The 25 Best Sci-Fi Movies of the Last 25 Years by ScreenCrush

"To create this ranking of the 25 best sci-fi movies of the last 25 years, the staff of ScreenCrush first assembled an enormous (and thus very poorly named) shortlist of contenders that included almost every science-fiction film released since 1991. (Seriously, everything was on it. Freaking ‘Sphere’ was on it.) Each writer picked their 25 favorites from that shortlist; from there, a second round of voting determined the final order of the list you’re about to read."

- ScreenCrush


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Detractions

  1. Limited to ~25 years or less (-60)
  2. Genre slant (-25)

Films (25)

1. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Directed by Michel Gondry | R | 108 min | 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.

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2. Her

Directed by Spike Jonze | R | 126 min | 2013|

A lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with his newly-purchased operating system that's designed to meet his every need.

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3. Jurassic Park

Directed by Steven Spielberg | PG-13 | 127 min | 1993|

During a preview tour, a theme park suffers a major power breakdown that allows its cloned dinosaur exhibits to run amok.

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4. Children of Men

Directed by Alfonso Cuarón | R | 109 min | 2006|

In 2027, in a chaotic world in which women have become somehow infertile, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea.

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5. The Matrix

Directed by Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski | R | 136 min | 1999|

A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.

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6. Looper

Directed by Rian Johnson | R | 119 min | 2012|

In 2074, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, the target is sent into the past, where a hired gun awaits - someone like Joe - who one day learns the mob wants to 'close the loop' by sending back Joe's future self for assassination.

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7. Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Directed by James Cameron | R | 137 min | 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.

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8. Edge of Tomorrow

Directed by Doug Liman | PG-13 | 113 min | 2014|

A soldier fighting aliens gets to relive the same day over and over again, the day restarting every time he dies.

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9. Inception

Directed by Christopher Nolan | PG-13 | 148 min | 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.

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10. Contact

Directed by Robert Zemeckis | PG | 150 min | 1997|

Dr. Ellie Arroway, after years of searching, finds conclusive radio proof of intelligent aliens, who send plans for a mysterious machine.

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11. Snowpiercer

Directed by Joon-ho Bong | R | 126 min | 2013|

Set in a future where a failed climate-change experiment kills all life on the planet except for a lucky few who boarded the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe, where a class system emerges.

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12. Moon

Directed by Duncan Jones | R | 97 min | 2009|

Astronaut Sam Bell has a quintessentially personal encounter toward the end of his three-year stint on the Moon, where he, working alongside his computer, GERTY, sends back to Earth parcels of a resource that has helped diminish our planet's power problems.

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13. WALL·E

Directed by Andrew Stanton | G | 98 min | 2008|

In the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind.

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14. The World's End

Directed by Edgar Wright | R | 109 min | 2013|

Five friends who reunite in an attempt to top their epic pub crawl from twenty years earlier unwittingly become humanity's only hope for survival.

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15. Attack the Block

Directed by Joe Cornish | R | 88 min | 2011|

A teen gang in South London defend their block from an alien invasion.

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16. Guardians of the Galaxy

Directed by James Gunn | PG-13 | 121 min | 2014|

A group of intergalactic criminals are forced to work together to stop a fanatical warrior from taking control of the universe.

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17. Minority Report

Directed by Steven Spielberg | PG-13 | 145 min | 2002|

In a future where a special police unit is able to arrest murderers before they commit their crimes, an officer from that unit is himself accused of a future murder.

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18. Sunshine

Directed by Danny Boyle | R | 107 min | 2007|

A team of international astronauts are sent on a dangerous mission to reignite the dying Sun with a nuclear fission bomb in 2057.

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19. Galaxy Quest

Directed by Dean Parisot | PG | 102 min | 1999|

The alumni cast of a space opera television series have to play their roles as the real thing when an alien race needs their help.

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20. District 9

Directed by Neill Blomkamp | R | 112 min | 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.

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21. A.I. Artificial Intelligence

Directed by Steven Spielberg | PG-13 | 146 min | 2001|

A highly advanced robotic boy longs to become "real" so that he can regain the love of his human mother.

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22. Gravity

Directed by Alfonso Cuarón | PG-13 | 91 min | 2013|

A medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after an accident leaves them adrift in space.

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23. Primer

Directed by Shane Carruth | PG-13 | 77 min | 2004|

Four friends/fledgling entrepreneurs, knowing that there's something bigger and more innovative than the different error-checking devices they've built, wrestle over their new invention.

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24. Gattaca

Directed by Andrew Niccol | PG-13 | 106 min | 1997|

A genetically inferior man assumes the identity of a superior one in order to pursue his lifelong dream of space travel.

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25. Under the Skin

Directed by Jonathan Glazer | R | 108 min | 2013|

A mysterious woman seduces lonely men in the evening hours in Scotland. Events lead her to begin a process of self-discovery.

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