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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'The Martian' (2015)
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9. 'The Martian' (2015)

Almost four decades after Alien, Ridley Scott returned to space in his adaptation of Andy Weir's hit self-published novel, in which astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) from our Big Blue Marble finds himself marooned on the Big Red Planet. Quicker than you can say Robinson Crusoe on Mars, our hero is figuring out how to survive – and how to eventually get home. Blending Scott's vision of life in the far reaches of our solar system with Damon's witty, charming performance, the movie translates old-school hard sci-fi into a mainstream multiplex-friendly adventure – and gives us the cinema's first cosmic botanist superhero. It's not only enough to get people interested in space travel again but to pay more attention in science class. Doing so could save your life one day, kids. BT

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