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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'Her' (2013)
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18. 'Her' (2013)

Who among us could not fall in love with Scarlett Johansson's sultry voice and breezy demeanor as portrayed in Her – even if she is just a computer operating system? Spike Jonze's post-postmodern love story reeks of all the hallmarks of every other sappy love story – infatuation, inadequacy, infidelity – and that's what makes it so engaging. Joaquin Phoenix's character falls in love with his PDA in such an endearing, all-too-human way that it feels real (and portentous), but it's the way he tries to overcome all the odds of his impossible love affair work that makes the film heartrending. Even she is just an operating system. KG

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