100 Science Fiction Films (BFI Screen Guide)

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"Since its explosion in the 1950s, science fiction has become one of the most popular film genres, with numerous dedicated fan conventions, academic conferences, websites, magazines, journals, book clubs, memorabilia and collectibles. Once relegated to B budget status, today's science fiction films are often blockbuster productions, featuring major stars.

Despite its high profile, science fiction is notoriously difficult to define. In his introduction to 100 Science Fiction Films, Barry Keith Grant explains the genre's complexities, while also providing an overview of its history, suggesting that the cinema is an ideal medium for conveying the 'sense of wonder' that critics have argued is central to the genre. From Georges Melies's Le Voyage dans la lune (1902), to the blockbusters of the 1970s that dramatically changed Hollywood, to the major releases of the past few years, the films featured in this book represent a range of periods, countries and types (including alien invasion, space travel, time travel, apocalypse, monsters and anime), and cover the key directors and writers.

100 Science Fiction Films provides a lively and illuminating guide to the genre from the beginning of film history to the present, taking the reader on a comprehensive tour through the rich and varied alternate universe of sci-fi cinema."

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  1. 1 new

    Aelita

    1924 — a.k.a. Aelita: Queen of Mars, in 4 top lists Check
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    Alien

    1979, in 26 top lists Check
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    Alphaville, une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution

    1965 — a.k.a. Alphaville, in 13 top lists Check
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    Altered States

    1980, in 5 top lists Check
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    Avatar

    2009, in 15 top lists Check
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    Back to the Future

    1985, in 23 top lists Check
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    The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms

    1953, in 3 top lists Check
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    Blade Runner

    1982, in 30 top lists Check
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    Born in Flames

    1983, in 2 top lists Check
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    A Boy and His Dog

    1975, in 3 top lists Check
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    Brazil

    1985, in 22 top lists Check
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    The Brother from Another Planet

    1984, in 2 top lists Check
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    The Cabin in the Woods

    2012, in 4 top lists Check
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    A Clockwork Orange

    1971, in 33 top lists Check
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    Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    1977, in 21 top lists Check
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    Colossus: The Forbin Project

    1970 — a.k.a. The Day the World Changed Hands, in 1 top list Check
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    The Damned

    1962 — a.k.a. These Are the Damned, in 2 top lists Check
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    Dark City

    1998, in 4 top lists Check
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    Dark Star

    1974, in 7 top lists Check
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    The Day the Earth Stood Still

    1951, in 12 top lists Check
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    Destination Moon

    1950, in 1 top list Check
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    District 9

    2009, in 10 top lists Check
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    Dune

    1984, in 4 top lists Check
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    Enemy Mine

    1985, in 1 top list Check
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    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    1982, in 30 top lists Check
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    Fahrenheit 451

    1966, in 4 top lists Check
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    Fantastic Voyage

    1966 — a.k.a. Microscopia, in 2 top lists Check
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    Le cinquième élément

    1997 — a.k.a. The Fifth Element, in 6 top lists Check
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    Flash Gordon

    1936, in 2 top lists Check
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    The Fly

    1986, in 8 top lists Check
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    Forbidden Planet

    1956, in 9 top lists Check
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    Frankenstein

    1931, in 18 top lists Check
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    Frau im Mond

    1929 — a.k.a. Woman in the Moon, in 3 top lists Check
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    Galaxy Quest

    1999, in 3 top lists Check
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    Kôkaku Kidôtai

    1995 — a.k.a. Ghost in the Shell, in 14 top lists Check
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    Gojira

    1954 — a.k.a. Godzilla, in 9 top lists Check
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    Gwoemul

    2006 — a.k.a. The Host, in 12 top lists Check
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    I Am Legend

    2007, in 4 top lists Check
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    The Incredible Shrinking Man

    1957, in 10 top lists Check
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    Invaders from Mars

    1953, in 3 top lists Check
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    Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    1956 — a.k.a. Sleep No More, in 18 top lists Check
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    The Invisible Man

    1933, in 7 top lists Check
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    Island of Lost Souls

    1932, in 4 top lists Check
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    La jetée

    1962 — a.k.a. La Jetée, in 18 top lists Check
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    Jurassic Park

    1993, in 18 top lists Check
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    Just Imagine

    1930, in 1 top list Check
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    Last Night

    1998, in 2 top lists Check
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    Liquid Sky

    1982, in 3 top lists Check
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    Mad Max

    1979, in 12 top lists Check
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    The Man Who Fell to Earth

    1976, in 8 top lists Check
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