Special Report

50 Best Sci-Fi Movies Of All Time

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50. Interstellar (2014)
> IMDb user rating: 8.6/10 (1.6 million votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 86% (176,938 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 72% (367 reviews)
> Directed by: Christopher Nolan

In Christopher Nolan’s epic adventure across space and time, Matthew McConaughey and his crew travel through a wormhole near Saturn in an effort to save humanity. It was hailed as ambitious, beautiful to look at, and thought-provoking, and it won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects.

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49. Donnie Darko (2001)
> IMDb user rating: 8/10 (763,860 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 80% (31.0 million votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 86% (118 reviews)
> Directed by: Richard Kelly

Part sci-fi, part psychological thriller, “Donnie Darko,” released in 2001 remains a cult favorite to this day. It follows a troubled teenager (Jake Gyllenhaal), who narrowly escapes an extreme accident and begins having visions of a rabbit-costumed man who tells him that the world is about to end and manipulates him into committing crimes.

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48. Predator (1987)
> IMDb user rating: 7.8/10 (387,266 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 87% (389,324 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 82% (49 reviews)
> Directed by: John McTiernan

The first installment in a franchise that spawned additional films as well as novels, comic books, video games, and toys, “Predator” takes place in the Central American rainforest, where a paramilitary team led by Arnold Schwarzenegger is tasked with rescuing hostages but encounters a terrifying creature along the way. Stan Winston’s Predator design has become iconic, and the film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects.

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47. Gattaca (1997)
> IMDb user rating: 7.8/10 (290,017 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 87% (208,849 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 83% (64 reviews)
> Directed by: Andrew Niccol

Set in a dystopian future where children are engineered before birth to possess only their parents’ best genetic traits, “Gattaca” is centered on Vincent Freeman (Ethan Hawke), who dreams of going into space. Even though it wasn’t a box office success, it introduced many to the concept of human genetic engineering and Roger Ebert called it “one of the smartest and most provocative of science fiction films.”

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46. Looper (2012)
> IMDb user rating: 7.4/10 (550,438 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 82% (180,475 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 93% (269 reviews)
> Directed by: Rian Johnson

This sci-fi action thriller takes place in a world where time travel exists and a crime syndicate sends its enemies back in time to be killed without detection. It stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as an assassin, or “looper,” who’s tasked with killing his future self, played by Bruce Willis. A unique, engrossing, and thought-provoking film, it was selected to be the opening film of the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival and was a critical and commercial success.

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