Science fiction and comedy may seem like an odd pairing, but the combination has produced some truly entertaining and hilarious movies over the years. From time-traveling adventures to extraterrestrial encounters, sci-fi comedies offer a unique blend of humor and imagination that can make you laugh. In this article, we’ve rounded up the 15 best sci-fi comedies for a much-needed break from reality.
1. Galaxy Quest (1999)
A group of washed-up actors from a canceled sci-fi TV show are recruited by an alien race who believe their adventures are real and need their help to defeat an evil warlord. Chaos ensues as the actors navigate through an intergalactic battle while struggling to live up to their fictional personas.
2. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005)
Arthur Dent, an ordinary man, is whisked away on a journey through space by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the titular Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Together, they encounter strange and hilarious characters as they search for the answer to life, the universe, and everything.
3. Mars Attacks! (1996)
Aliens from Mars come to Earth with the intention of taking over, but a group of bumbling humans foils their plans. The movie is a satirical take on the classic alien invasion genre, with over-the-top special effects and a star-studded cast.
4. Ghostbusters (1984)
A team of scientists and paranormal enthusiasts set up a business to catch ghosts haunting New York City, known as the Ghostbusters. As they take on bigger and more dangerous spirits, they must also deal with a bureaucratic government agency that wants to shut them down.
5. Back to the Future Part II (1989)
Marty McFly travels to the future to save his children but inadvertently causes a chain of events that threatens his own existence. With the help of Doc Brown, Marty must navigate a world vastly different from his own and find a way to set things right.
6. Free Guy (1987)
Guy thinks he’s just a normal well… guy! He goes to work every day at the bank and lives his life. Well, that’s until he figures out he is a non-player character in a violent video game and everything he knows isn’t real. But after learning the truth, everything changes for Guy and the world around him.
7. Men in Black (1997)
Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones star as agents of a secret government organization that monitors and polices extraterrestrial activity on Earth. When a new alien threat emerges, they must stop it before it destroys the planet.
8. Dude, Where’s My Car? (2000)
Two stoners wake up after a wild night of partying and realize they have no idea where they parked their car. As they try to retrace their steps and find their vehicle, they encounter various bizarre and hilarious obstacles.
9. Megamind (2010)
In this animated movie, a supervillain named Megamind accidentally kills his archenemy, leaving him without a purpose in life. He decides to create a new superhero to fight, but when his creation turns out to be more than he bargained for, he must team up with his former enemy to save the city.
10. Dark Star (1974)
In this low-budget cult classic, a group of astronauts on a mission to destroy unstable planets become bored and disillusioned with their task. As their ship falls apart and their sanity begins to slip, they must find a way to survive in the depths of space.
11. The World’s End (2013)
Five friends reunite after 20 years to complete an epic pub crawl they failed to finish in their youth. But as they make their way through the town, they realize that robotic impostors have replaced the residents, and they must fight to save humanity.
12. Idiocracy (2006)
In the distant future, society has devolved into a world where the least intelligent people have the most children, and humanity is on the brink of collapse. When an average Joe from the present day is cryogenically frozen and wakes up 500 years in the future, he finds himself to be the smartest person on the planet. He must use his knowledge to help society overcome its problems and prevent its inevitable decline. The movie is a satirical look at society’s obsession with pop culture and the dangers of anti-intellectualism.
13. Paul (2011)
When two comic book fans travel across the United States, they end up witnessing a horrible crash where they meet Paul. But Paul isn’t any man, he’s an alien from outer space. With Paul in tow, they guys need to find a way to save Paul before the government finds them.
14. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
While the entire Guardians of the Galaxy franchise is hilarious, the first movie doesn’t dive into as deep of topics as the next two movies in the saga. When a group of intergalactic criminals are forced to work together to save the universe, it only creates good jokes and great action scenes.
15. Earth Girls Are Easy (1988)
This hilarious movie from the 1980s is about three fuzzy aliens who come down to Earth in a girl’s swimming pool in California. But instead of being disgusted by them, she insists on giving them a makeover and introducing them to life on Earth.
Jaimee Marshall is a writer who hails from the suburbs of Philadelphia but has spent the past few years living abroad in Australia. She considers herself a bit of a movie buff with a knack for horror and clever sci-fi flicks. When she isn’t watching or writing about movies, she’s probably either posting political memes, cooking vegan food, or being active. She covers entertainment news, and reviews films and television for Wealth of Geeks. You can also catch her deep dives on sociopolitical issues at Evie Magazine, Katie Couric Media, and Her Campus or watch her appearance on Popcorned Planet, where she discusses heated issues like due process in our current social climate.