Check out our picks for the best sci-fi movies of 1982. These sci-fi films our rated as our top movies of 1982. New movies are added everyday and we are dedicated to including every sci-fi movie ever made.
1982 Sci-Fi Movies List
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
PG | 1h 55min | 115min | 11 Jun 1982Score: 8.93/10
Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Dee Wallace, Drew Barrymore, Henry Thomas, Anne Lockhart, Ted Grossman
Synopsis: After a gentle alien becomes stranded on Earth, the being is discovered and befriended by a young boy named Elliott. Bringing the extraterrestrial into his suburban California house, Elliott introduces E.T., as the alien is dubbed, to his brother and his little sister, Gertie, and the children decide to keep its existence a secret. Soon, however, E.T. falls ill, resulting in government intervention and a dire situation for both Elliott and the alien.
Tagline: He is afraid. He is totally alone. He is 3 million light years from home.
The Thing (1982)
R | 1h 49min | 109min | 25 Jun 1982Score: 8.29/10
Director: John Carpenter
Starring: Kurt Russell, Adrienne Barbeau, John Carpenter, Keith David, Norbert Weisser
Synopsis: A US research station, Antarctica, early-winter 1982. The base is suddenly buzzed by a helicopter from the nearby Norwegian research station. They are trying to kill a dog that has escaped from their base. After the destruction of the Norwegian chopper the members of the US team fly to the Norwegian base, only to discover them all dead or missing. They do find the remains of a strange creature the Norwegians burned. The Americans take it to their base and deduce that it is an alien life form. After a while it is apparent that the alien can take over…
Tagline: Anytime. Anywhere. Anyone.
The Secret of NIMH (1982)
G | 1h 22min | 82min | 16 Jul 1982Score: 8.27/10
Director: Don Bluth
Starring: Arthur Malet, John Carradine, Derek Jacobi, Wil Wheaton, Paul Williams
Synopsis: Mrs. Brisby, a widowed mouse, lives in a cinder block with her children on the Fitzgibbon farm. She is preparing to move her family out of the field they live in as plowing time approaches, however her son Timothy has fallen ill, and moving him could prove fatal. Mrs. Brisby visits The Great Owl, a wise creature who advises her to visit a mysterious group of rats who live beneath a rose bush on the farm. Upon visiting the rats, Brisby meets Nicodemus, the wise and mystical leader of the rats, and Justin, a friendly rat who immediately becomes attached…
Tagline: Right before your eyes and beyond your wildest dreams.
Blade Runner (1982)
R | 1h 57min | 117min | 25 Jun 1982Score: 8.11/10
Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Joanna Cassidy, Rutger Hauer, Harrison Ford, Sean Young, Daryl Hannah
Synopsis: In the 21st century, a corporation develops human clones to be used as slaves in colonies outside the Earth, identified as replicants. In 2019, a former police officer is hired to hunt down a fugitive group of clones living undercover in Los Angeles.
Tagline: A Futuristic Vision Perfected [2007 Final Cut]
Liquid Sky (1982)
R | 1h 52min | 112min | 15 Apr 1983Score: 7.8/10
Director: Slava Tsukerman
Starring: David White, Paula E. Sheppard, Ben Barenholtz, Jeff Most, Nina V. Kerova
Synopsis: Invisible aliens in a tiny flying saucer come to Earth looking for heroin. They land on top of a New York apartment inhabited by a drug dealer and her female, androgynous, bisexual nymphomaniac lover, a fashion model. The aliens soon find the human pheromones created in the brain during orgasm preferable to heroin, and the model's casual sex partners begin to disappear. This increasingly bizarre scenario is observed by a lonely woman in the building across the street, a German scientist who is following the aliens, and an equally androgynous, drug-addicted male model. (Both models are played by Anne Carlisle,…
Tagline: Strange Aliens having bizarre orgasms!
Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
PG | 1h 53min | 113min | 04 Jun 1982Score: 7.73/10
Director: Nicholas Meyer
Starring: Nicholas Guest, William Shatner, Paul Winfield, Tom Morga, John Gibson
Synopsis: It is the 23rd century. Admiral James T. Kirk is an instructor at Starfleet Academy and feeling old; the prospect of attending his ship, the USS Enterprise--now a training ship--on a two-week cadet cruise does not make him feel any younger. But the training cruise becomes a deadly serious mission when his nemesis Khan Noonien Singh--infamous conqueror from late 20th century Earth--appears after years of exile. Khan later revealed that the planet Ceti Alpha VI exploded, and shifted the orbit of the fifth planet as a Mars-like haven. He begins capturing Project Genesis, a top secret device holding the power…
Tagline: At the end of the universe lies the beginning of vengeance.
PG | 1h 36min | 96min | 09 Jul 1982Score: 6.57/10
Director: Steven Lisberger
Starring: David Warner, Jeff Bridges, Bob Neill, Jerry Maren, Ted White
Synopsis: Hacker/arcade owner Kevin Flynn is digitally broken down into a data stream by a villainous software pirate known as Master Control and reconstituted into the internal, 3-D graphical world of computers. It is there, in the ultimate blazingly colorful, geometrically intense landscapes of cyberspace, that Flynn joins forces with Tron to outmaneuver the Master Control Program that holds them captive in the equivalent of a gigantic, infinitely challenging computer game.
Tagline: The Electronic Gladiator
Swamp Thing (1982)
PG | 1h 31min | 91min | 19 Feb 1982Score: 5.78/10
Director: Wes Craven
Starring: Ray Wise, Adrienne Barbeau, Mimi Craven, Nicholas Worth, David Hess
Synopsis: Dr. Alec Holland, hidden away in the depths of a murky swamp, is trying to create a new species - a combination of animal and plant capable of adapting and thriving in the harshest conditions. Unfortunately he becomes subject of his own creation and is transformed . . . Arcane, desperate for the formula attempts to capture the Swamp Thing. An explosive chase ensues that ultimately ends with a confrontation between Holland and a changed Arcane . . .
Tagline: Science transformed him into a monster. Love changed him even more!
Forbidden World (1982)
R | 1h 17min | 77min | 07 May 1982Score: 5.6/10
Director: Allan Holzman
Starring: Scott Paulin, Michael Bowen, Ray Oliver, Victor Warren, June Chadwick
Synopsis: On planet Xarbia, an experimental life form, Subject 20, has been created by an elite group of researchers in hopes of preventing a galactic food crisis. However, when Subject 20 becomes deadly, the best troubleshooter in the Galaxy is called in to investigate.
Tagline: A Science Fiction Horror Adventure That'll Blow You Away!
Silent Rage (1982)
R | 1h 43min | 103min | 02 Apr 1982Score: 4.98/10
Director: Michael Miller
Starring: Joe Farago, Mike Johnson, Brian Libby, Ron Silver, Linda Tatum
Synopsis: Dan Stevens is the sheriff of a small Texas town who checks out a disturbance which turns to murder. The killer is still in the house and he tries to kill Dan, but Dan stops him and arrests him. The killer attempts to flee, but is shot and killed and is taken to a medical institute. Three doctors, led by Dr. Philip Spires, operate on the killer and using a formula the doctors made, they bring him back to life. If that's not bad enough, the formula also made the killer indestructible. Dr. Tom Halman tries to stop the killer,…
Tagline: The king of martial arts versus a bionic killing machine!
R | 1h 21min | 81min | 07 Jan 1983Score: 4.45/10
Director: Harry Bromley Davenport
Starring: Peter Mandell, Robert Fyfe, Vanya Seager, Bernice Stegers, Philip Sayer
Synopsis: Tony's father Sam, abducted by aliens three years earlier, returns to earth and seeks out his wife and son, but Rachel has since been living with Joe and the reunion is awkward. Joe doesn't trust Sam, and Rachel can't quite decide what her feelings are for her two men. Sam is not the same as when he left, and he begins affecting Tony in frightening ways.
Tagline: A brutal excursion in terror
R | 1h 20min | 80minScore: 4.21/10
Directors: Don Dohler, Dave Geatty
Starring: Kim Pfeiffer, Chris Burke, George Stover, Jerry Schuerholz, Steve Sandkuhler
Synopsis: Baltimore filmaker Don Dohler does an update on his 1979 film "The Alien Factor" this time only a single alien(reptilian looking)crash landing near a small town and going on a rampage.
Tagline: The Sci-Fi Thriller Made in Baltimore!
Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)
R | 1h 38min | 98min | 22 Oct 1982Score: 4.08/10
Director: Tommy Lee Wallace
Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Atkins, Dick Warlock, Nancy Kyes, Tommy Lee Wallace
Synopsis: An apparent murder-suicide in a hospital emergency room leads to an investigation by the on-call doctor, which reveals a plot by an insane toymaker to kill as many people as possible during Halloween through an ancient Celtic ritual involving a stolen boulder from Stonehenge and Halloween masks.
Tagline: ...and now the earth will run with blood again!
Deadly Eyes (1982)
R | 1h 27min | 87min | 01 Apr 1983Score: 3.91/10
Director: Robert Clouse
Starring: Michael Hogan, David Hughes, Scatman Crothers, Roger Dunn, Charles Jolliffe
Synopsis: Corn grain contaminated with steroids produces large rats the size of small dogs who begin feeding on the residents of Toronto. Paul, a college basketball coach, teams up with Kelly, a local health inspector, to uncover the source of the mysterious rat attacks and they eventually try to prevent the opening of a new subway line as well as find the mutant rats nest quickly, or there will be a huge massacre of the entire city!
Tagline: Tonight they will rise from the darkness beneath the city... to feed!
R | 1h 25min | 85min | 12 Mar 1982Score: 2.35/10
Director: Charles Band
Starring: Demi Moore, Cherie Currie, Cheryl Smith, Scott Thomson, Al Fann
Synopsis: Paul Dean has created a deadly parasite that is now attached to his stomach. He and his female companion, Patricia Welles, must find a way to destroy it while also trying to avoid Ricus, his rednecks, and an evil government agent named Merchant.
Tagline: Once it gets inside you, it will do anything to get out!
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