Top 10 SF Movie Lists and the Top SF Movie of All Time (Can You Guess It?)

June 18th, 2008

First, I am providing my own personal list in response to yesterday’s American Film Institute list. I’m going to overlook some questionable science in a few movies, and not overweight the science. I am going to leave out fantasy, including superhero movies and Star Wars — mitochlorians or whatever they were called does not make Star Wars science fiction. Unless I specify otherwise, I’m talking about director’s cuts, which makes a substantial difference for a couple of movies on my list.

1. Blade Runner

2. 2001: A Space Odyssey

3. Contact

4. Aliens

5. Alien

6. A Clockwork Orange

7. Terminator 2: Judgment Day

8. Terminator

9. The Abyss

10. Gattaca

Guess I like films by quality directors, with four of these by James Cameron, two by Ridley Scott, and two by Stanley Kubrick. I think the sequels are worthy, too, as both Aliens and T2 moved beyond the originals and broke new ground.

Other top science fiction movie lists


1. 2001

2. Star Wars

3. E. T.

4. A Clockwork Orange

5. The Day the Earth Stood Still

6. Blade Runner

7. Alien

8. Terminator 2: Judgment Day

9. Invasion of the Body Snatchers

10. Back to the Future

Rotten Tomatoes:

1. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

2. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

3. Metropolis

4. Alien

5. Minority Report

6. The Empire Strikes Back

7. Children of Men

8. The Host

9. Star Wars

10. Aliens


1. The Empire Strikes Back

2. Star Wars

3. The Matrix

4. Alien

5. Ivan Vasilevich menyaet professiyu (1973)

6. Metropolis

7. Aliens

8. Terminator 2: Judgment Day

9. 2001: A Space Odyssey

10. The Prestige

The Online Film Critics Society:

1 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

2 Blade Runner (1982)

3 Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)

4 Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

5 E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial (1982)

6 Metropolis (1927)

7 Brazil (1985)

8 Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

9 Clockwork Orange, A (1971)

10 Alien (1979)

The Guardian, cheating a little bit by combining some originals and sequels:

1. Blade Runner

2. 2001: A Space Odyssey

3. Star Wars/Empire Strikes Back

4. Alien

5. Solaris (1972)

6. Terminator/Terminator 2

7. The Day the Earth Stood Still

8. War of the Worlds (1953)

9. The Matrix

10. Close Encounters of the Third Kind

An online internet-voting based list:

1. Blade Runner

2. Star Wars Trilogy (IV-VI)

3. The Matrix

4. Alien

5. 2001: A Space Odyssey

6. Aliens

7. Terminator

8. The Fifth Element

9. Terminator 2: Judgment Day

10. The Day the Earth Stood Still

1. Blade Runner

2. Gattaca

3. The Matrix

4. 2001: A Space Odyssey

5. Brazil

6. A Clockwork Orange

7. Alien

8. The Boys from Brazil

9. Jurassic Park

10. Star Wars

The Best?

Blade Runner tops four of the lists, but doesn’t appear on two of them. 2001 tops two of the lists, but doesn’t make the top 10 at all on one. I think that the strengths of these movies also make them turn off some audiences, unfortunately, as they also top my list.

It’s interesting to note that the only movie that makes all the lists, the highest, including mine, is Alien. By some form of meta-analysis, that would make this the top science fiction movie of all time. I’m the only one who left off Star Wars (the internet voting list technically lumps together the first trilogy and the Guardian combines it with Empire, leaving out the Ewoks), but come on, it isn’t science fiction, it’s a fantasy getting too much credit for having robots, spaceships, and rayguns. It’s my blog and Star Wars doesn’t get to be the top science fiction film here.

So, in space no one can hear you scream, but on Earth we all did and loved Alien.


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