2020 Science Fiction Movies Ranked from Best to Worst

The COVID-19 pandemic ruined the year for moviegoers. What was once believed to be the best year of movie releases of all-time, turned out to be a mediocre showing.

Regardless, they weren’t all bad movies last year. Some were tolerable. None stood out from another. Check out the list below, which I have ranked using IMDB ratings.

How many of these have you seen? Which is your favorite?

1. Tenet

Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 150 min
Plot: Armed with only one word, Tenet, and fighting for the survival of the entire world, a Protagonist journeys through a twilight world of international espionage on a mission that will unfold in something beyond real-time.
Director: Christopher Nolan
Stars: John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Juhan Ulfsak

Tenet (2020) on IMDb

2. The Invisible Man

Rating: R
Runtime: 124 min.
Plot: When Cecilia’s abusive ex takes his own life and leaves her his fortune, she suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of coincidences turn lethal, Cecilia works to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see.
Director: Leigh Whannell
Stars: Elisabeth Moss, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Harriet Dyer, Aldis Hodge

The Invisible Man (2020) on IMDb

3. Little Fish

Rating: N/A
Runtime: 101 min.
Plot: A couple fights to hold their relationship together as a memory loss virus spreads and threatens to erase the history of their love and courtship.
Director: Chad Hartigan
Stars: Olivia Cooke, Jack O’Connell, Soko, Raúl Castillo

Little Fish (2020) on IMDb

4. The Call

Rating: N/A
Runtime: 112 min.
Plot: Two people live in different times. Seo-Yeon lives in the present and Young-Sook lives in the past. One phone call connects the two, and their lives are changed irrevocably.
Director: Chung-Hyun Lee
Stars: Park Shin-Hye, Jong-seo Jun, Sung-ryung Kim, El Lee

The Call (2020) on IMDb

5. Psycho Goreman

Rating: N/A
Runtime: 99 min.
Plot: After unearthing a gem that controls an evil monster looking to destroy the Universe, a young girl and her brother use it to make him do their bidding.
Director: Steven Kostanski
Stars: Matthew Ninaber, Kristen MacCulloch, Rick Amsbury, Adam Brooks

Psycho Goreman (2020) on IMDb

6. Come True

Rating: N/A
Runtime: 105 min.
Plot: A teenage runaway takes part in a sleep study that becomes a nightmarish descent into the depths of her mind and a frightening examination of the power of dreams.
Director: Anthony Scott Burns
Stars: Landon Liboiron, Skylar Radzion, Julia Sarah Stone, Tiffany Helm

Come True (2020) on IMDb

7. Sonic the Hedgehog

Rating: PG

Runtime: 99 min.

Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) on IMDb

Plot: After discovering a small, blue, fast hedgehog, a small-town police officer must help him defeat an evil genius who wants to do experiments on him.

Director: Jeff Fowler

Stars: Ben Schwartz, James Marsden, Jim Carrey, Tika Sumpter

8. Possessor

Rating: R

Runtime: 103 min.

Possessor (2020) on IMDb

Plot: Possessor follows an agent who works for a secretive organization that uses brain-implant technology to inhabit other people’s bodies – ultimately driving them to commit assassinations for high-paying clients.

Director: Brandon Croneberg

Stars: Andrea Riseborough, Christopher Abbott, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rossif Sutherland

9. Sputnik

Rating: N/A

Runtime: 113 min.

Sputnik (2020) on IMDb

Plot: The lone survivor of an enigmatic spaceship incident hasn’t returned back home alone-hiding inside his body is a dangerous creature.

Director: Egor Abramenko

Stars: Oksana Akinshina, Fedor Bondarchuk, Pyotr Fyodorov, Anton Vasilev

10. Archive

Rating: TV-MA

Runtime: 109 min.

Archive (2020) on IMDb

Plot: 2038: George Almore is working on a true human-equivalent AI. His latest prototype is almost ready. This sensitive phase is also the riskiest. Especially as he has a goal that must be hidden at all costs: being reunited with his dead wife.

Director: Gavin Rothery

Stars: Theo James, Stacy Martin, Rhona Mitra, Peter Ferdinando

11. #Alive

Rating: TV-MA

Runtime: 98 min.

#Alive (2020) on IMDb

Plot: The rapid spread of an unknown infection has left an entire city in ungovernable chaos, but one survivor remains alive in isolation. It is his story.

Director: Il Cho

Stars: Yoo Ah-In, Park Shin-Hye, Jeon Bae-soo, Hyun-Wook Lee

12. Black Box

Rating: Not Rated

Runtime: 100 min.

Black Box (2020) on IMDb

Plot: After losing his wife and his memory in a car accident, a single father undergoes an agonizing experimental treatment that causes him to question who he really is.

Director: Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour

Stars: Mamoudou Athie, Phylicia Rashad, Amanda Christine, Tosin Morohunfola

13. Bill & Ted Face the Music

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 91 min.

Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) on IMDb

Plot: Once told they’d save the universe during a time-traveling adventure, 2 would-be rockers from San Dimas, California find themselves as middle-aged dads still trying to crank out a hit song and fulfill their destiny.

Director: Dean Parisot

Stars: Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, Kristen Schaal, Samara Weaving

14. Project Power

Rating: R

Runtime: 113 min.

Project Power (2020) on IMDb

Plot: When a pill that gives its users unpredictable superpowers for five minutes hits the streets of New Orleans, a teenage dealer and a local cop must team with an ex-soldier to take down the group responsible for its creation.

Director: Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman

Stars: Jamie Foxx, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Dominique Fishback, Rodrigo Santoro

15. The Intergalactic Adventures of Max Cloud

Rating: N/A

Runtime: 88 min.

The Intergalactic Adventures of Max Cloud (2020) on IMDb

Plot: A space cruiser crashes on a planet that is home to an intergalactic prison.

Director: Martin Owen

Stars: Scott Adkins, John Hannah, Lashana Lynch, Elliot James Langridge

16. Underwater

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 95 min.

Underwater (2020) on IMDb

Plot: A crew of oceanic researchers working for a deep sea drilling company try to get to safety after a mysterious earthquake devastates their deepwater research and drilling facility located at the bottom of the Mariana Trench.

Director: William Eubank

Stars: Kristen Stewart, Vincent Cassel, Mamoudou Athie, T.J. Miller

17. Bloodshot

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 109 min.

Bloodshot (2020) on IMDb

Plot: Ray Garrison, a slain soldier, is re-animated with superpowers.

Director: Dave Wilson

Stars: Vin Diesel, Eiza González, Sam Heughan, Toby Kebbell

18. Save Yourselves!

Rating: R

Runtime: 93 min.

Save Yourselves! (2020) on IMDb

Plot: A young Brooklyn couple heads to an upstate cabin to unplug from their phones and reconnect with each other. Blissfully unaware of their surroundings, they are left to their own devices as the planet falls under attack.

Director: Alex Huston Fischer, Eleanor Wilson

Stars: Sunita Mani, John Reynolds, Ben Sinclair, John Early

19. Come Play

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 96 min.

Come Play (2020) on IMDb

Plot: A monster named Larry manifests itself through smart phones and mobile devices. Feature film version of the 2017 short film.

Director: Jacob Chase

Stars: Azhy Robertson, Gillian Jacobs, John Gallagher Jr., Winslow Fegley

20. The Midnight Sky

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 114 min.

The Midnight Sky (2020) on IMDb

Plot: This post-apocalyptic tale follows Augustine, a lonely scientist in the Arctic, as he races to stop Sully and her fellow astronauts from returning home to a mysterious global catastrophe.

Director: George Clooney

Stars: George Clooney, Felicity Jones, David Oyelowo, Caoilinn Springall

21. Invasion (Vtorzhenie)

Rating: Not Rated

Runtime: 134 min.

Invasion (2020) on IMDb

Plot: With the fall of the alien ship Julia’s life changed, now three years later mankind is about to experience new encounter.

Director: Fedor Bondarchuk

Stars: Irina Starshenbaum, Rinal Mukhametov, Alexander Petrov, Yuriy Borisov

22. Proximity

Rating: Not Rated

Runtime: 119 min.

Proximity (2020) on IMDb

Plot: A young NASA JPL scientist is abducted by extraterrestrials but when no one believes his story he becomes obsessed with finding proof which leads him on a journey of discovery.

Director: Eric Demeusy

Stars: Ryan Masson, Highdee Kuan, Christian Prentice, Shaw Jones

23. Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula

Rating: N/A

Runtime: 116 min.

Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula (2020) on IMDb

Plot: A zombie virus has in the last 4 years spread to all South Korea. 4 Koreans in HK sail thru the blockade to Incheon for USD20,000,000 on a truck.

Director: Sang-ho Yeon

Stars: Dong-won Gang, Lee Jung-hyun, Re Lee, Hae-hyo Kwon

24. The New Mutants

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 94 min.

The New Mutants (2020) on IMDb

Plot: Five young mutants, just discovering their abilities while held in a secret facility against their will, fight to escape their past sins and save themselves.

Director: Josh Boone

Stars: Maisie Williams, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Heaton, Alice Braga

25. Monsters of Man

Rating: N/A

Runtime: 131 min.

Monsters of Man (2020) on IMDb

Plot: A US weapons manufacturer tests its 4 killer robots on heroin producers in the Golden Triangle in SEAsia. It goes haywire.

Director: Mark Toia

Stars: Neal McDonough, Brett Tutor, Jose Rosete, David Haverty

26. Superintelligence

Rating: PG

Runtime: 106 min.

Superintelligence (2020) on IMDb

Plot: When an all-powerful Superintelligence chooses to study average Carol Peters, the fate of the world hangs in the balance. As the A.I. decides to enslave, save or destroy humanity, it’s up to Carol to prove that people are worth saving.

Director: Ben Falcone

Stars: Melissa McCarthy, James Corden, Bobby Cannavale, Brian Tyree Henry

27. 2067

Rating: Not Rated

Runtime: 114 min.

2067 (2020) on IMDb

Plot: One man’s journey to the future to save a dying world.

Director: Seth Larney

Stars: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Ryan Kwanten, Sana’a Shaik, Deborah Mailman

28. The Promised Neverland



The Promised Neverland (2020) on IMDb

Plot: A group of the smartest kids at a seemingly perfect orphanage uncover its dark secret, and set in motion a dangerous and desperate escape plan.

Director: Yûichirô Hirakawa

Stars: Miyu Andô, Minami Hamabe, Rihito Itagaki

29. Deep Blue Sea 3

Rating: R

Runtime: 99 min.

Deep Blue Sea 3 (2020) on IMDb

Plot: Studying the effects of climate change off the coast of Mozambique, a marine biologist and her team confront three genetically enhanced bull sharks. Now, a new bloodbath is waiting to happen in the name of science. Will humans never learn?

Director: John Pogue

Stars: Tania Raymonde, Nathaniel Buzolic, Emerson Brooks, Bren Foster

30. Skylines (Skyline 3)

Rating: R

Runtime: 113 min.

Skylines (2020) on IMDb

Plot: When a virus threatens to turn the now earth-dwelling friendly alien hybrids against humans, Captain Rose Corley must lead a team of elite mercenaries on a mission to the alien world in order to save what’s left of humanity.

Director: Liam O’Donnell

Stars: Lindsey Morgan, Jonathan Howard, Daniel Bernhardt, Rhona Mitra

31. Songbird

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 84 min.

Songbird (2020) on IMDb

Plot: In 2024 a pandemic ravages the world and its cities. Centering on a handful of people as they navigate the obstacles currently hindering society: disease, martial law, quarantine, and vigilantes.

Director: Adam Mason

Stars: K.J. Apa, Sofia Carson, Craig Robinson, Bradley Whitford

32. What Lies Below

Rating: N/A

Runtime: 87 min.

What Lies Below (2020) on IMDb

Plot: A 16 year-old girl returns home from camp and learns that her mother has a new boyfriend, one she intends to marry; a man whose charm, intelligence and beauty make him look like he’s not human at all.

Director: Braden R. Duemmler

Stars: Ema Horvath, Troy Iwata, Danny Corbo, Mena Suvari

33. Cosmoball

Rating: N/A

Runtime: 118 min.

Cosmoball (2020) on IMDb

Plot: An enormous spaceship hovers over Earth-this is a stadium, which hosts sports events that resemble soccer but at mind-boggling speeds. The name of the game is cosmoball.

Director: Dzhanik Fayziev

Stars: Viktoriya Agalakova, Georgiy Bestaev, Khristina Blokhina, Valeriya Bukhina

34. Go/Don’t Go

Rating: N/A

Runtime: 91 min.

Go/Don't Go (2020) on IMDb

Plot: Caught between a lost love story and inescapable paranoia, “Go / Don’t Go” is a genre-bending slow burn thriller that follows Adam, a wallflower who happens to be the last person left alive-or so he thinks.

Director: Alex Knapp

Cast: Alex Knapp, Olivia Luccardi, Nore Davis, Thomas Essig

35. Algorithm: BLISS

Rating: N/A

Runtime: 101 min.

Algorithm: BLISS (2020) on IMDb

Plot: Vic Beckett, a brilliant researcher, creates the ultimate App that taps into the pleasure center of the brain and transmits a feeling of nirvana to the user.

Director: Isak Borg, Dena Hysell-Cornejo

Stars: Sarah Roemer, Sean Faris, James Saito, Thomas Kopache

36. Breach

Rating: R

Runtime: 92 min.

Breach (2020) on IMDb

Plot: On the cusp of fatherhood, a junior mechanic aboard an interstellar ark to New Earth must outwit a malevolent cosmic terror intent on using the spaceship as a weapon.

Director: John Suits

Stars: Cody Kearsley, Bruce Willis, Rachel Nichols, Kassandra Clementi

37. The Last Days of American Crime

Rating: TV-MA

Runtime: 148 min.

The Last Days of American Crime (2020) on IMDb

Plot: In the not-too-distant future, as a final response to terrorism and crime, the U.S. government plans to broadcast a signal making it impossible for anyone to knowingly commit unlawful acts.

Director: Olivier Megaton

Starring: Neels Clasen, Edgar Ramírez, Tony Caprari, Kate Normington

38. Nina of the Woods

Rating: N/A

Runtime: 91 min.

Nina of the Woods (2020) on IMDb

Plot: A meditative new take on the thriller genre that follows Nina, an aspiring actress, after she agrees to lend her “local authenticity” to a supernatural reality TV show.

Director: Charlie Graik

Cast: Megan Hensley, Stacey Thunder, Emily Fradenburgh, Andrew Stecker

39. Jiu Jitsu

Rating: R

Runtime: 102 min.

Jiu Jitsu (2020) on IMDb

Plot: Every six years, an ancient order of jiu-jitsu fighters joins forces to battle a vicious race of alien invaders. But when a celebrated war hero goes down in defeat, the fate of the planet and mankind hangs in the balance.

Director: Dimitri Logothetis

Stars: Alain Moussi, Nicolas Cage, Raymond Pinharry, Mary Makariou

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