The sci-fi genre is a daring move for filmmakers. Sci-fi films came into existence with the beginning of the cinema age in the 19th century. The human imaginations came to life and grew over centuries. Technology greatly improved the Sci-fi films genre. Most sci-fi movies now seem like a reality. There are countless fascinating 21st century sci-fi films. Out of these, we will select the best ten. So, here are the top ten best sci-fi films of the 21st century.
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10. Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014)
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This 2014 sci-fi film is based on the Marvel comics, Guardians of the galaxy. It was directed by James Gunn. The movie is about a superhero Peter Quill played by Chris Pratt, who teams up with a bunch of extra terrestrial bounty hunters to save the universe from the powerful villain It is one of the 21st century sci-films that did fairly well at the box office. It raked in a total of 773.3 million dollars. This critically acclaimed movie ranks at 8.1 out of 10. Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 91% score. The film features 2,750 visual effects shots. This makes up approximately 90% of the film.
9. Moon (2009)
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Moon is a 2009 British sci-fi written and directed by Duncan Jones. This movie had the lowest budget out of other 21st century sci-fi films. The moon’s budget was Five million dollars. It gathered 9.8 million dollars at the box office. The director had to minimize production costs by filming in a studio. The plot of this sci-fi film is the quest of an astronaut to collect helium3 which had become the main energy of the Earth. The role was played by Sam Rockwell. Despite the small cast, Moon was a flawless movie. It has an 89% score on Rotten tomatoes. IMDB ranks it 7.9 out of 10.
8. Interstellar (2009)
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Interstellar is a mind-bending story that was brought to life. The movie plot is about a NASA physicist who tries to save mankind by transporting the Earth’s population to another planet. Micheal Caine played the lead role. Christopher Nolan did an incredible job directing this masterpiece. Filming took place at Alberta and Iceland with a 165 million dollar budget. It lasts for about four months. It received positive reviews, ranking 8.6 out of 10 on IMDB and a 71% score on rotten tomatoes. The film won the Best Visual effects award at the 87th Academy awards. It made a total profit of 675.1 million dollars.
7. Inception (2010)
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Inception arguably is the boldest film out of all 21st century sci-fi films ever made. This unusual blockbuster boasts of the best cast director Christopher Nolan has ever assembled in any movie. The movie plot centers on the dream thief, played by Leonardo DiCaprio. This thief can enter people’s dream and steal their secrets. He attempts to pull the biggest heist of his career for a chance at redemption. It was nominated for eight categories at the Academy award. It won awards for Best Cinematography, best sound editing, best sound mixing and best visual effects.
6. District 9 (2009)
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This is a fantastic film that takes a different approach to aliens. Aliens do not arrive to destroy the earth and take over it. Rather, they came in to seek refuge from their planets. They are kept away from humans in an area known as district 9. This film was directed by Neill Blomkamp with a budget of 30 million dollars. Filming took place in South Africa. Most of the weapons featured in the movie were produced by the South African arms industry. The film was received well by critics with an 8/10 score on IMBD and 90% on rotten tomatoes. The movie made 210.8 million dollars.
5. Gravity (2013)
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Sandra Bullock and George Clooney carried out a stellar performance in this British-American sci-fi film. Gravity is a space survival tale of an astronaut and a medical engineer who are trapped in space after a disaster strikes. The movie was shot on a 100 million dollar budget. It is said to have made the best use of IMAX 3D out of all 21st century sci-fi films. It gets 7.8/10 on IMDB and a high score of 96% on rotten tomatoes. The movie gathered a total profit of 723.2 million dollars.
4. Star Trek Beyond (2016)
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The star trek series is one of the best sci-fi films ever made. From the 20th century to the 21st century sci-fi films, star trek has gained a great loyal following. This also makes it one of 2016 best sci-fi films. This movie follows the star trek characters in a race to battle a deadly alien race. Most of 2016 best sci-fi films are yet to gather nominations. However, the 2016 best sci-fi films were determined by reviews from critics. Star Trek beyond scores 7.2/10 on IMDb and 84% on rotten tomatoes. It has gathered a total profit 338.3 million dollars, making it one of the successful 2016 best sci-fi films at box office.
3. Children Of Men (2006)
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Children of Men is a masterpiece directed by Alfonso Cuaron. Cuaron brought his vision to life with subtle VFX in a chillingly way. The photographic skills used in the movie have been included in the greatest extended shots in the history of cinema. The movie is a story of hope. An unlikely hero fights to save the Earth. The movie had a budget of 76 million dollars. It had low earnings of 70 million at the box office sales. Despite its loss, Children of Men received positive reviews. It was given a 92% score on rotten tomatoes. IMDB gave it 7.9 out of 10. It won the awards for Best cinematography and Best Production Design at the Academy Award. It was also awarded the Best science fiction film.
2. Mad Max Fury Road (2015)
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Mad max fury road is an exceptional sci-fi movie. It follows the Mad max series. In Fury Road, Max, a captive forms an alliance with the warrior Imperator to escape the Villain. The entire movie is mostly based on a high-speed chase that resulted in deaths and redemption. Filming took place in Namibia and western Sydney. The movie contains 2,000 visual effects. Mad max fury road won six-academy awards- Best Film Editing, Best Production Design, Best Make-up and Hair styling, Best sound mixing and Best sound editing. It made 378.4 million dollars in total profit from a budget of 150 million. It has a leading score of 97% on rotten tomatoes and 8. 1 out of ten on IMDB.
1. Avatar (2009)
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This highest grossing film of all time stands at the number one spot of all the 21st century sci-fi films. The avatar made a total profit of 2.78 billion dollars. The director, James Cameron was inspired by his mother’s dream to create the looks of the characters in the avatar. Cameron delayed the production of Avatar in the 90’s to allow technology advance to a certain level. He required this degree of advancement to portray the vision of his film. This meticulously planned movie is definitely worth its place as the best 21st century sci-fi film ever made.
These are the amazing top ten best sci-fi movies, 21st century has made available to us. Now in 2016 best sci-fi films are the most favorite movie genre to watch. With such high level of production techniques and captivating stories, sci-fi movies will always reign supreme in the cinemas.