10 Best Sci-Fi Movies Of All Time20 comments

Posted on 01 Aug 2009 at 10:25am

There are plenty of brilliant science fiction movies that did not get the credit they truly deserved. There are the hallowed sci-fi classics such as Star wars, Star trek, 2001 Terminator etc. However there is a whole set of underrated sci-fi movies that have gone unquoted in spite of having everything to be named a classic sci-fi movie. Some such movies are enlisted below.
10. The Fifth Element

the fifth elementThe Fifth Element is one of the most visually spectacular movies. It offers philosophical insights into human nature while capturing details of life in the future. The plot is a standard one: good conquering evil and lady luck playing her role. Though the movie has some stunning visuals, the problem is with the execution. Director Luc Besson has focused very little on the plot details and has given too much attention to visual details.

9. Terminator 2

terminator 2Terminator 2 is a vastly different movie from the 1984 original version, although it has come from the same director, and has most of the same cast and writers. There is an underlying message in the movie about the value of human life so beautifully portrayed and the sequel is laced with dark humor. The shoot-outs, explosions and the liquid-metal transformations of the T-1000 all are very impressive making it a popular sci-fi movie of all times.

8. A Boy and His Dog

boy and his dogA Boy and His Dog is another excellent sci-fi movie based on a pure science fiction premise. With its pessimistic world view and caustic dialogue, it is a contrast in terms of ideology to movies such as the Lord of the Rings. The main character is Vic, an eighteen old boy who steals food and doesn’t understand the principles of morality or ethics. The film won the Nebula Award for Best Novella on its release in 1969.

7. Blade Runner

blade runnerDirector Ridley Scott’s follow-up to his hit Alien, Blade Runner (1982), is one of the most influential and popular science-fiction films of all time. It has also become a classic favorite. But the movie became a box-office financial failure and also received negative reviews from film critics who called it baffling and muddled. The detailed at the same time puzzling plot of the film has melancholic and mesmerizing musical soundtrack composed by Vangelis, a Greek composer. The movie though richly deserving was overlooked for an Oscar nomination.

6. The Day the Earth Stood Still

the day the earth stood stillThe Day the Earth Stood Still is a remake of the 1951 sci-fi classic of the same name. The movie has a superb ensemble cast impressively filled out by Smith and Connelly, along with John Cleese, Kathy Bates, and other very familiar TV actors. The movie owing to its various fantastic elements deserves true credit; however this movie failed to win the Oscar.
5. 2001: A Space Odyssey

2001 a spacey oddisey2001: A Space Odyssey is a brilliantly captured space-based movie without explosions, laser shootouts or zooming spaceships. It is a majestic, cold motion picture which seeks to remid viewers about the expanse of space and our relatively miniscule place in it. Kubrick’s intention with 2001 is mainly to make viewers realize the extent of things that still lie beyond our understanding. The movie’s images, atmosphere and music are truly absorbing and inspiring which makes us to stop and think about the implications of what the director is saying.

4. The Matrix Trilogy

matrixHailed as an ultimate success story, The Matrix trilogy broke ground for weaving a rich tapestry of pop culture, religion and philosophy and for technical achievements. The film captivated audiences with thrilling battles of good versus evil while raising challenging philosophical and moral questions.

3. Alien Legacy

alien legacyDirected by Ridley Scott and written by Dan o’ Bannon and Ronald Shusett, Alien Legacy is one of the most popular sci-fi movies of all times. The movies of the Alien series are masterpieces and demonstrate what can be achieved in the genre for creating a lasting impression> the story has a good character cast and all elements have blended perfectly to make it an excellent movie.

2.Star Wars (1977)/Empire Strikes Back (1980)

star warsGeorge Lucas’s excellent masterpiece, Star Wars is arguably one of the most entertaining and inventive films ever made. Its superb cast and dialogue have garnered generations of loyal fans for the movie. The Empire Strikes Back is another superb sci-fi movie which though lacking the newness of Star Wars can in many ways be called a superior motion picture. The storyline is very interesting, the special effects are mature and the tone is typically downbeat.

1. Brazil

brazil movieBrazil is essentially a quintessential Terry Gilliam film which is an undeniable work of art and has been created with a lot of vision. These elements have enabled the movie to get featured in many viewers’ all-time top ten lists. However the film failed to achieve true box office success. Although the storyline is very dark, it is told with so much of panache and verve that it feels like a true adventure.

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  1. jdiggitty

    Deleting comments as well, huh?

  2. dima

    The day the earth stood still, the remake, really?

  3. ericdano

    You list sucks. How can you leave off Star Trek 2 – The Wrath of Khan? Or Them? And you put the remake of The Day The Earth Stood Still in there?

    Your getting paid for this? Really?

  4. huck

    this list is terrible…and really, the day the earth stood still remake? for shame.

  5. Cordwainer Duck

    Just to illustrate one of the many, many, MANY things wrong here: “A Boy And His Dog.” Surprisingly good catch. Don’t know if it’d be on my personal top-ten list, but definitely worth consideration. But:
    - The film won the *Hugo*, not the Nebula, for *best dramatic presentation* in *1976*, that being the year after it was released.
    - The *novella it was based upon* won the Nebula for best novella in 1969, that being the year it was published.
    - Comparing it to Lord of the Rings? Seriously? Is there another post here where you compare Ferraris and potatoes?
    - If you’re going to quote Wikipedia, you really should attribute it. At least pick better, more relevant quotes. Did you actually *watch* this movie?

    I could go on for several pages, but why bother? First time visiting this site. And the last.


  6. Rod Long

    No Dune? This list does suck.

  7. Mike Burleson

    Worst. List. Ever.

  8. I really like your blog and i respect your work. I’ll be a frequent visitor.

  9. Smarter

    Really, the Day the Earth Stood Still. Your tastes is truly terrible, keep listening to Dream Theater.

  10. john smith

    Comments are absolutely true. The Day that e….. COME ON!!!
    The Matrix Trilogy is bit iffy, if you put it bottom of the list then maybe, Keanu Reeves fan?. There are many films that are much better… in any point of view or standards.

  11. This list is awful! You’ve gotten enough flak for including TDTESS remake. So I’ll yell at you for saying the entire Alien legacy is a masterpiece is ridiculous. Alien 3 and Resurrection are not nearly the caliber the first two are. Tard.

    Same goes for Matrix 2 and 3. Which suck.

    How do you rate Blade Runner below those?

  12. Chris

    As the kiddies say, FAIL. Maybe not epic fail but still fail. The Matrix yes. The other 2 in the “trilogy” NO . The day the Earth.. No. Alien and Aliens yes, any other Alien movie NO.

    Dune, yes, Star Trek 2 yes, Soylent Green Yes, Close Encounters Yes.

    Worthy mentions (All better than remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still): Gattica, Road Warrior, The Thing (horror?), 12 Monkeys, original day the Earth stood still, invasion of body snatchers, original planet of the apes, ET, original Terminator, Tron, Akira, Jurassic Park, The Fly, Logan’s Run, Children of Men, Predator.

  13. Jack b

    The remake of the day the earth stood still was horibble and perhaps the
    most poorly cast movie I can remember in recent years. And who can seriously watch the last 2 matrix movies (what disappointments after the original matrix).

  14. Jack b

    And alien legacy, I know I saw it but I can’t really remember a thing about it so I guess it wasn’t that good. I do clearly remember alien and aliens, both great movies which aren’t on your list.

  15. isiah

    Ok your list sucks on multiple levels. it sucks so badly I am going to list my problems with it below in an esay to follow way:

    Movie That Are on Your List But Definitly should not have been
    A. The Day the Earth Stood Still (Remake)
    All remakes suck and this one was worst then most.
    B. Terminator 2
    Great movie, it really is. Except its more like action then scifi.
    C. alien legacy
    Wasnt that great

    Movies that Should have been on your list
    A. Solyaris (the original russian version)
    B. Wrath of kahn
    C. Planet of the Apes
    d. incubus

    Reasons why this list sucks:
    A. Reeves
    B. It has a re-make on it
    C. you put 2001: A Space Odyssey lower ranked then the matrix trilogy.
    D. You dont know sci-fi

    Ways this list could have been worse
    A. it could have had more reeves on it
    B. it could have had Lifeforce on it

  16. Wow, what a poorly put together list.

    If only for the fact that you put the remake over the original classic of The Day The Earth Stood Still – were you trying to tie into the DVD release or something??