10 Greatest Sci-Fi Movies of 21st Century

10 Greatest Sci-Fi Movies of 21st Century
10 Greatest Sci-Fi Movies of 21st Century

Ever since the cinema was born, there’s one genre that has been capable of entertaining us for ages. Aliens to time travel to apocalypse; Sci-Fi genre is rich in content and delivered lots of memorable films that are rich both in terms of story and technology. Industry people believe that this specific genre alone enjoys an excellent following for pretty much over a century and therefore the audiences flock into theaters to expertise some mind-bending storylines and kickass visuals whenever an honest Sci-Fi Movies is made.

10. Annihilation (2018) IMDB: 6.9

Directed by Alex Garland, Starring the gorgeous and ever-talented Natalie Portman in the lead role, Annihilation is about Lena’s mission to unveil the mystery behind a shimmer that is expanding across the American Coastline. The movie starts as an emotional drama and expands its wings to the Horror genre to finally end up as a mind-bending flick that keeps you intrigued even once the movie ends. 

9. Source Code (2011) IMDB: 7.5

Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, and Vera Farmiga, Source code is one hell of a roller coaster ride that has every element in the right degree. From galvanizing storyline to engaging screenplay to astounding performance, Source Code is one fun-ride that you could never miss if you are a fan of Sci-fi movies. Directed by Duncan Jones, this movie is easily one of the best sci-fi movies of this century with highly engaging moments and terrific performances from the lead actors.

Source Code
Image Credits: Summit Entertainment

8. Looper (2012) IMDB: 7.4

A Puzzling movie that has a complex storyline and accompanied by an alluring performance from the highly proclaimed and proven actors like Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt could be the fun-ride that you would look forward to. Directed by Rian Johnson, this sci-fi movie with good old-fashioned action and overwhelmingly satisfying futurist sci-fi plot is a must-watch experience for all the movie buffs out there.

7. Snowpiercer (2013) IMDB: 7.1

Directed by one of the most celebrated icons of world cinema, Bong Joon-ho, Starring our very own (Captain America) Chris Evans, Snowpiercer is one hell of an action saga blending well with the sci-fi genre to give audience one unarguably memorable cinematic experience. The movie tells us the struggles of poor people and the access given to the rich people poetically without any compromise and what is more exciting about this movie is the depiction of a train as a metaphor to convey the concept of imbalance in the society.

6. Her (2013) IMDB: 8.0

A story about a loner and his love towards an Artificial Intelligence will make you fall in selfless love and bid a flawless smile only to end up experiencing something much more than that. Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, and Scarlett Johansson (Voice) as Artificial Intelligence and Directed by Spike Jonze, this movie teaches the audiences about humanity in an unconventional method letting you know more about the sensitivity of humans and depths of emotions we possess. 

5. Gravity (2013) IMDB: 7.7

Watching a person getting lost in the space and fighting for survival has never been so frightening and nail-biting in recent times. Gravity has all the elements that could observe you to space via a theater and give you chills for every bit of a second. Directed by Alfonso Cuarón, starring Sandra Bullock, the film is outwardly dazzling and grasping all through the runtime. Gravity, as a Sci-fi film, will always be remembered in cinema history for the excellence it accomplished in technical aspects.

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4. Inception (2010) IMDB: 8.8

Sci-Fi movies list will always stay incomplete if you forget to include a Christopher Nolan movie into it. Yes, he did a very few movies in the respective genre but none of them is a forgettable affair. Inception is the movie that unleashes the complex narration skills of Nolan to the fullest, where you could never have time to decode the things happening on the screen but only could help you to experience something phenomenal in both storytelling and acting. The movie stars one of the phenomenal actors of Hollywood, Leonardo DiCaprio as the main lead and what could we ask for when Nolan and Dicaprio come with a Sci-Fi story?

Inception movie

3. Ex Machina (2014) IMDB: 7.7

One more movie directed by Alex Garland in the rundown, but this is time we present you the movie that doesn’t question and justifies the ethics. The movie is all about Artificial Intelligence and its POV which is complex, intriguing, and engaging at the same time. The movie doesn’t preach the values; instead, it is a journey that tells you about the life and importance of being independent and self-reliable. Starring Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, and Oscar Isaac in lead roles, the film offers you an enchanting experience that you always remember.

2. Arrival (2016) IMDB: 7.9

This is a movie that is deeply disturbing and unconditionally mesmerizing at the same time. The movie starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner and directed by Denis Villeneuve is a must-watch experience for its soulful storyline, stellar performances, and the philosophical agenda it carries at the end. It is one such film that goes past the complexity factor in narration to evoke a few moral questions with Sci-fi elements lingering all over the movie.

1. Children of Men (2006) IMDB: 7.9

Directed by Alfonso Cuarón, Children of Men is one of the greatest sci-fi movies to come out of Hollywood. Starring Clive Owen and Julianne Moore, the movie is a dystopian science fiction film that touches the themes such as hope, faith, and redemption and leaves you spellbound thinking about how wonderful a cinema could be if it is blessed with the fascinating script, astonishing performance, and scintillating technical aspects. The last 20 minutes of the movie is the main USP, taking the entire movie to a whole new level which is of course accompanied by a soul-stirring plotline and impeccable execution-style. 

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