The 10 Best Sci-Fi Movies of All Time


The 50 Sci-Fi movies shown here are brilliant, make no mistake about it. From these fifty great sci-fi movies I narrow things down to determine the 10 best science fiction movies ever made.

How did I do this? I’ve chosen 10 science fiction themes and under each theme I’ve placed what I consider to be the 5 best Sci-Fi movies, with the number 1 movie being the best. This is of course all based on my opinion and what I’ve seen.

The result leaves ten of the best Sci-Fi movies of all time. All of these movies are masterpieces of the science fiction genre in any case. I can’t see how these very entertaining movies can ever be surpassed. These 10 sci-fi movies are classics and everyone should see them at some point.

Urania, the Muse of Astronomy (stars), has done a great job to inspire some of these awesome Sci-Fi movies. Thanks Urania, for giving Science Fiction Film Fans something to really think about. The Greek Gods were way ahead of their time.

Are you willing to take the Sci-Fi Movie Fan Test?

Count the number of Sci-Fi movies you’ve seen on this list and:

know thyself

Seen all 50 sci-fi movies in this list – Jedi Master or Sith Lord (Very Impressive)

Seen 48 or 49 of the sci-fi movies in this list – Jedi or Sith

Seen 46 or 47 of the sci-fi movies in this list – Enlightened one

Good versus Evil (Heroic Intergalactic Battles)

1. Star Wars (1977)

2. The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

3. Superman 2 (1981)

4. Flash Gordon (1980)

5. The Last Starfighter (1984)

Trying to make sense of the world/universe

1. The Matrix (1999)

2. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

3. Contact (1997)

4. The Truman Show (1998)

5. Solaris (1972, Russian Movie)


1. Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)

2. The Terminator (1984)

3. Westworld (1973) – Will take you back to Pompeii.

4. Robocop (1987)

5. Ex Machina (2014)

Time Travel

1. Back to the Future (1985)

2. Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989)

3. About Time (2013)

4. The Time Machine (1960)

5. Time After Time (1979)

Dystopian world

1. Mad Max 2 (1981)

2. Mad Max (1979)

3. Escape from New York (1981)

4. A Clockwork Orange (1971)

A Clockwork Orange, was a movie I couldn’t watch until I was a mature adult because I found it very disturbing. The milk bar scene in the beginning of the movie was weird enough, but I couldn’t take it when the old man was beaten with the cain. It terrified the hell out of me. Who were those weirdos? I couldn’t comprehend what was going on.

5. Blade Runner (1982)

Exploring other Worlds

1. Total Recall (1990)

2. The Black Hole (1979)

3. Star Trek (2009)

4. Prometheus (2012)

5. Enemy Mine (1985)

Older Sci-Fi Classics

1. Journey to the Centre of the Earth (1959)

Journey to the Centre of the World, intrigued me the most from my own childhood. It was one of my all-time favourite movies when growing up. This brilliant movie has a few scenes totally ingrained in my mind after having seen it countless times. The extraordinary adventure still holds up today as a great adventure Sci-Fi movie. It starts out a bit slow, but just like The Wizard of Oz, it soon turns very interesting. The whirlpool in the ocean and the final red hot explosive scenes were incredible. There’s even mention of Atlantis in the movie. It really does blow most modern Sci-Fi movies away.

2. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

3. Planet of the Apes (1968)

It took me quite a while to fully appreciate the ending of the movie, Planet of the Apes, after seeing it as a young kid, but it blew my mind when I finally understood what had truly happened in the end.

4. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)

5. Forbidden Planet (1956)

Scary Science Fiction Movies

1. The Fly (1986)

This movie can get pretty disturbing, so much so, that you’ll probably never want to see it again. It will stay with you forever though. When I watched this movie again years and years later for the second time, it was even better. This movie just knocked off Predator (1987) even though I’ve seen Predator many more times. You can’t beat watching The Fly at least once in your life at the right time.

2. Predator (1987)

3. Aliens (1986)

4. The Thing (1982)

5. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)


1. WarGames (1983)

2. Electric Dreams (1984) – This movie has one of the catchiest movie tunes of all time.

3. Weird Science (1985)

4. Tron (1982)

5. The Zero Theorem (2013)

Run for your Life

1. Battle Royale (2000)

Battle Royale was even more petrifying as a teenager. Could this be happening somewhere? I was only able to watch a few minutes of this movie before having to change channels.

2. The Island (2005)

3. Logan’s Run (1976)

4. Divergent (2014)

5. THX 1138 (1971)

The 10 Best Sci-Fi Movies of All Time

1. Star Wars (1977)
2. The Matrix (1999)
3. Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)
4. Back to the Future (1985)
5. Mad Max 2 (1981)
6. Total Recall (1990)
7. Journey to the Centre of the Earth (1959)
8. The Fly (1986)
9. WarGames (1983)
10. Battle Royale (2000)

Amazingly, Arnold Schwarzenegger has starred in two of the best 10 sci-fi movies shown here. Who would’ve thought it possible after he initiated his film career in America with the very amateurish movie, Hercules in New York. The Greek Gods however work in mysterious ways. The Muse of Astronomy has obviously showed him great favour since then.

How many of these Sci-Fi movies have you seen?

Age matters when viewing a few of these Sci-Fi masterpieces. Sometimes it’s much better to watch a movie when you’re a kid or teenager, and other times it’s way better as an adult, especially in regard to the movie Ex Machina.

If you haven’t seen all of these 50 Sci-Fi movies and you’re a Science Fiction Fan, search them out and make sure you complete your Jedi training.

Hopefully, you won’t turn out to be a Sith. For those of you who’ve seen all of these 50 Sci-Fi movies already, you should know thyself.

Seen all 50 sci-fi movies in this list – Jedi Master or Sith Lord (Very Impressive)

Seen 48 or 49 of the sci-fi movies in this list – Jedi or Sith

Seen 46 or 47 of the sci-fi movies in this list – Enlightened one

For everyone else (girls can be excused), just make sure you’ve seen the top 10 Sci-Fi movies of all time. These movies will always be classics.