The 25 Best Sci-Fi Movies of the Last 15 Years

Snarf Zagyg

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Den of Geek has an interesting and thought-provoking list of the best science fiction movies of the past twenty-five years.

Check it out!

For purposes of discussion, I think it would be helpful to do the following for comments:

A. How many of these 25 films have you seen?
-Include which ones you have not seen.

B. What film, or films, would you put on the list that are not on the list?
-If you're going to propose a film that should be on the list, you ALSO have to explain which film goes OFF the list.

C. Finally, what is the most egregious ranking(s) within the list?
-This is where you get to say that something was ranked too low or too high.

I really recommend clicking through to check it out, but if you don't, here's the list of the TOP 25 SCI-FI FILMS OF THE LAST 15 YEARS!

25. A Quiet Place (2018)
24. Moon (2009)
23. Snowpiercer (2013)
22. Colossal (2016)
21. The Endless (2017)
20. Attack the Block (2011)
19. Under the Skin (2013)
18. Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
17. Gravity (2013)
16. Pacific Rim (2013)
15. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
14. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
13. Annihilation (2018)
12. Looper (2012)
11. The Martian (2015)
10. WALL-E (2008)
9. Her (2013)
8. District 9 (2009)
7. Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
6. Dune (2021)
5. Ex Machina (2015)
4. Interstellar (2014)
3. Inception (2010)
2. Arrival (2016)
1. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

I'm going to post a response that corresponds with my requirements, above, but my general opinion is ...

This is about right. It focuses on the intelligent and important sci-fi over the popcorn movies, while still having some incredible examples of the best popcorn movies. I can, and will, quibble with specific examples but this is a much better overall list than many I have seen.

I'd give it a solid B+, maybe an A-.
 
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Snarf Zagyg

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Let’s see!



A. 24/25.

The one film I haven’t seen is Colossal. And it’s funny, because I remember when it came out, and I was all like, “Ima gonna see that.” And then I remember it was streaming, and I was all like, “Ima gonna see that.” And I didn’t see that. Totally forget about it. Now I have something to see! Yay me!



B. This one is interesting … let’s see, 15 years is …. 2007. That just excludes Children of Men (2006) (which would probably be my choice), which was my first thoughts. And Eternal Sunshine (2004). Maybe …. Sunshine (2007)? Upstream Color (2013)? The Lobster (2015)?

I’d do a two-fer. I’d add Sunshine and The Lobster and remove Rogue One (which was good, but mostly benefits from being better than the other new Star Wars movies) and District 9 (which seemed so good and important at the time, but really didn’t work for me as a movie when I re-watched it a couple of years ago).



C. I think that Under the Skin is criminally underrated. It’s a slow and pensive movie, but it’s the type that will linger with you for years (like Annihilation, or Ex Machina, or Her, or Arrival). On the other hand, Interstellar is a good movie that isn’t nearly as profound as it wants to believe. It’s 2001 for people that never understood 2001.
 


Seen all, own a few of these. A few I liked, other I would not even recommend at all.
Buuuuuuut...

Any lists that does not include
2001 a Space Odyssey is just flatly wrong.
 

MarkB

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I've seen maybe half the films on the list. Of those I've seen, there aren't really any that I'd quibble being on there, except that I wasn't particularly taken with the Bladerunner sequel when I saw it at the cinema. I need to give it another chance at some point.
 


MGibster

Legend
25. A Quiet Place (2018)
24. Moon (2009)
23. Snowpiercer (2013)
22. Colossal (2016)
21. The Endless (2017)
20. Attack the Block (2011)
19. Under the Skin (2013)
18. Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
17. Gravity (2013)
16. Pacific Rim (2013)

15. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
14. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
13. Annihilation (2018)
12. Looper (2012)
11. The Martian (2015)

10. WALL-E (2008)
9. Her (2013)
8. District 9 (2009)
7. Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
6. Dune (2021)
5. Ex Machina (2015)
4. Interstellar (2014)
3. Inception (2010)
2. Arrival (2016)

1. Max Max: Fury Road (2015)

I've only seen the six movies I didn't highlight but I rarely ever go see movies and if I miss it in the theater it can take years and years before I see it at home. Of the movies I saw, Mad Max was the best one but I don't think of it as science fiction though that's not a hill I'm going to die on.
 


Cadence

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Saw 18, 15, 14, and 10.

I need help. What makes a super-hero movie count as sci-fi or not (like Guardians of the Galaxy, as opposed to the Ant-Man ones, the final two Avengers ones, or Thor Ragnorak?). What about others that have it in their descriptors, like Big Hero 6 or Monsters vs. Aliens count? I am legend?

Is it how high up on the list of descriptors that sci-fi shows up?
 

Den of Geek has an interesting and thought-provoking list of the best science fiction movies of the past twenty-five years.

Check it out!

For purposes of discussion, I think it would be helpful to do the following for comments:

A. How many of these 25 films have you seen?
-Include which ones you have not seen.

B. What film, or films, would you put on the list that are not on the list?
-If you're going to propose a film that should be on the list, you ALSO have to explain which film goes OFF the list.

C. Finally, what is the most egregious ranking(s) within the list?
-This is where you get to say that something was ranked too low or too high.

I really recommend clicking through to check it out, but if you don't, here's the list of the TOP 25 SCI-FI FILMS OF THE LAST 15 YEARS!

25. A Quiet Place (2018)
24. Moon (2009)
23. Snowpiercer (2013)
22. Colossal (2016)
21. The Endless (2017)
20. Attack the Block (2011)
19. Under the Skin (2013)
18. Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
17. Gravity (2013)
16. Pacific Rim (2013)
15. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
14. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
13. Annihilation (2018)
12. Looper (2012)
11. The Martian (2015)
10. WALL-E (2008)
9. Her (2013)
8. District 9 (2009)
7. Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
6. Dune (2021)
5. Ex Machina (2015)
4. Interstellar (2014)
3. Inception (2010)
2. Arrival (2016)
1. Max Max: Fury Road (2015)

I'm going to post a response that corresponds with my requirements, above, but my general opinion is ...

This is about right. It focuses on the intelligent and important sci-fi over the popcorn movies, while still having some incredible examples of the best popcorn movies. I can, and will, quibble with specific examples but this is a much better overall list than many I have seen.

I'd give it a solid B+, maybe an A-.

A. Seen 23 out of 25. Haven't seen A Quiet Place or The Endless.

B. I'd add Melancholia and Coherence.

C. Interstellar and Dune are rated too high. Under the Skin is rated too low. Rogue One shouldn't be on this list.
 

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