Science fiction is quite simply one of the most popular genres of film that we have. The creation of far away places and futuristic technology seems to be exactly what the medium of film was designed to create. Science fiction on film has been around for as long as there have been movies. But which ones are the best? Figuring that out is a nearly impossible task. But, we're going to do it anyway.

All the movie minds here at CinemaBlend got together and made suggestions of potential films that could go on that list. From there we picked 30 of them. From there we argued about which ones were being left off. Then we changed the list around and argued some more. We think we have something that works pretty well, though ask us tomorrow and we may have a different answer. For the moment, here are the 30 best science fiction movies ever, ranked.

Robocop movie poster

30. Robocop

There's a lot to love about Robocop, and, to be clear, we're talking about the original version from 1987. If you're into hyper-violent action movies, it has that. If you just like science fiction movies with cyborgs, you're covered. However, one thing that elevates Robocop from simply being a fun movie to becoming a great one is the satire. The film actually has something important to say about modern society, something that might be even more relevant today than it was in the 1980s. It's a smart film, that just so happens to have people turned into a red mist via high caliber machine guns.

Bruce Willis and Milla Jovovich in The Fifth Element

29. The Fifth Element

Luc Besson's The Fifth Element is one of those films that took a while to become a go to science fiction movie. It did solid box office business but was far from a huge hit when first released. However, through home video and streaming services more and more people have come across the film and it seems to have become a film with little negative reaction. Bruce Willis plays a cab driver who gets pulled into a fight for galactic survival by a beautiful woman played by Milla Jovovich. The premise is simple but thanks to delightfully fun characters like Chris Tucker's Ruby Rhod and a musical number that nobody will ever forget, this one will survive the test of time.

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