“The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them, into the impossible.”
― Arthur C. Clarke
A collection of science fiction movies and television shows that attempt some degree of scientific accuracy, with technologies or scenarios that may be nonexistent in today's world but are at least realistic (if only theoretical). That is to say, they don't rely on magic or fantasy (or anything that departs significantly from mainstream theory) to propel their plot.
This is not to say that some of the line-up here don't take a few speculative leaps, but they at least begin from a place grounded in credible research and theory, from where they then develop their more extravagant premises.
Yes, listing time travel films here is a cheat, but I've only included a few, and only those that make some attempt to explain their paradoxes and/or take their temporal consequences seriously.
The Best Hard Sci-Fi Movies, via /Film:
The 11 Most Accurate Science Fiction Movies Of All Time, via ScreenRant:
Five Science Fiction Movies that Get the Science Right, via New Scientist:
“We're reviving a cancelled undercover police program from the '80s and revamping it for modern times. See, the guys in charge of this stuff lack creativity and are completely out of ideas. So all they do now is recycle shit from the past, and hope that nobody notices.”
― Capt. Hardy, '21 Jump Street' (2012)
A collection of films wherein things become either mildly self-aware, or crazily self-referential.
Many of these films are aware that they are films, and the very act of movie-making (or movie-watching) is factored into the experience, or coded into the narrative.
A Beginner’s Guide to Meta-Films, via CoS:
The Joys Of Meta Cinema, via Raindance:
The Year Of The Meta-Blockbuster, via CO.DESIGN:
The 20 Best Meta Movies of All Time, via Taste of Cinema:
The Heady Joy of Meta Movies, via Fandor:
The 10 Best Meta Horror Movies, via Collider:
High Five: The Podcast has an episode entitled Most Meta Movies (and Deadpool!):
'They Came Together' and the Best Meta-Comedies of All Time, via Signature:
The Rise of Self-Awareness in Cinema: Is Film Doomed to Become a Mockery of Itself?, via /Film: