Henry Thomas as Elliott, Drew Barrymore as Gertie, and Robert MacNaughton as Michael looking shocked in the 1982 sci-fi movie 'E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.'

Best '80s sci-fi movies

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November 4, 2022
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Best '80s sci-fi movies

Stacker compiled a list of the best '80s sci-fi movies of all time based on our own Stacker score, a weighted index split evenly between IMDb user rating and Metascore. To qualify, the film had to have sci-fi as one of its genres on IMDb, have a Metascore, and have at least 5,000 IMDb user votes. Ties were broken by votes.

 

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#50. 2010: The Year We Make Contact (1984)

- Director: Peter Hyams
- Stacker score: 75.9
- IMDb user rating: 6.7
- Metascore: 53
- Runtime: 116 minutes

2 / 50
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#49. TRON (1982)

- Director: Steven Lisberger
- Stacker score: 76.5
- IMDb user rating: 6.7
- Metascore: 58
- Runtime: 96 minutes

3 / 50
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#48. Scanners (1981)

- Director: David Cronenberg
- Stacker score: 76.7
- IMDb user rating: 6.7
- Metascore: 60
- Runtime: 103 minutes

4 / 50
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#47. Night of the Creeps (1986)

- Director: Fred Dekker
- Stacker score: 76.9
- IMDb user rating: 6.7
- Metascore: 62
- Runtime: 88 minutes

5 / 50
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#46. Cocoon (1985)

- Director: Ron Howard
- Stacker score: 77.2
- IMDb user rating: 6.7
- Metascore: 65
- Runtime: 117 minutes

6 / 50
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#45. The Last Starfighter (1984)

- Director: Nick Castle
- Stacker score: 77.4
- IMDb user rating: 6.7
- Metascore: 67
- Runtime: 101 minutes

7 / 50
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#44. Enemy Mine (1985)

- Director: Wolfgang Petersen
- Stacker score: 77.6
- IMDb user rating: 6.8
- Metascore: 59
- Runtime: 108 minutes

8 / 50
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#43. Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)

- Director: Stephen Herek
- Stacker score: 77.7
- IMDb user rating: 6.9
- Metascore: 50
- Runtime: 90 minutes

9 / 50
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#42. Innerspace (1987)

- Director: Joe Dante
- Stacker score: 78.4
- IMDb user rating: 6.8
- Metascore: 66
- Runtime: 120 minutes

10 / 50
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#41. Altered States (1980)

- Director: Ken Russell
- Stacker score: 78.6
- IMDb user rating: 6.9
- Metascore: 58
- Runtime: 102 minutes

11 / 50
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#40. The Brother from Another Planet (1984)

- Director: John Sayles
- Stacker score: 78.8
- IMDb user rating: 6.8
- Metascore: 70
- Runtime: 108 minutes

12 / 50
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#39. Flight of the Navigator (1986)

- Director: Randal Kleiser
- Stacker score: 79.2
- IMDb user rating: 6.9
- Metascore: 64
- Runtime: 90 minutes

13 / 50
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#38. Spaceballs (1987)

- Director: Mel Brooks
- Stacker score: 79.4
- IMDb user rating: 7.1
- Metascore: 46
- Runtime: 96 minutes

14 / 50
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#37. Real Genius (1985)

- Director: Martha Coolidge
- Stacker score: 79.9
- IMDb user rating: 6.9
- Metascore: 71
- Runtime: 108 minutes

15 / 50
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#36. The Transformers: The Movie (1986)

- Director: Nelson Shin
- Stacker score: 80.1
- IMDb user rating: 7.2
- Metascore: 43
- Runtime: 84 minutes

16 / 50
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#35. Superman II (1980)

- Director: Richard Lester
- Stacker score: 80.1
- IMDb user rating: 6.8
- Metascore: 83
- Runtime: 127 minutes

17 / 50
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#34. The Hidden (1987)

- Director: Jack Sholder
- Stacker score: 80.8
- IMDb user rating: 7.0
- Metascore: 69
- Runtime: 97 minutes

18 / 50
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#33. Time Bandits (1981)

- Director: Terry Gilliam
- Stacker score: 80.8
- IMDb user rating: 6.9
- Metascore: 79
- Runtime: 110 minutes

19 / 50
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#32. Starman (1984)

- Director: John Carpenter
- Stacker score: 80.9
- IMDb user rating: 7.0
- Metascore: 70
- Runtime: 115 minutes

20 / 50
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#31. Testament (1983)

- Director: Lynne Littman
- Stacker score: 81.0
- IMDb user rating: 7.0
- Metascore: 71
- Runtime: 90 minutes

21 / 50
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#30. Repo Man (1984)

- Director: Alex Cox
- Stacker score: 81.1
- IMDb user rating: 6.9
- Metascore: 82
- Runtime: 92 minutes

22 / 50
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#29. They Live (1988)

- Director: John Carpenter
- Stacker score: 81.4
- IMDb user rating: 7.2
- Metascore: 55
- Runtime: 94 minutes

23 / 50
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#28. 1984 (1984)

- Director: Michael Radford
- Stacker score: 81.6
- IMDb user rating: 7.1
- Metascore: 67
- Runtime: 113 minutes

24 / 50
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#27. Videodrome (1983)

- Director: David Cronenberg
- Stacker score: 81.9
- IMDb user rating: 7.2
- Metascore: 60
- Runtime: 87 minutes

25 / 50
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#26. Escape from New York (1981)

- Director: John Carpenter
- Stacker score: 82.6
- IMDb user rating: 7.1
- Metascore: 76
- Runtime: 99 minutes

26 / 50
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#25. WarGames (1983)

- Director: John Badham
- Stacker score: 82.7
- IMDb user rating: 7.1
- Metascore: 77
- Runtime: 114 minutes

27 / 50
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#24. The Dead Zone (1983)

- Director: David Cronenberg
- Stacker score: 82.9
- IMDb user rating: 7.2
- Metascore: 69
- Runtime: 103 minutes

28 / 50
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#23. Re-Animator (1985)

- Director: Stuart Gordon
- Stacker score: 83.3
- IMDb user rating: 7.2
- Metascore: 73
- Runtime: 84 minutes

29 / 50
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#22. The Return of the Living Dead (1985)

- Director: Dan O'Bannon
- Stacker score: 83.6
- IMDb user rating: 7.3
- Metascore: 66
- Runtime: 91 minutes

30 / 50
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#21. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)

- Director: Leonard Nimoy
- Stacker score: 84.1
- IMDb user rating: 7.3
- Metascore: 71
- Runtime: 119 minutes

31 / 50
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#20. The Abyss (1989)

- Director: James Cameron
- Stacker score: 85.3
- IMDb user rating: 7.5
- Metascore: 62
- Runtime: 140 minutes

32 / 50
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#19. The Secret of NIMH (1982)

- Director: Don Bluth
- Stacker score: 86.8
- IMDb user rating: 7.5
- Metascore: 76
- Runtime: 82 minutes

33 / 50
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#18. Predator (1987)

- Director: John McTiernan
- Stacker score: 86.9
- IMDb user rating: 7.8
- Metascore: 47
- Runtime: 107 minutes

34 / 50
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#17. RoboCop (1987)

- Director: Paul Verhoeven
- Stacker score: 87.2
- IMDb user rating: 7.6
- Metascore: 70
- Runtime: 102 minutes

35 / 50
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#16. The Road Warrior (1981)

- Director: George Miller
- Stacker score: 87.9
- IMDb user rating: 7.6
- Metascore: 77
- Runtime: 96 minutes

36 / 50
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#15. Back to the Future Part II (1989)

- Director: Robert Zemeckis
- Stacker score: 87.9
- IMDb user rating: 7.8
- Metascore: 57
- Runtime: 108 minutes

37 / 50
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#14. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)

- Director: Nicholas Meyer
- Stacker score: 88.0
- IMDb user rating: 7.7
- Metascore: 68
- Runtime: 113 minutes

38 / 50
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#13. The Fly (1986)

- Director: David Cronenberg
- Stacker score: 88.1
- IMDb user rating: 7.6
- Metascore: 79
- Runtime: 96 minutes

39 / 50
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#12. Ghostbusters (1984)

- Director: Ivan Reitman
- Stacker score: 89.4
- IMDb user rating: 7.8
- Metascore: 71
- Runtime: 105 minutes

40 / 50
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#11. Akira (1988)

- Director: Katsuhiro Ôtomo
- Stacker score: 91.1
- IMDb user rating: 8.0
- Metascore: 67
- Runtime: 124 minutes

41 / 50
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#10. Brazil (1985)

- Director: Terry Gilliam
- Stacker score: 91.8
- IMDb user rating: 7.9
- Metascore: 84
- Runtime: 132 minutes

42 / 50
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#9. The Thing (1982)

- Director: John Carpenter
- Stacker score: 92.1
- IMDb user rating: 8.2
- Metascore: 57
- Runtime: 109 minutes

43 / 50
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#8. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

- Director: Steven Spielberg
- Stacker score: 92.5
- IMDb user rating: 7.9
- Metascore: 91
- Runtime: 115 minutes

44 / 50
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#7. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)

- Director: Hayao Miyazaki
- Stacker score: 93.1
- IMDb user rating: 8.0
- Metascore: 86
- Runtime: 117 minutes

45 / 50
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#6. Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)

- Director: Richard Marquand
- Stacker score: 93.3
- IMDb user rating: 8.3
- Metascore: 58
- Runtime: 131 minutes

46 / 50
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#5. Blade Runner (1982)

- Director: Ridley Scott
- Stacker score: 93.9
- IMDb user rating: 8.1
- Metascore: 84
- Runtime: 117 minutes

47 / 50
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#4. The Terminator (1984)

- Director: James Cameron
- Stacker score: 93.9
- IMDb user rating: 8.1
- Metascore: 84
- Runtime: 107 minutes

48 / 50
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#3. Aliens (1986)

- Director: James Cameron
- Stacker score: 97.1
- IMDb user rating: 8.4
- Metascore: 84
- Runtime: 137 minutes

49 / 50
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#2. Back to the Future (1985)

- Director: Robert Zemeckis
- Stacker score: 98.4
- IMDb user rating: 8.5
- Metascore: 87
- Runtime: 116 minutes

50 / 50
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#1. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

- Director: Irvin Kershner
- Stacker score: 100.0
- IMDb user rating: 8.7
- Metascore: 82
- Runtime: 124 minutes

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