Check out our picks for the best sci-fi movies of 1987. These sci-fi films our rated as our top movies of 1987. New movies are added everyday and we are dedicated to including every sci-fi movie ever made.
1987 Sci-Fi Movies List
R | 1h 42min | 102min | 17 Jul 1987Score: 7.73/10
Director: Paul Verhoeven
Starring: Ray Wise, Michael Gregory, Miguel Ferrer, Allan Graf, Ronny Cox
Synopsis: Detroit - in the future - is crime-ridden and run by a massive company. The company has developed a huge crime-fighting robot, which unfortunately develops a rather dangerous glitch. The company sees a way to get back in favor with the public when policeman Alex Murphy is killed by a street gang. Murphy's body is reconstructed within a steel shell and called RoboCop. RoboCop is very successful against criminals and becomes a target of supervillian Boddicker.
Tagline: Part man. Part machine. All cop. The future of law enforcement.
PG | 2h 00min | 120min | 01 Jul 1987Score: 7.2/10
Director: Joe Dante
Starring: Dick Miller, Rance Howard, Robert Picardo, Dennis Quaid, Archie Hahn
Synopsis: Tuck Pendleton is a cocky pilot, who is taking part in a miniaturization experiment. When some bad guys break into the lab to steal the technology, one of the scientists takes a syringe which contains the miniaturized Tuck and vessel. Now in the vessel is part of the material needed to restore him. But the other part which is the lab is stolen. The scientist's shot but before dying he injects Tuck into Jack Putter, a hypochondriac, who feels that something is wrong with him all the time. When Tuck links himself to Jack's systems, he discovers that something happened.…
Tagline: This summer take a trip you'll never forget.
R | 1h 47min | 107min | 12 Jun 1987Score: 7.2/10
Director: John McTiernan
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sven-Ole Thorsen, Henry Kingi, Peter Cullen, Kevin Peter Hall
Synopsis: A team of special force ops, led by a tough but fair soldier, Major "Dutch" Schaefer, are ordered to assist CIA man, Colonel Al Dillon, on a rescue mission for potential survivors of a Helicopter downed over remote South American jungle. Not long after they land, Dutch and his team discover that they have been sent in under false pretenses. This deception turns out to be the least of their worries though, when they find themselves being methodically hunted by something not of this world.
Tagline: If it bleeds, we can kill it...
The Hidden (1987)
R | 1h 37min | 97min | 30 Oct 1987Score: 7.2/10
Director: Jack Sholder
Starring: Lin Shaye, Danny Trejo, Robert Shaye, Larry Cedar, Duane Davis
Synopsis: An alien parasite with the ability to possess human bodies goes on a violent crime spree in LA, committing dozens of murders and robberies. In pursuit of the extraterrestrial criminal is an FBI agent, and the local officer investigating the rash of violence. As they close in on the vicious intruder, the city faces a brutal threat like no other it has ever encountered.
Tagline: A new breed of criminal.
Project X (1987)
PG | 1h 48min | 108min | 17 Apr 1987Score: 7/10
Director: Jonathan Kaplan
Starring: Dick Miller, Daniel Roebuck, William Sadler, Lance E. Nichols, Stephen Lang
Synopsis: A young inductee into the military is given the task of looking after some chimpanzees used in the mysterious "Project X". Getting to know the chimps fairly well, he begins to suspect there is more to the secret project than he is being told.
Tagline: Following orders isn't the only way to become a hero.
The Monster Squad (1987)
PG-13 | 1h 19min | 79min | 14 Aug 1987Score: 6.72/10
Director: Fred Dekker
Starring: Tom Woodruff Jr., Michael Reid MacKay, Leonardo Cimino, Robert Lesser, Jon Gries
Synopsis: Dracula is alive. In fact, he plans to rule the world and that is why he seeks the help of other legendary monsters. However, a bunch of kids regarded by their peers as losers uncover the devious plan and prepare for a counter strike.
Tagline: The End of the World Starts at Midnight
The Running Man (1987)
R | 1h 41min | 101min | 13 Nov 1987Score: 6.59/10
Director: Paul Michael Glaser
Starring: Lin Shaye, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Thomas Rosales Jr., Sven-Ole Thorsen, George P. Wilbur
Synopsis: In the year 2017, the world economy has collapsed. The great freedoms of the United States are no longer, as the once great nation has sealed off its borders and become a militarized police state, censoring all film, art, literature, and communications. Even so, a small resistance force led by two revolutionaries manages to fight the oppression. With full control over the media, the government attempts to quell the nation's yearning for freedom by broadcasting a number of game shows on which convicted criminals fight for their lives. The most popular and sadistic of these programs is "The Running Man,"…
Tagline: The year is 2019. The finest men in America don't run for President. They run for their lives.
Bad Taste (1987)
R | 1h 31min | 91minScore: 6.49/10
Director: Peter Jackson
Starring: Peter Jackson, Peter Vere-Jones, Tony Hiles, Steven Smith, Ken Hammon
Synopsis: Derek and his friends must investigate the missing people in a small village. Then they find out its human formed aliens that are really big headed monsters that used all the people in the small village into their snack burgers. Now, Derek must save the day and the world with his chainsaw before the meat eaters strikes the whole planet. Will Derek kill all the aliens?
Tagline: One thing the aliens hadn't counted on was Derek, and Dereks don't run!
Wicked City (1987)
R | 1h 22min | 82min | 20 Aug 1993Score: 5.56/10
Director: Yoshiaki Kawajiri
Starring: Michael McConnohie, Steve Kramer, Bob Sessions, Edie Mirman, Yûsaku Yara
Synopsis: There has been peace between the worlds of the mortals and the supernatural for centuries, but the balance is now being threatened. The Radical elements from the Supernatural world are crossing over into the mortal universe for the purpose of destroying the peace forever!
Tagline: Something Wicked This Way Comes
It's Alive III: Island of the Alive (1987)
R | 1h 35min | 95minScore: 5.15/10
Director: Larry Cohen
Starring: Michael Moriarty, Gerrit Graham, Karen Black, Laurene Landon, James Dixon
Synopsis: The mutant babies have been placed by court order on a deserted island. Appalled by the cycnicism and exploitation of the children by the legal system and the media, the man responsible for them leads an expedition to the island to free them.
Tagline: The It's Alive! babies are back.
Prince of Darkness (1987)
R | 1h 42min | 102min | 23 Oct 1987Score: 5.15/10
Director: John Carpenter
Starring: Donald Pleasence, Peter Jason, Victor Wong, Alice Cooper, Thom Bray
Synopsis: A sinister secret has been kept in the basement of an abandoned Los Angeles church for many years. With the death of a priest belonging to a mysterious sect, another priest opens the door to the basement and discovers a vat containing a green liquid. The priest contacts a group of physics graduate students to investigate it. Unfortunately, they discover that the liquid contains the essence of Satan himself, and they also discover that he will release HIS father - an all-powerful Anti-God! The liquid later comes to life itself, turning some of the students into zombies as the Devil…
Tagline: Where are you...? Christ?
Beyond the Rising Moon (1987)
R | 1h 24min | 84minScore: 4.83/10
Director: Philip J. Cook
Starring: Tracy Davis, Jon Trapnell, Hans Bachmann, Victoria Eves, Michael Mack
Synopsis: An alien spaceship is being sought by various factions on Earth. A female cyborg and a rogue trader team up to stop evil forces from taking over the ship.
The Kindred (1987)
R | 1h 31min | 91min | 29 May 1987Score: 4.8/10
Directors: Jeffrey Obrow, Stephen Carpenter
Starring: Rod Steiger, Amanda Pays, Kim Hunter, Timothy Gibbs, Betty Freeman
Synopsis: Amanda's deathbed request to her son, John, was for him to destroy all the lab notes etc. from her last experiment. She also blurts out he had a brother. At the funeral John meets Melissa, who claims to be his mothers biggest fan. Together with some of John's friends they go to Amanda's house, but none are prepared for what they find there.
Tagline: Some things are best left unborn.
The Curse (1987)
R | 1h 32min | 92min | 14 Sep 1988Score: 4.75/10
Director: David Keith
Starring: John Schneider, Malcolm Danare, Wil Wheaton, Steve Davis, Cooper Huckabee
Synopsis: Nathan Crane is a religious man trying to hold onto his farm and keep his family in line. A real estate developer is trying to buy most of the farm property in the area, including Mr. Crane's family farm, in the hope that the Tennesse Valley Authority will choose the town for the site of a new dam and recreational area. The night of a terrible storm, an unidentified, glowing object crashes on the Crane farm and with it comes a horrible curse for the Crane family and the members of the community.
Tagline: No one believed him. Now, no one's left to save him.
R | 1h 12min | 72min | 02 Oct 1987Score: 4.12/10
Director: David DeCoteau
Starring: Linnea Quigley, Ken Abraham, Ashlyn Gere, Richard L. Hawkins, Michael Aranda
Synopsis: The year is 1998, six years after the nuke wars reduced the world to rubble and a few bands of wandering survivors. One of these groups stumbles into an abandoned government research facility, where they were working on making the body capable of creating its own amino acids, thus obviating the need for food. They are then attacked by one of the leftover experiments and begin experiencing an attrition problem.
Tagline: Move over, Aliens, here come the Creepozoids. Even if you kill them, they're still deadly.
Evil Spawn (1987)
R | 1h 10min | 70min | 14 Oct 1989Score: 3.97/10
Directors: Fred Olen Ray, Kenneth J. Hall, Ted Newsom
Starring: Michael Deak, Forrest J. Ackerman, Melissa Moore, John Carradine, Gary J. Levinson
Synopsis: Microbes are brought back to earth via a space probe from Venus. A scientist is using them in experiments on aging, but dies before the work is finished. His assistant approaches an aging actress who is being passed by for the lead roles, and she injects the serum hoping to become young again. When the actress is still passed up for the plum roles, the alien bacterium transforms her into a hideous bug-like alien resulting in a predictable attrition problem amongst her detractors.
Tagline: Tonight she will love again and kill again.
The Garbage Pail Kids Movie (1987)
PG | 1h 40min | 100minScore: 3.72/10
Director: Rod Amateau
Starring: Debbie Lee Carrington, Phil Fondacaro, Jim Cummings, Susan Rossitto, Arturo Gil
Synopsis: Seven disgusting kids but nevertheless of interesting personality are being made of the green mud coming out of garbage can. Once alive their master gives them rules to obey although they think that life is funnier without following stupid regulations like no television or no candy. Naturally this will cause some conflicts.
Tagline: Ready or not... Here they come!
Masters of the Universe (1987)
PG | 1h 46min | 106min | 07 Aug 1987Score: 3.53/10
Director: Gary Goddard
Starring: Courteney Cox, Meg Foster, Dolph Lundgren, Frank Langella, James Tolkan
Synopsis: On the planet Eternia, Skeletor and his dark army overthrow the Sorceress of Castle Grayskull expecting to acquire her power. He-Man, his old friend Duncan "Man-at-Arms" and his daughter Teela are attacked by Skeletor's soldiers and they defeat them. They also rescue their prisoner, the inventor and locksmith Gwildor. He explains that he was lured by Evil-Lyn that used his invention the Cosmic Key to open the gates and seize the Castle Grayskull. He-Man and his friends retrieve the prototype of the Cosmic Key trying to release the Sorcereress but they are defeated by Skeletor and his army and Gwildor…
Tagline: From a distant galaxy... they have come to Earth.
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)
PG | 1h 30min | 90min | 24 Jul 1987Score: 1.93/10
Director: Sidney J. Furie
Starring: Kerry Shale, William Hootkins, Mac McDonald, Eugene Lipinski, Tina Simmons
Synopsis: Superman does a lot in his newest adventure. Archvillain Lex Luthor, determined to make the world safe for nuclear arms merchants, creates a new being to challenge the Man of Steel: the radiation-charged Nuclear Man. The two super-powered foes clash in an explosive screen extranvaganza that sees Superman save the Statue of Liberty, repulse a volcanic eruption of Mount Etna, rebuild the demolished Great Wall of China and perform many more spetactular feats.
Tagline: Nuclear Power. In the best hands, it is dangerous. In the hands of Lex Luthor, it is pure evil. This is Superman's greatest battle. And it is for all of us.
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