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1. eXistenZ (1999)

R | 97 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

68 Metascore

A game designer on the run from assassins must play her latest virtual reality creation with a marketing trainee to determine if the game has been damaged.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Jude Law, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Ian Holm, Willem Dafoe

Votes: 89,830 | Gross: $2.84M

2. Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone (2007)

PG-13 | 98 min | Animation, Action, Drama

The fate of the world is threatened by seemingly monstrous entities known as Angels. NERV is an organisation set up to counter this threat and it is up to young pilots to protect Earth but exactly what are the real motives behind NERV?

Directors: Masayuki, Kazuya Tsurumaki, Hideaki Anno | Stars: Megumi Ogata, Megumi Hayashibara, Kotono Mitsuishi, Yuriko Yamaguchi

Votes: 16,508 | Gross: $0.11M

3. Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance (2009)

TV-14 | 112 min | Animation, Action, Drama

Under constant attack by Angels, NERV introduces two new pilots: the mysterious Makinami Mari Illustrous and the intense Asuka Langley Shikinami. Parallel to the incursion, Gendo Ikari and ... See full summary »

Directors: Masayuki, Kazuya Tsurumaki, Hideaki Anno | Stars: Kotono Mitsuishi, Megumi Ogata, Megumi Hayashibara, Yûko Miyamura

Votes: 14,593 | Gross: $0.13M

4. Eyeborgs (2009)

R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Horror

A federal agent investigates when inconsistencies turn up in the photographic evidence of several murders recorded by mobile robotic cameras.

Director: Richard Clabaugh | Stars: Adrian Paul, Dale Girard, Mikey Wiseman, John S. Rushton

Votes: 2,139

5. Demolition Man (1993)

R | 115 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

34 Metascore

A police officer is brought out of suspended animation in prison to pursue an old ultra-violent nemesis who is loose in a non-violent future society.

Director: Marco Brambilla | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Wesley Snipes, Sandra Bullock, Nigel Hawthorne

Votes: 150,629 | Gross: $58.06M

6. The Last Minute (2001)

R | 104 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Billy Byrne is going to be the Next Big Thing - the next pop idol, the next art scandal, the next screen dream. Doors and worlds of possibility open up. Then it all goes wrong. The world doesn't care about his style, his voice, his thing.

Director: Stephen Norrington | Stars: Max Beesley, Emily Corrie, Tom Bell, Ciarán McMenamin

Votes: 817

7. Death Machine (1994)

R | 120 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

Chaank Armaments is experimenting with the ultimate fighting machine which is part human - part machine. So far, the Hardman project has been unreliable and has killed a number of innocent ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Norrington | Stars: Brad Dourif, Ely Pouget, William Hootkins, John Sharian

Votes: 3,615 | Gross: $1.42M

8. Dante 01 (2008)

R | 82 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

Deep space, at the edge of the galaxy. The future. A new prisoner arrives on top security prison ship and psychiatric research unit Dante 01. Sole survivor of an encounter with an alien ... See full summary »

Director: Marc Caro | Stars: Lambert Wilson, Linh Dan Pham, Dominique Pinon, Simona Maicanescu

Votes: 5,579

9. Cypher (2002)

R | 95 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

An unsuspecting, disenchanted man finds himself working as a spy in the dangerous, high-stakes world of corporate espionage. Quickly getting way over-his-head, he teams up with a mysterious femme fatale.

Director: Vincenzo Natali | Stars: Jeremy Northam, Lucy Liu, Nigel Bennett, Timothy Webber

Votes: 29,465

10. Sleeper (1973)

PG | 89 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

77 Metascore

A nerdish store owner is revived out of cryostasis into a future world to fight an oppressive government.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, John Beck, Mary Gregory

Votes: 38,457

11. Cyborg (1989)

R | 86 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

A martial artist hunts a killer in a plague-infested urban dump of the future.

Director: Albert Pyun | Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Deborah Richter, Vincent Klyn, Alex Daniels

Votes: 27,768 | Gross: $10.17M

12. Cyborg 2: Glass Shadow (1993 Video)

R | 99 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

2 companies battle for Cyborg domination. One's built a cyborg/Angelina Jolie so human, that they hope, she'll get into the competition's HQ and explode. But she escapes with her human martial arts instructor.

Director: Michael Schroeder | Stars: Elias Koteas, Angelina Jolie, Jack Palance, Billy Drago

Votes: 4,225

13. Chrysalis (I) (2007)

94 min | Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi

In the near future Paris, a cop is searching for his wife's killer. The trail leads him to a high tech medical clinic where everything is not what it seems.

Director: Julien Leclercq | Stars: Albert Dupontel, Marie Guillard, Marthe Keller, Mélanie Thierry

Votes: 2,728

14. Code 46 (2003)

R | 93 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

57 Metascore

A futuristic Brief Encounter (1945), this is a love story in which the romance is doomed by genetic incompatibility.

Director: Michael Winterbottom | Stars: Tim Robbins, Samantha Morton, Om Puri, Togo Igawa

Votes: 19,535 | Gross: $0.20M

15. Strange Days (1995)

R | 145 min | Action, Crime, Drama

66 Metascore

A former cop turned street-hustler accidentally uncovers a conspiracy in Los Angeles in 1999.

Director: Kathryn Bigelow | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Angela Bassett, Juliette Lewis, Tom Sizemore

Votes: 64,260 | Gross: $7.92M

16. Event Horizon (1997)

R | 96 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

35 Metascore

A rescue crew investigates a spaceship that disappeared into a black hole and has now returned...with someone or something new on-board.

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson | Stars: Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neill, Kathleen Quinlan, Joely Richardson

Votes: 149,171 | Gross: $26.67M

17. Avalon (2001)

R | 107 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

In a dystopian world, a woman spends her time playing an illegal and dangerous game, hoping to find meaning in her world.

Director: Mamoru Oshii | Stars: Malgorzata Foremniak, Wladyslaw Kowalski, Jerzy Gudejko, Dariusz Biskupski

Votes: 12,594

18. Futuresport (1998 TV Movie)

R | 91 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Sport

In 2025, Futuresport is the organized sport of the planet. But someone else is getting organized and their game is war.

Director: Ernest R. Dickerson | Stars: Dean Cain, Vanessa Williams, Wesley Snipes, Valerie Chow

Votes: 2,665

19. Furia (1999)

90 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

In a post-apocalyptic world, Théo, a rebellious youth fights a repressive regime by drawing and posting anti-government slogans, and finds dangerous love with a mysterious woman.

Director: Alexandre Aja | Stars: Stanislas Merhar, Marion Cotillard, Wadeck Stanczak, Pierre Vaneck

Votes: 490

20. Immortal (2004)

R | 103 min | Animation, Action, Crime

In the distant future, Earth is occupied by ancient gods and genetically altered humans. When a god is sentenced to death he seeks a new human host and a woman to bear his child.

Director: Enki Bilal | Stars: Linda Hardy, Thomas Kretschmann, Charlotte Rampling, Yann Collette

Votes: 20,099

21. Impostor (2001)

PG-13 | 95 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

33 Metascore

In the future, an alien race uses androids as bombs to attack Earth. A government weapons specialist is accused of being one such android and sets out to prove his innocence.

Director: Gary Fleder | Stars: Shane Brolly, Vincent D'Onofrio, Gary Sinise, Madeleine Stowe

Votes: 22,062 | Gross: $6.11M

22. Radio Free Albemuth (2010)

R | 111 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

35 Metascore

Berkeley record store clerk Nick Brady (Jonathan Scarfe) begins to experience strange visions from an entity he calls VALIS that cause him to uproot his family and move to Los Angeles where... See full summary »

Director: John Alan Simon | Stars: Shea Whigham, Jonathan Scarfe, Michael Rothhaar, Katheryn Winnick

Votes: 1,514 | Gross: $0.01M

23. Screamers (1995)

R | 108 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Soldiers attempting to negotiate the end to a long-running war discover the robots they built to assassinate enemy combatants have gained sentience and are plotting against both sides.

Director: Christian Duguay | Stars: Peter Weller, Roy Dupuis, Jennifer Rubin, Andrew Lauer

Votes: 23,976 | Gross: $5.78M

24. Morning Patrol (1987)

108 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

Going alone into an abandoned, living city, a woman tries to cross a forbidden zone swarming with the Morning Patrol and traps. Meeting one of the last city guards, they attempt recall the past and penetrate the zone together.

Director: Nikos Nikolaidis | Stars: Michele Valley, Takis Spyridakis, Liana Hatzi, Nikos Hatzis

Votes: 666

25. Love (I) (2011)

Not Rated | 84 min | Drama, Music, Sci-Fi

A man spends years alone on a space station orbiting Earth after losing communication with Houston/Earth. Time is spent on maintenance, exercise, watching old messages and reading a journal by a soldier in the American civil war 1864.

Director: William Eubank | Stars: Gunner Wright, Corey Richardson, Bradley Horne, Nancy Stelle

Votes: 8,390

26. Mutant Chronicles (2008)

R | 111 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

28th century soldier Mitch Hunter leads a fight against an army of underworld Mutants.

Director: Simon Hunter | Stars: Thomas Jane, Ron Perlman, Devon Aoki, Sean Pertwee

Votes: 25,239 | Gross: $0.01M

27. Mr. Nobody (2009)

R | 141 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

63 Metascore

A boy stands on a station platform as a train is about to leave. Should he go with his mother or stay with his father? Infinite possibilities arise from this decision. As long as he doesn't choose, anything is possible.

Director: Jaco Van Dormael | Stars: Jared Leto, Sarah Polley, Diane Kruger, Linh Dan Pham

Votes: 204,756 | Gross: $0.00M

28. Nemesis (1992)

R | 95 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Alex, a burned out LA cyborg cop, is forced by commissioner Farnsworth to find his former cyborg partner and lover Jared who's about to deliver sensitive data to cyborg terrorists who wish to wage war against humans. Is he being played?

Director: Albert Pyun | Stars: Olivier Gruner, Tim Thomerson, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Merle Kennedy

Votes: 4,717 | Gross: $2.00M

29. Paragraph 78 (2007)

Not Rated | 88 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

In the near future the command of the special setting gets a new important task. On a secret rocket base, where a very tall order brings a command over, they will have face to face to run ... See full summary »

Director: Mikhail Khleborodov | Stars: Yuriy Kutsenko, Vladimir Vdovichenkov, Anastasiya Slanevskaya, Grigoriy Siyatvinda

Votes: 1,845

30. Returner (2002)

R | 116 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

36 Metascore

A young woman from the future forces a local gunman to help her stop an impending alien invasion which will wipe out the human race.

Director: Takashi Yamazaki | Stars: Takeshi Kaneshiro, Anne Suzuki, Gorô Kishitani, Kirin Kiki

Votes: 10,887 | Gross: $0.07M

31. Trancers (1984)

PG-13 | 76 min | Action, Sci-Fi

64 Metascore

A gruff bounty hunter travels back in time to 1980s Los Angeles to stop a twisted criminal who can transform people into zombie-like creatures.

Director: Charles Band | Stars: Tim Thomerson, Helen Hunt, Michael Stefani, Art LaFleur

Votes: 5,054

32. The Gene Generation (2007)

R | 96 min | Action, Sci-Fi

Michelle, an assassin to a new breed of killers (DNA Hackers), finds she has greater obstacles in her life... Family.

Director: Pearry Reginald Teo | Stars: Bai Ling, Alec Newman, Parry Shen, Faye Dunaway

Votes: 2,525

33. Tokyo Gore Police (2008)

Not Rated | 110 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

In future Tokyo, a young woman in the privatized police force tracks down her father's killer while battling against mutant rebels known as engineers.

Director: Yoshihiro Nishimura | Stars: Eihi Shiina, Itsuji Itao, Yukihide Benny, Jiji Bû

Votes: 10,512

34. Surrogates (2009)

PG-13 | 89 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

45 Metascore

Set in a futuristic world where humans live in isolation and interact through surrogate robots, a cop is forced to leave his home for the first time in years in order to investigate the murders of others' surrogates.

Director: Jonathan Mostow | Stars: Bruce Willis, Radha Mitchell, Ving Rhames, Rosamund Pike

Votes: 165,556 | Gross: $38.58M

35. The Age of Stupid (2009)

Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary, History, News

A future archivist looks at old footage from the year 2008 to understand why humankind failed to address climate change.

Director: Franny Armstrong | Stars: Pete Postlethwaite, Jehangir Wadia, Alvin DuVernay, Layefa Malini

Votes: 4,122

36. Vexille (2007)

PG-13 | 109 min | Animation, Action, Sci-Fi

Japan, 2077: A female agent named Vexille is dispatched to Tokyo to investigate whether Japanese are developing robotic technology, which has been banned by the U.N. due to its potential threat to humankind.

Director: Fumihiko Sori | Stars: Meisa Kuroki, Shôsuke Tanihara, Yasuko Matsuyuki, Akio Ôtsuka

Votes: 7,308

37. Virtuosity (1995)

R | 106 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

39 Metascore

When a virtual reality simulation created using the personalities of multiple serial killers manages to escape into the real world, an ex-cop is tasked with stopping its reign of terror.

Director: Brett Leonard | Stars: Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Kelly Lynch, Stephen Spinella

Votes: 26,851 | Gross: $24.05M

38. Sky Blue (2003)

Unrated | 86 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

53 Metascore

2142: Pollution and climate change wiped out most of Earth's population. Ecoban city is built to withstand this. Suppression results in revolt. A childhood couple find each other as adults on opposing sides.

Director: Moon-saeng Kim | Stars: Andrew Ableson, Cathy Cavadini, Joon-ho Chung, Mark Lindsay

Votes: 8,846 | Gross: $0.03M

39. Casshern (2004)

Not Rated | 142 min | Action, Sci-Fi

Live-action sci-fi movie based on a 1973 Japanese animé of the same name (Shinzo Ningen Casshân). Theme song by Utada Hikaru.

Director: Kazuaki Kiriya | Stars: Yûsuke Iseya, Kumiko Asô, Akira Terao, Kanako Higuchi

Votes: 12,907

40. Enemy Mine (1985)

PG-13 | 108 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

59 Metascore

During a long space war, the lives of two wounded enemies become dependent on their ability to forgive and to trust.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen | Stars: Dennis Quaid, Louis Gossett Jr., Brion James, Richard Marcus

Votes: 41,607 | Gross: $4.27M

41. Dark Star (1974)

G | 83 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

66 Metascore

In the far reaches of space, a small crew, 20 years into their solitary mission, find things beginning to go hilariously wrong.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Dan O'Bannon, Dre Pahich, Brian Narelle, Cal Kuniholm

Votes: 20,938

42. Alien (1979)

R | 117 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

89 Metascore

After a space merchant vessel receives an unknown transmission as a distress call, one of the crew is attacked by a mysterious life form and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt, Veronica Cartwright

Votes: 744,470 | Gross: $78.90M

43. Alien 2: On Earth (1980)

R | 92 min | Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi

A spaceship lands back on Earth after a failed mission, but the astronauts have been replaced by hideous creatures that can penetrate people's bodies and make them explode. A group of cave ... See full summary »

Directors: Ciro Ippolito, Biagio Proietti | Stars: Belinda Mayne, Mark Bodin, Roberto Barrese, Benedetta Fantoli

Votes: 1,137

44. Beyond the Black Rainbow (2010)

R | 110 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

49 Metascore

Despite being under heavy sedation, a young woman tries to make her way out of the Arboria Institute, a secluded, quasifuturistic commune.

Director: Panos Cosmatos | Stars: Eva Bourne, Michael J Rogers, Scott Hylands, Rondel Reynoldson

Votes: 11,781 | Gross: $0.06M



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