Check out our picks for the best sci-fi movies of 1985. These sci-fi films our rated as our top movies of 1985. New movies are added everyday and we are dedicated to including every sci-fi movie ever made.
1985 Sci-Fi Movies List
Back to the Future (1985)
PG | 1h 56min | 116min | 03 Jul 1985Score: 8.93/10
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Starring: George 'Buck' Flower, Christopher Lloyd, Billy Zane, Michael J. Fox, James Tolkan
Synopsis: Marty McFly, a typical American teenager of the Eighties, is accidentally sent back to 1955 in a plutonium-powered DeLorean "time machine" invented by a slightly mad scientist. During his often hysterical, always amazing trip back in time, Marty must make certain his teenage parents-to-be meet and fall in love - so he can get back to the future.
Tagline: He's the only kid ever to get into trouble before he was born. [UK]
R | 2h 12min | 132min | 18 Dec 1985Score: 8.87/10
Director: Terry Gilliam
Starring: Ian Holm, Robert De Niro, Sergio Kato, Fred Wood, Jonathan Pryce
Synopsis: Sam Lowry is a harried technocrat in a futuristic society that is needlessly convoluted and inefficient. He dreams of a life where he can fly away from technology and overpowering bureaucracy, and spend eternity with the woman of his dreams. While trying to rectify the wrongful arrest of one Harry Buttle, Lowry meets the woman he is always chasing in his dreams, Jill Layton. Meanwhile, the bureaucracy has fingered him responsible for a rash of terrorist bombings, and both Sam and Jill's lives are put in danger.
Tagline: It's only a state of mind.
The Return of the Living Dead (1985)
R | 1h 31min | 91min | 16 Aug 1985Score: 8.16/10
Director: Dan O'Bannon
Starring: Brian Peck, Linnea Quigley, James Karen, Clu Gulager, Thom Mathews
Synopsis: When a bumbling pair of employees at a medical supply warehouse accidentally release a deadly gas into the air, the vapors cause the dead to re-animate as they go on a rampage through Louisville, Kentucky seeking their favorite food, brains.
Tagline: They're Back From The Grave and Ready To Party!
R | 1h 45min | 105min | 18 Oct 1985Score: 7.88/10
Director: Stuart Gordon
Starring: Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton, Gerry Black, Bruce Abbott, David Gale
Synopsis: A medical student and his girlfriend become involved in a bizarre experiment into reanimating the dead conducted by the student's incorrigible housemate in this campy sendup of an H.P. Lovecraft story. The emphasis is on humour but once the dead walk, there is gore aplenty.
Tagline: H.P. Lovecraft's classic tale of horror
PG-13 | 1h 57min | 117min | 21 Jun 1985Score: 7.33/10
Director: Ron Howard
Starring: Rance Howard, Clint Howard, Herta Ware, Mike Nomad, Linda Harrison
Synopsis: A group of aliens return to earth to retrieve cocoons containing the people they'd left behind from an earlier trip. These cocoons had been resting at the bottom of the ocean. Once retrieved, they stored these recovered cocoons in the swimming pool of a house they'd rented in a small Florida town. Their mission is hampered by a number of elderly people from a nearby retirement community who had been secretly using the pool, and who discover unusual powers from within these cocoons.
Tagline: Beyond the innocence of youth, and the wisdom of age, lies the wonder of... Cocoon
Vampire Hunter D (1985)
R | 1h 20min | 80min | 26 Mar 1993Score: 7.23/10
Directors: Toyoo Ashida, Carl Macek
Starring: Michael McConnohie, Kirk Thornton, Steve Kramer, Edie Mirman, Lara Cody
Synopsis: A young girl requests the help of a vampire hunter to kill the vampire who has bitten her, and thus prevent her from becoming a vampire herself.
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)
PG-13 | 1h 47min | 107min | 10 Jul 1985Score: 7.07/10
Directors: George Miller, George Ogilvie
Starring: Bruce Spence, Mel Gibson, Robert Simper, Angelo Rossitto, Lee Rice
Synopsis: Bartertown is a city on the edge of a desert that has managed to retain some technology if no civilization. Max has his supplies stolen and must seek shelter there in a post apocalyptic world where all machines have begun to break down and barbarians hold what is left. He becomes involved in a power struggle in this third Mad Max film where he must first survive the town, survive the desert and then rescue the innocent children he has discovered.
Tagline: Max is back...and Tina's got him!
The Quiet Earth (1985)
R | 1h 31min | 91min | 18 Oct 1985Score: 6.95/10
Director: Geoff Murphy
Starring: Pete Smith, Bruno Lawrence, Alison Routledge, Anzac Wallace, Norman Fletcher
Synopsis: A man wakes up to find himself literally alone in the world, and goes about trying to find other survivors, as well as to find out what happened. He suspects that a government research project he was involved in had something to do with the disappearance of everyone. Eventually he finds several other people, and once they begin to trust each other they try to figure out why they were left on earth.
Tagline: The End of the World is Just the Beginning
Enemy Mine (1985)
PG-13 | 1h 48min | 108min | 20 Dec 1985Score: 6.4/10
Director: Wolfgang Petersen
Starring: Dennis Quaid, Brion James, Doug Robinson, Louis Gossett Jr., Richard Marcus
Synopsis: A soldier from Earth crashlands on an alien world after sustaining battle damage. Eventually, he encounters another survivor, but from the enemy species he was fighting. They band together to survive on this hostile world. In the end, the human finds himself caring for his enemy in a completely unexpected way.
Tagline: Enemies because they were taught to be. Survivors because they had to be.
The Stuff (1985)
R | 1h 27min | 87min | 14 Jun 1985Score: 6.39/10
Director: Larry Cohen
Starring: Rutanya Alda, Michael Moriarty, Patrick Dempsey, John Newton, Brooke Adams
Synopsis: A delicious, mysterious goo which was found oozing from the earth. It's marketed as the newest dessert sensation, but the tasty treat rots more than teeth when zombie-like snackers who only want to consume more of the strange substance at any cost begin infesting the world.
Tagline: Habit-forming. Mind-controlling. Life-absorbing. You can never get enough of the Stuff.
R | 1h 56min | 116min | 21 Jun 1985Score: 6.26/10
Director: Tobe Hooper
Starring: Patrick Stewart, John Larroquette, Kerry Shale, James Payne, Derek Lyons
Synopsis: The space shuttle Churchill is assigned to observe the Halley's Comet under the command of Col. Tom Carlsen. They see a strange form attached to the comet and Carlsen goes with a team to investigate. They find three humanoid life forms in caskets and they bring them to the Churchill. However, Earth loses contact with the shuttle and the Space Research Center sends another spacecraft to search the Churchill. They find the crew dead and the shuttle burnt and one rescue pod missing. They bring the humanoids to Earth and soon Dr. Hans Fallada and his team discover that the…
Tagline: In outer space they unleashed a force more evil than the world had ever imagined!.. [UK Theatrical]
Max Headroom (1985)
R | 0h 57min | 57min | 04 Apr 1985Score: 5.79/10
Directors: Annabel Jankel, Rocky Morton
Starring: Matt Frewer, William Morgan Sheppard, Amanda Pays, Constantine Gregory, Jeffrey Weissman
Synopsis: In the post-apocalyptic future where television sets are more important than food, TV ratings are the all important currency of the nation. A new technique of preventing viewers from channel surfing proves somewhat detrimental to particularly sedentary couch potatoes. The top studio becomes concerned: dead viewers make for low ratings. Edison Carter, top news reporter, is sent to find out more. After a motorcycle accident, his mind is preserved by wizz-kid Bryce and becomes his wise cracking, computer generated alter-ego: Max Headroom, who manages to boost ratings above those of any live hosts to date. This made for TV movie…
Weird Science (1985)
PG-13 | 1h 34min | 94min | 02 Aug 1985Score: 5.53/10
Director: John Hughes
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Bill Paxton, Michael Berryman, John Kapelos, Robert Rusler
Synopsis: Two unpopular teenagers, Gary Wallace and Wyatt Donnelly, fail at all attempts to be accepted by their peers. Their desperation to be liked leads them to "create" a woman via their computer. Their living and breathing creation is a gorgeous woman, Lisa, whose purpose is to boost their confidence level by putting them into situations which require Gary and Wyatt to act like men. On their road to becoming accepted, they encounter many hilarious obstacles, which gives the movie an overall sense of silliness.
Tagline: This Bud's for YOU!
PG | 1h 38min | 98minScore: 4.66/10
Director: Roland Emmerich
Starring: Michael Gregory, Jack Angel, Jerry Hall, Sebastian Riehm, Bebby Dalton
Synopsis: When Joey's dad dies Joey is starting to act strange. He's got psychic powers. He can talk to him on the phone! His red toy telephone! But what he doesn't know is that he is not talking to his dad. He is talking to an evil dummy and the evil dummy is starting to make Joey's world a living nightmare.
Tagline: Only he can see it. Only he shares its magic. Only he knows the danger.
R | 1h 37min | 97min | 19 Mar 1986Score: 4.44/10
Director: William Malone
Starring: Buckley Norris, Lyman Ward, Klaus Kinski, Jim McKeny, Wendy Schaal
Synopsis: A crew of scientists arrives on a far, cold planet to examine archaic artifacts of unknown origin. They discover that their German enemies already have a ship there. When they seek their help after a failed landing, they only find the Germans' bodies, obviously slaughtered by one of the archaic creatures, awoken to new life. Now the alien is after them.
Tagline: It's Been Sleeping For 2000 Years, Until Now.
Warning Sign (1985)
R | 1h 39min | 99min | 23 Aug 1985Score: 3.95/10
Director: Hal Barwood
Starring: Jeffrey DeMunn, Tom McFadden, Kathleen Quinlan, Yaphet Kotto, Scott Paulin
Synopsis: In an ultra secret laboratory for the developing of biological weapons, covered as "Biotek", a research center for agriculture, a serious accident occurs, spreading a sinister bacteria in the laboratory. The security guard of the complex, closes and seals the building, with all the personnel inside, making very difficult the struggle for survival, not to mention the actions that the relatives of the enclosed people are thinking to do.
Tagline: A secret experiment has gone wild - and they're all going to pay! (Video Australia)
The Bride (1985)
PG-13 | 1h 58min | 118min | 16 Aug 1985Score: 3.55/10
Director: Franc Roddam
Starring: Clancy Brown, Harry Fielder, Timothy Spall, John Alexander, Carl Chase
Synopsis: After the creation of his creature, Dr. Frankenstein researches and creates a perfect woman, Eva, to be the mate of the creature. However, the anxiety of the creature creates havoc in the laboratory that is burnt down and explodes, killing Frankenstein's assistants Dr. Zahlus and Paulus. Dr. Frankenstein believes the creature died too but he flees to the woods. Soon he meets and befriends the dwarf Rinaldo, who gives a name to him, Viktor, and invites him to work in a circus in Budapest. Meanwhile Frankenstein and his house keeper Mrs. Baumann (Geraldine Page) teach Eva how to behave and…
Tagline: Here Comes . . .The BRIDE
Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend (1985)
PG | 1h 35min | 95min | 22 Mar 1985Score: 3.15/10
Director: Bill Norton
Starring: Sean Young, William Katt, Hugh Quarshie, Patrick McGoohan, Eddie Tagoe
Synopsis: The paleontologist Susan Matthews-Loomis moves with her husband, the unemployed journalist George Loomis, to the Ivory Coast to work with her former professor, Doctor Eric Kiviat, and his assistant Nigel Jenkins in an archaeological site. When George is invited to work in a newspaper in the United States, Susan discovers a bone that she believes is from a dinosaur; but Eric tells that she is wrong. However he knows that Susan has made an important discovery and wants the credits. George packs their stuff to travel but Susan wants to check her discovery and leaves a note to him telling…
Tagline: They said it couldn't possibly exist...
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