Futuristic films have been a staple of cinema for almost as long as films have existed, with “A Trip to the MooWidely regarded as the very first science fiction film. Since then, filmmakers have imagined what the future might hold for them, and the results have been as varied as they are interesting. In fact, many of the most popular films and the highest rated of all time are set in the future.
To determine the best sci-fi movies of all time, 24/7 Tempo developed an index using the average ratings on IMDb, an Amazon-owned online movie database, and a combination of Audience Scores and Tomatometer Scores on Rotten tomatoes, an aggregator of online movie and TV reviews, in November 2021. All ratings have been weighted equally. Only films tagged with the keyword âfutureâ on IMDb and describing an imagined future for human civilization have been considered. Director credits also come from IMDb.
Science fiction, at its best, gives people a window into what might be possible and allows people to project their hopes and fears into the future. Many futuristic films imagine incredibly advanced technologies, like solar travel and artificial intelligence. Others are less optimistic, predicting that the future will be marked by crime and that the Earth will lack natural resources.
Many of the greatest filmmakers of all time are on this list – Stanley Kubrick, Steven Spielberg, James Cameron and George Lucas, to name a few. It should be noted that Star Wars did not make the list, as the events of the films take place “a long, long time ago.”
Hollywood continues to produce futuristic films in large part because they are in high demand. Big-budget, CGI-laden sci-fi blockbusters often do well at the box office. In fact, many movies on this list have grossed hundreds of millions of dollars. They are the highest grossing movies of all time.
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