Sci-fi movies have always stirred the imagination, whether it involves finding new worlds or exploring the things hiding in the vast universe that scare us most. There have been many fantastic sci-fi movies throughout the history of the movies and the decade of the 2000s produced many great movies. Here are the 10 best sci-fi movies of the 2000s.
10 Best Sci-Fi Movies of the 2000s
Director: Bryan Singer
Stars: Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman
The first film in a franchise, X-Men is based on the long-running Marvel comic book series about a band of mutants who are trying to live in a world that shuns and fears them. Professor Xavier has established a school to educate these mutants on how to use their powers for good, while Magneto gathers mutants to fight a government that wants them to register their powers and prevent them from using those powers.
Donnie Darko (2001)
Director: Richard Kelly
Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Mary McDonnell, Jena Malone
Donnie is a troubled young man who narrowly escaped a bizarre accident that should have killed him. He has since been plagued by visits from a giant and frightening bunny and visions of doomsday. A psychiatrist diagnoses Donnie with schizophrenia, but Donnie believes he was never meant to survive the accident and now needs to make things right.
Minority Report (2002)
Director: Steven Spielberg
Stars: Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell
Loosely based on a story by famed noir writer Philip K. Dick, Minority Report takes place in a future where a police unit called PreCrime arrests people based on the fact that the people will commit a future crime. Their information, coming from a team of three psychics and looking at the question of free, will over predetermination. The psychics predict that a cop (Cruise) on the special force will commit a murder and he now has to prove his innocence by hiding from the technology of the day.
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
Director: Peter Jackson
Stars: Ian McKellen, Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen
The third film in a trilogy based on the book by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King relates the final battle for Middle Earth. The wizard Sauron has launched the final stage of his plan to destroy Middle Earth and the wizard Gandalf along with the humans, hobbits, trolls and elves are preparing to stop him. Frodo is on the last leg of his journey to destroy the ring that Sauron needs while Aragorn gathers an army for the showdown at Mordor.
The Butterfly Effect (2004)
Directors: Eric Bress, J. Mackye Gruber
Stars: Ashton Kutcher, Amy Stewart
The title of the film refers to a hypothetical example of chaos theory that states small seemingly insignificant changes during time travel can have major, unforeseen consequences in the future. Evan discovers he has the ability to go back in time to his younger self and he begins changing past behavior to alter his present. Evan wants to set things right for himself and his friends, but things don’t go as well as he’d hoped.
Batman Begins (2005)
Director: Christopher Nolan
Stars: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Ken Watanabe
Based on the long-running comic book series from DC Comics, Batman Begins tells the origin story of the famous vigilante crime fighter. It begins with the death of young Bruce Wayne’s parents and the release, fourteen years later, of the man who killed them. Bruce begins his journey, learning all he can in the different techniques of fighting and returns to Gotham city under the guise of a billionaire playboy. He keeps his identity as Batman while cleaning up the city of the worst and most dangerous criminals.
Children of Men (2006)
Director: Alfonso Cuaron
Stars: Julianne Moore, Clive Owen
Based on the 1992 novel of the same name by P.D. James, the film depicts a future world in chaos where all of the women have become infertile and the human race is in danger of extinction. Refugees are flooding into the United Kingdom and one of those refugees, Kee, turns out to be the only woman on Earth who is pregnant. A group is after Kee to discover a cure for infertility.
I Am Legend (2007)
Director: Francis Lawrence
Stars: Will Smith, Alice Braga
Based on a novel of the same name by Richard Matheson, I Am Legend takes place in a post-apocalyptic world in which most people have either died of a virus or been turned into mutants. Robert Neville (Smith) a virologist is the last man left alive and immune to the virus. He follows a daily routine of trying to find a cure for the virus and defending himself from the mutants who attack at night. He finds a pair of survivors after discovering the cure from his own blood.
The Dark Night (2008)
Director: Christopher Nolan
Stars: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart
A sequel to Batman Begins, the film follows Batman’s continued crime-fighting in the city of Gotham. This time he is pitted against the Joker, frighteningly portrayed by Heath Ledger. The Joker wreaks havoc in Gotham, taking hostages on city ferries. DA Harvey Dent (Eckhart) is determined to bring down the mob, but he gets caught up in the Joker’s plans for chaos. The film tells the origin story of the criminal Two-Face.
Star Trek (2009)
Director: J.J. Abrams
Stars: Chris Pine, Eric Bana, Zachary Quinto
The film reboots the original series of Star Trek movies based on the television series of the late 1960s and tells the story of the first captain and crew of the original U.S.S Enterprise. The Romulan Nero (Bana) from the future comes back to threaten the United Federation of Planets and the story ultimately takes place in an alternate timeline due to the effects of time travel by Nero and a future Spock (played by Leonard Nimoy from the original movies and series). The young crew of the Enterprise must stop Nero from destroying Earth, as he destroyed the planet Vulcan.