Top 10 Underrated Science Fiction Movies

  • Published on Jan 13, 2016
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  • Gavin Coon
    Gavin Coon 4 hours ago

    Source Code, that one's a hidden gem.

  • TheMajR Payne
    TheMajR Payne 5 hours ago

    2010 was only underrated by stupid people with no clue as to what good sci-fi, or movies in general, are.

  • Jason Coomer
    Jason Coomer 5 hours ago

    The scariest things to kids about the movie "Moon" is that if you listen closely you will realize the voice of the A.I. he is talking to is.....Kevin Spacey

  • junior mint
    junior mint 12 hours ago

    Moon isn't underrated. It has 90 percent from rotten tomatoes and an 89 percent audience rating.

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  • Im_So_Zoned
    Im_So_Zoned Day ago

    I actually just mentioned Moon in the comments of a "hidden gems of netflix" video a few days ago. The number of sci-fi fans that have not seen or even heard of that movie is unbelievable. It is one of my favorite movies in the genre.

  • Snayl
    Snayl 2 days ago

    Dark City should definitely be on the list

  • Phantasmal Gaming
    Phantasmal Gaming 3 days ago

    how about "Slaughter House 5"

  • Džeko 11
    Džeko 11 3 days ago +1

    Mel Gibson's The Passion of Christ is definitely underrated sci fi.

  • Hawaiiguy Kailua
    Hawaiiguy Kailua 3 days ago

    Thanks for the refresher, I loved Primer but forgot all about that instant classic. Heavy Metal was the last movie I watched while shrooming:)

  • Randy Acuna
    Randy Acuna 4 days ago

    The 1950s was the golden age of science fiction. Many underrated films . Polls like this seem to ignore black and white movies.

  • Snake Plissken
    Snake Plissken 4 days ago +1

    An astronaut talking to a computer isnt my idea of sci fi , its boring as hell i saw it .Rockwell is a good actor though..

  • Tommy Vines
    Tommy Vines 4 days ago +2

    Dark city ,and Event Horizon.
    Turns out the Matrix is just a combination of several movies.

  • trekerdvd88
    trekerdvd88 5 days ago +1

    What about The Abyss???

  • Carmen M. Miller
    Carmen M. Miller 6 days ago

    Have to add Predestination to the list...

  • ProtocolZero
    ProtocolZero 6 days ago

    The movie "Heavy Metal" was unavailable for years after its release due to licensing issues (even tho' the soundtrack was available almost from the beginning) and built up a huge mystique. It's completely non-PC, totally over-the-top, and features voice-acting by John Candy throughout. Definitely recommended.

  • blindwillie99
    blindwillie99 7 days ago +1

    good list .. are you sure this is WM?

  • Fareen  Mohamed
    Fareen Mohamed 8 days ago

    Sphere was amazing,

  • Mark Murex
    Mark Murex 10 days ago

    Moon sucked.

  • Nick Gottuso
    Nick Gottuso 11 days ago

    Moon, well done

  • TheLegendaryDoc
    TheLegendaryDoc 12 days ago

    Gattaca, Dark City and Event Horizon are missing.

  • Eric D. Kirk
    Eric D. Kirk 12 days ago

    Funny how the majority of comments are about films not on this list. That could go on for eons but I think the point of this is movies a lot of folks never heard of. Moon is a fantastic movie! Can't say enough about that.

  • Andrew Chiu-kit Tsang
    Andrew Chiu-kit Tsang 12 days ago

  • janis317
    janis317 12 days ago

    Equillibrium=Fareignheight 451 + The matrix.

    • Kamil Wolski
      Kamil Wolski 11 days ago

      you probably don't even know what you are talking about. Unless you put them together because of him.... smh

  • Elena La Loca
    Elena La Loca 14 days ago

    one word ... Videodrome

  • Boyan Zhelyazkov
    Boyan Zhelyazkov 14 days ago

    Primer should be labeled as the best low budget movie of all time. More honorable mentions: Gattaca, Solaris, The Abyss, Dark City, Snowpiercer, PI, Forbidden Planet and Repo Man.

  • Skyblade22
    Skyblade22 15 days ago

    Sunshine wasn't underrated, it was just bad. Terrible science, pseudo-mystical nonsense, completely contrived situations, plot and forced drama. Did not enjoy.

  • Eduardo Medina
    Eduardo Medina 15 days ago

    Cloud Atlas is so underrated its not even on the commet section. Really great story (kinda blows your mind how different events centuries apart cna be connected). Highly recommend it!

  • Todd Rainer
    Todd Rainer 15 days ago

    I have never been able to get through 2001, so 2010 never interested me.

  • Deathrape2001
    Deathrape2001 16 days ago

    List the 10 movies in the description, you pathetic spam-tard.

  • Master Roshi
    Master Roshi 17 days ago

    watched silent running yesterday, awesome movie.

  • Mister Shuva
    Mister Shuva 17 days ago

  • Ben Magnez
    Ben Magnez 17 days ago +1

    One word, SERENITY
    It was the most perfect way to close the curtain and define the greatness of firefly after it was cancelled

  • lmn222002
    lmn222002 18 days ago

    Equilibrium is my Fahrenheit 51...same premise just better action

  • mememuhsheen
    mememuhsheen 18 days ago

    You should have mentioned "Gattaca."

  • Anonymous Person
    Anonymous Person 19 days ago

    Feel like A Scanner Darkly should be here

  • Guru Seva Khalsa
    Guru Seva Khalsa 20 days ago

    Stalker by Tarkovsky is not an underrated film... it is one of the greatest films of all times! It has no comparison with the rest...

  • Crestview Strengthworks

    400 Days

  • La Lady
    La Lady 23 days ago

    Are Primer and Mr Nobody worth watching?

  • NastyKhan
    NastyKhan 23 days ago

    I don't care about rating. I rate myself.

  • Myra Bae
    Myra Bae 23 days ago

    Event horizon?

  • joseph langan
    joseph langan 24 days ago

    Can't really argue with moon getting the top spot

  • David Reynolds
    David Reynolds 24 days ago

    "The Hidden" is so underrated that it didn't even make the underrated list. A magnificent movie though, with one of the best movie alien villains of all time.

  • Anthony Kago
    Anthony Kago 25 days ago

    The Black Hole (1979)

  • Quad Squad FPV
    Quad Squad FPV 25 days ago

    Just so you know, the first song you played in the Heavy metal portion was not Black Sabbath.

  • Eric Holstein
    Eric Holstein 26 days ago

    Glad you mentioned Strange Days which also features a serious OST with a cover of Doors's Strange Days by Ray Manzarek and Prong which is worth an hearing

  • justgivemethetruth
    justgivemethetruth 26 days ago

    "The Man From Earth" simple, to the point, very clever, very good.

  • justgivemethetruth
    justgivemethetruth 26 days ago

    I liked "Enemy Mine" and "Equilibrium" enough to recommend them. The other ones mentioned were not bad they were just to me not really great.

  • gigiwhoot
    gigiwhoot 27 days ago

    enemy mine is a great movie, one of my favorite Sci-fi's

  • John Laythe
    John Laythe 28 days ago

    The Thirteenth Floor - 1999

  • Richard Rahl
    Richard Rahl 28 days ago

    since they also talk about animated..why not captain harlock

  • Max Quinney
    Max Quinney 28 days ago

    Special (2006) is an interesting one

  • Drew Wilkerson
    Drew Wilkerson 29 days ago


  • Guyus Seralius
    Guyus Seralius 29 days ago

    Some of my favorite under rated sci-fi movies are Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Logan's Run, the 1960's version of The Time Machine, and George Pal's When Worlds Collide. There are of course many others.

  • steve justice
    steve justice 29 days ago


  • Andrew Deen
    Andrew Deen 29 days ago

    2010 is really a great movie, glad it made the list.

  • felix gabaldon
    felix gabaldon Month ago

    wow..i just saw Equilibrium last night :)

  • Jonathan Fletcher
    Jonathan Fletcher Month ago

    Aw, come on, is no-one going to mention Buccaroo Banzai? ::-)

  • Jeffro Kraus
    Jeffro Kraus Month ago

    great list!

  • Savvy Williams Music

    Brazil a scanner darkly Donnie darko eraser head?? Almost ever one of these movies are forgotten about for a reason they are BORING AS FUCK!!!!!

  • Jay Chapman
    Jay Chapman Month ago

    Moon? As Number 10? Really??? No thanks. 13 wasted minutes.

  • Gerald W. Wright
    Gerald W. Wright Month ago

    2010 also has a nice little touch many people aren't aware of: the Leonov is the direct inspiration for the Omega-class destroyers from Babylon 5. I went to the theater back in 1984 to see this film, so the very first time I saw an Omega, I had a huge smile on my face.

  • Dylan Carter
    Dylan Carter Month ago

    2010 is awesome and Sphere was surprisingly not that bad.

  • 86random
    86random Month ago

    any one seen parallels
    and is dying for the sequel

  • Louvettes Meute V
    Louvettes Meute V Month ago +1

    "Moon" is the best in this list.

    IAM GORT Month ago

    David Bowie's son directed a masterpiece....MOON.

  • Dr. James Olack
    Dr. James Olack Month ago


  • S H O O T I E
    S H O O T I E Month ago

    Beyond the black rainbow?

  • carravagio99
    carravagio99 Month ago

    its like being christian and discovering the bible years after .....

  • carravagio99
    carravagio99 Month ago

    WTF planet are you on???? How old are you???

  • mauro esteban rodriguez zubieta

    the voice of moon .... its kaiser soze !!!

  • HintOfLogic
    HintOfLogic Month ago

    "Strange Days", not just underrated sci-fi, but underrated among all movies.

  • neil u
    neil u Month ago

    Primer is amazing! #1

  • Willemo Talmaro
    Willemo Talmaro Month ago

    ''Screamers'' from 1995. Really like that movie. :3

  • Drone Video Denver
    Drone Video Denver Month ago

    Strange Days was WAY ahead of its time, it would be a mega-hit today. Vincent D'onofrio, Juliette Lewis, one of the Fiennes brothers.. it's also very sexual and very disturbing. It has one of the most messed up rape scenes I've ever seen. And MOON is really a metaphorical film about all of our lives, it's super deep and extremely well acted by Sam Rockwell. Two of my favorite movies.

  • Noble Horse1884
    Noble Horse1884 Month ago

    What about "Starchaser, Legend of Orin" ?? I saw it with 3-D glasses in the theater and loved the hell out of it. I was like a pre-teen. It's animated and quite edgy.

  • anthony sizemore
    anthony sizemore Month ago

    most of these were fairly well received and financially successful

  • goodaudiowave
    goodaudiowave Month ago

    Mr Nobody rocks this list!

  • 4 YOU
    4 YOU Month ago

    AIR 2015 should be on your list....Two people in charge as a maintenance team to watch over hundreds of Hibernating people below a devastated earth . Waking up for only two hours every 6 months...aging only two hours at a time...The person at the end of the movie appears to be almost mad...insane....due to this regiment ....At the beginning it seems he was in his 30' the end in his 50's...2 hours at a time every 6 month...calculate that over 20 suspended years...soooo...did he live for hundreds or do the math.

  • notgrillo collector/ gamer

    Pathfinder a 1988 ultra low budget foreign film about time travellers from the 17th century to 1980s

  • notgrillo collector/ gamer

    My brother and I both loved silent running they showed it on Saturday afternoon TV a lot and when we got a betamax 1981, we rented it a couple of times

  • Private Private
    Private Private Month ago

    How the fuck did you fucking phonies mistake Dio for Black Sabbath

  • Carl Pettit
    Carl Pettit Month ago

    How about the forbin project

  • Noddiga norpan
    Noddiga norpan Month ago

    Caught the attention of adolf Hitler to directors shock? Are you aware of how incredibly goddamn stupid that phrase is?

  • TheAxel65
    TheAxel65 Month ago

    What about _Dark Star_ by John Carpenter? Not sure if this low budget production is still underrated, but it definetely was, when it premiered in 1974.

  • Bevis Butthead
    Bevis Butthead Month ago

    Dark City should be on the list.

  • George Dodge
    George Dodge Month ago +2

    Valarain and the city of a thousand planets

  • C. Scott Davis
    C. Scott Davis Month ago

    Primer is my all-time favourite time travel film.

  • edgeuvchaos
    edgeuvchaos Month ago

    I got to watch Heavy Metal when I was 8 years old, my parents didn't know what it was popped it in and went outside to visit with family. Needless to say it changed my life and I still watch it from time to time. My imagination was truly born that day.
    Equilibrium is one of the best movies ever made period. The simple fact of the Gun Kata being used by the Tetragrammaton Clerics as fighting style was so well thought out that I wish I had the imagination to come up with that myself. The story was simply heroic.
    There were so many other movies too that did make the cut for some reason or another for those who made the list but of course there are so many that have been made where different people have different opinions of those films. In order to do this list right there would have to be at least a 50 movie list to even scratch the surface.

  • Jeff Doe
    Jeff Doe Month ago

    Doomsday, it's basically a live action Fallout

  • Christopher Liebler

    Saturn V Colossus the forbin project Logan's Run Invasion of the Body Snatchers scanners

  • Sinan Dinç
    Sinan Dinç Month ago

    I will add more: Anomaly, Coherence, Cube Trilogy, Elysium, Event Horizon, Infini, Gravity, Kill Command, Passengers, Source Code, Spectral, Uncanny

  • Reich Benasutti
    Reich Benasutti Month ago

    The Man Who Fell to Earth. Dark Star. A Boy and his Dog.

  • Abdulkarim Zondergel

    Sunshine sucked. If you go anywhere near the sun you will die.

    ROOKTABULA Month ago

    Serenity. Deserved to be MASSIVE, just as the show it was based on shoulda been.

    ROOKTABULA Month ago

    Wow... Equilibrium looks cheesy and derivative as fuck.

    ROOKTABULA Month ago

    This list should have included that early 2000s documentary written about Amerika in the years from 2016 forward. It was called Idiocracy.

  • Michael Schafer
    Michael Schafer Month ago

    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is missing from this list

  • LoomisTook
    LoomisTook Month ago

    Moon as #1? Try The Quiet Earth.

  • Adam Francis
    Adam Francis Month ago

    Moon is crap