Maybe it didn't seem like it at the time, but in retrospect the '90s were a golden era for thoughtful, insightful sci-fi, empowered by computerized special effects and a public eager for escapist spectacle.
The genre really found its voice during this decade and many of the films that were released set a benchmark for the movie industry.
Watch the video above for CNET's pick of 20 awesome sci-fi movies that still hold up and are worth checking out. You can also vote now in our CNET poll for your favorite sci-fi film from the '90s -- and leave a comment about why you made your pick.
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