Science fiction movies have brought out some of the most creative and imaginative flights that one can think of. Just like the sci fi comics, most of them have been pristinely created to entertain the viewers with themes such as unstoppable technology, alien planets, intergalactic forces, hostile organisms and so on. With the passage of time, the genre is well accepted among audience and seeing to this, few directors have put forward some of the best science fiction movies. To have a glimpse of the leading names of this genre, scroll down the top 10 science fiction movies list.
Top 10 Science Fiction Movies of All Time
Know the names that have been selected as the top ten best science fiction movies of all time.
1. Inception (2010)
Grossing more than $800 million worldwide, Inception has been rated as the best science fiction movie of the 21st century. It narrates the tale of a thief who carries out corporate surveillance by infiltrating the subconscious of his targets. Released on 8th July, 2010 in London and on 16th July, 2010 in the United States; its lead role was enacted by Leonardo DiCaprio. It claimed a number of awards including Academy Awards for Best Sound Editing, Best Visual Effects, Best Cinematography and Best Sound Mixing.
2. The Terminator (1984)
Directed by James Cameron and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton and Michael Biehn; the Terminator topped the American box office for fourteen days when it was released on 26th October, 1984. The movie is credited for the creation of a realistic “Computer Generated Imagery” character, technically sound experience, rapid pacing and action scenes. There were also critical appreciations for the story-telling quality and its level of violence. Even the Metacritic website rated the movie with a score of 84/100.
3. Avatar (2009)
Another great movie by James Cameron that has graced the limelight for being one of the best science fiction movies is none other than the Avatar. The story centres on a former marine who has been reluctantly pushed into the battle to make the most of a resource-rich planet and who later gives in to help the alien race instead. Avatar broke several box office records during its theatrical run in 2009 and became the first movie to gross over $2 billion. It was nominated for nine Academic Awards where it won three – Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction and Best Visual Effects.
4. Iron Man (2008)
Based on the Marvel Comics character of the same title, Iron Man is not only popular superhero film but also at the same time grabs a position among the science fiction movies list. Released during 2008, it is the first cinematic version of Marvel world as well as the Iron Man film series. With ample of positive reviews, the movie was recognized as one of the ten best films of the year by the American Film Institute.
5. X-Men: First Class (2011)
Focusing on the relationship between the Marvel Comic characters, Erik Lensherr (Magneto) and Charles Xavier (Professor X); X-Men: First Class was directed by Matthew Vaughn. The movie made use of extensive visual effects for the actors such as digital doubles and computer-generated sets. This is one of the reasons why, it went too well with the viewers as well as the movie critics with earnings of $353 million internationally. It was honoured with five different awards along with twenty two nominations.
6. Total Recall (1990)
Tagging it as “One of the most complex and visually interesting science fiction movies in a long time” by Chicago Sun Times, the Total Recall is indeed the best science fiction movie of all time. The movie is partially adapted from the Philip K. Dick story “We Can Remember It for You Wholesale”. While Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Ironside, Rachel Ticotin and Ronny Cox carried out the roles of the characters; Paul Verhoeven directed the dystopian science fiction action movie. Total Recall was released on 1st June, 1990 and was awarded with Special Achievement Academy Award due to its visual effects.
7. Source Code (2011)
The thrill of the movie has been very cleanly heightened with the narration of a soldier who wakes up in the body of a mysterious only to uncover that he is part of an operation to find the bomber of a Chicago passenger train. With many charming leads, director Duncan Jones did a neat work on Source Code, only to make it one amid the top 10 Sci Fi Movies. It received three nominations along with bag full of optimistic feedbacks.
8. Iron Man 3 (2013)
Iron Man 3, launched on 14th April, 2013 in Paris and on 3rd May, 2013 in the United States happens to be the most popular science fiction movie of the year. It is a sequel to the original Iron Man and was distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. At the same time, it has also been under the attention of the media for being the highest grossing movie for the year 2013 with five accolades and nine nominations.
9. The Hunger Games (2012)
Placed at ninth spot among the top ten best science fiction movies of all time, The Hunger Games was tailored from Suzanne Collins’ novel of the same name. The adventure themed movie has been placed in Panem where 12 to 18 aged boys and girls are suppose to participate in a game to fight back with the deaths till one among them is crowned as the victor. Directed by Gary Ross, the film received constructive appreciations specifically for its story line and the message it carried.
10. Men in Black (1997)
The 1997 released comedy spy cum science fiction American movie, Men in Black portrays how a NYPD detective joins a secret organisation that keeps a watch over extraterrestrial affairs on Earth. It has been adapted from The Men in Black comic book series and went on to gross $589,390,539 internationally. Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones were the main protagonists while Barry Sonnenfeld was the director of the 98 minute film.