The 100 Best Sci-Fi Movies of All Time (Popular Mechanics)

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"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

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    2001: A Space Odyssey

    1968, in 42 top lists Check
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    Blade Runner

    1982, in 31 top lists Check
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    Gattaca

    1997, in 2 top lists Check
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    Aliens

    1986, in 20 top lists Check
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    Metropolis

    1927, in 33 top lists Check
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    Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    1977, in 22 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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    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

    1982, in 5 top lists Check
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    The Terminator

    1984, in 21 top lists Check
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    Planet of the Apes

    1968, in 15 top lists Check
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    The Day the Earth Stood Still

    1951, in 13 top lists Check
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    Alien

    1979, in 27 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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    WALL·E

    2008, in 21 top lists Check
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    Logan's Run

    1976, in 4 top lists Check
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    Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    1991, in 21 top lists Check
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    Akira

    1988, in 20 top lists Check
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    Dark City

    1998, in 5 top lists Check
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    Children of Men

    2006, in 10 top lists Check
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    The Fly

    1986, in 10 top lists Check
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    Le voyage dans la lune

    1902 — a.k.a. A Trip to the Moon, in 13 top lists Check
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    Total Recall

    1990, in 7 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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    The Matrix

    1999, in 26 top lists Check
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    Minority Report

    2002, in 5 top lists Check
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    District 9

    2009, in 9 top lists Check
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    A Clockwork Orange

    1971, in 33 top lists Check
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    TRON

    1982, in 5 top lists Check
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    Sunshine

    2007, in 1 top list Check
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    Mad Max

    1979, in 12 top lists Check
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    The Thing

    1982, in 20 top lists Check
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    Jurassic Park

    1993, in 23 top lists Check
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    Idiocracy

    2006, in 1 top list Check
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    Primer

    2004, in 6 top lists Check
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    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    1982, in 27 top lists Check
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    Kôkaku Kidôtai

    1995 — a.k.a. Ghost in the Shell, in 13 top lists Check
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    Solyaris

    1972 — a.k.a. Solaris, in 26 top lists Check
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    Brazil

    1985, in 20 top lists Check
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    Gojira

    1954 — a.k.a. Godzilla, in 10 top lists Check
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    Donnie Darko

    2001, in 18 top lists Check
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    Star Trek: First Contact

    1996, in 1 top list Check
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    Back to the Future

    1985, in 23 top lists Check
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    The Man Who Fell to Earth

    1976, in 8 top lists Check
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    Enemy Mine

    1985, in 1 top list Check
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    Soylent Green

    1973, in 3 top lists Check
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    Moon

    2009, in 5 top lists Check
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    Starship Troopers

    1997, in 8 top lists Check
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    A Scanner Darkly

    2006, in 5 top lists Check
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    Avatar

    2009, in 15 top lists Check
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