Romantic Science Fiction Movies
(Not Just) For Valentine's Day


Any comprehensive list of romantic science fiction movies will invariably range from romantic comedies to inspirational dramas with a few thriller, action and B-movies thrown in for good measure. However, considering St. Valentine's Day is just around the corner and thinking of all the  Science Fiction Movies out there, I decided on the SF romance movies which are a bit more on the "feel-good" side of the spectrum.

Featuring big gestures, immortal lovers (human and non-human alike) and the love that triumphs against all odds, these romantic science fiction movies are bound to get you, as well as your significant other, into a romantic mood on any day of the week.

So here they are, time-travel, dystopian, alien and robot movies, sharing one common theme - the power of love!




12:01 Buy It at Amazon

12:01 (1993)

SF Comedy | Romance | Thriller

Director:  Jack Sholder

Cast: Jonathan Silverman, Helen Slater, Jeremy Piven, Martin Landau

Movie Review

This love story is about Lisa and Barry. They work for the same company, he works in the human resources, she works on a cutting-edge project involving accelerating subatomic particle faster than the speed of light.

Barry has a crush on Lisa, but never screws up the courage to speak to her. The day when that happens, she is murdered after work. But something unexpected happens. Berry gets a second chance.




The Adjustment Bureau Buy It at Amazon

The Adjustment Bureau (2011)

SF Romance | Thriller

Director:   George Nolfi

Cast:  Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, John Slattery, Jon Stewart

You meet someone and you think, "This is it, we are this close to happily ever after". But when this happens to David Norris (Matt Damon) in the movie The Adjustment Bureau he finds out that a whole bunch of people working for a sinister agency stands in the way of his happiness.

Writers got inspiration for this movie from Philip Dick's science fiction short story "Adjustment Team".




Batteries not included Buy It at Amazon

 * Batteries not included

SF Family | Comedy

Director:   Matthew Robbins

Cast: Jessica Tandy, Hume Cronyn, Elizabeth Peña, Dennis Boutsikaris, Frank McRae

Movie Review

Tenants of an old apartment building receive a visit from cute alien robots, who love to repair everything on sight, and they choose to start a family on the roof. Eventually, they help the humans fix their problems and bring them closer together. For two of them, Marisa and Mason, newly-found friendship turns into love.




Cherry 2000 Buy It at Amazon

Cherry 2000 (1987)

SF Action | Adventure

Director:  Steve De Jarnatt

Cast: David Andrews, Melanie Griffith, Laurence Fishburne, Pamela Gidley, Michael C. Gwynne, Ben Johnson

Movie Review

When Sam sets out to find a new body for his dodgy robot girlfriend, he does not even dream that he is headed for, of all things, the real love.




Cyborg 2 Buy It at Amazon

Cyborg 2 (1993)

SF Action

Director:   Michael Schroeder

Cast: Angelina Jolie, Elias Koteas, Jack Palance, Billy Drago, Karen Sheperd

Love between Colton “Colt” Ricks - a human and Casella “Cash” Reese - a female android isn't meant to be. The corporation that made Cash tracks them down and attempts to kill them. They have a mysterious friend but will his help prove enough?




Electric Dreams Buy It at Amazon

Electric Dreams

SF Comedy | Drama | Music

Director:   Steve Barron

Cast: Virginia Madsen, Lenny Von Dohlen, Bud Cort, Maxwell Caulfield, Don Fellows

Next on the list of romantic science fiction movies is a film with a quirky love triangle.

Miles and Madeline's love story starts as any other: they meet, they date, they have fun, they fall in love and they have their share of ups and downs as any other couple. The difference is some of the misunderstandings and confusion are caused by Miles's rival whom he refuses to reveal to Madeline. It's not that he can't handle competition, but how do you tell your girlfriend your PC is also in loved with her?




Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Buy It at Amazon

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

SF Drama | Romance

Director:  Michel Gondry

Cast: Kate Winslet, Jim Carrey, Elijah Wood, Mark Ruffalo, Kirsten Dunst, Tom Wilkinson

Clementine and Joel's love story is told in a pretty unusual way, backwards.

In the future there is a procedure to help people rid of unpleasant events by erasing them from memory. Something like "erase and rewind".

Whilst in the middle of this procedure, Joel, who wants to erase Clementine, realizes that if he clears away all the bad memories, all the good ones will be gone too. He decides to fight for them and his love for Clementine.




Gattaca Buy It at Amazon

Gattaca (1997)

SF Drama | Romance | Thriller

Director:  Andrew Niccol

Cast:  Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, Jude Law, Elias Koteas, Tony Shalhoub

Movie Review

In a claustrophobic society obsessed with the purity of genes, Irene and Vincent fall in love with each other's imperfections. Class-act directing and poignant human drama in one of the most uplifting romantic science fiction movies of all time.




The Man with Two Brains Buy It at Amazon

The Man with Two Brains (1983)

SF Comedy | Romance

Director:   Carl Reiner

Cast:  Steve Martin, Kathleen Turner, David Warner, James Cromwell

The brain is the sexiest organ, they say. It is very true for the neurosurgeon Dr. Hfuhruhurr (say that name fast three times) as he falls for one contained in a glass jar.




Memoirs of an Invisible Man Buy It at Amazon

Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992)

SF Comedy | Romance | Thriller

Director:   John Carpenter

Cast:  Chevy Chase, Daryl Hannah, Sam Neill, Michael McKean, Stephen Tobolowsky

Nick Halloway is a man women can easily see through. Then an accident happens and he truly becomes invisible. However, Alice Monroe finds him irresistible, but before they can be together they have to get rid of a very persistent CIA operative who has other plans for the invisible man.




Quest for Love Buy It at Amazon

Quest for Love (1971)

SF Drama | Mystery | Romance

Director:   Ralph Thomas

Cast:  Joan Collins, Tom Bell, Denholm Elliott, Laurence Naismith

Love finds Colin Trafford in most unordinary circumstances. When his experiment goes haywire he ends up in a parallel universe in his double's shoes. Suddenly he is not a physicists and single anymore, but a famous writer married to a beautiful woman.

However, he still remembers his other life. Eventually he falls in love with his "wife", but soon learns that she hates him. The question is: Can he win her back?




Starman Buy It at Amazon

Starman (1984)

SF Adventure | Drama | Romance

Director:  John Carpenter

Cast:  Jeff Bridges, Karen Allen, Charles Martin Smith

Movie Review

NO list of romantic science fiction movies would be complete without this 80s classic. An alien crashlands on the Earth and takes a form of Jenny's late husband then kidnaps her and compels her to drive him on the specific place.

She panics at first and tries to find a way to escape, but on the road, as she learns more about this unusual stranger, something unexpected happens - she falls in love with him.




The Thirteenth Floor Buy It at Amazon

The Thirteenth Floor (1999)

SF Mystery | Thriller

Director:   Josef Rusnak

Cast:  Craig Bierko, Gretchen Mol, Armin Mueller-Stahl

My personal favorite on the list of Romantic Science Fiction Movies. Love between Jane and Douglas seems well-nigh impossible. A murder, virtual simulation and an abusive husband stand in the way of their "happily ever after".




Timecop Buy It at Amazon

Timecop (1994)

SF Action | Romance | Thriller

Director:   Peter Hyams

Cast:  Jean-Claude Van Damme, Mia Sara, Ron Silver, Scott Lawrence

Action hero Jean-Claude Van Damme shows his romantic side as timecop Max Walker.

He looses his wife in a horrible explosion. After that, Max tries to find a way to change the past in the world where changing past is considered a crime.




WALL-E Buy It at Amazon

WALL·E (2008)

SF Animation | Adventure | Family | Romance

Director:   Andrew Stanton

Cast:  Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, Jeff Garlin

And last but not least on our romantic science fiction movies list, WALL-E!

WALL-E falls in love with EVE the moment he first lays his eyes on her. She is on an important secret mission so it takes a while to reciprocate his feelings. They are so right for each other: he is a Waste Allocation Load Lifter – Earth and she is an Extraterrestrial Vegetation Evaluator. Match made in heaven, I mean, space!


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