10 Best Science Fiction Movies of the 21st Century

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Every movie is a world, and the best movies have multiple worlds to explore. Sci-fi movies are one of the most popular genres today because they offer so many different worlds for their viewers to explore. Whether it be a futuristic dystopian society or an alternate universe where dinosaurs still roam our planet, sci-fi films can take us anywhere we want to go. And with every new film released there’s always something new and exciting waiting for us on screen. The following list contains 10 of the best sci fi movies that will open up your imagination as well as blow you away!

1) Snowpiercer (2013)

Snowpiercer stars Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton & Jamie Bell. It’s about a post-apocalyptic world where the Earth has frozen over forcing humanity to live on massive train cars traveling around the ice globe. The film is directed by Bong Joon Ho and was released in 2013.

What Makes Snowpiercer Great: 

Snowpiercer is a dystopian masterpiece that should be seen by everyone. The film takes place in an apocalyptic world where the Earth has frozen over and humanity has been forced to live on trains traveling either direction around the globe. The only people at the front of these train cars are wealthy and powerful upperclass, while poor people are placed in the back cars where they have to deal with horrible living conditions. Lead character Curtis played by Evans, stumbles upon a revolution attempting to overthrow the upper class people controlling the train cars.

2) Children of Men (2006)

Children of Men stars Clive Owen, Julianne Moore & Michael Caine. It’s about a dystopian world where women have become infertile and the hopes for humanity to carry on are looking grim. The film is directed by Alfonso Cuarón and was released in 2006

What Makes Children of Men Great: 

Children of Men is an instant sci-fi classic. The film takes place in the early 2020s where women have become infertile, causing all hope for humanity to carry on to slowly dwindle away. After an illegal immigrant named Kee gives birth, she is hunted down by members of the government who want to kill her son and prevent him from growing up like other children born before the infertility began. The film follows Owen’s character as he tries to protect Kee and her son from being killed by the government while also fighting against the general apathy of society.


3) Iron Man (2008)

Iron Man stars Robert Downey Jr, Gwyneth Paltrow & Don Cheadle. It’s about a billionaire playboy named Tony Stark that is captured by an enemy combatant and must build a deadly weapon to defeat his captor. The film is directed by Jon Favreau and was released in 2008

What Makes Iron Man Great:

Iron Man was the first superhero film of the 21st century and it’s one of the best. The film follows playboy Tony Stark, who creates an exoskeleton suit to help him fight crime after he is kidnapped by enemy forces. Stark must discover what his captor plans on building while also dealing with alcoholism and overcoming his own ego in order to save the world. This film led to many other superhero movies being made and also started Robert Downey Jr’s brilliant role as billionaire-playboy Tony Stark.


4) WALL-E (2008)

WALL-E stars Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight & Jeff Garlin. It’s about a robot named WALL-E who is left on an abandoned Earth to clean up all of the garbage and pollution that has engulfed the entire planet due to humanity abandoning it for another world. The film is directed by Andrew Stanton and was released in 2008.

What Makes WALL-E Great: 

WALL-E is a wonderful animated film that will make you fall in love with the character WALL-E and appreciate our planet even more. The film follows WALL-E, who is left on Earth to clean up all of the garbage and pollution after humanity abandons it for another planet. WALL-E has a love interest named EVE or Extraterrestrial Vegetation Evaluator, who is sent to Earth to find plant life on the planet after it should have been extinct ages ago. The film shows how humans caused the environment to become polluted and was able to reach audiences of all ages with its powerful message about taking care of our planet.


5) Avatar (2009)

Avatar stars Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana & Sigourney Weaver. It’s about a wounded soldier who travels to an alien planet named Pandora hoping to help the human race make money by mining for valuable material on the planet. The film is directed by James Cameron and was released in 2009

What Makes Avatar Great:

Avatar is not only the highest-grossing film of all time, but it is also one of the most visually stunning movie experiences ever created. The film follows a paraplegic soldier named Jake Sully who goes to Pandora where he ends up working for the humans mining valuable material off of the planet. At first, he works against the native tribe on the planet who are called the Na’vi, but he ends up falling in love with one of them. The film shows how humans would be able to adapt to different environments and was able to earn back its massive budget after just one week of being released.


6) Inception (2010)

Inception stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt & Ellen Page. It’s about a team of people who are able to enter the dreams of others in an alternate reality to steal information from inside their minds. The film is directed by Christopher Nolan and was released in 2010

What Makes Inception Great: 

Inception is one of the most original science fiction films of all time. The film follows Leonardo DiCaprio’s character Cobb, who is able to enter the minds of others in an alternate reality to steal information from them. This film deals with dream theft and has so many twists and turns, you will never see them all coming.

7) Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)

Rise of the Planet of the Apes stars James Franco, Freida Pinto & Andy Serkis. It’s about an ape named Caesar who is genetically engineered with human intelligence who leads a revolution against humans for killing his family. The film is directed by Rupert Wyatt and was released in 2011

What Makes Rise of the Planet of the Apes Great: 

On the list of the best science fiction movies, Rise of the Planet of the Apes is one that everyone can enjoy. The film follows Caesar, an ape who was genetically engineered with human intelligence after his father was used in drug trials for cognitive disorders. The film shows how intelligent animals can be and explores what it means to be human.


8) Her (2013)

Her stars Joaquin Phoenix, Olivia Wilde & Amy Adams. It’s about a man named Theodore who falls in love with an operating system after his wife goes away for work. The film is directed by Spike Jonze and was released in 2013

What Makes Her Great: 

Her is one of the most original films on the list of best science fiction movies. The film follows Theodore, a lonely writer who doesn’t have much luck with women. He finds out about an operating system that can communicate with others and fall in love with it. The film explains what it means to be in a relationship and how we perceive love differently from other people.


9) The Purge Quartet (2013-2018)

The Purge series is about what would happen if all laws were suspended for one night once a year. This film follows the stories of people who try to stay alive while there is no law enforcement on the streets during this time period. The films are directed by James DeMonaco and has been released annually since 2013

What Makes The Purge Great: 

The Purge films deal with a realistic idea of what would happen if we could just release our most violent and depraved thoughts once per year. The films follow different families and their struggles to stay alive while the government sanctions an event known as “the purge” where all crime is legal for one night. This film has been able to continue the storyline with no noticeable dips in quality and has one of the best casts for each film.


10) Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

Edge of Tomorrow stars Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt & Bill Paxton. It’s about a military officer who becomes caught in a time-loop that kills him at the end of each day after he dies on the battlefield. The film is directed by Doug Liman and was released in 2014

What Makes Edge of Tomorrow Great:  

Edge of Tomorrow is a film that is able to stand out from others within the science fiction genre. The film follows a military officer named Cage, who gets stuck in a time-loop where he is constantly killed and sent back in time to live the same day over again with an alien invasion taking place each time he returns to the start of the day. The film is able to deal with the idea of living the same day over and over again.


So here goes my top 10 best science fiction movies from the 21st century. What did you think of the list? Let me know in the comments below. I hope that you will leave a comment about what you favorite sci-fi movie of the 21st century is and maybe it can make my next list sometime!

If you didn’t see your favorite movie on this list, don’t worry because i’m probably working on a list of the best sci-fi movies from 2010-2021 or something like that. 

Who knows! See you soon my fellow movie fanatics. Happy watching!