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100 best SF films

Total Sci-Fi online has a list of the best 100 SF films. I've seen 79 of them.


1) Blade Runner (1982)

2) 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

3) Star Wars (1977)

4) Alien (1979)

5) Metropolis (1927)

6) The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

7) The Terminator (1984)

8) Planet of the Apes (1968)

9) E.T. (1982)

10) Solaris (1972)

11) Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

12) Forbidden Planet (1956)

13) The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

14) A Trip to the Moon (1902)

15) Aliens (1986)

16) Silent Running (1972)

17) Brazil (1985)

18) Akira (1988)

19) Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)

20) Total Recall (1990)

21) The Matrix (1999)

22) Tron (1982)

23) The Thing (1982)

24) RoboCop (1987)

25) Jurassic Park (1993)

26) Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

27) A Clockwork Orange (1971)

28) The Fifth Element (1997)

29) La Jetée (1962)

30) Sleeper (1973)

31) The Fly (1986)

32) Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)

33) Westworld (1973)

34) Mad Max 2 (aka The Road Warrior) (1981)

35) Return of the Jedi (1983)

36) Back to the Future (1985)

37) WALL-E (2008)

38) The Fantastic Planet (1973)

39) The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)

40) Things to Come (1936)

41) 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957)

42) The Abyss (1989)

43) Quatermass 2 (1957)

44) This Island Earth (1955)

45) Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

46) Delicatessen (1991)

47) Dark Star (1974)

48) The Andromeda Strain (1971)

49) The Omega Man (1971)

50) Stalker (1979)

51) Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989)

52) Escape from New York (1981)

53) The Invisible Man (1933)

54) It Came From Outer Space (1953)

55) Godzilla (1954)

56) Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

57) Minority Report (2002)

58) Alphaville (1965)

59) Gattaca (1997)

60) The Fountain (2006)

61) Them! (1954)

62) Videodrome (1983)

63) Logan’s Run (1976)

64) Ghost in the Shell (1995)

65) Repo Man (1984)

66) Children of Men (2006)

67) Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)

68) Outland (1981)

69) A Boy and his Dog (1975)

70) Mad Max (1979)

71) Donnie Darko (2001)

72) Soylent Green (1973)

73) Cube (1997)

74) Moon (2009)

75) Dark City (1998)

76) Starship Troopers (1997)

77) A Scanner Darkly (2006)

78) The Quiet Earth (1985)

79) Invaders From Mars (1953)

80) Fantastic Voyage (1966)

81) Barbarella (1968)

82) Fahrenheit 451 (1966)

83) Twelve Monkeys (1995)

84) Event Horizon (1997)

85) Independence Day (1996)

86) Altered States (1980)

87) The Stepford Wives (1975)

88) Serenity (2005)

89) Dune (1984)

90) Primer (2004)

91) Explorers (1985)

92) THX 1138 (1971)

93) Star Trek (2009)

94) Flash Gordon (1980)

95) Galaxy Quest (1999)

96) Cocoon (1985)

97) Stargate (1994)

98) Predator (1987)

99) Trancers (1985)

100) Rollerball (1975)

Comments

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ninthcouncil
Mar. 19th, 2010 10:01 am (UTC)
La Jetee appears to be an obligatory inclusion in such lists, despite the fact that only about 11 people have ever seen it. Also, I'd question whether anyone who includes Independence Day and Flash Gordon on a list of "best" anything has seen them, either! I've not seen The Fountain, but received wisdom is that it's a bunch of tedious, precious bullshit, so its high placing is puzzling. I'll shamefacedly admit to never having stayed awake through Solaris (though I did through Stalker, and found it mesmerising).
The Fifth Element is placed way too high - it's fun, but it's also rampantly stupid. And why Quatermass 2 but no Quatermass and the Pit, the best of the three?
gbsteve
Mar. 19th, 2010 10:28 am (UTC)
I recorded The Fountain over Xmas but haven't watched it yet and I'd like to see Stalker, the book was great. 5th Element is one of my favourite films ever, so it's too low for me but you're right about Quatermass. Also, Event Horizon was very bad, I much preferred 2010.
ninthcouncil
Mar. 19th, 2010 12:58 pm (UTC)
Stalker is significantly different from Roadside Picnic - which I reread for the first time in twenty years not long ago - but I'd thoroughly recommend it.
princeofcairo
Mar. 19th, 2010 05:53 pm (UTC)
Quatermass and the Pit is on the list under its American title, 20 Million Miles to Earth. (No. 41.)
ninthcouncil
Mar. 19th, 2010 08:16 pm (UTC)
Ah, good spot.
princeofcairo
Mar. 20th, 2010 07:50 am (UTC)
Woops. Mea culpa.

20 Million Miles to Earth is a (pretty great) Ray Harryhausen monster flick set in Rome. Quatermass and the Pit (which is absolutely the best of the three) is called Five Million Years to Earth in the American release.

Another black eye for Total Sci-Fi Online.
viscount_s
Mar. 19th, 2010 10:30 am (UTC)
78 for me - not a bad score...
gbsteve
Mar. 19th, 2010 11:44 am (UTC)
That's weird. 4 people given their totals (including those on ffutures) and we have three 78s and one 79.
ninthcouncil
Mar. 19th, 2010 12:52 pm (UTC)
Spookily, mine is 78 as well. (Or possibly 79 - I can't remember whether I've seen Invaders from Mars or not.)
kit_hartford
Mar. 19th, 2010 11:52 am (UTC)
68 for me, plus a couple of 'not sures'
gbsteve
Mar. 19th, 2010 12:54 pm (UTC)
Of the ones I haven't seen, I think I'd like to see:
Stalker
Alphaville
Moon
Primer
WALL-E, if it's not too cute

The others seem either too dated (like Close Encounters) or too long (like Solaris).
princeofcairo
Mar. 19th, 2010 05:58 pm (UTC)
Looks like 91 for me.
chilledchimp
Mar. 19th, 2010 07:37 pm (UTC)
The remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers is better than the 1950s original??? Fuck off, quite frankly.
richgreen01
Mar. 20th, 2010 04:21 am (UTC)
Just 49 definites and a bunch of not sures. Surprised that District 9 and Avatar are missing but Moon is included from 2009 (not that Moon isn't good)
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