Best fantasy & science fiction movies by year

Here are the best fantasy and science fiction movies by year, going back to 1964. Prior to that there were 3 movies that are still brilliant — Metropolis (1927), It’s a Wonderful Life (1946), and Harvey (1950).

The best single year in science fiction and fantasy movies was 1999, although 2000 through 2005 were also great years.

There are 3 TV miniseries in the list, marked with a *.

Year Winner Runner Ups
2013 Gravity The Croods
Elysium
Iron Man 3
Man of Steel
Monsters University
Oblivion
Star Trek Into Darkness
Warm Bodies
World War Z
2012 Looper The Avengers
Brave
Chronicle
Cloud Atlas
Robot & Frank
Ruby Sparks
Safety Not Guaranteed
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
Wreck-It Ralph
2011 The Adjustment Bureau Attack the Block
Captain America: The First Avenger
In Time
Rango
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Source Code
X-Men: First Class
2010 Inception Despicable Me
How to Train Your Dragon
Megamind
Never Let Me Go
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Tangled
Toy Story 3
2009 Star Trek Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
District 9
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel
Knowing
Moon
Push
Up
2008 Wall-E The Dark Knight
Hancock
Iron Man
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
2007 Enchanted Bridge to Terabithia
Stardust I Am Legend
Ratatouille
2006 Pan’s Labyrinth Children of Men
The Prestige The Lost Room*
Stranger Than Fiction
V for Vendetta
2005 Serenity Batman Begins
Tideland Corpse Bride
Madagascar
Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit
2004 The Incredibles The Day After Tomorrow
Spider-man 2 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
The Village
2003 Big Fish Elf
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Finding Nemo
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
X2: X-Men United
2002 Hero Minority Report
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Signs
Spider-man
Spirited Away
2001 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Donnie Darko
Monsters, Inc. Shrek
2000 Chicken Run Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Unbreakable The Family Man
Possible Worlds
1999 Being John Malkovich Galaxy Quest
The Matrix The Green Mile
The Sixth Sense
Toy Story 2
1998 Dark City Antz
The Truman Show Last Night
Pleasantville
Star Trek: Insurrection
The X-Files: Fight the Future
1997 Gattaca Alien Resurrection
Contact
The Fifth Element
Liar Liar
Men in Black
1996 Star Trek: First Contact Gulliver’s Travels*
James and the Giant Peach
1995 12 Monkeys Babe
Toy Story The City of Lost Children
1994 Interview With the Vampire Star Trek Generations
Wolf
1993 Groundhog Day Addams Family Values
Jurassic Park
The Nightmare Before Christmas
1992 Death Becomes Her Aladdin
Alien3
1991 Delicatessen The Addams Family
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country Terminator 2: Judgment Day
1990 Edward Scissorhands Back to the Future Part III
Tremors
1989 Field of Dreams The Abyss
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
Back to the Future Part II
Batman
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
1988 Beetlejuice Big
1987 The Princess Bride
1986 Aliens
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
1985 Brazil Back to the Future
Cocoon
Ladyhawke
1984 The Brother From Another Planet 2010: The Year We Make Contact
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
1983 Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi The Dead Zone
1982 Blade Runner WarGames
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
1981 Time Bandits The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy*
Raiders of the Lost Ark
1980 Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back
1979 Star Trek: The Motion Picture Alien
1978 Capricorn One
1977 Star Wars IV: A New Hope
1976
1975 Dark Star A Boy and His Dog
1974
1973 Soylent Green
1972 Slaughterhouse-Five
1971 THX 1138 A Clockwork Orange
Escape From the Planet of the Apes
1970 Beneath the Planet of the Apes
1969
1968 2001: A Space Odyssey Charly
Planet of the Apes Yellow Submarine
1967
1966 Fahrenheit 451
1965
1964 Dr. Strangelove
Mary Poppins

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