List of top 10 best Sci-Fi movies of all time from space-thrillers to intergalactic classic movies of all time.

best Sci-fi movies

Stalker (1979) is a Russian Sci-Fi art drama film, directed by Andrei Tarkovsky. It is a dramatic, philosophical, and psychological Thriller, made in the Soviet Union.


The story follows two men, A poet, and a physicist, trying to reach the mysterious place named The “Zone”, with the help of “Stalker”, who is guiding them into the post-apocalyptic journey.

  • Initial release: May 25, 1979 (Moscow)
  • Director: Andrei Tarkovsky
  • Story by: Boris Strugatsky, Arkady Strugatsky
  • Starring: Alexander Kaidanovsky, Anatoly Solonitsyn, Nikolai Grinko, Alisa
  • Freundlich
  • Music by: Eduard Artemyev
  • Budget: 1 million SUR
  • Box office: 4.3 million tickets

9. Oblivion

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Oblivion (2013) is a post-apocalyptic action-adventure Sci-Fi film directed by Joseph Kosinski, starring Tom Cruise, Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough, Morgan Freeman. Oblivion, based on Kosinski’s unpublished graphic novel of the same title.


Earth destroyed by war with extraterrestrials that have made humanity relocate itself to Titan, one of the moons of Jupiter. The film follows the story of Jack Harper, a technician who has been sent back for a mission, during which he is captured by scavengers to tell Jack the other side of a story.

  • Initial release: March 26, 2013 (Buenos Aires)
  • Director: Joseph Kosinski
  • Based on: Oblivion by Joseph Kosinski
  • Starring: Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman,
  • Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough,
  • Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Melissa Leo
  • Music by: M83, Joseph Trapanese,
  •  Anthony Gonzalez
  • Budget: 120 million USD
  • Box office: 300 million USD

8. Annihilation

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Annihilation (2018) is a science fiction horror film directed by Alex Garland, based on the novel Annihilation. (2014) by Jeff VanderMeer. Starring Natalie Portman and Oscar Isaac.


the story follows a group of explorers entering a mysterious quarantined zone of mutating plants and animals called the “The Shimmer”.

  • Initial release: February 13, 2018
  • Director: Alex Garland
  • Based onAnnihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
  • Starring: Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh,
  • Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny, Oscar Isaac
  • OST Ben Salisbury, Geoff Barrow
  • Budget: 40–55million USD
  • Box office: 43.1 million USD

7. Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes

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Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a 2011 American science fiction action film directed by Rupert Wyatt and starring James Franco and Andy Serkis, the film is a remake of the Planet of the Apes series.


 The chemist Will Rodman believes he has created a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, a drug, called ALZ-112. In order to provide drug testing, ALZ-112 has given to a chimp named Bright Eyes, as the result, the intelligence of the chimp has been increased dramatically.

  • Initial release: Initial release: August 3, 2011
  • Director: Rupert Wyatt
  • Film series: Planet of the Apes reboot series
  • Starring: James Franco, Freida Pinto,
  • John Lithgow, Brian Cox, Tom Felton,
  • David Oyelowo, Andy Serkis
  • OST Patrick Doyle
  • Budget: 93 million USD
  • Box office: 481.8 million USD

6. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (Episode V)

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Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980) American epic “space opera” directed by Irvin Kershner, The film is based on a story by George Lucas. It is the sequel to Star Wars (1977).


While Darth Vader is set about turning Luke Skywalker to the dark side, Master Yoda trains Luke to become a Jedi Knight. Han Solo, Princess Leia, and Chewbacca are trying to defend the Imperial fleet.

  • Initial release: May 17, 1980 (DC)
  • Director: Irvin Kershner
  • Based on: Star Wars film series
  • Starring: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford,
  • Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams,
  • Anthony Daniels, David Prowse,
  • Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew, Frank Oz
  • OST John Williams
  • Budget: 33 million USD
  • Box office: 550.9 million USD

5. Star Gate Tv Series

 

Stargate (stylized as STARGᐰTE) is a military science fiction media franchise based on the film directed by Roland Emmerich, which he co-wrote with producer Dean Devlin. The franchise is based on the idea of an alien Einstein–Rosen bridge device (the Stargate) that enables nearly instantaneous travel across the cosmos.


The plot centers on the premise of a “Stargate“, an ancient ring-shaped device that creates a wormhole enabling travel to a similar device elsewhere in the universe. The film’s central plot explores the theory of extraterrestrial beings having an influence upon human civilization.

  • Initial release: June 4, 1982 (USA)
  • Director: Nicholas Meyer
  • Based on: Star Trek by Gene Roddenberry
  • Starring: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy,
  • DeForest Kelley, James Doohan
  • OST  James Horner
  • Budget: 12 million USD
  • Box office: 97 million USD

4. Sunshine

 

Sunshine (2007) is a science fiction-psychological thriller film directed by Danny Boyle. Starring Cillian Murphy, Rose Byrne, and Chris Evans


The story takes place in the year 2057, a group of astronauts on a dangerous mission to reignite the dying Sun.

  • Initial release: April 5, 2007 (Hong Kong)
  • Director: Danny Boyle
  • Starring: Cillian Murphy, Rose Byrne, Cliff Curtis, Chris Evans, Troy Garity,
  • Hiroyuki Sanada, Benedict Wong, Michelle Yeoh
  • OST  John Murphy, Underworld
  • Budget: 40 million USD
  • Box office: 32 million USD

3. 2001: A Space Odyssey

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2001: A Space Odyssey is a 1968 science fiction film, directed by Stanley Kubrick. The story is based on C Clarke’s (1951) short story “The Sentinel”. A novel released after the film’s premiere was in part written along with the screenplay.


The story follows two astronauts on a voyage to Jupiter with the Artificial Intelligence named HAL. Instead of hiring a composer, Kubric collected many classical and orchestral pieces such as Johann Strauss II’s 1866 Blue Danube Waltz, Richard Strauss‘ symphonic poem Also Sprach Zarathustra (inspired by the writings of Friedrich Nietzsche), and György Ligeti’s Atmosphères. 2001: A Space Odyssey refers to subjects like existentialism, human evolution, technology, artificial intelligence, and the possibility of extraterrestrial life.

  • Initial release: April 2, 1968
  • Director: Stanley Kubrick
  • based on: The Sentinel
  • a novel by Arthur C. Clarke
  • Starring: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood,
  • OST  2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Budget: 10.5million USD
  • Box office: 146 million USD

2. Arrival

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Arrival (2016) is an American science fiction film directed by Denis Villeneuve. It is based on the 1998 novel “Story of Your Life” by Ted Chiang and stars Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Forest Whitaker.


The story follows a linguist enlisted by the United States Army to discover how to communicate with extraterrestrial aliens who have arrived on Earth before tensions lead to war.

  • Initial release: September 2, 2016 (USA)
  • Director: Denis Villeneuve
  • Starring: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner,
  • Forest Whitaker
  • Based on Story of Your Life by Ted Chiang
  • OST  Max Richter
  • Budget: 165 million USD
  • Box office: 701.8 million USD

1 Interstellar

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Interstellar (2014) is an American-British best Sci-Fi film directed by Christopher Nolan. Starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, and Jessica Chastain.


The story takes place in the future where humanity is trying to survive because of the lack of natural resources. The story follows a group of astronauts who travel through a wormhole near Saturn in search of a new home planet for humanity.

  • Initial release: October 26, 2014 (USA)
  • Director: Christopher Nolan
  • Starring: Matthew McConaughey,
  • Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Bill
  • Irwin, Ellen Burstyn, Michael Caine
  • Featured song: S.T.A.Y.
  • OST  Hans Zimmer
  • Budget: 165 million USD
  • Box office: 701.8 million USD

 


List of top 10 best Sci-Fi movies of all time from space-thrillers to intergalactic classic movies of all time.

best Sci-fi movies
Stalker (1979) is a Russian Sci-Fi art drama film, directed by Andrei Tarkovsky. It is a dramatic, philosophical, and psychological Thriller, made in the Soviet Union.

The story follows two men, A poet, and a physicist, trying to reach the mysterious place named The “Zone”, with the help of “Stalker”, who is guiding them into the post-apocalyptic journey.

  • Initial release: May 25, 1979 (Moscow)
  • Director: Andrei Tarkovsky
  • Story by: Boris Strugatsky, Arkady Strugatsky
  • Starring: Alexander Kaidanovsky,
  • Anatoly Solonitsyn, Nikolai Grinko, Alisa
  • Freundlich
  • Music by: Eduard Artemyev
  • Budget: 1 million SUR
  • Box office: 4.3 million tickets

9. Oblivion

best Sci-fi movies

Oblivion (2013) is a post-apocalyptic action-adventure Sci-Fi film directed by Joseph Kosinski, starring Tom Cruise, Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough, Morgan Freeman. Oblivion, based on Kosinski’s unpublished graphic novel of the same title.


Earth destroyed by war with extraterrestrials that have made humanity relocate itself to Titan, one of the moons of Jupiter. The film follows the story of Jack Harper, a technician who has been sent back for a mission, during which he is captured by scavengers to tell Jack the other side of a story.

  • Initial release: March 26, 2013 (Buenos Aires)
  • Director: Joseph Kosinski
  • Based on: Oblivion by Joseph Kosinski
  • Starring: Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman,
  • Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough,
  • Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Melissa Leo
  • Music by: M83, Joseph Trapanese,
  •  Anthony Gonzalez
  • Budget: 120 million USD
  • Box office: 300 million USD

8. Annihilation

best Sci-Fi movies
Annihilation (2018) is a science fiction horror film directed by Alex Garland, based on the novel Annihilation. (2014) by Jeff VanderMeer. Starring Natalie Portman and Oscar Isaac.

the story follows a group of explorers entering a mysterious quarantined zone of mutating plants and animals called the “The Shimmer”.

  • Initial release: February 13, 2018
  • Director: Alex Garland
  • Based onAnnihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
  • Starring: Natalie Portman, 
  • Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny, Oscar Isaac
  • OST Ben Salisbury, Geoff Barrow
  • Budget: 40–55million USD
  • Box office: 43.1 million USD

7. Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes

best Sci-Fi movies
Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a 2011 American science fiction action film directed by Rupert Wyatt and starring James Franco and Andy Serkis, the film is a remake of the Planet of the Apes series.

 The chemist Will Rodman believes he has created a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, a drug, called ALZ-112. In order to provide drug testing, ALZ-112 has given to a chimp named Bright Eyes, as the result, the intelligence of the chimp has been increased dramatically.

  • Initial release: Initial release: August 3, 2011
  • Director: Rupert Wyatt
  • Film series: Planet of the Apes reboot series
  • Starring: James Franco, Freida Pinto,
  • John Lithgow, Brian Cox, Tom Felton,
  • David Oyelowo, Andy Serkis
  • OST Patrick Doyle
  • Budget: 93 million USD
  • Box office: 481.8 million USD

6. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (Episode V)

best Sci-Fi movies
Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980) American epic “space opera” directed by Irvin Kershner, The film is based on a story by George Lucas. It is the sequel to Star Wars (1977).

While Darth Vader is set about turning Luke Skywalker to the dark side, Master Yoda trains Luke to become a Jedi Knight. Han Solo, Princess Leia, and Chewbacca are trying to defend the Imperial fleet.

  • Initial release: May 17, 1980 (DC)
  • Director: Irvin Kershner
  • Based on: Star Wars film series
  • Starring: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford,
  • Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams,
  • Anthony Daniels, David Prowse,
  • Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew, Frank Oz
  • OST John Williams
  • Budget: 33 million USD
  • Box office: 550.9 million USD

5. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

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Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is a 1982 science fiction film directed by Nicholas Meyer, it is based on the television series Star Trek. It is the second film in the Star Trek franchise and is a sequel to Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979).

The story follows Admiral James T. Kirk (William Shatner) and the crew of the USS (starship) facing off against the Khan Noonien Singh,
who is a genetically-engineered tyrant (Ricardo Montalbán), the same character from the 1967 Star Trek episode “Space Seed”.

  • Initial release: June 4, 1982 (USA)
  • Director: Nicholas Meyer
  • Based on: Star Trek by Gene Roddenberry
  • Starring: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy,
  • DeForest Kelley, James Doohan
  • OST  James Horner
  • Budget: 12 million USD
  • Box office: 97 million USD

4. Sunshine

Sunshine (2007) is a science fiction-psychological thriller film directed by Danny Boyle. Starring Cillian Murphy, Rose Byrne, and Chris Evans

The story takes place in the year 2057, a group of astronauts on a dangerous mission to reignite the dying Sun.

  • Initial release: April 5, 2007 (Hong Kong)
  • Director: Danny Boyle
  • Starring: Cillian Murphy, Rose Byrne, Cliff Curtis, Chris Evans, Troy Garity,
  • Hiroyuki Sanada, Benedict Wong, Michelle Yeoh
  • OST  John Murphy, Underworld
  • Budget: 40 million USD
  • Box office: 32 million USD

3. 2001: A Space Odyssey

best Sci-fi movies
2001: A Space Odyssey is a 1968 science fiction film, directed by Stanley Kubrick. The story is based on C Clarke’s (1951) short story “The Sentinel”. A novel released after the film’s premiere was in part written along with the screenplay.

The story follows two astronauts on a voyage to Jupiter with the Artificial Intelligence named HAL. Instead of hiring a composer, Kubric collected many classical and orchestral pieces such as Johann Strauss II’s 1866 Blue Danube Waltz, Richard Strauss‘ symphonic poem Also Sprach Zarathustra (inspired by the writings of Friedrich Nietzsche), and György Ligeti’s Atmosphères. 2001: A Space Odyssey refers to subjects like existentialism, human evolution, technology, artificial intelligence, and the possibility of extraterrestrial life.

  • Initial release: April 2, 1968
  • Director: Stanley Kubrick
  • based on: The Sentinel
  • a novel by Arthur C. Clarke
  • Starring: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood,
  • OST  2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Budget: 10.5million USD
  • Box office: 146 million USD

 

2. Arrival

best Sci-Fi movies
Arrival (2016) is an American science fiction film directed by Denis Villeneuve. It is based on the 1998 novel “Story of Your Life” by Ted Chiang and stars Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Forest Whitaker.

The story follows a linguist enlisted by the United States Army to discover how to communicate with extraterrestrial aliens who have arrived on Earth before tensions lead to war.

  • Initial release: September 2, 2016 (USA)
  • Director: Denis Villeneuve
  • Starring: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner,
  • Forest Whitaker
  • Based on Story of Your Life by Ted Chiang
  • OST  Max Richter
  • Budget: 165 million USD
  • Box office: 701.8 million USD

1 Interstellar

best Sci-Fi movies
Interstellar (2014) is an American-British best Sci-Fi film directed by Christopher Nolan. Starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, and Jessica Chastain.

The story takes place in the future where humanity is trying to survive because of the lack of natural resources. The story follows a group of astronauts who travel through a wormhole near Saturn in search of a new home planet for humanity.

  • Initial release: October 26, 2014 (USA)
  • Director: Christopher Nolan
  • Starring: Matthew McConaughey,
  • Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Bill
  • Irwin, Ellen Burstyn, Michael Caine
  • Featured song: S.T.A.Y.
  • OST  Hans Zimmer
  • Budget: 165 million USD
  • Box office: 701.8 million USD