top 20 sci-fi movies


The top 20 sci-fi movie list my (sci-fi and fantasy) class came up with, what do you think?

1) Matrix
2) Wal-E
3) Star Wars IV
4) E.T.
5) Fith Element
6) Independence Day
7) Back to the Future
8) Inception
9) District 9
10) Jurassic Park
11) Terminator
12) I, Robot
13) Alien
14) Planet of the Apes
15) Tron
16) Poltergeist
17) Blade Runner
18) Dark City
19) 6th Sense
20) Starship Troopers


The Red Tarheel
Interesting list, Malski.......interesting. :cool:

Here's my top-20 list(not in any specific order though)..........
--The Terminator
--The Andromeda Strain
--The Thing
--Blade Runner
--Star Wars(any one of the Star Wars films.....)
--Star Trek II
--any one of the three Matrix films
--2001: A Space Odyssey
--Children of Men
--Minority Report
--Altered States
--Prince of Darkness
--Enemy Mine


Here is my list, also not in any order.

1. Star Wars (Episode 3 through 6)
2. Terminator 2
3. Fifth Element
4. Close Encounters Of The Third Kind
5. Highlander
6. Hitch Hikers Guide To The Galaxy
7. Tron
8. Gattaca
9. Matrix (any)
10. Ghost In A Shell
11. Star Trek (any)
12. Independence Day
13. X-Files (first movie)
14. Dune
15. Dark City
16. The Riddick Series
17. Serenity
18. Back To The Future
19. Contact
20. Galaxy Quest
Here's my list:

1- Bladerunner;
2- Black Hole
3- Serenity
4- 5th Element;
5- Gattaca
6- Star Wars IV
7- Star Wars V
8- Star Wars VI
9- The Chronicles Of Riddick;
10- Imortel;
11- The Island;
12- Sunshine;
13- The Man From Earth (Brilliant Film- Recommend it);
14- The Happening;
15- The Mutant Chronicles;
16- Event Horizon;
17- Lost in Space;
18- Alien;
19- Aliens
20- Resident Evil

I think I could increase the list to top 30 but no point in over doing it.
1. Star Wars (1977)
2. Alien (1979)
3. Matrix (1999)
4. Terminator (1982)
5. E.T (1982)
6. Robocop (1987)
7. Star Trek (2009)
8. Back to the Future (1985)
9. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
10. Blade Runner (1982)
11. War of the Worlds (1953)
12. Silent Running (1972)
13. Forbidden Planet (1956)
14. Metropolis (1927)
15. Terminator 2 (1991)
16. Aliens (1986)
17. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
18. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
19. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
20. Donnie Darko (2001)

Honorable mentions:

Empire Strikes Back
Return of the Jedi
Jurassic Park
Planet of the Apes
Indepenence Day
The Thing
I. Robot
Iron Man
Short Circuit
I Am Legend
Ghost Busters
Revenge of the Sith
Invisible Man

and way too many more to list.


An Old Friend
I don't like top lists. They are so subjective. I used to belong ot a community called top5 but stopped visiting when I realized it was a waste of time to construct a top list because something would always change it.

Here are a few movies that I have no problem watching over and over again.

The Thing
Cube2 - Hypercube

Tomorrow, I might list 5 completely different movies or might not.

Viktor Kuprin

Spaced Cadet
Here's my top 20, with a few titles that haven't shown up on anyone else's list so far.

1. 2001: A Space Odyssey
2. Robinson Crusoe on Mars
3. 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea (1954)
4. Forbidden Planet
5. War of the Worlds (1953)
6. Solaris (2002)
7. Blade Runner
8. Planet of the Apes (1968)
9. Soylent Green
10. The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951)
11. The Thing from Another World (1951)
11. The Time Machine (1960)
12. Close Encounters of the Third Kind
13. Alien
14. Terminator
15. The First Men in the Moon (1964)
16. Gojira (Godzilla, King of the Monsters) - (1954)
17. This Island Earth
18. Fahrenheit 451
19. Colossus: The Forbin Project (1970)
20. Island of Lost Souls (1932)


Cube2 - Hypercube

The entire Cube series is pretty good. Cube 3 being the one that stands out from my memory. There is also an anime called Gantz which has the same idea. People wake up and don't know how they got there and then they have to survive. Overall, Cube did it better.


Code Monkey
Staff member
2. Robinson Crusoe on Mars
Just saw this one today thanks to Netflix. It was the Criterion Collection DVD version and was a darn clean cut.

Oddly I can't remember if I had seen it before so I went into it today with a clear mind. The effects are of course dated but the basic story line holds up.

After watching it the odd thought occurred to me that there are similarities between it and 1985's Enemy Mine with Louis Gossett, Jr. & Dennis Quaid. Now, before you say I'm crazy, both movies involve a space ship pilot stranded on a seemingly uninhabited planet with harsh environments. The planets in both are rich in minerals and attract miners who use slave labor. The stranded pilot, in the course of spending a considerable amount of time on the barren planet, bonds with a member of the race that that is being used for slave labor. The pilot beats all odds and is rescued.

Now, of course, there are some major plot elements in the latter that is not in the former, but Robinson Crusoe on Mars is a pretty basic story line. In a sense, it is almost like somebody took the basic plot and gave it an updated treatment to come up with Enemy Mine.

Now with that aside, Robinson Crusoe was a pretty good movie and I can see why it would go on some fans 'Best Of' lists. Seeing Adam West in his pre-Batman days is always interesting because West, like William Shatner, was a serious actor who played in a number of roles but was forever identified as a particular character that they never were able to break out of again.


Some of mine are

Close encounters
Star Wars 4-6
Blade Runner
Flash Gordon
Dark Star
Jurassic Park
Fifth Element
Lord of the Rings Extended Editions
Mad Max 2
Back to the Future
Planet of the Apes
2001 Space Odyssy
Battlestar Galactica


Everyone seems to be on the money all great movies,however no one chose "An Inconvenient Truth" a Sci Fi classic that even won an Oscar. G


the dodgy "science" makes a "fantasy" out of the "fiction" that is global warming, sorry climate change or is it climate disruption this year.cheers G


The Red Tarheel

Neither SF nor Fantasy.........I've always thought "An Inconvenient Truth" belonged in the
category for what its' worth.......... :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek:

I'm still asking myself, "Why in the ---- did you ever vote for Mr. Earth Tone(a/k/a Al Gore) back in 2000?"............ :eek::eek::eek::eek:
My top twenty sci fi movies would have to be listed as such, though in no particular order.
1. Matrix
2. 2001: A Space Odyssey
3. Matrix Revolutions
4. Terminator 2
5. Aliens
6. Dark City
7. Moon
8. District 9
9. Avatar
10. Jurassic Park
11. Close Encounters of a Third Kind
12. Forbidden Planet
13. Brazil
14. Back to the Future
15. Invasion of the Body Snatchers
16. A Clockwork Orange
17. E.T.
18. The Road Warriors
19. Star Wars
20. Blade Runner
1. star wars
2. star trek 1 2 3
3. Jurassic park
4. starship trooper
5. star wars phantom menace
6. tomb raider
7. zombieland
8. terminator
9. robot boy
10. futarama movie.
11. back to the futur
12. aliens in the attic

i cant think of anymore.


Artist, Cartoonist and Dude
I'll throw in my list of the top 20 scifi movies:

1. John Carpenter's The Thing
2. Aliens
3. Star Trek II
4. Star Wars
5. Star Trek IV
6. The Empire Strikes Back
7. Terminator 2 & Escape from New York (tie)
8. The Mist
9. Return of the Jedi
10. Back to the Future
11. Independence Day & Deep Impact (tie)
12. Terminator
13. Predator
14. The Fly (1986)
15. Dawn of the Dead
16. Men in Black
17. Jurassic Park
18. Alien
19. Star Trek: First Contact
20. The Blob (1988)

Bonus: The 5 best sci-fi spoofs:

1. Spaceballs
2. Zombieland
3. Galaxy Quest
4. Return of the Living Dead
5. Fido
I'm surprised to see almost no mentions of Minority Report - a brilliant film in my view and an interesting concept in the first place. Like Blade Runner, based on a Philip K Dick story.

On the other hand, why does anyone rate Wall-E? Saw it with my sons when it first came out and we were very disappointed. Yeah it looked good, but few other merits!