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

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From the list, I've seen:

25. A Quiet Place (2018)
23. Snowpiercer (2013)
22. Colossal (2016)
20. Attack the Block (2011)
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)
11. The Martian (2015)
10. WALL-E (2008)
8. District 9 (2009)
7. Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
6. Dune (2021)
5. Ex Machina (2015)
3. Inception (2010)
1. Max Max: Fury Road (2015)

I mostly agree with the list, though I'd downvote Edge of Tomorrow and upvote Blade Runner 2049. If it wasn't specifically calling for movies, I'd replace Snowpiercer with the TV show. I didn't have high expectations for it, but I think the show surpasses the movie, telling a more nuanced, complicated, but no less thrilling tale.


What about Don't Look Up? Would it be considered science fiction?
Absolutely. Whatever you think of its quality, Don't Look Up is classic 'channeling contemporary anxieties about the future' science fiction.
Yep, but I simply do not care. 2001 is a master piece that transcends the decades. It is always of actuality. Always new ;)
Well since we're breaking the rules: Sense8, The OA.


I've seen about 18 of the list. I might have slept through one or two.

Missing from the list:

Europa Report - The best sci-fi movie you probably haven't heard of from the last 15 years. I'm surprised it didn't make the list, given some of the other small films that are represented.

Prometheus - Yes, I'm going there. I stand by it. Go with Alien: Covenant if you can't handle it.

Star Trek - Pick one. If you're going to throw a Star Wars movie on the list, you're nerdractually obligated to included a Trek film as well.

Honorable mention: Pandorum. Not amazing, but better than some of the lower tier stuff that made the list.

Doesn't belong on the list:

Looper - All three of these are movies that I liked, but I don't think rise to the level of "best". I really can't see watching any of them a second time.

Wall-E - This one pains me to call it out. I love this movie. It's my favorite Pixar movie of all time, and one of my favorite animated movies of all time. But that's the problem: it's animated. If you want to open this list up to animated movies instead of just live action, you have to consider many more amazing movies that are being left out, including anime. And the list is already being liberal with the definition of "sci-fi" with movies like Fury Road. If this stays on, there's a bunch more movies that need to join it.
I'm not a "found footage" kind of guy, but I enjoyed "Europa Report" very much.


I've only seen four of those and so will pass on egregious. I don't have enough samples for comparison.

The ones I saw were Pacific Rim , Blade Runner Inception and Interstellar

Reviews in brief

PR. An international/China market folk and meh

BR. Overrated but pretty.

IN. Didn't care for it

INT. OK but nothing special

The ones I did like from that period that were not on the list were Dredd and Oblivion with Tom Cruise. Both were pretty basic in many ways but quite entertaining. I can recommend "off the list " movies though since as noted I haven't seen enough of them and didn't really like any of them very much.


They didn't include Avatar?

One of the biggest movies ever, also made 3d a thing for a while.

Yep...I'd say they don't know what they are talking about.

Personal Preferences...

Tron Legacy
Men in Black International

and more recent

Dune (2021)

Including Looper or Her and excluding these..."yeah, well, that just, like, your opinion man"

PS: I've seen most of those on the List. It seems a little slanted. There are other Sci-Fi movies they left off while putting less than stellar ones on. Of course it's a staff poll rather than based on anything more their opinions of it.

PPS: I was mistaken apparently as Dune is on the list.

Still, wouldn't consider it valid without Avatar. Of most of the movies it has had the biggest impact in over a decade on Movies in general (the entire 3e thing) and even Science Fiction Movies (one could contest whether it revitalized Sci-Fi movies in general, but it is one that at least led the current revolution of Science Fiction popularity in the theater for the past decade).

Most of the other movies they list have NOTHING on that, or even come close to the cultural impact of it. It doesn't matter what one thinks of the movie itself, to ignore something with a bigger impact on cinema and science fiction than 90% of their lists sort of invalidates it IMO...of course.
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