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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'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' (2015)
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10. 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' (2015)

The first Star Wars film made outside the aegis of creator George Lucas, TFA set to recreate the magic of the original trilogy – and damned if it didn't largely succeed in channeling the world we first saw a long time ago. This extension of modern pop culture's definitive pop saga – in which a new generation of dark lords, derring-do heroes and determined orphans step up to the plate – was fueled by the power and charm of its hugely charismatic cast, from relative newcomers Daisy Ridley and John Boyega to A-list actors Adam Driver and Oscar Isaac. And you didn't need to have owned New Hope bedsheets back in the day to feel nostalgic seeing returning icons Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford and, albeit briefly, Mark Hamill. Warm, funny, and unafraid to get truly emotional (RIP, Captain Solo), it made that galaxy far, far away feel closer to home than it had in ages. STC

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