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The 10 Most Rewatchable Sci-Fi Movies of All Time

01 May 2013 | Features, Film Lists | by David Zou

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There’s nothing better than curling up with a bowl of hot popcorn and your favorite movie.

You may have seen it 100 times, but it never stops being good. You can recite every line, but the dialogue never fails to pack a punch. You know every trick in the hero’s toolbox, but it never makes his victory any less satisfying. Great movies are just great — every time you watch them.

Of course, what’s great to one person might be terrible to another. But you can find some great suggestions by looking at someone else’s list.

Here is my list of the 10 most re-watchable sci-fi movies — the movies I love to watch over and over again, whether I’m with friends or I’m by myself:


10. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan


Admiral Kirk has to go head-to-head with his old nemesis, Khan Noonien Singh and stop him from using the Genesis Device and unleashing devastating consequences upon the universe. This is a classic movie that explores some heavy philosophical questions about the natural of life and death against a backdrop of fast-paced action. Plus, Khan is an iconic and formidable villain who helps to move along a compelling plot. This is the movie that set the tone for sci-fi for many years to come.


9. Avatar


James Cameron created another blockbuster epic with this film. You’ll love discovering the navi once again and cheering for them to win their fight to save their planet. Watch this again and again for the stunning visuals and the story that pulls you in and breaks your heart every time.

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  • MornLandazar

    10. Haven’t watched it.
    9. Visuals are splendid, but I wouldn’t agree that the story is so great (it certainly isn’t original). Semi-rewatchable for me.
    8. Pretty much, yes.
    7. Haven’t watched it.
    6. Very rewatchable.
    5. Rewatchable, but not that ofteb (Aliens is stronger in that department).
    4. Semi-rewatchable (but an excellent film).
    3. Very rewatchable.
    2. Not really.
    1. Absolutely not. I’m not saying it’s a bad film, but it certainly isn’t rewatchable.

    • FrankenPC .

      9. In good 3D it’s STRANGELY re-watchable. I really think that’s all Cameron was going for. Re-invent the 3D process as a whole. I’ve seen Avatar 5 times in 3D (several on my home 3D monitor). I watched it once in 2D and turned it off half way through. That sneaky Cameron…

  • EagleMTNguy

    I agree most of those. I would replace Alien for Cameron’s Aliens, as far as rewatchablity is concerned. I’m not saying it’s the better movie, but it’s certainly more rewatchable than the original. Not really sure about Blade Runner or 2001. TBH, I don’t understand the love that either of these films get, I guess that they’re too esoteric for my tastes. I would include Jurassic Park, personally. And, if there can only be one Star Trek, I think that JJ Abrams 2009 film trumps The Wrath of Khan as far as its rewatchiblity.

  • Edward La Guardia

    Hysterical that you would put the most un-rewatchable sci-fi movie of all time as your number one. 2001 made me want to jab my eyes out. It is so ridiculously bad. It only passes as good because people don’t want to look uneducated by bashing it, but as a person who generally has very good taste in film I am not ashamed to say that I couldn’t stand that movie and I will never watch it again unless I’m inebriated in some capacity.

    • FutureMemory

      I couldn’t agree with you more about 2001. I actually uttered a few choice 4-letter words out loud when I saw it was ranked #1. Ugh, what a horrible piece of boring garbage it is. The only interesting part is the first 15 mins with the apes, but after that it’s a complete snooze-fest. I’ve tried at least 5 times to watch it but have never gotten past the first 30 minutes. BOR-ING!

      • Mark Harding

        Both of you are in a very small minority. While I agree 2001 does move at a snail’s pace and can challenge your patience, it is nonetheless a movie milestone in terms of production design, SFX and narrative. It is also the most realistic depiction of space flight ever put on the screen.
        Sorry guys, explosions and rocket engine flames simply do not happen in a space vacuum, and no, you cannot hear anything either. I myself never have a problem watching it at least once a year.

        • WoWed

          so what if it has great sets and follows real science? The story is slow and bad, and no amount of special effects will make me want to watch it repeatedly

  • McGygas

    No Terminator 2 No Robocop 1?

    what a lame list

  • jrobgw

    There is no doubt that an argument could be made for all of the movies on that list, but “Sunshine” and “Moon” are currently my top two. If you haven’t seen “Moon” then you’re missing out on one of the best acting performances in a sci-fi ever (Sam Rockwell) and the storyline in “Sunshine” is amazing (the quote “We’re all just stardust” made this movie the bomb for me)

  • Ferdinand Uziel Wang

    2001? Worth watching. Once. I’ve seen way better films. Heck, five minutes of Event Horizon blows the nuts off that overrated baby.

  • Patryck Boberg

    Avatar? you’re just comment fishing.

  • gooched

    Aww look at these children, hating on 2001 because it’s “slow and boring”…not really blaming you kids though, visual media is much faster now and it’s harder for the current generation to keep your mind at once thing for too long. That being said 2001 changed everything and it’s a masterpiece in nearly every way conceivable, tone, atmosphere, visual effects, soundtrack, script…sorry there isn’t any explosions every 4 minutes or it’s a film that actually challenges you and your idea of cinema rather than spoonfeeding you dynamic plot points so you can feel engaged and pandered to.

    Wow…seriously, people these days, no accounting for taste.

    • Sean Pak

      I totally agree. All these dolts saying that 2001 is un-rewatchable? It’s easily the movie I’ve seen the most in my life. I’ve been re-watching it since I was a kid. Now, as an adult, I’ve stopped seeing things like Pinocchio and Star Wars over and over again, but I still watch 2001 a few times a year. I agree that it’s slow paced, but it’s so enigmatic that I watch it just to figure it out more.

  • Christopher Woodard

    Looper. Looper. Looper.

  • MarkWillment

    The Fifth Element? And a newish one but what about The Adjustment Bureau?