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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'Serenity' (2005)
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14. 'Serenity' (2005)

Should you think this list is filled with nothing but philosophical chin-scratchers, here's a good old-fashioned romp brimming with spaceship chase scenes, laser gunfights and not one but several Han Solo-type ruffians. Joss Whedon's decision to bring back his gone-too-soon TV show Firefly as a bespoke blockbuster (in feel, if not actual box-office returns) was a bold gamble that pays off beautifully; you don't have to be fan of the series to dig the thrills, spills and chills here – though it doesn't hurt, of course. We're still holding out hopes for a sequel. DF

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