10 Best Sci-Fi Action Movies

Wednesday, January 19 by Travis Petersen

The 10 best sci-fi action movies provide some of the best thrills of any set of films made over the last half of a century. Combining futuristic settings or fantastical elements with exciting stunts, fights and chases, the ten best sci-fi action movies offer something for everyone. Even someone who's not normally a fan of science fiction can find something to love on our list of the ten best sci-fi action movies.

  1. "The Empire Strikes Back" – The best of the "Star Wars" films tops our list of the ten best sci-fi action movies. From the opening battle on the ice planet Hoth to Luke's climactic light saber duel with Darth Vader and the subsequent revelation that results, it provides the best character moments and thrills in the series.
  2. "Blade Runner" – Ridley's Scott's dystopic tale of replicants and the man sent to hunt them down (Harrison Ford) is next on our list of the ten best sci-fi action movies. Its art direction and climactic fight make it a perfect choice for the list.
  3. "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" – Chases, special effects and explosions had never been combined in such a way as when "Terminator 2" hit the screen. This entry on our list of the ten best sci-fi action movies is a summer blockbuster that continues to deliver the goods.
  4. "Star Wars" - The sci-fi adventure that started it all definitely belongs on our list of the ten best sci-fi action movies. Though it has since been surpassed by its sequel, at the time it changed everything.
  5. "Jurassic Park" – Steven Spielberg's summer blockbuster made many viewers wonder if maybe dinosaurs really had come back to life. It begins slowly, but once it's going it's one of the best sci-fi action movies to ever hit theaters.
  6. "The Matrix" – Game changing special effects and gravity defying action sequences dominate this entry on our list. Though the sequels did not live up to their potential, the original remains one of the best sci-fi action movies.
  7. "Robocop" – Future satire and violent action meld in this film from Paul Verhoeven. "Robocop" is truly one of the best sci-fi action movies.
  8. "The Terminator" – The original "Terminator" may have been surpassed by its sequel, but it is one of the best sci-fi action movies in its own right, on a much smaller budget. It made Arnold a star and gave us the classic line, "I'll be back."
  9. "Aliens" – James Cameron's third entry on our list of the best sci-fi action movies is very different from the original "Alien," trading psychological scares for non-stop rollercoaster action. There is some debate to which is the better approach, but "Aliens" is quite good in its own right.
  10. "Demolition Man" – Possibly the most comedic entry on our list, "Demolition Man" closes out the best sci-fi action movies. Sly Stallone and Wesley Snipes, as a cop and crook from modern times awakened in a politically correct future that cannot handle them, entertain immensely in this silly but solid movie.

References: 

The Matrix on IMDB

Robocop on IMDB

The Terminator on IMDB

Aliens on IMDB

Demolition Man on IMDB

COMMENTS

  1. January 19, 2011 6:43 am

    Tord

    Since The Thing aint on the list it must be invalid.