Special Report

50 Best Sci-Fi Movies Of All Time

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45. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
> IMDb user rating: 7.8/10 (387,268 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 72% (32.3 million votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 98% (133 reviews)
> Directed by: Steven Spielberg

A massive blockbuster that’s widely regarded to be one of the best films of all time, “E.T.” was an immediate smash upon its 1982 release, and held the title of highest-grossing film of all time for 11 years. In it, a boy named Elliot (Henry Thomas) befriends a stranded alien, and has to help him return to his home with the help of his friends and family. It was added to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress in 1994.

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44. Upgrade (2018)
> IMDb user rating: 7.5/10 (171,876 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 87% (6,048 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 88% (193 reviews)
> Directed by: Leigh Whannell

“Upgrade” stars Logan Marshall-Green as a mechanic who becomes a paraplegic after a mugging. He’s implanted with an experimental chip called STEM that allows him to walk again, but with some unexpected side effects. In May 2020 it was announced that a TV series based on the film was in the works.

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43. The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)
> IMDb user rating: 7.6/10 (17,039 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 82% (3,894 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 92% (26 reviews)
> Directed by: Jack Arnold

A sci-fi classic based on the 1956 Richard Matheson novel “The Shrinking Man,” this film stars Grant Williams as a man who notices that he’s slowly shrinking after having been enveloped by a mysterious fog. He continues to get smaller and smaller, and battles the family cat and (later on) a spider. It was hailed for its great special effects and selected for the National Film Registry in 2009. Plans for a John Landis-helmed sequel as well as a 2003 remake starring Eddie Murphy never made it past the planning stages.

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42. RoboCop (1987)
> IMDb user rating: 7.6/10 (235,958 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 84% (226,534 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 90% (68 reviews)
> Directed by: Paul Verhoeven

An icon of the ’80s, “RoboCop” is set in a futuristic crime-ridden Detroit, where a policeman played by Peter Weller is murdered and revived by a megacorporation as a ruthlessly brutal cyborg/killing machine called RoboCop. The film can be interpreted as a satire on Ronald Reagan’s pro-business political agenda; it’s also super violent, and laugh-out-loud funny at times, and an incredible special effects showcase. It launched a franchise that includes sequels, a reboot, TV series, video games, comic books, and toys.

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41. Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)
> IMDb user rating: 7.7/10 (472,231 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 89% (313,001 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 84% (293 reviews)
> Directed by: J.J. Abrams

The second installment in the rebooted “Star Trek” film series that began with 2009’s “Star Trek,” “Star Trek Into Darkness” follows Captain Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto), and the rest of the USS Enterprise gang as they voyage to the Klingon homeworld of Kronos in search of a former Starfleet member named John Harrison, who’s become a terrorist. It was a huge success, grossing $467 million worldwide, making it the highest-grossing “Star Trek” film to date.

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