14 Epic Sci-Fi Movies That DON’T Involve Aliens

1. Blindness

Sci-fi Genre: Epidemic/Plague Stars: Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo Why you should watch it: Brilliant concept, depicting scenes of the desperation of humanity. Beware, has some very disturbing scenes. Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50ipc3Oz44s

2. Another Earth

Sci-Fi Genre: Parrallel/Alternative Universe Stars: Brit Marling, William Mapother Why you should watch it: Although slow, it’s brilliantly shot, directed, and written. It’s thought provoking and has an ending that will stay with you for years. Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QlPfAYpnpuw

3. About Time

Sci-fi genre: Time Travel Stars: Rachel McAdams, Domhall Gleeson Why you should watch it: Humorous, interesting, and a FAIRLY accurate take on time travel AKA not many flaws/loopholes like the typical time travel movie. Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7A810duHvw

4. The Road

Sci-Fi Genre: Post-Apocalyptic Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Charlize Theron Why you should watch it: Based on an epic book, it captures a beautiful father-son relationship, think Rick and Carl minus lame ass Carl and add a cute kid. Beware, also has one very disturbing scene that haunts me to this day. Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94KcI0gLq1A

5. Mr. Nobody

Sci-Fi Genre: Dystopian, Alternate Timelines/lives Stars: Jared Leto, Diane Kruger Why you should watch it: Stunningly directed. Complex, an experience revolving around the notion of choice, and leaves you reflecting upon your own choices. (Also jared leto guys) Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpi0qsp3v_w

6. Ruby Sparks

Sci-Fi Genre: Magical Realism Stars: Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan Why you should watch it: A quirkier, clever-er movie than 500 days of Summer. Ruby is the new Summer, all hail Ruby. Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4RJYlSgDKM

7. Sound of My Voice

Sci-fi Genre: Time-Travel Stars: Brit Marling, Christopher Denham Why you should watch it: Interesting take on cults, and faith. The ending will leave you confused or amazed. Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W20Fl5m5FdM

8. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Sci-FI Genre: Advanced Technology Stars: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet Why you should watch it: Charming, smart, wonderful. If you could erase your ex from your memories, would you? Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnSgSe2GzDc

9. Moon (As mentioned in comments on previous post)

Sci-Fi Genre: Space & another that I can’t say or I will ruin it  Stars: Sam Rockwell, Kevin Spacey Why you should watch it: I will borrow a tagline from a previous commenter. A man works in a spaceship alone on a moon. He gets a visitor- him. Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twuScTcDP_Q

10. Children of Men

Sci-Fi Genre: Dystopian/Epidemic Stars: Clive Owens, Julianne Moore Why you should watch it: For one it is beautifully shot and directed. It’s about a world where women have been infertile for 20+ years. And suddenly, one gets pregnant. Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2VT2apoX90o  

11. Sunshine

Sci-Fi Genre: Space (No Aliens obvs they’re scary) Stars: Cillian Murphy, Chris Evans, Rose Byrne Why you should watch it: It’s a space movie without Aliens! It’s set in the future when the sun is about to go-out, so almost pre-apocalyptic. ALSO CHRIS EVANS *heart eyes* Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZ2-xR54UDU

12. Primer

Sci-Fi Genre: Time-Travel Stars: Shane Carruth, David Sullivan Why you should watch it: An amazing low budget indie that all my physics major friends say is the most accurate depiction of time-travel. Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4CC60HJvZRE 

13. TiMER

Sci-Fi Genre: Advanced Technology Stars: Emma Caulfeild, John Patrick Amedori Why you should watch it: It’s about an implanted device that tells you the exact time you will meet your soulmate. Almost everyone has one. The movie weighs the pros and cons of knowledge of the future. Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Iq_KE61Gio

14. Frailty

Sci-Fi Genre: Biblical?Angelic? Stars: Bill Paxton, Matthew McConaughey Why you should watch it: It stars a young Matthew McConaughey, and explores faith and belief. Bill Paxton plays a father who claims he can ‘see’ those possessed by demons, and gets his sons to assist in the killing of them. Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mW6TlPMHXgk