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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'Pacific Rim' (2013)
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36. 'Pacific Rim' (2013)

Thanks to Michael Bay's soulless, endless Transformers franchise, we thought we'd had more than our fill of giant robots punching the crap out of each other. That is until the visionary Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy) tried his hand at the kaiju genre – and gifted the world with a movie that gave mecha behemoths a beating heart. Sea monsters from another dimension! Pilots who have to soul-bond with their fighting robots! Martial arts! Idris Elba and that one dude from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia! In terms of summer blockbusters, it brought all the ingredients: stunning visuals, big knockout fights and characters you actually care about. Plus, it's just gosh-dang fun. JS

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