Artificial Intelligence Movies: Top 10 AI Movies

Posted February 6, 2017 By  Cynthia Harvey
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    Artificial Intelligence Movies: Top 10 AI Movies

    These are the top-grossing movies featuring a character (or characters) with artificial intelligence.
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    10. Wall-E

    Year: 2008

    Domestic Gross: $223,806,889

    AI Characters: Wall-E, Eve, others

    AI characters steal the show in this animated feature from Disney and Pixar. Wall-E is an adorable waste-processing robot who falls in love with Eve, a more modern robot who is searching for signs of life.

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    9. X-Men: Days of Future Past

    Year: 2014

    Domestic Gross: $233,914,986

    AI Characters: The Sentinels

    In this installment of the X-Men franchise, artificial intelligence powers the Sentinels, huge mutant-hunting robots who could destroy all mutant life. Wolverine must go back in time to prevent their creation. (Note: A Sentinel also shows up very briefly in "X-Men: The Last Stand" but does not play a significant role.)

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    8. Star Trek

    Year: Star Trek: The Motion Picture—1979; Star Trek: Generations — 1994; Star Trek: First Contact — 1996; Star Trek: Insurrection — 1998; Star Trek: Nemesis — 2002

    Domestic Gross: $363,207,345

    AI Characters: V'Ger, Data

    In the very first Star Trek movie, the villain, V'Ger, is a cloud-like living machine. In later movies featuring the cast of "Star Trek: The Next Generation," Data, one of the main characters, is an android with artificial intelligence capabilities.

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    7. Alien

    Year: Alien — 1979; Aliens — 1986; Alien 3 — 1992; Alien Resurrection — 1997; Alien vs. Predator — 2004; Prometheus — 2012

    Domestic Gross: $385,778,813

    AI Characters: Ash, Bishop, Call, David

    Most of the installments of the Alien series feature an android character powered by artificial intelligence. The most recognizable is probably Bishop, who appears in several of the movies.

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    6. The Matrix

    Year: The Matrix — 1999; The Matrix Reloaded — 2003; The Matrix Revolutions — 2003

    Domestic Gross: $420,752,238

    AI Characters: Agent Smith, machines, others

    In the Matrix series, AI-powered machines have enslaved humans following a war between humans and the machines. Several characters in the movies are also programs, some of them allies to humanity and some of them enemies.

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    5. The Terminator

    Year: The Terminator — 1984; Terminator 2 — 1991; Terminator 3 — 2003; Terminator Salvation — 2009; Terminator Genisys — 2015

    Domestic Gross: $483,325,577

    AI Characters: SkyNet, the Terminators

    In the Terminator series, an artificial intelligence computer system known as SkyNet achieves self-awareness and begins a war against humanity. The Terminators are androids with superb fighting capabilities and are usually humanity's foe, although some have been reprogrammed to save lives.

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    4. Transformers

    Year: Transformers — 2007, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009); Transformers: Dark of the Moon — 2011; Transformers: Age of Extinction — 2014

    Domestic Gross: $1,318,623,519

    AI Characters: The Autobots and the Decepticons

    The Transformers are a race of alien machines that can transform from vehicles (or dinosaurs) to robots. The movies center on a war between the Autobots and the Decepticons, two groups of Transformers, with humans trapped in the middle.

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    3. Iron Man

    Year: Iron Man — 2008; Iron Man 2 — 2010; Iron Man 3 — 2013

    Domestic Gross: $1,039,347,885

    AI Characters: JARVIS

    In this series, Tony Stark, a.k.a. Iron Man, is assisted by an artificial intelligence system known as JARVIS, which stands for Just a Rather Very Intelligent System. In addition to controlling Tony's house, JARVIS is integrated into the Iron Man suit.

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    2. Avengers

    Year: Avengers — 2012; Avengers: Age of Ultron — 2015; Captain America: Civil War — 2016

    Domestic Gross: $1,490,351,700

    AI Characters: JARVIS, Vision

    JARVIS also appears in Avengers series, which, like Iron Man, is part of the Marvel Universe. In the second Avengers movie, however, Ultron destroys JARVIS, but his programming serves as the foundation for the android Vision, which also appears in the movie "Captain America: Civil War." (Note: we grouped the Captain America movie with the Avengers movies because it features so many of the same characters.)

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    1. Star Wars

    Year: Star Wars Episode IV — 1977; Star Wars Episode V — 1980; Star Wars Episode VI — 1983; Star Wars Episode I — 1999; Star Wars Episode II — 2002; Star Wars Episode III — 2005; Star Wars Episode VII — 2015; Rogue One — 2016

    Domestic Gross: $3,683,347,899

    AI Characters: Multiple droids, most notably C-3PO, R2-D2 and BB-8

    Droids with artificial intelligence show up in all the Star Wars movies, and C-3PO, R2-D2 and BB-8 are some of the most beloved characters from the films. They are also expected to appear in the upcoming Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

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    Highly Rated AI Movies

    Of course, really great movies don't necessarily do really great at the box office. Here are ten very popular artificial intelligence movies that didn't make our list of the top ten highest-grossing AI movies. They are ranked in order of their Tomatometer ratings from

    1. Metropolis (1927): 99%

    2. The Iron Giant (1999): 96%

    3. Her (2013): 95%

    4. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951): 94%

    5. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968): 94%

    6. WarGames (1983): 93%

    7. Ex Machina (2015): 93%

    8. Alphaville (1965): 90%

    9. Moon (2009): 89%

    10. Big Hero 6 (2014): 89%

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    The Worst AI Movies

    Want to know which are the worst artificial intelligence movies of all time? Here are the ten worst based on their Tomatometer ratings at

    1. RoboCop 3 (1993): 3%

    2. Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014): 18%

    3. Transcendence (2014): 19%

    4. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009): 19%

    5. Alien Vs. Predator (2004): 21%

    6. The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008): 21%

    7. Terminator Genisys (2015): 25%

    8. Eagle Eye (2008): 26%

    9. Automata (2014): 28%

    10. Total Recall (2012): 30%

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    5 AI Movies That Will Make You Nostalgic for the 80s

    In case you haven't gotten enough of the AI movies yet, here are five more classics from the 1980s:

      1. Blade Runner (1982)

      2. Tron (1982)

      3. D.A.R.Y.L. (1985)

      4. Short Circuit (1986)

      5. RoboCop (1987)

      Image source: Tron theatrical release poster

Artificial intelligence (AI) has long been a staple of science fiction, but in recent years, technology has improved to the point where real-world AI systems have become usable. In fact, Markets and Markets predicts that that the worldwide market for AI systems could be worth $16.06 billion by 2022.

Interestingly, as AI becomes a bigger part of daily life, it also seems to be playing a bigger role in the entertainment industry. Already this decade, filmmakers have put out at least 30 feature films featuring an A.I. character in a key role. By comparison, our research turned up just 19 notable AI movies from the 2000s, 14 from the 1990s and 10 from the 1980s.

For this slideshow, we ranked the top artificial intelligence movies by their domestic box office gross, using data from IMDB. However, we soon realized that many of the most popular AI movies have multiple sequels and/or prequels. In fact, if we had included the top-grossing individual AI movies, all of the top ten would come from just three different franchises. To give the list a little variety, we grouped movies from the same series together and used the total gross from all the movies in each series when determining its placement on the list.

Of course, ranking the movies by their gross receipts leaves quite a few notable artificial intelligence movies off the list. So the last few slides feature lists of the most highly rated AI movies, the worst AI movies and artificial intelligence movies that will make you nostalgic for the 80s.

If you have a favorite that didn't make it into the slideshow, feel free to note it in the comments section below.

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