List of science fiction films of the 1980s

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A list of science fiction films released in the 1980s. These films include core elements of science fiction, but can cross into other genres. They have been released to a cinema audience by the commercial film industry and are widely distributed with reviews by reputable critics.

Collectively, the science fiction films from the 1980s have received 14 Academy Awards, 11 Saturn Awards, six Hugo Awards, five BAFTA awards, four BSFA Awards, and one Golden Globe Award. Four of these movies were the highest grossing films of their respective years of release. However, these films also received nine Golden Raspberry Awards.


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1980
Title Director Cast Country Sub-Genre/Notes
The Alien Dead Fred Olen Ray Buster Crabbe, Ray Roberts, Linda Lewis United States
Altered States Ken Russell William Hurt, Blair Brown, Bob Balaban United States
Battle Beyond the Stars Jimmy Murakami George Peppard, Robert Vaughn, Richard Thomas United States
Be Forever Yamato Toshio Masuda, Leiji Matsumoto Kei Tomiyama, Yōko Asagami, Shūsei Nakamura Japan Anime film
Contamination Luigi Cozzi Ian McCulloch, Louise Marleau, Marino Masé Italy West Germany
Crazy Thunder Road Sōgo Ishii Tatsuo Yamada, Masamitsu Ohike, Koji Nanjo Japan
Cyborg 009: Legend of the Super Vortex Masayuki Akehi Kazuhiko Inoue, Fuyumi Shiraishi, Keiichi Noda Japan Anime film
Death Watch Bertrand Tavernier Romy Schneider, Harvey Keitel, Harry Dean Stanton France West Germany
The Empire Strikes Back Irvin Kershner Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher United States [nb 1]
The Final Countdown Don Taylor Kirk Douglas, Martin Sheen, Katharine Ross United States
Flash Gordon Mike Hodges Sam J. Jones, Melody Anderson, Max von Sydow
Galaxina William Sachs Stephen Macht, Avery Schreiber, J.D. Hinton United States
Golem Piotr Szulkin Marek Walczewski, Krystyna Janda, Joanna Zólkowska Poland [1]
Hangar 18 James L. Conway Darren McGavin, Robert Vaughn, Gary Collins United States
Phoenix 2772 Taku Sugiyama Kaneto Shiozawa, Keiko Takeshita, Hiroshi Ôtake Japan Anime film
Saturn 3 Stanley Donen Farrah Fawcett, Kirk Douglas, Harvey Keitel United Kingdom
Somewhere in Time Jeannot Szwarc Christopher Reeve, Jane Seymour, Christopher Plummer United States
Superman II Richard Lester Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder United States United Kingdom
Toward the Terra Hideo Onchi Junichi Inoue, Masaya Oki, Kumiko Akiyoshi Japan Anime film
Virus Kinji Fukasaku Masao Kusakari, Tsunehiko Watase, Isao Natsuyagi Japan
1981
Title Director Cast Country Sub-Genre/Notes
Adieu Galaxy Express 999 Rintaro Masako Nozawa, Masako Ikeda, Kaneta Kimotsuki Japan Anime film
Earthbound James L. Conway Burl Ives, Christopher Connelly, Meredith MacRae United States
Escape from New York John Carpenter Kurt Russell, Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine United States
Galaxy of Terror B. D. Clark Edward Albert, Erin Moran, Ray Walston United States
Heartbeeps Allan Arkush Andy Kaufman, Bernadette Peters, Randy Quaid United States
Heavy Metal Gerald Potterton Rodger Bumpass, Jackie Burroughs, John Candy, Eugene Levy United States Canada Animated film
The Incredible Shrinking Woman Joel Schumacher Lily Tomlin, Charles Grodin, Ned Beatty, Henry Gibson, John Glover United States
Inseminoid Norman J. Warren Judy Geeson, Heather Wright, Trevor Thomas, Stephanie Beacham United Kingdom USA title: Horror Planet
The Last Chase Martyn Burke Lee Majors, Burgess Meredith, Chris Makepeace United States
Looker Michael Crichton Albert Finney, James Coburn, Susan Dey United States
Mad Max 2 George Miller Mel Gibson Australia
Malevil Christian de Chalonge Michel Serrault, Jacques Dutronc, Jacques Villeret, Robert Dhéry France West Germany
Memoirs of a Survivor David Gladwell Julie Christie, Christopher Guard, Leonie Mellinger United Kingdom
Mobile Suit Gundam Ryôji Fujiwara, Yoshiyuki Tomino Tôru Furuya, Hirotaka Suzuoki, Shôzô Iizuka, Toshio Furukawa Japan Anime film
Mobile Suit Gundam II: Soldiers of Sorrow Yoshikazu Yasuhiko, Yoshiyuki Tomino Tôru Furuya, Shûichi Ikeda, Hirotaka Suzuoki, Fuyumi Shiraishi Japan Anime film
Mystery of the Third Planet Roman Kachanov Olga Gromova, Yuri Andreyev, Vladimir Druzhnikov, Vladimir Kenigson, Vasily Livanov, Rina Zelyonaya Soviet Union Animated film
Outland Peter Hyams Sean Connery, Peter Boyle, Frances Sternhagen United States
Per Aspera Ad Astra Richard Viktorov Aleksandr Mikhajlov, Gleb Strizhenov, Alexander Lazarev Soviet Union Alternate titles: Through the Thorns to the Stars; Humanoid Woman
Scanners David Cronenberg Stephen Lack, Jennifer O'Neill, Patrick McGoohan Canada
Scared to Death William Malone John Stinson United States
Visitors from the Galaxy Dušan Vukotić Ljubiša Samardžić, Ivana Andrlová, Cvijeta Mesic Socialist Federal Republic of YugoslaviaCzechoslovakia [2]
The War of the Worlds: Next Century Piotr Szulkin Roman Wilhelmi Poland
1982
Title Director Cast Country Sub-Genre/Notes
1990: The Bronx Warriors Enzo G. Castellari Vic Morrow, Christopher Connelly, Fred Williamson Italy
The Aftermath Steve Barkett Sid Haig, Forrest J Ackerman, Jim Danforth United States UK title: Zombie Aftermath
Airplane II: The Sequel Ken Finkleman Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Lloyd Bridges United States
Anno 2020 - I gladiatori del futuro Joe D'Amato Harrison Muller, Al Cliver, Sabrina Siani Italy [3]
Android Aaron Lipstadt Klaus Kinski, Brie Howard, Norbert Weisser United States [nb 2]
Andromeda Stories Masamitsu Sasaki Mami Koyama, Tōru Furuya, Toshiko Fujita, Chiyoko Kawashima Japan Anime film
Arcadia of My Youth Tomoharu Katsumata Makio Inoue, Kei Tomiyama, Reiko Tajima, Reiko Mutō Japan Anime film
Blade Runner Ridley Scott Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos, Daryl Hannah United States [nb 3]
Burst City Sōgo Ishii Michirou Endo, Shigeru Izumiya, Takanori Jinnai, Kou Machida Japan
Café Flesh Stephen Sayadian Michelle Bauer, Richard Belzer United States
Chronopolis Piotr Kamler France Animated film
Crosstalk Mark Egerton Gary Day, Penny Downie, John Ewart Australia
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Steven Spielberg Henry Thomas, Dee Wallace, Peter Coyote, Drew Barrymore, Robert MacNaughton United States [nb 4]
Endangered Species Alan Rudolph Robert Urich, JoBeth Williams, Paul Dooley United States [4]
Forbidden World Allan Holzman Jesse Vint, June Chadwick United States
Kamikaze 1989 Wolf Gremm Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Günther Kaufmann, Boy Gobert, Arnold Marquis West Germany [5]
The Masters of Time René Laloux Jean Valmont, Michel Elias, Frédéric Legros, Yves-Marie Maurin France West Germany Switzerland United Kingdom Hungary Animated film.
Megaforce Hal Needham Barry Bostwick, Persis Khambatta, Michael Beck, Henry Silva United States
Mobile Suit Gundam III: Encounters in Space Yoshiyuki Tomino, Yoshikazu Yasuhiko Tôru Furuya, Shûichi Ikeda, Hirotaka Suzuoki, Yô Inoue Japan Anime film
The New Barbarians Enzo G. Castellari Fred Williamson, Anna Kanakis, Venantino Venantini Italy [nb 5]
Nightbeast Don Dohler Donald Leifert, Tom Griffiths United States Horror film
Parasite Charles Band Robert Glaudini, Demi Moore United States Horror film
Queen Millennia Masayuki Akehi Keiko Han, Keiko Toda, Ichirô Nagai, Mami Koyama Japan Anime film
Space Adventure Cobra Osamu Dezaki Shigeru Matsuzaki, Ryoko Sakakibara, Akiko Nakamura, Toshiko Fujita Japan Anime film
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Nicholas Meyer William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, Nichelle Nichols, George Takei, Ricardo Montalbán United States [nb 6]
Swamp Thing Wes Craven, Walter von Huene Louis Jourdan, Adrienne Barbeau, Ray Wise United States
The Thing John Carpenter Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, T. K. Carter, Keith David, Donald Moffat, Charles Hallahan, David Clennon United States [nb 7]
Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann William Dear Fred Ward, Belinda Bauer, Peter Coyote, Richard Masur, Ed Lauter, Chris Mulkey, Tracy Walter United States
Time Walker Tom Kennedy Ben Murphy, Nina Axelrod, Kevin Brophy United States
Tron Steven Lisberger Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner, David Warner, Cindy Morgan United States [nb 8]
Turkey Shoot Brian Trenchard-Smith Steve Railsback, Olivia Hussey, Michael Craig Australia
Warlords of the 21st Century Harley Cokliss Michael Beck, Annie McEnroe, James Wainwright United States [6][nb 9]
Zapped! Robert J. Rosenthal Scott Baio, Willie Aames, Heather Thomas, Robert Mandan United States
1983
Title Director Cast Country Sub-Genre/Notes
2019, After the Fall of New York Sergio Martino Michael Sopkiw, Valentine Monnier, Anna Kanakis ItalyFrance
Anna to the Infinite Power Robert Wiemer Martha Byrne, Dina Merrill United States
The Atlantis Interceptors Ruggero Deodato Ivan Rassimov Italy
Born in Flames Lizzie Borden Jeanne Satterfield, Adele Bertei, Becky Johnston United States
Brainstorm Douglas Trumbull Christopher Walken, Natalie Wood, Louise Fletcher United States
BrainWaves Ulli Lommel Keir Dullea, Suzanna Love, Vera Miles, Tony Curtis United States [7]
The Creature Wasn't Nice Bruce Kimmel Leslie Nielsen, Cindy Williams, Gerrit Graham United States
Crusher Joe Yoshikazu Yasuhiko Japan Anime film
Daijōbu, My Friend Ryū Murakami Peter Fonda, Reona Hirota Japan
The Dead Zone David Cronenberg Christopher Walken, Brooke Adams, Tom Skerritt, Martin Sheen United States
The Deadly Spawn Douglas McKeown Charles George Hildebrandt, Tom DeFranco, Richard Lee Porter United States
Endgame Joe D'Amato Al Cliver, Laura Gemser, George Eastman Italy
Escape from the Bronx Enzo G. Castellari Mark Gregory, Henry Silva, Valeria D'Obici Italy
Kometa Richard Viktorov Nadezhda Semencova, Anatolij Kuznecov Soviet Union comedy
Final Yamato Tomoharu Katsumata, Yoshinobu Nishizaki, Toshio Masuda Kei Tomiyama, Yôko Asagami, Gorô Naya, Isao Sasaki Japan Anime film
Halloween III: Season of the Witch Tommy Lee Wallace Tom Atkins, Stacey Nelkin, Dan O'Herlihy United States
Harmagedon Rintaro Tôru Furuya, Mami Koyama, Masako Ikeda, Keiko Han Japan Anime film
The Last Battle Luc Besson Pierre Jolivet, Jean Bouise, Fritz Wepper France
Liquid Sky Slava Tsukerman Anne Carlisle, Paula Sheppard, Susan Doukas United States
Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn Charles Band Jeffrey Byron, Tim Thomerson, Kelly Preston, Richard Moll United States
The Prize of Peril Yves Boisset Gérard Lanvin, Michel Piccoli, Marie-France Pisier France Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
Return of the Jedi Richard Marquand Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams United States [nb 10]
Rock & Rule Clive A. Smith Paul Le Mat, Deborah Harry, Don Francks Canada Animated film
Space Raiders Howard R. Cohen Vince Edwards, David Mendenhall, Patsy Pease United States
Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone Lamont Johnson Peter Strauss, Molly Ringwald, Ernie Hudson, Michael Ironside United States
Strange Invaders Michael Laughlin Paul Le Mat, Nancy Allen, Diana Scarwid Canada United States
Superman III Richard Lester Christopher Reeve, Richard Pryor, Robert Vaughn, Annette O'Toole United States
Twilight Zone: The Movie Joe Dante, John Landis, Steven Spielberg, George Miller Dan Aykroyd, Albert Brooks, John Lithgow, Kathleen Quinlan United States
Videodrome David Cronenberg James Woods, Sonja Smits, Debbie Harry Canada
Warrior of the Lost World David Worth Robert Ginty, Persis Khambatta, Donald Pleasence, Fred Williamson Italy
Wavelength Mike Gray Robert Carradine, Cherie Currie, Keenan Wynn United States
Xtro Harry Bromley Davenport Philip Sayer, Bernice Stegers, Danny Brainin United Kingdom
Yor, the Hunter from the Future Antonio Margheriti Reb Brown, Corinne Cléry, John Steiner ItalyFranceTurkey
1984
Title Director Cast Country Sub-Genre/Notes
2010 Peter Hyams Roy Scheider, John Lithgow, Helen Mirren, Keir Dullea United States [nb 11]
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension W. D. Richter Peter Weller, John Lithgow, Jeff Goldblum, Christopher Lloyd United States
Babičky dobíjejte přesně! Ladislav Rychman Daniela Kolářová, Jana Dítětová Czech Republic
The Brother from Another Planet John Sayles Joe Morton, Darryl Edwards, Steve James United States
Dreamscape Joseph Ruben Dennis Quaid, Max von Sydow, Christopher Plummer United States
Dune David Lynch Francesca Annis, Leonardo Cimino, Brad Dourif United States
Electric Dreams Steve Barron Lenny Von Dohlen, Virginia Madsen, Bud Cort United States
The Ewok Adventure John Korty Eric Walker, Warwick Davis, Tony Cox, Fionnula Flanagan United States [8]
The Element of Crime Lars von Trier Michael Elphick, Esmond Knight, Me Me Lai Denmark
Firestarter Mark L. Lester Drew Barrymore, David Keith, George C. Scott, Martin Sheen, Heather Locklear United States
Ghostbusters Ivan Reitman Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Sigourney Weaver, Ernie Hudson, Rick Moranis, Annie Potts United States
I Guerrieri dell'anno 2072 Lucio Fulci Jared Martin, Fred Williamson, Howard Ross Italy
Iceman Fred Schepisi Timothy Hutton, Lindsay Crouse, John Lone United States
The Ice Pirates Stewart Raffill Robert Urich, Mary Crosby, Michael D. Roberts United States
Impulse Graham Baker Tim Matheson, Meg Tilly, Hume Cronyn United States
The Last Starfighter Nick Castle Lance Guest, Catherine Mary Stewart, Robert Preston, Dan O'Herlihy United States
Lensman Yoshiaki Kawajiri Toshio Furukawa, Mami Koyama, Chikao Ōtsuka, Nachi Nozawa Japan Anime film
Macross: Do You Remember Love? Shoji Kawamori Mari Iijima, Arihiro Hase, Mika Doi, Michio Hazama Japan Anime film
The Noah's Ark Principle Roland Emmerich Richy Müller, Franz Buchrieser West Germany
Night of the Comet Thom Eberhardt Catherine Mary Stewart, Kelli Maroney, Robert Beltran United States
Nineteen Eighty-Four Michael Radford John Hurt, Richard Burton, Suzanna Hamilton United Kingdom
The Philadelphia Experiment Stewart Raffill Michael Paré, Nancy Allen, Eric Christmas United States
Repo Man Alex Cox Harry Dean Stanton, Emilio Estevez, Olivia Barash United States
Sayonara Jupiter Koji Hashimoto Tomokazu Miura, Dangely Diane, Miyuki Ono, Rachel Huggett Japan
Runaway Michael Crichton Tom Selleck, Cynthia Rhodes, Gene Simmons, Kirstie Alley United States
The Return of Godzilla Koji Hashimoto (director) Raymond Burr, Ken Tanaka JapanUnited States
Sexmission Juliusz Machulski Olgierd Lukaszewicz, Jerzy Stuhr, Hanna Stankówna Poland
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock Leonard Nimoy William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Christopher Lloyd United States
Starman John Carpenter Jeff Bridges, Karen Allen, Charles Martin Smith United States
The Terminator James Cameron Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Biehn, Linda Hamilton United States [nb 12]
1985
Title Director Cast Country Sub-Genre/Notes
The Aurora Encounter Jim McCullough, Sr. Jack Elam, Peter Brown, Carol Bagdasarian United States [7]
Back to the Future Robert Zemeckis Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Crispin Glover, Lea Thompson, Thomas F. Wilson United States [nb 13]
Brazil Terry Gilliam Jonathan Pryce, Michael Palin, Kim Greist, Robert De Niro United Kingdom [nb 14]
City Limits Aaron Lipstadt Darrell Larson, John Stockwell, Kim Cattrall United States
Cocoon Ron Howard Don Ameche, Wilford Brimley, Hume Cronyn, Brian Dennehy, Steve Guttenberg, Maureen Stapleton, Jessica Tandy United States
Creature William Malone Stan Ivar, Wendy Schaal, Lyman Ward, Robert Jaffe, Diane Salinger United States
D.A.R.Y.L. Simon Wincer Barret Oliver, Mary Beth Hurt, Michael McKean, Kathryn Walker United States
The Dungeonmaster Dave Allen, Charles Band Jeffrey Byron, Leslie Wing, Richard Moll United States
Enemy Mine Wolfgang Petersen Dennis Quaid, Louis Gossett, Jr., Brion James United States
Explorers Joe Dante Ethan Hawke, River Phoenix, Jason Presson United States
Gwen, or the Book of Sand Jean-François Laguionie Michel Robin, Lorella Di Cicco France Animated film
Joey Roland Emmerich Joshua Morrell, Eva Kryll West Germany
Lifeforce Tobe Hooper Steve Railsback, Peter Firth, Frank Finlay United Kingdom United States
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome George Ogilvie, George Miller Mel Gibson, Tina Turner Australia
Morons from Outer Space Mike Hodges Mel Smith, Griff Rhys Jones, Paul Brown United Kingdom
My Science Project Jonathan Betuel John Stockwell, Fisher Stevens, Raphael Sbarge United States
O-Bi, O-Ba: The End of Civilization Piotr Szulkin Jerzy Stuhr, Krystyna Janda Poland
Odin: Photon Sailer Starlight Japan Anime film
The Quiet Earth Geoff Murphy Bruno Lawrence, Alison Routledge New Zealand
Radioactive Dreams Albert Pyun Michael Dudikoff, Lisa Blount, Don Murray United States
Real Genius Martha Coolidge Val Kilmer, Gabriel Jarret United States
Re-Animator Stuart Gordon Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott, Barbara Crampton United States
Space Rage Conrad E. Palmisano Richard Farnsworth, Michael Paré, John Laughlin United States
Starchaser: The Legend of Orin Steven Hahn Joe Colligan, Anthony De Longis, Carmen Argenziano United States Animated film
Trancers Charles Band Tim Thomerson, Helen Hunt United States
A Visit with van Gogh Horst Seemann Grażyna Szapołowska, Christian Grashof, Rolf Hoppe East Germany German title: Besuch bei van Gogh[9]
Weird Science John Hughes Anthony Michael Hall, Kelly LeBrock, Ilan Mitchell-Smith, Bill Paxton United States
1986
Title Director Cast Country Sub-Genre/Notes
Aliens James Cameron Sigourney Weaver, Paul Reiser, Michael Biehn, Bill Paxton United States [nb 15]
Chopping Mall Jim Wynorski Kelli Maroney, Tony O'Dell, Russell Todd United States [7]
Critters Stephen Herek Dee Wallace, M. Emmet Walsh, Billy Green Bush United States
Dead End Drive-In Brian Trenchard-Smith Ned Manning, Natalie McCurry, Peter Whitford Australia
Death Powder Shigeru Izumiya Shigeru Izumiya, Rikako Murakami, Takichi Inukai Japan
Deadly Friend Wes Craven Matthew Laborteaux, Kristy Swanson, Michael Sharrett United States
Dirty Pair: Project Eden Kōichi Mashimo Japan Anime film
Eliminators Peter Manoogian Andrew Prine, Denise Crosby, Patrick Reynolds United States
Fist of the North Star Toyoo Ashida Akira Kamiya, Yuriko Yamamoto, Kenji Utsumi, Chikao Ohtsuka Japan Anime film
Flight of the Navigator Randal Kleiser Joey Cramer, Veronica Cartwright, Cliff DeYoung, Sarah Jessica Parker United States
The Fly David Cronenberg Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis, John Getz United States Canada [nb 16]
Ga-ga: Glory to the Heroes Piotr Szulkin Poland [citation needed]
Gröna gubbar från Y.R. Hans Hatwig Carl Billquist, Curt Broberg, Åsa Dahlenborg Sweden [10][nb 17]
Howard the Duck Willard Huyck Lea Thompson, Jeffrey Jones, Tim Robbins United States [nb 18]
Invaders from Mars Tobe Hooper Karen Black, Hunter Carson, Timothy Bottoms, Louise Fletcher United States
Kamikaze Didier Grousset Richard Bohringer, Dominique Lavanant, Michel Galabru France [11]
Kin-dza-dza! Georgi Daneliya Stanislav Lyubshin, Yevgeni Leonov, Yury Yakovlev Soviet Union
Maximum Overdrive Stephen King Emilio Estevez, Pat Hingle, Laura Harrington United States
Night of the Creeps Fred Dekker Jason Lively, Steve Marshall, Jill Whitlow United States
Programmed to Kill Allan Holzman Robert Ginty, Sandahl Bergman, Louise Claire Clark, Alex Courtney United States [12]
Project A-ko Katsuhiko Nishijima Japan Anime film
Short Circuit John Badham Ally Sheedy, Steve Guttenberg, Fisher Stevens United States
Star Crystal Lance Lindsay C. Juston Campbell, Faye Bolt, John W. Smith United States
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home Leonard Nimoy William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Catherine Hicks United States
TerrorVision Ted Nicolaou Diane Franklin, Gerrit Graham, Mary Woronov United States [13]
They Were Eleven Satoshi Dezaki Japan Anime film
The Transformers: The Movie Nelson Shin Leonard Nimoy, Robert Stack, Judd Nelson, Orson Welles, Peter Cullen United States Animated film
Vendetta dal futuro Sergio Martino Daniel Greene, Janet Agren, John Saxon Italy
The Wraith Mike Marvin Charlie Sheen, Nick Cassavetes, Randy Quaid United States
Zone Troopers Danny Bilson Tim Thomerson, Tim Van Patten United States [14]
1987
Title Director Cast Country Sub-Genre/Notes
*batteries not included Matthew Robbins Hume Cronyn, Jessica Tandy, Frank McRae United States
Amazon Women on the Moon John Landis Arsenio Hall, Michelle Pfeiffer, Steve Guttenberg United States
Bad Taste Peter Jackson Peter Jackson, Mike Minett, Pete O'Herne New Zealand
Cherry 2000 Steve De Jarnatt Melanie Griffith, David Andrews United States
Creepozoids David DeCoteau Linnea Quigley, Ashlyn Gere United States
Cyclops Jôji Iida Kai Atō, Yoshimasa Kondo, Kazuhiro Sano Japan
The Curse David Chaskin, David Keith Wil Wheaton, Claude Akins, Malcolm Danare United States [15]
Death Run Michael J. Murphy Rob Bartlett, Lynn Lowry United States
The Hidden Jack Sholder Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Nouri, Claudia Christian United States
Innerspace Joe Dante Dennis Quaid, Martin Short, Meg Ryan United States [nb 19]
The Kindred Stephen Carpenter, Jeffrey Obrow David Allen Brooks, Rod Steiger, Amanda Pays United States [16]
Making Mr. Right Susan Seidelman John Malkovich, Ann Magnuson, Glenne Headly United States
Masters of the Universe Gary Goddard Dolph Lundgren, Frank Langella, Meg Foster United States
Dead Man's Letters Konstantin Lopushansky Rolan Bykov, Iosif Ryklin Soviet Union antiutopia, post-apocalyptic film, psychological drama
Mr. India Shekhar Kapur Anil Kapoor, Sri Devi, Satish Kaushik, Amrish Puri, Annu Kapoor India
Nightflyers Robert Collector, Gene Warren Catherine Mary Stewart, John Standing, Michael Praed, Lisa Blount United States [17]
On the Silver Globe Andrzej Zulawski Andrzej Seweryn, Grazyna Dylag, Jerzy Trela Poland
Predator John McTiernan Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Elpidia Carrillo United States
Prison Ship Fred Olen Ray Ross Hagen, Sandy Brooke, Susan Stokey, John Carradine United States [nb 20][18][19]
Project X Jonathan Kaplan Matthew Broderick, Helen Hunt, William Sadler United States
RoboCop Paul Verhoeven Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Ronny Cox, Kurtwood Smith United States [nb 21]
Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honnêamise Hiroyuki Yamaga Japan Anime film
The Running Man Paul Michael Glaser Arnold Schwarzenegger, María Conchita Alonso, Richard Dawson United States
Spaceballs Mel Brooks Mel Brooks, Bill Pullman, John Candy, Rick Moranis, Daphne Zuniga United States
Slave Girls from Beyond Infinity Ken Dixon Elizabeth Kaitan, Cindy Beal, Brinke Stevens United States
Steel Dawn Lance Hool Patrick Swayze, Lisa Niemi, Brion James United States
The Stepford Children Alan J. Levi Barbara Eden, Don Murray, Randall Batinkoff, Tammy Lauren United States
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace Sidney J. Furie Christopher Reeve, Gene Hackman, Jackie Cooper, Margot Kidder, Mariel Hemingway, Jon Cryer, Sam Wanamaker United States
Wicked City Yoshiaki Kawajiri Japan Anime film
1988
Title Director Cast Country Sub-Genre/Notes
Akira Katsuhiro Ōtomo Japan Anime film
Alien from L.A. Albert Pyun Kathy Ireland, Thom Mathews, Don Michael Paul United States
Alien Nation Graham Baker James Caan, Mandy Patinkin, Terence Stamp United States [nb 22]
Andy Colby's Incredible Adventure Deborah Brock Randy Josselyn, Dianne Kay, Chuck Kovacic United States
The Blob Chuck Russell Kevin Dillon, Shawnee Smith, Donovan Leitch United States
Critters 2: The Main Course Mick Garris Scott Grimes, Liane Alexandra Curtis, Don Opper United States
Earth Girls Are Easy Julien Temple Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum, Julie Brown, Jim Carrey, Damon Wayans, Michael McKean United StatesUnited Kingdom
Killer Klowns from Outer Space Stephen Chiodo Grant Cramer, Suzanne Snyder, John Allen Nelson United States
The Lawless Land Jon Hess Nick Corri, Leon Robinson, Xander Berkeley, Amanda Peterson United States [20][21]
Light Years René Laloux France Animated film
Mac and Me Stewart Ratfill Christine Ebersole, Tina Caspary, Jonathan Ward United States [22][nb 23]
Midnight Movie Massacre Mark Stock, Larry Jacobs Robert Clarke, Anne Robinson, David Staffer, Tom Hutsler United States [23][24]
Miracle Mile Steve De Jarnatt Anthony Edwards, Mare Winningham, John Agar United States
Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack Yoshiyuki Tomino Japan Anime film
My Stepmother Is an Alien Richard Benjamin Kim Basinger, Dan Aykroyd, Alyson Hannigan, Jon Lovitz United States
The Nest Terence H. Winkless Robert Lansing, Lisa Langlois United States
Not of This Earth Jim Wynorski Traci Lords, Arthur Roberts United States
Pulse Paul Golding Cliff DeYoung, Roxanne Hart, Joey Lawrence United States
Short Circuit 2 Kenneth Johnson Fisher Stevens, Michael McKean, Cynthia Gibb United States
They Live John Carpenter Roddy Piper, Keith David, Meg Foster United States
Transformations Jay Kamen Rex Smith, Lisa Langlois, Patrick Macnee United States [25]
Warlords Fred Olen Ray, Sid Haig David Carradine, Dawn Wildsmith, Sid Haig United States [26]
World Gone Wild Lee H. Katzin Bruce Dern, Michael Paré, Catherine Mary Stewart United States [27]
1989
Title Director Cast Country Sub-Genre/Notes
Alienator Fred Olen Ray Jan-Michael Vincent, John Phillip Law, Ross Hagen United States
Arena Peter Manoogian Claudia Christian, Marc Alaimo Italy
The Abyss James Cameron Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Michael Biehn United States [nb 24]
Back to the Future Part II Robert Zemeckis Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Thomas F. Wilson United States
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure Stephen Herek Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, George Carlin United States
The Blood of Heroes David Webb Peoples Rutger Hauer, Joan Chen, Delroy Lindo Australia United States [28][29]
Bunker Palace Hôtel Enki Bilal Jean-Louis Trintignant, Carole Bouquet, Benoît Régent France [30]
Communion Philippe Mora Christopher Walken, Lindsay Crouse, Frances Sternhagen United States
Cyborg Albert Pyun Jean-Claude Van Damme, Deborah Richter United States
Deceit Albert Pyun Sam Phillips, Norbert Weisser, Scott Paulin United States
DeepStar Six Sean S. Cunningham Taurean Blacque, Nancy Everhard United States
The Five Star Stories Kazuo Yamazaki Japan Anime film
Ghostbusters II Ivan Reitman Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Sigourney Weaver, Ernie Hudson, Rick Moranis, Annie Potts, Peter MacNicol United States
Godzilla vs. Biollante Kazuki Ōmori Megumi Odaka, Yasuka Sawaguchi Japan
Hard to Be a God Peter Fleischmann Edward Zentara, Aleksandr Filippenko, Hugues Quester, Anne Gautier West Germany Soviet Union France Switzerland
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Joe Johnston Rick Moranis, Matt Frewer, Marcia Strassman United States
Jetsons: The Movie Joseph Barbera, William Hanna George O'Hanlon, Mel Blanc, Penny Singleton United States Animated film
Journey to the center of the earth Albert Pyun Kathy Ireland United States
Leviathan George Pan Cosmatos Peter Weller, Richard Crenna, Amanda Pays, Daniel Stern Italy United States
Lords of the Deep Mary Ann Fisher Bradford Dillman, Priscilla Barnes, Melody Ryane United States
Meet the Hollowheads Thomas R. Burman John Glover, Richard Portnow, Juliette Lewis United States [31][32]
Millennium Michael Anderson Kris Kristofferson, Cheryl Ladd, Daniel J. Travanti, Robert Joy United States
Moontrap Robert Dyke Walter Koenig, Bruce Campbell, Leigh Lombardi United States
Mutant on the Bounty Robert Torrance Kyle T. Heffner, Scott Williamson, John Durbin United States [33]
Patlabor: The Movie Mamoru Oshii Japan Anime film
The Return of Swamp Thing Jim Wynorski Louis Jourdan, Heather Locklear, Sarah Douglas United States
Slipstream Steven Lisberger Mark Hamill, Bob Peck, Bill Paxton, Ben Kingsley, F. Murray Abraham United Kingdom United States
Spontaneous Combustion Tobe Hooper Brad Dourif United States
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier William Shatner William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan United States [nb 25]
The Terror Within Thierry Notz George Kennedy, Andrew Stevens, Starr Andreeff United States
Tetsuo: The Iron Man Shinya Tsukamoto Tomoroh Taguchi, Kei Fujiwara, Shinya Tsukamoto Japan
Venus Wars Yoshikazu Yasuhiko Japan Anime film
A Visitor to a Museum Konstantin Lopushansky Viktor Mikhaylov, Vera Mayorova, Vadim Lobanov, Irina Rakshina Soviet Union Switzerland West Germany [34]

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  1. ^ Winner of Academy Awards for Visual Effects (special achievement award) and Sound, a Saturn Award for Best Science Fiction Film and a Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation. Highest grossing film of the year.
  2. ^ Won a BSFA Award for media presentation.
  3. ^ Won a Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, a BSFA Award for media presentation, and BAFTA Awards for Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, and Best Production Design/Art Direction.
  4. ^ Highest grossing film of the year. Winner of Academy Awards for Visual Effects, Sound Editing, Sound, and Original Music Score, a Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama and a Saturn Award for Best Science Fiction Film.
  5. ^ Also known as Warriors of the Wasteland.
  6. ^ Winner of Saturn Awards for Best Director and Best Actor.
  7. ^ Remake.
  8. ^ Won a Saturn Award for Best Costumes.
  9. ^ Alternate title: Battletruck.
  10. ^ Winner of an Academy Award for Visual Effects (Special Achievement Award), a Saturn Award for Best Science Fiction Film and a Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation. Highest grossing film of the year.
  11. ^ Won a Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation.
  12. ^ Winner of a Saturn Award for Best Science Fiction Film.
  13. ^ Won an Academy Award for Sound Editing, a Saturn Award for Best Science Fiction Film and a Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation. Highest grossing film of the year.
  14. ^ Winner of BAFTA Awards for Best Production Design and Best Special Visual Effects. Won a BSFA Award for media presentation.
  15. ^ Won an Academy Award for Visual Effects and Sound Editing, a Saturn Award for Best Science Fiction Film, a BSFA Award for media presentation and a Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation.
  16. ^ Winner of an Academy Award for Makeup.
  17. ^ Alternate title: Green Men From Outer Space
  18. ^ Received Razzie Awards for Worst Picture (tie), Worst Screenplay, Worst New Star and Worst Visual Effects.
  19. ^ Won an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects.
  20. ^ Also known as Star Slammer, the Escape.
  21. ^ Winner of an Academy Special Achievement Award for Sound Effects Editing and a Saturn Award for Best Science Fiction Film.
  22. ^ Won a Saturn Award for Best Science Fiction Film.
  23. ^ Winner of 1988 Raspberry awards for Worst New Star and Worst Director. Nominated for Worst Picture and Worst Screenplay.
  24. ^ Winner of an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects.
  25. ^ Received Razzie Awards for Worst Picture, Worst Actor and Worst Director.

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