Science fiction has always been a difficult type of movie to make. On the one hand, you want it to be futuristic enough so it looks different enough from our current society. On the other hand, you don’t want to go overboard and move into Star Wars territory – there needs to be a scientific basis of some sorts for what you’re doing.

Some directors have managed to walk that very fine line more successfully than others. Let’s take a look at some of the best science fiction directors Hollywood has to offer.

Christopher Nolan

While not everyone is a huge fan of his overly complicated way of explaining things, movies like Inception and the newly released Tenet prove that he’s the best “near future” sci-fi director out there. His sci-fi usually limits itself to one piece of technology that makes all the difference between the real world and “his” world.

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