Science fiction films are often notable for their idea-driven narratives; social commentary, although not always profound, is a frequent element of sci-fi. It is not unusual for even low-budget, low-concept science fiction films to "send messages" about human nature or the relationship of humans and machines. Good science fiction movies try harder than other genres to ask "deep" questions: Why are we here? What is our future? Will technology save or destroy us? Stories often center on space travel, encounters with alien life-forms, and time travel. Settings are often futuristic and dystopic. Technology is notably advanced (in many futuristic societies) or absent (in post-apocalyptic societies destroyed by technological forces such as atom bombs). Spectacular sets, costumes, and special effects are common, though by no means de rigueur. Science fiction films emphasize both the power of technology and scientific innovation and the power of the rational human mind. Whether overt or more subtle, most science fiction films include some consideration of the positive or negative implications of technological and scientific achievements. Watch best sci-fi movies of all time!
#1 Inception 2010
Your mind is the scene of the crime.
Director: Christopher Nolan. Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Ken Watanabe, Cillian Murphy, Marion Cotillard, Michael Caine, Dileep Rao, Tom Berenger, Pete Postlethwaite, Lukas Haas, Talulah Riley, Tohoru Masamune, Taylor Geare.
Overview: 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 person's idea into a target's subconscious.
Genres: Action, Thriller, Science Fiction, Mystery, Adventure. Countries: United Kingdom, United States of America. Runtime: 2h 28m. Rated: PG-13.
#2 Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back 1980
The Adventure Continues...
Director: Irvin Kershner. Cast: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, David Prowse, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, James Earl Jones, Kenny Baker, Frank Oz, Alec Guinness, Jeremy Bulloch, John Hollis, Jack Purvis, Des Webb.
Overview: The epic saga continues as Luke Skywalker, in hopes of defeating the evil Galactic Empire, learns the ways of the Jedi from aging master Yoda. But Darth Vader is more determined than ever to capture Luke. Meanwhile, rebel leader Princess Leia, cocky Han Solo, Chewbacca, and droids C-3PO and R2-D2 are thrown into various stages of capture, betrayal and despair.
Genres: Action, Family, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Adventure. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 4m. Rated: PG.
#3 Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope 1977
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...
Director: George Lucas. Cast: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Peter Cushing, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Alec Guinness, Peter Mayhew, David Prowse, James Earl Jones, Phil Brown, Shelagh Fraser, Roger Lloyd-Pack.
Overview: Princess Leia is captured and held hostage by the evil Imperial forces in their effort to take over the galactic Empire. Venturesome Luke Skywalker and dashing captain Han Solo team together with the loveable robot duo R2-D2 and C-3PO to rescue the beautiful princess and restore peace and justice in the Empire.
Genres: Action, Family, Fantasy, Science Fiction. Countries: Tunisia, United States of America. Runtime: 2h 1m. Rated: PG.
#4 The Matrix 1999
Welcome to the Real World.
Directors: Lana Wachowski, Andy Wachowski. Cast: Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Laurence Fishburne, Hugo Weaving, Marcus Chong, Gloria Foster, Julian Arahanga, Belinda McClory, Joe Pantoliano, Matt Doran, Anthony Ray Parker, Paul Goddard, David Aston, Marc Aden.
Overview: A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.
Genres: Action, Adventure, Science Fiction, Thriller. Countries: Australia, United States of America. Runtime: 2h 16m. Rated: R.
#5 Terminator 2: Judgment Day 1991
It's nothing personal.
Director: James Cameron. Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong, Robert Patrick, Earl Boen, Joe Morton, S. Epatha Merkerson, Castulo Guerra, Danny Cooksey, Jenette Goldstein, Xander Berkeley, Michael Edwards, Ken Gibbel, Robert Winley, Pete Schrum.
Overview: 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 managed to send a protector back to attempt to save John and his mother Sarah.
Genres: Action, Thriller, Science Fiction. Countries: France, United States of America. Runtime: 2h 17m. Rated: R.
#6 Alien 1979
In space no one can hear you scream.
Director: Ridley Scott. Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm, Yaphet Kotto, Bolaji Badejo, Helen Horton, Eddie Powell.
Overview: 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 attacks an explorer. The entire crew is unaware of the impending nightmare set to descend upon them when the alien parasite planted inside its unfortunate host is birthed.
Genres: Action, Horror, Science Fiction, Thriller. Countries: United Kingdom, United States of America. Runtime: 1h 57m. Rated: R.
#7 Wall·E 2008
An adventure beyond the ordinar-E.
Director: Andrew Stanton. Cast: Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, Jeff Garlin, MacInTalk, John Ratzenberger, Sigourney Weaver, Kathy Najimy, Fred Willard.
Overview: 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 a ship arrives with a sleek new type of robot, Wall-E thinks he's finally found a friend and stows away on the ship when it leaves.
Genres: Animation, Adventure, Family, Science Fiction. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 44m. Rated: G.
#8 A Clockwork Orange 1971
Being the adventures of a young man whose principal interests are rape, ultra-violence and Beethoven.
Director: Stanley Kubrick. Cast: Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee, Adrienne Corri, Michael Bates, Warren Clarke, James Marcus, Michael Tarn, Carl Duering, Paul Farrell, Miriam Karlin, Sheila Raynor, Aubrey Morris, Godfrey Quigley, Clive Francis, Richard Connaught.
Overview: The head of a gang of toughs, in an insensitive futuristic society, is conditioned to become physically ill at sex and violence during a prison sentence. When he is released, he's brutally beaten by all of his old adversaries.
Genres: Science Fiction, Drama. Countries: United Kingdom, United States of America. Runtime: 2h 16m. Rated: R.
#9 Aliens 1986
This Time It's War
Director: James Cameron. Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Carrie Henn, Michael Biehn, Lance Henriksen, Paul Reiser, Bill Paxton, William Hope, Jenette Goldstein, Al Matthews, Mark Rolston, Colette Hiller, Daniel Kash, Cynthia Dale Scott, Ricco Ross, Tip Tipping.
Overview: 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 lost with the planet and colonists. They enlist Ripley and the colonial marines to return and search for answers.
Genres: Action, Horror, Science Fiction, Thriller. Countries: United Kingdom, United States of America. Runtime: 2h 17m. Rated: R.
#10 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 2004
I already forget how I used to feel about you.
Director: Michel Gondry. Cast: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Elijah Wood, Mark Ruffalo, Kirsten Dunst, Tom Wilkinson, Ryan Whitney, Jane Adams, Debbon Ayer, David Cross, Gerry Robert Byrne, Brian Price, Josh Flitter, Paul Litowsky, Lola Daehler.
Overview: A man, Joel Barish, heartbroken that his girlfriend Clementine underwent a procedure to erase him from her memory, decides to do the same. However, as he watches his memories of her fade away, he realizes that he still loves her, and may be too late to correct his mistake.
Genres: Science Fiction, Drama, Romance. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 48m. Rated: R.
#11 Back to the Future 1985
He's the only kid ever to get into trouble before he was born.
Director: Robert Zemeckis. Cast: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover, Thomas F. Wilson, Claudia Wells, Marc McClure, Wendie Jo Sperber, George DiCenzo, Frances Lee McCain, James Tolkan, Harry Waters Jr..
Overview: 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 parents' romance and - with the help of his eccentric inventor friend Doc Brown - returning to 1985.
Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Science Fiction. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 51m. Rated: PG.
#12 Metropolis 1927
Director: Fritz Lang. Cast: Fritz Alberti, Gustav Fröhlich, Brigitte Helm, Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Fritz Rasp, Theodor Loos, Erwin Biswanger, Heinrich George, Olaf Storm, Hanns Leo Reich, Helene Weigel, Heinrich Gotho, Margarete Lanner, Alfred Abel.
Overview: Metropolis is Fritz Lang’s monumental silent science fiction film from 1927. The film’s strong imagery shows us the future city of Metropolis where the society has been divided into the elite living high above ground and the workers living underground. Joh Frederson, the son of the leader of the city falls in love with a beautiful woman, Maria, who is fighting to break the societal separation.
Genres: Drama, Foreign, Science Fiction. Country: Germany. Runtime: 3h 30m. Rated: G.
#13 2001: A Space Odyssey 1968
The Ultimate Trip.
Director: Stanley Kubrick. Cast: Keir Dullea, Douglas Rain, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Daniel Richter, Leonard Rossiter, Margaret Tyzack, Robert Beatty, Sean Sullivan.
Overview: The highly respected and often cited milestone in Science Fiction cinema. Director Stanley Kubrick takes us into the future, into outer space and aboard a spacecraft that’s controlled by a seemingly trustworthy computer named HAL.
Genres: Drama, Mystery, Science Fiction, Thriller. Countries: United Kingdom, United States of America. Runtime: 2h 21m. Rated: G.
#14 Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi 1983
The Empire Falls...
Director: Richard Marquand. Cast: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, James Earl Jones, Frank Oz, Ian McDiarmid, Sebastian Shaw, David Prowse, Alec Guinness, Kenny Baker.
Overview: As Rebel leaders map their strategy for an all-out attack on the Emperor's newer, bigger -- and dreaded --Death Star. Han Solo remains frozen in the cavernous desert fortress of Jabba the Hutt, the most loathsome outlaw in the universe, who is also keeping Princess Leia as a slave girl.Now a master of the Force, Luke Skywalker rescues his friends, but he cannot become a true Jedi Knight until he wages his own crucial battle against Darth Vader, who has sworn to win Luke over to the Dark side of the Force.
Genres: Action, Family, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Adventure. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 15m. Rated: PG.
#15 Blade Runner 1982
Man has made his match... now it's his problem.
Director: Ridley Scott. Cast: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos, Daryl Hannah, William Sanderson, Brion James, Joe Turkel, Joanna Cassidy, James Hong, Morgan Paull, Kevin Thompson, John Edward Allen, Hy Pyke, Kimiko Hiroshige.
Overview: In the smog-choked dystopian Los Angeles of 2019, blade runner Rick Deckard is called out of retirement to kill a quartet of replicants who have escaped to Earth seeking their creator for a way to extend their short life spans.
Genres: Science Fiction, Drama, Thriller. Countries: United States of America, Hong Kong, United Kingdom. Runtime: 1h 57m. Rated: R.
#16 Donnie Darko 2001
You can never go too far.
Director: Richard Kelly. Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Patrick Swayze, Drew Barrymore, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Holmes Osborne, Daveigh Chase, Mary McDonnell, James Duval, Arthur Taxier, Mark Hoffman, Patience Cleveland, David St. James, Jazzie Mahannah, Jolene Purdy, Beth Grant.
Overview: A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a large bunny rabbit that manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after narrowly escaping a bizarre accident.
Genres: Drama, Thriller, Science Fiction, Mystery. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 53m. Rated: R.
#17 District 9 2009
You are not welcome here.
Director: Neill Blomkamp. Cast: William Allen Young, Robert Hobbs, Sharlto Copley, Jason Cope, Vanessa Haywood, Kenneth Nkosi, Nathalie Boltt, Sylvaine Strike, Elizabeth Mkandawie, John Sumner, Greg Melvill-Smith, Nick Blake, Morena Busa Sesatsa, Themba Nkosi, Mzwandile Nqoba.
Overview: Aliens land in South Africa and 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 (MNU). The movie follows an MNU employee tasked with leading the relocation and his relationship with one of the alien leaders.
Genres: Action, Thriller, Science Fiction, Foreign. Countries: New Zealand, United States of America, Canada, South Africa. Runtime: 1h 52m. Rated: R.
#18 The Thing 1982
Director: John Carpenter. Cast: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, T.K. Carter, David Clennon, Keith David, Richard Dysart, Charles Hallahan, Peter Maloney, Richard Masur, Donald Moffat, Joel Polis, Thomas G. Waites.
Overview: Scientists in the Antarctic are confronted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of the people that it kills.
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction, Thriller. Countries: Canada, United States of America. Runtime: 1h 49m. Rated: R.
#19 The Terminator 1984
Your future is in his hands.
Director: James Cameron. Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Biehn, Linda Hamilton, Paul Winfield, Lance Henriksen, Bess Motta, Earl Boen, Rick Rossovich, Bill Paxton, Brian Thompson, Franco Columbu, Dick Miller, Joe Farago, Shawn Schepps, Bruce M. Kerner.
Overview: 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 hegemony. Meanwhile, the human-resistance movement dispatches a lone warrior to safeguard Sarah. Can he stop the virtually indestructible killing machine?
Genres: Action, Thriller, Science Fiction. Countries: United Kingdom, United States of America. Runtime: 1h 48m. Rated: R.
#20 The War Game 1965
BBC TV's film about a nuclear attack on Britain directed by Peter Watkins.
Director: Peter Watkins. Cast: Michael Aspel.
Overview: The War Game is a fictional, worst-case-scenario docu-drama about nuclear war and its aftermath in and around a typical English city.
Genre: Drama. Country: United Kingdom. Runtime: 48m.
#21 Twelve Monkeys 1995
The future is history
Director: Terry Gilliam. Cast: Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe, Brad Pitt, Christopher Plummer, David Morse, Jon Seda, Frank Gorshin, Joseph Melito, Aaron Michael Lacey, Christopher Meloni, Joey Perillo, LisaGay Hamilton, Matt Ross, Annie Golden, Michael Chance.
Overview: In the year 2035, convict James Cole reluctantly volunteers to be sent back in time to discover the origin of a deadly virus that wiped out nearly all of the earth's population and forced the survivors into underground communities. But when Cole is mistakenly sent to 1990 instead of 1996, he's arrested and locked up in a mental hospital. There he meets psychiatrist Dr. Kathryn Railly, and patient Jeffrey Goines, the son of a famous virus expert, who may hold the key to the mysterious rogue group, the Army of the 12 Monkeys, thought to be responsible for unleashing the killer disease.
Genres: Science Fiction, Thriller, Mystery. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 9m.
#22 V for Vendetta 2006
People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.
Director: James McTeigue. Cast: Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving, Stephen Rea, Stephen Fry, John Hurt, Tim Pigott-Smith, Natasha Wightman, Rupert Graves, Roger Allam, Ben Miles, Sinéad Cusack, John Standing, Eddie Marsan, Clive Ashborn, Emma Field-Rayner.
Overview: Set against the futuristic landscape of a totalitarian Britain, the movie tells the story of a mild-mannered young woman named Evey who is rescued from a life-and-death situation by a man known only as “V” – a striking figure in a black cloak and a high-peaked hat under which he wears a curious mask. Incomparably charismatic and ferociously skilled in the art of combat and deception, V ignites a revolution when he urges his fellow citizens to rise up against tyranny and oppression.
Genres: Action, Drama, Science Fiction, Thriller. Countries: Germany, United Kingdom, United States of America. Runtime: 2h 12m. Rated: R.
#23 Avatar 2009
Enter the World of Pandora
Director: James Cameron. Cast: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez, Joel Moore, Giovanni Ribisi, CCH Pounder, Laz Alonso, Wes Studi, Dileep Rao, Matt Gerald, Dean Knowsley.
Overview: Set in the mid-22nd century, when humans are mining lucrative unobtanium on Pandora, a lush moon in the Alpha Centauri star system. Disabled Marine Jake Sully travels to planet Pandora to become an Avatar, integrate himself with the natives and help the mining effort. But he finds himself caught in between an interstellar conflict after falling for Na'vi warrior Neytiri.
Genres: Action, Adventure, Science Fiction, Romance. Countries: United Kingdom, United States of America. Runtime: 2h 42m. Rated: PG-13.
#24 Сталкер 1979
Director: Andrei Tarkovsky. Cast: Aleksandr Kaidanovsky, Alisa Frejndlikh, Anatoli Solonitsyn, Nikolai Grinko, Natasha Abramova.
Overview: Near a gray and unnamed city is the Zone, an alien place guarded by barbed wire and soldiers. Over his wife's numerous objections, a man rises in the dead of night: he's a stalker, one of a handful who have the mental gifts (and who risk imprisonment) to lead people into the Zone to the Room, a place where one's secret hopes come true.
Genres: Drama, Foreign, Horror, Science Fiction, Thriller. Country: Russian Federation. Runtime: 2h 43m.
#25 Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind 1984
Director: Hayao Miyazaki. Cast: Sumi Shimamoto, Mahito Tsujimura, Hisako Kyôda, Gorô Naya, Ichirô Nagai, Kôhei Miyauchi, Jôji Yanami, Minoru Yada, Rihoko Yoshida, Yôji Matsuda, Mîna Tominaga, Yoshiko Sakakibara, Iemasa Kayumi, Tetsuo Mizutori, Uma Thurman.
Overview: Nausicaä, a gentle young princess, has an empathetic bond with the giant mutated insects that evolved in the wake of the destruction of the ecosystem. Traveling by cumbersome flying ship, on the backs of giant birds, and perched atop her beloved glider, Nausicaä and her allies must negotiate peace between kingdoms battling over the last of the world's precious natural resources.
Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Animation, Action, Science Fiction, Foreign. Country: Japan. Runtime: 1h 35m.
#26 Star Trek 2009
The future begins.
Director: J.J. Abrams. Cast: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Eric Bana, Anton Yelchin, Simon Pegg, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, John Cho, Bruce Greenwood, Leonard Nimoy, Winona Ryder, Ben Cross, Greg Ellis, Chris Hemsworth, Jennifer Morrison.
Overview: The fate of the galaxy rests in the hands of bitter rivals. One, James Kirk, is a delinquent, thrill-seeking Iowa farm boy. The other, Spock, a Vulcan, was raised in a logic-based society that rejects all emotion. As fiery instinct clashes with calm reason, their unlikely but powerful partnership is the only thing capable of leading their crew through unimaginable danger, boldly going where no one has gone before. The human adventure has begun again.
Genres: Action, Adventure, Science Fiction. Countries: Germany, United States of America. Runtime: 2h 7m. Rated: PG-13.
#27 X-Men: First Class 2011
Witness the moment that will change our world.
Director: Matthew Vaughn. Cast: Michael Fassbender, Rose Byrne, Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, January Jones, Kevin Bacon, Nicholas Hoult, Jason Flemyng, Zoë Kravitz, Oliver Platt.
Overview: Before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Before they were archenemies, they were closest of friends, working together, with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known. In the process, a rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto's Brotherhood and Professor X's X-MEN.
Genres: Action, Drama, Science Fiction. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 12m. Rated: PG-13.
#28 Frankenstein 1931
Director: James Whale. Cast: Colin Clive, Mae Clarke, John Boles, Boris Karloff, Edward Van Sloan, Frederick Kerr, Dwight Frye, Lionel Belmore, Michael Mark.
Overview: Dr. Frankenstein, an obsessed scientist, creates a living being from parts of exhumed corpses. The movie revolves around this monster and his struggle to live again.
Genre: Horror. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 11m. Rated: PG.
#29 The Truman Show 1998
All the world's a stage...
Director: Peter Weir. Cast: Jim Carrey, Laura Linney, Noah Emmerich, Natascha McElhone, Ed Harris, Holland Taylor, Brian Delate, Blair Slater, Heidi Schanz, Ron Taylor, Don Taylor, Ted Raymond, Judy Clayton, Peter Krause.
Overview: Truman Burbank is the star of "The Truman Show," a 24-hour-a-day cultural TV phenomenon that broadcasts every aspect of his life -- live and in color -- without his knowledge. When Truman discovers by happenstance that his life is a sham for public consumption, he makes a desperate escape bid.
Genres: Comedy, Drama. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 43m. Rated: PG.
#30 Ivan Vasilyevich Changes His Profession 1973
Director: Leonid Gayday . Cast: Aleksandr Demyanenko, Yuriy Yakovlev, Leonid Kuravlyov, Mikhail Pugovkin, Vladimir Etush, Savely Kramarov, Natalya Krachkovskaya, Natalya Seleznyova, Sergei Filippov, Natalya Kustinskaya, Larisa Eryomina.
Overview: Shurik Timofeev builds a working model of a time machine. By accident, Ivan Bunsha, an apartment complex manager, and George Miloslavsky, a petty burglar, are transferred to 16th century Moscow, while Tsar Ivan the Terrible goes into the year 1973.
Genres: Comedy, Science Fiction. Country: Russia. Runtime: 1h 33m.
#31 Children of Men 2006
The future's a thing of the past.
Director: Alfonso Cuarón. Cast: Clive Owen, Michael Caine, Julianne Moore, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Charlie Hunnam, Clare-Hope Ashitey, Danny Huston, Peter Mullan, Juan Gabriel Yacuzzi, Mishal Husain, Rob Curling, Maria McErlane, Michael Haughey, Paul Sharma, Tehmina Sunny.
Overview: In 2027, in a chaotic world in which humans can no longer procreate, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea, where her child's birth may help scientists save the future of humankind.
Genres: Adventure, Drama, Action, Thriller, Science Fiction, Foreign. Countries: United Kingdom, United States of America. Runtime: 1h 49m. Rated: R.
#32 Bride of Frankenstein 1935
The monster demands a mate.
Director: James Whale. Cast: Boris Karloff, Colin Clive, Valerie Hobson, Ernest Thesiger, Elsa Lanchester, Gavin Gordon, Douglas Walton, Una O'Connor, E.E. Clive, Lucien Prival, O.P. Heggie, Dwight Frye, Reginald Barlow, Mary Gordon, Anne Darling.
Overview: Bride of Frankenstein begins where James Whale's Frankenstein from 1931 ended. Dr. Frankenstein has not been killed as previously portrayed and now he wants to get away from the mad experiments. Yet when his wife is kidnapped by his creation, Frankenstein agrees to help him create a new monster, this time a woman.
Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Science Fiction. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 15m. Rated: PG.
#33 Planet of the Apes 1968
Somewhere in the Universe, there must be something better than man!
Director: Franklin J. Schaffner. Cast: Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, James Daly, Linda Harrison, Robert Gunner, Lou Wagner, Woodrow Parfrey, Jeff Burton, Maurice Evans.
Overview: Taylor and two other astronauts come out of deep hibernation to find that their ship has crashed. Escaping with little more than clothes they find that they have landed on a planet where men are pre-lingual and uncivilized while apes have learned speech and technology. Taylor is captured and taken to the city of the apes after damaging his throat so that he is silent and cannot communicate with the apes.
Genres: Science Fiction, Fantasy. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 52m. Rated: G.
#34 Young Frankenstein 1974
The scariest comedy of all time!
Director: Mel Brooks. Cast: Gene Wilder, Marty Feldman, Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman, Kenneth Mars, Richard Haydn, Peter Boyle, Teri Garr.
Overview: Mel Brooks takes on the classic horror flick in this comedic retelling of the Frankenstein story.
Genres: Comedy, Science Fiction. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 46m. Rated: PG.
#35 Brazil 1985
It's only a state of mind.
Director: Terry Gilliam. Cast: Jonathan Pryce, Robert De Niro, Katherine Helmond, Ian Holm, Bob Hoskins, Michael Palin, Ian Richardson, Peter Vaughan, Kim Greist, Jim Broadbent, Terry Gilliam.
Overview: Brazil is a Terry Gilliam dystopic black comedy film that reflects the melancholy, dreamlike quality of a famous Brazilian song that’s been translated into English. The film parodies the mostly dysfunctional bureaucratic world we live in and takes us to a post-apocalyptic world in the future yet with our present day attitudes in mind.
Genres: Comedy, Foreign, Science Fiction. Country: United Kingdom. Runtime: 2h 11m. Rated: R.
#36 Solaris 1972
Director: Andrei Tarkovsky. Cast: Natalya Bondarchuk, Jüri Järvet, Anatoli Solonitsyn, Vladislav Dvorzhetsky, Nikolai Grinko, Sos Sargsyan, Olga Barnet, Tamara Ogorodnikova, Georgi Tejkh, Donatas Banionis.
Overview: Ground control has been receiving strange transmissions from the three remaining residents of the Solaris space station. When cosmonaut and psychologist Kris Kelvin is sent to investigate, he experiences the strange phenomena that afflict the Solaris crew, sending him on a voyage into the darkest recesses of his own consciousness. Based on the novel by the same name from Polish author Stanislaw Lem.
Genres: Drama, Foreign, Indie, Science Fiction. Country: Russian Federation. Runtime: 2h 47m.
#37 The Day the Earth Stood Still 1951
Director: Robert Wise. Cast: Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Hugh Marlowe, Sam Jaffe, Billy Gray, Frances Bavier, Lock Martin, Elmer Davis, H.V. Kaltenborn, Drew Pearson.
Overview: An alien and a robot land on earth after World War II and tell mankind to be peaceful or face destruction. A classic science fiction film from Robert Wise with an exceptional message.
Genres: Drama, Science Fiction. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 32m. Rated: G.
#38 Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion 1997
Directors: Hideaki Anno, Kazuya Tsurumaki. Cast: Megumi Ogata, Megumi Hayashibara, Kotono Mitsuishi, Yûko Miyamura.
Overview: NERV faces a brutal attack from SEELE, but with Asuka in a coma, and Shinji in a nervous breakdown, things soon turn into the surreal. This movie provides an concurrent ending to the final two episodes of the show "Neon Genesis Evangelion"
Genres: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Science Fiction. Country: Japan. Runtime: 1h 27m.
#39 Moon 2009
The last place you'd ever expect to find yourself.
Director: Duncan Jones. Cast: Sam Rockwell, Kevin Spacey, Dominique McElligott, Rosie Shaw, Adrienne Shaw, Kaya Scodelario, Benedict Wong, Matthew Berry, Malcolm Stewart, Robin Chalk.
Overview: 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. The long period of time alone however has resulted in him talking to himself for the most part, or to his plants. Direct communication with Earth is not possible due to a long-standing communication malfunction but he does get an occasional message from his wife Tess. When he has an accident however, he wakens to find that he is not alone. He also comes to realize that his world is not what he thought it was.
Genres: Drama, Foreign, Mystery, Science Fiction, Thriller. Country: United Kingdom. Runtime: 1h 37m. Rated: R.
#40 Invasion of the Body Snatchers 1956
... there was nothing to hold onto - except each other.
Director: Don Siegel. Cast: Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter, Larry Gates, King Donovan, Carolyn Jones, Jean Willes, Ralph Dumke, Virginia Christine, Tom Fadden, Kenneth Patterson, Guy Way, Eileen Stevens, Beatrice Maude, Jean Andren, Bobby Clark.
Overview: A small-town doctor learns that the population of his community is being replaced by emotionless alien duplicates.
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 20m.
#41 The Man from Earth 2007
From one of the acclaimed writers of Star Trek and The Twilight Zone comes a story that transcends both time and space...
Director: Richard Schenkman. Cast: David Lee Smith, Tony Todd, John Billingsley, Ellen Crawford, Annika Peterson, Alexis Thorpe, William Katt, Richard Riehle.
Overview: After history professor John Oldman unexpectedly resigns from the university, his startled colleagues impulsively invite themselves to his home, pressing him for an explanation. They're shocked to hear his reason for premature retirement: John claims he must move on because he is immortal, and cannot stay in one place for more than ten years without his secret being discovered.
Genres: Drama, Science Fiction. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 27m. Rated: NR.
#42 The Face of Another 1966
Director: Hiroshi Teshigahara. Cast: Tatsuya Nakadai, Machiko Kyô, Mikijiro Hira, Kyôko Kishida, Eiji Okada, Miki Irie, Minoru Chiaki, Hideo Kanze, Kunie Tanaka, Etsuko Ichihara.
Overview: A businessman with a disfigured face obtains a lifelike mask from his doctor, but the mask starts altering his personality.
Genres: Drama, Science Fiction. Country: Japan. Runtime: 2h 4m.
#43 Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance 2009
Directors: Masayuki, Kazuya Tsurumaki. Cast: Megumi Ogata, Yūko Miyamura, Kotono Mitsuishi, Maaya Sakamoto, Megumi Hayashibara.
Overview: Under constant attack by monstrous creatures called Angels that seek to eradicate humankind, U.N. Special Agency NERV introduces two new EVA pilots to help defend the city of Tokyo-3: the mysterious Makinami Mari Illustrous and the intense Asuka Langley Shikinami. Meanwhile, Gendo Ikari and SEELE proceed with a secret project that involves both Rei and Shinji.
Genres: Action, Animation, Drama, Science Fiction. Country: Japan. Runtime: 1h 48m. Rated: NR.
#44 Jurassic Park 1993
An adventure 65 million years in the making.
Director: Steven Spielberg. Cast: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough, Bob Peck, Martin Ferrero, Joseph Mazzello, Ariana Richards, Samuel L. Jackson, BD Wong, Wayne Knight, Gerald R. Molen, Miguel Sandoval, Cameron Thor, Christopher John Fields.
Overview: A wealthy entrepreneur secretly creates a theme park featuring living dinosaurs drawn from prehistoric DNA. Before opening day, he invites a team of experts and his two eager grandchildren to experience the park and help calm anxious investors. However, the park is anything but amusing as the security systems go off-line and the dinosaurs escape.
Genres: Adventure, Science Fiction. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 7m. Rated: PG-13.
#45 The Iron Giant 1999
It came from outer space!
Director: Brad Bird. Cast: Jennifer Aniston, Harry Connick Jr., Vin Diesel, Cloris Leachman.
Overview: A giant metal machine falls to Earth and frightens the residents of a small town in Maine in 1958, until it befriends a nine-year-old boy named Hogarth and ultimately finds its humanity by unselfishly saving people from their own fears and prejudices.
Genres: Adventure, Animation, Family, Science Fiction. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 26m. Rated: PG.
#46 Kin-dza-dza! 1986
Director: Georgiy Daneliya. Cast: Stanislav Lyubshin, Evgeni Leonov, Леван Габриадзе, Irina Shmeleva, Ольга Машная, Лев Перфилов, Georgiy Daneliya, Yuriy Yakovlev.
Overview: The story takes place on the desert planet "Pluke" in the "Kin-dza-dza" galaxy, where two Soviet humans previously unknown to each other ("Uncle Vova", a gruff construction foreman from Moscow, and "The Fiddler", a student from Georgia) are stranded due to an accidental encounter with an alien teleportation device. The movie describes their long quest to find a way back home.
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Science Fiction. Country: Russian Federation. Runtime: 2h 15m.
#47 E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial 1982
Director: Steven Spielberg. Cast: Henry Thomas, Robert MacNaughton, Drew Barrymore, Peter Coyote, K.C. Martel, Sean Frye, C. Thomas Howell, David M. O'Dell, Richard Swingler, Frank Toth, Pat Welsh, Dee Wallace, Erika Eleniak.
Overview: A science fiction fairytale about an extra-terrestrial who is left behind on Earth and is found by a young boy who befriends him. This heart-warming fantasy from Director Steven Spielberg became one of the most commercially successful films of all time.
Genres: Drama, Family, Science Fiction. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 55m. Rated: PG.
#48 The Girl Who Leapt Through Time 2006
Director: Mamoru Hosoda. Cast: Riisa Naka, Takuya Ishida, Mitsutaka Itakura, Fumihiko Tachiki, Ayami Kakiuchi, Yuki Sekido, Sachie Hara, Mitsuki Tanimura, Midori Ando, Takayuki Handa, Utawaka Katsura.
Overview: When 17-year-old Makoto Konno gains the ability to, quite literally, "leap" backwards through time, she immediately sets about improving her grades and preventing personal mishaps. However, she soon realises that changing the past isn't as simple as it seems, and eventually, will have to rely on her new powers to shape the future of herself and her friends.
Genres: Fantasy, Animation, Drama, Science Fiction. Country: Japan. Runtime: 1h 35m.
#49 Iron Man 2008
Heroes aren't born. They're built.
Director: Jon Favreau. Cast: Robert Downey Jr, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeff Bridges, Terrence Howard, Leslie Bibb, Faran Tahir, Shaun Toub.
Overview: After escaping from kidnappers using makeshift power armor, an ultrarich inventor and weapons maker turns his creation into a force for good by using it to fight crime. But his skills are stretched to the limit when he must face the evil Iron Monger.
Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Action, Thriller, Science Fiction. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 6m. Rated: PG-13.
#50 Akira 1988
Neo-Tokyo is about to E.X.P.L.O.D.E.
Director: Katsuhiro Ôtomo. Cast: Mitsuo Iwata, Nozomu Sasaki, Mami Koyama, Tesshô Genda, Hiroshi Ôtake, Kôichi Kitamura, Yuriko Fuchizaki, Masaaki Ôkura, Takeshi Kusao, Kazuhiro Kamifuji, Tatsuhiko Nakamura, Fukue Itô.
Overview: Childhood friends Tetsuo and Kaneda are pulled into the post-apocalyptic underworld of Neo-Tokyo and forced to fight for their very survival. Kaneda is a bike gang leader, and Tetsuo is a member of a tough motorcycle crew who becomes involved in a covert government project called Akira. But a bloody battle ensues when Kaneda sets out to save his friend.
Genres: Animation, Science Fiction, Action. Country: Japan. Runtime: 2h 4m. Rated: R.
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