The 10 great sci-fi movies take stories that seem impossible or futuristic and make smart movies about them based in this science fiction based world. These movies remain entertaining for the mass audience while never treating the more hardcore sci-fi fans like they are dumb.

  1. “The Empire Strikes Back” – While the groundbreaking trilogy has turned into six movies, the second one released remains one of the all-time great sci-fi movies. The movie is unique because the bad guys win most of the battles in the movie and it ends on a cliffhanger, keeping fans waiting to see how it all wrapped up.

  2. “The Matrix” – This movie changed the ways sci-fi was looked at and remains one of the great sci-fi movies over a decade later. The movie follows a world where the computers have alread taken over and follows a resistance group trying to regain their humanity.

  3. “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” – This is another case where the sequel surpasses the original and remains one of the great sci-fi movies ever made. Arnold Schwarzenegger is back and this time, he is the good guy trying to save the world instead of the bad guy trying to help end it.

  4. “Aliens” – While the first movie included aliens and outer space, it is more of a horror movie while this second installment is clearly one of the great sci-fi movies. The movie adds a military twist in an attempt to explain the existence of the aliens in this world.

  5. “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” – It may not look like science fiction but this remains one of the all-time great sci-fi movies of all time. A machine exists in this world that can erase all memories of something from a person’s mind and a couple decides to end their relationship by simply erasing it.

  6. “Back to the Future”Time travel is a sci-fi favorite, and this is the best of the great sci-fi movies involving the phenomenon. Michael J. Fox stars in this movie about a young man who is sent back in time and decides to try to change the future for his misbegotten family.

  7. “2001: A Space Odyssey” – One of the all-time great classics, this is one of the all-time great sci-fi movies ever made. The movie starts with the beginning of the world and shows, through evolution, the progress of the world ending with the existence of the next great life form.

  8. “Blade Runner” – Ridley Scott directs this, one of the great sci-fi movies in cinema history. Humanity has developed a way to create Replicants, beings who are not human that can be used for work projects and menial tasks. When they get too independent, and dangerous, Blade Runners are sent in to eliminate them.

  9. “District 9” – One of the most recent additions to this list, this is one of the great sci-fi movies. The movie takes the real life infamy of South African apartheid and supposes that it happens to aliens who are stranded on Earth instead of humans, showing a new kind of racism.

  10. “Twelve Monkeys” – Created by one of the original members of the Monty Python comedy troupe, this is one of the all-tome great sci-fi movies. A prisoner is sent back to the past to discover what caused the disaster that destroyed the world of the future.