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Empire's the 50 Greatest Sci-Fi Movies

Outer space. Inner space. New worlds. Tech frontiers. Artificial intelligence. The best science-fiction movies take us to places beyond our own imagination, dreaming up impossible futures that inevitably go on to shape our own technological advances. Great sci-fi delivers mind-bending visuals packed with mind-blowing ideas, probing everything from the human experience to the future of humanity. It's a genre that contains multitudes – from fast, funny, colourful space adventures, to dark dystopian tragedies, set in the present, far future, or even a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.
If you're wanting a list of the best sci-fi movies of all time, you're in the right place – the Team Empire hivemind has communed in the cloud to come up with a list of the most iconic sci-fi cinema, from modern masterpieces, to game-changing greats. From Spielberg to Scott, Kubrick to Carpenter, there's something here for everyone. Read on and prosper.
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Blade Runner (1982)
Blade Runner (1982)
2
Alien (1979)
Alien (1979)
3
The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
4
The Matrix (1999)
The Matrix (1999)
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5
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
6
Star Wars (1977)
Star Wars (1977)
7
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
8
Back to the Future (1985)
Back to the Future (1985)
9
Aliens (1986)
Aliens (1986)
10
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
11
The Thing (1982)
The Thing (1982)
12
Inception (2010)
Inception (2010)
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13
Arrival (2016)
Arrival (2016)
14
The Terminator (1984)
The Terminator (1984)
15
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
16
Moon (2009)
Moon (2009)
17
Looper (2012)
Looper (2012)
18
Ex Machina (2015)
Ex Machina (2015)
19
Metropolis (1927)
Metropolis (1927)
20
Robocop (1987)
Robocop (1987)
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21
Interstellar (2014)
Interstellar (2014)
22
Jurassic Park (1993)
Jurassic Park (1993)
23
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
24
Planet of the Apes (1968)
Planet of the Apes (1968)
25
Solaris (1972)
Solaris (1972)
26
Ghost in the Shell (1995)
Ghost in the Shell (1995)
27
Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
28
Annihilation (2018)
Annihilation (2018)
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29
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
30
WALL·E (2008)
WALL·E (2008)
31
The Fly (1986)
The Fly (1986)
32
Minority Report (2002)
Minority Report (2002)
33
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
34
Avatar (2009)
Avatar (2009)
35
A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)
A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)
36
Sunshine (2007)
Sunshine (2007)
37
Under the Skin (2014)
Under the Skin (2014)
38
Akira (1988)
Akira (1988)
39
Twelve Monkeys (1995)
Twelve Monkeys (1995)
40
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
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