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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'Minority Report' (2002)
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24. 'Minority Report' (2002)

In which Hollywood brings out the Howitzers – Spielberg! Cruise! A script based on a Philip K. Dick story! – and still manages to deliver a savvy, smart sci-fi blockbuster not aimed at the lowest common denominator. Never mind that it moves with the director's customary thrill-ride efficiency; the more times you watch this story of a future cop dedicated to stopping murders before they've occurred, the more you marvel at how it seems to anticipate the NSA/drone-strike zeitgeist of the here and now. There were precogs on the set, weren't there, Mr. Spielberg? DF

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