and retribution.

Directed by Shane Black - With Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, Robert Downey, Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, ...

Jurassic World(2015)

3.3/5 (with 5,317 votes)

Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond.

Directed by Colin Trevorrow - With Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Irrfan Khan, Vincent D'Onofrio, Ty Simpkins, Omar Sy, ...

Suicide Squad(2016)

3.0/5 (with 5,070 votes)

From DC Comics comes the Suicide Squad, an antihero team of incarcerated supervillains who act as deniable assets for the United States government, undertaking high-risk black ops missions in exchange for commuted prison sentences.

Directed by David Ayer - With Jared Leto, Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jai Courtney, Joel Kinnaman, ...

Star Wars: The Force Awakens(2015)

PG-13
| 2h 16min | Action, Adventure, Science Fiction, Fantasy
3.7/5 (with 5,048 votes)

Thirty years after defeating the Galactic Empire, Han Solo and his allies face a new threat from the evil Kylo Ren and his army of Stormtroopers.

Directed by J. J. Abrams - With Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, ...

Captain America: Civil War(2016)

PG-13
| 2h 27min | Adventure, Action, Science Fiction
3.6/5 (with 4,913 votes)

Following the events of Age of Ultron, the collective governments of the world pass an act designed to regulate all superhuman activity. This polarizes opinion amongst the Avengers, causing two factions to side with Iron Man or Captain America, which causes an epic battle between former allies.

Directed by Anthony Russo, Joe Russo - With Robert Downey, Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, ...

The Martian(2015)

PG-13
| 2h 21min | Drama, Adventure, Science Fiction
3.8/5 (with 4,632 votes)

During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive.

Directed by Ridley Scott - With Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Michael Peña, Kate Mara, ...

Avengers: Age of Ultron(2015)

PG-13
| 2h 21min | Action, Adventure, Science Fiction
3.7/5 (with 4,545 votes)

When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.

Directed by Joss Whedon - With Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L. Jackson, Aaron Johnson, Scarlett Johansson, ...

Captain America: The First Avenger(2011)

PG-13
| 2h 4min | Action, Adventure, Science Fiction
3.4/5 (with 4,511 votes)

Predominantly set during World War II, Steve Rogers is a sickly man from Brooklyn who's transformed into super-soldier Captain America to aid in the war effort. Rogers must stop the Red Skull – Adolf Hitler's ruthless head of weaponry, and the leader of an organization that intends to use a mysterious device of untold powers for world domination.

Directed by Joe Johnston - With Tommy Lee Jones, Hayley Atwell, Stanley Tucci, Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving, Sebastian Stan, ...

Logan(2017)

R
| 2h 17min | Action, Drama, Science Fiction
3.9/5 (with 4,444 votes)

In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hideout on the Mexican border. But Logan's attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are upended when a young mutant arrives, pursued by dark forces.

Directed by James Mangold - With Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen Fernández, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant, Elizabeth Rodriguez, ...

Iron Man 2(2010)

PG-13
| 2h 4min | Adventure, Action, Science Fiction
3.4/5 (with 4,389 votes)

With the world now aware of his dual life as the armored superhero Iron Man, billionaire inventor Tony Stark faces pressure from the government, the press and the public to share his technology with the military. Unwilling to let go of his invention, Stark, with Pepper Potts and James 'Rhodey' Rhodes at his side, must forge new alliances – and confront powerful enemies.

Directed by Jon Favreau - With Robert Downey, Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell, Mickey Rourke, ...

Star Wars(1977)

4.1/5 (with 4,369 votes)

Princess Leia is captured and held hostage by the evil Imperial forces in their effort to take over the galactic Empire. Venturesome Luke Skywalker and dashing captain Han Solo team together with the loveable robot duo R2-D2 and C-3PO to rescue the beautiful princess and restore peace and justice in the Empire.

Directed by George Lucas - With Harrison Ford, Alec Guinness, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Peter Cushing, Peter Mayhew, ...

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire(2013)

PG-13
| 2h 26min | Adventure, Action, Science Fiction
3.7/5 (with 4,198 votes)

Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a "Victor's Tour" of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) - a competition that could change Panem forever.

Directed by Francis Lawrence - With Josh Hutcherson, Elizabeth Banks, Alan Ritchson, Liam Hemsworth, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone, ...

Doctor Strange(2016)

PG-13
| 1h 55min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction
3.6/5 (with 4,161 votes)

After his career is destroyed, a brilliant but arrogant surgeon gets a new lease on life when a sorcerer takes him under his wing and trains him to defend the world against evil.

Directed by Scott Derrickson - With Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Michael Stuhlbarg, Mads Mikkelsen, Tilda Swinton, ...

Back to the Future(1985)

4.1/5 (with 4,021 votes)

Eighties teenager Marty McFly is accidentally sent back in time to 1955, inadvertently disrupting his parents' first meeting and attracting his mother's romantic interest. Marty must repair the damage to history by rekindling his parents' romance and - with the help of his eccentric inventor friend Doc Brown - return to 1985.

Directed by Robert Zemeckis - With Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover, Michael J. Fox, Thomas F. Wilson, Marc McClure, ...

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2(2017)

PG-13
| 2h 17min | Action, Adventure, Comedy, Science Fiction
3.8/5 (with 3,945 votes)

The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill's true parentage.

Directed by James Gunn - With Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, ...

Ant-Man(2015)

PG-13
| 1h 57min | Science Fiction, Action, Adventure
3.5/5 (with 3,921 votes)

Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Doctor Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

Directed by Peyton Reed, Edgar Wright - With Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Judy Greer, ...

Man of Steel(2013)

PG-13
| 2h 23min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction
3.3/5 (with 3,898 votes)

A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.

Directed by Zack Snyder - With Diane Lane, Antje Traue, Christopher Meloni, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, ...

The Maze Runner(2014)

PG-13
| 1h 53min | Action, Mystery, Science Fiction, Thriller
3.5/5 (with 3,888 votes)

Set in a post-apocalyptic world, young Thomas is deposited in a community of boys after his memory is erased, soon learning they're all trapped in a maze that will require him to join forces with fellow “runners” for a shot at escape.

Directed by Wes Ball - With Dylan O'Brien, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter, Aml Ameen, Patricia Clarkson, ...

Lucy(2014)

R
| 1h 29min | Action, Science Fiction
3.1/5 (with 3,887 votes)

A woman, accidentally caught in a dark deal, turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.

Directed by Luc Besson - With Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Choi Min-sik, Amr Waked, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Pilou Asbæk, ...

X-Men: Days of Future Past(2014)

PG-13
| 2h 11min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction
3.8/5 (with 3,836 votes)

The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods as they join forces with their younger selves in an epic battle that must change the past – to save our future.

Directed by Bryan Singer - With Shawn Ashmore, Halle Berry, Adán Canto, Daniel Cudmore, Peter Dinklage, Fan Bingbing, ...

The Empire Strikes Back(1980)

4.2/5 (with 3,805 votes)

The epic saga continues as Luke Skywalker, in hopes of defeating the evil Galactic Empire, learns the ways of the Jedi from aging master Yoda. But Darth Vader is more determined than ever to capture Luke. Meanwhile, rebel leader Princess Leia, cocky Han Solo, Chewbacca, and droids C-3PO and R2-D2 are thrown into various stages of capture, betrayal and despair.

Directed by Irvin Kershner - With Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, David Prowse, Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, ...