Highest-Rated Sci-Fi Movies

We’ve glanced at some our favorite sci-fi novels of all time. What about the sci-fi movies weve enjoyed watching time and time again?

IMDb recently compiled a list of the highest rated sci-fi films according to visitors, a list which already includes the recent film The Martian. This list only includes 50 of the most popular films according to viewers. This doesn’t necessarily translate to the greatest movies sci-fi movies of all time, although there are certainly some great movies on the list.

Here’s the list:

1. Inception (2010) Inception (2010)

A thief who steals corporate secrets through use of dream-sharing technology is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a CEO.Dir: Christopher Nolan With: Leonardo DiCaprioJoseph Gordon-LevittEllen Page

2. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

After the rebels have been brutally overpowered by the Empire on their newly established base, Luke Skywalker takes advanced Jedi training with Master Yoda, while his friends are pursued by Darth Vader as part of his plan to capture Luke.Dir: Irvin Kershner With: Mark HamillHarrison FordCarrie Fisher

3. The Matrix (1999) The Matrix (1999)

A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.Dir: Andy WachowskiLana Wachowski With: Keanu ReevesLaurence FishburneCarrie-Anne Moss

4. Star Wars (1977) Star Wars (1977)

Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a wookiee and two droids to save the universe from the Empire’s world-destroying battle-station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader.Dir: George Lucas With: Mark HamillHarrison FordCarrie Fisher

5. Interstellar (2014) Interstellar (2014)

A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in space in an attempt to ensure humanity’s survival.Dir: Christopher Nolan With: Matthew McConaugheyAnne HathawayJessica Chastain

6. The Martian (2015) The Martian (2015)

During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive.Dir: Ridley Scott

7. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

A cyborg, identical to the one who failed to kill Sarah Connor, must now protect her young son, John Connor, from a more advanced cyborg, made out of liquid metal.Dir: James Cameron With: Arnold SchwarzeneggerLinda HamiltonEdward Furlong

8. Back to the Future (1985) Back to the Future (1985)

A young man is accidentally sent 30 years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his friend, Dr. Emmett Brown, and must make sure his high-school-age parents unite in order to save his own existence.Dir: Robert Zemeckis With: Michael J. FoxChristopher LloydLea Thompson

9. Alien (1979) Alien (1979)

The commercial vessel Nostromo receives a distress call from an unexplored planet. After searching for survivors, the crew heads home only to realize that a deadly bioform has joined them.Dir: Ridley Scott With: Sigourney WeaverTom SkerrittJohn Hurt

10. Lucia (2013) Lucia (2013)

A man suffering from insomnia is tricked into buying a drug, Lucia, that makes his desires come true in his dreams, blurring the line between fantasy and reality.Dir: Pawan Kumar With: Sathish NeenasamSruthi HariharanAchyuth Kumar

11. WALL·E (2008) WALL·E (2008)

In the distant future, a small waste collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind.Dir: Andrew Stanton With: Ben BurttElissa KnightJeff Garlin

12. Aliens (1986) Aliens (1986)

The planet from Alien has been colonized, but contact is lost. This time, the rescue team has impressive firepower, but will it be enough?Dir: James Cameron With: Sigourney WeaverMichael BiehnCarrie Henn

13. Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983)

After rescuing Han Solo from the palace of Jabba the Hutt, the rebels attempt to destroy the second Death Star, while Luke struggles to make Vader return from the dark side of the Force.Dir: Richard Marquand With: Mark HamillHarrison FordCarrie Fisher

14. A Clockwork Orange (1971) A Clockwork Orange (1971)

In future Britain, charismatic delinquent Alex DeLarge is jailed and volunteers for an experimental aversion therapy developed by the government in an effort to solve society’s crime problem – but not all goes according to plan.Dir: Stanley Kubrick With: Malcolm McDowellPatrick MageeMichael Bates

15. Ivan Vasilievich: Back to the Future (1973) Ivan Vasilievich: Back to the Future (1973)

Shurik Timofeev builds a working model of a time machine. By accident, Ivan Bunsha, an apartment complex manager…Dir: Leonid Gayday With: Yuriy YakovlevLeonid KuravlyovAleksandr Demyanenko

16. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

When their relationship turns sour, a couple undergoes a procedure to have each other erased from their memories. But it is only through the process of loss that they discover what they had to begin with.Dir: Michel Gondry With: Jim CarreyKate WinsletTom Wilkinson

17. PK (2014) PK (2014)

A stranger in the city asks questions no one has asked before. Known only by his initials, P.K.’s innocent questions and childlike curiosity will take him on a journey of love, laughter and letting-go.Dir: Rajkumar Hirani With: Aamir KhanAnushka SharmaSanjay Dutt.

18. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial, object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer H.A.L. 9000, sets off on a quest.Dir: Stanley Kubrick With: Keir DulleaGary LockwoodWilliam Sylvester

19. Metropolis (1927) Metropolis (1927)

In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city’s mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences.Dir: Fritz Lang With: Brigitte HelmAlfred AbelGustav Fröhlich

20. It's Such a Beautiful Day (2012) It’s Such a Beautiful Day (2012)

Bill struggles to put together his shattered psyche, in this new feature film version of Don Hertzfeldt’s animated short film trilogy.Dir: Don Hertzfeldt With: Don Hertzfeldt

21. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

A woman rebels against a tyrannical ruler in post apocalyptic Australia in search for her homeland with the help of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshiper, and a drifter named Max.Dir: George Miller With: Tom HardyCharlize TheronNicholas Hoult

22. Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion (1997) Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion (1997)

Concurrent theatrical ending of the TV series “Shin Seiki Evangelion” (1995).Dir: Hideaki AnnoKazuya Tsurumaki With: Megumi OgataMegumi HayashibaraYûko Miyamura

23. Blade Runner (1982) Blade Runner (1982)

A blade runner must pursue and try to terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space and have returned to Earth to find their creator.Dir: Ridley Scott With: Harrison FordRutger HauerSean Young

24. Kin-dza-dza! (1986) Kin-dza-dza! (1986)

Kin-Dza-Dza is something like an “advanced cyberpunk film”. It’s a lot about people and social structures…Dir: Georgiy Daneliya With: Stanislav LyubshinEvgeniy LeonovYuriy Yakovlev

25. Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn (1995) Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn (1995)

The universe is thrown into dimensional chaos as the dead come back to life. Now Goku and Vegeta must track down the cause of this uproar.Dir: Shigeyasu Yamauchi With: Masako NozawaRyô HorikawaTakeshi Kusao

26. Stalker (1979) Stalker (1979)

A guide leads two men through an area known as the Zone to find a room that grants wishes.Dir: Andrei Tarkovsky With: Alisa FreyndlikhAleksandr KaydanovskiyAnatoliy Solonitsyn

27. The Thing (1982) The Thing (1982)

Scientists in the Antarctic are confronted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of the people that it kills.Dir: John Carpenter With: Kurt RussellWilford BrimleyKeith David

28. The Avengers (2012) The Avengers (2012)

Earth’s mightiest heroes must come together and learn to fight as a team if they are to stop the mischievous Loki and his alien army from enslaving humanity.Dir: Joss Whedon With: Robert Downey Jr.Chris EvansScarlett Johansson

29. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984) Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)

Warrior/pacifist Princess Nausicaä desperately struggles to prevent two warring nations from destroying themselves and their dying planet.Dir: Hayao Miyazaki With: Sumi ShimamotoMahito TsujimuraHisako Kyôda

30. The Zohar Secret (2015) The Zohar Secret (2015)

Max finds himself in possession of an ancient scroll that describes the entire history of humankind from beginning to end. Seeking to use the information for his own gain, Max triggers the mechanism that begins influencing his own life.Dir: Vladek Zankovsky With: Israel Sasha DemidovIrina BarinovaHenry David

31. The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya (2010) The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya (2010)

On December 18, Kyon finds that several traces of the SOS Brigade have mysteriously disappeared from his life…Dir: Tatsuya IshiharaYasuhiro Takemoto With: Aya HiranoTomokazu SugitaMinori Chihara

32. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

A group of intergalactic criminals are forced to work together to stop a fanatical warrior from taking control of the universe.Dir: James Gunn With: Chris PrattVin DieselBradley Cooper

33. Donnie Darko (2001) Donnie Darko (2001)

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.Dir: Richard Kelly With: Jake GyllenhaalJena MaloneMary McDonnell

34. Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance (2009) Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance (2009)

Under constant attack by Angels, NERV introduces two new pilots: the mysterious Makinami Mari Illustrous and the intense Asuka Langley Shikinami…Dir: MasayukiKazuya Tsurumaki With: Kotono MitsuishiMegumi OgataMegumi Hayashibara

35. Solaris (1972) Solaris (1972)

A psychologist is sent to a station orbiting a distant planet in order to discover what has caused the crew to go insane.Dir: Andrei Tarkovsky With: Natalya BondarchukDonatas BanionisJüri Järvet

36. Jurassic Park (1993) Jurassic Park (1993)

During a preview tour, a theme park suffers a major power breakdown that allows its cloned dinosaur exhibits to run amok.Dir: Steven Spielberg With: Sam NeillLaura DernJeff Goldblum

37. Akira (1988) Akira (1988)

A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psionic psychopath that only two kids and a group of psionics can stop.Dir: Katsuhiro Ôtomo With: Nozomu SasakiMami KoyamaMitsuo Iwata

38. Twelve Monkeys (1995) Twelve Monkeys (1995)

In a future world devastated by disease, a convict is sent back in time to gather information about the man-made virus that wiped out most of the human population on the planet.Dir: Terry Gilliam With: Bruce WillisMadeleine StoweBrad Pitt

39. Telling Tales (2015) Telling Tales (2015)

The story of a minibus driver and a fairytale princesss nestling under the wing of timeless friendship in an ordinary neighborhood.Dir: Burak Aksak With: Hande DogandemirFatih ArtmanCengiz Bozkurt

40. The Terminator (1984) The Terminator (1984)

A human-looking indestructible cyborg is sent from 2029 to 1984 to assassinate a waitress, whose unborn son will lead humanity in a war against the machines, while a soldier from that war is sent to protect her at all costs.Dir: James Cameron With: Arnold SchwarzeneggerLinda HamiltonMichael Biehn

41. The War Game (1965) The War Game (1965)

The War Game is a fictional, worst-case-scenario docu-drama about nuclear war and its aftermath in and around a typical English city…Dir: Peter Watkins With: Michael AspelPeter GrahamKathy Staff

42. X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants.Dir: Bryan Singer With: Patrick StewartIan McKellenHugh Jackman

43. The Face of Another (1966) The Face of Another (1966)

A businessman with a disfigured face obtains a lifelike mask from his doctor, but the mask starts altering his personality.Dir: Hiroshi Teshigahara With: Tatsuya NakadaiMikijirô HiraKyôko Kishida

44. Star Trek (2009) Star Trek (2009)

The brash James T. Kirk tries to live up to his father’s legacy with Mr. Spock keeping him in check as a vengeful, time-traveling Romulan creates black holes to destroy the Federation one planet at a time.Dir: J.J. Abrams With: Chris PineZachary QuintoSimon Pegg

45. Ghost in the Shell 2.0 (2008) Ghost in the Shell 2.0 (2008)

A hacker known as the Puppet Master is hunted by a female cyborg cop and her partner. This film is a revised version of Ghost in the Shell.Dir: Mamoru Oshii With: Atsuko TanakaAkio ÔtsukaKôichi Yamadera

46. Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' (2015) Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ (2015)

One peaceful day on Earth, two remnants of Frieza’s army named Sorbet and Tagoma arrive searching for the Dragon Balls with the aim of reviving Frieza. They succeed, and Frieza subsequently seeks revenge on the Saiyans.Dir: Tadayoshi Yamamuro With: Masako NozawaRyô HorikawaHiromi Tsuru

47. Brazil (1985) Brazil (1985)

A bureaucrat in a retro-future world tries to correct an administrative error and himself becomes an enemy of the state.Dir: Terry Gilliam With: Jonathan PryceKim GreistRobert De Niro

48. Her (2013) Her (2013)

A lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with his newly purchased operating system that’s designed to meet his every need.Dir: Spike Jonze With: Joaquin PhoenixAmy AdamsScarlett Johansson

49. Ghost in the Shell (1995) Ghost in the Shell (1995)

A female cyborg cop and her partner hunt a mysterious and powerful hacker called the Puppet Master.Dir: Mamoru Oshii With: Atsuko TanakaIemasa KayumiAkio Ôtsuka

50. District 9 (2009) District 9 (2009)

An extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth suddenly finds a kindred spirit in a government agent who is exposed to their biotechnology.Dir: Neill Blomkamp With: Sharlto CopleyDavid JamesJason Cope



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