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10 Best Science Fiction Movies of 21st Century

Over the past 15 years, we have seen some of the best science fiction since the beginnings of film. The content has grown bolder, the effects have become hyper-real, and the overall effect of a modern great science fiction film has become undeniably breathtaking. There have been several titles each year that shake both the box office and the world of scientific theory itself. Here are some of the best science fiction films of the post 2000’s.


Inception (2010)

Directed by Christopher Nolan
With Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Ken Watanabe

A thief who steals corporate secrets through use of dream-sharing technology is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a CEO.

Interstellar (2014)

Directed by Christopher Nolan
With Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Mackenzie Foy

A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in space in an attempt to ensure humanity's survival.

Her (2013)

Directed by Spike Jonze
With Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Scarlett Johansson, Rooney Mara

A lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with his newly purchased operating system that's designed to meet his every need.

Gravity (2013)

Directed by Alfonso Cuarón
With Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris, Orto Ignatiussen

A medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after a catastrophe destroys their shuttle and leaves them adrift in orbit.

Children of Men (2006)

Directed by Alfonso Cuarón
With Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Caine

In 2027, in a chaotic world in which women have become somehow infertile, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

Directed by Michel Gondry
With Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Tom Wilkinson, Gerry Robert Byrne

When their relationship turns sour, a couple undergoes a procedure to have each other erased from their memories. But it is only through the process of loss that they discover what they had to begin with.

The Martian (2015)

Directed by Ridley Scott
With Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara

During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)

Directed by Matt Reeves
With Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Andy Serkis, Kodi Smit-McPhee

A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier.

Serenity (2005)

Directed by Joss Whedon
With Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alan Tudyk

The crew of the ship Serenity tries to evade an assassin sent to recapture one of their number who is telepathic.

Ex Machina (2015)

Directed by Alex Garland
With Alicia Vikander, Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Sonoya Mizuno

A young programmer is selected to participate in a ground-breaking experiment in artificial intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breath-taking female A.I.