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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'Sunshine' (2007)
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35. 'Sunshine' (2007)

Set the controls for the heart of the sun: Danny Boyle's sci-fi opus – about a motley crew aboard the spaceship Icarus II (symbolism alert!) jumpstarting our life-giving star – is a throwback to the genre's cerebral era, when interstellar journeys doubled as metaphysical head trips (see Solaris, 2001, etc.). If it works better as a chin-scratcher about our place in the universe than it does as an in-space-no-one-can-hear-you-scream thriller, Boyle's underrated film still provides a few genuinely chilling moments – and, of course, plenty of heat. DF

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