Tired of fantasy movies like Star Wars that are sometimes categorized as science fiction? Here are 12 hard science fiction films that are worth your time.

Blade Runner (1982)
Based on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? written by Philip K. Dick, it follows the story of the conflict between the humans and the replicants who are hunted down by the blade runners.

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
This Arthur C. Clarke classic features humanity’s first attempt to land on Jupiter with the help of an artificial intelligence named Hal.

The Matrix (1999)
What will you do if you find out that what we perceive to be true are only simulations? This simulation is called the Matrix, a tool created by machines as a mark of their superiority over humans.

District 9 (2009)
The film explores the issues of segregation and xenophobia when an airship was stranded on the city of Johannesburg. The aliens were unable to return to their planet, so the humans decided to confine them in an area known as District 9.

Inception (2010)
Dominick Cobb works as an extractor to steal information by using and penetrating the subconscious in a dream world. Now he is asked by a businessman to plant an idea in another person’s mind using inception.

WALL-E (2008)
When planet Earth was overrun by garbage, humans fled and left behind trash compactors to clean up their mess. Only one remained, however, and it seemed to have developed abilities beyond what it was programmed to do.

Starship Troopers (1997)
Inspired by the novel of the same title by Robert Heinlein, it follows the tale of Johnny Rico and the Mobile Infantry who are battling the Arachnids.

Gattaca (1997)
In a society where only the humans with the best genes are given all the privileges of life, Vincent Freeman struggles to fit in despite his flaws so that he could fulfil his dream of space travel.

Metropolis (1927)
This silent film is considered iconic in the movie industry because it was among the first feature-length films at that time. Metropolis discusses the huge gap between the privileged classes and the poor that power the city by working with the underground machines.

Children of Men (2006)
Based on the novel of the same title by P.D. James, it tells the story of Theo Faron, who lives in a society where humans have become infertile. He has to help a woman escape the collapsing society overrun by refugees.

Solaris (1972)
Based on the novel of the same title by Stanislaw Lem, it features the struggles of a space station crew on the planet Solaris who are being toyed with by forces they could not understand. The planet is well-studied, but there are no recognizable life forms that explain its intelligence.

Twelve Monkeys (1995)
When the humans were nearly wiped out after a plague, the survivors had to live underground. Several years later, James Cole was given the task of locating the source of the virus, believed to have been released by a group called Twelve Monkeys.

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