This page shows you the list charts. By default, the movies are ordered by how many times they have been marked as a favorite. However, you can also sort by other information, such as the total number of times it has been marked as a dislike.
AFI's 10 Top 10 honors the ten greatest American films in ten classic film genres. Released July 17, 2008. Categories are:
This is a list of science-fiction films organized chronologically. These films have been released to a cinema audience by the commercial film industry and are widely distributed with reviews by reputable critics. This includes silent film–era releases, serial films, and feature-length films. All of the films include core elements of science fiction, but can cross into other genres such as drama, mystery, action, horror, fantasy, and comedy.
Among the listed movies are films that have won motion-picture and science-fiction awards as well as films that have been listed among the worst movies ever made, or have won one or more Golden Raspberry Awards.
This list also contains additional sci-fi films that were missing from wikipedia's list.
This list is useful if looking for a sci-fi film that is on an official icm list. Just sort the list by number of official lists.
Says 100, but the only thing better than 100 sci-fi movies, is 200 sci-fi movies!
This list is good evidence that there really is very little good sci-fi around :(
The source had the 1951 'The Thing' twice, so I've added their honorable mention instead.
A list of films which include monsters as the main plot, these films include such creatures as extraterrestrial aliens, giant animals, Kaiju (the Japanese counterpart of giant animals, but they can also be machines and plants), mutants, supernatural creatures, or creatures from folklore, such as Bigfoot or the Loch Ness Monster. These movies usually fall into the science fiction, fantasy and/or horror genres.
May not include all films which feature monsters as some are lost or just to obscure to be known.
Listed in alphabetical order.
The official 501 Must See Movies is compiled from a list of about 50 movies from 10 genres. These lists use the second edition which contains between 50 and 60 movies in each genre and breaks them out into their own lists for easier completion.
A list of the science fiction movies I appreciate the most. Obscure or polarizing features get the same attention as cinema classics, and tones are mixed, with upbeat movies sharing space with those that have a darker tone. Similarly, there's an equal representation of stories that are mainly emotionally engaging and those more intellectually stimulating.
Here are my guidelines, which you can skip, unless you feel I have some explaining to do....
Those ranked from 1-50, I've rated 10 or 9 (I believe in generosity!). My rating of most of the other movies here tends to be 8, though around 50 entries at the bottom have a lower rating, though none lower than 6. Also, only 1-100 are carefully arranged according to how highly I hold them. After that, titles appear in a rough ranking order.
The list contains no animated or non-English movies, as I've seen too few of those to give them a fair inclusion. Nor does it include comedies or titles which arguably belong to other genres, such as fantasy, horror or superhero movies. To give prominence to diversity, the list only includes the best installment of each franchise, representing the series as a whole, and to give more room to original ideas, only unique remakes and reboot films qualify.
American Film Institute (AFI) defines science fiction as “a genre that marries a scientific or technological premise with imaginative speculation.” I'd like to add that the genre deals with hypothetical yet scientifically possible events that humanity so far hasn’t experienced, for example the event shown in Gravity, or technology used in ways that yet hasn't happened, such as in The Martian. Also, the definition requires that a scientific explanation is presented for what takes place within the frame of a story. Hence, stories dealing with magic or other supernatural elements can be ruled out.
The Academy of Science Fiction Fantasy & Horror Films is a non profit organisation founded in 1972. They host annual awards called the Saturn Awards and the winners of the Saturn award for best Science Fiction film are listed below.
There was a tie in 1998 between Armageddon and Dark City
"Cinema exists to project our dreams. Science-fiction cinema exists to project our most creative dreams -- time-travel, alternate worlds, expanded consciousness, and more. That's why we're science-fiction maniacs and why we gathered up our top 100 movies." -- Popular Mechanics
De Nederlandse fans hebben gesproken. Wat is de beste horror-, sciencefiction-, fantasy- of cultfilm aller tijden? Schokkend Nieuws deed ter gelegenheid van zijn honderdste editie een oproep aan lezers, fans en collega-filmjournalisten een lijstje samen te stellen met de tien beste genrefilms aller tijden. De oproep leverde maar liefst 719 verschillende titels op. De honderd beste films staan afgedrukt in de 100e editie van de tweemaandelijkse filmglossy (IMDb List: http://goo.gl/vsKfJ).
All movies from the Films Cited section in the book [url=http://www.amazon.com/Science-Fiction-Cinema-Between-Fantasy/dp/0813541735?tag=viglink20340-20]Science Fiction Cinema: Between Fantasy and Reality[/url], written by Christine Cornea.
"From E.T. the Extraterrestrial and Back to the Future to Blade Runner and Alien, science fiction films have been achieving blockbuster status for decades. Moreover, some major studio releases, such as Star Wars, The Matrix, and 2001: A Space Odyssey, as well as many low-budget films have become etched in film history as international cult classics.
Offering a broad historical and theoretical reassessment of this popular genre, Christine Cornea explores the development of science fiction in cinema from its very beginnings to the present day. Each chapter offers analyses of particular films, situating them within a wider historical/cultural context while also highlighting a specific key thematic issue. Cornea provides vital and unique perspectives on the genre, including discussions of the relevance of psychedelic imagery, race, the "new woman of science," generic performance, and the prevalence of "techno-orientalism" in recent films. Enriching the book are new interviews with some of the main practitioners in the field, such as Roland Emmerich, Paul Verhoeven, Ken Russell, Stan Winston, William Gibson, Brian Aldiss, Joe Morton, Dean Norris, and Billy Gray. While American films are Cornea's main focus, she also engages with a range of pertinent examples from other countries and explains why science fiction lends itself well to transnational reception."
I love to obsess over a show's mysteries and the theories sparked by them that elevate the viewing experience. Lost was the show that launched a thousand theories. Though I only really love the first two seasons and parts of the last season, I maintain that at its best, Lost was magical like nothing before or since. And I've never heard anything as moving as Michael Giacchino's deathless score for Lost.
As for why The OA is the best series out there right now, here's a quote from the first episode: "It's about . . . the play, cast of two, setting, classroom, over many dimensions through time. . . . This dimension is crumbling to violence and pettiness and greed." And I'm happy to be able to say that the season 2 finale totally and utterly blew me away. Its twist ending is one of the best I've ever had the joy to see. To me, it's up there with the twist that comes at the very end of Planet of the Apes, Predestination, Interstellar, the second season of Lost and the first season of Westworld. Though stumbling in the last scenes of its acrobatic storytelling, it's one of the most riveting stories of this dimension.
Ask any science-fiction movie fanatic what their go-to films are, and you’ll get a lot of great answers back: Metropolis, Blade Runner, 2001, The Day the Earth Stood Still, the original Godzilla, The Thing etc. But let’s face it – those answers are so last century. Great sci-fi movies didn’t decide to party like it’s 1999 then call it a day; a host of thrilling, intelligent, offbeat, funny and frightening SF films have hit art houses and multiplexes since Y2K.
In 2014, we concocted a list of the Best Sci-Fi Movies of the 21st Century — a quick and dirty survey of the best the genre has had to offer since the millennium’s beginning. More than a few major science-fiction flicks, however – from franchise-expanding blockbusters to arthouse headscratchers – have dropped since then, so it was time for an overhaul and an update. We’ve now expanded our list to 40 titles, to better highlight the best and brightest SF films of our still-new–ish millennium. Some noteworthy favorites of ours just barely missed the cut (very sorry, Alex Rivera’s Sleep Dealer) or some major titles were dinged on quality-control issues. (Avatar may have been a gamechanging film for 3D, but “unobtainium”? Really?!?) We’re confident, however, that there’s a place in the canon for these relative latecomers.