Science fiction has given filmmakers a wealth of storytelling tropes to play with and consequently, there have been groundbreaking films with twisty narratives and relevant themes.
That said, sometimes all a viewer wants from their film is a good old-fashioned fight scene that just happens to have lasers and/or aliens. Its more fantastic tropes lend set pieces in the genre to feature spectacular and creative action beats and moments.
This has led to filmmakers pushing their craft to new heights in order to create fight scenes with cutting-edge VFX and practical effects, genre-bending tropes, and a dedicated cast and stunt team.
The last few decades have seen the rise of films infused with these elements from iconic franchises such as the Mad Max and Planet of the Apes series and prolific filmmakers such as Alfonso Cuaron and George Miller.
This list will not include comic book movies (as they are a genre on their own) or Star Wars films as they (and possibly comic book movies as well) are considered science fantasy, a genre tangentially related to science fiction but with more otherworldly elements that border on the supernatural.