A Scanner Darkly20. “A Scanner Darkly” (2006)
A higher-than-usual number of great sci-fi movies have been made from the work of legendary author Philip K. Dick, but few have been as faithful, or as weird, as Richard Linklater’s “A Scanner Darkly.” Set in a near-future where an undercover cop (a rarely-better Keanu Reeves) has infiltrated a group of junkies addicted to the hallucinatory Substance D, only to end up with a very Dick-ian identity crisis when he’s asked to spy on himself. Linklater reuses the rotoscoped-animation style he’d employed in ‘Waking Life,” enabling his wonderfully freaky visuals to melt and meld into each other, while his trademark looseness makes the film into a wonderful blend of stoner freak-out comedy and existential thriller. Featuring a killer supporting cast of Robert Downey Jr., Woody Harrelson, and Winona Ryder (the former in one of his last memorable pre-Tony Stark performances), it might not pack the emotional punch of the ‘Before’ trilogy or “Boyhood,” but it’s nevertheless one of the very best of the director’s career.

Minority Report19. “Minority Report” (2002)
The second part of a masterful Spielberg sci-fi double bill, “Minority Report” was the helmer’s best blockbuster since “Jurassic Park,” but it also proved to be something more: an enormously inventive, unexpectedly funny procedural that delved into serious moral and philosophical issues in the way that all the best science fiction does. Based very loosely (about as loosely as “Blade Runner” and “Total Recall”) on a Philip K. Dick story, it’s set in a future where the police are able to stop murder before it takes place, only for the lead investigator (Tom Cruise) to be forced on the run when his name comes up. Scott Frank’s terrific script is a noirish, textured blend of mystery, action, and spectacle. It’s a harder-edged film than we’ve come to expect from Spielberg (at least until the slightly too-neat ending), but he, and his star, seems to relish the opportunity, tackling the film with a playfulness that had been lacking from much of his work in the years running up to this. The film’s so eerily prescient that it hasn’t aged a day, either.

Looper18. “Looper” (2012)
Somewhat similar to “Sunshine,” “Looper” — Rian Johnson‘s third feature after breakout noir “Brick” and loopy, unloved “The Brothers Bloom” — is half of a truly brilliant, all-time sci-fi classic. Unlike Danny Boyle‘s film, however, here it’s the second half that really takes flight, leaving a far more satisfying dismount, and hence its higher placement. In fact it starts out fairly generic, with the faintly ludicrous premise that, time travel having been invented, its chief use is by the future mob, which sends its enemies back only to have them instantly, and tidily executed in the past, leaving no pesky incriminating body. One such executioner, however, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and some prosthetics, is faced with a dilemma when his future bosses send his older self (Bruce Willis) back to him. So far, so high-concept mummery, but in the second half, with the introduction of Emily Blunt and her gifted son, the film switches gears and becomes unexpectedly wonderful, a quiet and melancholic reflection on destiny, fate, and, of all the hoary sci-fi cliches in the world, sacrifice.

Sandra Bullock in Gravity (2013)17. “Gravity” (2013)
While it’s true that Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity,” strictly speaking, does not fall into the sci-fi category (it uses existing tech and is set more or less contemporaneously), the space-set survival tale qualifies for us, more for the very sci-fi sense of wonder and curiosity it embodies. Immaculately shot by Oscar-winner Emmanuel Lubezki, including the now famous, stiched-together “unbroken” sequence at the beginning, and convincingly performed by an assured and sympathetic Sandra Bullock, the film has its flaws — some clunky dialogue and a slightly misbegotten detour with George Clooney’s character. But its poetry is all in its images, which amount to the most ravishing evocation of being alone in space we’ve ever witnessed, and a best-ever, ever use of IMAX 3D. In fact, perhaps it qualifies as sci-fi more for the manner of its creation than for its (admittedly slim, but still) resonant story — the rigs, sets, and cg whizzery required to bring it to such immaculately realistic life are already legendary.

Attack The Block16. “Attack The Block” (2011)
John Boyega’s now, delightfully, one of the biggest stars of the world thanks to a certain space franchise, but to certain observers of inventive, low-budget British cinema, he already kind of is. As the MVP in writer/director Joe Cornish‘s absolutely terrific “Attack the Block,” (exec produced by Edgar Wright) Boyega, in his debut, inhabited Moses, the surly thug who goes from mugger to unlikely resistance leader when his council block comes under attack from aliens. Correction, from “big alien gorilla wolf motherfuckers.” But while he absolutely blisters in the film, never lapsing into anything as uncomplicated as a straight-up hero, “Attack the Block” is really a triumph of writing and directing, and the canny ability to shape a narrative that, while it’s about an alien invasion, of all the big, expensive-sounding things in the world, could be delivered on slender budget with no sense of compromise. In fact, the lo-fi feel significantly adds to the film’s effectiveness, as it becomes less a bombastic spectacle, and more an examination of character, pack mentality, and the survival instinct, when an outside menace forces uneasy alliances between natural enemies.

The 25 Best Sci-Fi Films Of The 21st Century So Far 1115. “Inception” (2010)
The most original, boldest, and unusual blockbuster of the 21st century so far, “Inception” is a deeply personal delve into the psyche of Christopher Nolan, an explosive, visually delirious action movie about grief and catharsis that somehow made $800 million worldwide. Tracking Leonardo DiCaprio’s dream-thief as he attempts to pull the biggest heist of his career in order to return home to his children and get past the death of his wife, it’s a thrilling, Bond-aping adventure with a rigorously constructed universe (too rigorous for some) and some of the most memorable images and set-pieces of 21st century cinema — up-ended Paris, the corridor fight, the waves on the beach, the spinning top. But it’s also the most expressionistic thing that Nolan’s made, melding the best cast he’s ever assembled, Hans Zimmer’s iconic score, and next-level editing into a grand symphony of the mind.

Snowpiercer14. “Snowpiercer” (2014)
In these days when the phrase “based on a comic book” has more or less become a guarantee of a plasticky, soulless “product” rather than a film, it helps to remember that it also describes Bong Joon-ho’s magnificently weird “Snowpiercer.” As was its French-language source (“Transpierceneige“), the film is a meaty allegory for the class struggle as the remnants of a ruined civilization live aboard a train speeding through the dystopian snowscape, the rich literally compartmentalized away from the poor. Featuring a wittily cast Captain America in Chris Evans, and a grotesquely made-up Tilda Swinton in its large international ensemble, the film is one of the most original and defiantly idiosyncratic sci-fi films ever to see the inside of a multiplex, however briefly. It had a rough time of it, but as the visionary Bong’s biggest film to date, the tales of its troubled journey en route to a haphazard, undersold release feel like they will only contribute to the film’s growing status as an underseen classic in years to come.

Solaris13. “Solaris” (2002)
A massively complex, yet remarkably calm film, Steven Soderbergh‘s take on Stanislaw Lem‘s novel has taken some time to emerge from the shadow of Andrei Tarkovsky‘s very brilliant, but very different version. Starring an understated George Clooney as the semi-bewitched astronaut whose dead wife (Natasha McElhone) returns to him over and over again under the reality-warping influence of a nearby planet, “Solaris” is a tricky, slippery, overtly philosophical, and questioning story, but somehow the crisp intelligence of Soderbergh’s style helps us never to feel lost in its labyrinths. The film’s detractors often negatively compare its focus on the central relationship with the more overtly “big” questions its famous forbearer dealt in, and yet Soderbergh mines that seam with such single-minded intensity that he touches on universal truths within its boundaries. Unapologetically cerebral in its themes, and minutely considered in its pacing, “Solaris” exerts, like the planet from which it takes its name, an uncanny pull on the senses, and displays, for a genre usually defined by its clinical white surfaces, an enormous amount of soul.

District 912. “District 9” (2009)
With Neill Blomkamp going on to make the facile “Elysium” and the widely derided “Chappie,” a coma patient who woke up in 2010 might well wonder why the hell we all have such continued high expectations for him. But that would be the effect of his terrific debut, the low-on-budget, high-on-ideas “District 9,” which positioned its aliens-on-Earth premise as a clear but insightful metaphor for racial, economic, and social bigotry. Deriving even more bite and mordant wit from its setting in South Africa, with its shameful history of apartheid and race conflict, the film was also, on a purely technical level, a marvel of world-building on a small budget, with the near-future tech managing that “Alien” trick of feeling both advanced and yet broken-in, worn out and scuffed. Not just Blomkamp’s breakout, but also star Sharlto Copley’s finest hour to date, the film remains a summary lesson in how great sci-fi films tend to be great not for their futurist trappings but for how witheringly and incisively they can comment on present-day issues.

The Host11. “The Host” (2006)
The history of the monster movie stretches back to the 1930s, and feels increasingly tired, but trust the great Korean director Bong-Joon Ho, who’s never found a genre he couldn’t reinvigorate, to be the one to give it a new lease of life. The film (the biggest-ever hit in Korea at the time) sees a creature the size of a bus unleashed on Seoul by environmental poisoning, and a dysfunctional working class family pitted against it when their youngest kidnaps her. It’s more thrilling than a dozen blockbusters (the early attack sequence is a staggering achievement), but as ever with the director, it’s the texture that he brings that elevates it into the pantheon: a political streak that Ken Loach would be proud of, a story that refuses to play to expectations, detailed, loveable characters worthy of a genre-free drama. Every time Bong makes a movie it feels like a miracle, and this is one of his finest.

  • Jeremy Carrier

    I swear ya’ll published this the exact same day as The Fil mStage .com’s own list on purpose.


    Its fun to see where taste differ, but you had the same #1.

    • Jeremy, this is an update of a list we did long ago circa 2015 and with a series that began in 2014, not just this year.

  • Brandon Thompson

    The number #1 pick is my 2nd favorite movie since 2000 (Mulholland Drive is #1) so I couldn’t agree more.

  • Sleuth1989

    I can never see “The Hunger Games” as anything more than “Battle Royale” rip-off material. LOL So even putting “Catching Fire”, which basically was a redux of the first film in most of it with the rebellion in the background to add flair, on the Honorable Mention hurts me deeply…well not deeply but still. I love that you guys gave “Snowpiercer” love. I kept reading articles it should have been the black sheep of the Oscars in 2014, no love for Tilda Swinton even! 🙁 It’s funny, I love “Interstellar” as a concept but pacing and actual narrative-wise it was all over the place. It felt like they had so much science behind it that they struggled to make sure all the relevant information was in it without too much exposition. Still liked it though so glad concept-wise it was honored! 🙂

  • I would have included Sleep Dealer on this list. Very moving.

  • buddy

    I love Children of Men but hate mention of it containing ‘two of the greatest extended shots in cinema history’, as they both have been revealed to be fudged together from shorter takes. According to the vfx coordinator, the car ambush was shot in “six sections and at four different locations over one week and required five seamless digital transitions”; and the battlefield scene “was captured in five separate takes over two locations”.

    • In my eyes, that doesn’t take away from the quality of shot. They are still amazing when we are so conditioned for now normal 1 sec average shot length.

      • buddy

        They are amazing scenes, but to perpetuate the myth that they’re real time single takes is a disservice to both the people who made the scenes work -editors, compositors, fx people- but don’t usually get credit for long takes, and to the filmmakers who create actual single takes. Plus Cuaron outright lying about them has left a bad taste in my mouth.

  • Michael Byers

    I would put “Stranger Things” on this list. It feels like just a big 8 hour movie anyway.


      as much as I agree with you Byers I think to be measured truly all entries should have at least a 5 year test . so when the hype is wore off will we still think it stands as a true original.

    • Lee

      While I did love “Stranger Things” and think it should be in every top 50 list, I’m not sure it qualifies as Sci-Fi. They did give give things a soft scientific explanation, but overall it felt more like supernatural horror to me. It’s very borderline though and could be fuel for an interesting debate.

    • Jhollman

      Stranger things is not a movie, till it becomes showed in the big screen, Stranger things do not belong on this list.

  • Marvin H

    Snowpiercer was absolute garbage from start to finish.

  • ghostraider72

    Excellent list, especially the top 10. I would have included Avatar over Star Trek, but that’s a minor quibble over blockbusters.

  • in4mation

    Cloud Atlas? Mr Nobody? Vanilla Sky?

  • Jason Scifi Nerd

    I think you are discrediting your list by not including Avatar. The best SciFi should be defined by whats actually possible while challenging and exciting our imaginations.

    I totally understand the debate about the plot and characters but its hard to argue with the box office draw and the oscar awards. What separates Science fiction from pure fantasy? The answer is why the super-hero genre isn’t science fiction and why Star Wars and Star Trek nerds don’t always see eye to eye. Avatar took reasonable steps to make sure the movie conformed to our current scientific understanding of the universe.

    2nd highest grossing film of all time adjusted for inflation. By that metric alone its got to be on your list.

    Anyway awesome list and thanks for putting the time in. There’s a few movies I had dismissed like another earth but I’ll check them out now.

    • Indira Iman

      Avatar = “Lawrence of Arabia” with tails in 3D. Yes it was one of the first movies that used 3D as a serious filmmaking tool,can’t deny that one. In fact 70% of Avatar’s revenue is from its 3D version. But strip it from all its hype, it’s mediocre. Avatar is a sensory feast and nothing more.

      • Joey

        Avatar = Dances with Wolves

        • Jamie

          You left out Ferngully in there to be the most unoriginal, parrot-like post of the day.

        • Blurbwhore

          Counterpoint: Avatar = Pocahontas

      • Jason Scifi Nerd

        Can’t disagree with you there. However we’re talking about the 50 best sci fi movies in the 21st century so far.

        How do you quantify “the best”. Obviously that’s pretty difficult, however some of the metrics you could use are sales, critic reviews, user reviews, academy awards.

        The credibility of this list is questionable by excluding Avatar. It’s more of a “Sci Fi movies that the authors liked” list.

  • EdT

    As someone who pretty much hates anything he has ever been in, and who thinks calling him a over-rated actor would be a compliment, Tom Cruises Edge of Tomorrow should have been higher. Playing the complete jerk at the beginning of the film wasn’t a surprise, or much of an acting stretch. His getting knocked down a few notches, actually, quite a few notches, and having to put up with common BS and become a functioning human being during the film, one that people watching actually care about, was one of if not his very best acting job. Maybe not a top 10 film but it surely deserved a top 15.

    • I really don’t get what people have against Cruise and his movies. Does the guy seem like a AAA werido in real life? You bet! But I have honestly never seen a Cruise movie I didn’t enjoy. Every thing from Cocktail to MI to Edge of Tomorrow.

      Name ONE other actor that has as many big budget AAA awesome Hollywood sci-fi films under his belt. I love that he doesn’t mind doing nerdy films like Minority Report, War of the Worlds, All You Need is Kill (Edge of Tomorrow). Not to mention he is the my most likable Nazi in film history and is amazing in Valkyrie.

      • Michael Byers

        Tom Cruise movies are pretty consistently awesome and entertaining.

      • Indira Iman

        Couldn’t agree more. His blockbusters are good if not great–Mission Impossible, War of the Worlds, Minority Report, Edge of Tomorrow, the list could go on forever.

        If there’s anyone arguing his versatility and his “acting”, go watch Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut or P.T. Anderson’s Magnolia.

    • JR

      I’m not particularly proud of this, but I must have watched Edge of Tomorrow about 20 times. The layers to it are pretty amazing, the script and story were just so tight for something that could have been a complex mess. (Yeah, yeah, it’s based on a manga novel… – the premise is, but the screenplay does it’s own thing). Every time I watched it I noticed something new that connected back to some other part of the story, which is pretty impressive for 20+ viewings 🙂

      • Mark Mathers

        I haven’t seen it 20 times, but probably have seen it 6 or 7, but I’ll probably get there eventually. I love that movie. It’s the only movie I’ve seen in the theaters twice other than Terminator 2. Emily Blunt FTW.

  • inefekt

    Not sure how anyone can sit through Upstream Color and Under the Skin. I certainly wouldn’t have them in my top 100, in fact they’d be in my top ten worst scifi movies of the century. But, these lists are inherently subjective so I won’t say anything immature nor abusive about the author, they’re entitled to an opinion like the rest of us 🙂

    • Jay Tester

      Subjective is right. Loved, loved Upstream Color, disliked Under the Skin. Under was made into a sci-fi piece from a story that wasn’t. Many female friends of mine disliked Upstream. Think it was the control scenes at beginning.

      • Necr0naut

        What do you mean Under the Skin was made into a sci-fi piece from a story that wasn’t? I read the source material (the novel) and it’s even more sci-fi than the movie.

        • Jay Tester

          I agree and apologize. I posted that comment ages ago and I know I read at the time that little nugget from a review of the movie but just read the wiki link about the book and it certainly sounds like sci fi.

  • Alberto Verdugo

    Edge of tomorrow is based on a japanese manga called “al you need is kill” (way better than the movie)

    • SillySock

      No its not. I’ve read the original book and the Manga and the movie is better than both.

  • dirkbruere

    Lucy, Limitless?

  • Ryan

    You already had a Pegg and Frost movie but you forgot about Paul.

  • Scott Webster Wood

    ok, agree with many but saw the ‘Host’ and it shouldn’t be anywhere near #11 and Her doesn’t even belong on the list – stupid stupid movie! But bravo that they put Primer, Moon, Eternal Sunshine and Children of men in the top 10.
    And where in the hell is Predestination? (All You Zombies by Heinlein?)

    • Sorry Scott, I disagree. The Host is a smart film, brilliantly executed. I loved the humour, the politics and the characters. There are loads in this list I disagree with (as anyone would with another person’s list) however The Host certainly deserves to be there. Plus, the monster is really cool!

  • Junius Stone

    “Gary King’s self destructive…comparable to Brexit?” So…the writer does believe that human civilizations can’t make their own decisions and need to be managed by “benevolent” outside authorities who promise to make it all better, just turn yourselves over to “us”, mind, body and soul?

    Even if they are plastic robots?

    I loved “The World’s End”, but something is telling me, sir, you saw a completely different movie than I did.

    The Brits may have a rep for being polite, but deep inside, they are an independent warrior people who don’t like being treaded on. This is a good impulse.

    Andy one who would see it otherwise should not be listened to.

  • Recnamoruen

    I’m disappointed that Zero Theorem isn’t on this list.

  • Peter Kanters

    Chappie? Where’s my beloved chappie?

  • James Bucanek

    Are these lists compiled by monkeys with Netflix accounts? “Star Wars” was ranked 27, but “Moon”—one of the most mind-numbingly boring movies I’ve ever seen—is in the top 10 (???). And it feels like a good third aren’t even Sci-Fi; I mean, “The Mist” was just a B horror flick—fun, but hardly in the same league as “The Martian.” “Avatar,” “Hunger Games,” and “Divergent” were every bit as relevant as “Edge of Tomorrow,” yet they’re completely ignored. Instead, the list includes the God-awful “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.” #headdesk

    • Indira Iman

      Boring is subjective, and just like your taste of Avatar, Hunger Games and Divergent are all pretty awful to me. It’s subjective. Without any intention of being snobbish perhaps you should watch more films.

      • James Bucanek

        It is subjective, and different people will enjoy different movies, which is what makes the fundamental premise of these lists so feckless As to seeing more movies, I’m not sure how that would help. I’ve seen most of the movies on this list, and seeing a few more is not going to make a movie like “Moon” any less tedious. Oh, and as someone else mentioned, the list snubbed “Tomorrowland” too, which I find unforgivable.

        • Mr Flim Flam

          Just got done with moon. I didn’t find it boring at all. Martian was boring. I guess it’s up to the director and his vision that sets the mood. Moon caught me Martian did not. It’s probably got something to do with my DNA I am not an attaca freak I am natural.

  • Maggie McGuire

    Pssst: it wasn’t Walt Whitman in Upstream Color, the characters read from Walden.

  • Joe Angelo

    World of Tomorrow by Don Hertzfeldt was deeply troubling and hilarious.

  • Stefan L

    Totally underrated movie that is surprisingly good: Pandorum (2009).

    The Host was fun, but I have a hard time calling it Sci-Fi. I am not as fond of B-Movies like The Host and Snowpiercer, I would rate classic AAA Sci-Fi movies like Elysium, Oblivion and I, Robot over them.

    • aw

      I second Pandorum. Not so much your second 3 recommendations.

  • Mark Mathers

    Not at all a fan of Under the Skin. This film was slow and I turned it off on my first viewing. Went back later and watched it the whole way through because of this list and nope, it’s still slow and boring. Someone could come up with this simple plot in about 5 minutes. Scarlett is naked a lot, there’s that I guess, but not nearly as good as The Island.

    • Necr0naut

      >The Island

      …And suddenly I can’t take you seriously anymore.

      • Tin B.

        The Island is rated 6.9 at IMDb which is a very excellent rating, as it is difficult for movies anything less than absolute blockbuster smash hits to get over 7.5 there. Meantime, I think you missed the point because Scarlett Johansson was in The Island, so I believe the OP was comparing her two movies, stating that her performance, character and plot in The Island was better than her Under The Skin. I agree. Because movies about aliens (or related) dressed up in incredibly sexy female bodies having deadly sex with men is an overplayed theme and wasteful of female talents on the big screen.

        • In Under the Skin her character is physically incapable of sex, although the implied promise of it is used to lure men to their deaths.

  • Joey

    Her was boring and sucked balls. Total piece of shit.

  • Joey

    Did Tomorrowland make the list? Since the list is setup in click bait style I really don’t want to go back and look at each page. If it isn’t in the list, it should be.

    • Necr0naut

      No, it did not. Thank god.

  • Ashley Beeching

    Dredd would of made my list.
    It’s one of the best Sci-Fi/Action movies of the last decade and harks back to some of those greats from the 80’s.
    Its dystopian themes and overiding bleakness made it that rare thing in modern cinema.

    Great photography from Anthony Dodd Mantle too!

    Several of Alex Garland’s, writer of Dredd, other work made the cut so I can understand its omission, but the film shouldn’t be dismissed.

  • Baranecz Krisztina

    Please check my “z” cat sci fi shorts 🙂

  • Mr. Project

    – Sunshine is so close to a perfect sci-fi movie that it’s painful – the one movie I wish we could take back in time and give Boyle a bunch of “Edge of Tomorrow” chances at a better last act. He let things get too messy – mostly that final confrontation, which could have been a scary and suspenseful turn, but was instead unpolished and rushed. He similarly screwed up The Beach with Leo’s mental video game trippy bullshit.

    – Prometheus was obviously omitted and I agree as to why but think it had glimmers of good stuff. Not sure Ridley, who gave us so much, will ever give us another great movie again.

    – Yes The Martian was good and should be on the list, but mainly winds up as a crowd pleaser as opposed to other older Ridley Scott films that take chances (although they don’t always work). The book was better.

    – Moon was good and satisfying by the end but ranked too high here.

    – District 9 should definitely be higher.

    – Minority Report was great and inventive as sci-fi goes – my only gripe would be that Spielberg felt the need to over-explain the whole movie with Tom Cruise’s overly talky scene at the end as to how the whole crime was done. Would have been nice to let the audience put some of it together on their own.

    – This list makes me want to rewatch Host and Snowpiercer.

    – 10 Cloverfield Lane and maybe even the sometimes cheesy Vanilla Sky should be in there.

    – Haven’t seen 2046, Holy Motors, Timecrimes and maybe a couple others so have some work to do.

    – Love that the list tends to lean to the more uniquely strange and obscure, especially with Under The Skin, even if it maybe leans that way a little too much so with other titles.

    – Avatar really was not a good movie and has become cringeworthy to rewatch. The movie and the acting was just cartoonish, especially the military bad guy.

    – Couldn’t agree more on Children of Men – that movie I can watch over and over.

    – Although not a movie – I’m hoping Netflix does justice to the upcoming Altered Carbon series (not sure when it will be released), seeing as sci-fi is an easy thing to screw up. If you like sci-fi please do yourself a favor and read that book first. Awesome and a trilogy (haven’t read 2 or 3 yet).

    • Chuk

      The first sequel to Altered Carbon was not great, the third book was almost as good as the first.

    • Tin B.

      quote- Minority Report was great and inventive as sci-fi goes – my only gripe
      would be that Spielberg felt the need to over-explain the whole movie
      with Tom Cruise’s overly talky scene at the end as to how the whole
      crime was done. Would have been nice to let the audience put some of it
      together on their own. -endquote

      I’ve notices audiences have a harder time nowadays putting anything together on their own. That said, the ending is a great place to tie up all the loose ends and make sure everyone who couldn’t put it all together gets to put it all together.

  • Clancy Weeks

    Leaving off 12 Monkeys is a bit of a travesty, IMHO. It has to be the best closed-loop time travel movie of the lot.

  • Jacob Crim

    I’m just glad Interstellar didnt make the cut.

    • SillySock

      Because you’re an idiot. It’s easily top 10.

  • Popcorn-NoButter

    It’s a crime 12 Monkeys isn’t there…

    • Stanton Sullivan

      You mean the film that came out in 1995?

      • Popcorn-NoButter

        It’s the ultimate time travel movie… It comes out all centuries….

  • Rahul

    You have Mad Max Fury road in Sci fi and not Predestination.

  • Hedge685

    “And if you’re looking for an insight into the British psyche that caused the self-destructive decision to go for Brexit,”

    The writer should really jump off that high horse…preferably into a big pile of $hite, for it is obvious you need some time outside your little echo chamber.

    • Hugo Fitch

      Like all of his fellow travelers, the leftist author is an all- consumed true believer who thinks nobody reading here could possibly disagree with his opinion re Brexit. After all, anyone who does disagree is, by default, a racist, sexist, homophobic bigot. Moral high ground, don’t you know.

  • DuckNation

    this list is cancer

  • David Chaparro

    shit list.

    • The Great and Powerful Turtle

      Yeah ..

    • Sharath

      What would you have added? And I’m not trying to be condescending or anything, I just want to know more about Sci-Fi..

      • Alex Gaginsky

        I think it’s less about addition and more about removal.
        This list needs some serious reconsidering of what is science fiction. The author obviously prefers indie dramas with a tiny drop of sci-fi (or no sci-fi whatsoever, just surrealism, like in case of Holy Motors or Under the Skin) to what actually constitutes the genre, like Ender’s Game or The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Galaxy.

        • Sharath

          Got it.

  • SpacemanSpiff1979

    I’ll never understand the affection for ANOTHER EARTH! Wow, I absolutely hated that movie.

  • Bob Bob

    Quit reading at the “a white male” part.

  • Lyndon

    I love how Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (a film based off previous films–hardly any originality), and Attack the Block are rated higher than Interstellar, Prestige, Cloverfield, Signs, and even The Myst. And Prometheus and Predestination aren’t even listed. Anybody have any ideas why these journalists/writers/critics have a job?

    • Lars Andersen

      They don’t

    • The Great and Powerful Turtle

      They still have a job because the big movie companys pay them to have an opinion..

  • THX11384EB

    The Force Awakens – LOL

  • PattyJangles

    Hunter Prey.

  • pinta_vodki

    “his supremely controlled debut space oddity.”

    I see what you did there. Nice played!

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    I happen to be poor,(on CPP) + disabled, with shaky hands, so I cannot build anything. I was hoping that if I made the description simple enough, that someone else would build this GEM of an idea for me. I have had the website up since 2001 or 2002, yet I cannot get past the POWERFUL SPIRITUAL WARFARE going on here, ever since Ezekiel 1:16, where I confirmed this came from God. This came from his description of a UFO motor,,,,,,,,,,,,,, so who knows where this will lead. If the government does not cover it up, and sweep it under the rug

  • Josh Hanke

    Jessica Kiang and Oliver Lyttelton….put away the thesaurus. You’re trying too hard. Calling you pretentious doesn’t quite cut it. Just summarize the movie. We don’t care about your deep feelings toward the director, or watching you be a tryhard.

  • Randall Dixon

    I made a list of my eight favorite films from this list and I have to admit that “A Scanner Darkly” is far superior to any other Sci-Fi film made in this century. Of course this could just be the Substance D talking. Wait… who’s typing this?

  • Lars Andersen

    No Terminator 2. Kidding me?

  • Xtrendence

    Putting Interstellar at number 32 is just, politely put, retarded you fucking imbecile.

    • Necr0naut

      Well, if that’s how you put things “politely”…

      • Xtrendence

        Yeah, I didn’t wish to insult the cunts who wrote this list. There’s definitely a lot of amazing movies, I just think they need to think more carefully about which ones deserve to be in the top 10. Of course it’s all down to opinion, so they aren’t, by definition, “wrong.”

  • ky_native

    I’ve not seen all of these films, but I agree with the Children of Men being right up there at the top. Some like Never Let Me Go is so depressing only one viewing is recommended. Another one mentioned that is almost equally depressing (but not on the list) is The Road; it has a very sad ending. I thought Interstellar should have been higher up in the rankings, but no big deal, it is on the list as a great movie. I enjoyed the Mist for the twisted ending! A must see for all sci-fi enthusiast is Battle Royale – I have to agree with Quinton tarentino on this one. It is something else!

    Of those mentioned I have not seen, I would like to see the Moon. That sounds like a great movie…along with District Nine. I have not seen nearly all of these movies, but will try to one day.

  • La Serpenta Canta

    Terrible list and it truly showcases just how horrific the cinematic output has been in the last decade.

  • nne butl

    World of Tomorrow by Don Hertzfeldt was deeply troubling and hilarious.

  • Blurbwhore

    Personal Top Ten:

    • Necr0naut

      Arrival should totally make it into an updated version of this list.

      I still struggle to see Fury Road as sci-fi tho.

    • Tin B.

      Melancholia will be on my top 100 list somewhere, mostly it’s a list of “tops” because they can’t be ordered. If I remember the movie forever, it is tops along with the others I remember forever. I heard mixed reviews of Melancholia, but I found it to be incredibly realistic regarding human behavior, family behavior, social and domestic help behavior, tabloid behavior, all to a profound T. There were many psychological subtleties which could be discussed for many hours.

  • orubel

    No BLADERUNNER!!! Seriously?!! So many of these movies WANT TO BE BLADERUNNER. They PAY HOMAGE TO BLADERUNNER! How is BLADERUNNER not #! if not in the top 10!?

    Some of these are very good but the fact that you COMPLETELY ommitted Bladerunner makes this ENTIRE LIST worthless.

    • Necr0naut

      …Do you even know what “the 21st century” means?

      • orubel

        Ever heard of a re-release? Duh. I got the Voight Conf edition for my Birthday

    • SillySock

      21st Century moron

  • John

    Stargate, the movies and the TV shows together were great. They started out on a pretty low budget but they made the series pretty great. that’s my number one. alien/s series, Mission to Mars, Chronicles of Riddik, Book of Eli, well this one is kind of crazy but the movie Screamers. got a thing for space sci-fi.

  • The Great and Powerful Turtle

    Theres a lot of great films on the list,unfortunately its ruined by so many being in the wrong order…

  • Tin B.

    #32 Interstellar – I understand why people were confused over 2001: Space Odyssey, but this one, Interstellar, was pretty clear. Sure, you had to watch more of it to understand what you just saw, so, like most good movies, you have to have the ability to pay attention and keep track of the puzzles you are working out with the narrative and action provided. I think people are losing this ability more and more with each decade.

  • Alex Gaginsky

    The problem with this list is that it basically says: “The closer a sci-fi movie is to a slow, brooding, art-house drama, the better. The less sci-fi elements left in it, the better” Which seems to me the same thing as to say “I actually hate most of sci-fi”.

    • Anthoney

      If brooding lo-fi indie drama, means about the same thing as pretentious to you, I agree.

    • Martin Parets

      umm… did we read the same list?

      • Alex Gaginsky

        Absolutely. In fact, if you read it, it’s in the text.
        Out of top 10,
        • three films (Eternal Sunshine, Upstream Color, Her) are said to be included for their exploration of “love story”. Compare that to only ONE top-10 movie about space (and we’re talking about science fiction!);
        • Under The Skin (2) and Holy Motors (10) are surrealist art-house rather than sci-fi, and in case of the latter authors even admit it themselves;
        • there’s only one popular “entertainment” movie (critical darling Fury Road), as if authors were avoiding to praise popular movies on purpose. Note that Avatar, by far the most popular sci-fi movie of the decade, is not even on the list.

        The rest of the list is also dominated by the “festival films”, low-budget indie, art-house and horror, some of which are barely sci-fi at all. Meanwhile adaptations of classic sci-fi novels such as The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Galaxy, Predestination or Ender’s Game, are not on the list.

        Overall, the list feels not like a sci-fi fan pick, but like an indie snob pick.

  • Blaksbbth

    Under the Skin? Mad Max?, who ever made this horrible list doesn’t know sci fi

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  • Sujoy Roy

    I don’t understand why MadMax: Fury Road is in the top ten of every list of Sci-Fi/ Fantasy movies.. what’s so great about that movie is beyond my understanding. In fact, I coudn’t hate a movie more and i wouldn’t watch that movie for the 2nd time even if someone pays me for it! Worst movie ever. Period!!!

  • David Beard

    District 9 top 5 and missing scifi animation 9 in top ten.

  • SillySock

    Sorry….Inception is either 1 or 2.

    Primer is one of the most overrated movies of all time.

    This list is garbage.

  • Does this idiot even know what scifi is? Seriously? They sound like a contrarian dimwit getting uppity about how painfully disappointing it is that women don’t direct or produce movies. It’s funny, our budding feminist here seems to not notice that if you’re the right gender you are entitled to nearly 40,000x as many grants, they left that part out.

  • La Serpenta Canta

    lol film is so dead, with the exception of Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, all of these films are garbage.

  • Hugo Fitch

    Someone created a list in which Ex Machina is considered a better sci-fi flick than Donnie Darko… with a straight face?


  • awruk

    crappy list+movies

  • Ned Hoon

    Didnt have any of the terrific Sci-Fi horrors like Event Horizon and Pandorum or Promethius but included the dreary incredibly overated Eternal Sunshine of a spotless mind drivel and left out Equlibrium its a pretty pathetic list in my opinion.

  • Hugo Fitch

    Children Of Men is garbage.

  • Anthoney

    What a crap list. There are maybe 5, or at best 10 movies on this list that actually deserve it. There are a few that where clever ideas but that alone should not put a movie on this list. This list is more the top 50 most pretentious Sci-Fi movies of the 21st century.

  • rui valadares

    “Arrival” is criminally absent.
    This is a digression on films but of course (!) there had to be politically charged invective about Brexit. We read reviews on films because we like films, not because we want to be pandered to or moralized to. Stop talking down to your readers. We’re not aimless children who need to be told what and how to think.

  • AVATAR???

  • No AVATAR?

  • Best Buds

    great list! i liked how you guys picked films based more on the content of the story rather than visual fx which is why i’m assuming Avatar didn’t make it. Was delighted to see Moon in the top 10.

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  • Miguel A.

    No Tomorrowland? Sound of My Voice or I Origins? Avatar?