Top 10 Science Fiction Films of All Time




We’re breaking down some of the all time great sci-fi by asking, what does science fiction do exactly? How many different ideas can the genre explore? We try to answer that with a top 10 featuring everything from space operas to near future dystopian tales.

Picks: 10: Snowpiercer
9: Children of Men
8: Contact
7: Planet of the Apes
6: Her
5: The Prestige
4: Metropolis
3: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
2: Stalker
1: 2001: A Space Odyssey

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44 Comments

  1. aristo tapia
    November 16, 2017
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    to everyone that complains about interstellar, if you like Cristopher Nolan's movies, so please watch "the prestige", many people watched it twice to understand it. It really blows your mind

  2. Product -
    November 16, 2017
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    Um Inception? Looper? Pre-Destination? THE FUCKING MATRIX? HER WAS GARBAGE.

  3. Insert Name Here
    November 16, 2017
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    where the hell is interstellar for #9?

  4. PhotoGeorge
    November 16, 2017
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    Everybody has a Top Ten for this list but it's a very Subjective Topic. Most agree (along with me) that "Space Odyssey" is the BEST Sci-Fi ever but the others (except Contact) I don't agree with.

  5. Scott Hinderman
    November 17, 2017
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    ALIEN

  6. nafiz mohammed
    November 17, 2017
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    Gravity, arrival, alien, aliens, terminator 2 judgment day, avatar, inception, the matrix, dawn of the planet of the apes, war for the planet of the apes.

  7. nustada
    November 18, 2017
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    Snowpiercer is the most retarded movie ever. Barny the purple dinosaur was better sci-fi than that. That movie is socialist claptrap, it has nothing to do with science, including economic or social science.

  8. SomethingBoss
    November 18, 2017
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    I don't care what anyone says, I don't consider The Prestige a Sci Fi movie, a fantastic movie yes but not a Sci Fi, and I kinda skipped through this video did they give any honourable mention to Predestination? That's a really underrated Sci Fi movie that's not your typical.

  9. Ralph Clark
    November 19, 2017
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    Very good choices

  10. David Smojver
    November 19, 2017
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    Arrival should not be on this list. The movie is pretentious peace of shit.

  11. thermo dynamics
    November 19, 2017
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    Well that was quite an eccentric list. Time to add a sci-fi head to your team methinks.

  12. Chizz Nuck
    November 19, 2017
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    Wow shitty list. 'Her'? Ewww gross.

  13. Jung Kim
    November 20, 2017
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    a lot of these movies are technically impressive and creative but stupid me, i like to value movies based on the amount of entertainment value it brings. So yeah, i would put movie like star wars, back to the future, alien, etc. I guess im just not into movies that have like SO MUCH SYMBOLISM. You know someone is pretentious when they put a space odyssey as the #1 sci fi movie of all time. you know…cuz it makes you think! If i want to think i'll read a damn philosophy book

  14. Ducky Man
    November 20, 2017
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    GET OUT OF HERE STALKER

  15. Raju Ranjan Kumar
    November 20, 2017
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  16. Raju Ranjan Kumar
    November 20, 2017
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  17. Ramadhan Ngige
    November 20, 2017
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    How do you call this a list of Sci-Fi movies without even ranking the time travelling or time warp genre???? Donnie Darko, Predestination, Inception…
    Not even a mention of the genre??…

  18. ShadoeFax
    November 20, 2017
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    2001 is extremely overrated

  19. SchroederRock
    November 20, 2017
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    Contact is incredible. It's science and spirituality ideas going at one another stuck with me the first time I saw it. Gravity is great but really is only worth maybe 2 watches because it never changes and you know the ending so the roller coaster seems less impactful on repeat viewings. However, it was still a rush for me, though it barely passes as sci-fi because it really is science and little fiction as the movie tries to stick to reality. I dunno why some people don't praise Interstellar more. It's one of my favorite sci-fi movies and really challenges the ideas of both science and fiction in ways a lot of movies just don't. You could probably put a majority of Nolan's works of the last decade and a half onto a top 10 list and nobody would be able to make good arguments against those films making a top 10.

  20. Jack Graham
    November 21, 2017
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    Alien. Come on.

  21. Andy Zol
    November 21, 2017
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    Holy smokes I did not even consider the idea that The Prestige could be science fiction until now. Makes prefect sense. It's sci fi in it's original form, like Frankenstein, similar story too.

  22. Axionarius
    November 21, 2017
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    Children of Men gets a little more praise than it really deserves. It's a bit like 2Pac. He was really good, but he wasn't good enough to heap with praise constantly for the next two decades lol

  23. 1984
    November 22, 2017
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    "More equal than others.." Orwell would be PROUD!

  24. 1984
    November 22, 2017
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    This is loaded with good movie suggestions. I'll prob be an hour watching the trailers! Thank you so much for this!!!

  25. 1984
    November 22, 2017
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    Good #3 choice. I think I'm in love with your channel!

  26. Christopher MacLachlan
    November 22, 2017
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    Ok I liked Blade Runner as well but it doesn't really belong on a list like this. Good film. Yes. Cult classic? Most certainly. Great Sci-Fi? Not really. It doesn't break any new ground for the genre or bring that much to the table. Its also not anywhere close to the book, which isn't a bad thing. The book sucked. Lol. But it has a following and will go down as a classic.

  27. Jason Shutt
    November 22, 2017
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    These are some great picks and the alternate footage reminded me of other greats I had forgotten. Thanks!

  28. Thomas Gannon
    November 22, 2017
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    2001 a space odyssey is awful. I've watched it several times and I still hate it. It's overly dramatic and portentous.

  29. Davorin Jurišić
    November 22, 2017
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    What about Charlie Sheen Arrival (aliens amongst us teraforming Earth to fit their needs)

  30. Davorin Jurišić
    November 22, 2017
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    Actually Blomkamp himself claims District 9 isn't an alegory of apartheadi but of a modern problem of illegal immigrants from Zimbabwe.

  31. Warren Peece
    November 23, 2017
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    5 Million Years to Earth

  32. TheWaterstyle
    November 23, 2017
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    snow piercer is my favorite film of them all. I dont know. The "stupid setting" is a perfect one for a parabel, a figure, so that the whole film gets a methaphore

  33. P
    November 23, 2017
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    Just watched Snowpiercer. What a laughable piece of garbage.

  34. Bryan Booker
    November 24, 2017
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    "…tend to convalesce around…" I think you mean coalesce around.

  35. Roudy Hambone
    November 24, 2017
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    Ok I love lots of this list, especially having Children of Men, one of my favorite movies in general not just sci-fi. My complaint no Matrix….? The original blended Kung Fu, Anime, ground breaking special effects that literally changed the game and was imitated everything from movies, music videos, and video games.plus it made Keanu Reeves relevant again…. Thoughts?

  36. Steven Reyes
    November 24, 2017
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    I told myself I wouldn’t be upset if 2001 wasn’t #1. So you got a LOL from me there.
    By the way, saw it when it came out, at Hollywood Blvd. Cinarama where we bought in advance reserved seats. I was 3rd row center with 3 friends on either side. And, well, let’s just say we had a psychedelic experience. Once in a lifetime. I’m 66 now and remember that night like it was yesterday. We went back at least once more, maybe twice. For people that don’t know, there were 2 of these theaters in Hollywood. They are giant curved screens using 3 70 mm projectors.
    Arthur C. Clarke was a genius. If it weren’t for his idea of geosynchronous orbiting satellites, we might not be sharing this around the world.
    Must give shout out to Hedy Lamarr. 40’s actress with patents on spread spectrum. And something to do with wi-fi today.
    There’s more to Hollywood than meets the eye.

  37. Brian Wilson
    November 25, 2017
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    This list should be the Best Underrated Sci-Fi films of all time, with the exception of 2001. Did you disqualify every movie with a budget over $1,000,000.00?

    And Contact is pure crap!…with Interstellar a close 2nd!

  38. Jack Brennan
    November 25, 2017
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    No mention of Star Wars or Star Trek. Wow.

  39. lennart pohl
    November 25, 2017
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    Derive concrete village source European scientific honor music.

  40. pdxeddie1111
    November 25, 2017
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    what about star trek the movie? the plot was exceptionable even though it didn't have the battle scenes that many wanted I find it one of the best especially since the real voyager just left our solar system for good

  41. M L
    November 25, 2017
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    SnowPiercer is one of the worst well reviewed movies, I train that travels around the Earth once per year could circle the Earth at the Equator traveling at 3 miles/hour.

  42. ros1tony
    November 26, 2017
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    2001 is a true story … and it is yet to come.

  43. Kate Heiden
    November 26, 2017
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    Children of Men – a masterpiece. V for Vendetta – magnificent, but only mentioned. Where is Star Wars? Beneath the surface of fun sci fi are profound truths. George Lucas was into the Vedas, the deepest cosmic books of wisdom of ancient India, and it's in Star Wars, you can feel it. Perhaps lists of top 10 can't hold enough great science fiction. This video was good for reminding me I should see Children of Men – again. For the 7th time…and some of the other films, too…

  44. Brynley Jones
    November 26, 2017
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    I don't think the prestige was as influential as the matrix, granted a great movie.

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