10 Best Science Fiction Movies Of All Time

POSTED BY Faizan Ali, UPDATED ON April 3rd, 2023
10 Best Science Fiction Movies of All Time

Futuristic science, aliens from outer space, complex technology, advanced scientific exploration, parallel universe, and time travel – the science fiction genre has always amused the human mind. When it comes to science fiction books and literature, Jules Verne and H.G. Wells take the lead but multimedia and Hollywood aren’t too far behind having a class of their own. Here is a list of unarguably the ten best science fiction movies of all time:


10. Alien (1979)

Nothing says science fiction like some good old aliens. Extra-terrestrials, UFOs, and their sightings have forever thrilled the hearts of science fiction fans around the world but this film does not take the cake – it snatches it!

Filled with murder, gore, and horror; Sir Ridley Scott gave all he could to the world of science fiction with this masterpiece.


9. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is a heat-tending science fictional movie between a kid and a creature he finds in his backyard. Not just a creature; a creature from out of this world, literally.

Elliott finds a stray alien in his backyard who he decides to keep and become friends with. An odd choice for friendship but the two soon gain mutual respect and love for each other before leaving for his home planet.


8. Avatar (2009)

If there is a movie worth watching again in a cinema, it is undoubtedly Avatar. Directed by James Cameron; the film currently holds the reputation of being the highest-grossing movie of all time.

Trust me when I say that the director is not bragging nor bluffing when he claims that it is “the highest tech film in terms of its execution” because the blue monkeys alone are enough to experience a 3D experience.


7. Terminator (1984)

Nothing completes a list of top science fiction movies like The Terminator. Starring the one and only Arnold Schwarzenegger, the film has forever cemented its reputation as possibly being the greatest science fiction movie of all time.

Filled with violence, rage, and adult content; the film captures Schwarzenegger’s capability of being a ruthless destruction machine.


6. Blade Runner (1982)

Directed by Ridley Scott and set in a futuristic setting, the world has changed and so has the very acting of Harrison Ford as Los Angeles Police Department agent, Rick Deckard that utilizes his wit and skills to hunt down and dismiss androids known as Replicants.

The film revolves around suspense, fear, and tragedies mixed together in the strange world of science fiction at its best.


5. The Matrix (1999)

A movie that certainly needs no introduction. Perhaps the most recognizable and familiar move to all the fans of science fiction. With the help of Warner Bros. Pictures, Andy and Larry Wachowski created an absolute masterpiece that truly captivates the audience to look at it without even a blink of an eye.

The movie revolves around Thomas A. Anderson; better known as Neo (Keanu Reeves) who is an expert computer programmer, exceptional hacker, and “The One” to end the world at war. Equipped with martial arts, futuristic gadgets, the environment, advanced scientific display, and many twists, the film has left its mark as one of the greatest science fiction films of all time.


4. Jurassic Park (1993)

Surprised to see this on the list? The movie still has a lot of value and contains one of the most original ideas ever conceived by the human mind.

Based on the novel of the same name written by Michael Crichton, Jurassic Park revolves around the concept of dinosaurs walking on the earth again. Is it possible? Can species once extinct walk the earth again? John Hammond (Richard Attenborough) certainly believes so. As the CEO of InGen and the mastermind behind operations in Jurassic Park, Hammond is determined to bring dinosaurs back to life and succeeds as he discovers the creatures’ DNA preserved in a fossilized mosquito.

Combining DNA with grog, dinosaurs – very much alive – roam the earth again to be once again on the top of the food chain.


3. Back to the Future (1985)

Undoubtedly the best time-traveling flick of all time. Teenage slacker Marty McFly (Michael J Fox) goes back thirty years in time thanks to the Delorian time machine invented by his eccentric friend, Dr. Emmet Brown (Christopher Lloyd). Worried about returning to his own time, things get complicated when his then-teenage mother falls in love with him without the knowledge of the latter being her son from the future.

Destined to make things the way they were, Marty realizes that he must somehow make his teenage mother fall in love with his then-teenage father otherwise he and his siblings would be erased from existence. The movie is filled with thrills and adventure and takes time to travel to a whole new level.


2. Inception (2010)

Who said dreams are not real? Not Christopher Nolan. The great director surely outdid himself with the release of this magnificent and creative artwork.

The movie revolves around a corporate spy, Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio), and his mission to “step foot” in the dreams of his victims. The movie takes science fiction to a whole new level with cobble engineering – the science of entering the dreams of patients while they are asleep.

If you think that’s big, you are surely in for a whole lot more as Cobb enters dreams three times to implant an idea in the mind of his victim to see his beloved children again keeping in mind that failure is not an option. Otherwise, he will be stuck forever.


1. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Good vs Evil, Trust vs Betrayal, Jedi vs Sith, This film has it all.

If you are a science fiction fan and you have not seen this amazing space opera film, then your existence is meaningless. The film has all that it takes to attract science fiction fans from around the world. Irvin Kershner took the virtuality of space exploration and combined it with the awesomeness of the Star Wars hype to make it a reality.

The film revolves around Luke Skywalker and his struggles to save his homeland and to find Yoda on Dagobah. Filled with space battles, UFOs, and alien technology, the film packs one hell of a punch.

Did you like our list of the top 10 science fiction movies of all time? Let us know in the comments below!


  1. Nick Strauss says:

    Deja Vu is a good one with denzel washington.

  2. Bruce says:

    i never heard of time bandits? back to the future is in the lower half, the movie itself focuses on time travelling and that made it cool. Terminator and donnie darko is obviously better but time travel was not their primary focus but rather on action and suspense respectively. this top 10 ranking needs to be re ranked fairly.

  3. Ankit Bhatt says:

    nice list …i have seen all of them..you may also include Minority Report in the list

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