Science fiction movies stretch human imagination to the limit. They provide a glimpse of what may be possible in future. Be it human clones, alien invasions, cyborgs or interstellar travels, the themes that sci-fi movies have explored is mind-boggling. Here is a list of the some of the greatest science fiction movies to date.
This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

Ranked: Greatest Science Fiction Movies of All Time

1.The Matrix (1999)
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11
The Matrix
R
36
11

Thomas Anderson, a computer programmer, is led to fight an underground war against powerful computers who have constructed his entire reality with a system called the Matrix.

Directed By:
Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski
Awards:
MTV Movie & TV Award for Best Male Performance, MTV Movie & TV Award for Best Fight
2.Interstellar (2014)
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13
Interstellar
PG-13
34
13

In a post-apocalyptic Earth menaced by crop blights and dust storms, physicist Professor Brand sends a team of researchers led by former NASA pilot Cooper to carry frozen human embryos onboard spacecraft Endurance through a wormhole to a distant galaxy with three potentially habitable planets which can be the new home for the human race.

Directed By:
3.Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
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4
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
TV-14
31
4

Set eleven years after The Terminator, the sequel witnesses the return of a revamped version of the titular cyborg to protect John, 10-year-old son of Sarah Connor and future leader of the human resistance against a robot uprising. He must protect the mother-child duo from another more advanced shape-shifting Terminator that has been sent to kill them.

Directed By:
Awards:
MTV Movie & TV Award for Best Male Performance, MTV Movie & TV Award for Best Female Performance, MTV Movie & TV Award for Most Desirable Female
4.The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
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11
The Dark Knight Rises
PG-13
28
11

Christopher Nolan concludes his The Dark Knight trilogy featuring DC superhero Batman by bringing him back from self-imposed exile to tackle the merciless mercenary Bane, who plans to take over Gotham city by controlling its dark underworld, with the help of the mysterious cat burglar Selina Kyle and his trusted butler Alfred.

Directed By:
5.A Clockwork Orange (1971)
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7
A Clockwork Orange
R
19
7

Savage convict Alex DeLange volunteers for an experimental trial, to change his conduct, but the experiment doesn't exactly turn out the way it was planned. Based in future Britain, A Clockwork Orange highlights issues like youth gangs, psychiatry, and more, through disturbing visuals and violence.

Starring:
Directed By:
6.Jurassic Park (1993)
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6
Jurassic Park
PG-13
26
6

Dr Alan Grant and Dr. Ellie Sattler are amongst the group of expert invited by John Hammond to visit his theme park where cloned dinosaurs are the highlight. However, the tour goes wrong when a storms sets in and an employee shuts down the power leaving the man eating dinosaurs to roam around freely. Alan has to ensure a safe return for himself and Hammond’s two grandchildren.

Directed By:
7.The Terminator (1984)
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4
The Terminator
R
23
4

In this James Cameron’s science fiction film, a cyborg assassin and a human soldier, both from 2029, are sent to 1984 on a mission. The former is programmed to kill a woman, Sarah Connor, whose unborn son is supposed to become the saviour of humanity in post-apocalyptic future. The latter, meanwhile, is tasked to save her.

 

Directed By:
8.The Martian (2015)
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6
The Martian
PG-13
23
6

Adapted from Andy Weir’s 2011 novel of the same name, the film portrays the struggle of an astronaut, Mark Watney, after he gets left behind by his crew who think he died in a powerful storm. He strives to survive on Mars and uses scientific wisdom to send signals to earth. Meanwhile a team of international scientists collaborate to bring him back to earth

Directed By:
Awards:
Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
9.Her (2013)
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Her
R
19
6

Theodore Twombly is a highly sensitive loner whose professional qualification is writing soulful personal letters for others. Depressed over his impending divorce, he decides to install the latest artificially intelligent operating system Samantha, which has a bright voice and a consciousness. He begins to doubt himself as he gradually develops a romantic relationship with his AI assistant.

Directed By:
Awards:
Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Screenplay, Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
11.Planet of the Apes (1968)
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3
Planet of the Apes
G
13
3

A spaceship crash lands into an unknown planet. Three astronauts think that the planet has no intelligent life form. However, they soon come across a much more advanced society of apes that rule the planet. Humans, in this planet are reduced to slaves and are locked up. Astronaut Taylor has to escape to save his life but he comes across a startling discovery about the planet itself.

Directed By:
Franklin J. Schaffner
13.Back to the Future Part II (1989)
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9
Back to the Future Part II
PG
16
9

This science fiction film is sequel to the 1985 film Back to the Future. Doc convinces Marty McFly and his girlfriend Jennifer to go to the future in 2015, where Marty poses as his future son to save him from imprisonment. However, they return to a nightmarish 1985 in which Biff Tannen has become wealthy thanks to a sports almanac from the future, prompting the duo to go back to 1955.

Directed By:
Robert Zemeckis
14.Mr. Nobody (2009)
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5
Mr. Nobody
R
11
5

In 2092, Nemo Nobody, a 118-year-old man, is the last mortal on earth while the rest have achieved immortality. In an interview, he recounts the dilemma a young nine year old Nemo faced when he had to choose between accompanying his mother or staying behind with his father after their divorce. The film explores all the lives that Nemo could lead based on this one decision.

Directed By:
Jaco Van Dormael
15.Frankenstein (1931)
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2
Frankenstein
10
2

Frankenstein is a science fiction horror film which is based on the novel by Mary Shelley. It revolves around a scientist named Henry Frankenstein, who is obsessed with creating human life. Along with his assistant, he manages to gather parts from freshly buried bodies, but ends up getting a damaged brain. Eventually, he succeeds in bringing the creature to life, although he is unaware that its brain is damaged.

Directed By:
James Whale
16.Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
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3
Bride of Frankenstein
8
3

The first sequel to the 1931 film Frankenstein, the story follows Henry Frankenstein, who is thought to have died, but is actually alive and reunited with his fiancée. Although he decides to abandon his attempt to create life, his old mentor soon coerce him into creating a mate for the Monster and he succumbs to it, initially unwilling. 

Directed By:
James Whale
17.Gravity (2013)
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Gravity
PG-13
18
7

Astronauts Dr. Ryan Stone and Matt Kowalski are left stranded in outer space while aboard a NASA space shuttle, due to flying debris from a Russian attack. Gravity is the saga of their survival against all odds.

Directed By:
Awards:
People's Choice Award for Favorite Movie Duo, Academy Award for Best Achievement in Directing, Academy Award for Best Achievement in Film Editing, Golden Globe Award for Best Director - Motion Picture
18.Minority Report (2002)
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6
Minority Report
PG-13
14
6

Loosely based on Philip K. Dick’s 1954 short story, the movie is set in 2054 Washington where specialised police arrests murderers before they actually kill someone. Helping the police are three psychics or precogs who can predict these murders. John Anderton works for this special police force but when one day, he is identified as a future killer, he is forced to escape to prove his innocence.

Directed By:
19.Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)
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4
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
PG-13
15
4

In this reboot version of the Planet of the Apes series, scientist Will Rodman’s experimental drug for the cure of Alzheimer's disease gives human-like intelligence and emotions to a chimpanzee, Caesar. When Caesar is separated from Will and imprisoned with other apes, he gives the same drug to the them and begins an uprising against humanity.

Directed By:
Rupert Wyatt
20.Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)
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4
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
PG-13
12
4

One of the highest-grossing films of 2014, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes follows the lives of a group of people who struggle to survive after a deadly global pandemic wipes out most of humanity, giving the apes—led by Caesar—an upper hand. 

Directed By:
Matt Reeves
21.RoboCop (1987)
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3
RoboCop
R
13
3

RoboCop is a science fiction dystopian action film which takes us to a future Detroit, a city infested with crime. The film tells the story of a police officer named Alex Murphy, who gets murdered by a gang of criminals. However, he returns to life with the help of a mega-corporation named Omni Consumer Products, as a powerful cyborg law enforcer RoboCop. However, he is unaware of his former life.

Starring:
Directed By:
Paul Verhoeven
22.The Fly (1986)
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4
The Fly
R
13
4

Scientist Seth Brundle is able to transport living matter from one pod to another using his 'telepods'. Unfortunately, during one experiment he accidentally transports a fly along with himself, fusing them on a genetic level. From then on the movie follows the horrific disintegration of Seth’s psyche and his physical transformation into a massive fly. 

Directed By:
23.The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)
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4
The Incredible Shrinking Man
Not Rated
8
4

The Incredible Shrinking Man is a science fiction horror film which revolves around a businessman named Scott, who is on a vacation by boat, along with his wife Louise. Things get ugly when he is exposed to harmful chemicals, which causes him to shrink in size. As he continues to grow smaller and smaller, survival becomes difficult for him.

24.The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)
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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
PG-13
15
7

An uprising erupts after Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark are announced co-winners of the 74th Hunger Games. Furious, President Snow visits her ahead of the Victory Tour and warns her of dire consequences if she fails to convince the crowds that she has chosen to die with Peeta out of love, and not to defy him.

Directed By:
Francis Lawrence
Awards:
MTV Movie & TV Award for Best Female Performance, MTV Movie & TV Award for Best Male Performance
25.Back to the Future Part III (1990)
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Back to the Future Part III
PG
13
6

In the final movie in the Back to the Future trilogy, Marty McFly, stuck in 1955, learns about the death of his friend Dr. Emmett Doc Brown in 1885. To save his friend, he travel backs in time in the DeLorean car and convinces Doc to return to the present. However, DeLorean is damaged and the Doc falls for a local woman.

Directed By:
Robert Zemeckis
26.Upgrade (2018)
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Upgrade
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9
4

Grey is a car mechanic living at a time in the future, where technology controls nearly all aspects of life. He is a technophobe who doesn’t want to be dependent on technology. However, after his wife dies, and he is left injured, all he wants is revenge against the men who are responsible. He is soon visited by a man who convinces him to get a chip implanted into his body, which would not only let him walk, but also turn him into a deadly and efficient fighter.

27.The Time Machine (1960)
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The Time Machine
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2

The sci-fi film set in the England of Victorian era follows scientist George Wells as he creates a time machine that takes him thousands of years ahead. But what he finds is not the Utopian society that he envisioned; instead, he is shocked to discover a benign, mild race of vegetarian Elois who are preyed upon by cannibalistic, ferocious Morlocks, living underground.  

Starring:
Rod Taylor, Alan Young
Directed By:
George Pal
28.Cloud Atlas (2012)
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4
Cloud Atlas
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10
4

The science-fiction drama intertwines six interconnected storylines spread over multiple eras of time. Cloud Atlas portrays the reincarnation of souls through time and explores the ripple effect caused by the consequences of actions and kindness through time and space. It remains one of the most expensive independent movies ever made. 

Starring:
Tom Hanks, Susan Sarandon, Hugh Grant, Halle Berry, Bae Doona, Keith David, Ben Whishaw
Directed By:
Tom Tykwer, Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski
29.Tenet (2020)
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Tenet
PG-13
12
6

Directed by the renowned Christopher Nolan, Tenet is a mind-bending science-fiction action thriller film which revolves around a special agent who is sent on a mission armed with only one word as his weapon. He must travel through time as well as bend the laws of nature in order to succeed in his mission, which involves stopping a Third World War from erupting.  

Starring:
Kenneth Branagh, Dimple Kapadia, John David Washington, Clémence Poésy, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki
30.Equilibrium (2002)
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5
Equilibrium
R
11
5

Following World War III, the totalitarian government in control of the whole world outlaws basic human feelings in order to prevent future wars. John Preston, a high-ranking Cleric who tracks down and executes Sense Offenders, accidentally misses his daily dose of Prozium, a drug to suppress emotions, and gradually becomes involved in the Underground resistance against the government.

Starring:
Emily Watson, Taye Diggs, Dominic Purcell, Christian Bale, Sean Bean
Directed By:
Kurt Wimmer
31.Ready Player One (2018)
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Ready Player One
PG-13
11
6

This Steven Spielberg’s science-fiction and action-adventure film, set in 2045, revolves around a contest devised to find an heir by the eccentric genius James Halliday, the creator of virtual reality universe, OASIS. When young Wade Watts takes up the challenge to hunt that digital Easter Egg, he finds himself facing terrifying dangers and enigmatic discoveries in an incredible universe.

Starring:
Ben Mendelsohn, Simon Pegg
Directed By:
32.Ant-Man (2015)
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Ant-Man
PG-13
14
8

Released from prison, Scott Lang finds it difficult to get a job and is prohibited from seeing his daughter by his ex-wife. Scientist Hank Pym lures him with a heist tip-off, and encourages him to don a special suit to become Ant-Man, gaining superhuman strength and shrinking ability. However, he must undertake a daunting heist to save the world.

Starring:
Michael Douglas, Bobby Cannavale, Wood Harris, Tom Kenny, Paul Rudd, John Slattery, Corey Stoll
Directed By:
Peyton Reed
33.Okja (2017)
8
4
Okja
TV-MA
8
4

Mija, a South Korean mountain-girl, raises a fascinating but loving beast and her friend of 10-years, Okja. But Miranda Corporation, a multinational firm, claims Okja as its own and takes her to New York. With only one aim of rescuing Okja, Mija follows them but encounters many incongruent groups having their own agenda regarding Okja’s future. Can Mija get her friend back?

Starring:
Jake Gyllenhaal, Tilda Swinton, Devon Bostick, Lily Collins, Steven Yeun
Directed By:
Joon-ho Bong
34.Village of the Damned (1960)
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3
Village of the Damned
Not Rated
7
3

In a small British village named Midwich, the people fall unconscious suddenly without any apparent reason. A few months later, every young woman who is capable of child-bearing, gets pregnant. However, the children that are born at the same time, also seem quite strange, having penetrating eyes. As they continue to grow, it becomes clear that they also possess telepathic abilities. Professor Gordon, whose wife also gave birth to one of the children, attends a meeting with the British Intelligence in order to discuss the problem.

35.The Hunger Games (2012)
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The Hunger Games
PG-13
16
7

The movie is based on the eponymous novel by Suzanne Collins and is the first in The Hunger Games film series. In a fictional nation of Panem, in a dystopian post-apocalyptic future, Katniss Everdeen willingly replaces her sister in a televised competition wherein two teenagers from each of the twelve districts of the nation are selected as ‘tributes’ and compelled to fight to the death.

Starring:
Paula Malcomson, Josh Hutcherson, Alexander Ludwig, Jennifer Lawrence, Isabelle Fuhrman, Liam Hemsworth, Jack Quaid
Directed By:
Gary Ross
Awards:
MTV Movie & TV Award for Best Female Performance, MTV Movie & TV Award for Best Fight, People's Choice Award for Favorite Face of Heroism, People's Choice Award for Favorite On-Screen Chemistry, MTV Movie & TV Award for Best On-Screen Transformation, MTV Movie & TV Award for Best Male Performance
36.I Am Legend (2007)
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I Am Legend
PG-13
16
7

A deadly virus has wiped out most of the humanity and turned the rest into nocturnal mutants. Robert Neville, a virologist, is perhaps the sole survivor. He desperately seeks to create a cure and looks out for other survivors even as the infected wait for him to make a mistake.

Starring:
Will Smith, Emma Thompson, Willow Smith
Directed By:
Francis Lawrence
Awards:
MTV Movie & TV Award for Best Male Performance
37.Artificial Intelligence: AI (2001)
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4
Artificial Intelligence: AI
PG-13
11
4

David Swinton is a mecha—highly advanced robotprogrammed to experience love. He lives with Henry and Monica as their son because the couple’s real son, Martin, is in a comatose condition. David’s life is good but when Martin returns, the couple abandon him. David now wants to become real so that his human mother can love him.

Starring:
Jude Law, Robin Williams, Meryl Streep, Ben Kingsley, Chris Rock, Adrian Grenier, Haley Joel Osment
Directed By:
38.The Mist (2007)
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5
The Mist
R
10
5

The small town of Maine is hit by a severe thunderstorm. The next day a thick mist engulfs the town. As David Drayton, his son and neighbour visit a supermarket, they realise that vicious otherworldly creatures hide behind The Mist. Trapped in the store, David and others have to survive the attacks of frightening creatures. But then, there is disputes amidst survivors too.

Starring:
Thomas Jane, Andre Braugher
Directed By:
Frank Darabont
39.A Quiet Place Part II (2020)
9
4
A Quiet Place Part II
PG-13
9
4

This post apocalyptic science fiction horror film revolves around the Abbot family as they try to survive after the entire world is attacked by deadly and powerful creatures that are blind but are quite sensitive to sound. After Lee Abbott passes away, along with her children, his wife Evelyn Abbott sets out to look for other survivors. They soon meet an old friend named Emmet, who has also lost his family, but refuses to help them out of cynicism.

Starring:
Cillian Murphy, John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Noah Jupe
40.Coherence (2013)
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4
Coherence
Not Rated
8
4

Mike and Lee prepare for a dinner party at their home, along with six of their friends. However, due to the malevolent influence of a passing comet, they soon start to experience a strange troubling chain of events, which start with a power outage.  

41.20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)
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3
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
9
3

In 1866, Professor Pierre M Aronnax and his assistant come across reports of a giant sea monster that is attacking ships in the Pacific Ocean. They are asked to investigate the disappearances, and therefore they set out on an expedition. But soon they discover that the monster is actually an advanced submarine, the Nautilus, commanded by Captain Nemo.   

Starring:
Kirk Douglas, Peter Lorre, James Mason, Charles Grodin
Directed By:
Richard Fleischer
42.Dredd (2012)
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Dredd
R
12
7

This 3D science-fiction action film is set in a crime-ridden futuristic metropolis, Mega City One, where Judge Dredd, a dreaded police-officer with instant field judiciary powers, has sworn to rid the city of crime. Along with Judge Anderson, a trainee assistant with psychic abilities, he takes on the drug-lord Ma-Ma, who runs the racket of the reality-altering drug Slo-Mo.  

Starring:
Lena Headey, Karl Urban, Wood Harris
Directed By:
Pete Travis
43.Melancholia (2011)
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4
Melancholia
R
8
4

The second installment of Lars von Trier’s Depression Trilogy, Melancholia follows the two sisters Justine and Claire. The severely depressed Justine and the fearful Claire must come to terms with their destinies as a rogue planet named Melancholia heads on a direct collision course towards Earth.

Starring:
Kirsten Dunst, John Hurt, Kiefer Sutherland, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Udo Kier, Charlotte Rampling
Directed By:
44.Never Let Me Go (2010)
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4
Never Let Me Go
R
7
4

The dystopian tragedy depicts the story of three friends Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy. As they grow up in an idyllic boarding school, they find out they are destined to be organ donors and will die in their early adulthood. Human emotions of love, jealousy, and hope come to play as they try unsuccessfully to avoid their fate. 

Starring:
Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield, Charlotte Rampling
Directed By:
Mark Romanek
45.Escape from New York (1981)
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4
Escape from New York
R
11
4

In an alternate reality, Manhattan Island in New York City has been converted into a maximum security prison following a 400% increase in crime in the United States. When Air Force One is hijacked and the President is crash-landed into the island, former Special Forces soldier and convicted robber, Snake Plissken, is coerced into launching a rescue initiative.

Starring:
Adrienne Barbeau, John Carpenter, Jamie Lee Curtis, Ernest Borgnine, Donald Pleasence, Kurt Russell, Harry Dean Stanton
Directed By:
46.A Scanner Darkly (2006)
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4
A Scanner Darkly
R
8
4

In a near-future America where one-fifth of the population is addicted to the drain damaging drug, Substance D, Bob Arctor works as an undercover agent known only by his codename 'Fred'. As Bob himself becomes addicted and schizophrenic while trying to cozy up with drug dealer Donna, Fred's senior officer orders him to begin invasive surveillance on Bob.

Starring:
Winona Ryder, Robert Downey Jr., Keanu Reeves, Woody Harrelson
Directed By:
Richard Linklater
47.WarGames (1983)
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3
WarGames
PG
9
3

Pentagon has fully automated its missile launch control centers in order to eliminate risky human element in the event of an actual war. Meanwhile, two computer savvy high school students are searching for interesting games, eventually coming across something called "Global Thermonuclear War".  They somehow hack into the site and start playing, not realizing their action can lead to WWIII. 

Starring:
Matthew Broderick, William H. Macy, Ally Sheedy
Directed By:
John Badham
48.Black Mirror: Bandersnatch (2018)
7
4
Black Mirror: Bandersnatch
TV-MA
7
4

Black Mirror: Bandersnatch is an interactive science fiction film which was released on the streaming service platform Netflix.  The film tells the story of a young programmer who is working to develop a video game. However, he soon finds himself questioning reality.  

Starring:
Will Poulter
Directed By:
David Slade
49.The Fly (1958)
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4
The Fly
7
4

The Fly is a science fiction horror drama film which tells the story of Andre, a scientist, who invents a teleportation device. However, things take an ugly turn and he meets with a terrible accident, as a fly enters his device.  This transforms him into a strange creature, which is a human-fly hybrid.

Starring:
Vincent Price
Directed By:
Kurt Neumann
50.Time After Time (1979)
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4
Time After Time
PG
6
4

Time after Time is an adventure science fiction film which tells the story of HG Wells, British author, who uses his time machine to pursue a serial murderer into the 20th century.

Starring:
Corey Feldman, Malcolm McDowell, Mary Steenburgen
Directed By:
Nicholas Meyer
51.Chronicle (2012)
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5
Chronicle
PG-13
9
5

Chronicle is the story of three high school friends of different temperaments and backgrounds, who inexplicably discover telekinetic abilities which bring them superpowers. Initially they use it to their advantage and for fun, but soon they get caught in the whirl of those powers that bring out their darker side to the surface, testing them and their friendship. 

Starring:
Michael B. Jordan, Dane DeHaan
Directed By:
Josh Trank
52.The Adjustment Bureau (2011)
8
5
The Adjustment Bureau
PG-13
8
5

Up-and-coming US Congressman David Norris discovers that human destiny is being controlled by supernatural agents of fate called the Adjustment Bureau. Against their plans, he meets a young Ballet dancer Elise and falls in love. David and Elise must escape being reset by the Bureau which will take all of their memories away. 

Starring:
Jon Stewart, Anthony Mackie, Matt Damon, John Slattery, Emily Blunt
Directed By:
George Nolfi
53.Soylent Green (1973)
8
3
Soylent Green
TV-MA
8
3

Soylent Green is a dystopian thriller film which takes us to a future where the world is suffering from the greenhouse effect as well as overpopulation. The story revolves around a detective investigating the murder of the CEO of a big company. 

Starring:
Edward G. Robinson, Dick Van Patten, Charlton Heston
Directed By:
Richard Fleischer
54.Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959)
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3
Journey to the Center of the Earth
G
8
3

Journey to the Center of the Earth is a science fiction adventure film which revolves around a geologist and his assistant who decide to go on an expedition to find the center of the Earth. The travel to a volcano in Iceland, from where they plan to begin their journey. Two other people decide to join them, but problem arises when a rival scientist decides to follow them as well.

Starring:
Pat Boone, James Mason
Directed By:
Henry Levin
55.Charly (1968)
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5
Charly
PG
7
5

Charly is a science fiction drama film which tells the story of an intellectually disabled man, Charly, who is attending night school, as well as working at the local bakery as a janitor. His teacher Alice makes him take part in an experiment which gives him the intelligence of a super-genius. He not only surpasses Alice, but also the scientists who had conducted the experiment on him. However, it seems that his intelligence is not everlasting, as after some time, it starts to fade away. 

Starring:
Cliff Robertson, Dick Van Patten
Directed By:
Ralph Nelson
Awards:
Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role