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Thrillist's 50 Greatest Sci-Fi Films of All Time

"The science-fiction movie genre is as expansive as the galaxy. Ever since the age when technology meant little more than a lensed metal tube that could peer into the sky, we've used technological advances to realize our dreams and nightmares. Now a model spaceship or two can turn a Western into a sci-fi classic; an experimental process is all a romantic drama needs to become far-thinking speculative fiction.
That's why ranking the best sci-fi movies of all time is a difficult, even dangerous task. There's a good chance your favorite movie isn't on this list, or isn't ranked high enough for your taste. Many massively successful spectacles, such as Avatar, didn't make the cut. Other films, like Edge of Tomorrow, blend concept and character with excellent, even ground-breaking, effects, but didn't quite make the top 50."
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avg. score: 24 of 50 (49%)
required scores: 1, 15, 21, 28, 34 

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Hard to Be a God (2013)
Hard to Be a God (2013)
2
Phase IV
Phase IV
3
Existenz (1999)
Existenz (1999)
4
Timecrimes (2007)
Timecrimes (2007)
5
District 9 (2009)
District 9 (2009)
6
Alphaville (1965)
Alphaville (1965)
7
Snowpiercer (2013)
Snowpiercer (2013)
8
The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)
The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)
9
Primer (2004)
Primer (2004)
10
Moon (2009)
Moon (2009)
11
Contact (1997)
Contact (1997)
12
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
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13
Inception (2010)
Inception (2010)
14
The Martian (2015)
The Martian (2015)
15
A Trip to the Moon (1902)
A Trip to the Moon (1902)
16
Gattaca (1997)
Gattaca (1997)
17
WALL·E (2008)
WALL·E (2008)
18
Akira (1988)
Akira (1988)
19
Twelve Monkeys (1995)
Twelve Monkeys (1995)
20
Ghost in the Shell (1995)
Ghost in the Shell (1995)
21
Godzilla (1954)
Godzilla (1954)
22
The Iron Giant (1999)
The Iron Giant (1999)
24
Back to the Future (1985)
Back to the Future (1985)
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25
Starship Troopers (1997)
Starship Troopers (1997)
26
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
27
A Scanner Darkly (2006)
A Scanner Darkly (2006)
28
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
29
Arrival (2016)
Arrival (2016)
30
Ex Machina (2015)
Ex Machina (2015)
31
Jurassic Park (1993)
Jurassic Park (1993)
32
Metropolis (1927)
Metropolis (1927)
33
The Terminator (1984)
The Terminator (1984)
34
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
35
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
36
Blade Runner (1982)
Blade Runner (1982)
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37
The Matrix (1999)
The Matrix (1999)
38
Robocop (1987)
Robocop (1987)
39
The Thing (1982)
The Thing (1982)
40
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
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