The Best Robots, Cyborgs and Androids Films

Welcome to the best Robots, Cyborgs and Androids films list! Robots with or without AI have always been a big part of the sci-fi genre. AI ones are mostly known as androids because they resemble to humans. Cyborgs are usually a bit different, mainly organic beings with technology upgrades. So, this time we've focused on these aspects and characters in film, and if you want more you can always check out the extensive library of Science Fiction & Fantasy films. We've compiled a list with some of the best Robots, Cyborgs and Androids films, and we guarantee you'll find something you like. Between classics and some newly released films, you can enjoy in the technology behind these breakthroughs to the fullest.
  • The Terminator (1984)

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    1h 42min

    The Terminator has become one of the biggest and well-known franchises, including films, television, merchandise and much more. This original film, The Terminator, is a sci-fi action film directed by James Cameron, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger in the titular role. He's a cyborg assassin sent back in time from 2029 to 1984 to kill Sarah Connor, the woman whose unborn son will become mankind's only hope. The Terminator is an epitome of cyborg/robot films with Skynet dominating the planet and planning to exterminate humanity. Every sci-fi/action enthusiast should see this film on DVD or Blu-ray because additionally you get access to plenty of special features such as documentaries Unstoppable Force: The legacy of the Terminator and The Terminator: Closer to The Real Thing.

  • Transformers (2007)

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    2h 23min

    Autobots, roll out. This common command used in the Transformers multiverse is familiar to all fans, including the fans of the film series. We're continuing our Robots, Cyborgs and Androids film list with this first instalment of computer animation combined with live-action. Thrilling battle between the heroic Autobots and the evil Decepticons is directed by Michael Bay and stars Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel, Megan Fox and John Turturro. Voice actors Peter Cullen (reprisal from the 1980s television series) and Hugo Weaving voice Optimus Prime and Megatron respectively. Transformers is a great film to see on the big screen, DVD or Blu-ray because its use of special effects deserves the best quality you can get.

    Director:
    Michael Bay
    Cast:
    Shia LaBeouf, Peter Cullen, Mark Ryan
    Genre:
    Collections, Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
    Availability:
    DVD, Blu-ray
  • THX 1138 (1970)

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    1h 25min

    THX 1138 is a social sci-fi film directed by George Lucas, and this is his feature film directorial debut (developed from Lucas's student film). Robert Duvall stars as a man whose mind and body are controlled by the government in this unnerving exploration of the future. The film depicts a dystopian world in which the populace is controlled through android police officers. Can THX escape this horrific reality where love is the ultimate crime, and become a free individual? The film gathered a cult following largely after success Lucas acquired with Star Wars franchise. Nevertheless, check THX 1138 on DVD and Blu-ray to reach into potential future, especially with special features Theatre of Noise Experience and Lucas's Original Student Film.

    Director:
    George Lucas
    Cast:
    Robert Duvall, James Wheaton, Donald Pleasence
    Genre:
    Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Thrillers, Collections
    Availability:
    DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Stepford Wives (1975)

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    110 minutes

    The Stepford Wives is a sci-fi horror thriller based on the 1972 Ira Levin novel of the same name. Joanna (Katherine Ross) reluctantly moves with her husband and children from New York City to the suburban Stepford. Life in the community begins to seem too perfect, so Joanna and her new friend investigate a mysterious conspiracy among the town's husbands. We won't spoil the film altogether, but as it is on our list, you can guess it involves robots, cyborgs and/or androids. The film gathered a cult following over the years, and got not-so-successful remake rewritten as a comedy The Stepford Wives starring Nicole Kidman. If you want to find out more about life in Stepford, don't forget to check it out on DVD.

    Director:
    Bryan Forbes
    Cast:
    Katharine Ross, Paula Prentiss, Peter Masterson
    Genre:
    Classics, Horror
    Availability:
    DVD
  • Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

    122 minutes

    Star Wars franchise basically contains everything our list requires: robots, cyborgs and androids. The Empire Strikes Back is the second instalment in the original Star Wars trilogy. Droids appear in significant roles in the franchise, from R2-D2 and C-3PO to BB-8, the cutest thing about The Force Awakens. Coined by special effects artist John Stears, the term is a clipped form of "android", a word originally reserved for robots designed to look and act like a human. Even though they're considered second-class citizens in the story created by George Lucas, most of them show humanlike personalities and we often sympathize with them. With modern technology quickly advancing, some of these droids are not too impossible to imagine.

  • Westworld (1973)

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    85 minutes

    Next entry on the best Robots, Cyborgs and Androids films list is Westworld, a sci-fi Western thriller film written and directed by novelist Michael Crichton. Westworld is a theme park for the rich, the park's lifelike androids are programmed to indulge vacationers' every whim. The problems arise when androids malfunction and begin killing visitors, even though they're programmed never to harm the customers. This was always an inspiration for Crichton who later went to write a novel and co-write the script for Jurassic Park. Westworld's main character is the Gunslinger, played by Yul Brynner, joined by Richard Benjamin, James Brolin, and Norman Bartold among others. Westworld was succeeded by a sequel, Futureworld and a new HBO television series Westworld.

    Director:
    Michael Crichton
    Cast:
    Yul Brynner, Richard Benjamin, James Brolin
    Genre:
    Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Classics
    Availability:
    DVD, Blu-ray
  • Short Circuit (1986)

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    94 minutes

    Can a robot get human intelligence after being struck by lightning? In a science fiction comedy Short Circuit, yes, and it makes another lovable metallic friend to us all. An experimental military robot, named Number 5 aka Johnny 5, finds a home with Stephanie Speck (Ally Sheedy) who believes he's an alien. Here appears scientist Newton Crosby who must get to his creation before the army puts Number 5 out of service permanently. This is a PG-rated film making Short Circuit one of the best and family friendly features on our Robots, Cyborgs and Androids list. For proper film buffs, if you get it on DVD or Blu-ray, you'll get extra content such as The Creation of Number 5 and Behind the Scenes Featurette.

    Director:
    John Badham
    Cast:
    Ally Sheedy, Tim Blaney, Steve Guttenberg
    Genre:
    Children & Family, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
    Availability:
    DVD, Blu-ray
  • RoboCop (1987)

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    98 minutes

    When a police officer (Peter Weller) gets blown away by criminals, the story of RoboCop begins. RoboCop is a sci-fi film and Robots, Cyborgs and Androids list is made for treasures like this. It's directed by Dutch filmmaker Paul Verhoeven, his first American film. Innovative scientists piece Alex Murphy back together and make him a powerful cyborg, who is underneath all still haunted by memories. But he seems unstoppable and bulletproof and that's what a crime-ridden city of Detroit needs in its dystopian depiction. RoboCop sparked a multimedia franchise, spanning through film sequels, videogames, television, and several comic book crossovers. The most recent is a remake RoboCop starring Joel Kinnaman as the title character.

    Director:
    Paul Verhoeven
    Cast:
    Peter Weller, Jon Davison, Nancy Allen
    Genre:
    Sci-Fi & Fantasy
    Availability:
    DVD, Blu-ray
  • Real Steel (2011)

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    122 minutes

    Real Steel takes us into not-so-distant future where human boxing is not that interesting anymore. But robots boxing, that's a completely different story. This is a sci-fi sports film starring Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly and Dakota Goyo, perfect for the best Robots, Cyborgs and Androids films list. When Charlie (Jackman) hits rock bottom, he reluctantly teams up with his estranged son Max (Goyo) to repair and train a robot championship contender. A lot of the time robots are portrayed as villains, but a few entries on our list defie that, making the robots rather lovable. Real Steel may be a bit over the top in some aspects, but if you just sit back and relax, you will enjoy the ride this film takes you on.

    Director:
    Shawn Levy
    Cast:
    Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly, Dakota Goyo
    Genre:
    Sci-Fi & Fantasy
    Availability:
    DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Iron Giant (1999)

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    1h 23min

    The Iron Giant tops the best Robots, Cyborgs and Androids films list - this animated sci-fi comedy drama is especially recognized for using both traditional animation and computer animation. The story centres on Hogarth Hughes who rescues an enormous robot that fell from the stars to Earth. So, how can he keep the friendly giant a secret? The film stars the talented voices of Eli Marienthal, Christopher McDonald, Jennifer Aniston, Harry Connick, Jr., and Vin Diesel. The Iron Giant is a great film for a whole family, and to see this modern animated classic in its full glory, rent it on Blu-ray. It features additional content and including The Giants Dream and The Making of documentary.

    Director:
    Brad Bird
    Cast:
    Eli Marienthal, Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Aniston
    Genre:
    Children & Family, Collections
    Availability:
    DVD, Blu-ray
We hope you'll enjoy in these titles as we believe these are some of the best Robots, Cyborgs and Androids films out there. If you're in need of more science fiction and fantasy fun, try browsing our extensive collection of over 90,000 titles, and don't forget you can rent DVD and Blu-ray with our Free Trial offer!

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