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Ranker | the 40 Best Sci-Fi Movies of All Time

The best sci-fi movies of all time have captivated our imaginations and transported us to fantastic new worlds beyond our reach. Whether you're a die-hard fan of the genre or simply looking for an escape from reality, this list is your one-way ticket to the cosmos. This article showcases a crowd-ranked list of over 400 popular sci-fi movies, carefully ranked by thousands of avid film buffs and science fiction geeks. From classics to contemporary favorites, our criteria include cultural impact, memorable performances, storytelling, special effects, and innovation in film.
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The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
2
Aliens (1986)
Aliens (1986)
3
The Terminator (1984)
The Terminator (1984)
4
Alien (1979)
Alien (1979)
5
The Matrix (1999)
The Matrix (1999)
6
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
7
Blade Runner (1982)
Blade Runner (1982)
8
Star Wars (1977)
Star Wars (1977)
9
Back to the Future (1985)
Back to the Future (1985)
10
Predator (1987)
Predator (1987)
11
Jurassic Park (1993)
Jurassic Park (1993)
12
Return of the Jedi (1983)
Return of the Jedi (1983)
13
The Fifth Element (1997)
The Fifth Element (1997)
14
The Thing (1982)
The Thing (1982)
15
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
16
Total Recall (1990)
Total Recall (1990)
17
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
18
Planet of the Apes (1968)
Planet of the Apes (1968)
19
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
20
Ghostbusters (1984)
Ghostbusters (1984)
21
Stargate (1994)
Stargate (1994)
22
Men in Black (1997)
Men in Black (1997)
23
Interstellar (2014)
Interstellar (2014)
24
Inception (2010)
Inception (2010)
25
Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
26
Twelve Monkeys (1995)
Twelve Monkeys (1995)
27
Serenity (2005)
Serenity (2005)
28
The Martian (2015)
The Martian (2015)
29
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
30
WALL·E (2008)
WALL·E (2008)
31
Robocop (1987)
Robocop (1987)
32
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
33
Independence Day (1996)
Independence Day (1996)
34
Starship Troopers (1997)
Starship Troopers (1997)
35
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)
36
Escape From New York (1981)
Escape From New York (1981)
37
The Abyss (1989)
The Abyss (1989)
38
Galaxy Quest (1999)
Galaxy Quest (1999)
39
Star Trek (2009)
Star Trek (2009)
40
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
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