A Compilation of The 10 Best Sci Fi Movies of All Time

Science fiction just blows our minds away, doesn’t it? There are certain movies that I can’t wrap my head around wondering, ‘How can they think of that’? So get ready to have your minds go crazy with our list of the best Sci Fi movies of all time.

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1.    Back to the future (1985)

  • IMDB Rating: 8.5/10
  • Movie Length: 116 minutes
  • Director: Robert Zemeckis
  • Actors: Michael J Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover
  • Gross revenue: $210.61 million

My list of Sci Fi Movies begins with one of the best ideas of time travel ‘Back to the Future’. Robert Zemeckis is a beautiful mind who put together a perfect concept and storyline.

Marty McFly (Michael J Fox) is a teenager who is friends with a crazy scientist named Dr Emmett Brown (Christopher Lloyd). Dr Brown creates a time machine which Marty tests but is accidentally sent back to 1955, and the only way he can return is by making his parents fall in love with each other.

2.    Terminator 2 (1991)

  • IMDB Rating: 8.5/10
  • Movie Length: 137 minutes
  • Director: James Cameron
  • Actors: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong, Robert Patrick
  • Gross revenue: $204.84 million

James Cameron furthers his Terminator franchise in the Sci Fi movies category with this movie where Arnold takes on the role of a protector rather than the killer.

The Cyborg called ‘The Terminator’ (Arnold Schwarzenegger) who had been sent to Earth to kill Sarah Connor is now sent to protect her son John Connor against another Cyborg called ‘T-1000′ who has been sent with just one mission, and that is to kill John. Will John be saved now that he is not alone?

3.    The Matrix (1999)

  • IMDB Rating: 8.7/10
  • Movie Length: 136 minutes
  • Director: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski
  • Actors: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie- Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving
  • Gross revenue: $171.48 million

The Matrix is one of the first Sci-Fi movies to depict how much the world is consumed by technology. I loved the movie, the action and Keanu Reeves.

Thomas Anderson (Keanu Reeves) is an ordinary person who does computer programming but also a hacker called Neo. The police start chasing him when he is contacted by the most excellent hacker named Morpheus who takes him to a world where humans are imprisoned by a technology known as ‘The Matrix’. Neo joins Morpheus to rebel against the machines which gets him in great trouble as the bad guys go after him.

4.    Avatar (2009)

  • IMDB Rating: 7.8/10
  • Movie Length: 162 minutes
  • Director: James Cameroon
  • Actors: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez
  • Gross revenue: $760.5 million

This movie is honestly one of the best Sci-Fi movies ever. Watch as James Cameron brings dreams to life.

In the land of Pandora, humans are trying to mine a precious resource from the land of the Na’vis (natives of Pandora). Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) is subconsciously transferred to the avatar body of a Na’vi as he is sleeping. He gathers Intel for the chief also learning the ways the natives live and interact. At one point, when the humans are about to attack the mother tree which is the source of life for their material Jake has to make a choice between humankind and the Natives who started to feel like home.

5.    Star Trek (2009)

  • IMDB Rating: 8/10
  • Movie Length: 127 minutes
  • Director: J J Abrams
  • Actors: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, Leonard Nemoy
  • Gross revenue: $257.73 million

With the death of his father, James Kirk (Chris Pine) lives on Vulcan under Commander Spock and is rebellious and a mischievous. James holds the death of his father against Spock, and the two are rivals but when Nero threatens humanity James and Spock must come together to find a way to stop him.

6.    Inception (2010)

  • IMDB Rating: 8.8/10
  • Movie Length: 148 minutes
  • Director: Christopher Nolan
  • Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon- Levitt, Ellen Page, Ken Watanabe
  • Gross revenue: $292.5 million

Dominic Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) has spent his whole life as a spy stealing and extracting secrets by entering people’s mind. Cobb wants to return to his children whom he misses but has no means to until a man approaches him and gives him a job that is very dangerous but if done right could give him a chance to back to his children.

7.    The Avengers (2012)

  • IMDB Rating: 8.1/10
  • Movie Length: 143 minutes
  • Director: Joss Whedon
  • Actors: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Scarlet Johansson, Jeremy Renner
  • Gross revenue: $623.63 million

Earth is being attacked by Alien creatures with the help of Loki (Tom Hiddleston), who opens the portal to another dimension to destroy Earth. At the time of Apocalypse, all the heroes combined called The Avengers join forces to defeat evil and restore peace to Earth.

8.    Gravity (2013)

  • IMDB Rating: 7.8/10
  • Movie Length: 91 minutes
  • Director: Alfonso Cuaron
  • Actors: George Clooney, Sandra Bullock, Ed Harris
  • Gross revenue: $274.09 million

A story of a tragedy in space as Dr Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) who is on her very first mission and Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) who is on his last mission are hit by a piece of the exploded Russian shuttle. Their shuttle is damaged, and communication signals jammed. The two have only each other as they formulate how to return to Earth.

9.    Interstellar (2014)

  • IMDB Rating: 8.6/10
  • Movie Length: 169 minutes
  • Director: Christopher Nolan
  • Actors: Mathew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Mackenzie Foy
  • Gross revenue: $188.02 million

Interstellar gives us a glimpse into the future of Earth as pollution, and global warming continues threatening to endanger humankind. This movie is a clever concept by Christopher Nolan who not only entertained his audience to the fullest but also gave out a warning to change through his Sci-Fi movie.


Cooper (Mathew McConaughey) is an ex-NASA pilot who is sent on a mission along with a team to space with a mission to find another planet that is habitable as much as Earth is so that humankind may survive.

10.  The Martian (2015)

  • IMDB Rating: 8/10
  • Movie Length: 144 minutes
  • Director: Ridley Scott
  • Actors: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara
  • Gross revenue: $228.43 million

A crew of 5 members visits Mars but due to a dangerous storm has to leave. Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is left behind after he is assumed to have died after being hit and fainting. Mark stays on Mars with limited resources until he can communicate with NASA to share that he is alive. Being a botanist, he even grows potatoes on barren land where vegetation is almost impossible. Mark does not have much time until the food supply and oxygen supply is over. His team finds out he is alive and makes a plan to rescue him but doing so would endanger all their lives.

I was blown away when I watched Matt Damon grow the potatoes. A must watch in the genre of the Sci-Fi movie.


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