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Speculative or quasi-scientific films typically depicting futuristic or imaginary settings

Science fiction film (or sci-fi film) is a genre that uses speculative, fictional science-based depictions of phenomena that are not fully accepted by mainstream science, such as extraterrestrial lifeforms, alien worlds, extrasensory perception and time travel, along with futuristic elements such as spacecraft, robots, cyborgs, interstellar travel or other technologies. Science fiction films have often been used to focus on political or social issues, and to explore philosophical issues like the human condition. In many cases, tropes derived from written science fiction may be used by filmmakers ignorant of or at best indifferent to the standards of scientific plausibility and plot logic to which written science fiction is traditionally held.

  • Brazil - 1985 comedic film about a bureaucratic future, written and directed by Terry Gilliam
  • Fahrenheit 451 - 1966 movie based on the Ray Bradbury novel depicting a society where books have been outlawed
  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers - 1956 science-fiction movie about alien "pods" taking over individuals in a small town
  • Matrix, The - 1999 Wachowski Brothers movie about simulated reality
  • Minority Report - 2002 Steven Spielberg film based on Philip K. Dick's concept of "pre-crime"
  • Serenity - 2005 Joss Whedon movie continuing on the Firefly television series
  • Star Wars - 1977 science fiction movie, known as "Episode IV: A New Hope", first release of the series

The introductory paragraph uses material from the Wikipedia article "Science fiction film" as of 25 Sep 2018, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.