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10 Science Fiction Movies Every Sci-Fi Fan Should Watch

Updated on December 18, 2007

Here is a list and review of 10 science fiction movies that have been milestones in sci-fi genre. You may have already seen those movies but you should keep those DVD's in you science fiction archive if you consider yourself as a science fiction fan. (You can buy those movies from Amazon with the best prices)

Blade runner

Blade Runner is the king of all science fiction movies in my humble opinion. The movie is adapted from a Philip K. Dick (and he's the king of sci-fi writers) book: "Do Androids Dream of Electrical Sheep?" and directed by Ridley Scott. As a person who have read the book and watched the movie I can say that they both have their own atmosphere and I can't tell which one is better. (Blade Runner is breaking the tradition of Bad Movies of Good Books). The dust rain in book is pictured as rain in the movie (I guess that's from lack of visual effects in 80's) but the movie gives the dark and gloomy effect of the book. This is why "Blade Runner" is also nominated for the best "Film Noir" lists. There is a 25th year anniversary special 5 Disc DVD suitcase set (You can find in Amazon Links) every Blade Runner fan should add to their archive. My favorite quote from the movie: "I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die."

12 Monkeys

Terry Gilliam has created a piece of art with 12 Monkeys, playing games with time issue. We have looked at "changing the course of time" concept from an entertaining point of view at "Back to the Future", with 12 monkeys time gets serious. 5 billion people were killed in 1996 and Bruce Willis is sent back to beginning of 90's to eliminate the known source of virus: "Army of Twelve Monkeys". Main character goes between madness and sanity and his dreams and memories blended between past and the future.

2001 A Space Odyssey

Actually this isn't a movie, this is a Stanley Kubrick work of art. You will love or you will hate "2001 a space odyssey". The movie is unique with the long shots of dark and silent space. (You may say that these scenes are boring but space is silent, those Star Wars scenes with X-wings chasing Tie Fighters with all that laser sounds are just a piece of fantasy not science) Arthur Clarke has created one of the best villains in history HAL. If you don't understand the movie I advice you to read the book also which is more informative and easier to understand. There are many trivia's about the movie: HAL is composed IBM's previous letters and even Arthur Clarke didn't understand the end of the movie.

Dark City

Dark City is another Film-noir. Actually the atmosphere of the movie is so dark that you can suspect your TV's settings. Dark City is dealing with psychology/character and memory relations. Is it possible to change a man by changing his memories? The movie searches for an answer while pleasing the audience with unique atmosphere and lovely Jennifer Connelly.



Writer of 1984 George Orwell has predicted that the world would be under total control of Big Brother. We can't say that he is wrong by 2007 but this movie pictures an utopic world with population enslaved by mind control. This movie has an importance that it actually predicts the situation the world is going now. Maybe you will realize the similarities; how the big nations fighting an imaginative enemy, social life killed by media tools and etc..

13th floor

If you watch 13th floor after Matrix you may think that they have stolen the concept of Matrix. Actually 13th Floor has been shot way back before. 13th floor deals with my favorite science fiction topic: Simulation. The human technology has developed to simulate a smaller world. There is a theory that if world has technology of simulating a new world then there is a high probability that the world you live on is a simulation too. (This theory isn't mentioned in the movie but I've read an article trying to prove the situation mathematically) I don't want to spoil the movie so you should watch it if you like the concept.

I, robot

When you see Will Smith and Science Fiction together you can expect another "Men In Black" movie but "I, Robot" is more than your expectations. The story taken from a master of sci-fi Isaac Asimov and his legendary three robot rules. When the robots become smart enough to take advantage of rules (they start to think political like we do) we get to see enough elements from action and sci-fi movies.


What is Matrix? When you look at other movies in the list you can see that the idea of simulation, robots dominating humans isn't such a new idea. What Matrix has done was collaborating the core of science fiction ideas with the perfect visual effects. The visual effects were a head of all other movies at that time and Matrix has introduced science fiction to large audiences. But nothing is perfect and they had to shoot Matrix II and Matrix III. (You can buy Ultimate Matrix Collection with all three movies and Animatrix which is worth watching from Amazon)

Total recall

Another Philip K. Dick masterpiece. The movie is inspired from Philip K. Dick's short story : "We can remember it for you wholesale". Actually Arnold Schwarzenegger isn't whom I expect to see in a sci-fi movie but there are exceptions. The story is constructed skillfully and sharing experiences of the Mars dream, memory-character relationship. The director has created an action movie atmosphere (what else can you expect with Arnold Schwarzenegger) the pace is up throughout the movie and you can find action and sci-fi elements together in the movie. The effects could be better but this is a movie you should like with all those cheesy effects, Arnold and three breasted woman.

Pitch black

Pitch Black doesn't have strong script or perfect visual effects but it does have a super chaotic evil villain & hero character: Riddick. The most dangerous criminal of the known universe is transported to a prison and the spacecraft crashes in a deserted planet. So we have a dark character released in a dark planet with the threat of even darker creatures. The movie has the tagline : "Fight Evil With Evil" which pretty much sums up the movie. (You can buy Riddick Triology which contains: Pitch Black / Dark Fury (Animation) / Chronicles of Riddick, from the Amazon link.)


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      Will English 

      8 years ago

      Not a bad list forgot Star Wars lol (sorry I couldn't resist).

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      8 years ago from Irvine

      I came up with a longer list of movies that I enjoy watching reapeatedly. I'm sure I fogot to include a number of gems. The list is no order of preference:

      1. Minority Report

      2. A.I.

      3. Vanilla Sky

      4. A Boy and His Dog

      5. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (original version)

      6. The Thing (both versions)

      7. Road Warrior

      8. Soylent Green

      9. The Day The Earth Stood Still

      10. Forbidden Planet

      11. Alien/Aliens

      12. Predator

      13. Gattica

      14. The Day of the Triffids

      15. Journey to the Center of the Earth (James Mason version)

      16. Mysterious Island

      17. 2001: A Space Odyssey

      18. 2010: A Space Odyssey

      19. Twilight Zone: The Movie

      20. The Andromeda Strain

      21. War of the Words (original)

      22. Avatar

      23. The Matrix

      24. The Time Machine (original)

      25. The Day After

      26. Earth vs. The Flying Saucers

      27. The Hidden

      28. Jurassic Park

      29. Powder

      30. Close Encounters of the Third Kind

      31. Communion

      32. Contact

      33. Brainstorm

      34. A Clockwork Orange

      35. Taken

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      9 years ago

      how about pitch black and chronichles of riddick great films.

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      9 years ago

      What about:

      Jurassic Park


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      9 years ago

      While I enjoyed Pitch Black and I, Robot the list could use an influx of some classic material War of the Worlds or The Day the Earth Stood Still. But you managed to get a nice list together. My personal take on the top sci fi movies can be found at

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      9 years ago

      As soon as I saw "I, Robot" (a campy crap that's nothing like the novel), the list lost a credibility to me.

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      Mrs Lovette 

      9 years ago

      This list is ridiculous how can "The Time Machine" not be here :O seriously ? who wrote this ? "I robot" really? What about "Star Trek" or "The Core" or "War Of The Worlds" ...*sigh*

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      9 years ago

      STAR TREK VI THE UNDISCOVRED COUNTRY espcialy the space battle

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      9 years ago

      They are ideal as educational source.Very inspiring hub!

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      10 years ago

      Excuse me, Bulvine, other worlds (PLANETS) ARE sci-fi if they don't involve magic. You're basically saying that astronomy isn't science.

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      10 years ago

      I loved Pitch Black! It had a somewhat low-budget feel and is understated but it had a lot of other things going for it. It did not dwell too much on creating a futuristic society but was quick and dirty and realistic in delivering the right atmosphere. Its characters weren't super deep but offered only what they needed to and no more. You may think who the good and bad guys are but it flips this on its head.

      It wasn't the type of movie to make you think but it was the type to keep you on the edge of your seat. I saw this in the theater and it was a million times better than if you had just rented it. The sound and visual effects in certain scenes (such as the sky going dark and the evil sounding background sound of the creatures in the 'valley of death').

      Riddick was an excellent character but I was sadly disappointed with them trying to cash in on a sequel with a wannabe Star Wars attempt. Terrible movie!

      I agree with some user comments that this was more of a horror/suspense film but with a sci-fi flavor. However it is a very excellent film in its own right.

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      10 years ago

      alien is a wonderfull sci fi movie... aliens not so much... soheilr

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      10 years ago

      I Robot and Pitch Black are not worth watching. I'm surprised you did not include Alien and Aliens

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      10 years ago

      what about the movie serenity you jerks!

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      10 years ago

      you put pitch black. and you didn't even mention star wars. beep.u.suck.beep.beep.

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      DR chiPa 

      10 years ago

      Nice list, I robot.. Like, you on drugs?

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      Loveofnight Anderson 

      11 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

      nice list of your top 10....we could go on and on about things to add but i believe this list to be worthy of my attention since i have never seen blade runner or 12 monkeys...seems i have some movie viewing ahead of me.....thx 4 share

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      11 years ago

      Yeah I agree with the comments that I Robot was just a Will Smith Vehicle, much like every other movie Will Smith has made, although I Am Legend was watchable.

      Ones that I'd add to the list:



      Primer (someone already mentioned this but what a refreshing movie this was).

      Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan


      Close Encounters of the Third Kind

      The Thing - John Carpenter's(another that will raise debate about whether it is horror or sci-fi)

      I think Dark City is pretty underrated, and basically brought the same ideas of the Matrix before the Matrix was released. 12 Monkeys is just a bonfide classic and I like Pitch Black not so much for its sci-fi elements but just a well executed suspense film.

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      11 years ago

      Oh I just saw my earlier post and it had some of the same films as the post above this one but as I said previously I could go on and on.

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      11 years ago

      All these are very good but you should try doing 25 sci-fi films because there are so much more. Planet of the Apes(1968) The day the earth stood still(1951) The Thing from another world, Silent Running,A boy and his dog,Soylent Green,Death Race 2000,Forbidden Planet,Logans Run,

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      11 years ago

      never heard of 1984, def going to watch it! thanks!

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      11 years ago

      Great list, apart from Blade runner which i am not keen on

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      Mike Lickteig 

      11 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

      I gave up on reading all the comments here because they grew increasingly dark in tone. I will come to the defense of the author of this post by asserting the title of this hub made no mention of "ten best", "top ten", "ten most important" or anything of the kind. The author simply states these are ten science fiction movies every fan should see. I love the lists, and I will add Omega Man and Planet of the Apes (the first one, with Charlton Heston) as movies every science fiction fan should see.

      Thanks for posting!

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      11 years ago

      Yawn...Go back to Sci-Fi School. Trip To The Moon. Metropolis,Solaris,Planet of the Apes,War of the Worlds(original), Forbidden Planet,The Thing from another World,Zardoz,12 Monkeys,Aileta Queen of Mars,Earth vs.the Flying Saucers,oh god I could go on forever

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      don johnson 

      11 years ago

      kudos on 12 monkeys 2001 blade runner total recall, and I guess the matrix. other than the ones others mentioned, I also suggest A Boy and His Dog as one to check out. good science fiction should not only provide a glimpse of 'what if' but should also critique the present state of the human condition, whether through analogy or irony. (did anyone already mention equilibrium or eternal sunshine for the spotless mind?)

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      11 years ago

      While I admit, I haven't had the privilege of reading all of Asimov's Robots stories, of the stories I have read, I don't think that I, Robot got as far away as people think. The stories weren't even intended to be a set, and the biggest aspect tying them together were the robots themselves. I think, then, that it makes more sense that the closest things to Asimov's works were The Three Laws and the robots, specifically Sonny and his ability to dream.

      I, Robot didn't really try to be a screenplay of the stories, nor did it originally have any connection to Asimov's work, which is probably why so many people think it strayed too far from Asimov's visions. It wasn't until later that elements of Asimov's works, including Susan Calvin, were added.

      I think when looking at it as a movie on its own that incorporates elements of Asimov's work, instead of looking at it as an attempt to make a direct screenplay of the stories, "I, Robot" has more credibility.

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      11 years ago

      how can you leave out forbidden planet and the time machine?

      Legend was a weak remzke of the omaga man,a much better ff

      ilm.If you liked legend see omaga man.i robot did no justice to the book.Rember the book was a history of the developmemt of robots starting with robby.That movie haset been made yet.

      we need to adjust now theres more input.

      blade runner

      time machine

      star wars

      forbidden planet

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      11 years ago from Virginia, US

      I was with you until I saw Pitch Black...

      Replace it with Event Horizon ;)

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      11 years ago

      I liked very much the "District 9"

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      Simon N 

      11 years ago

      What about the 5th Element?

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      Adam B 

      11 years ago

      How about the Horror Sci-Fi such as Alien & Event Horizon?

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      Mr. Seesareu 

      11 years ago

      Where in the hell is Frankenstein 1985? The american version of Fantastic Four.

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      11 years ago

      I am glad to see people talk about star wars not being sci-fi. I would have to agree there. I really like Blade Runner, Logan's Run, 2001,Time Machine 1960, Matrix,Omega Man & the Terminators.

      In regards to the previous post from the chic,if it is just about the story then it isn't Sci-Fi. Sci-Fi is also about plausablilty, hence the science part.

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      Valerie F 

      11 years ago from Idaho Falls, ID

      If sci-fi is all about science fiction and technology, that rules out most post-apocalyptic sci fi and even dystopian sci fi- in which technological gadgetry may play a role, but it's not the point.

      There is a difference between hard sci-fi and, well, sci-fi.

      I consider Star Wars to be sci-fi- just not hard sci fi, and I prefer it that way. I watch movies to see stories unfold on film, not to be told all about how a hypderdrive works.

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      11 years ago

      Mine favorite is 2012, just see the trailer, and you have not mentioned anything about Independence Day, was not it that good to be mentioned? see trailer of 2012 and tell me how it was?

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      11 years ago

      take off total recall and add minority report

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      Kelley Marks 

      11 years ago from Sacramento, California

      As old as it is, "Forbidden Planet" should be on this list. Its influence is far beyond average sci-fi movies such as "Total Recall." At any rate, I dig these lists. Keep it up!

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      Ande Moore 

      11 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Nice personal list. We all will debate our favorites. You got, in my view, most of the top 10. I enjoyed all the Chronicles of Riddick but might gaff @ top 10, of course I'm a little old school. Nice hub and "Good Hunting".

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      11 years ago

      For a good psychological movie get either stoned or slightly drunk and watch the classic 70's movie Silent Running, Probably the first greenie in space trying to save Earths plants etc.. Just google it =)

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      11 years ago

      What about Andrei Tarkovsky's original Soljaris ? and The Man Who Fell to Earth ?

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      Terminator Salvation nut 

      12 years ago

      Great Lens I enjoyed it and have bookmarked you.. I'll be back!

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      12 years ago

      That's a great list of films and I've seen every one except 13th floor. Must get around to seeing it sometime. I agree that Blade Runner is a fantastic film. It's in the top 3 of my favourite sci-fi films. Actually your hub inspired me to make a list of my own science fiction and fantasy films.

      Can't believe that you never included Star Wars though. Tsk! Tsk!

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      12 years ago

      Not a bad list, agree with #1, surprised to see Pitch Black instead of say AI, or Abyss.

      Also agree that I Robot could have been done better, don't know why they would pick Will Smith for that role...

      And the original War of the Worlds should be in that list...and what about Outland? (that could be closer to the future then pretty much anything else but Blade Runner)

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      12 years ago

      Nice list, thanks for trying! I'll be rewatching these all over the winter break...and I've added Gattaca from all the reviews--a movie I've not yet seen, or have (gasp) forgotten.

      AS far as the Star Wars debate goes, I agree and don't 'really' consider it Sci-Fi...however think of all the different 'sciences' we have today and maybe our definition of science fiction has to change...not the stuff we try to cram into the category and the stuff we try to exclude:

      Botany, Zoology, Political Science, Mathematics, Linguistics, Engineering, Physics, Mechanics, Robotics, Sociology...etc, etc, etc.

      A lot of theses schools make their appearances in Star Wars...But I would still have to say BECAUSE of the setting, it isn't Sci-Fi. Sci-Fi is for us, the people living now on Earth to speculate upon. Any other-worldy setting becomes allegory and retrospective...two things sci fi should try to steer clear of.

      Thanks! Hope that helps a bit.

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      12 years ago

      I've never actually seen the "1984" movie, is it any good? The book is my second favorite ever, I'd hoped the movie would do it justice but I never got a chance to see it.

      Also, there was a Sci-Fi Channel movie of Ray Bradbury's "A Sound of Thunder" on a while back that was very disappointing. They added a bunch of messed up stuff that wasn't in the short story just to fill the two hours of movie. But then again, Sci-Fi Channel original movies aren't that great to begin with, save "Tin Man".

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      12 years ago

      I should have written the story straight away. Here it goes:

      There is a young bloke, who has a young girl and they have a very young son. This bloke is working on some complicated device, of which his son is very interested. Now it looks like this bloke cheets on his girl and it goes out when he calls her Susan instead of Maggie. So she breaks up with him and takes their child with her. Thing is that this bloke doesn't know any Susan at all. Anyways he lets it be. He moves out, but lives not very far away. There he continues working on his device. Son is sometimes paying him a visit. One day bloke dissapers and his son finds devices broken. Nobody knows what happened.

      From this moment the story goes on with only this bloke. He is found in the cornfield by a nice woman, who takes care of him. He remembers nothing of what he was doing before he was found. Time passes by and they fall in love with each other. After a while he calls her Maggie once. From that time his memory partially returns. He tells her everything he remembers, mostly his son. It seems that he has moved forward in time. So he starts to build this device of his from scratch again....

      I've never seen the rest of this film. Oh... Forgive me my english.

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      12 years ago

      I'm one of the greatest sci-fi movies fan. What I'm here for is that I remember one specific movie...well...first half of it and for years now I'm trying to find its title. Can somebody help me?

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      12 years ago

      Event Horizon is ghey. No offence.

      Love Bladerunner and 12 Monkeys especially, and well, i've seen all the others. I'm quite proud.

      Can't believe there aren't more Bruce Willis films though *ducks* lol

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      12 years ago from Texas

      Dune should definitely be on there. Event Horizon is tough to call, but then the story does kind of center around the Gravity Drive, which would make it impossible to tell outside of sci fi. I don't mind when a movie could be considered both horror and sci fi, I just hate it when people think they're the same thing (like my local Blockbuster).

      I've read the "Star Wars is not sci fi" argument, and for the most part I tend to agree with it. But what else are you supposed to call movies/stories like that? It just wouldn't seem right to put Star Wars in the generic Drama section.

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      Rusty Williamson 

      13 years ago


      I've been an extreme sci-fi fan since seeing Star Trek on TV the first night back from Vietnam in 1972. In 1976 I decided I would some day write sci-fi and, at that time, I also made a serious effort to see every sci-fi movie and read mainly sci-fi books to take in as much as possible. My point, I’ve been working at it for over 30 years. My first sci-fi novel will be available around next Christmas (knock on wood that nothing goes wrong!). Humbly, those are my qualifications, which I state for a reason.

      I'm mainly posting here for only one reason but first… I like the list, maybe 60% would be on my list. There are so many good sci-fi movies just 10 ‘must sees’ would be difficult.

      And now… Star Wars is not Sci-Fi??? On whose authority? Sounds to me like someone is trying to analyze too much -- put too many requirements on what is what. However, I try to be open minded so, tell me where this comes from and why. However, even then I'll probably say; that’s all well and good for whoever but they shouldn't try to force their views on the rest of us. To me Star Wars serves as a strong example/definition of sci-fi but... I won't try to force that (my) view on others either. At the same time I have never heard anyone say that Star Wars was NOT sci-fi -- just the opposite is true. For heavens sake, look anywhere!, the library, any bookstore. So talk to me…

      For some strange reason I do not like Fantasy books and often there’s a fine line between the two. But, not in Star Wars case! To me Fantasy is ‘predominately’ unexplained magic that makes no claim to technology or science. To me Star Wars is absolutely sci-fi and, while Star Wars would not make my top 5 list it would probably have to make my top 10 list just because… well, its Star Wars for goodness sakes!

      Horror can be a rough call… anything can be horror but horror can be horror for horror’s sake too (no sci-fi, fantasy, love story, etc). So perhaps it’s a matter of saying… if something contains horror is it then horror (Aliens) or, if it’s primary purpose is horror (After Dark)… or, if it’s really nothing else but horror (Chainsaw Massacre) then… I like the latter personally.

      My .02,Rusty

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      13 years ago

      Star wars is Sci Fi Fantasy a genre of fantasy. Yes Alien and Terminator. Is The Thing sci fi or horror?

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      Marie-Louise GariĆ©py 

      13 years ago

      I Robot? Come on. Anybody putting I Robot as a must see sci-fi movie has a lot to learn about sci-fi. I don't even understand how this movie could hold the title of Asimov book. It took from the book only the three laws of robotics and whereas the book was built arround proving how perfect these laws were, the movie revolves arround destroying them.

      I kind of like Dark city the first time I saw it. For some reason that movie aged badly. I watch it again not long ago and thought it had lost all the charm it had.

      12 Monkeys was very good, but a must see is Brazil.

      I have not seen Pitch black nor 13th floor. From what I read, they are minor films of the genre.

      I agree that Alien and Terminator should be in such a list - though if I were to choose between Alien and Blade runner, the latter would prevail. How about Solaris, Stalker and The Fifth element? And Children of men? And of course Gattaca.

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      13 years ago from Albuquerque

      Jude Law, Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman in 1997's Gattaca. Truly an awesome movie. Diego

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      13 years ago

      What about the Cube.

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      13 years ago

      Even though I truly loved all three of the first movies, I have to say that STAR WARS IS NOT SCI-FI. Thanks to all above that have posted that. Star Wars is fantasy based in a space setting. I totally agree with Zyklon on this. The science or technology must DIRECTLY affect the plot in order for a movie to be considered true Sci-Fi. The best examples of this are Bladerunner, 2001, Logans Run, and the Matrix. There are so many excellent examples listed in this post, it makes me want to get on Amazon and start ordering!

      I am a huge Star Trek fan, but I can tell you why no Star Trek movies have made the list. Only Star Trek II & Star Trek VI were REAL good movies. Others were worth watching, but not great pictures. And the Star Trek movies deal mostly with political, social, or drama issues in the plots as opposed to science or technology. Only the 1st Star Trek revolved around a machine being a key figure and it wasn't really a GREAT movie.

      Personally, I think TRON should be on that list as well. It was the first movie to use computer animation on a large scale and it was an original idea. Of course my favorites which might not warrant being on this list are Saturn 3, The Andromeda Strain, The Last Starfighter, Omega Man(which is an older version of I AM LEGEND), and RoboCop.

      Let me also say, being a Sci-Fi fan, I own copies of Silent Running & Dark Star. Both are horrible movies that are almost unbearable to watch. I own Zardoz also, but I only watch it when I need to be reminded what made the 70's so bad!

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      13 years ago

      I have to agree that 12 monkeys is hands down the best time-travel sci-fi movie to date.

      The one I would definitely add would be Gattaca. Good movie and I think fits the list better than some already on it.

      Star Wars still counts as Sci-fi even though it has a classic Fantasy plot (IMO). It has Death Stars, Light Sabers, and droids with interesting personalities. Those are all pretty central Sci-Fi elements, not just props and scenery.

      Even though I'm not a trekkie, I'm amazed none of the Star Trek movies are on the list either. I mean... Wha?? How can you talk about Sci-Fi milestones and completely forget about Spock, Kirk, Bones, Scotty and Dilithium Crystals?

      I guess those are more obvious "landmark" movies than "milestones".... perhaps?

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      13 years ago

      How dare you not put Indepenence Day in here?

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      13 years ago

      Just a quick correction in your part on 12 Monkeys:

      "Bruce Willis is sent back to beginning of 90's to eliminate the known source of virus"

      They made a big point of making it clear in the movie that he was *not* trying to change the past ("The past is the past, you can't change the past" as he would say in the movie), bur rather find the original virus so one of the future scientists could come back, collect a sample, then synthesize a vaccine for those in the future.

      I only point this out since you went to the trouble of saying this was a movie that took time travel seriously :) which is one of the reasons i like it.

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      13 years ago from USA

      Believe it or not, I have never seen Blade Runner. Alright alright, lemme have it! :-)

      I robot was excellent.. would "I Am Legend" qualify as sci-fi??

      ~ Peter

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      13 years ago

      You miss some great movies like :

      Soylent Green (chef d'oeuvre)

      Thx 1138 (same here)

      Forbidden Planet

      1984 is a dull copy of the it and read all Philip K. Dick novel please

      I robot, Pitch Black, matrix couldn't possibly fit on the best sci fi movies...There is so many sci fi movies greater than the one you wrote down.

      You need to expand your horizon and watch old sci fi movies...

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      13 years ago

      You are all wrong. It is I who wrot both 1984 and A Brave New World.

      That is all.

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      13 years ago from Singaraja, Bali

      Definitely Blade Runner. The Day the Earth Stood Still. I'm a fan of lists because it gets you thinking about what you would add or subtract.

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      13 years ago

      ever heard of tarkovsky, director of stalker and solyaris (among others)? i'd like to see brazil, naked lunch, alien, star wars, dune in this list. atleast they all crush films like i robot and pitch black. ok list thou...

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      13 years ago from Not Too Far Away

      Great hub I loved Pitch Black and the sequel Chronicles of Riddick great movies.

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      13 years ago

      I think your description for 13th Floor is a spoiler.

      Also, eXistenZ, while extremely weird, is a great movie in the same spirit of The Matrix and 13th Floor.

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      13 years ago

      If Asimov were alive today, he would have never approved the I, Robot script. That movie is an insult to his memory. His heroes handle difficult situations with their brains, not with physical prowess and a loud mouth. I saw Will Smith confess he had never even read an Isaac Asimov book and is not a scifi fan. He is also an awful actor who makes horrible movies. The I, Robot movie makes me angry - See Bicentennial Man to better know what Asimov is all about.

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      13 years ago

      I especially liked THX1138 , Dark Star and Alien Trilogy ,Metropolis and Soylent Green , it is pointless trying to make a "Best of " list , but at least it gaurantees plenty of comments.

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      13 years ago

      The fact that you included "I, Robot" blows away all the other good chocies you made. Icedude has nailed it. Any "Top 10" sci fi list that doesn't include Metropolis shows how inexperienced you are.

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      13 years ago

      I'm sorry, but as an esential list of 10 movies "every sci-fi fan should see" this list sucks... I feel like it should be called "10 sci-fi movies that I really liked that came out in the past 10 years and 2001: a space Oddessy and Blade Runner." It's not a bad list, but you ignored a lot. The Day the Earth Stood Still? Some sci fi fans say that's the ONLY scifi film ever made. What about "A Scanner Darkly?" You don't have a single Star Wars or Star Trek movie on there (hell, you could have lumped them together and said see one of these). I could even argue that "Wild, Wild West" should have been on there instead of "I, Robot." Again, I don't have a problem if you like any of these films, I just find it hard to believe that this is any sort of esentials list...

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      Milo G Rockett 

      13 years ago

      I'm sorry, but no sci-fi list is complete without Logan's Run, or Soylent Green.

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      13 years ago

      but what about 'Attack of the Killer Tomatos'?

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      13 years ago

      pitch black sucks. you know it. there's plenty of other better sci fi horror super tanned hero useless script movie, or not?

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      13 years ago from Denver, CO

      Star Wars isn't sci-fi in the same way Mazlow01 expressed Pitch Black isn't sci-fi: neither of them relies upon science, technology, or future society to tell their story. The settings, gadgets, comstumes, etc. of both films are mere pageantry that make them look "techy" and sci-fi, but that's not what they are about. Sci-fi is fiction about science or technology and it's impact on people, and deals with scientific and technological concepts such that they cannot be extracted from the story without telling a different story. E.g. you can't have "I, Robot" without robots, but you can have killer creatures that only come out in the dark without going to other planets, and you can have stories about good vs. evil, rebellion against tyranny, and traditional morality vs. draconian law without spaceships, lightsabers, and Jabba the Hut. (In fact Lucas admits Star Wars is homage to the morality epics of 50s Japanese samurai films and American westerns, and to that end Star Wars has been called sapce western as much as space opera; it's about the moral drama, not the setting.)

      Now, why Star Wars is *fantasy* is because it relies heavily upon unexplainable (or at least unexplained) mystical happenings as a storytelling device. The Star Wars universe is no more plausible than Middle Earth, and Lucas makes no effort to make it plausible to our scientific worldview. The Force just is, and we accept it and what it can do without criticism, just like we accept balrogs and the power of the One Ring, because these features appeal to nothing but imagination to make them work. Science fiction, with the very intonation of "science", appeals to our understanding of the natural world to support itself. Science fiction portrays worlds that, given our understanding of the natural world, we have reason to believe could possibly be, while fantasy portrays worlds which we have no reason to believe could exist.

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      13 years ago

      While I agree with most of these, I have to argue that 1. Event Horizon is a horror movie, and 2. (though it IS tough to call) Star Wars is SciFi. My reasoning is setting. Event Horizon has 1 main antagonist and is not set in a broadly imagined world. Therefore, Horror. StarWars on the other hand, IS set in a broad and sweeping universe and the foe isn't JUST the emperor, it is the whole DARK SIDE of the force, allowing the story to envelope you. But I can also see why this would be clasified as fantasy as well. So no flamers please. :D

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      13 years ago

      I'm glad to see SOMEBODY else liked I, Robot. Those of you who say it missed Asimov's point is right, I'll admit, but the movie was still really good when it came to an entertainment and acting level that only required a change of title. Say it was called "The Three Rules" or something else. Few would complain. I also like Grimlyn's additions, especially Lynch's Dune. Why David Lynch was ashamed of that masterpiece is beyond me. That film had a dark and almost spiritual atmosphere that remains unmatched in the science fiction genre. And while the new Sci-Fi Miniseries was closer to the book, it just felt like a garden variety sci fi show, with inferior acting to boot.

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      13 years ago

      Decent list, but you're a horrible writer. Sorry...

      I also believe that I, Robot is nothing more than a Will Smith vehicle, and has little to nothing to do with the original Asimov concepts. How could you not include Alien, if not for the influence of H.R.Geiger. Still a decent list, but it is criminal to watch 1984 without reading the book first.

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      13 years ago

      Definite additions, and we are talking all time SciFi

      Aliens (All of them, yes even 4 was pretty good) The view of humans making it to space and becoming space truckers is very Cowboy Bebopish. Then mix in a new unknown alien craft discovered by one of these trucker groups and it just happens to carry an extremely deadly alien species aboard that when then find is hunted by the Predator race. With the exception of AVP1 this SciFi Murder, Hunter, Humans in the way mix is becoming incredible.

      Event Horizon - Classify it as horror or Sci-Fi. The technology used. the thought put into the workups of the ships, how to repair them, the near future like quality of it. It all make for one hell of a good rewatchable movie.

      Star Wars - Everyones so anti starwars nowadays because of how he ruined his own creations. I am also, but there is no denying it. For extreme imagination and out of this world concepts, (Think Sarlaac pit, or Rancor even) these movies had it all. If your lucky enough to still own a regular copy of the original three moves then seal them and keep them forever. As for the new movies.....nope not conctipated anymore!

      Dune. It should most definantly go on a top ten list. When everyone else is thinking of a far out spacey universe full of startships and teddy bears cut in half living in forests. This movie was riding the sands of a desert planet on giant worms, collecting spice in giant harvesters, and rocking a very angry and manical Sting ;p

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      13 years ago

      I believe that a few other Sc-Fi movies are real classics, such as Forbidden Planet(w/ color), Time Machine, and War of the Worlds

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      13 years ago from Bolton, England

      good hub

      not seen Dark City or 13th Floor

      Def.agree on No.1 Blade Runner--unbeatable

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      James Nelmondo 

      13 years ago from Rome, Italy

      I would be sorely tempted to put Aliens or Event horizon in there instead of I robot!

      Very nice Hub,


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      Mark Knowles 

      13 years ago

      I would be interested to know your reasoning behind that - How is Star Wars fantasy not Sci Fi ? It would make a highly controversial hub.

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      Wolfe Wilder 

      13 years ago

      Dark City? GRRRRRR.... Try Watching "City of Lost Children" and tell me you still like Dark City.

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      13 years ago

      Actually Mark Star Wars is a fantasy movie like LOTR not a sci-fi. I know this will create a lot of discussions because I was convinced after so many discussion so I may consider publishing a hub about why Star wars isn't sci-fi.

      But Dune would be surely in my list if it was top 11 sci-fi movies:))

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      Mark Knowles 

      13 years ago

      What? No Dune? No Dark Star? No Star Wars? LOL These are all good though, (except I robot) Better make it a top 20 :D

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      13 years ago from Sydney

      Unfortunately I must have been in hiding when these films were shown were shown, cause only three made ripples with me. Still I enjoyed the comments from the others.'I am glad you managed to square George Orwell up. You Probably had him turning in his grave

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      Zsuzsy Bee 

      13 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      I own all except Dark City, I have to hunt that one down because I haven't ever heard of it. Pitch black is also not on my fave list as far as scifi goes it was just yuk...Great HUB

      regards Zsuzsy

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      Tony Sky 

      13 years ago from London UK

      Im not really a sci fi fan and don't watch star wars and star trek etc but i love this list of flicks and i will see them all again when i can get my hands on a nice plasma;)

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      13 years ago from Chicago, IL

      I have to say I liked I, Robot a lot. No movie is ever as good as the book and rarely does support the author. But as far as a good movie I thought I Robot was a very good sci fi movie. I agree Total Recall and Dark City were not very good but I disagree that Pitch Black is a horror movie. Horror is like Freddy the 13th. Pitch Black is a great movie. I also LOVE 12 Monkeys and another great sci-fi movie no one has probably heard of is Primer, not a top 10 but a great movie also.

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      13 years ago

      Thanks for all those careful eyes, I corrected George Orwell as writer of 1984.

      Mazlow thanks for the comments but I guess that choosing which movie is better than other depends on personal look so I think those discussions will never end. I like a good sci-fi discussion better than anything but Terminator is more action than Pitch Black is. (I love Terminator too but never loved it as a sci-fi movie)

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      13 years ago

      Some of thgese movies should not be hereLike Total Recall, Pitch Black, I robot? The I, Robot movie completely missed the point of every robot novel asimov did. Not mention that if you wanted a good cop drama with robots you could have used one of the Elijah/Daneel novels that asimov wrot. The only thing it had in common with Asimov was the title and a character named susan calvin.

      Pitch Black wasn't was horror on a different planet. You could have made the exact same movie and set it in arizona and NO ONE would know.

      Total Recall? That was just a bad movie, it may have hd great source material but it sucked.

      Replace those three with: Terminator, red planet, and War of the Worlds(1953 not that travisty with tom cruise)

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      13 years ago

      Nice list, but I should point out that credit for the idea of 1984 should go to George Orwell, who actually wrote the book on which the movie was based.

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      13 years ago

      Erm 1984 was actually written by George Orwell.

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      13 years ago

      The writer of "1984" was not Aldous Huxley, it was George Orwell. Aldous Huxley did write "Brave New World", a book which also dealt with a dystopian future.

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      13 years ago

      George Orwell wrote 1984, not Aldous Huxley

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      13 years ago

      You wrote "Writer of 1984 Aldous Huxley."

      Huxley wrote Brave New World. Orwell wrote 1984.


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