Top 10 Sci Fi Movies of All Time
Very few genres catch our imagination like Sci-Fi or Science Fiction does, be it movies, books, games or shows Sci-Fi is everywhere now. Sci-Fi can boasts of some of the greatest franchises in movies, shows, books and games. Here we take a look at the small screen and countdown the Top 10 Sci Fi Movies of All Time.
Top 10 Sci Fi Movies of All Time
10. The Matrix
At number 10 in Top 10 Sci Fi Movies of All Time is The Matrix. It was a neo noir science fiction action film about a dystopian future where what most human perceived reality was a simulated reality called the Matrix. The movie popularized the bullet time visual effect and was a major milestone in the history of science fiction and cyberpunk movies.
9. The Thing
At number 9 in Sci Fi Movies of All Time is The Thing. It was an science fiction horror movie about an extraterrestrial parasitic life form that assimilates other organism and imitates them. As it infiltrates an Antarctic Research station, paranoia spreads within the staff working there. Despite being received well by the critics, it was not as big a hit because E.T was released around the same time and had a more optimistic approach towards aliens and Blade Runner also released on the same day. Despite that, now it enjoys a cult status and has many games and comic book miniseries.
8. E.T. the Extra Terrestrial
At number 8 is E.T. the Extra Terrestrial. E.T. is one of the most heart-touching movies of all time that even had the adults finding for a piece of tissue. The movie tells the story of an extra-terrestrial that is stranded on earth and the attempts of two siblings who help it to return home while hiding it from their mother and the government. At the time of its release it was such a big hit that it became the highest grossing movie of all time. It also won four Academy Awards.
7. The Terminator
At number 7 in Top 10 Sci Fi Movies of All Time is The Terminator. This was the movie the catapulted James Cameroon to superstardom overnight and cemented the position of Arnold Schwarzenegger as the premier action star of Hollywood. The movie is about a cyborg assassin played by Arnold who is sent from the future to kill Sarah Connor, whose son will become the savior against the fight with robots. The movie was such a big hit that it had 4 sequels, television series, comics and games.
At number 6 in Top 10 Sci Fi Movies of All Time is Metropolis. Metropolis can well be described as the daddy of all sci-fi movies. Released back in 1927, this German silent movie is regarded as a pioneering work of science fiction genre and also one of the first full length movies of this genre. It shows a dystopian world whose future is threatened as a wealthy corporate leader enlists the help of a mad scientist.
5. Star Wars
At number 5 in Top 10 Sci Fi Movies of All Time is Star Wars. No list about Sci-Fi movies can be complete without the mention of Star Wars. All the movies of the original trilogy deserve to be on any Sci-Fi movie list, but here we talk about the first movie of the trilogy. When it was released, this epic space opera created history by being the highest grossing movie of its time. It was nominated for 10 Academy Awards and won 7. Apart from that it is regarded as one of the greatest movies of all time and as one of the most influential and culturally significant.
4. Close Encounters of the Third Kind
At number 4 in Sci Fi Movies of All Time is Close Encounters of the Third Kind. One of the finest movies from Steven Spielberg, it tells the story of an everyday blue collar worker from Indiana whose life changes after an encounter with a UFO. The movie was made on a budget of only US $18 million and was released in selected states, but as the movie got momentum and gained word of mouth it was given a wider release and went onto earn US $337 million worldwide.
At number 3 of Top 10 Sci Fi Movies of All Time is Alien. Alien follows the story of an aggressive extraterrestrial being that hunts and kills the crew of a spaceship. The movie was a box office hit and received critical acclaim. It went on to win Academy Award for Best Visual Effects, Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation and Saturn award for Best Science Fiction Film, Best Director and Best Supporting Actress. It was also named as the 33rd in Empire Magazine 100 Greatest Films of All Time.
2. Blade Runner
At number 2 of Sci Fi Movies is Blade Runner. Upon its release, it had generated polarizing opinions. Some criticized the pacing while the others praised the setting and thematic complexity, but despite that it is one of the best Sci-Fi movies ever made. The movie is set in Dystopian Los Angeles; human-like genetically generated replicants are created for work in off-world colonies and are prohibited on earth. Those who defy this rule are hunted and killed by special task force called Blade Runner. Movie is about a group of replicants who are hiding in LA but are tasked to be hunted by Harrison Ford.
1. 2001: A Space Odyssey
At number 1 in Top 10 Sci Fi Movies of All Time is 2001: A Space Odyssey. It is not only the greatest Sci Fi Movies ever made but one of the most influential and significant movie ever made. The Moving Arts Films Journal also called it the greatest film of all time. It depicts the story of a voyage to Jupiter with a sentient computer HAL after a mysterious black monolith is found that is linked to human evolution. The movie is known for its scientific accuracy and depiction of space.
As humans we are always in awe of the future and what magic it will hold for us, this Sci-Fi as a genre has always had a lot of takers. Though it was initially a staple for books and games, it gradually did make its foray into movies and these movies are the Crème de la crème of the Sci-Fi genre.