The 100 Greatest Sci-Fi Movies

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This list is the result of heated debate/scuffles between the frazzled writers of Total Sci-Fi. In addition to settling on the titles themselves, they also had to set the limits of what counts as a 'sci-fi film': they decided that superhero movies were out as that's a distinct genre all of its own, but comedies like Sleeper and Galaxy Quest possess enough genuine science fiction concepts to warrant inclusion, leading to this list of the 100 best Sci-Fi movies of all-time.

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    Blade Runner

    1982, in 30 top lists Check
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    2001: A Space Odyssey

    1968, in 43 top lists Check
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    Star Wars

    1977, in 37 top lists Check
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    Alien

    1979, in 26 top lists Check
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    Metropolis

    1927, in 33 top lists Check
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    The Day the Earth Stood Still

    1951, in 12 top lists Check
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    The Terminator

    1984, in 20 top lists Check
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    Planet of the Apes

    1968 — a.k.a. Monkey Planet, in 16 top lists Check
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    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    1982, in 28 top lists Check
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    Solyaris

    1972 — a.k.a. Solaris, in 25 top lists Check
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    Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    1977, in 21 top lists Check
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    Forbidden Planet

    1956, in 9 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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    Le voyage dans la lune

    1902 — a.k.a. A Trip to the Moon, in 14 top lists Check
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    Aliens

    1986, in 20 top lists Check
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    Silent Running

    1972, in 7 top lists Check
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    Brazil

    1985, in 23 top lists Check
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    Akira

    1988, in 20 top lists Check
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    Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan

    1982, in 5 top lists Check
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    Total Recall

    1990, in 8 top lists Check
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    The Matrix

    1999, in 25 top lists Check
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    TRON

    1982, in 5 top lists Check
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    The Thing

    1982, in 18 top lists Check
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    RoboCop

    1987, in 14 top lists Check
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    Jurassic Park

    1993, in 19 top lists Check
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    Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    1978, in 2 top lists Check
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    A Clockwork Orange

    1971, in 33 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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    La jetée

    1962 — a.k.a. The Pier, in 18 top lists Check
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    Sleeper

    1973, in 7 top lists Check
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    The Fly

    1986, in 9 top lists Check
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    Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    1991, in 20 top lists Check
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    Westworld

    1973, in 4 top lists Check
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    Mad Max 2

    1981 — a.k.a. Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, in 12 top lists Check
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    Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

    1983, in 17 top lists Check
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    Back to the Future

    1985, in 23 top lists Check
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    WALL·E

    2008, in 21 top lists Check
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    La planète sauvage

    1973 — a.k.a. The Fantastic Planet, in 8 top lists Check
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    The Man Who Fell to Earth

    1976, in 7 top lists Check
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    Things to Come

    1936, in 8 top lists Check
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    20 Million Miles to Earth

    1957 — a.k.a. The Beast from Space, in 2 top lists Check
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    The Abyss

    1989, in 2 top lists Check
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    Quatermass 2

    1957 — a.k.a. Enemy from Space, in 2 top lists Check
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    This Island Earth

    1955, in 1 top list Check
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    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    2004, in 24 top lists Check
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    Delicatessen

    1991, in 12 top lists Check
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    Dark Star

    1974, in 7 top lists Check
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    The Andromeda Strain

    1971, in 3 top lists Check
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    The Omega Man

    1971, in 3 top lists Check
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    Stalker

    1979, in 22 top lists Check
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Last updated on Sep 13, 2009; source