Check out our picks for the best sci-fi movies of 1984. These sci-fi films our rated as our top movies of 1984. New movies are added everyday and we are dedicated to including every sci-fi movie ever made.
1984 Sci-Fi Movies List
The Terminator (1984)
R | 1h 47min | 107min | 26 Oct 1984Score: 8.83/10
Director: James Cameron
Starring: Lance Henriksen, Dick Miller, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn
Synopsis: A cyborg is sent from the future on a deadly mission. He has to kill Sarah Connor, a young woman whose life will have a great significance in years to come. Sarah has only one protector - Kyle Reese - also sent from the future. The Terminator uses his exceptional intelligence and strength to find Sarah, but is there any way to stop the seemingly indestructible cyborg ?
Tagline: La sua missione e una sola: distruggere, uccidere... (His one and only mission: to destroy, to kill...) (Italian DVD)
R | 1h 52min | 112min | 23 Sep 1984Score: 8.65/10
Director: Mick Jackson
Starring: Joe Belcher, Ashley Barker, Dean Williamson, Ingrid P. Frehley, Ed Bishop
Synopsis: Documentary style account of a nuclear holocaust and its effect on the working class city of Sheffield, England; and the eventual long running effects of nuclear war on civilization.
Tagline: The end of the world as we know it.
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
PG | 1h 57min | 117min | 11 Mar 1984Score: 8.47/10
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Starring: Frank Welker, Patrick Stewart, Peter Cullen, Shia LaBeouf, Chris Sarandon
Synopsis: An animated fantasy-adventure. Set 1,000 years from now, the earth is ravaged by pollution and war. In the Valley of the Wind lives Nausicaa, princess of her people. Their land borders on a toxic jungle, filled with dangerous over-sized insects. Meanwhile two nearby nations are bitterly engaged in a war and the Valley of the Wind is stuck in the middle...
Tagline: Miyazaki's epic masterpiece (2005 Disney release)
PG | 1h 45min | 105min | 08 Jun 1984Score: 7.78/10
Director: Ivan Reitman
Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Adrienne King, Ernie Hudson, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray
Synopsis: Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz and Egon Spengler work at Columbia University. where they delve into the paranormal and fiddle with many unethical experiments on their students. As they are kicked out of the University, they really understand the paranormal and go into business for themselves. Under the new snazzy business name of 'Ghostbusters', and living in the old firehouse building they work out of, they are called to rid New York City of paranormal phenomenon at everyone's whim. - for a price. They make national press as the media reports the Ghostbusters are the cause of it all. Thrown in…
Tagline: Here to save the world again. [re-release]
PG | 1h 55min | 115min | 14 Dec 1984Score: 7.4/10
Director: John Carpenter
Starring: George 'Buck' Flower, John Carpenter, Jeff Bridges, Ted White, Dirk Blocker
Synopsis: Jenny Hayden never did get over the death of her husband. So when an alien life form decides to model "himself" on the husband, Jenny is understandably confused if not terrified. The alien, or Starman, as he is called, has a deadline to meet, and kidnaps Jenny in order to meet it.
Tagline: In 1977 Voyager II was launched into space, inviting all lifeforms in the universe to visit our planet. Get ready. Company's coming.
Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984)
R | 1h 53min | 113min | 22 Mar 1985Score: 7.33/10
Director: Michael Radford
Starring: John Hurt, Fred Wood, Lucien Morgan, Suzanna Hamilton, Richard Burton
Synopsis: In the year 1984, rocket bombs and rats prey on the inhabitants of the crumbling metropolis of London. Far away on the Malabar Front, a seemingly interminable war rages against Eastasia. The Ministry of Truth broadcasts ceaselessly to the population via its inescapable network of telescreens. These devices, which pervade all aspects of peoples' lives, are also capable of monitoring their every word and action. They form part of an elaborate surveillance system used by the Ministry of Love, and its dreaded agents the Thought Police, to serve their singular goal: the elimination of 'thoughtcrime'. Winston Smith is a Party…
PG-13 | 1h 16min | 76min | 22 May 1985Score: 7.2/10
Director: Charles Band
Starring: Michael McGrady, Helen Kelly, Tim Thomerson, Peter Schrum, Brad Logan
Synopsis: Jack Deth is a kind of cop/bounty hunter in the bleak Los Angeles of the future. He's become obssessed with chasing Whistler - an evil criminal who uses powerful hypnotic powers to convert people into zombie like creatures known as trancers. Whistler has managed to escape through time travel and is loose in 1980s L.A. but Deth is on his trail.
Tagline: 2247 collides with 1985 . . . when a 23rd century crime fighter heats it up in L.A., today
Night of the Comet (1984)
R | 1h 35min | 95min | 16 Nov 1984Score: 7.2/10
Director: Thom Eberhardt
Starring: Geoffrey Lewis, Michael Bowen, Mary Woronov, John Stuart West, Dale E. House
Synopsis: It's the first comet to buzz our planet Earth in 65 million years, and everyone seems to be celebrating its imminent arrival. Everyone except Regina Belmont, and her younger sister Samantha, two Valley Girls who care more about fashion trends than celestial phenomena. But upon daybreak, when the girls discover that they are the only residents of Los Angeles whom the comet hasn't vaporized or turned into a zombie, they would do what all Valley Girls do - they go shopping. However, with the help of a friendly truck driver, the girls save Earth and escape from flesh-eating zombies and…
Tagline: It was the last thing on earth they ever expected.
PG | 1h 56min | 116min | 07 Dec 1984Score: 6.17/10
Director: Peter Hyams
Starring: Roy Scheider, Robert Lesser, Herta Ware, John Lithgow, Bob Balaban
Synopsis: In this sequel to 2001: A Space Odyssey, a joint American- Soviet expedition is sent to Jupiter to discover what went wrong with the U.S.S. Discovery against a backdrop of growing global tensions. Among the mysteries the expedition must explain are the appearance of a huge black monolith in Jupiter's orbit and the fate of H.A.L., the Discovery's sentient computer. Based on a novel written by Arthur C. Clarke.
Tagline: Something wonderful is about to happen [Australia Theatrical]
PG-13 | 2h 17min | 137min | 14 Dec 1984Score: 5.94/10
Director: David Lynch
Starring: Brad Dourif, Patrick Stewart, Max von Sydow, Virginia Madsen, Leonardo Cimino
Synopsis: In the distant year of 10191, all the planets of the known Universe are under the control of Padishah Emperor Shaddam IV and the most important commodity in the Universe is a substance called the spice "MELANGE" which is said to have the power of extending life, expanding the consciousness and even to "fold space" ; being able to travel to any distance without physically moving. This spice "MELANGE" is said to only be produced in the desert planet of Arrakis, where the FREMEN people have the prophecy of a man who will lead them to true freedom. This "desert…
Tagline: You are about to enter a world where the unexpected, the unknown, and the unbelievable meet.
The Toxic Avenger (1984)
R | 1h 22min | 82min | 11 Apr 1986Score: 5.8/10
Directors: Michael Herz, Lloyd Kaufman
Starring: Patrick Kilpatrick, Scott Leva, Andrew Craig, Marisa Tomei, Richard Duggan
Synopsis: This is the story of Melvin, the Tromaville Health Club mop boy, who inadvertently and naively trusts the hedonistic, contemptuous and vain health club members, to the point of accidentally ending up in a vat of toxic waste. The devastating results then have a transmogrification effect, his alter ego is released, and the Toxic Avenger is born, to deadly and comical results. The local mop boy is now the local Superhero, the saviour of corruption, thuggish bullies and indifference. Troma classic with good make-up effects and stunts, a pleasant surprise indeed.
Tagline: Not all monsters are scary to people. Not if it's one fighting crime in the Garden State.
R | 1h 28min | 88min | 31 Aug 1984Score: 5.18/10
Director: Douglas Cheek
Starring: John Goodman, Frankie Faison, John Heard, J.C. Quinn, Ivar Brogger
Synopsis: A rash of bizarre murders in New York City seems to point to a group of grotesquely deformed vagrants living in the sewers. A courageous policeman, a photo journalist and his girlfriend, and a nutty bum, who seems to know a lot about the creatures, band together to try and determine what the creatures are and how to stop them.
Tagline: Ugly. Slobbering. Ferocious. Carnivorous.
R | 1h 54min | 114min | 11 May 1984Score: 4.96/10
Director: Mark L. Lester
Starring: Drew Barrymore, Dick Warlock, George P. Wilbur, Laura Warner, Martin Sheen
Synopsis: Andrew and Vicky McGee met while earning money as guinea pigs for an experiment at college. The experiment was shrouded in suspicion and mystery, and seemed to be related to psychic abilities. The two were married and had a daughter, Charlie, who has the ability to start fires by merely thinking about it, also known as pyrokinesis. Naturally, the government takes a great interest in Charlie, and operatives from the secret department known as "The Shop" want to quarantine and study her.
Tagline: She has the power . . . an evil destructive force.
Blood Suckers from Outer Space (1984)
R | 1h 19min | 79minScore: 4.94/10
Director: Glen Coburn
Starring: Thom Meyers, Dennis Letts, Robert Bradeen, Kris Nicolau-Sharpley, Big John Brigham
Synopsis: Farmers in Texas become brainwashed bloodsuckers.
Tagline: Nobody Can Escape ...
Invitation to Hell (1984)
R | 1h 36min | 96min | 24 May 1984Score: 4.75/10
Director: Wes Craven
Starring: Michael Berryman, Joanna Cassidy, Billy Beck, Bruce Gray, Nicholas Worth
Synopsis: A scientist and his family move to a new town. He meets the local celebrity the beautiful who runs the local health club to which everyone is a member and makes him suspicious. Intrigued he investigates further and uncovers a terrifying plot.
Tagline: Horror Master Wes Craven turns a family's lifelong dream into their worst nightmare.
The Dungeonmaster (1984)
PG-13 | 1h 13min | 73minScore: 4.39/10
Directors: Charles Band, John Carl Buechler, Ted Nicolaou, Peter Manoogian, David Allen …
Starring: Phil Fondacaro, Felix Silla, Richard Moll, Peter Kent, John Carl Buechler
Synopsis: Paul, a computer whiz who spends more time with his machine than with his girlfriend, finds that he has been chosen as a worthy opponent for Mestema, and evil wizard who has spent centuries searching for a challenging foe. After having his computer changed into wristband weapon, Paul does battle with a variety of monsters before finally coming face to face with the ultimate adversary.
Tagline: He is the overlord of strange beasts and stolen souls ...
Godzilla 1985 (1984)
PG | 1h 43min | 103min | 23 Aug 1985Score: 3.75/10
Directors: R.J. Kizer, Koji Hashimoto
Starring: Lara Cody, Gregory Snegoff, Paul Willson, Mizuho Suzuki, Tony Plana
Synopsis: A reporter investigates the disappearance of a ship. He finds the ship and discovers that all the hands have been killed by a giant sea louse except for one. The lone survivor then tells the reporter that the ship was attacked by Godzilla (Gojira). Fearing a panic, the Japanese government then takes the survivor into custody to keep him from revealing that Godzilla has returned. However, a Soviet nuclear submarine is destroyed and the situation puts them and the United States on the brink of nuclear war, until the Japanese decide to come clean and admit that it was Godzilla.…
Tagline: Your favorite fire-breathing monster... Like you've never seen him before!
The Ice Pirates (1984)
PG | 1h 31min | 91min | 16 Mar 1984Score: 3.3/10
Director: Stewart Raffill
Starring: Ron Perlman, Max von Sydow, Ian Abercrombie, Carmen Filpi, Jeremy West
Synopsis: In the far future water is the most valuable substance. Two space pirates are captured, sold to a princess, and recruited to help her find her father who disappeared when he found information dangerous to the rulers. A real Space Opera with sword fights, explosions, fighting robots, monsters, bar fights and time warps.
Tagline: SEE A Universe on the rocks TREMBLE at the ferocious space possums! CATCH Space Herpie the Love Bug [Video Australia]
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