100 Greatest Hollywood Sci-Fi Movies

100 Best Hollywood Sci-Fi Movies

100 Greatest Hollywood Sci-Fi Movies
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Science fiction is a genre that deals with speculative fiction encompassing varied imaginative concepts. This article brings to life a detailed perspective of the best Hollywood Sci-fi movies.

Sci-fi is an exceedingly popular genre with movie goers. Science fiction explores scientific and innovative technological concepts through parallel exploration. The futuristic concepts showcased in sci-fi movies often impact movie audiences in a big way. The innovative and speculative concepts of ‘another world’ portrayed in certain sci-fi movies have sparked interest in regard with extraterrestrial life. The rational concepts about existence of alternative worlds backed by imaginary elements and scientific concepts have ignited minds a great deal.

Concepts Associated with Science Fiction

Sci-fi movies are associated with suspension of disbelief, an aspect which leads the viewer to believe in something surreal based on scientific explanations. Different concepts are showcased in science fiction movies.

However, some of the imaginative concepts that are dealt with in sci-fi movies are

  • Technology
  • Futuristic Science
  • Time Travel
  • Parallel Universe
  • Extraterrestrial Life
  • Space Travel
  • Faster Than Light Travel

Over the years filmmakers associated with the sci-fi genre have explored varied elements that have inspired a fresh wave of ideas with concepts and prototypes. Science Fiction includes a wide genre of subgenres that explore innovative themes. Movies in this genre are known to generate a sense of wonder among movie goers. The different elements and concepts showcased in sci-fi movies often trigger a sense of awakening among intellects expanding their belief of possibilities of unknown existence.

While varied concepts are showcased in sci-fi movies, the elements that form an integral part of sci-fi are

  • Time Settings in the Future
  • Scenes in outer Space or Life on Space
  • Subterranean Earth
  • Other Worlds  
  • Alternative Timelines
  • Teleportation Machines
  • Contradictions of Facts of History
  • Scientific principles 
  • Different or New Social of Political Systems associated with post-apocalyptic, utopian, post-scarcity or dystopian concepts
  • Paranormal abilities often associated with telepathy, mind control, and telekinesis
  • Futuristic Technology
  • Archeological Explorations or Archeological Records
  • Historic Futuristic Settings on Earth or another Planet
  • New Universes or Dimensions
  • Aliens
  • Mutants
  • Future on Earth or other Planets
  • Interplanetary Warfare
  • Humanoid Robots
  • Spaceships
  • Androids
  • Ray Guns
  • Humanoid Computers
  • Extraterrestrial Lifeforms
  • Contradictions on accepted Physical laws associated with Time Travel, Faster-Than-Light Travel, Wormholes or Communication
  • Artificial Life
  • Travel between New Worlds, New Universes and Dimensions
  • Future Advances

Speculation and storytelling are an important aspect in sci-fi movies. While a link with mythological, fantasy, or supernatural events are showcased in certain sci-fi movies, the concepts in the genre are often backed by actual scientific theories which are contradicted. Few sci-fi movies offer a realistic account of possible future events based on a scientific understanding of past and present.

Different Types of Sci-Fi Movies (Subgenres)

  • Hard Science Fiction
  • Science Fiction Action
  • Anthropological Science Fiction
  • Science Fiction Adventure
  • Apocalyptic and Post-apocalyptic Fiction
  • Soft Science Fiction
  • Comedy Science Fiction
  • Social Science Fiction
  • Afrofuturism and Black Science Fiction
  • Military Science Fiction
  • Cyberpunk Science Fiction
  • Superhuman Science Fiction
  • Climate Science Fiction
  • Speculative Evolution Science Fiction
  • Time Travel Science Fiction
  • Space Opera Science Fiction
  • Biopunk Science Fiction
  • Mundane Science Fiction
  • Feminist Science Fiction
  • Space Western Science Fiction

Over the years science fiction filmmakers have showcased possibilities of the unknown aesthetically through contradictions of accepted laws bringing about an eager interest on ‘unknown’. The fact is there are no limits to science fiction and the possibilities are endless.

The lines below showcase a list of the best Sci-fi movies from various sub-genres.

100 Greatest Hollywood Sci-Fi Movies

  1. Star Wars (1977)
  2. Alien (1979)
  3. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
  4. The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
  5. E.T. the Extra-terrestrial (1982)
  6. Inception (2010)
  7. Gravity (2013)
  8. Back To The Future (1985)
  9. Star Trek (2009)
  10. District 9 (2009)
  11. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
  12. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
  13. The Matrix (1999)
  14. Blade Runner (1992)
  15. Jurassic Park (1993)
  16. Children of Men (2006)
  17. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
  18. Forbidden Planet (1956)
  19. Interstellar (2014)
  20. Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
  21. Avatar (2009)
  22. Ex Machina (2014)
  23. Solaris (2002)
  24. The Thing (1982)
  25. Dark City (1998)
  26. Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
  27. Gattaca (1997)
  28. Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)
  29. Donnie Darko (2001)
  30. The Martian (2015)
  31. Serenity (2005)
  32. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
  33. Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
  34. Looper (2012)
  35. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
  36. Men in Black (1997)
  37. The Fly (1986)
  38. Arrival (2016)
  39. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)
  40. Star Wars: A New Hope (1977)
  41. Planet of the Apes (1968)
  42. Aliens (1986)
  43. 12 Monkeys (1995)
  44. The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951)
  45. Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
  46. Minority Report (2002)
  47. Rogue One (2016)
  48. Brazil (1985)
  49. The Terminator (1984)
  50. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
  51. The Man Who Fell To Earth (1976)
  52. The Fifth Element (1997)
  53. Escape from New York (1981)
  54. Primer (2004)
  55. They Live (1988)
  56. Source Code (2011)
  57. Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)
  58. Alphaville (1965)
  59. War for Planet of the Apes (2017)
  60. Snowpiercer (2014)
  61. Robocop (1987)
  62. Dredd (2012)
  63. Moon (2009)
  64. Galaxy Quest (1999
  65. Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)
  66. Mad Max (1979)
  67. Westworld (1973)
  68. The Abyss (1989)
  69. Equilibrium (2002)
  70. Starship Troopers (1997)
  71. The World’s End (2013)
  72. V for Vendetta (2005)
  73. Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind (2004)
  74. Prometheus (2012)
  75. Her (2013)
  76. Super 8 (2011)
  77. Predestination (2015)
  78. The Man From Earth (2007)
  79. THX 1138 (1971)
  80. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)
  81. Altered States (1980)
  82. Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith (2005)
  83. Chronicle (2012)
  84. Midnight Special (2016)
  85. The Chronicles of Riddick (2004)
  86. Predator (1987)
  87. I Am Legend (2007)
  88. The Island (2005)
  89. The Mist (2007)
  90. Sunshine (2007)
  91. The Hunger Games (2012)
  92. Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country (1991)
  93. War of the Worlds (2005)
  94. Total Recall (1990)
  95. Justice League (2017)
  96. Star Trek Beyond (2016)
  97. A.I. Artificial Intelligence
  98. Turbo Kid (2015)
  99. Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)
  100. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005)

Other Notable Sci-Fi Movies

  • Metropolis (1927)
  • Attack the Block (2011)
  • The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
  • Timecrimes (2007)
  • Pitch Black (2000)
  • Coherence (2013)
  • Valerian and the City of Thousand Planets (2017)
  • Perfect Sense (2011)
  • Cloud Atlas (2012)
  • World War Z (2013)
  • Under the Skin (2014)
  • The Matrix Revolutions (2003)
  • Insurgent (2015)  
  • Melancholia (2011)
  • The Adjustment Bureau (2011)
  • Paul (2011)

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Thank you. Yes, Sci-Fi is an exciting genre. Star Wars and Star Trek are epic in every sense. A lot of movies post 2000 have been showcasing elements from mixed genres.

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Sci fi is always my go to when it comes to movies, star wars is the king of sci fi and star trek is up there too. I saw you mentioned the fifth element and a few others that I really like. I tend to favor space and alien genre but I can watch any sci fi and really get in to it. Horror never mixes with it well and should be kept apart, comedy goes well. Look at Men in black, that did well and I liked it. Good article

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