Although it’s not immediately obvious, you’ll find a lot of great sci-fi movies here.. Absolute classics from The Terminator to Invasion of the Bodyguards as well . One of them It is regarded as the best hidden sci-fi gem out there.
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Remember Dane DeHaan from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 starring in this found footage sci-fi? He plays a friendless teenager who develops telekinetic abilities. What starts out as a way to have fun and joke ends up being an act that goes too far. With its superhero origin story, Chronicle is a smart, documentary-style sci-fi actioner.
The sci-fi actioner that put director Neill Blomkamp on the map. Hybrid found footage transports you directly into the intense action of an alien spacecraft appearing over Johannesburg, Africa in 1982. A unique, exciting and somewhat political classic.
Yes, this is a prequel movie. Yes, this is the fifth in the Alien franchise. Yes, it’s spectacular, and its plot doesn’t do the stunning visuals justice. But Prometheus introduced us to David, a brilliantly creepy and annoying android played by Michael Fassbender. Its plot may not quite make sense in the end, but there’s no denying the entertainment value of this sci-fi horror.
This low-budget indie has amazingly high production values, impressive performances, and inventive camerawork to help tell the story of two teenagers in New Mexico in the 50s. A skilled pair pursues the potentially extraterrestrial origin of a mysterious sound frequency.
City of Lost Children (1995)
Before Amélie, Jean-Pierre Jeunet brought his talent and visual stylings to science fiction fantasy (directed by Marc Caro). City of Lost Children follows an evil scientist who kidnaps children, believing their dreams are the key to preventing aging.
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For those without a Black Mirror, this will be a way to fill the void. The Black Box follows a father trying to put his life back together after a car accident. He agrees to an experimental procedure that takes him into the darkest recesses of his mind.
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For well-crafted, thoughtful science fiction that makes sure it doesn’t let its meditations overwhelm its entertainment value, The Archive is a great shout-out. Gavin Rothery’s British directorial debut stars Theo James as a scientist working to make artificial intelligence as human as possible. His reasons are secret, personal, and he’s sure to throw a spanner in the works. Drawing comparisons to Ex Machina, The Archive is sure to tell a story with an intelligent focus on character.
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Coherence doesn’t need an Avatar-sized budget to create a compelling story. The low-budget indie film follows friends who start seeing strange events after a comet passes over them at dinner. All the more troubling for its grounded structure, Coherence nails the short of a true indie gem.
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Interesting premise? Check it out. Low budget? Check it out. Twist at the end? Check it out. This indie sci-fi mystery from Travis Milloy cements its spot on Google Search for “best indie sci-fi gems.” The complex story of Infinity Ward follows a man held in an automated isolation ward. He has to fight superior technology to escape, which is quite a challenge.
Two Minutes Beyond Infinity (2020)
How cool and interesting is this title? Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes is a low-budget time travel comedy from Japanese filmmaker Junta Yamaguchi. Wild premise: A cafe worker discovers that his TV can show him what happened 2 minutes later. There’s clearly more to it, and the results are as creative and interesting as you’d expect under the constraints of indie filmmaking. A stone.
Invasion of the Body Thieves (1978)
Remakes are rarely better than the original, but sometimes there is a notable exception. The 1978 version of Bodyguards is based on the excellent 1956 sci-fi horror, which tells the story of a health inspector and his colleague who realize that the population of San Francisco is slowly being replaced by drone-like replicants. Invasion of the Bodyguards, led by Donald Sutherland, has been hailed as one of the best science fiction of all time, creating an atmosphere filled with dread and paranoia.
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Not much needs to be said about the first in the Terminator franchise. Seemingly born from a fever dream, James Cameron’s story introduces us to a cyborg assassin sent from the future to kill Sarah Connor, her own son to save humanity from a robot apocalypse.
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Before Dune, Denis Villeneuve directed another huge sci-fi classic. Arrival stars Amy Adams as a linguist with a past personal tragedy. When a mysterious extraterrestrial spacecraft orbits Earth, he is recruited to make contact — with completely unexpected life-changing consequences. Arrival is the complete package with performances, cinematography and writing that are out of this world.
Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)
The second Star Trek film in the rebooted franchise highlights the terrifying adventure with Benedict Cumberbatch’s memorable villain from Khan. The gang aboard the USS Enterprise heads into a restricted space zone to save an endangered species. While it’s a little dated — with a gratuitous underwear scene and a shift in ethnicity for Khan — Into Darkness is a very interesting ride.
The Fifth Element isn’t for everyone, but if you’re in the mood for an open-space adventure, it’ll bring all the blue alien opera you could wish for. Follow taxi driver Corben Dallas as he pursues a mysterious fifth element that can defeat a cosmic evil force.
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Look, it’s another Roland Emmerich movie! It follows the last stand of Earth’s resistance soldiers against an alien invasion, an event they put on the 4th of July calendar.
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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005)
Sci-fi comedy isn’t always successful, and this Douglas Adams adaptation will either be weird in a good way, if you’re familiar with the source material, or weird in a hilariously confusing way. My 13-year-old self loved it.
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It’s hard to leave Tomorrow’s War off this list because it’s Prime Video’s big sci-fi actioner starring Chris Pratt. It follows a school teacher who prepares for war with aliens in the future. An easy-to-digest movie that you can watch while watching on your phone.
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Vivarium is interesting. It may disappoint many viewers with its surreal aspects, but it is still a compelling film. A young couple is trapped in a suburban neighborhood that is a maze of identical houses. While trying to escape, they find themselves caring for a mysterious baby.
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Emile Hirsch stars in this fantastical horror film about a father who keeps his 7-year-old daughter in his house her entire life. Chloe inevitably finds herself in the great outdoors, which leads to inexplicable events and a run-in with a government department. A touching work with a father-daughter relationship in it.
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