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Top 9 Sci-Fi Movies You Cannot Miss

Sheena Joseph | Feb 10 2021
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Sci-Fi movies are known for surprising the audience. They range from space-invader thrillers to alternate realities. There is no limit to the creative freedom and liberty of interpretation when it comes to the Sci-Fi genre. Over the years, it has become a favourite genre for children as well as adults. If you are new to the genre, here are some of the must-watch Sci-Fi movies that will define it for you.

1) Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

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'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' is the sequel to the 2011 film 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes'. The sequel, however, surpassed the first movie in terms of action sequences and emotional depth. In 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes', a biotech company is experimenting on chimpanzees to find a cure for Alzheimer's diseases. However, this enhances the intelligence of a newborn chimp - Caesar. He grows up to be a remarkably intelligent creature who can communicate through sign language. The movie explores the individuality and identity of apes. 'The Dawn of the Planet of Apes' is set ten years from the events of the first movie. It deals with Caesar being the leader of a community of intelligent apes.

2) Donnie Darko

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‘Donnie Darko’ might not be the best movie for beginners. But, it can show you how far-fetched a sci-fi movie can be. This 2001 film is still a discussion among movie buffs due to the various interpretations. The protagonist is a troubled teenager named Donnie Darko. One day, he is informed by a mysterious figure that the world will end in 28 days, six hours, 42 minutes, and 12 seconds. He wakes up the next morning on a local golf course to find that a jet engine has crashed into his bedroom. And authorities do not know of its origin. The film deals with an alternate reality as well.

3) Edge of Tomorrow

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This action film starring Emily Blunt and Tom Cruise is based on a Japanese light novel 'All You Need Is Kill'. The story is set in a future where an alien race has invaded Europe. Major Cage played by Tom Cruise, a public relations officer with no battle experience is forced to join the army. However, he soon realises that he is caught in a time loop and cannot die. He joins hands with the war hero Sergeant Rita Vrataski played by Emily Blunt to defeat the alien race. 'Edge of Tomorrow' is popular for the efficient screenplay, design of battle suits, and visual effects.

4) Oblivion

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This post-apocalyptic film pays homage to 1970s sci-fi movies. It is also based on an unpublished graphic novel of the same name. The story is set in 2077 when the earth is ruined during a war with extraterrestrials. Humans have relocated to Titan. A technician Jack Harper is sent to service drones. However, he finds that Earth is not as ruined as the population in Titan believes and that their relocation is part of a conspiracy and humans never actually won the war with the extraterrestrials.

5) Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

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‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’ is everything you expect a sci-fi movie to be. This psychological thriller is known to be one of the best movies ever made. It has developed a cult following since its years. Protagonist Joel Barish realises that his ex-girlfriend had her memories of him erased. He is heartbroken and decided to undergo the same procedure. As the technician starts to erase the happy memories of their relationship, he realises that he does not want to forget her. The movie is based on the hopeless cycle of love that finds the protagonists repeatedly.

6) The Martian

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‘The Martian’ is an inspiring sci-fi thriller starring Matt Damon. During an expedition to Mars, the crew of Ares III is forced to scrub their mission and leave the planet due to a storm. However, botanist Mark Watney is struck by debris and lost. The surviving crew takes off thinking he is dead. Fortunately, Watney wakes up the next morning and finds himself alone on Mars. The rest of the movie is his struggle to stay alive and grow food. Eventually, NASA becomes aware of his situation and kickstarts a rescue mission.

7) Arrival


If you want to watch a sci-fi movie with no alien invasion and action sequences, 'Arrival' is for you. Protagonist Louise Banks is a linguist who is enlisted by the United States Army to communicate with aliens who have arrived on Earth. The extraterrestrials, however, have no intention of war but they come bearing a gift. The movie was lauded for the exploration of communication with alien intelligence and Amy Adams’s performance. 

8) Frequencies

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'Frequencies' is set in an alternate world where everyone is born with a frequency. It determines their luck, emotions, and worth. The frequency one emits is crucial to success in their life and it is believed to be permanent. However, Zak who has the lowest frequency is attracted to Marie, who has one of the highest frequency. Marie cannot feel emotions due to her high intelligence and frequency. Her ambition is to know and feel what love is. Zak's friend Theo invents a technology that will temporarily change the frequency one emits. However, the authorities accuse Zak of using tech with mind-controlling properties.

9) Interstellar

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This epic science fiction film by Christopher Nolen is set in a dystopian future where humans are struggling to survive on Earth. A group of astronauts is sent in search of a new home planet. The movie plays with wormholes, gravity, unknown dimensions, and timelines. Kip Thorne (Caltech theoretical physicist and 2017 Nobel laureate in Physics) was roped in as an executive producer for the movie. He acted as a scientific consultant, which made Interstellar a success among sceptics as well. The film went on to win the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects. It was also nominated for Best Original Score, Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing, and Best Production Design.