The Truly Ultimate Sci-Fi List

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1. After Earth (2013)

PG-13 | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

33 Metascore

A crash landing leaves Kitai Raige and his father Cypher stranded on Earth, a millennium after events forced humanity's escape. With Cypher injured, Kitai must embark on a perilous journey to signal for help.

Director: M. Night Shyamalan | Stars: Jaden Smith, David Denman, Will Smith, Sophie Okonedo

Votes: 184,563 | Gross: $60.52M

2. Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

PG-13 | 132 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

72 Metascore

After the crew of the Enterprise find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one-man weapon of mass destruction.

Director: J.J. Abrams | Stars: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Benedict Cumberbatch

Votes: 449,962 | Gross: $228.78M

3. World War Z (2013)

PG-13 | 116 min | Action, Adventure, Horror

63 Metascore

Former United Nations employee Gerry Lane traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments, and threatening to destroy humanity itself.

Director: Marc Forster | Stars: Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz, James Badge Dale

Votes: 565,190 | Gross: $202.36M

4. Upstream Color (2013)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

81 Metascore

A man and woman are drawn together, entangled in the life cycle of an ageless organism. Identity becomes an illusion as they struggle to assemble the loose fragments of wrecked lives.

Director: Shane Carruth | Stars: Amy Seimetz, Frank Mosley, Shane Carruth, Andrew Sensenig

Votes: 29,131 | Gross: $0.44M

5. Pacific Rim (2013)

PG-13 | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

65 Metascore

As a war between humankind and monstrous sea creatures wages on, a former pilot and a trainee are paired up to drive a seemingly obsolete special weapon in a desperate effort to save the world from the apocalypse.

Director: Guillermo del Toro | Stars: Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day

Votes: 449,778 | Gross: $101.80M

6. Oblivion (I) (2013)

PG-13 | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

54 Metascore

A veteran assigned to extract Earth's remaining resources begins to question what he knows about his mission and himself.

Director: Joseph Kosinski | Stars: Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Andrea Riseborough, Olga Kurylenko

Votes: 462,283 | Gross: $89.02M

7. Elysium (I) (2013)

R | 109 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

61 Metascore

In the year 2154, the very wealthy live on a man-made space station while the rest of the population resides on a ruined Earth. A man takes on a mission that could bring equality to the polarized worlds.

Director: Neill Blomkamp | Stars: Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga

Votes: 402,070 | Gross: $93.05M

8. The World's End (2013)

R | 109 min | Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi

81 Metascore

Five friends who reunite in an attempt to top their epic pub crawl from twenty years earlier unwittingly become humanity's only hope for survival.

Director: Edgar Wright | Stars: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Rosamund Pike

Votes: 242,748 | Gross: $26.00M

9. Ender's Game (2013)

PG-13 | 114 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

51 Metascore

Young Ender Wiggin is recruited by the International Military to lead the fight against the Formics, an insectoid alien race who had previously tried to invade Earth and had inflicted heavy losses on humankind.

Director: Gavin Hood | Stars: Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin

Votes: 214,391 | Gross: $61.74M

10. The Prototype (III)

95 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller | Post-production

A government agent stumbles upon an alien conspiracy to conquer Earth. Using a blue liquid created by the aliens to make soldiers stronger, he becomes The Prototype-the only hope for mankind.

Director: Marcelo Grion | Stars: Victoria De Mare, Mark Vasconcellos, Theresa Tilly, Jamie Noel

11. After the Dark (2013)

R | 107 min | Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

37 Metascore

At an international school in Jakarta, a philosophy teacher challenges his class of twenty graduating seniors to choose which ten of them would take shelter underground and reboot the human race in the event of a nuclear apocalypse.

Director: John Huddles | Stars: James D'Arcy, Sophie Lowe, Daryl Sabara, Freddie Stroma

Votes: 20,337

12. Escape Plan (2013)

R | 115 min | Action, Thriller

49 Metascore

When a structural-security authority finds himself set up and incarcerated in the world's most secret and secure prison, he has to use his skills to escape with help from the inside.

Director: Mikael Håfström | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, 50 Cent, Vincent D'Onofrio

Votes: 216,077 | Gross: $25.13M

13. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

PG-13 | 146 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

76 Metascore

Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem.

Director: Francis Lawrence | Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Philip Seymour Hoffman

Votes: 584,449 | Gross: $424.67M

14. 51 Degrees North (2015)

Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Damon Miller is a filmmaker grappling with the pressures of an impoverished profession and a dissolving relationship. One routine assignment will change his life as he is involved in the disturbing research into Near-Earth Objects.

Director: Grigorij Richters | Stars: Moritz von Zeddelmann, Dolly-Ann Osterloh, Steven Cree, Steve Nallon

Votes: 143

15. The Avengers (2012)

PG-13 | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

69 Metascore

Earth's mightiest heroes must come together and learn to fight as a team if they are going to stop the mischievous Loki and his alien army from enslaving humanity.

Director: Joss Whedon | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner

Votes: 1,207,023 | Gross: $623.28M

16. Man of Steel (2013)

PG-13 | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

55 Metascore

Clark Kent is an alien who as a child was evacuated from his dying world and came to Earth, living as a normal human. But when survivors of his alien home invade Earth, he must reveal himself to the world.

Director: Zack Snyder | Stars: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane

Votes: 659,006 | Gross: $291.05M

17. The Hunger Games (2012)

PG-13 | 142 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

68 Metascore

Katniss Everdeen voluntarily takes her younger sister's place in the Hunger Games: a televised competition in which two teenagers from each of the twelve Districts of Panem are chosen at random to fight to the death.

Director: Gary Ross | Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Stanley Tucci

Votes: 806,462 | Gross: $408.01M

18. Dredd (2012)

R | 95 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

60 Metascore

In a violent, futuristic city where the police have the authority to act as judge, jury and executioner, a cop teams with a trainee to take down a gang that deals the reality-altering drug, SLO-MO.

Director: Pete Travis | Stars: Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, Lena Headey, Rachel Wood

Votes: 238,801 | Gross: $13.41M

19. Battleship (2012)

PG-13 | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

41 Metascore

A fleet of ships is forced to do battle with an armada of unknown origins in order to discover and thwart their destructive goals.

Director: Peter Berg | Stars: Alexander Skarsgård, Brooklyn Decker, Liam Neeson, Rihanna

Votes: 227,771 | Gross: $65.42M

20. Prometheus (I) (2012)

R | 124 min | Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi

64 Metascore

Following clues to the origin of mankind, a team finds a structure on a distant moon, but they soon realize they are not alone.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Noomi Rapace, Logan Marshall-Green, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron

Votes: 546,385 | Gross: $126.48M

21. Chronicle (2012)

PG-13 | 84 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

69 Metascore

Three high school friends gain superpowers after making an incredible discovery underground. Soon they find their lives spinning out of control and their bond tested as they embrace their darker sides.

Director: Josh Trank | Stars: Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell, Michael B. Jordan, Michael Kelly

Votes: 232,004 | Gross: $64.58M

22. Men in Black 3 (2012)

PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

58 Metascore

Agent J travels in time to M.I.B.'s early days in 1969 to stop an alien from assassinating his friend Agent K and changing history.

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld | Stars: Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Jemaine Clement

Votes: 318,487 | Gross: $179.02M

23. Lockout (2012)

PG-13 | 95 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

48 Metascore

A man wrongly convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage against the U.S. is offered his freedom if he can rescue the president's daughter from an outer space prison taken over by violent inmates.

Directors: James Mather, Steve Saint Leger | Stars: Guy Pearce, Maggie Grace, Peter Stormare, Vincent Regan

Votes: 90,432 | Gross: $14.33M

24. Total Recall (I) (2012)

PG-13 | 118 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

43 Metascore

A factory worker, Douglas Quaid, begins to suspect that he is a spy after visiting Recall - a company that provides its clients with implanted fake memories of a life they would like to have led - goes wrong and he finds himself on the run.

Director: Len Wiseman | Stars: Colin Farrell, Bokeem Woodbine, Bryan Cranston, Kate Beckinsale

Votes: 231,469 | Gross: $58.88M

25. Looper (2012)

R | 113 min | Action, Crime, Drama

84 Metascore

In 2074, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, the target is sent into the past, where a hired gun awaits - someone like Joe - who one day learns the mob wants to 'close the loop' by sending back Joe's future self for assassination.

Director: Rian Johnson | Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Paul Dano

Votes: 508,985 | Gross: $66.49M

26. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012)

R | 101 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

59 Metascore

As an asteroid nears Earth, a man finds himself alone after his wife leaves in a panic. He decides to take a road trip to reunite with his high school sweetheart. Accompanying him is a neighbor who inadvertently puts a wrench in his plan.

Director: Lorene Scafaria | Stars: Steve Carell, Keira Knightley, Melanie Lynskey, Patton Oswalt

Votes: 103,333 | Gross: $6.62M

27. Under the Skin (I) (2013)

R | 108 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

78 Metascore

A mysterious young woman seduces lonely men in the evening hours in Scotland. However, events lead her to begin a process of self-discovery.

Director: Jonathan Glazer | Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy McWilliams, Lynsey Taylor Mackay, Dougie McConnell

Votes: 116,867 | Gross: $2.61M

28. Atlas Shrugged II: The Strike (2012)

PG-13 | 111 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

26 Metascore

Railroad owner Dagny Taggart and steel mogul Henry Rearden search desperately for the inventor of a revolutionary motor as the U.S. government continues to spread its control over the national economy.

Director: John Putch | Stars: Samantha Mathis, Jason Beghe, Esai Morales, Patrick Fabian

Votes: 6,495 | Gross: $3.33M

29. Alien Uprising (2012)

R | 101 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

The real "battle" is the insurgence within mankind itself.

Director: Dominic Burns | Stars: Bianca Brigitte VanDamme, Andrew Shim, Sean Brosnan, Simon Phillips

Votes: 3,217

30. Robot & Frank (2012)

PG-13 | 89 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

67 Metascore

In the near future, an ex-jewel thief receives a gift from his son: a robot butler programmed to look after him. But soon the two companions try their luck as a heist team.

Director: Jake Schreier | Stars: Peter Sarsgaard, Frank Langella, Susan Sarandon, Liv Tyler

Votes: 59,906 | Gross: $3.33M

31. The Wind Is Watching (2014)

94 min | Sci-Fi

In the midst of America's Second Civil War, a young woman named Cara Gardner must journey across the colonized "Blue" states in hopes of finding her only remaining family.

Director: Conrad Faraj | Stars: Nicole Ann Hicks, Rick Montgomery Jr., Logan Roberts, Aleksandar Zivkovic

Votes: 22

32. Branded (2012)

R | 106 min | Drama, Fantasy, Thriller

20 Metascore

In future Moscow, where corporate brands have created a disillusioned population, one man's effort to unlock the truth behind the conspiracy will lead to an epic battle with hidden forces that control the world.

Directors: Jamie Bradshaw, Aleksandr Dulerayn | Stars: Ed Stoppard, Leelee Sobieski, Jeffrey Tambor, Ingeborga Dapkunaite

Votes: 8,568 | Gross: $0.35M

33. Antiviral (2012)

Not Rated | 108 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

55 Metascore

In a blackly satirical near future, a thriving industry sells celebrity illnesses to their obsessed fans. Employee Syd March's attempts to exploit the system backfire when they involve him in a potentially deadly mystery.

Director: Brandon Cronenberg | Stars: Caleb Landry Jones, Lisa Berry, Sarah Gadon, Malcolm McDowell

Votes: 11,212

34. Occupied (I)

95 min | Action, Drama, Horror | Announced

Ben, a soldier arrives home on leave following the death of his mother. Soon Ben discovers his mother was murdered, and that his own father might be at the center of a deadly, mysterious web that threatens to destroy the entire town.

Stars: Katrina Gow, Michael O'Malley, Maria Fernandez, Stephen Costan

35. Empires of the Deep

Sci-Fi | Completed

Set in a mythical world, the story of an unlikely love story between a young human and a mermaid.

Directors: Michael French, Jonathan Lawrence, Scott Miller | Stars: Olga Kurylenko, Valeska Miller, Mi Yang, Davy Williams

36. Quarantine L.A. (2013)

Not Rated | 75 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A group of seven strangers try to survive and escape from isolated Los Angeles that has been infected by a strange, human changing virus.

Director: Filip Maciejewicz | Stars: Bo Linton, Eugenia Kuzmina, Nina Kate, Adrian Voo

Votes: 483

37. Vanquisher (2016)

90 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Sector 70 is a noir-ish dystopian future where prosperity belongs to the few - and those determined to take it. Jarron Brenner did well by the system until his body was invaded by the ... See full summary »

Director: Dean Gold | Stars: Ben Seton, Dominika Juillet, Gil Navarra, Daz Crawford

Votes: 150

38. Sexy Evil Genius (2013 Video)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

A group of guys are drawn to the same bar in downtown Los Angeles by an ex-girlfriend they all have in common.

Director: Shawn Piller | Stars: Katee Sackhoff, Anthony Michael Hall, Michelle Trachtenberg, Seth Green

Votes: 3,418

39. Strange Frame: Love & Sax (2012)

Not Rated | 98 min | Animation, Crime, Music

In a dystopian spacefaring future, Naia, a female guitarist, and Parker, a female saxophonist, fall in love and form a successful band together. A sleazy music producer breaks them up. When his acts start dying, Parker must save Naia.

Director: G.B. Hajim | Stars: Claudia Black, Tara Strong, Ron Glass, Cree Summer

Votes: 1,498

40. The 25th Reich (2012)

85 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

In 1943, five US soldiers are recruited by the OSS for a time travel mission to save the world from the tyranny of Hitler's 25th Reich.

Director: Stephen Amis | Stars: Jim Knobeloch, Serge De Nardo, Angelo Salamanca, Jak Wyld

Votes: 1,043

41. The Rift (I) (2012)

26 min | Short, Sci-Fi, Thriller

An aspiring scientist discovers that behind dark rifts that are appearing in the sky, there is something that wants to cross to our side.

Director: Robert Kouba | Stars: Robert Kouba Senior, Quinn Butterfield, Eileen Grubba, Ralph Guzzo

Votes: 5,502

42. Grabbers (2012)

Not Rated | 94 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

62 Metascore

When an island off the coast of Ireland is invaded by bloodsucking aliens, the heroes discover that getting drunk is the only way to survive.

Director: Jon Wright | Stars: Killian Coyle, Stuart Graham, Michael Hough, Richard Coyle

Votes: 16,065

43. Rock Jocks (2012)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

A group of dysfunctional government employees find themselves responsible for shooting down asteroids that are headed for earth.

Director: Paul V. Seetachitt | Stars: Andrew Bowen, Felicia Day, Justin Chon, Gerry Bednob

Votes: 463