Must See Sci Fi Movies 2020

Science Fiction: Cinematic Excitement For The Coming Year

Science fiction is one of the most inspiring and traditional genres when it comes to cinema. This coming year promises a feast of exciting new movie debuts – all with imaginative storylines, intriguing characters and potentially captivating performances. Here we look at just some of the must-see sci-fi movies of 2020 that we can’t wait to watch.

Dune – The Adaptation

Legendary film-maker Denis Villeneuve will be bringing the classic 1965 novel, written by Frank Herbert, to life with his own adaptation. A highly respected director, whose credits include Blade Runner 2049 and Arrival, Villeneuve is renowned for his ability to bring incredible visuals to his works. With no lack of stars taking the lead, the cast list promises an epic spectacle – including Josh Brolin, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Javier Bardem and Jason Momoa to name but a few. It has been rumoured that audiences could be in for a long movie, with a runtime of over two and a half hours.

James Bond: No Time To Die

James Bond is back! That’s right; 007 is going to be bringing his suave skills to the big screen for the 25th time in what has become an iconic film series. No Time To Die serves as the last outing with actor Daniel Craig in the titular role, and will be directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga. With a long list of promising stars such as Jeffrey Wright, Naomie Harris, Rami Malek and Billy Magnussen, this cinematic adventure is sure to be an action-packed thrill ride, set to the classic Bond backdrop.

The Midnight Sky

The Midnight Sky is due to be released on Netflix at the end of December and stars big names George Clooney and Felicity Jones in the lead roles. Taking place in a post-apocalyptic world, the story follows a lone scientist trying to save humanity. Directed and co-written by Clooney himself, the movie looks set to be a dramatic and emotive journey. Counting on big star-power and a captivating storyline, this is definitely one to watch out for.

Free Guy

Set to be released in May, Free Guy stars Ryan Reynolds as a non-playable character in a video game world. As is to be expected from the Deadpool star, humour is sure to be at the heart of the movie. Joining Reynolds on this journey are acclaimed actors such as Jodie Comer, Bill Nighy, Taika Waititi and Joe Keery. This blend of comedic acting talent and an exciting premise makes for certain success at the box office – and for those of us lucky enough to watch the movie.


Following on from his 2017 masterwork ‘Dunkirk’, Christopher Nolan is set to bring us his 2020 debut with the intriguingly-titled Tenet. Little is known at this point in time about the story – other than it is said to be a sci-fi action-packed thrill ride. Joining Nolan in the cast are big names such as John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, and Elizabeth Debicki. With the classic Nolan imagination and flair, audiences are sure to come away impressed.

Top Gun: Maverick

Tom Cruise promises another classic in the cinema this coming year. After the success of the 1986 original, Top Gun: Maverick is sure to bring nostalgia to some, and awe to others, with this classic series back on the big screen. Coming over three decades after the original, Maverick looks set to pick up the story of Maverick and Iceman (and hopefully their favourite classic plane too) – but only time will tell. An enjoyable movie with big stars, this is one not to be missed.

The Witches

Rounding off the list is a Roald Dahl adaptation – The Witches. The cast which includes Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer and Stanley Tucci, will be sure to bring laughs and chills to the audience. Long loved by both children and adults alike, Roald Dahl’s tales are sure to offer a unique insight into his world of imagination. Due for Halloween release this year, expect this to be a delight for the whole family.

Fantasy, Thrills and Unexpected Twists

Throughout 2020, sci-fi movies will make for a thrilling and exciting journey for cinema-goers everywhere. The anticipation for hits such as Dune, No Time To Die and The Midnight Sky has mounting, leaving fans eager to experience what each of these masterpieces will bring. All this sets the scene for some fantastic science fiction viewing in the months ahead.

Reviving the Classics

Back on the agenda is the revival of some classic characters, such as James Bond in No Time To Die and Maverick in Top Gun: Maverick. Of course there is added anticipation as to how these classic characters will be portrayed in the modern day and what stories they will bring. One thing is for sure, these are sure to be some of the biggest movies of 2020 and at the top of cinema-goers’ watch-lists.

A Fresh View of Sci-Fi

New directors and new stars taking on well-loved genres are very much in the mix for 2020, not least with the addition of Christopher Nolan’s mystery adventure Tenet and Denis Villeneuve’s illustrious Dune. Both have impressive back-catalogues and have made their names in contemporary sci-fi. Teaming this up with a love for the classics and some utterly cinematic adventures, audiences are sure to be thrilled.

Ground-Breaking Imaging

The use of cutting-edge visuals and technology has become commonplace in the productions of modern day filmmakers. Many of this coming year’s sci-fi movies are on no exception – and are sure to impress in terms of eye-catching cinematography. From Blade Runner’s technological wonders to Close Encounter’s unforgettable aliens, the use of technology and imagination when it comes to sci-fi movies continues to excite.

Sci-Fi for All Ages

The beauty of the genre is its ability to span the generations. Yes, 2020 will bring the advent of the latest technological marvels, the ground-breaking visuals and the timeless characters, but it also encompasses something for fans young and old. The box office will offer a selection of films that are sure to captivate, including fantasic family films such as The Witches and Free Guy.

A Bright Future for Sci-Fi

With this line-up of new and exciting films, it is clear that the world of science fiction still has a lot to offer and will continue to excite audiences all over the world. The ongoing development of the genre and its use of new technologies can only push the envelope further, creating bigger and better movies than ever before. 2020 is set to be an incredible year for sci-fi films, but it is also indicative of how far the genre has come, and how far it is sure to go.

Vicki Strouth is a life-long film enthusiast, having grown up watching classic cinema in her childhood. She has since gone on to pursue writing about films and movie news, with her work being published on various online platforms. She is passionate about supporting independent filmmakers and highlighting important stories from around the world. She has also written a successful book about classic movies from Hollywood's Golden Age era. Vicki currently lives in Seattle, where she continues to explore films of all genres and eras.

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