Starburst's The Top 100 Sci-Fi Films of All Time (and Space)

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Written by STARBURST 31/12/2020

To mark our milestone 100th issue as a team earlier in 2020, we made the decision to undertake our most ambitious poll yet, and set about sorting through thousands of titles in order to bring you the definitive countdown of the best science fiction film has to offer! Ever wondered which decade produced the most hits? (It’s the ‘80s.) Curious as to what the greatest Star Trek movie is? (Khan, of course.) Or what filmmaker was instrumental in defining the genre? [Okay, enough with the spoilers! – Ed] Then you’re in for a treat! Take a trip with us, as STARBURST returns to its roots for the ultimate tribute to sci-fi cinema…

THE TOP 100 SCI-FI FILMS OF ALL TIME (AND SPACE) was voted for by STARBURST’s entire team, and as such the results are final, making resistance futile. That said, should you really want to argue your case for the inclusion of WATERWORLD or whatever you think we’ve unfairly omitted, head over to our social channels!

You can buy the films in this list by heading over to the STARBURST Amazon Storefront!

WORDS: ED FORTUNE | PAUL MOUNT | KIERON MOORE | ROBIN PIERCE | LAURA POTIER | JAMES HANTON JD GILLAM | VANESSA BERBEN | JOHN TOWNSEND | RICH CROSS | SCOTT VARNHAM | CHRISTIAN JONES JONATHAN ANDERSON | ALAN BOON | ANDREW DEX | ALEC FAZIER | KRIS HEYS | ANDREW POLLARD | NICK BLACKSHAW | JORDAN ROYCE | ANDREW MARSHALL | RACHEL KNIGHTLEY | STEPHEN PIERCE

This article was originally published in issue 473, September 2020.

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  1. 1 new

    Blade Runner

    1982, in 36 top lists Check
  2. 2 new

    Aliens

    1986, in 24 top lists Check
  3. 3 new

    Alien

    1979, in 30 top lists Check
  4. 4 new

    Star Wars

    1977, in 40 top lists Check
  5. 5 new

    The Thing

    1982, in 20 top lists Check
  6. 6 new

    Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    1991, in 27 top lists Check
  7. 7 new

    Back to the Future

    1985, in 25 top lists Check
  8. 8 new

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    1968, in 45 top lists Check
  9. 9 new

    Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    1977, in 23 top lists Check
  10. 10 new

    Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

    1980, in 25 top lists Check
  11. 11 new

    The Day the Earth Stood Still

    1951, in 12 top lists Check
  12. 12 new

    The Matrix

    1999, in 30 top lists Check
  13. 13 new

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    2015, in 23 top lists Check
  14. 14 new

    Arrival

    2016, in 11 top lists Check
  15. 15 new

    RoboCop

    1987, in 15 top lists Check
  16. 16 new

    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    1982, in 30 top lists Check
  17. 17 new

    Planet of the Apes

    1968, in 16 top lists Check
  18. 18 new

    The Terminator

    1984, in 24 top lists Check
  19. 19 new

    Jurassic Park

    1993, in 23 top lists Check
  20. 20 new

    Forbidden Planet

    1956, in 9 top lists Check
  21. 21 new

    Total Recall

    1990, in 8 top lists Check
  22. 22 new

    Rogue One

    2016 — a.k.a. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, in 2 top lists Check
  23. 23 new

    Akira

    1988, in 22 top lists Check
  24. 24 new

    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

    1982, in 6 top lists Check
  25. 25 new

    Under the Skin

    2013, in 10 top lists Check
  26. 26 new

    Silent Running

    1972, in 8 top lists Check
  27. 27 new

    Inception

    2010, in 21 top lists Check
  28. 28 new

    Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

    2005, in 6 top lists Check
  29. 29 new

    Interstellar

    2014, in 13 top lists Check
  30. 30 new

    District 9

    2009, in 10 top lists Check
  31. 31 new

    Flash Gordon

    1980, in 5 top lists Check
  32. 32 new

    Flight of the Navigator

    1986, in 0 top lists Check
  33. 33 new

    Moon

    2009, in 5 top lists Check
  34. 34 new

    Blade Runner 2049

    2017, in 9 top lists Check
  35. 35 new

    Metropolis

    1927, in 36 top lists Check
  36. 36 new

    The Fifth Element

    1997, in 7 top lists Check
  37. 37 new

    Ex Machina

    2014, in 5 top lists Check
  38. 38 new

    Avatar

    2009, in 13 top lists Check
  39. 39 new

    Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi

    2017, in 3 top lists Check
  40. 40 new

    WALL·E

    2008, in 26 top lists Check
  41. 41 new

    Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

    1991, in 2 top lists Check
  42. 42 new

    Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    1956, in 19 top lists Check
  43. 43 new

    The Thing from Another World

    1951, in 7 top lists Check
  44. 44 new

    The Martian

    2015, in 5 top lists Check
  45. 45 new

    Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

    1983, in 18 top lists Check
  46. 46 new

    The War of the Worlds

    1953, in 6 top lists Check
  47. 47 new

    Avengers: Endgame

    2019, in 8 top lists Check
  48. 48 new

    Twelve Monkeys

    1995 — a.k.a. 12 Monkeys, in 14 top lists Check
  49. 49 new

    This Island Earth

    1955, in 1 top list Check
  50. 50 new

    Logan's Run

    1976, in 4 top lists Check
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