Check out our picks for the best sci-fi movies of 1996. These sci-fi films our rated as our top movies of 1996. New movies are added everyday and we are dedicated to including every sci-fi movie ever made.
1996 Sci-Fi Movies List
Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
PG-13 | 1h 51min | 111min | 22 Nov 1996Score: 8/10
Director: Jonathan Frakes
Starring: Patrick Stewart, Robert Picardo, Ethan Phillips, Alice Krige, Alfre Woodard
Synopsis: In the 24th century, the crew of the Enterprise-E has been ordered to patrol the Romulan Neutral Zone by the Federation to avoid interference with their battle against the insidious Borg. Witnessing the loss of the battle, Captain Jean-Luc Picard ignores orders and takes command of the fleet engaging the Borg. But the Borg plan to travel back into the 21st century through a vortex with the intention to stop Earth's first contact with an alien race (the Vulcans). Following the Borg sphere, Picard and his crew realize that they have taken over the Enterprise in order to carry out…
Tagline: Resistance is Futile.
Independence Day (1996)
R | 2h 25min | 145min | 03 Jul 1996Score: 7.31/10
Director: Roland Emmerich
Starring: Frank Welker, Greg Bronson, Bill Pullman, Gary A. Hecker, Rance Howard
Synopsis: On July 2nd, communications systems worldwide are sent into chaos by a strange atmospheric interference. It is soon learned by the military that a number of enormous objects are on a collision course with Earth. At first thought to be meteors, they are later revealed to be gigantic spacecraft, piloted by a mysterious alien species. After attempts to communicate with the aliens go nowhere, David Levinson, an ex-scientist turned cable technician, discovers that the aliens are going to attack major points around the globe in less than a day. On July 3rd, the aliens all but obliterate New York, Los…
Tagline: We've always believed we weren't alone. On July 4th, we'll wish we were.
The Arrival (1996)
PG-13 | 1h 55min | 115min | 31 May 1996Score: 6.1/10
Director: David Twohy
Starring: Leon Rippy, Charlie Sheen, Richard Schiff, Lindsay Crouse, Buddy Joe Hooker
Synopsis: Zane (Charlie Sheen), a young, mild-mannered astronomer discovers an extraterrestrial radio signal. After being fired from his organization for reporting this to his superior, he takes a chance on discovering the truth: that his workplace is not quite what it seems to be and a sinister conspiracy is at work. The aliens are keeping a deadly secret, and will stop at nothing to prevent Zane from learning it.
Tagline: The greatest danger facing our world has been the planet's best kept secret...until now.
Tremors II: Aftershocks (1996)
PG-13 | 1h 40min | 100min | 09 Apr 1996Score: 6.1/10
Director: S.S. Wilson
Starring: Thomas Rosales Jr., Michael Gross, Chris Gartin, Helen Shaver, Marcelo Tubert
Synopsis: When an army of Graboids - giant, carnivorous underground worms - threaten the Petromaya oil refinery in Mexico, its owners call on Earl Bassett, who once helped kill four of the creatures in Perfection, Nevada. Having squandered the money that came from his resulting celebrity status, Earl is convinced by the $50,000-a-head bounty offered, as well as the enthusiasm of admirer Grady Hoover, who becomes his partner. At Petromaya, Earl and Grady meet geologist Kate Reilly, and begin Graboid hunting, tricking several Graboids into swallowing bomb-rigged, remote-controlled cars. When they find they're facing a lot more Graboids than they ever…
Tagline: The Worms have turned.
Mars Attacks! (1996)
PG-13 | 1h 46min | 106min | 13 Dec 1996Score: 6.07/10
Director: Tim Burton
Starring: Frank Welker, Greg Bronson, Rance Howard, Roger Jackson, Glenn Close
Synopsis: It is a normal day for everyone, until the President of the United States announces Martians have been spotted circling Earth. The Martians land and a meeting is arranged, but not everything goes to plan, and the Martians seem to have other plans for Earth. Are they just misunderstood beings or do they really want to destroy all of humanity?
Tagline: Nice planet. We'll take it!
Gamera 2: Region shurai (1996)
R | 1h 39min | 99min | 13 Jul 1996Score: 5.79/10
Directors: Shûsuke Kaneko, Shûsuke Kaneko
Starring: Jason Douglas, Chris Patton, John Swasey, Chris Anderson, Shelley Calene-Black
Synopsis: A strange meteor lands in Japan unleashing hundreds of insect-like "legion" creatures which find their way into Tokyo. When the military fails to control the situation, Gamera shows up to deal with the ever-evolving space adversary.
Tagline: Summer '96 Japan Falls!
Escape from L.A. (1996)
R | 1h 41min | 101min | 09 Aug 1996Score: 5.63/10
Director: John Carpenter
Starring: Kurt Russell, Bruce Campbell, Thomas Rosales Jr., Peter Jason, Pam Grier
Synopsis: The year is 2013 and Snake Plissken is back but this time it's L.A., which through the agency of earthquakes has become an island of the damned. But something has gone wrong in this new moral order, because the President's daughter has absconded to L.A. with a detonation device, and Snake is commandeered to retrieve it. But just below the surface there is a coiled Snake ready to strike.
Tagline: Plan your escape this Summer
PG | 2h 03min | 123min | 03 Jul 1996Score: 5.17/10
Director: Jon Turteltaub
Starring: Troy Evans, Jeffrey DeMunn, Forest Whitaker, Tony Genaro, Brent Spiner
Synopsis: John Travolta plays George Malley, who owns the local auto repair shop in a small California town. After celebrating his birthday with friends at the local bar/hang-out, George heads for home. He pauses to watch a strange light in the sky, then collapses for a few seconds in the middle of the deserted street. In the days and weeks that follow, George finds his IQ and consciousness expanding dramatically, and develops telekinetic abilities. Despite his attempts to explain what has happened to him, with just a very few exceptions, most of the local townspeople treat the "new" George as a…
Tagline: Some things in life just can't be explained.
Jack Brown Genius (1996)
PG-13 | 1h 25min | 85minScore: 5.11/10
Director: Tony Hiles
Starring: Marton Csokas, Stuart Devenie, Timothy Balme, Nicola Murphy, Edward Campbell
Synopsis: A thousand years ago, in England, the crazy monk Elmer wears a pair of wings and tries to fly from a high tower. He dies, and his soul is doomed to the eternity in hell for committing suicide. In the present days, in New Zeland, Elmer has the last chance to prove that men can fly and save his soul: his spirit enters in the brain of a very intelligent inventor, Jack Brown, and forces him to try to fly. Jack uses his last creation, an amplifier in a tape record, to succeed in the journey, but his invention is…
La lengua asesina (1996)
R | 1h 35min | 95min | 15 Nov 1996Score: 4.83/10
Director: Alberto Sciamma
Starring: Robert Englund, Doug Bradley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Melinda Clarke, Nigel Whitmey
Synopsis: This horror story involves a woman hiding out with four pastel colored poodles in a desert gas station with the loot from a heist while her boy friend does prison time. A meteorite crashes near the station transforming the woman into an alien being with a gigantic voracious tongue and her poodles are transformed into four drag queens. The whole thing grows even weirder as her boy friend escapes from prison and also encounters the meteorite, as does a mute Nun who is converted into a sexy drum majorette. Pursued by the prison officials who are after him, the whole…
Tagline: Go for your gums ...
Within the Rock (1996)
R | 1h 25min | 85min | 08 Jun 1996Score: 4.54/10
Director: Gary J. Tunnicliffe
Starring: Duane Whitaker, Xander Berkeley, Earl Boen, Dale Dye, Brian Krause
Synopsis: On a direct collision course with Earth, a large moon rapidly approaches from the outer regions of the solar system and Dr. Dana Shaw is sent along with a specialized mining crew to try to alter its course. Once upon the moon Shaw is faced not only with a brutal time schedule and a greedy, opportunistic crew captain, but with the release of a seemingly indestructible carnivorus alien, imprisoned within the moon eons ago by a race it had been slowly decimating.
Tagline: The Ultimate Predator ... Unleashed.
Dark Breed (1996)
R | 1h 44min | 104min | 18 Dec 2003Score: 4.49/10
Director: Richard Pepin
Starring: George 'Buck' Flower, Jonathan Banks, Sal Landi, Donna W. Scott, Cindy Ambuehl
Synopsis: Captain Saxon, and agent for the top secret Omega agency, has been given the assignment of tracking down and either capturing or killing the crew members of a secret space mission who returned to Earth against orders. It seems that they were all infected with an alien parasite, and they were trying to bring its eggs back to Earth. The eggs were lost in an accident, and both Saxon and the astronauts are trying to locate them. What could the government want them for?
Tagline: The Unknown Has Revealed Itself
R | 1h 22min | 82min | 28 Sep 1996Score: 4.17/10
Director: Jim Wynorski
Starring: Angus Scrimm, John Landis, Forrest J. Ackerman, Peter Spellos, Robert Clotworthy
Synopsis: Vampirella, a sexy vampiress in a skimpy costume, travels from Drakulon to Earth to seek revenge on the evil vampires who murdered her father. Adam Van Helsing, leader of a high-tech, globe-trotting, anti-vampire squad helps out.
Tagline: Thirsty for justice, she'll settle for blood.
R | 1h 27min | 87minScore: 4.09/10
Director: Julian Grant
Starring: Todd Schroeder, Tig Fong, Danny Lima, Sten Eirik, Robert Racki
Synopsis: Billionaire named Roach desperately seeks for the secret serum which could turn an ordinary human into a superbeing. The serum is hidden in the body of young Billy Duncan. The serum can be transmitted via sexual intercourse, and that turns to be the basis of Roach's evil scheme.
Tagline: Erotic pleasure was never so deadly
Hellraiser: Bloodline (1996)
R | 1h 25min | 85min | 08 Mar 1996Score: 4.07/10
Directors: Alan Smithee, Kevin Yagher
Starring: Doug Bradley, Pat Skipper, Robert Wisdom, Kenneth Tobey, Wren T. Brown
Synopsis: It's the year 2127. Pinhead, the evil cenobite of the series, has found himself on board a space station in outer space, run by scientist Dr.Merchant. Dr. Merchant's mission is to close the gates to hell forever. Because his ancestor, a toymaker in the 18th century, built the evil puzzlebox that opens the gates to hell. And through the generations, the family of the bloodline has tried to stop it. But now, Dr.Merchant has built the reverse box. The box that will close the gates to hell instead of opening it.
Tagline: This year, the past, the present and the future will all meet at the crossroads of hell.
Darkman III: Die Darkman Die (1996)
R | 1h 27min | 87min | 20 Aug 1996Score: 4.05/10
Director: Bradford May
Starring: Arnold Vosloo, Jeff Fahey, John Novak, Chris Adams, Shawn Doyle
Synopsis: Darkman, needing money to continue his experiments on synthetic skin, steals a crate of cash from drug lord Peter Rooker, attracting the gangster's attention. Rooker is determined to find the source of Darkman's super strength, and uses his beautiful but evil doctor to lure Darkman into a trap. Thinking that the doctor will restore feeling to his tortured body, he discovers too late that they have taken a sample of his adrenaline, which they will market as a super steroid. As Darkman plans his revenge on Rooker's gang, he slowly begins to care about Rooker's neglected wife and daughter. He…
Tagline: One fights for justice. The other for power. Only one can survive.
R | 1h 57min | 117min | 23 Feb 1996Score: 4.05/10
Director: John Dahl
Starring: Kim Coates, Callum Keith Rennie, Fulvio Cecere, Duncan Fraser, William B. Davis
Synopsis: Unsuccessfully framed for his wife's murder, Dr. David Krane attempts to find the real culprit by utilizing a new drug that allows him to experience the memories of other people first-hand. As he gets closer to the truth, the injections begin to take their toll on his life. Additionally, a history of alcoholism, a career crisis, and the involvement of police officers in the murder all conspire to prevent Dr. Crane from learning what really happened. The challenge, then, is for the doctor to overcome these obstacles before his time runs out.
Tagline: He loved her. He lost her. He won't let her memory die... until it tells him who killed her.
Black Scorpion II: Aftershock (1996)
R | 1h 25min | 85min | 13 May 1997Score: 4.03/10
Director: Jonathan Winfrey
Starring: Scott Valentine, Whip Hubley, Garrett Morris, Matt Roe, Laura Harring
Synopsis: Darcy is back on the force, but still fights on as the Black Scorpion because "it's in her nature." This time, she fights Gangster Prankster; and a new villian emerges when the Mayor tries to protect his federal earthquake relief money: Aftershock. When the two villians team up and kidnap Argyle's girlfriend, Black Scorpion is faced with the theft of the Scorpionmobile and the imminent destruction of Angel City.
Tagline: Seductive and Beautiful. But Lethal.
Leprechaun 4: In Space (1996)
R | 1h 35min | 95min | 25 Feb 1997Score: 4.03/10
Director: Brian Trenchard-Smith
Starring: Warwick Davis, Rick Peters, Miguel A. Núñez Jr., Miguel A. Núñez Jr., Ladd York
Synopsis: On a distant planet, a power hungry Leprechaun kidnaps a Dominian princess, Princess Zarina, and plans to make himself king, but not if a bumbling brigade of space marines have anything to say about it. Their commander is a mad scientist by the name of Dr. Mittenhand, who's half machine thanks to one of his "experiments". Once on the planet, Leprechaun is blown up, but quickly is reborn through one of the marines (ala Alien) and wreaks havoc aboard the ship, meanwhile Dr. Mittenhand plans to use the princess for his experiments to make himself whole again. But now, after…
Tagline: One small step for man. One giant leap of terror!
The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996)
PG-13 | 1h 36min | 96min | 23 Aug 1996Score: 3.96/10
Directors: Richard Stanley, John Frankenheimer
Starring: Frank Welker, Ron Perlman, William Hootkins, David Thewlis, Richard Stanley
Synopsis: Set in the year 2010, Dr. Moreau has successfully combined human and animal DNA to make a crossbreed animal. Well, as usual, something goes wrong and David Thewlis must try to stop it before it is too late. Originally rated R, but cut by Frankenheimer to allow "a wider audience".
Tagline: On the sixth day, God created man. On the seventh day, He rested. And on the eighth...
Carnosaur 3: Primal Species (1996)
R | 1h 25min | 85minScore: 3.81/10
Director: Jonathan Winfrey
Starring: Rick Dean, Scott Valentine, Rodman Flender, Michael McDonald, Jack Kyle
Synopsis: International terrorists are terrified when their hijacked cargo turns out to be genetically engineered dinosaurs. Now... the army commando team attempting recovery of this secret cargo is about to make the same deadly discovery!
Tagline: Terror will never be extinct.
PG-13 | 1h 30min | 90min | 08 Jan 1997Score: 3.65/10
Director: Krishna Rao
Starring: Rutger Hauer, Jack Black, Andrea Roth, Michael Wiseman, Ellen Geer
Synopsis: A young man discovers that his father was from another dimension and that he is the key to the operation of a crystal that can be the deciding factor in a war crossing the dimensions.
Tagline: Imagine a place where all dimensions of the universe collide...
Lawnmower Man 2: Beyond Cyberspace (1996)
PG-13 | 1h 33min | 93min | 12 Jan 1996Score: 1.74/10
Director: Farhad Mann
Starring: Matt Frewer, Patricia Belcher, Richard Fancy, Molly Shannon, John Benjamin Martin
Synopsis: Jobe is resuscitated by Jonathan Walker. He wants Jobe to create a special computer chip that would connect all the computers in the world into one network, which Walker would control and use. But what Walker doesn't realize is a group of teenage hackers are on to him and out to stop his plan.
Tagline: God made him simple. Science made him a god. Now, he wants revenge.
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