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10 Best Sci-Fi Movies of All Time You Must Watch

10 best sci-fi movies of all time

Space, Future, Technology, Apocalpyse. These all aspects fall under the sci-fi genre. Every film geek likes a particular genre. Some like action thrillers, while others like rom-coms, and some special geeks like the sci-fi genre. It has a special place for every film fanatic even if they aren’t much familiar with it. Perhaps, it’s because of the complex plots those movies have. Suppose, let’s take Inception movie. It’s undeniably one of the best complex sci-fi movies that baffled the audience till the end. When you start perceiving the plot, that’s what blew you away & you’re gonna travel into a different world. That’s called SCI-FI and that’s why we all have sci-fi movies.

Sci-fi is always special, let’s discuss what are the best sci-fi movies you must watch.

2001: A Space Odyssey – 1968

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2001 A Space Odyssey is one of the best classic sci-fi movies of all time. Despite the fact it was released in 1968 it’s an ageless drama you can’t miss. It’s a thought-provoking film that makes us ponder after watching it. Though the movie may have a sluggish screenplay initially, along the way you surely will be surprised by the end. The film is open-ended that leaves interpretation to the audience.The director, Stanley Kubrick received a lot of honorable accolades for his top-notch direction and also Keir Dullea who did a phenomenal performance in this film. You may need to adjust to the quality of the movie. But, still worth watch 🙂

IMDb Rating: 8.3/10

Cast: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, and more..

Plot: After discovering mysterious remnants underneath the lunar surface, humanity sets off on a quest to find the origins with the help of artificial intelligence.


Blade Runner – 1982

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Blade Runner 1982 was released in 1982 which was the way ahead of its time considering the plot it comprises. It is one of the well-made best sci-fi movies of all time. It might have failed at box office numbers, but it is regarded to be an underrated sci-fi classic. Blade Runner depicts the dystopian future and blows our minds with the way of storytelling. Recently, this movie has got a sequel in 2017-  Blade Runner 2049. The sequel has also received positive reviews from the blade runner audience. Denis Villeneuve did a perfect job in directing the follow-up. These movies both deserve more appreciation & recognition.

IMDb Rating: 8.1/10

Cast: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, and more.

Plot: A man who is an ex- retired officer assigned to work again known as (blade runner) to track down four replicants ( replica of humans ).


Back to the Future Series – 1985- 1990

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Back to the Future Trilogy is presumably the first time travel movie which was released in the year 1985. This trilogy had an immense impact on cinema and it has a seperate huge fan base. Even though it’s an 80’s film, people still watch and enjoy the adventure of marty and doc. Many time-travel movies may come and go but, this series is a classic. Even i’m a huge fan of this back to the future. I’ve enjoyed the whole trilogy and i’m sure you’ll be engaged with exhilirating story narration and thrilling experience. If you still haven’t watched this ageless classic, don’t call yourself a sci-fi movie lover.

IMDb Rating: 8.5/10

Cast: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, and more.

Plot: Marty Mcfly, high school students accidentally sent back to 30 years back in time travel machine invented by his old friend Doc. The trilogy is about how he confronts the consequences and corrects them for a better future.


The Matrix – 1999

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The Matrix is one of the complex sci-fi movies released in 1999. It still stands out to be one of the most appreciated & best sci-fi films of all time. There are plenty of things to talk about the matrix. It’s a movie that depicts the dystopian society and humanity manipulator. You will be introduced to a lot of new darker aspects about our life that may scare or surprise you. Just the same, it is a provocative sci-fi film that makes us think. Keanu Reeves who is the main lead has done a fabulous performance along with Lana Wachowski and others. The matrix trilogy has a separate fan base & still people talk about it. It is also getting the 4th installment & is currently in production.

IMDb Rating: 8.7/10

Cast: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, and more..

Plot: The matrix is about “A computer hacker learns mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and he fights many enemies to set humanity free.


Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – 2004

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Eternal Sunshine of the spotless mind is one of the best romantic sci-fi movies made in 2004. It is such a film that makes you glued to the screen and will astonish you at the end. Not just slightly, but will give a massive surprise that you wouldn’t expect coming. If you’re both rom-com and sci-fi film fanatic, Eternal Sunshine of the spotless mind is the perfect choice to watch right now.

If you’re wondering, the film has unique concept, a mission that can erase memories from your brain. It’s surreal right? The way Michael Gondry crafted the film and preserved the suspense is extraordinary. You’ll never expect what the ending would be. Don’t miss this beautiful sci-fi movie.

IMDb Rating: 8.3/10

Cast: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Tom Wilkinson, and more..

Plot: When a couple decides to end their relationship, they undergo a medical method that allows erasing both each other memories from their brain.


Avatar – 2008

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Of course, Everyone knows Avatar film. But, still, I guess few people may not have watched it. Avatar was released in 2008 directed by one of the creative directors – James Cameron who is best known for his works- Terminator and Aliens. Avatar is such a film that had made an immense impact at the box office and remained the top 1 grossing film for 10 years with $2.7b. So, you can understand how epic the film would be. It may not consists of a strong story, but it is mostly remembered for the visuals and a new experience to the audience. This was the greatest accomplishment that was brought to people in 2008 where there are least technological resources.

IMDb Rating: 7.8/10

Cast: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, and more.

Plot: A disabled Marine dispatched to Pandora planet on a mission. Apparently, he feels pandora as his home and becomes conflict b/w humans and pandore species.


Inception – 2010

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Everyone know Inception is one of the greatest complex sci-fi movies made by the most esteemed director – christopher nolan. I guess inception is the top-rated sci-fi film in IMDb. Just like what he has done with interstellar, nolan just nailed this movie with his intricate concept that perplex you in all the ways of your mind. It has a separate fan base and everyone who has watched it will admire christopher nolan for his genius direction in this film. The movie follows the dream-sharing technology which can create the world subconsciously. Leonardo DiCaprio did a phenomenal performance in this movie. If you’re really looking for a really baffling sci-fi film. You have to watch this brilliant work.

IMDb Rating: 8.8/10

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, and more..

Plot: Inception movie is about a thief who steals secrets through dream-sharing technology who is given the task of inserting an idea into the CEO’S mind for business purposes.


SnowPiercer – 2013

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It may have received negativity from the audience, but I regard SnowPiercer as one of the best sci-fi films which is directed by Oscar-winner – Boon Joon hoo who is well known for memories of murder and parasite.

The film sets in the post-apocalypse society where all humanity would have to reside in a long train. I was amazed while watching this grim film. Don’t disregard snowpiercer just because somebody talked bad about it. It’s still one of the best sci-fi flicks if you put your logics aside.


IMDb Rating: 7.1/10

Cast: Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, Tilda Swinton, and more..

Plot: In the post-apocalyptic future, the survivors board the super-advanced train that can travel around the earth. The story unfolds from class discrimination.


Her – 2013

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Her is undoubtedly one of the best sci-fi movies made in 2013 depicting the role of artificial intelligence in the future and how it could destroy the nature of humanity. Her movie tells us how artificial intelligence impacts relationships in the future and how it works. It is one of those innovative concepts and well-made sci-fi movies you should definitely watch. Joaquin Phoenix did an incredible performance in his role. Spike Jonze, the director of this movie perfectly crafted the film.

IMDb Rating: 8.0/10

Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Scarlett Johansson, and more.

Plot: In the future, a writer develops a relationship with artificial intelligence.


Interstellar – 2014

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Interstellar is absolutely one of the best sci-fi movies released in the 21st century.  It is directed by christopher nolan who is very well known for complex stories. The specialty of this movie is the way he represents time, space, and relativity concepts with an emotional drama of a father and daughter relationship. I can’t tell you much more than that. If you’re resting on a couch and you’re cozy. The only film I would recommend you to watch right now is Interstellar. It is such a masterpiece that comes once in a lifetime & I’m certain it will be one of your favorite films.

IMDb Rating: 8.6/10

Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, and more..

Plot: Interstellar is about a team of astronauts who travel through a wormhole to explore the survivability of mankind on earth.


Honorable Mentions for Best Scifi Movies :

  • The Martian
  • Gravity
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Arrival
  • Annihilation
  • Source Code
  • Edge of Tomorrow
  • The Fifth Element


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11 months ago

This is a good list! I’ve watched some of the movies already but would mind watching them again!

11 months ago
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