Top 10 Underrated Science Fiction Movies

  • Published on Jan 13, 2016
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  • JaGamer Yami
    JaGamer Yami 5 hours ago

    Primer was sooooooooooooooo EPIC !!
    A great watch

  • Scott Filgo
    Scott Filgo Day ago


  • Gene Johnson
    Gene Johnson Day ago

    wait...Pitch Black was wasn't that number 1???

  • Gene Johnson
    Gene Johnson Day ago

    Heavy Metal is Great!!!!

  • Shivam Prajapati
    Shivam Prajapati 2 days ago

    tron legacy

  • Arise One
    Arise One 3 days ago

    Titan A.E !!!!

  • Artem Bentsionov
    Artem Bentsionov 3 days ago

    Funny story about astronauts and pens, but completely wrong. No one in their right mind would use a pencil in zero-g, where pieces of graphite would fly around, clogging vents and getting into sensitive circuits.

  • jrfelixify
    jrfelixify 4 days ago

  • Stew Thomas
    Stew Thomas 5 days ago

    Infini is a fantastic movie. Probably the best scifi I've watched in a while. Also The Fountain and What Dreams May Come, both are a bit on the sappy side, Dreams being more so, but both have great visual styles for their respective times.

  • freewilliam93
    freewilliam93 6 days ago

    The action in Equilibrium is stupid at times.

  • Terry Canaan
    Terry Canaan 6 days ago

    2010 is garbage. Moving on

  • Jason
    Jason 6 days ago +1

    Moon isn't underrated. It won all kinds of awards. It could have done better than it did at the box office, but it still made back twice its budget. That's unheard of for low budget sci-fi.

  • killersushi99
    killersushi99 6 days ago

    *They Walk Among Us?*

  • Keith Bradbury
    Keith Bradbury 7 days ago

    What about "Yor: The Hunter from the Future???"

    LOL, seriously, I think The Island was a great sci fi film that doesn't get the attention it should. Not a perfect film by any means, but very enjoyable and thought-provoking.

  • zach hilton
    zach hilton 8 days ago

    I usually agree with you guys but "Primer" really?? terrible movie....

  • Gina Marie
    Gina Marie 8 days ago

    I'll always like John Carter. They should have added from Mars to the title, just like the book, and they may have acquired more movie goers in the theaters. The aliens looked totally real.

  • Paul Everitt
    Paul Everitt 8 days ago

    SPHERE was HORRIBLE. Do not waste your time. PITCH BLACK was not really science fiction. It was a great adventure/survival movie. Too bad Vin Diesel only had ONE truly great performance in him. This is that one.

  • Jim Armitage
    Jim Armitage 8 days ago


  • magicsinglez
    magicsinglez 8 days ago

    I hope ‘sphere’ and ‘enemy mine’ are honorable mentions

  • Francisco Mazzini
    Francisco Mazzini 8 days ago

    SUNSHINE should be in a list of 5 sci-fi movies of al time

  • Justin Breese
    Justin Breese 8 days ago +1

    Titan A.E is underrated, still a good movie today

  • M Infante
    M Infante 9 days ago

    In the 1990s there were great scifi videogames and I do not see them anywhere, only the typical Mario or Star Wars anthologies, etc. How about games like...
    * Star Control 1 and 2
    * Independence War 1 and 2 and Defiance
    * Mechwarrior 2
    * Battlezone 1 and 2
    * X Beyond the frontier
    * Cyberia 2
    * Hardwar (very much like a revamped Elite)
    * Wing Commander series
    * Freespace 1 and 2
    * Hi-Octane
    These games were awesome.

  • needmoreramsay
    needmoreramsay 9 days ago


  • needmoreramsay
    needmoreramsay 9 days ago

    Also #11.. Battlefield Earth. Terrible acting but actually incredibly cerebral movie. Realistic (if aliens exist), great story. Well done. Pitch Black and Sunshine were amazing. Andromeda Strain. Scanners, so many !!

  • wfpelletier
    wfpelletier 9 days ago

    I agree with other comments that they forgot Gattaca.

  • Daniel Harris
    Daniel Harris 9 days ago

    Harrison Bergeron was a (sci-fi?) Dystopia I thoroughly enjoyed.

  • QbanWay 88
    QbanWay 88 10 days ago

    Gotta love this kind of movies, appealing ideas and theories very well conceived, the only problem is that they are just that, ideas, product of imagination, speculations, not the real thing...

  • Silent Bob
    Silent Bob 10 days ago +1

    Equilibrium just on 5, Enemy Mine and Pitch Black just honorable mentions. Laughable.

  • jhon hall
    jhon hall 10 days ago

    I saw moon it sucked to the tenth power. Didn't see the rest because I'm not artsy fartsy enough.

  • E O'Brien
    E O'Brien 10 days ago

    Underrated based on what? Most of these are popular films that were well received.
    And by the way, Sunshine is utter dogshit. Should be on an overrated list.

  • Deplorable Dave
    Deplorable Dave 11 days ago


  • jonathan cressman
    jonathan cressman 11 days ago +1

    Underrated movies that made me think
    Zardoz - what if you were forced to live forever and couldn't even kill yourself?
    Repeaters - low budget teen, What would you do if your day always repeated?
    Predestination - what is the biggest weakness of any time traveler?
    The 13th floor - what would the people in a simulation of our world think of us?

  • Zero Ohms
    Zero Ohms 11 days ago +2

    A couple of British films that qualify for this list are:
    The Day the Earth Caught Fire - mid 60s
    Devil Girl from Mars - late 50s

  • vast active
    vast active 11 days ago

    Strange days is on now tv atm and worth a watch

  • Stinky Cheese
    Stinky Cheese 11 days ago +2

    I've seen most of these and wouldn't call them underrated at all, felt like I wanted the time back from watching them.

  • swampfuel20
    swampfuel20 11 days ago +2

    Pitch Black should have been on list of 10.Fav? On list Silent Running, Sunshine, Moon.

  • Kathy Bedunah Winchell

    Moon is a great choice.

  • john blankenship
    john blankenship 12 days ago

  • Peter Krug
    Peter Krug 12 days ago +2

    I think STARMAN should've appeared here.

  • Andre Gouge
    Andre Gouge 12 days ago +1

    Dark Star!!

  • MrFusionMusic
    MrFusionMusic 12 days ago +2

    I came here for Dark City.

  • TH3_V1k1ng
    TH3_V1k1ng 12 days ago

    only movie on here I disagree with is Exsistenz. Watched it when it first came out. Very weird and strange. Something within something, inside something bigger.
    david Cronenberg does do some weird stuff.
    All the rest.. stunning.
    Silent running...AMAZING.. huey duey and lewie.. doing surgery on the space gardener.
    Equilibrium - Gun Kata...
    Strange days - using mini discs to record memories - around the time this movie came out I was taken on a trip to Keele University in Staffordshire.
    They were using Betamax to do major huge backups of their "super computers"
    And also used betamax as recording media for digital music.
    Sunshine - danny boyle using gravity of the sun to slow time inside the bomb.
    1 major movie that is missed out is John Carpenters DARK STAR!!!

  • Jumpy bowl47
    Jumpy bowl47 13 days ago

    Logan’s run anybody anybody?

  • Ben Finny
    Ben Finny 13 days ago +5

    Best NOT on the list
    Event Horizon, buckaroo Banzai, Returner and Dark city

    • Jennifer Gladish
      Jennifer Gladish 10 days ago

      Oh, YES!!! Event Horizon STILL effs with my mind, two decades later!

  • BIll Geo
    BIll Geo 13 days ago

    Read the book "Sphere", the movie is a major let down...

  • David Pidlypchak
    David Pidlypchak 13 days ago

    Check out Predestination.

  • Scott Claymore
    Scott Claymore 14 days ago

    Dark Star

  • Wolfgang Kotrba
    Wolfgang Kotrba 14 days ago

    Thanks for this list. I'm always looking for rarely-known sci-fi movies. Nirvana (1997) is one of my favorites. Not many people know about it. Leading actor is Christopher Lambert. He plays a game designer who discovers the main character of his game. The main character has somehow come alive and he does not want to accept his fate of being part of a video game.

  • mindreaper89
    mindreaper89 14 days ago

    Where is Dredd!?

  • Lavale Wright
    Lavale Wright 15 days ago

    Scanners was an awesome movie

  • Adelaine Delabin
    Adelaine Delabin 15 days ago +3

    2010 is the best of those, and one of the few SF movies in existence. Enemy Mine gets second place.

    • Vanilla Gorilla
      Vanilla Gorilla 3 hours ago

      This is true. I can't agree enough. Over 99% of "SF" movies are other genres dressed up in tech, mostly fantasy. The tech and science are treated more as magic than actual sci fi.

  • Johnny Dominguez
    Johnny Dominguez 17 days ago

    Heavy Metal? UNDERRATED??

  • Lem Mann
    Lem Mann 17 days ago +2

    MOON = Most OVERRATED SF movie of the past 25 years.

  • Matt Buchanan
    Matt Buchanan 18 days ago

    IMHO this list is perfect. Well done! Thanks!

  • DTB1997
    DTB1997 18 days ago

    Sphere had the worst ending I've ever seen.

  • Andy Nash
    Andy Nash 18 days ago +9

    I agree, for the most part, but I would also add Pandorum. I thought it was a great sci-fi/horror movie that really f****d with your head. And I think Ben Foster is a terribly underrated actor.

  • 5naxalotl
    5naxalotl 19 days ago

    moon is a great choice at the top. me, i'd leave out existenz and add Edge of Tomorrow, just because people assume it's going to be another vapid tom cruise vehicle ... when it's a surprisingly good return to the groundhog day theme. funny, logical and entertaining as hell. primer is *must see*, imo. and heavy metal is a movie for teenage boys. a GREAT movie for teenage boys, and one i wish i'd seen as a teenage boy, but not underrated

  • Curt Brennan
    Curt Brennan 20 days ago

    No cartoons please.......Arghhh!!!!

  • BadgeurM0B
    BadgeurM0B 20 days ago

    HM is an Occult classic, great soundtrack

  • Irthiza Ahmad
    Irthiza Ahmad 20 days ago

    Where's source code??

  • J. Mc.
    J. Mc. 21 day ago

    Moon was garbage. Dry... Mostly emotionless til the end... It's like watching a turd harden in the sun

  • Bobman9420
    Bobman9420 21 day ago


  • Bobman9420
    Bobman9420 21 day ago

    Been a fan of Jared Leto since "Dallad Buyers Club". I've been wanting to see "Mr. Nobody".
    Also you had me at Ralph Fines

  • Qellogz
    Qellogz 21 day ago

    2010 one of my fav

  • PhatBoyzClub
    PhatBoyzClub 21 day ago +2

    Equilibrium is underrated? I didn't know that.

  • ebbhead20
    ebbhead20 22 days ago

    Predestination should be on here..

  • Karl Hammond
    Karl Hammond 22 days ago +5

    "Moon" was awesome!

  • Michelle Magyar
    Michelle Magyar 23 days ago

    Equilibrium....THE BEST!

  • Brakathor
    Brakathor 23 days ago +19

    Moon is like a 2 hour long dry-hump.

    • Setsuna Setsuna
      Setsuna Setsuna 16 days ago

      Yes I dont know why it keeps making these lists.

  • Titus Orelius
    Titus Orelius 24 days ago

    Wasn't this movie already done recently? "WIDOWS" right?

  • batgurrl
    batgurrl 24 days ago

    Thank you for NOT spoiling Moon

  • eduardo saverin
    eduardo saverin 24 days ago

    Mr nobody is the best , hands down

  • Kire667
    Kire667 26 days ago

    6:50 We Happy Few?

  • buntshire
    buntshire 26 days ago

    Haven't been able to look at console controllers the same since watching existenz. That movie's fucked.

  • Maximilian Hammerschmidt

    Why wasn't A. I. in this?!

  • Adam Bartlett
    Adam Bartlett 27 days ago

    great list, only thing i would do is move sunshine to the top

  • RikkyCZ
    RikkyCZ 27 days ago

    Sunshine? It wasn't very bad, but overall boring and rated M for "meh"

    • RikkyCZ
      RikkyCZ 27 days ago

      not mentioning scientific bullshit

  • Arrbyy
    Arrbyy 27 days ago

    High Frequency (there are two and they're both good!), with Dennis Quaid would be another overlooked gem in my view.

  • Arrbyy
    Arrbyy 27 days ago

    There are some great flicks in this review though. 2010 was awesome. Silent Running is old but gold. I got nothing out of Existenz the first time I saw it. But when I watched again, recently, I'm glad I did.

  • Arrbyy
    Arrbyy 27 days ago

    Moon does not interest me.

  • Arrbyy
    Arrbyy 27 days ago

    Sunshine was crap.

  • sl9sl9
    sl9sl9 27 days ago +1

    Alternative mini list (in no particular order):
    - Event Horizon (1997 - SciFi horror, it is glorious)
    - Gattaca (1997)
    - Serenity (2005 - Avoid the awful 2019 film of the same name! Ideally watch TV miniseries "Firefly" before this)
    - Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014 - Tom Cruise, great movie!)
    - Dark City (1998)
    - Oblivion (2013 - Tom Cruise)
    - The Island (2005)
    - Battlefield Earth (2000 - the troll entry)
    The two TC movies are included because they deserve it. In 2013 and 2014 he made a couple of very high quality original SciFi movies, you will be entertained.

  • Doug Fitch
    Doug Fitch 28 days ago +1

    One of my favorites is The Black Hole. Special effects was fair however it had a great cast and well acted. Transformers The Movie was well done also.

  • Dave Dunhoff
    Dave Dunhoff 28 days ago

    No Flash?! , featuring Sam Jones at his best? A compelling story backed by an amazing soundtrack!

  • Craig Hilles
    Craig Hilles 28 days ago +1

    For those of you who liked "Primer", try " Los Cronocrímenes" (Time Crimes), really great time travel paradox movie. A guy goes back in time 1 hour and "problems ensue"!

  • j s
    j s 28 days ago +2

    #10 - 1984 - 2010, The Year We Make Contact
    #09 - 2004 - Primer
    #08 - 1981 - Heavy Metal
    #07 - 2009 - Mr. Nobody
    #06 - 1972 - Silent Running
    #05 - 2002 - Equilibrium
    #04 - 1995 - Strange Days
    #03 - 1999 - Existenz
    #02 - 2007 - Sunshine
    #01 - 2009 - Moon

  • Techknowverse
    Techknowverse 29 days ago

    So far all these movies suck -- 10- 9-8-7-6 -5-4-3-2-1 Yep. They must be paying her to say these are under-rated movies. Because I saw them except for the stupid cartoon and they all sucked..

  • Matt Foley
    Matt Foley Month ago +1


    • MrWildtizzle
      MrWildtizzle 26 days ago

      Event Horizon is more of an overrated film, in my opinion. It's just Solaris, stripped of its meaning, with a Hellraiser paint job.

  • Quintus Peltrasius
    Quintus Peltrasius Month ago

    Strange Days and Pitch Black easily some of the most epic and underrated sci-fi movies (Strange Days is my #1 fav sci-fi). Gattaca and Dark City definitely should have been on this list as well.
    Also, anyone for "Repo the Genetic Opera"??? A very lesser known movie that's friggin awesome!

  • zwippie92
    zwippie92 Month ago +2

    Huh, no Virtuosity from 1995, I'm surprised. I myself at least enjoyed that movie.

    • zwippie92
      zwippie92 24 days ago +1

      @Drewbert As I said, they probably erased the last seconds of his memory up untill the point they engaged him again in the VR world. He is a computer so erasing the memory wouldn't be that hard I imagine but it's still weird that they managed to save the daughter in the amount of time it took to do all that.

    • Drewbert
      Drewbert 24 days ago

      @zwippie92 o i see, that makes sense kinda because he replayed the situation in VR after he beat him. Good point though, how would Sid not have some deja vu, having just lived the same scenario.

    • zwippie92
      zwippie92 24 days ago

      @Drewbert Did you skip a part at the end? Russel Crowes character, SID, is a computer program with a guess you could call it a CPU in the head, his brain. Denzels character defeats SID, rips the CPU out of SIDs head and then realizes that if he plugs that CPU into the VR world he can trick SID into showing them the where the womans daughter is located.
      The only problem with this is the time it would take for all that, I don't know how much time they had before the bomb would go off but it's hard to imagine they had the time to explain everything to the police, drive to the place where SID was stored, plug everything and every one in, repeat some of the things that happend (I'm guessing they erased some of SIDS memories) and then exit the VR world and then go back to the tower and defuse the bomb.

    • Drewbert
      Drewbert 24 days ago

      oh great you're into that movie? I was hoping anyone could explain how they're all in the simulation at the end. When and how the fuck and at what point did they go from reality into virtual reality, so denzel could be killed and come back to life? what hints or clues gave the audience any tell? If there isnt a tell, then thats super lazy writing even for the 90's and then fuck that film it shouldnt be on this list, because its bad not underated!

  • Danton Steele
    Danton Steele Month ago

    definitely liked equilibrium

  • uuamenator
    uuamenator Month ago

    Come on, equilibrium is well deserving of its low rank.. it's pretty raw and low quality. The only good thing in that movie is batman and a music video (white lions - cry for freedom). I swear that music video is better than the movie, and actually all you really need to see from the movie.

  • Kyle Shiflet
    Kyle Shiflet Month ago

    Heavy Metal is underrated period

  • Tessy D.
    Tessy D. Month ago

    2001 and 2010 epic movies in sci fi

  • fairsfair
    fairsfair Month ago

    I was talking about 2010.

  • fairsfair
    fairsfair Month ago

    I have tried to see this film but I cannot get it on my computer. can anyone help me?

  • Alan Grey
    Alan Grey Month ago +3

    Ultraviolet has to be up there with Equilibrium. Same director, same style, and just as good.

  • Absentia 616
    Absentia 616 Month ago

    "Top 10 Underrated Science Fiction Movies" And you start the list with one of the most overrated movies of all time GJ

  • vhilton40000
    vhilton40000 Month ago

    Left out The Matrix

  • Halcion Koenig
    Halcion Koenig Month ago

    Exhilarating Climax = Shows the climax.