97 of the Coolest Sci- & Space Movies

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The Martian (2015)

Drama Adventure Science Fiction
Bring Him Home

During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive.

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Vote count 5,830 Vote avg 76 Release date 2015-09-30

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)

Science Fiction Action Drama
One last chance for peace.

A group of scientists in San Francisco struggle to stay alive in the aftermath of a plague that is wiping out humanity, while Caesar tries to maintain dominance over his community of intelligent apes.

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Vote count 4,217 Vote avg 72 Release date 2014-06-26

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Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

Action Science Fiction
Live, Die, Repeat

Major Bill Cage is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously demoted and dropped into combat. Cage is killed within minutes, managing to take an alpha alien down with him. He awakens back at the beginning of the same day and is forced to fight and die again... and again - as physical contact with the alien has thrown him into a time loop.

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Vote count 4,060 Vote avg 77 Release date 2014-05-27

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Ex Machina (2015)

Drama Science Fiction
There is nothing more human than the will to survive

Caleb, a 26 year old coder at the world's largest internet company, wins a competition to spend a week at a private mountain retreat belonging to Nathan, the reclusive CEO of the company. But when Caleb arrives at the remote location he finds that he will have to participate in a strange and fascinating experiment in which he must interact with the world's first true artificial intelligence, housed in the body of a beautiful robot girl.

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Vote count 3,817 Vote avg 76 Release date 2015-01-21

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Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Action Science Fiction Adventure
All heroes start somewhere.

Light years from Earth, 26 years after being abducted, Peter Quill finds himself the prime target of a manhunt after discovering an orb wanted by Ronan the Accuser.

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Vote count 9,284 Vote avg 79 Release date 2014-07-30
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Interstellar (2014)

Adventure Drama Science Fiction
Mankind was born on Earth. It was never meant to die here.

Interstellar chronicles the adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.

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Vote count 10,349 Vote avg 81 Release date 2014-11-05
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Elysium (2013)

Science Fiction Action Drama
He can save us all.

In the year 2159, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. Secretary Rhodes (Jodie Foster), a hard line government official, will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve the luxurious lifestyle of the citizens of Elysium. That doesn’t stop the people of Earth from trying to get in, by any means they can. When unlucky Max (Matt Damon) is backed into a corner, he agrees to take on a daunting mission that, if successful, will not only save his life, but could bring equality to these polarized worlds.

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Vote count 2,915 Vote avg 65 Release date 2013-08-07

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Europa Report (2013)

Science Fiction Thriller
Fear. Sacrifice. Contact.

A crew of international astronauts are sent on a private mission to Jupiter's fourth moon.

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Vote count 474 Vote avg 61 Release date 2013-06-27

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Gravity (2013)

Science Fiction Thriller Drama
Don't Let Go

Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock), a brilliant medical engineer on her first Shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney) in command of his last flight before retiring. But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The Shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone-tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness of space. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expance of space…

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Vote count 4,795 Vote avg 74 Release date 2013-09-27

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Her (2013)

Romance Science Fiction Drama
A Spike Jonze Love Story

In the not so distant future, Theodore, a lonely writer purchases a newly developed operating system designed to meet the user's every needs. To Theordore's surprise, a romantic relationship develops between him and his operating system. This unconventional love story blends science fiction and romance in a sweet tale that explores the nature of love and the ways that technology isolates and connects us all.

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Vote count 3,216 Vote avg 78 Release date 2013-12-18

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Oblivion (2013)

Action Science Fiction Adventure
Earth is a memory worth fighting for

Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) is one of the last few drone repairmen stationed on Earth. Part of a massive operation to extract vital resources after decades of war with a terrifying threat known as the Scavs, Jack’s mission is nearly complete. His existence is brought crashing down when he rescues a beautiful stranger from a downed spacecraft. Her arrival triggers a chain of events that forces him to question everything he knows and puts the fate of humanity in his hands.

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Vote count 4,298 Vote avg 64 Release date 2013-04-10

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The Machine (2013)

Science Fiction Thriller
They Rise. We Fall.

Already deep into a second Cold War, Britain’s Ministry of Defense seeks a game-changing weapon. Programmer Vincent McCarthy unwittingly provides an answer in The Machine, a super-strong human cyborg. When a programming bug causes the prototype to decimate his lab, McCarthy takes his obsessive efforts underground, far away from inquisitive eyes.

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Vote count 305 Vote avg 59 Release date 2013-04-25

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Chronicle (2012)

Science Fiction Drama Thriller
What are you capable of?

Three high school students make an incredible discovery, leading to their developing uncanny powers beyond their understanding. As they learn to control their abilities and use them to their advantage, their lives start to spin out of control, and their darker sides begin to take over.

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Vote count 1,579 Vote avg 66 Release date 2012-02-01

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Looper (2012)

Action Thriller Science Fiction
Hunted By Your Future, Haunted By Your Past

In the futuristic action thriller Looper, time travel will be invented but it will be illegal and only available on the black market. When the mob wants to get rid of someone, they will send their target 30 years into the past where a looper, a hired gun, like Joe is waiting to mop up. Joe is getting rich and life is good until the day the mob decides to close the loop, sending back Joe's future self for assassination.

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Vote count 4,149 Vote avg 66 Release date 2012-09-26

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Men in Black 3 (2012)

Action Comedy Science Fiction
They are back... in time.

Agents J (Will Smith) and K (Tommy Lee Jones) are back...in time. J has seen some inexplicable things in his 15 years with the Men in Black, but nothing, not even aliens, perplexes him as much as his wry, reticent partner. But when K's life and the fate of the planet are put at stake, Agent J will have to travel back in time to put things right. J discovers that there are secrets to the universe that K never told him - secrets that will reveal themselves as he teams up with the young Agent K (Josh Brolin) to save his partner, the agency, and the future of humankind.

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Vote count 3,626 Vote avg 62 Release date 2012-05-23

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Prometheus (2012)

Science Fiction Adventure Mystery
The Search for Our Beginning Could Lead to Our End.

A team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.

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Vote count 4,276 Vote avg 62 Release date 2012-05-30

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Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)

Thriller Action Drama
Evolution Becomes Revolution.

Scientist Will Rodman is determined to find a cure for Alzheimer's, the disease which has slowly consumed his father. Will feels certain he is close to a breakthrough and tests his latest serum on apes, noticing dramatic increases in intelligence and brain activity in the primate subjects – especially Caesar, his pet chimpanzee.

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Vote count 4,108 Vote avg 70 Release date 2011-08-03

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Source Code (2011)

Thriller Science Fiction Mystery
Make Every Second Count

Decorated soldier Captain Colter Stevens wakes up in the body of an unknown man, discovering he's involved in a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train. He learns he's part of a top-secret experimental program that enables him to experience the final 8 minutes of another person's life. Colter re-lives the train incident over and over again, gathering more clues each time. But can he discover who is responsible for the attack before the next one happens?

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Vote count 2,219 Vote avg 71 Release date 2011-03-30

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Inception (2010)

Action Thriller Science Fiction
Your mind is the scene of the crime.

Cobb, a skilled thief who commits corporate espionage by infiltrating the subconscious of his targets is offered a chance to regain his old life as payment for a task considered to be impossible: "inception", the implantation of another person's idea into a target's subconscious.

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Vote count 12,711 Vote avg 81 Release date 2010-07-14

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TRON: Legacy (2010)

Adventure Action Science Fiction
The Game Has Changed.

Sam Flynn, the tech-savvy and daring son of Kevin Flynn, investigates his father's disappearance and is pulled into The Grid. With the help of a mysterious program named Quorra, Sam quests to stop evil dictator Clu from crossing into the real world.

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Vote count 2,445 Vote avg 63 Release date 2010-12-10

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District 9 (2009)

Action Thriller Science Fiction
You are not welcome here.

Aliens land in South Africa and have no way home. Years later after living in a slum and wearing out their welcome the "Non-Humans" are being moved to a new tent city overseen by Multi-National United (MNU). The movie follows an MNU employee tasked with leading the relocation and his relationship with one of the alien leaders.

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Vote count 2,791 Vote avg 72 Release date 2009-08-05

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Moon (2009)

Science Fiction Drama
The last place you'd ever expect to find yourself.

With only three weeks left in his three year contract, Sam Bell is getting anxious to finally return to Earth. He is the only occupant of a Moon-based manufacturing facility along with his computer and assistant, GERTY. The long period of time alone however has resulted in him talking to himself for the most part, or to his plants. Direct communication with Earth is not possible due to a long-standing communication malfunction but he does get an occasional message from his wife Tess. When he has an accident however, he wakens to find that he is not alone. He also comes to realize that his world is not what he thought it was.

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Vote count 1,474 Vote avg 75 Release date 2009-06-12

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Mr. Nobody (2009)

Science Fiction Drama Romance
Nothing is real, everything is possible.

Nemo Nobody leads an ordinary existence with his wife and 3 children; one day, he wakes up as a mortal centenarian in the year 2092.

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Vote count 1,181 Vote avg 78 Release date 2009-09-11

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Pandorum (2009)

Action Horror Mystery
Don't fear the end of the world. Fear what happens next.

Two crew members wake up on an abandoned spacecraft with no idea who they are, how long they've been asleep, or what their mission is. The two soon discover they're actually not alone – and the reality of their situation is more horrifying than they could have imagined.

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Vote count 644 Vote avg 64 Release date 2009-09-08

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Star Trek (2009)

Science Fiction Action Adventure
The future begins.

The fate of the galaxy rests in the hands of bitter rivals. One, James Kirk, is a delinquent, thrill-seeking Iowa farm boy. The other, Spock, a Vulcan, was raised in a logic-based society that rejects all emotion. As fiery instinct clashes with calm reason, their unlikely but powerful partnership is the only thing capable of leading their crew through unimaginable danger, boldly going where no one has gone before. The human adventure has begun again.

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Vote count 4,019 Vote avg 73 Release date 2009-05-06

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Surrogates (2009)

Action Science Fiction Thriller
How do you save humanity when the only thing that's real is you?

Set in a futuristic world where humans live in isolation and interact through surrogate robots, a cop (Willis) is forced to leave his home for the first time in years in order to investigate the murders of others' surrogates.

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Vote count 1,003 Vote avg 59 Release date 2009-09-24

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Terminator Salvation (2009)

Drama Action Thriller
The End Begins.

All grown up in post-apocalyptic 2018, John Connor must lead the resistance of humans against the increasingly dominating militaristic robots. But when Marcus Wright appears, his existence confuses the mission as Connor tries to determine whether Wright has come from the future or the past -- and whether he's friend or foe.

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Vote count 2,092 Vote avg 59 Release date 2009-05-20

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The Time Traveler's Wife (2009)

Drama Romance Fantasy

Due to a genetic disorder, handsome librarian Henry DeTamble involuntarily zips through time, appearing at various moments in the life of his true love, the beautiful artist Clare Abshire.

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Vote count 659 Vote avg 67 Release date 2009-08-14

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Cloverfield (2008)

Action Thriller Science Fiction
Some Thing Has Found Us

Five young New Yorkers throw their friend a going-away party the night that a monster the size of a skyscraper descends upon the city. Told from the point of view of their video camera, the film is a document of their attempt to survive the most surreal, horrifying event of their lives.

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Vote count 1,879 Vote avg 64 Release date 2008-01-15

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Eagle Eye (2008)

Mystery Thriller Action
Don't walk. Run.

Jerry Shaw (Shia LaBeouf) and Rachel Holloman (Michelle Monaghan) are two strangers whose lives are suddenly thrown into turmoil by a mysterious woman they have never met. Threatening their lives and family, the unseen caller uses everyday technology to control their actions and push them into increasing danger. As events escalate, Jerry and Rachel become the country's most-wanted fugitives and must figure out what is happening to them.

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Vote count 859 Vote avg 62 Release date 2008-09-25

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Timecrimes (2007)

Science Fiction Thriller
A trip back in time from the present to...

A man accidentally gets into a time machine and travels back in time nearly an hour. Finding himself will be the first of a series of disasters of unforeseeable consequences.

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Vote count 258 Vote avg 70 Release date 2007-09-20

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Sunshine (2007)

Science Fiction Thriller
If the sun dies, so do we.

50 years from now the sun is dying and life on earth is threatened by arctic temperatures. Mankind puts together all its resources and sends a spaceship carrying a huge bomb designed to re-ignite the dying sun.

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Vote count 987 Vote avg 69 Release date 2007-04-05

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Children of Men (2006)

Drama Action Thriller
The future's a thing of the past.

In 2027, in a chaotic world in which humans can no longer procreate, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea, where her child's birth may help scientists save the future of humankind.

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Vote count 1,723 Vote avg 74 Release date 2006-09-22

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Déjà Vu (2006)

Action Thriller Science Fiction
If you think it's just a feeling, go back... and look again.

Called in to recover evidence in the aftermath of a horrific explosion on a New Orleans ferry, Federal agent Doug Carlin gets pulled away from the scene and taken to a top-secret government lab that uses a time-shifting surveillance device to help prevent crime.

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Vote count 1,219 Vote avg 66 Release date 2006-11-21

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The Fountain (2006)

Drama Adventure Science Fiction
Death is the road to awe

Spanning over one thousand years, and three parallel stories, The Fountain is a story of love, death, spirituality, and the fragility of our existence in this world.

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Vote count 669 Vote avg 68 Release date 2006-09-06

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Serenity (2005)

Science Fiction Action Adventure
Can't stop the signal.

When the renegade crew of Serenity agrees to hide a fugitive on their ship, they find themselves in an action-packed battle between the relentless military might of a totalitarian regime who will destroy anything – or anyone – to get the girl back and the bloodthirsty creatures who roam the uncharted areas of space. But... the greatest danger of all may be on their ship.

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Vote count 1,089 Vote avg 74 Release date 2005-08-25

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)

Adventure Comedy Family
Don't leave Earth without it.

Mere seconds before the Earth is to be demolished by an alien construction crew, Arthur Dent is swept off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher penning a new edition of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy."

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Vote count 1,080 Vote avg 66 Release date 2005-01-15

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The Island (2005)

Action Thriller Science Fiction
Your time will come...

In 2019, Lincoln Six-Echo is a resident of a seemingly Utopian but contained facility. Like all of the inhabitants of this carefully-controlled environment, Lincoln hopes to be chosen to go to the 'The Island' – reportedly the last uncontaminated location on the planet. But Lincoln soon discovers that everything about his existence is a lie. He and all of the other inhabitants of the facility are actually human clones.

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Vote count 1,434 Vote avg 65 Release date 2005-07-20

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V for Vendetta (2005)

Action Thriller Fantasy
People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.

In a world in which Great Britain has become a fascist state, a masked vigilante known only as 'V' conducts guerrilla warfare against the oppressive British government. When 'V' rescues a young woman from the secret police, he finds in her an ally with whom he can continue his fight to free the people of Britain.

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Vote count 3,515 Vote avg 76 Release date 2005-12-11

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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

Science Fiction Drama Romance
I already forget how I used to feel about you.

Joel Barish, heartbroken that his girlfriend underwent a procedure to erase him from her memory, decides to do the same. However, as he watches his memories of her fade away, he realises that he still loves her, and may be too late to correct his mistake.

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Vote count 2,852 Vote avg 79 Release date 2004-03-19

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I, Robot (2004)

Action Science Fiction
Laws are made to be broken.

In 2035, where robots are common-place and abide by the three laws of robotics, a techno-phobic cop investigates an apparent suicide. Suspecting that a robot may be responsible for the death, his investigation leads him to believe that humanity may be in danger.

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Vote count 3,007 Vote avg 67 Release date 2004-07-15

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The Butterfly Effect (2004)

Science Fiction Thriller
Such minor changes, such huge consequences.

A young man struggles to access sublimated childhood memories. He finds a technique that allows him to travel back into the past, to occupy his childhood body and change history. However, he soon finds that every change he makes has unexpected consequences.

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Vote count 1,576 Vote avg 72 Release date 2004-01-22

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The Matrix Revolutions (2003)

Adventure Action Thriller
Everything that has a beginning has an end.

The human city of Zion defends itself against the massive invasion of the machines as Neo fights to end the war at another front while also opposing the rogue Agent Smith.

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Vote count 2,589 Vote avg 64 Release date 2003-11-05

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The Matrix Reloaded (2003)

Adventure Action Thriller
Free your mind.

Six months after the events depicted in The Matrix, Neo has proved to be a good omen for the free humans, as more and more humans are being freed from the matrix and brought to Zion, the one and only stronghold of the Resistance. Neo himself has discovered his superpowers including super speed, ability to see the codes of the things inside the matrix and a certain degree of pre-cognition. But a nasty piece of news hits the human resistance: 250,000 machine sentinels are digging to Zion and would reach them in 72 hours. As Zion prepares for the ultimate war, Neo, Morpheus and Trinity are advised by the Oracle to find the Keymaker who would help them reach the Source. Meanwhile Neo's recurrent dreams depicting Trinity's death have got him worried and as if it was not enough, Agent Smith has somehow escaped deletion, has become more powerful than before and has fixed Neo as his next target.

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Vote count 2,880 Vote avg 66 Release date 2003-05-15

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Men in Black II (2002)

Action Adventure Comedy
Same Planet. New Scum.

Kay and Jay reunite to provide our best, last and only line of defense against a sinister seductress who levels the toughest challenge yet to the MIB's untarnished mission statement – protecting Earth from the scum of the universe. It's been four years since the alien-seeking agents averted an intergalactic disaster of epic proportions. Now it's a race against the clock as Jay must convince Kay – who not only has absolutely no memory of his time spent with the MIB, but is also the only living person left with the expertise to save the galaxy – to reunite with the MIB before the earth submits to ultimate destruction.

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Vote count 2,511 Vote avg 60 Release date 2002-07-03

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Minority Report (2002)

Action Thriller Science Fiction
The system is perfect until it comes after you.

John Anderton is a top 'Precrime' cop in the late-21st century, when technology can predict crimes before they're committed. But Anderton becomes the quarry when another investigator targets him for a murder charge.

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Vote count 2,124 Vote avg 70 Release date 2002-06-20

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A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)

Drama Science Fiction Adventure
Journey to a world where robots dream and desire.

11-year-old David, the first android with human feelings, is adopted by the Swinton family to test his ability to function. However, before his 'testing' is complete, he leaves on an odyssey to understand the secret to his existence and be more human.

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Vote count 1,596 Vote avg 67 Release date 2001-06-29

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Donnie Darko (2001)

Fantasy Drama Mystery
Dark. Darker. Darko.

After narrowly escaping a bizarre accident, a troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a large bunny rabbit that manipulates him to commit a series of crimes.

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Vote count 2,590 Vote avg 76 Release date 2001-01-18
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Evolution (2001)

Action Comedy Science Fiction
Coming to wipe that silly smile off your planet.

A comedy that follows the chaos that ensues when a meteor hits the Earth carrying alien life forms that give new meaning to the term "survival of the fittest." David Duchovny, Orlando Jones, Seann William Scott, and Julianne Moore are the only people standing between the aliens and world domination... which could be bad news for the Earth.

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Vote count 526 Vote avg 56 Release date 2001-06-08

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The Matrix (1999)

Action Science Fiction
Welcome to the Real World.

Set in the 22nd century, The Matrix tells the story of a computer hacker who joins a group of underground insurgents fighting the vast and powerful computers who now rule the earth.

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Vote count 7,523 Vote avg 78 Release date 1999-03-30

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