100 Greatest Sci-Fi

(NEW: January 2018) This selection of the 100 most critically-acclaimed sci-fi films in history contains selections ranging from Hollywood's biggest blockbusters (Star Wars) to iconic dystopias (Planet of the Apes) to more meditative films that will unsettle you and challenge the way you see the world. (Solaris) Beginning with the silent fantasies of Georges Méliès, Science Fiction is a genre that grew up alongside the medium of film. This list includes films you know well mixed-in with movies you almost certainly haven't seen -- but are worthy of an audience's time.  You can see a list of sources used to compile the list here.

 
 
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#1) 2001: A Space Odyssey

(1968 - dir. Stanley Kubrick) 

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#2) Blade Runner

(1982 - dir. Ridley Scott)

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#3) Star Wars

(1977 - dir. George Lucas)

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#4) E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

(1982 - dir. Steven Spielberg)

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#5) Stalker

(1979 - dir. Andrei Tarkovsky)

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#6) Metropolis

(1927 - dir. Fritz Lang)

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#7) Alien

(1979 - dir. Ridley Scott)

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#8) A Clockwork Orange

(1971 - dir. Stanley Kubrick)

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#9) Back to the Future

(dir. 1985 - Robert Zemeckis)

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#10) La Jetée

(1962 - dir. Chris Marker)

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#11) The Day the Earth Stood Still

(1951 - dir. Robert Wise)

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#12) The Matrix

(1999 - The Wachowskis)

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#13) The Empire Strikes Back

(1980 - dir. Irvin Kershner)

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#14 Jurassic Park

(1993 - dir. Steven Spielberg)

#15) Solaris

(1972 - dir. Andrei Tarkovsky)

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#16) Terminator 2: Judgment Day

(1991 - dir. James Cameron)

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#17) The Terminator

(1984 - dir. James Cameron)

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#18) The Thing

(1982 - dir. John Carpenter)

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#19) Brazil

(1985 - dir. Terry Gilliam)

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#20) Close Encounters of the Third Kind

(1977 - Steven Spielberg)

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#21) Invasion of the Body Snatchers

(1956 - dir. Don Siegel)

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#22) Planet of the Apes

 

(1968 - dir. Franklin J. Schaffner)

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#23) Aliens

(1986 - James Cameron)

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#24) WALL-E

(2008 - dir. Andrew Stanton)

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#25) Forbidden Planet

(1956 - dir. Fred M. Wilcox)

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#26) Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

(2004 - dir. Michel Gondry)

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#27) The Fly

(1986- David Cronenberg)

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#28) RoboCop

(1987- dir. Paul Verhoeven)

#29) Avatar

(2009 - dir. James Cameron)

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#30) Silent Running

(1972 - dir. Douglas Trumbull)

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#31) Return of the Jedi

(1983 - dir. Richard Marquand)

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#32) The Fifth Element

(1997 - dir. Luc Besson)

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#33) Total Recall

(1990 - dir. Paul Verhoeven)

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#34) The Man Who Fell to Earth

(1976 - dir. Nicolas Roeg)

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#35) Dark Star

(1974 - dir. John Carpenter)

#36) Akira

(1988 - dir. Katsuhiro Otomo)

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#37) District 9

(2009 - dir. Neil Blomkamp)

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#38) Children of Men

(2006 - Alfonso Cuarón)

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#39) Sleeper

(1973 - dir. Woody Allen)

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#40) Inception

(2010 - Christopher Nolan)

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#41) Moon

(2009 - dir. Duncan Jones)

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#42) Dark City

(1998 - dir. Alex Proyas)

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#43) Westworld

(1973 - dir. Michael Crichton)

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#44) Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

(1982 - dir. Nicholas Meyer)

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#45) Ghost in the Shell

(1995 - dir. Mamoru Oshii)

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#46) 12 Monkeys

(1995 - dir. Terry Gilliam)

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#47) Invasion of the Body Snatchers

(1978 - dir. Philip Kaufman)

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#48) Galaxy Quest

(1999 - dir. Dean Parisot)

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#49) Starship Troopers

(1997 - dir. Paul Verhoeven)

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#50) Gattaca

(1997 - dir. Andrew Niccol)

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#51) Soylent Green

(1973 - dir. Richard Fleischer)

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#52) Fantastic Planet

(1973 - dir. René Laloux)

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#53) Le voyage dans la lune

(1902 - dir. Georges Méliès)

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#54) Things to Come

(1936 - dir. William Cameron Menzies)

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#55) They Live

(1988 - dir. John Carpenter)

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#56) Donnie Darko

(2001 - dir. Richard Kelly)

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#57) Her

(2013 - Spike Jonze)

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#58) TRON

(1982 - dir. Steven Lisberger)

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#59) A.I. Artificial Intelligence

(2001 - dir. Steven Spielberg)

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#60) Dune

(1984 - dir. David Lynch)

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#61) The Force Awakens

(2015 - dir. J. J. Abrams)

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#62) Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior

(1981 - dir. George Miller)

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#63) The Time Machine

(1960 - dir. George Pal)

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#64) Ghostbusters

(1984 - dir. Ivan Reitman)

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#65) The Martian

(2015 - dir. Ridley Scott)

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#66) Quartermass and the Pit

(1967- dir. Roy Ward Baker)

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#67) Superman

(1978 - dir. Richard Donner)

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#68) Frankenstein

(1931 - dir. James Whale)

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#69) Alphaville

(1965 - dir. Jean-Luc Godard)

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#70) The Invisible Man

(1933 - dir. James Whale)

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#71) Tetsuo: The Iron Man

(1989 - dir. Shinya Tsukamoto)

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#72) The War of the Worlds

(1953 - dir. George Pal)

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#73) The Prestige

(2006 - dir. Christopher Nolan)

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#74) The Abyss

(1989 - dir. James Cameron)

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#75) Godzilla

(1954 - dir. Ishirō Honda)

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#76) Contact

(1997 - dir. Robert Zemeckis)

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#77) Them!

(1954 - dir. Gordon Douglas)

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#78) Repo Man

(1984 - dir. Alex Cox)

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#79) Primer

(2004 - dir. Shane Carruth)

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#80) Videodrome

(1983 - dir. David Cronenberg)

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#81) Gravity

(2013 - dir. Alfonso Cuarón)

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#82) Fantastic Voyage

(1966 - dir. Richard Fleischer)

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#83) A Boy and His Dog

(1975 - dir. L. Q. Jones)

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#84) Predator

(1987 - dir. John McTiernan)

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#85) Mad Max

(1979 - dir. George Miller)

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#86) Iron Man

(2008 - dir. Jon Favreau)

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#87) The Truman Show

(1998 - dir. Peter Weir)

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#88) The Quiet Earth

(1985 - dir. Geoff Murphy)

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#89) Logan's Run

(1976 - dir. Michael Anderson)

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#90) Invaders from Mars

(1953 - dir. William Cameron Menzies)

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#91) THX 1138

(1971 - dir. George Lucas)

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#92) Star Trek

(2009 - dir. J. J. Abrams)

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#93) The Damned

(1963 - dir. Joseph Losey)

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#94) Fahrenheit 451

(1966 - dir. François Truffaut)

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#95) Interstellar

(2014 - dir. Christopher Nolan)

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#96) The Thing from Another World

(1951 - dir. Christian Nyby)

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#97) The Andromeda Strain

(1971 - dir. Robert Wise)

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#98) Altered States

(1980 - dir. Ken Russell)

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#99) Born in Flames

(1983 - dir. Lizzie Borden)

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#100) Mad Max: Fury Road

(2015 - dir. George Miller)

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List Facts:

Oldest Film: La voyage dans la lune (1902)
Newest Films: Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, The Martian, Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

Number of Films by Decade:
1900s: 1
1920s: 1
1930s: 3
1950s: 8
1960s: 9
1970s: 20
1980s: 26
1990s: 13
2000s: 12
2010s: 7

Most Represented Year: 1982 (Blade Runner, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, The Thing, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, TRON)

 

Directors with Multiple Films Listed:
5, James Cameron (Terminator 2: Judgment Day, The Terminator, Aliens, Avatar, The Abyss)
4, Steven Spielberg (E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Jurassic Park, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, A.I. Artificial Intelligence)
3, John Carpenter (The Thing, Dark Star, They Live)
3, George Miller (Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, Mad Max, Mad Max: Fury Road)
3, Christopher Nolan (Inception, The Prestige, Interstellar)
3, Ridley Scott (Blade Runner, Alien, The Martian)
3, Paul Verhoeven (RoboCop, Total Recall, Starship Troopers)
2, J. J. Abrams (The Force Awakens, Star Trek)
2, David Cronenberg (The Fly, Videodrome)
2, Alfonso Cuarón (Children of Men, Gravity)
2, Richard Fleischer (Soylent Green, Fantastic Voyage)
2, Terry Gilliam (Brazil, 12 Monkeys)
2, Stanley Kubrick (2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange)
2, George Lucas (Star Wars, THX 1138)
2, William Cameron Menzies (Things to Come, Invaders from Mars)
2, Andrei Tarkovsky (Stalker, Solaris)
2, James Whale (Frankenstein, The Invisible Man)
2, Robert Wise (The Day the Earth Stood Still, The Andromeda Strain)
2, Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future, Contact)