OFCS Top 100: Top 100 Sci-Fi Films

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The OFCS Top 100 Top Sci-Fi Films was announced in 2002.

June 12, 2002: The Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), the international association of the leading Internet-based cinema journalists, is celebrating the first century of science fiction filmmaking with a list of the Top 100 Sci-Fi Films of the Past 100 Years. At the top of the list, according to the 115 members of the OFCS, is Stanley Kubrick's cryptic 1968 masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Beginning with Georges Melies' 1902 fantasy A Trip to the Moon and continuing through this summer's top releases including Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and the upcoming Minority Report, sci-fi has proven to be among the most durable and prescient of film genres. In celebrating a century of sci-fi films, the OFCS writers considered more than 400 titles spanning every decade and a variety of formats ranging from short subjects to animation to classics of global cinema.

In polling the OFCS membership for this survey, the society invited its members to provide their choices for the century's greatest sci-fi offerings. "It's very interesting to see what a broad spectrum of films can be considered science fiction," says Erik Childress, editor of eFilmCritic.com and a member of the OFCS Governing Committee. "By letting our members vote with their own thoughts instead of tying them down with an absolute final ballot AFI-style, you get to see a wide array of titles that many, including myself, wouldn't even consider science-fiction (like Dr. Strangelove or Night of the Living Dead)."

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    2001: A Space Odyssey

    1968, in 42 top lists Check
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    Blade Runner

    1982, in 30 top lists Check
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    Star Wars

    1977 — a.k.a. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, in 36 top lists Check
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    Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

    1980, in 23 top lists Check
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    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    1982, in 28 top lists Check
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    Metropolis

    1927, in 33 top lists Check
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    Brazil

    1985, in 22 top lists Check
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    Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    1977, in 22 top lists Check
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    A Clockwork Orange

    1971, in 33 top lists Check
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    Alien

    1979, in 27 top lists Check
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    Aliens

    1986, in 20 top lists Check
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    The Matrix

    1999, in 26 top lists Check
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    Back to the Future

    1985, in 23 top lists Check
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    The Day the Earth Stood Still

    1951, in 13 top lists Check
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    Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    1991, in 21 top lists Check
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    The Terminator

    1984, in 20 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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    Planet of the Apes

    1968 — a.k.a. Monkey Planet, in 14 top lists Check
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    Dark City

    1998, in 5 top lists Check
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    Contact

    1997, in 1 top list Check
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    Twelve Monkeys

    1995, in 12 top lists Check
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    King Kong

    1933 — a.k.a. The Eighth Wonder, in 27 top lists Check
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    Bride of Frankenstein

    1935, in 18 top lists Check
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    La jetée

    1962 — a.k.a. La Jetée, in 18 top lists Check
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    Artificial Intelligence: AI

    2001, in 11 top lists Check
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    Solyaris

    1972 — a.k.a. Solaris, in 25 top lists Check
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    Mad Max 2

    1981 — a.k.a. The Road Warrior, in 11 top lists Check
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    The Thing

    1982, in 20 top lists Check
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    Jurassic Park

    1993, in 20 top lists Check
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    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

    1982, in 5 top lists Check
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    RoboCop

    1987, in 13 top lists Check
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    Forbidden Planet

    1956, in 9 top lists Check
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    The Abyss

    1989, in 2 top lists Check
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    Alphaville, une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution

    1965 — a.k.a. Alphaville, in 14 top lists Check
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    Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop...

    1964, in 33 top lists Check
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    Donnie Darko

    2001, in 17 top lists Check
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    Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    1978, in 2 top lists Check
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    The Iron Giant

    1999, in 10 top lists Check
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    Frankenstein

    1931, in 18 top lists Check
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    The Incredible Shrinking Man

    1957, in 10 top lists Check
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    The Truman Show

    1998, in 11 top lists Check
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    Videodrome

    1983, in 16 top lists Check
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    Pi

    1998, in 5 top lists Check
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    The Fly

    1986, in 10 top lists Check
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    Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

    1983, in 16 top lists Check
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    The Time Machine

    1960, in 1 top list Check
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    Jacob's Ladder

    1990, in 2 top lists Check
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    The War of the Worlds

    1953, in 4 top lists Check
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    Independence Day

    1996, in 8 top lists Check
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    La cité des enfants perdus

    1995 — a.k.a. The City of Lost Children, in 3 top lists Check
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