Best Sci-Fi Movies

This page is updated regularly. Subscribe, so you don't miss new recommendations. The list of "Best Sci-Fi Movies" contains films with the following parameters. Style: cult film, suspense, futuristic, interesting, thought provoking and entertaining. Plot: distopia, technology, storytelling, cyberpunk, dialogue, chase, alien, death, catastrophe and destiny. Genre: Sci-Fi, Action and Adventure. Country: USA, UK and Canada.
Best Sci-Fi Movies
Best Sci-Fi Movies
TOP Movies: Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), Alien (1979), The Matrix (1999), The Fifth Element (1997), Back to the Future (1985), Minority Report (2002), District 9 (2009), Interstellar (2014), Total Recall (1990), Edge of Tomorrow (2014), War of the Worlds (2005), The Martian (2015), The Terminator (1984), Moon (2009), Men in Black (1997), WALL·E (2008), Inception (2010), Limitless (2011), Blade Runner 2049 (2017), Upgrade (2018).

List of Best Movies

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: Nearly 10 years have passed since Sarah Connor was targeted for termination by a cyborg from the future. Now her son, John, the future leader of the resistance, is the target for a newer, more deadly terminator. Once again, the resistance has ...
Style: exciting, suspense, tense, suspenseful, intense ...
Audience: boys' night, kids
Plot: time travel, artificial intelligence, man versus machine, terminator, cyborgs, androids and robots, robot, apocalypse, end of the world, post apocalypse, child in peril, robot vs. robot ...
Time: future, 90s, 80s, 20th century, year 1997 ...
Place: los angeles, california, usa, north america
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 8.5
 880K
Alien (1979)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: During its return to the earth, commercial spaceship Nostromo intercepts a distress signal from a distant planet. When a three-member team of the crew discovers a chamber containing thousands of eggs on the planet, a creature inside one of the eggs ...
Style: scary, suspense, suspenseful, futuristic, captivating ...
Audience: kids
Plot: alien, monster, space travel, space and aliens, female protagonist, deadly creature, spacecraft, evil alien, survival, alien monster, creature, sole survivor ...
Time: future, 22nd century, distant future
Is relevant ?
 8.7
 1.9M
The Matrix (1999)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 136 min.
Story: 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.
Style: thought provoking, philosophical, surreal, mind bending, cerebral ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: distopia, artificial intelligence, martial arts, cyberpunk, philosophy, alternate reality, virtual reality, post apocalypse, gunfight, hacker, existentialism, fight ...
Time: future, 21st century, near future, 20th century, 90s ...
Place: los angeles
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The Fifth Element (1997)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: France, UK
Duration: 126 min.
Story: In 2257, a taxi driver is unintentionally given the task of saving a young girl who is part of the key that will ensure the survival of humanity.
Style: futuristic, exciting, breathtaking, cerebral, visually appealing ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: alien, cyberpunk, good versus evil, space travel, space and aliens, save the world, adventure, heroic mission, end of the world, space opera, spacecraft, love ...
Time: future, 1910s, 23rd century, 90s
Place: egypt, usa, brooklyn new york city, new york
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Back to the Future (1985)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: feel good, exciting, light, funny, not serious ...
Audience: family outing, teens, kids, girls' night, date night
Plot: time travel, teenager, time machine, destiny, mad scientist, changing the past or future, adventure, inventor, time loop, scientist, time paradox, escapades ...
Time: future, 80s, 50s, year 1985, year 1955 ...
Place: usa, california
Is relevant ?
 7.6
 552K
Minority Report (2002)
Genre: Action, Crime, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 145 min.
Story: John Anderton is a top 'Precrime' cop in the late-21st century, when technology can predict crimes before they're committed. But Anderton becomes the quarry when another investigator targets him for a murder charge.
Style: futuristic, suspense, neo noir, tense, cerebral ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cyberpunk, murder, future dystopia, foreknowledge, precognition, time loop, frame up, law enforcer, police investigation, time travel, distopia, psychic ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: washington d.c., virginia, usa
Is relevant ?
 7.9
 682K
District 9 (2009)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: South Africa, USA, New Zealand, Canada
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Aliens land in South Africa and, with their ship totally disabled, have no way home. Years later, after living in a slum and wearing out their welcome the 'Non-Humans' are being moved to a new tent city overseen by Multi-National United ...
Style: suspense, serious, cerebral, thought provoking, biting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: alien, distopia, quarantine, extraterrestrial, space and aliens, mutation, alien invasion, alien encounter, alien race, metamorphosis, chaos and mayhem, transformation ...
Time: future, 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, year 1982
Place: africa, south africa, johannesburg south africa
Is relevant ?
 8.6
 1.8M
Interstellar (2014)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, UK, Canada
Duration: 169 min.
Story: 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.
Style: mind bending, futuristic, thought provoking, philosophical, cerebral ...
Audience: girls' night, kids
Plot: time travel, space travel, father daughter relationship, nasa, astronaut, distopia, survival, space station, end of the world, scientist, science, adventure ...
Time: future, 21st century, near future
Place: colorado
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 7.5
 332K
Total Recall (1990)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Construction worker Douglas Quaid discovers a memory chip in his brain during a virtual-reality trip. He also finds that his past has been invented to conceal a plot of planetary domination. Soon, he's off to Mars to find out who he is and who ...
Style: futuristic, mind bending, ambiguous ending, suspense, rough ...
Audience: kids, boys' night
Plot: cyberpunk, mars, memory loss, secret agents, false memory, space colony, future dystopia, chase, alien, implanted memory, distopia, conspiracy ...
Time: future, 80s, 90s, 21st century
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Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Major Bill Cage is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously demoted and dropped into combat. Cage is killed within minutes, managing to take an alpha alien down with him. He awakens back at the beginning of the same ...
Style: futuristic, mind bending, suspenseful, exciting, heroic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: time loop, time travel, alien invasion, alien, soldier, invasion, repeated event, changing the past or future, military, evil alien, time paradox, heroic mission ...
Time: future, near future
Place: france, paris france, united kingdom, europe, big ben london ...
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War of the Worlds (2005)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Ray Ferrier is a divorced dockworker and less-than-perfect father. Soon after his ex-wife and her new husband drop of his teenage son and young daughter for a rare weekend visit, a strange and powerful lightning storm touches down.
Style: exciting, suspenseful, suspense, tense, futuristic ...
Audience: girls' night, boys' night, teens
Plot: alien, apocalypse, alien invasion, end of the world, survival, space and aliens, disaster, invasion, evil alien, destruction, first contact, fate of humanity ...
Time: future, 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: new jersey, usa, new york, chicago illinois, paris france ...
Is relevant ?
 8.0
 852K
The Martian (2015)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, UK, Hungary, Jordan
Duration: 144 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: futuristic, biting, suspenseful, captivating, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: survival, mars, nasa, space travel, stranded, science, astronaut, isolation, struggle for survival, scientist, left for dead, food shortage ...
Time: 2030s, 21st century, future
Place: china, usa, london, houston texas, pasadena california ...
Is relevant ?
 8.1
 863K
The Terminator (1984)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: In the post-apocalyptic future, reigning tyrannical supercomputers teleport a cyborg assassin known as the "Terminator" back to 1984 to kill Sarah Connor, whose unborn son is destined to lead insurgents against 21st century mechanical ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, neo noir, rough, slasher ...
Audience: boys' night, kids, teens
Plot: time travel, cyberpunk, cyborgs, man versus machine, artificial intelligence, sent to the past, androids and robots, terminator, good versus evil, post apocalypse, dystopic future, gunfight ...
Time: 80s, future, 20th century, 2020s, 21st century ...
Place: los angeles, usa, mexico
Is relevant ?
 7.8
 360K
Moon (2009)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: With only three weeks left in his three year contract, Sam Bell is getting anxious to finally return to Earth. He is the only occupant of a Moon-based manufacturing facility along with his computer and assistant, GERTY. When he has an accident ...
Style: psychological, philosophical, suspense, bleak, futuristic ...
Plot: isolation, moon, astronaut, loneliness, space travel, cloning, dystopic future, solitude, twists and turns, distopia, technology, spacecraft ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: hawaii, mexico
Is relevant ?
 7.3
 569K
Men in Black (1997)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: After a police chase with an otherworldly being, a New York City cop is recruited as an agent in a top-secret organization established to monitor and police alien activity on Earth: the Men in Black. Agent Kay and new recruit Agent Jay find ...
Style: entertaining, exciting, humorous, not serious, funny ...
Audience: boys' night, kids, teens
Plot: alien, government agency, ufo, secret agents, space and aliens, partners, invasion, superhero, undercover, save the world, alien encounter, escapades ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, new jersey, usa, plymouth, north america ...
Is relevant ?
 8.4
 1.1M
WALL·E (2008)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: WALL·E is the last robot left on an Earth that has been overrun with garbage and all humans have fled to outer space. For 700 years he has continued to try and clean up the mess, but has developed some rather interesting human-like qualities. When ...
Style: touching, feel good, futuristic, emotional, light ...
Audience: kids, family outing, teens, pre-teens, girls' night ...
Plot: robot, loneliness, distopia, post apocalypse, space travel, ecology, love, adventure, society, happy ending, ecological disaster, androids and robots ...
Time: future, distant future
Is relevant ?
 8.8
 2.3M
Inception (2010)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 148 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: psychological, surreal, mind bending, twist ending, suspense ...
Plot: memory, alternate reality, subconscious, virtual reality, dream, fictional reality, teamwork, mind control, architecture, existentialism, imagination, lucid dream ...
Time: future, near future, 2010s
Place: paris france, japan, los angeles, new york, tokyo ...
Is relevant ?
 7.4
 575K
Limitless (2011)
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A paranoia-fueled action thriller about an unsuccessful writer whose life is transformed by a top-secret "smart drug" that allows him to use 100% of his brain and become a perfect version of himself. His enhanced abilities soon attract ...
Style: philosophical, clever, intellectual, captivating, thought provoking ...
Plot: intelligence, success, ambition, creativity, rise to the top, rags to riches, life turned upside down, prodigy, experimental drug, superhuman powers, resourceful, drug abuse ...
Time: 21st century, future, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city
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Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Canada, Spain
Duration: 164 min.
Story: Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K, unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what's left of society into chaos. K's discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard, ...
Style: futuristic, neo noir, suspense, thought provoking, entertaining ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cyberpunk, artificial intelligence, investigation, police detective, violence, robot, dark future, flying car, bounty hunter, existentialism, menage a trois, distopia ...
Time: future, near future, 2040s, 2020s, year 1966 ...
Place: california, los angeles, san diego california, las vegas
Is relevant ?
 7.5
 187K
Upgrade (2018)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A brutal mugging leaves Grey Trace paralyzed in the hospital and his beloved wife dead. A billionaire inventor soon offers Trace a cure — an artificial intelligence implant called STEM that will enhance his body. Now able to walk, Grey finds that ...
Style: futuristic, thought provoking, surprise ending, experimental, neo noir ...
Audience: date night
Plot: cyberpunk, artificial intelligence, revenge, murder, microchip, nanotechnology, distopia, cyborgs, surgery, super soldier, evil wins, super computer ...
Time: future, near future
Is relevant ?
 6.4
 168K
Riddick (2013)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Betrayed by his own kind and left for dead on a desolate planet, Riddick fights for survival against alien predators and becomes more powerful and dangerous than ever before. Soon bounty hunters from throughout the galaxy descend on Riddick only to ...
Style: stylized, suspenseful, futuristic, rough, visually appealing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: adventure, alien, survival, tough heroes, one man army, space and aliens, heroes, mysterious planet, mercenary, deadly creature, lone hero, lone wolves ...
Time: future
Is relevant ?
 7.0
 611K
Prometheus (2012)
Genre: Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.
Style: futuristic, scary, suspenseful, atmospheric, dark ...
Audience: girls' night, boys' night
Plot: survival, alien, space travel, distant planet, androids, space and aliens, spacecraft, mysterious planet, monster, journey, alien encounter, expedition ...
Time: future, 21st century
Is relevant ?
 8.4
 716K
Aliens (1986)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: When Ripley's lifepod is found by a salvage crew over 50 years later, she finds that terra-formers are on the very planet they found the alien species. When the company sends a family of colonists out to investigate her story, all contact is ...
Style: scary, futuristic, suspense, exciting, suspenseful ...
Audience: kids, chick flick, boys' night
Plot: alien, strong female character, survival, space travel, monster, space and aliens, human versus alien, female warrior, deadly creature, space colony, mysterious planet, strong female lead ...
Time: future, 22nd century
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 7.8
 1.2M
Avatar (2009)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 162 min.
Story: 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.
Style: futuristic, exciting, captivating, breathtaking, serious ...
Audience: family outing, teens, kids, chick flick, girls' night ...
Plot: alien, culture clash, fantasy world, adventure, space and aliens, alien life-form, ecology, alien planet, creature, space travel, human nature, distant planet ...
Time: future, 22nd century
Is relevant ?
 7.9
 693K
Arrival (2016)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Taking place after alien crafts land around the world, an expert linguist is recruited by the military to determine whether they come in peace or are a threat.
Style: psychological, intellectual, philosophical, enigmatic, twist ending ...
Plot: alien, first contact, linguist, time, extraterrestrial, science, alien race, alien contact, scientist, female protagonist, alien creature, ufo ...
Time: future, 2010s
Place: montana, china, massachusetts, venezuela, russia ...
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Independence Day (1996)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 145 min.
Story: On July 2, a giant alien mothership enters orbit around Earth and deploys several dozen saucer-shaped 'destroyer' spacecraft that quickly lay waste to major cities around the planet. On July 3, the United States conducts a coordinated ...
Style: suspense, exciting, tense, futuristic, semi serious ...
Audience: kids, boys' night, teens, family outing
Plot: alien invasion, invasion, space and aliens, end of the world, ufo, alien, evil alien, alien encounter, save the world, extraterrestrial, first contact, survival ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, future
Place: new york, washington d.c., usa, sydney australia, utah ...
Is relevant ?
 7.6
 185K
The Fly (1986)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: When Seth Brundle makes a huge scientific and technological breakthrough in teleportation, he decides to test it on himself. Unbeknownst to him, a common housefly manages to get inside the device and the two become one.
Style: scary, suspense, psychological, atmospheric, disturbing ...
Plot: experiment, science, mutant, body horror, scientist, mad scientist, teleportation, mutation, transformation, genetics, laboratory, tragic love ...
Time: 80s
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Alita: Battle Angel (2019)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Japan, Canada
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Set several centuries in the future, the abandoned Alita is found in the scrapyard of Iron City by Ido, a compassionate cyber-doctor who takes the unconscious cyborg Alita to his clinic. When Alita awakens, she has no memory of who she is, nor does ...
Style: exciting, captivating, futuristic, enigmatic, suspense ...
Plot: cyberpunk, female protagonist, distopia, cyborgs, female warrior, post apocalypse, tough girl, woman fights a man, martial arts, strong female lead, nanotechnology, bounty hunter ...
Time: future, near future
Is relevant ?
 7.0
 406K
Passengers (2016)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A spacecraft traveling to a distant colony planet and transporting thousands of people has a malfunction in its sleep chambers. As a result, two passengers are awakened 90 years early.
Style: futuristic, romantic, scenic, dramatic, thought provoking ...
Audience: teens, date night, chick flick
Plot: isolation, trapped in space, love story, survival, space travel, love, space station, malfunction, space program, spacecraft, loneliness, destiny ...
Time: future
Is relevant ?
 7.1
 313K
The Mist (2007)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: After a violent storm, a dense cloud of mist envelops a small Maine town, trapping artist David Drayton and his five-year-old son in a local grocery store with other people. They soon discover that the mist conceals deadly horrors that threaten ...
Style: twist ending, psychological, atmospheric, scary, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: monster, survival, apocalypse, spider, religious fanatic, creature, chaos and mayhem, small town, survival horror, trapped, death, fog ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: usa, maine
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