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The 10 Best Sci-Fi Movies Of The Last Decade

14 August 2013 | Features, Film Lists, Guest Posts | by Sasha Moran

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The past decade was one of the most exciting times for the science fiction movie genre. Instead of elaborating predictions of an atmosphere of doom over and over again, the sci-fi movies finally flourished and started giving us great stories and advanced technologies we could never imagine before. The number of fascinating science fiction movies during the past decade is impressive indeed, which is why this list was difficult to be completed. However, we have managed to come up with a list of the best movies of the genre from 2003 to 2012, with the note that our choice of a winner for 2013 has to wait until the end of December.

This is not a classic Top 10 list, as we are not ranking the movies by preference, but by the year they were released. So fasten your seatbelts, as if you watch these movies by the order we provide them in– you’re in for a great ride!


10. X2 (2003)


As soon as X-Men was released in 2000, everyone was aware of the fact that a sequel was inevitable. What many people didn’t expect was for the sequel to outshine its previous installment considerably. Although there are certain disagreements in the critics’ community (who will always prefer a movie’s first release over the sequel no matter what), the final comment after watching X2 is that it is incredibly inventive and there are some decent standout moments there.

The coolest thing about this movie is that it doesn’t do any favors for those who haven’t seen X-Men, and it picks up the story exactly where it was left. After Wolverine’s trip to discover about his true origins didn’t lead to success, he returns to his fellow mutants and has a challenging mission to complete: put an end to Stryker’s evil plan. Stryker is the factor that really made this movie powerful, as he is portrayed as one of the greatest villains of all times.


9. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

This movie was the definite highlight of 2004; not just in the sci-fi genre. It is a story you love and admire as you laugh through it. The main characters, Joel and Clementine, are centered within the story in a way so the viewer starts to care about them despite the fact that they are losing the track of their lives. Charlie Kaufman’s has a unique style that continues to surprise his fans, so we can never know what to expect from him. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind might be his magnum opus, as it is definitely a great challenge to write a better movie than this one.

This is a movie that goes beyond the sci-fi genre, because when that surface is scratched, the big questions of life are revealed. This is the kind of film that means much more after you think about it, and leaves impressions for life.

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  • Steven Flores

    What the fuck? No “Moon”? Stop making these lists. It’s a fucking waste of time.

  • Dolan Frazier

    Children of Men, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Moon and District 9 are easily the best sci-fi movies of this decade. Every other recent sci-fi completely pales in comparison to those 4

    • Jake

      I completely agree

  • Pappu

    Seroiusly avengers a science fiction

  • Billy

    How the hell is Moon and District 9 not on here but Star Wars 3 is? Oh and what decade are you doing? How does a movie in 2011 and 2012 qualify for the 10 best movies of the last decade when a movie from 2005 is on here? The 2010s aren’t even midway so you couldn’t have been doing that decade. And if you’re doing the 2000s then why are they even on here?

  • Ana

    Can’t say I agree with many of these choices… certainly not under ’10 best’ – Avatar and Cloverfield would only make it onto an innovative techniques list. And Revenge if the Sith, not at all. I was looking for District 9, Looper, perhaps Hunger Games, or even Minority Report, depending on when your decade begins and ends. Comic book superheroes are such a distinct subgenre nowadays that they are best left to their own top 10 list (on which I would have included Xmen First Class rather than X2, and The Dark Knight above both Iron Man and The Avengers).

    • TheMovieDoctorful

      Saying that you don’t like ROTS is one thing, but saying Hunger Games is better? That’s…Nuts! There is no galaxy in no universe where Looper and The Hunger Games are better than Revenge of the Sith. ROTS is 1,000x more original, better acted, better written, better directed, better shot, thematically coherent, two dimensional, intelligent, satisfying, deep, exciting and intense than either of those films. Revenge of the Sith is one of the best sci-fi films ever made, Hunger Games is childish, one dimensional, annoying, insipid drivel.

      • Ana

        It is difficult to evaluate any of the six Star Wars films individually since they cannot be evaluated in relation to plot, theme, etc without invoking the full story arc. Lucas’s extraordinary achievement with the two Star Wars cycles is some of the most imaginative story-telling in cinema, and ROTS obviously contributes to that. However, the dialogue was uninspired, Christensen was wooden and I’ve never seen McEwan give a less convincing performance (and I normally love his work). All kinds of other things were good – brilliant, even – but for me, these things matter and when they don’t work well, it makes a significant impact on my viewing experience. So, no, I don’t think it’s one of the best SF movies ever made, even if you and many others do.

        • TheMovieDoctorful .

          I think Hayden did a phenomenal job. He wasn’t wooden, he was tortured, lost. He had so many emotions bottled up, and when he let them out, it naturally seemed awkward. And I thought Ewan did a great job as well, I loved how warm and fatherly he seemed. He really seemed destroyed at Anakin’s turn.

  • merwanor

    Man this is refreshing, to actually see a list where they have Star Wars Episode 3 on it and not in a negative way brings new hope to me for the human race. Episode 3 is for me the second best Star Wars movie behind Episode 5.

    I think District 9 should be in there somewhere, but still it is a good list imo.

  • Iam_Spartacus

    I agree with about half the list, but get rid of Avengers, Sith, Iron Man and Avatar and put in Minority Report, District 9 and Moon. And enough of the super hero films. I’ve never considered them as sci-fi films, they’re a genre on to their own.

  • Antonio Basara

    to the person who wrote this article… shame on you! you put movies like avengers in a sci-fi list? shame on you :/

  • Mike

    Started with #10 as X2… for the best Sci-Fi movies of the past decade, figured if that was considered on of the best I don’t care about the rest

  • cayden

    how is avengers a sci-fi movie?

  • Matt Zimmermann

    “However, no one can deny that the Revenge of the Sith is a great movie on its own”

    Actually pretty much everyone can deny that Revenge of the Sith is a great movie on its own. Unless you redefine “great” to mean “better than Episode II”, in which case, you have a point. It was a bad film. By any standard. Not just in a “what the hell did you do to my Star Wars movies George” way, but in a “bad writing, bad direction, no emotional involvement, poor character development” way. In a “any way by which movies are judged” way. You need to watch Mr. Plinkett’s review of it (lame/disturbing cutaways and all) if you don’t understand why.

    Oh, and what everyone already said about District 9. You can slide that it right where you have Revenge of the Crapith.

  • Pizza the Hut

    Terrible list

  • Ir Travis

    Not including District 9 or Sunshine and including Revenge of the Blah and Eternal Spotless Sunshine Mining show this not to be a serious discussion about Sci-Fi films.

  • Jake

    I love that everyone agrees on two of the best SciFi movies PERIOD not just in the last decade but PERIOD and that is of course Moon and District 9, completely offensive that you chose Star Wars over the films…so confusing.

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  • Andrea Ostrov Letania

    An interesting list could be of movies that are about real-world science and/or technology.

    RIGHT STUFF for example. Tech Film.

  • Scott Lock

    Wow, who the f picked all of these–Hollywood? Anyone ever heard of Solarus? Remake of an old Russian movie? It actually requires thought, the moralistic equivalent of ‘what would you do?’….How ’bout Oblivion, with Tom Cruise? Book of Eli? Children of Men was horrible, depressing, saw it in the theater in 2006. A post-apocalyptic dystopic vision of the future should at least be thought-provoking.