Best fantasy & science fiction movies by year

Here’s an update to this list.

2017 was another astonishing year for science fiction and fantasy movies. And 2016 was even better than I knew last year at this time — I later watched more 2016 movies that I hadn’t previously seen.

Year Winner Runner Ups
2017 Thor: Ragnarok Blade Runner 2049
  Wonder Woman Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
    Justice League
    The Lego Batman Movie
    Spider-Man: Homecoming
    War for the Planet of the Apes
    What Happened to Monday
2016 Arrival Captain America: Civil War
  Kubo and the Two Strings Deadpool
    Doctor Strange
    Finding Dory
    Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
    Star Trek Beyond
    X-Men: Apocalypse
    Your Name
 2015 Inside Out Advantageous
  Mad Max: Fury Road The Age of Adaline
    Ex Machina
    The Good Dinosaur
    Jurassic World
    The Martian
    The One I Love
    Shaun the Sheep Movie
    Star Wars: The Force Awakens
2014 The Lego Movie The Book of Life
  Predestination The Boxtrolls
    Captain America: The Winter Soldier
    Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
    Edge of Tomorrow
    Guardians of the Galaxy
    How to Train Your Dragon 2
    I Origins
    In Your Eyes
    Snow White and the Huntsman
    X-Men: Days of Future Past
2013 Gravity Anna
  Warm Bodies The Croods
    Ender’s Game
    Iron Man 3
    Man of Steel
    Monsters University
    Star Trek Into Darkness
    Thor: The Dark World
    World War Z
2012 Looper The Avengers
  The Odd Life of Timothy Green Brave
    Cloud Atlas
    The Lorax
    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
    Rise of the Planet of the Apes
    Source Code
    X-Men: First Class
2010 How to Train Your Dragon Despicable Me
  Inception Megamind
    Never Let Me Go
    Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
    Toy Story 3
2009 Star Trek Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
    District 9
    Fantastic Mr. Fox
    Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel
2008 WALL-E The Dark Knight
    Iron Man
    Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
2007 Enchanted Bridge to Terabithia
  Stardust I Am Legend
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
    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
    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
    Star Trek: Insurrection
    The X-Files: Fight the Future
1997 Gattaca Alien Resurrection
    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
1993 Groundhog Day Addams Family Values
    Jurassic Park
    The Nightmare Before Christmas
1992 Death Becomes Her Aladdin
1991 Delicatessen The Addams Family
  Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country Terminator 2: Judgment Day
1990 Edward Scissorhands Back to the Future Part III
1989 Field of Dreams The Abyss
    The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
    Back to the Future Part II
    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
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  
1975 Dark Star A Boy and His Dog
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  
1968 2001: A Space Odyssey Charly
  Planet of the Apes Yellow Submarine
1966 Fahrenheit 451  
1964 Dr. Strangelove  
  Mary Poppins  

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