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Top 10 Science-Fiction Films of the Decade

As we close to the tip of the second decade of the 21st century, it’s wonderful to assume what number of improbable movies have graced the display screen within the final ten years. Not content material to do one easy High 10 record, we right here at JoBlo.com have determined to go one step additional and supply our readers with a number of High 10 lists spanning a number of genres, as there are far too many nice movies within the final decade to have just one, all-encompassing record. So, check out our faves under and share YOUR favorites within the feedback part!

As we speak’s record is all about science-fiction. Whether or not it’s mankind’s first encounter with an alien species, a battle for survival on the Crimson Planet, or a sequel to one of many best science-fiction movies of all-time, we have you coated. Please observe that this record is NOT so as of finest to worst, slightly, we’ve offered an alphabetical record of what we imagine are the highest ten finest science fiction movies of the previous decade. Additionally, don’t be anxious if a few of your favorites don’t present up as we’ve decided sure films match higher in different genres, as many movies fall into many alternative genres. (For instance, whereas MAD MAX: FURY ROAD is science fiction, it simply felt extra at residence within the motion class.) So, let’s cease beating across the screaming mutant nightmare bear and get to it!


Director Alex Garland’s 2018 contemplative sci-fi thriller stars Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson, and Oscar Isaac. Based mostly on a sequence of novels by author Jeff Vandermeer, the movie had the odd distinction of being launched theatrically within the US and Canada however on Netflix in different nations a number of weeks later. The story follows an expedition of scientists led by mobile biologist Lena (Portman) into The Shimmer, an ever-expanding anomalous zone brought on by the crash touchdown of a wierd meteor. The movie was critically effectively obtained however a industrial failure, being unable to even recoup its modest $55 million finances.

Nonetheless, ANNIHILATION proved to be a tour de pressure of appearing and visible thrills. The science-fiction equal of Joseph Conrad’s Coronary heart of Darkness, Garland’s movie is as terrifying as it’s insightful. Whether or not it’s a horrifying silver doppelganger or a haunting feminine scream from a mutant bear, ANNIHILATION is a movie you’ll be able to’t take your eyes off of. It’s additionally a stark and considerate examination of remorse and what it means to be human.

ARRIVAL (2016)

The primary of two Denis Villeneuve movies on this record, ARRIVAL grew to become each a important and field workplace success in 2016. It obtained eight Academy Award nominations together with Greatest Image and Greatest Director. Based mostly on Ted Chiang’s quick story, “Story Of Your Life,” Villeneuve, who’d wished to make a science fiction movie for ages, went via tons of of potential titles earlier than lastly selecting ARRIVAL. Screenwriter Eric Heisserer had been pitching the movie for years and virtually gave up till Villeneuve took an opportunity on the script. Starring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Forest Whitaker, the movie chronicles mankind’s first encounter with an alien species often called heptapods. Adams performs linguist Louise Banks in a single her finest movie roles so far.

Like all nice science fiction, the story is a lot greater than humanity’s first contact with an alien race. It’s a two-hour elegy about language, dealing with grief, and human beings’ determined must be heard and extra importantly, understood. Amy Adams offers the efficiency of her profession as linguist Louise Banks. It additionally asks the query, if we all know these closest to us will someday die, is the enjoyment we expertise whereas they’re alive definitely worth the eventual ache? Arguably director Denis Villeneuve’s most interesting work, and touting breathtaking cinematography from Bradford Younger, ARRIVAL is a movie that can be dissected and mentioned for years to come back.

BLADE RUNNER 2049 (2017)

Ridley Scott’s landmark 1982 movie BLADE RUNNER is considered not solely top-of-the-line science fiction films ever, however one of many best achievements within the historical past of cinema. In subsequent years, a number of BLADE RUNNER novels and comicbooks would hit the cabinets, nevertheless the potential of a sequel didn’t emerge till March 2011. Initially Christopher Nolan was hooked up to direct and later Ridley Scott himself. Nonetheless, Scott finally determined to solely produce placing Denis Villeneuve on the helm. The movie noticed the return of unique BLADE RUNNER screenwriter Hampton Fancher who co-wrote the screenplay with Michael Inexperienced. Somewhat than following Harrison Ford’s character, BLADE RUNNER 2049 as an alternative facilities round Ryan Gosling’s Agent Ok, a blade runner who himself can also be a replicant. As Agent Ok uncovers an enormous conspiracy that extends again three a long time, he’s inexorably led again to Rick Deckard, a blade runner who disappeared over thirty years in the past. Very like its predecessor, BLADE RUNNER 2049 was a monetary flop with audiences, garnering solely $260.5 million worldwide towards a $185 million finances.

Followers had been understandably weary of a sequel to the basic, nevertheless director Denis Villeneuve’s 2017 movie delivered on each single stage. Masterfully shot by Roger Deakins (who lastly received an Oscar for cinematography after being nominated 13 earlier instances), impeccably scored by Hans Zimmer, and brilliantly directed by Villeneuve, BLADE RUNNER 2049 expands on the world Philip Ok. Dick created and Ridley Scott perfected. Ryan Gosling’s understated efficiency as Agent Ok carries the movie. The sequel pairs a heart-breaking story of self-discovery and what it means to be human with spectacular visuals. Equally charming and contemplative, BLADE RUNNER 2049 was the sequel audiences deserved and wanted.


Though actor Tom Cruise has been firmly ensconced within the MISSION IMPOSSIBLE franchise over the past decade, you’ll be able to’t overlook his 2014 sci-fi actioner EDGE OF TOMORROW. Based mostly on the Japanese novel All You Want Is Kill, the Doug Liman directed movie is an element thoughts bending time journey story, half alien invasion, half Halo mashup. Forged towards sort, Cruise performs the cowardly Main William Gage who’s caught in a time loop the place he’s pressured to dwell out the identical day time and again whereas remembering all his previous experiences. Billed as a serious tentpole movie when it dropped on June 5, 2014 within the US, the movie holds a 90% Licensed Contemporary approval score on Rotten Tomatoes. Critics praised the set design, humor, and recent premise. Sadly, the movie was solely a reasonable hit, raking in just below $380 million worldwide, though a sequel is presently within the works.

Tom Cruise’s efficiency in EDGE OF TOMORROW is simply surpassed by a masterful flip from Emily Blunt who performs fight legend Sergeant Rita Vrataski. Though you could possibly draw comparisons between EDGE OF TOMORROW and video video games like Halo and Titanfall, the film by no means comes off spinoff or boring. I might speak in regards to the film’s strong examination of gender roles or the movie’s theme of studying out of your errors, however why hassle? Backside line is that EDGE OF TOMORROW is only a tremendous cool, trendy, motion packed, GROUNDHOG DAY-esque thrill experience that boasts wonderful visuals and possesses a ton of coronary heart.


Director Christopher Nolan has delivered audiences an eclectic vary of movies over the past twenty years, every thing from thriller thrillers like INSOMNIA to large finances comicbook fare like THE DARK KNIGHT. And certainly his 2014 movie INTERSTELLAR is not any completely different. Initially conceived by producer Lynda Obst and theoretical physicist Kip Thorne, INTERSTELLAR started growth in June 2006 with Steven Spielberg initially hooked up to direct. Though the movie began at Paramount, the corporate finally co-financed the movie with Warner Bros. Led by Matthew McConaughey as Coop, the movie chronicles mankind’s try and discover a new residence after local weather change has ravaged the Earth. Nolan was so centered on scientific accuracy he visited each NASA and Area X. The movie bought over 22 million tickets domestically and set, on the time, an IMAX opening document with $20.5 million within the first weekend.

Coming sizzling off of his Oscar win, the McConaissance was in full pressure because the actor delivered a efficiency arguably higher than his Academy Award successful function in DALLAS BUYERS CLUB.  INTERSTELLAR additionally sports activities an all-star supporting forged that features Anne Hathaway, Casey Affleck, Timothee Chalamet, Jessica Chastain, Matt Damon, Ellen Burstyn, and Nolan common Michael Caine. It’s a film that’s huge in scope but by no means feels chilly. Certainly, there’s a coronary heart and an emotional resonance to INTERSTELLAR that may’t be neglected. I dare you to look at the scene the place Coop watches movies of his youngsters from Earth and never get choked up. Visually charming, the movie can also be a exceptional commentary on the enduring energy of affection and self-sacrifice. It boasts yet one more unbelievable, otherworldly rating from composer Hans Zimmer and accommodates a few of Hoyte van Hoytema’s finest cinematography work this facet of DUNKIRK.

LOOPER (2012)

Earlier than Rian Johnson’s divisive STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI, the director of BRICK handled audiences to one of many higher science-fiction films involving time journey…effectively…ever. Set in a future the place organized crime makes use of time journey to eliminate our bodies, the movie reteams Johnson together with his BRICK star Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Gordon-Levitt performs Joe, a “looper” who kills targets despatched again via time and disposes of their our bodies. When Joe’s older self (performed by Bruce Willis) is distributed again in time for the youthful Joe to kill nevertheless, he should confront the implications and morality of his previous deeds. Of observe had been the heavy prosthetics employed by Johnson and utilized by make-up wizard Kazuhiro Tsuji to make Gordon-Levitt seem like a youthful Bruce Willis. The movie (whose modest finances was solely $30 million) was a field workplace success nabbing over $175 million worldwide and incomes a B+ Cinemascore.

A time journey movie in addition to against the law thriller, Gordon-Levitt and Willis are gorgeous in LOOPER with their café scene being top-of-the-line in current reminiscence. Paul Dano additionally gives a small however poignant efficiency as Seth, one in every of Joe’s coworkers and a vital catalyst to the movie’s total plot. Director Rian Johnson wished LOOPER to focus much less on the intricacies of time journey and extra on how the characters take care of the conditions time journey brings about. The movie accomplishes exactly what Johnson got down to do. Except for an adrenaline inducing journey, LOOPER additionally manages to be a reflective take a look at destiny, free will, and consequence.


Andy Weir’s 2011 seminal novel opens with the traces, “I’m just about f*cked. That’s my thought-about opinion. F*cked.” Thus, begins the journey of marooned astronaut Mark Watney. 4 years after publication, the nice Ridley Scott introduced Weir’s work to the silver display screen with 2015’s THE MARTIAN. Starring Matt Damon within the lead function, THE MARTIAN follows Mark Watney, a member of the Ares III crew who’s left on Mars by mistake after a vicious sandstorm. After the disastrous movies EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS and THE COUNSELOR, THE MARTIAN proved a real return to kind for Scott, raking in over $600 million worldwide, Scott’s highest whole so far. Sarcastically, Scott was not the movie’s preliminary director, the movie’s screenwriter Drew Goddard was. THE MARTIAN additionally received quite a few accolades together with (inexplicably) the Golden Globe for Greatest Image-Musical or Comedy and was nominated for seven Academy Awards together with Greatest Image and Greatest Actor for Damon.

Masterful route from Ridley Scott brings Weir’s world to life. Whereas filled with exhausting science, the film by no means comes off pedantic however slightly as an uplifting story of survival that demonstrates the triumph of the human spirit. Matt Damon owns this function, exemplifying Mark Watney’s sarcasm, ingenuity, and supreme humanity. A 21st century Robinson Crusoe, Watney is a personality you consistently root for regardless of the varied setbacks he experiences. The movie additionally sports activities one of many nice ensemble casts in current reminiscence with Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sean Bean, Jessica Chastain, and Mackenzie Davis all delivering memorable performances.


I don’t assume anybody anticipated a thought scary and cerebral science-fiction movie from the administrators of DAYBREAKERS however that’s precisely what audiences acquired in 2015 with PREDESTINATION. A time journey story that possesses a distinctly noirish tone, the film can also be extraordinarily intimate. Oscar nominee Ethan Hawke performs Agent Doe, an officer with the Temporal Company tasked with apprehending and stopping time touring criminals from pulling off nefarious deeds. His ultimate case revolves across the Fizzle Bomber, a mysterious Ted Kaczynski-esque villain obsessive about finishing up a NYC assault. The movie was launched with out a lot fanfare in January 2015, sometimes a dumping floor for much less regarded options. Nonetheless, critics cherished the movie calling it an “entrancingly unusual time-travel saga.”

PREDESTINATION I imagine marks the primary time in cinema historical past {that a} time journey machine comes within the type of a suitcase. Except for being an exceptional time journey thriller film, it’s additionally a candid take a look at the idea of destiny and transgender identification. It’s additionally a real popping out occasion for actress Sara Snook (HBO’s Succession) who delivers a twin tour de pressure efficiency as characters Jane and John.  One of the best a part of PREDESTINATION nevertheless is the ending. It’s primarily the science fiction equal of THE USUAL SUSPECTS and a complete mind-f*ck. PREDESTINATION is a hidden gems that deserves a spot on this record.


Though director Bong Joon-ho is likely one of the most acclaimed administrators working at present (his newest movie PARASITE is already producing a ton of awards buzz), the Korean visionary’s first English talking movie didn’t come about till 2013’s SNOWPIERCER. The Chris Evans led sci-fi movie is ready in a not too distant future the place an try and counteract international warming goes disastrously flawed, leading to one other ice age. The few survivors are aboard the Snowpiercer, a prepare that circumnavigates the globe on a yearly foundation. Damaged into very particular class divisions, Evans’ character Curtis decides to guide a revolution and take management of the prepare and its conductor Wilford (Ed Harris). Shot totally on 35mm with a 1:85:1 facet ratio, Joon-ho initially wished to shoot the movie totally in his native Korea, however area points pressured the director to shoot on set within the Czech Republic. With a finances of $42 million it was the best finances with Korean traders of all-time. Harvey Weinstein additionally notoriously brought about a delay within the US premiere of the movie when he demanded opening and shutting monologues, one thing Joon-ho refused to do. His stubbornness paid off and the movie was launched in its supposed kind in the USA.

SNOWPIERCER is a bleak however enthralling take a look at a dystopian future that brilliantly examines class construction and appears bereft of hope till the ultimate closing scenes. Recognized principally for his function as Captain America, Evans delivers a heartfelt and heartbreaking efficiency that showcases his unbelievable expertise. Moreover, SNOWPIERCER is a wonderful examination of each the evil and good humanity is able to. Plus, it provides some actually gross protein cubes, excellent cinematography from Hong Kyung-pyo, a haunting rating courtesy of Marco Beltrami, and a dynamite efficiency from Tilda Swinton sporting an outlandish getup worthy of Cher.

UPGRADE (2018)

A worthy successor to Paul Verhoeven’s ROBOCOP, UPGRADE was a kind of films that got here out of nowhere to land on many a critic’s prime ten lists in 2018. A sleeper hit; the movie made greater than 5 instances its modest $three million finances. Directed by Leigh Whannel, identified principally for his writing duties on the SAW franchise, UPGRADE marked solely the second time Whannel helmed an image. Produced by Blumhouse and written by Whannel, UPGRADE stars Logan Marshall-Inexperienced as Gray Hint, a Luddite who abhors know-how.  After he suffers a devastating harm and a private loss, he receives an A.I. implant that permits him to stroll once more. Nonetheless, Gray quickly discovers the A.I. has different plans apart from Gray’s restoration.

A commentary on man’s relationship with know-how that additionally serves as a physique horror flick, the movie blurs the traces between man and machine. Shot in Whannel’s native metropolis of Melbourne, Australia the film boasts a number of memorable battle scenes and possesses a definite pink colour palette that highlights some gorgeous cinematography work from Stefan Duscio. The ending of the movie can also be one of many all-time showstoppers and can go away you floored.

Look out for the remainder of our BEST OF THE DECADE items for Comedy, Motion, Drama, Superhero, Horror and Animation all this month!

Clarke Griffin
Clarke Griffin
Clarke Griffin has been writing in the Netflix niche for quite some years now and has served as a journalist for popular Netflix websites. She currently contributes her experience for Trevino by writing about the latest happenings in the Netflix world. She is our Chief Editor as well.


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