We all watch movies, and which is the “best” is a matter of opinion really. Here are the top 10 science fiction movies from 1990-2000. Don’t forget to check out other lists throughout Thought for Your Penny.
10. Mars Attacks! (1996) 52% at Rotten Tomatoes
Martians land on Earth and exterminate the human landing party sent to greet them. Now people around the world are fighting for their lives as little green aliens are gleefully killing anyone and everyone in their path.
Director: Tim Burton
Starring: Jack Nicholson, Sarah Jessica Parker, Natalie Portman
9. Demolition Man (1993) 62% at Rotten Tomatoes
In 1996, crime lord Simon Phoenix and cop John Spartan are cryogenically frozen for the deaths of hundreds of innocent civilians. Now they’ve been woken up in 2032, where the world is peaceful, yet still corrupt. They battle their way across the new world while learning about its futuristic ways in the process.
Director: Marco Brambilla
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Wesley Snipes, Sandra Bullock
8. Johnny Mnemonic (1995) 13% at Rotten Tomatoes
In 2021, half the population is suffering from Nerve Attenuation Syndrome from being connected to the Internet. A data courier named Johnny holds the cure in a chip in his head. Now everyone from the Yakuza to a low-tech resistance group is hunting him down for NAS cure.
Director: Robert Longo
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Dina Meyer, Dolph Lundgren
7. Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991) 93% at Rotten Tomatoes
Ten years ago, a cyborg was sent back from the future to kill Sarah Conner, the mother of the human resistance leader. Now an identical cyborg has been sent back to protect her son from an even worse threat – a liquid metal cyborg that can change its appearance at will.
Director: James Cameron
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong
6. Jurassic Park (1993) 92% at Rotten Tomatoes
A group of scientists are invited to a private island resort by eccentric billionaire John Hammond. It’s a zoo housing dinosaurs, which they learn he brought back from extinction using DNA. It seems wonderful until things go wrong and the dinosaurs run amok on the island.
Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Sam Neill, Jeff Goldblum, Laura Dern
5. Independence Day (1996) 60% at Rotten Tomatoes
On July 2nd, aliens first make contact with our planet, and the signal turns out to be a countdown. The next day, they annihilate all major cities around the globe. Now it’s up to a ragtag group of survivors to fight the alien menace and secure Earth’s independence.
Director: Roland Emmerich
Starring: Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Mary McDonnell
4. The Fifth Element (1997) 62% at Rotten Tomatoes
A cab driver named Korben Dallas in the twenty-third century is pulled into a mission to save the world after Leeloo falls into his car. Turns out she’s the fifth element, a perfect being created by the Mondoshawan to protect the universe from the evil Mangalores.
Director: Luc Besson
Starring: Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman, Milla Jovovich
3. Men in Black (1997) 92% at Rotten Tomatoes
A police officer is chosen to join a secret government agency that polices extraterrestrial life. It’s all kept secret from the public, who simply wouldn’t understand. But when a bug crashes into Earth in search of a super energy source called the galaxy, they’re forced to stop him at all costs.
Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Starring: Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Linda Fiorentino
2. Galaxy Quest (1999) 90% at Rotten Tomatoes
A group of actors are relegated to cashing in on fan conventions for a TV series they starred in together 18 years ago. Suddenly they’re approached by an alien race who thinks it’s real and need them to help defend their race against a ruthless alien leader.
Director: Dean Parisot
Starring: Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Tony Shalhoub
1. Starship Troopers (1997) 63% at Rotten Tomatoes
High school students in Buenos Aires join the military to become citizens. Rico quits during basic training until the Arachnid race destroys his hometown, killing his parents. Now he’s part of the invasion force of humans whose mission is to take revenge on the bugs.
Director: Paul Verhoeven
Starring: Casper Van Dien, Denise Richards, Dina Meyer