The Top 40 Sci-Fi Movies of the 21st Century

From space-invader thrillers to interstellar-overdrive headscratchers, we're counting down the best science fiction films since the turn of the century

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'Cloverfield' (2008)
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Sam Emerson27/40

27. 'Cloverfield' (2008)

Even though Cloverfield plays out in the now-tired "found footage" format, its terrifying CGI destruction of New York City and its Godzilla-like monster is visceral enough to set it apart from the other style copycats. Plus, its cast (which includes Lizzy Caplan of Mean Girls/Masters of Sex fame as a party guest and former Silicon Valley actor T.J. Miller as the documentarian) perfectly captures the terror of New Yorkers seeing landmarks – the Time Warner Center and the archways in Central Park collapsing, the Statue of Liberty being beheaded – a few years after 9/11. Most chilling is the film's final line, heard in a pre-destruction flashback: "I had a good day." KG

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