Top 10 Underrated Science Fiction Movies

  • Published on Jan 13, 2016
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  • Sam M
    Sam M 2 hours ago

    "Sunshine" - It's a movie that I loved for the first two acts, then it just went to hell.
    "Heavy Metal" - If you haven't seen it you can't be my friend.
    "2010" - One of the best science fiction movies ever made, period.
    "Europa Report" - The fact that this movie was not on this list is a crime against humanity.

  • Wilfrid Lamoureux
    Wilfrid Lamoureux 14 hours ago

    Moon was the best really

  • Matthew McKirgan
    Matthew McKirgan 20 hours ago


  • chanel henderson
    chanel henderson 22 hours ago

    Equilibrium is AMAZING totally underrated

  • aaron whitty
    aaron whitty Day ago

    Sunshine best film here

  • Q Q
    Q Q 2 days ago

    Enemy Mine is by far the most underrated Sci-Fi movie ever.

  • Happy Bear
    Happy Bear 2 days ago

    The Penitant Man, an amazing film.

  • Paul Wagner
    Paul Wagner 2 days ago

    did fairly bad at the box office but Prometheus is Ridley Scotts Masterpiece!

  • Jeanne Scherff
    Jeanne Scherff 4 days ago

    If you have half a brain, EQUILIBRIUM is so totally flawed, concept-wise, since curbing emotions is the last thing being done by everyone. Also Christian Bale was completely wrong in the lead role and his acting, or lack of it, was sub par. IMDb gives it a decent score (7.5), which in my opinion is undeserved. Surprised it made this list. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT TIME TRAVEL is one of my favorites that no one seems to know about.

  • Bad Factor
    Bad Factor 5 days ago


  • mike hundemagen
    mike hundemagen 5 days ago

    Pandorum is a pretty cool movie.

  • Jon Doe
    Jon Doe 6 days ago

    Patlabor 1 + 2

  • Guido Balbiano
    Guido Balbiano 6 days ago

    The Man From Earth shoul've been on this list; great movie.

  • Stefan Lechner
    Stefan Lechner 6 days ago

    Snow Piercer
    Book of Eli
    Source Code
    District 9

  • Hippiekinkster
    Hippiekinkster 7 days ago

    My picks:
    Solaris (Russian; dir. Andrei Tarkovsky)
    Immortel (ad Vitam)(French)
    The Martian*
    Mission to Mars*
    * Perhaps not underrated
    And that fantastic French flight of fancy featuring Jane Fonda's tits,

  • giannapple
    giannapple 8 days ago

    I don’t disagree at all,with this list, but... no Coherence?

  • Zogg from Betelgeuse

    Also, "Cypher" (2002)

  • ProfessorBeautiful
    ProfessorBeautiful 10 days ago

    Moon, for sure! Good call.

  • Nicholas Monks
    Nicholas Monks 10 days ago

    Sunshine is OVERrated. The premise is sketchy at best, and the narrative turn makes no sense. The atmosphere of the film was good, but that was about it. It's overwrought and doesn't know what story it's really trying to tell.

  • Claudio Rebelo
    Claudio Rebelo 10 days ago

    Dark City (1998)

  • Moe Badderman
    Moe Badderman 11 days ago

    @3:03 ~ "It may be an animated film..."
    What do you mean by "may be"? It most-certainly *is* an animated film!

  • dadcss
    dadcss 12 days ago

    So many to choose from.
    Here are a few that come to my mind in no particular order.
    - iron sky
    - outland
    - the American astronaut

  • TheDude Abides
    TheDude Abides 12 days ago +1

    Solyaris - the original Russian Version from 1971, not the George Clooney Remake. Brilliant.

  • Ananthan. s
    Ananthan. s 12 days ago

    Man from earth. The best❤️

  • GregoryVios
    GregoryVios 13 days ago

    heavy metal is not underrated, it just not for everybody

  • artur wojciechowicz
    artur wojciechowicz 13 days ago

    &masterpiece "Blade Runner".

  • Anthony King
    Anthony King 14 days ago

    I really like the 2002 remake of The Time Machine. A brilliant sci fi adventure and has a great musical score. Too bad it was a Box office flop.

  • Connie Carroll
    Connie Carroll 14 days ago

    I've seen about half of these, and yes they are really good movies.Thank you for mentioning the others, but Sphere? I saw in the theaters, felt like asking for my money back. Yes, the special effects were great! The script really needed work.

  • Raymond Edge
    Raymond Edge 15 days ago

    Babylon 5 and Farscape

  • Johnny Rasputin
    Johnny Rasputin 15 days ago

    or Dune?

  • Vo R
    Vo R 15 days ago

    The Man Who Fell to Earth

  • Johnny Rasputin
    Johnny Rasputin 15 days ago

    Where is Logan's Run?

  • sneakywinky
    sneakywinky 15 days ago

    Six String Samurai

  • Marc Peterson
    Marc Peterson 15 days ago

    I liked 2010, but the political message seemed trite.

  • stober51
    stober51 17 days ago

    Absolute best of the few I own, Moon, Quite Earth, Primer, and Soylent Green.

  • 70 Series Tires
    70 Series Tires 17 days ago

    Heavy Metal is a cult classic because it;s producer limited it's circulation.

  • Manu Forster
    Manu Forster 17 days ago

    Andrej Tarkovsky's *Stalker* [11:37] is an amazing masterpiece. A true classic.
    Another Russian Sci-Fi film that I would add to "Honrable Mentions" is: *Humanoid Woman* or >> *Per Aspera Ad Astra* (Russian: *Через тернии к звёздам*, USA screen name - *Through the Thorns to the Stars* [...] Humanoid Woman) is a 1981 Soviet science fiction film directed by Richard Viktorov and based on a novel by Kir Bulychov.

  • Manu Forster
    Manu Forster 17 days ago

    *Morgan* (2016) was also very impressive, but does seem to lack recognition.

  • Manu Forster
    Manu Forster 17 days ago

    *Impostor* (2001) with Gary Sinise -
    Also a seriously underrated Sci-Fi flic ... inspired by the work of *Philip K. Dick*

  • Larry Eisenberg
    Larry Eisenberg 18 days ago

    "Ink" ... semi low budget, but you wouldn't know it won't be disappointed!

  • James Neave
    James Neave 18 days ago

    My problem with primer is I have to watch it with subtitles on.
    Somebody needs to start giving diction listings.
    They're getting awfully *mumblemumblemumble*

  • dollabill39
    dollabill39 19 days ago

    Total list of fraudulence. Not one fuckin Phildickian flick?

  • Johannes Busch
    Johannes Busch 19 days ago

    2001 = masterpiece of a genius
    2010 = hmmm

  • Buya
    Buya 19 days ago

    Without doubt, "Knowing," a movie that critics impaled merely because it starred Nicholas Cage

  • Dwayne White
    Dwayne White 19 days ago

    I really have to agree with the top 5 on this. Sunshine was far better than I was expecting it to be, and Moon was a slow build, but had amazing payoffs. However, my personal favorite underrated sci-fi movie is Event Horizon. I was in the theater opening weekend and was only one of three people in auditorium. That was just tragic how poorly that movie did. I also enjoyed Pandorum.

  • Jack Wareham
    Jack Wareham 20 days ago +1

    There was an amazing 70's sci-fi movie about a man and his wife who are research scientists living alone in space with a giant robot (borrowed from Forbidden Planet) who get a routine inspection from a man from Earth where society is now obsessed with performance enhancing drugs. The clash of cultures and the inspector's lust for the scientist's wife cause for a very tense film.

    • Jack Wareham
      Jack Wareham 6 days ago

      +Jon Herrera You're right. It's name is Hector. He is terrifying. I was quite young.

    • Jon Herrera
      Jon Herrera 6 days ago

      Sounds like Saturn 3, though I don't remember Robbie being in it.

  • ponocni kauboy
    ponocni kauboy 20 days ago +1

    strange days, great movieeeeeeeeeeeeee, i love Emma Busset 1996?

  • vince33x
    vince33x 20 days ago


  • j cloud
    j cloud 22 days ago

    "Valerian" is a newer under-rated movie in my opinion.

    • Nicholas Monks
      Nicholas Monks 10 days ago's very pretty, but rather empty. Decent candy.

  • Alysia Mer David-Wasser
    Alysia Mer David-Wasser 22 days ago +1

    @ 7:10 "The stylized fight scenes..create TRULY impressive action sequences." i thought this looked like a REHEARSAL of "fight scenes", immediately Following *"styilzed fight scenes"* , (@ 7:20). @ 7:28: "There's also an adorable puppy." Wut?
    Never HEARD of this one, & in my* humble *opinion* , i was SHOCKED. This looks Really GOOD! Haven't seen it, so maybe the fight scenes are like RDJ's "Sherlock"??? ✌💗💞

  • Andrew Mah
    Andrew Mah 22 days ago

    Moon is in my top 5 movies ever

  • the_punnisher
    the_punnisher 22 days ago

    I have several of the movies on your list. The Chronicles Of Riddick is far better that Pitch Black. I know, I have all three of his full length movies. The feral world of his third movie get down to the animal eats animal phase of Earths evolution and even how a wolf creature became the familiar dog. The MRE finally gets it's comedown in this movie. Heavy Metal stayed many years as a bootleg because greedy companies bitched about royalties from the songs used in it. HBO played it ONCE and I got my first bootleg from them. Hey, what about the writers from the namesake adult magazine where the stories came from? Anyway, everybody got their pound of flesh and everyone played nice and that concept was never tried again. How quickly the Age of Love turned into the Age of
    Money. One of the movies title song was sung by Joan Baez. the 3 robots names Huey, Dewey and Louie were originally the bodies of Heathkit's entry into the robotics age, HERO. I recognize the components. Bruce Dern figures out how to save the forest with the help of his robot friends and when he gets back in radio range, he uses the dome,s nuke charge on himself, probably to the delight of all the militant vegans out there.
    Two movies you missed: Dark Star and Spaced Invaders. Both were comedies, yet have some fundamental issues underlying them. Making " smart bombs " too smart. Let there be light was what this bombs conclusion to it's purpose in life was. The idea in Spaced invaders is also happening in real life, with city slickers buying up the tax liens on farmland and kicking off the last generation of farmers in the Midwest. In this parody, the aliens have to lighten the load and do the obvious thing for their ship, which solve this farmer's .problem.
    We have just turned some of the basic ideas in the Matrix Trilogy into possibilities. No proof but what is proof?

  • Tim Coleman
    Tim Coleman 22 days ago

    You forgot The man who fell to Earth, great Nick Roeg movie in which David Bowie manages to act. Not bad considering it was his first.

  • Joel Daniel
    Joel Daniel 22 days ago

    Dark City

  • Nemanja Ignjatović
    Nemanja Ignjatović 22 days ago

    Most of the time those "top 10's" are crap - but this one is actually good. I've watched few of this movies earlier, and I've always wandered why those movies didn't get more credit.

  • Waz
    Waz 23 days ago

    2010 was dreadful.

  • Fred Loeper
    Fred Loeper 24 days ago

    The Andromeda Strain (1971)

  • steve s
    steve s 25 days ago

    Heavy Metal! Yes!

  • Thomas Remme
    Thomas Remme 25 days ago

    I agree that Moon is an amazing movie. Highly Recommended. Another favorite of mine is "The Man from Earth". Lo-Fi Sci-Fi.

  • Rajan L
    Rajan L 25 days ago

    predestination should be there

  • Klaas in Session
    Klaas in Session 25 days ago

    Deepwater Horizon, deserves a mention!

  • Blastarr1
    Blastarr1 25 days ago

    I am a Science Fiction fan big time. I watch all kinds of Sci-Fi movies and love many but sometimes the Underrated ones are the best but I have not seen them all.

    I have seen 2010 and loved it more than 2001
    I have not seen Primer and I hear a lot but time travel is not always my thing.
    Heavy Metal perhaps one of the greatest animated movies ever with a kicking soundtrack
    I have not seen Mr. Nobody because the subject is not what I like per say.
    Silent Running is a fantastic 1970's film, I saw it when I was young and it still resonates with me
    A movie I need to see and own is Equilibrium the gun fu is awesome.
    Strange Days is just strange but a great concept.
    eXistenZ is full of body horror and out there. If you are a gamer you will enjoy this.
    Sunshine like 2001 had a great 1st and 2nd act but lost me in the 3rd act they got too meta.
    Honorable Mentions: Sphere is a fantastic movie with a great plot and makes you think. Titan A.E. is another fantastic animated movie with the idea that Humans can not always defeat aliens and if they do come to Earth they will destroy us. Enemy Mine tells the story of warriors on opposing sides that realize they are not so different. Pitch Black great movie that spawned a great action hero. Have not seen Stalker (1979) mostly because it is in Russan and I have a hard time reading so subtitles make it difficult. Same problem I have with Anime too.
    Moon seems to me to be another Silent Running and boring but I hear it is a great movie.

  • Eric Hunsaker
    Eric Hunsaker 25 days ago

    I loved Equilibrium and it seriously deserved more recognition!

  • Jim Kerr
    Jim Kerr 26 days ago

    A list of cool sci fi movies compiled from a Facebook post:
    Waking Life,
    A scanner darkly, the fountain, meeting with remarkable men, Reality, Mr. Nobody, 2001: A Space Odyssey,
    Donnie darko, fight club, inception, memento, children of men, equilibrium, interstellar, girl interrupted, pans labyrinth, the beach, shutter island, the girl with the dragon tattoo, Ex machina, Ghost in the shell, Vanilla sky, Abre los Ojos, true detective season 1, Cloud atlas, Pi, Dante 01, Silent running, Matrix, Cloud Atlas, Lucy, Doctor Strange, Interstellar, Ready player one, Valerian, Arrival, Limitless, District 9, Contact, Lucy, battle beyond the stars 1980, annihilation, A Wrinkle in Time, Samsara, John dies at the end, Altered carbon, transcendance, Surrogates, Trolls, Powder, Enter the void, Sense 8, Elysium, Donnie Darko, The Tree of Life, The Cell, Kin-dza-dza, Fantastic planet, Dune, Dark City Gattaca, Existenz, the thirteen floor, equilibrium, What dreams may come, They live, It's Such A Beautiful Day, and, World of Tomorrow, Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with me, Fahrenheit 451 (60's version), 1984, Point break 2015, Coherence, Fifth Element, Stargate, Dr. Strange, Across The Universe, Prometheus, Tommorrowland, The Truman Show, Zardoz, The Holy Mountain by Jodorowsky,
    Le planete sauvage, rick and Morty, The wolf house, Brazil, Mrs doubtfire, Sicario, Memento, Inception, Pandora,
    Flatland, Cloudy with a chance of meatballs,Fear and loathing in Las Vegas, Eraserhead, Black mirror, Gravity, Docotor Strange, Altered States, Alternate state, Naked Lunch, Baron Munchhousen, Atlas lost, Stelaris, Stalker, This Island Earth, Alien Covenant, Blade runner 2049, Heavy Metal, Dark Star, Solaris, Other earth, moon 2009,
    The signal, The Thirteenth Floor, Stalker (1979), Twelve Monkeys, Beyond The Black Rainbow

  • Samantha Hope
    Samantha Hope 26 days ago

    Primer was such a good movie, I clicked that on Netflix having never heard anything about it. I loved it, I ended up recommending it to so many friends. The only downside was when I found out how many of my friends couldn't understand what they were watching. I just wanted to pat them on the head and say it's okay. :(

  • Barát Gábor
    Barát Gábor 26 days ago

    THX 1138 from Lucas. It's THE single most underrated good sci-fi, in fact so underrated that it couldn't even get into a video about underrated sci-fi movies :P

  • JeffMangumMagnum
    JeffMangumMagnum 26 days ago


  • HoldenNY22
    HoldenNY22 26 days ago

    I haven't seen "Silent Running" in probably over 30 years, but I remember I like it a lot. I'll have to watch it again.

  • Duncan Brown
    Duncan Brown 27 days ago

    I hate your feed, but Moon and Stalker in the same breath?! I'll go with that.

  • Richard Kev
    Richard Kev 27 days ago

    Of course, the fact they are underrated creates another problem:
    They’re hard to find without buying them. I can only afford two streaming services. Of the ten movies in your list, I wrote down six that I hadn’t seen, but sounded interesting. I could only find one of the six without purchasing. But I don’t want to purchase unless I know I like them...

  • Povl Kvols
    Povl Kvols 27 days ago +1

    I would agree, except for Sunshine. Moon was surprisingly good!

  • David Dangen
    David Dangen 28 days ago


  • Willie Watra
    Willie Watra 28 days ago

    gun kata!

  • Raj Kumar
    Raj Kumar 28 days ago

    Edge of Tomorrow deserves to be on this list.

  • Robert Urban
    Robert Urban 29 days ago

    This list was prob made by the producers to try and make money from their flops. 2010 was ca-ca. PRIMER - never heard of it. HEAVY METAL - stupid and a Darth Vader voice ripoff and lousy heavy metal. MR. NOBODY - no. SILENT RUNNING - worst soundtrack ever! and whiny lead actor. Bruce Dern is not lead material. EQUALIBRIUM - if trumptrash ruled. STRANGE DAYS - dumb. EXISTENZ - more caca. SUNSHINE - total caca, another slasher flick disguised as sci-fi. MOON - oh puhleez.

  • Drum Chord
    Drum Chord 29 days ago

    I must say that in my opinion, 'Coherence' (2013) is one of the most underrated science fiction films. It should be on this list.

  • raszelast
    raszelast 29 days ago

    A Scanner Darkly

  • SirWrecksy
    SirWrecksy Month ago +2

    Seen every movie on this list ..would say Equilibrium is easily the best

  • Somtaw
    Somtaw Month ago

    I'd also recommend Robot & Frank. It's an amazingly funny and shockingly touching film.

  • kamran102
    kamran102 Month ago

    Dark City. Forbidden Planet.

  • Jarod Smith
    Jarod Smith Month ago

    "Life", released 2017. Mind-blowingly awesome film.

  • Jarod Smith
    Jarod Smith Month ago

    Equilibrium was an awesome movie.

  • GetRealz
    GetRealz Month ago +1

    What about "Dark City"?

  • Sterling Crockett
    Sterling Crockett Month ago

    I'm sorry but 2010 does NOT belong on this list. In my opinion, it was a very average science fiction movie that hasn't really gotten better with age. Arthur C. Clarke's book was far more entertaining. It's almost criminal that this movie made the list but Pitch Black only made an honorable mention. Heck, I'd rather watch The Black Hole or Circuitry Man again (both of which I own, lol) than 2010. At least I'd get the novelty of seeing a robot voiced by Slim Pickins! Hell, tonight's movie is The Wraith, which I'd also rather watch!

  • Ristube
    Ristube Month ago

    Strange days is one of my favorites. Awesome premise to actually experience being someone else exactly, living in their body for whatever they recorded at the time. It’s a DVR for memories, but it’s your emotions recorded too.

  • TheChop
    TheChop Month ago

    if you only watch one of these WATCH SUNSHINE IT IS AMAZING!!!!!

  • Mat Murk
    Mat Murk Month ago

    Everyone mentioning Dark City and Gattaca need to realize that those films are not underrated, and that's why they are not on this list. I am surprised Thirteenth Floor was not at least an honorable mention though

    • Mat Murk
      Mat Murk 10 days ago

      +Nicholas Monks the majority of people I know have seen it and I'm not talking about movie buffs. Roger Ebert in particular went on and on about it and when the Matrix came out this was the movie that most critics referenced as the the better and deeper movie. Also, before it was even in the theaters it had an insane amount of promotion, I remember seeing it on nearly every commercial break, I'm sure others can vouch for this. Is it Star Wars? No. But it is for sure not on the same level of obscurity as the films mentioned in this video.

    • Nicholas Monks
      Nicholas Monks 10 days ago

      +Mat Murk I have a pretty varied list of friends, almost none of whom have ever even heard of Dark City. It gets a Metacritic score of 66 (which though not dreadful, isn't good.) I follow several Sci-Fi forums and publications and don't recall anyone raving about it this past year...despite it being the films 20th anniversary.
      The world is wide and it's quite possible that we're just getting our info from different directions, but at least in my circles, it is too seldom seen, never mind discussed.

    • Mat Murk
      Mat Murk 10 days ago

      +Nicholas Monks it was on a bunch of critics best movies of the year lists and is raved about all the time. It did well in the box office and most people have seen it and like it.

    • Nicholas Monks
      Nicholas Monks 10 days ago

      How is Dark City not underrated?

  • James McKane
    James McKane Month ago

    Equilibrium is the greatest movie no one has ever heard of ☺☺☺☺

  • blurelic4
    blurelic4 Month ago

    I’m going to echo some other comments on here...GATTACA should be on here. And DARK CITY should be here although I kinda see it in the horror/sci-fi genre

  • Peggy Franzen
    Peggy Franzen Month ago

    ' Thirteenth Floor'

  • MsHellokitty666
    MsHellokitty666 Month ago

    What about Event Horizon and Dark City? Should have been on the list.

  • bbjd9328
    bbjd9328 Month ago

    2010 was OK but the book has the Chinese landing on Europa--a much better story line......Roy Schieder was miscast as Floyd. Primer was very good. Silent Running was unique--still like it.

  • Glenn Bateman
    Glenn Bateman Month ago


  • supercommie
    supercommie Month ago

    Strange Days and Sphere are really really good.

  • Leslie harriman
    Leslie harriman Month ago

    “Moon” was a prodigiously bad movie but a wondrous cure for insomnia.

  • Dhirendra Nath Biswas

    What about Minority Report?

  • Andre Brown
    Andre Brown Month ago

    Agree with Jade Smith. GATTACA is a brilliantly introspective film. Beautiful and stylish set design. Haunting score. ...And becoming less sci-fi every day.

  • Graham Phillips
    Graham Phillips Month ago

    Dark Star

  • Rick Ved Jyotish
    Rick Ved Jyotish Month ago

    2010 should not be mentioned in the same breath with 2001: A Space Odyssey. Nothing should. Except for Solaris (2002 Steven Soderberg version).

    • Nicholas Monks
      Nicholas Monks 10 days ago

      Wait. What? Soderberg's Solaris was ok, but paled compared to Tarkovsky's. I personally still enjoy 2010, imperfect and overexplanatory though it is.