Below is a list of the best science fiction movies that I’ve seen to date. I decided to list them alphabetically rather than to try to rank them, so don’t read anything into the order.
- The Abyss
- Blade Runner
- Children of Men
- Close Encounters of the Third Kind
- District 9
- The Matrix
- Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back
Bladerunner seems an obvious exclusion.
Whot no Bladerunner ?
Nice selection, although I’d replace Children of Men with The Day The Earth Stood Still (original Michael Rennie version) and drop Sunshine for Forbidden Planet.
Solaris – right movie, wrong version. 1972 Russian version http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0069293/ infinitely better. Never saw sunshine, but I’d nominate the 1953 war of the worlds for this list. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0046534/
Serenity (what good sci-fi should be like)
Children of Men was an awesome movie, but it barely qualifies as sci-fi
Solaris was horrible (I could have fallen asleep, no…should have)
Surprised that Matrix merely made runner up. I would have swapped it and The Abyss
Good list though Christian.
I have to admit, I wasn’t able to get into Blade Runner. But I saw it many years ago, so I’ll give it another try.
I’m going to add Serenity to the “runners up” section. It was definitely a good one.
More, in no particualr order:
Starship Troopers <— Perfect mix of cheesy and serious.
Planet of the Apes (original)
Back to the Future
I had to make an adjustment to the list. After watching “Blade Runner” again (the “final cut”), I’ve decided that it belongs on the list after all. When I first saw it years ago, it didn’t resonate, but I think I’ve become more receptive to it over the years.
Also added “Fifth Element” to the Runners Up.
I thought I was the only sci-fi fan who didn’t connect with Blade Runner, so it’s good to see my reaction wasn’t unique. I’ll watch The Final Cut version as well, though, since it may change my mind, too.
Also, totally agree with the placement of the 2002 Solaris and The Abyss. They’re both favorites of mine, and they often don’t make people’s “Top 10” lists. Nice to see them up there.
Another update: District 9. Amazing movie. See it.