MY ULTIMATE BEST SCIENCE FICTION MOVIE LIST

{1902-2016}: My ultimate personal best list of science-fiction movies.
In chronological order and purely subjective.
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1.
A Trip to the Moon (1902 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A group of astronomers go on an expedition to the Moon. (13 mins.)
“ Based on a Jules Verne story. A landmark film, highly stylized and inventive, of great historical importance. Has become an icon of Science-Fiction film, including many unforgettable images. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
2.
An Impossible Voyage (1904 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Using every known means of transportation, several savants from the Geographic Society undertake a journey... (24 mins.)
 
3.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Dr. Henry Jekyll experiments with scientific means of revealing the hidden, dark side of man and releases a murderer from within himself. (49 mins.)
 
4.
Aelita: Queen of Mars (1924)
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This is called the first Soviet science fiction film because of its "futuristic" sets on Mars, although most of it takes place in Moscow... (111 mins.)
 
5.
The Hands of Orlac (1924)
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A world-famous pianist loses both hands in an accident. When new hands are grafted on, he doesn't know they once belonged to a murderer. (92 mins.)
Director: Robert Wiene
 
6.
Metropolis (1927)
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In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city's mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences. (153 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
“ A monumental achievement by Fritz Lang. A milestone in the science-fiction genre. Great art-direction and special effects, which still hold their own, even till this day. A highly influential masterpiece. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
7.
Woman in the Moon (1929)
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A tenacious scientist blasts off for the moon in hopes of riches that may be found there. (156 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
8.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Dr. Jekyll faces horrible consequences when he lets his dark side run wild with a potion that transforms him into the animalistic Mr. Hyde. (98 mins.)
 
9.
Frankenstein (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
An obsessed scientist assembles a living being from parts of exhumed corpses. (70 mins.)
Director: James Whale
“ An undisputed classic. A huge hit that scared the wits out of audiences in it's day. A film that has become one of the most iconic horror films of all-time. Boris Karloff's performance as Frankenstein's Monster, Jack Pierce's make-up, and countless scenes, have become legendary. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
10.
Svengali (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Through hypnotism and telepathic mind control, a sinister music maestro controls the singing voice, but not the heart, of the woman he loves. (81 mins.)
Director: Archie Mayo
 
11.
Island of Lost Souls (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
An obsessed scientist conducts profane experiments in evolution, eventually establishing himself as the self-styled demigod to a race of mutated, half-human abominations. (70 mins.)
Director: Erle C. Kenton
“ With many remakes to follow, this remains the best interpretation of the H.G. Wells novel; 'The Island of Dr. Moreau', to date. Charles Laughton gives a bravura performance. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
12.
The Invisible Man (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A scientist finds a way of becoming invisible, but in doing so, he becomes murderously insane. (71 mins.)
Director: James Whale
“ Based on a story by H.G.Wells, 'The Invisible Man' has achieved cult status. Another great accolade for director, James Whale. Claude Rains gives a great sympathetic performance. Cementing his talent as an actor of note. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
13.
Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Mary Shelley reveals the main characters of her novel survived: Dr. Frankenstein, goaded by an even madder scientist, builds his monster a mate. (75 mins.)
Director: James Whale
“ With complete artistic control, James Whale achieved what few directors have, a worthy companion piece to the original 'Frankenstein'. Many regarding it as a better film. An all time classic. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
14.
Mad Love (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
An insane surgeon's obsession with an actress leads him to replace her husband's hands with the hands of a knife murderer which still have the urge to throw knives. (68 mins.)
Director: Karl Freund
 
15.
Things to Come (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
The story of a century: a decades-long second World War leaves plague and anarchy, then a rational state rebuilds civilization and attempts space travel. (100 mins.)
“ A compelling and thought provoking film with a timeless message for all mankind. Fantastic art-direction, presenting the earth's destruction, plus Ralph Richardson's notable performance as 'Boss', amongst others, a standout. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
16.
The Devil-Doll (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
An escaped convict uses miniaturized humans to wreak vengeance on those that framed him. (78 mins.)
“ The uncredited Tod Browning of 'Freaks'-(1932), fame, directs here. Scary fun, with a great performance by Lionel Barrymore, who plays his role with relish. Very entertaining film. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
17.
Son of Frankenstein (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
One of the sons of Frankenstein finds his father's monster in a coma and revives him, only to find out he is controlled by Ygor who is bent on revenge. (99 mins.)
Director: Rowland V. Lee
 
18.
Adventures of Captain Marvel (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
To protect a magic talisman from being used for evil, a boy is given the power to become an adult superhero with a single magic word. (216 mins.)
 
19.
Destination Moon (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
One of the first science fiction films to attempt a high level of accurate technical detail tells the story of the first trip to the Moon. (92 mins.)
Director: Irving Pichel
 
20.
The Man in the White Suit (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
An altruistic chemist invents a fabric which resists wear and stain as a boon to humanity, but both big business and labor realize it must be suppressed for economic reasons. (85 mins.)
“ Sir Alec Guinness, the actors actor, gives another fine performance here. A charming classic on all levels with a great twist ending to boot. Wonderful entertainment. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
21.
The Thing from Another World (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Scientists and American Air Force officials fend off a bloodthirsty alien organism while at a remote arctic outpost. (87 mins.)
Director: Christian Nyby
“ A cult classic of the story; 'Who Goes There?' by John W.Campbell. Thoroughly enjoyable fare. John Carpenter later payed homage with his re-imagining and equally outstanding, 'The Thing'. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
22.
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
An alien lands and tells the people of Earth that they must live peacefully or be destroyed as a danger to other planets. (92 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise
“ This timeless classic, with a timeless message, will remain the much loved masterpiece that it is. A big hit in it's day with people quoting dialogue from the film, commonplace. A true cult movie, still finding an audience today. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
23.
Invaders from Mars (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A young boy learns that space aliens are taking over the minds of earthlings. (78 mins.)
“ Highly enjoyable cult-classic. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
24.
The War of the Worlds (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A small town in California is attacked by Martians. (85 mins.)
Director: Byron Haskin
“ Another film based on a H.G.Wells novel of the same name. This film has become a science-fiction classic. Groundbreaking effects for it's time and a great performance from Gene Barry. Very entertaining and a great ending makes for a great movie. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
25.
The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A ferocious dinosaur awakened by an Arctic atomic test terrorizes the North Atlantic and, ultimately, New York City. (80 mins.)
Director: Eugène Lourié
 
26.
Godzilla (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
American nuclear weapons testing results in the creation of a seemingly unstoppable, dinosaur-like beast. (96 mins.)
Director: Ishirô Honda
“ One of the best 'man in rubber suit' movies ever. Great set design, annihilated by the raging Gojira, is enough to satisfy fans. Has resulted in numerous spin-offs and remakes. Not merely a fun monster movie but also an allegory on the dangers of nuclear weapons. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
27.
Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A strange prehistoric beast lurks in the depths of the Amazonian jungle. A group of scientists try to capture the animal and bring it back to civilization for study. (79 mins.)
Director: Jack Arnold
“ Originally screened in 3D, this is one of the better 'man in rubber suit' movies. More serious and with more accomplished cinematography, including underwater shots. The 'Gill Man' has become an icon of horror/science-fiction movies. A cult classic. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
28.
Them! (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The earliest atomic tests in New Mexico cause common ants to mutate into giant man-eating monsters that threaten civilization. (94 mins.)
Director: Gordon Douglas
“ One of the great creature-mutation movies of the 50s. Still impressive today on many levels. Great acting, intelligent dialogue, great effects and mutant ants. What more could you ask for? Once again there is a message concerning the dangers of nuclear testing, which is still relevant today. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
29.
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A ship sent to investigate a wave of mysterious sinkings encounters the advanced submarine, the Nautilus, commanded by Captain Nemo. (127 mins.)
 
30.
The Quatermass Xperiment (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
In 1950s England, professor Quatermass' manned rocket ship returns to Earth, but two of the astronauts are missing and the survivor seems ill and unable to communicate. (82 mins.)
Director: Val Guest
“ Great film from the iconic; Hammer Studios. Val Guest directs here a wonderful film. Great story and a tense, realistic atmosphere. More greats to follow. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
31.
Tarantula (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A spider escapes from an isolated desert laboratory experimenting in giantism and grows to tremendous size as it wreaks havoc on the local inhabitants. (80 mins.)
Director: Jack Arnold
“ In a similar vein to 'Them!' (1954). This is a good, giant mutated creature movie. Great effects for it's time, good script and acting, collectively make for an enjoyable romp. An uncredited, Clint Eastwood, has a bit-part as a squadron leader sent to bomb the poor Arachnid. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
32.
1984 (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
George Orwell's novel of a totalitarian future society in which a man whose daily work is rewriting history tries to rebel by falling in love. (90 mins.)
“ Based on the famous novel by George Orwell, concerning a totalitarian society, kept in check under the watchful eye of 'Big Brother'. Great economic film-making, taking key points from the novel and leaving us with an enigmatic view of 'Big Brother'. Great performance from Edmund O'Brien. A fine effort. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
33.
Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Extraterrestrials traveling in high-tech flying saucers contact scientist Dr. Russell Marvin as part of a plan to enslave the inhabitants of Earth. (83 mins.)
Director: Fred F. Sears
“ One of the better alien invasion movies of the 50s. The star being Ray Harryhausen's stop-motion/animation effects. Entertaining film which won't disappoint fans of the sub-genre. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
34.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A small-town doctor learns that the population of his community is being replaced by emotionless alien duplicates. (80 mins.)
Director: Don Siegel
“ A great film deserving of it's wide critical acclaim. Don Siegel directs with a steady hand and delivers a masterpiece of collective paranoia, summing up the unease of the American public at the time. Yet, at the same time, can be enjoyed as a great entertaining movie as well. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
35.
Forbidden Planet (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A starship crew goes to investigate the silence of a planet's colony only to find two survivors and a deadly secret that one of them has. (98 mins.)
“ A great cult classic. The film that made 'Robby the Robot' an icon of science-fiction movies. A highly entertaining parable on the dangers of technology, yet with a sense of hope for the future. Great special effects and an atmosphere only films of this time period could capture. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
36.
The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Victor Frankenstein builds a creature and brings it to life, but it behaves not as he intended. (82 mins.)
Director: Terence Fisher
“ The great Terence Fisher, scores again. All the unique trademarks of Hammer Studios at their peak are displayed here. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
37.
The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
When Scott Carey begins to shrink because of exposure to a combination of radiation and insecticide, medical science is powerless to help him. (81 mins.)
Director: Jack Arnold
“ A timeless gem. Who cares if it doesn't make sense, scientifically. Just sit back and enjoy this entertaining fable. Great performance from Grant Williams, coming to terms with his demise and the dangers he must face. There is a profound message as well. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
38.
Enemy from Space (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Professor Quatermass, trying to gather support for his Lunar colonisation project, is intrigued by mysterious traces that have been showing up. (85 mins.)
Director: Val Guest
“ Val Guest delivers a chilling outlook on alien invasion in an intelligent and feasible way. Not your typical alien invasion movie and the better for it. A classic. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
39.
The Fly (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A scientist has a horrific accident when he tries to use his newly invented teleportation device. (94 mins.)
Director: Kurt Neumann
“ A grand 'B' movie and very enjoyable at that. Once again, a film which captured the essence of it's time, which cannot be repeated. Great ending as well. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
40.
Fiend Without a Face (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Invisible atomic monsters attack a U.S. Armed Forces base and the local residents. (75 mins.)
Director: Arthur Crabtree
 
41.
The Blob (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
An alien lifeform consumes everything in its path as it grows and grows. (86 mins.)
“ Genre defining film for it's time. Has rightfully become a cult classic. Still entertaining and starring that great icon of cinema, Steve McQueen. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
42.
The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
We watch Baron Frankenstein escaping from the guillotine and going to Germany. There, he names himself Dr... (90 mins.)
Director: Terence Fisher
 
43.
Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
An Edinburgh professor and assorted colleagues follow an explorer's trail down an extinct Icelandic volcano to the earth's center. (132 mins.)
Director: Henry Levin
“ A classic science-fiction movie based on the Jules Verne novel. Great performance from James Mason, terrific special effects, (from giant mushrooms to dinosaurs), a great Bernard Herrmann score and art-direction, make this a must for fans. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
44.
Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.0/10 X  
Aliens resurrect dead humans as zombies and vampires to stop humanity from creating the Solaranite (a sort of sun-driven bomb). (79 mins.)
“ At one time, considered as the worst movie ever made. Has gone on to become a cult classic as a result. Directed by Edward D.Wood, notorious for making bad movies, has likewise become a cult favourite. Has an endearing quality to it. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
45.
On the Beach (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
After a global nuclear war, the residents of Australia must come to terms with the fact that all life will be destroyed in a matter of months. (134 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kramer
 
46.
Village of the Damned (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
In the English village of Midwich, the blonde-haired, glowing-eyed children of uncertain paternity prove to have frightening powers. (77 mins.)
Director: Wolf Rilla
“ The original and the best of the much imitated classic. Based on the book by John Wyndham, 'The Midwich Cuckoos'. A terrifying, eerie film devoid of major special-effects. Proof that a good film can be made with a modest budget. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
47.
The Time Machine (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A man's vision for a utopian society is disillusioned when travelling forward into time reveals a dark and dangerous society. (103 mins.)
Director: George Pal
“ Another classic based on the H.G.Wells novel. Rod Taylor is perfectly suited in his role as an adventurer. Great special effects, great sets, great movie. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
48.
Mill of the Stone Women (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Hans arrives in a town near Amsterdam to write a story on the reclusive sculptor, Professor Val, who... (96 mins.)
Director: Giorgio Ferroni
 
49.
The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
When the U.S. and Russia unwittingly test atomic bombs at the same time, it alters the nutation (axis of rotation) of the Earth. (99 mins.)
Director: Val Guest
“ Val Guest's 'Cold War' influenced classic. Deserving a wider audience. Great story-telling and dialogue captivate the viewer. Subject matter even more relevant today. A warning regarding the destructive nature of man. A gem. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
50.
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
When the Earth is threatened by a burning Van Allen Radiation Belt, US Navy Admiral Harriman Nelson plans to shoot a nuclear missile at the Belt using his experimental atomic submarine, the Seaview. (105 mins.)
Director: Irwin Allen
 
51.
La Jetée (1962 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Time travel, still images, a past, present and future and the aftermath of World War III. The tale of a man... (28 mins.)
Director: Chris Marker
 
52.
The Day of the Triffids (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
After an unusual meteor shower leaves most of the human population blind, a merchant navy officer must find a way to conquer tall, aggressive plants which are feeding on people and animals. (93 mins.)
Director: Steve Sekely
“ This is a classic 'B' movie in the disaster/creature vein. Highly enjoyable with unintentionally bad dialogue and cheesy creatures, make this a must for fans of this sort of movie. Howard Keel adds to the entertainment factor as he battles the nasty plants. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
53.
Matango (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Shipwrecked survivors slowly transform into mushrooms. (89 mins.)
Director: Ishirô Honda
“ A rarely seen gem. Originally titled 'Mantango', badly dubbed and released as 'Attack of the Mushroom People'. Based on the novel by William Hope Hodgson this is an intense morality fable. Original, dark and atmospheric. Sympathetic characters in a film that is basically a character study using fantasy as a metaphor. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
54.
Voyage to the End of the Universe (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
The year is 2163. Starship Ikaria XB 1 embarks on a long journey across the Universe, to search for life on the planets of Alpha Centauri. (81 mins.)
Director: Jindrich Polák
 
55.
These Are the Damned (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
An American tourist, a youth gang leader, and his troubled sister find themselves trapped in a top secret government facility experimenting on children. (87 mins.)
Director: Joseph Losey
 
56.
X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A doctor uses special eye drops to give himself x-ray vision, but the new power has disastrous consequences. (79 mins.)
Director: Roger Corman
“ One of the great Roger Corman films. The king of economic film-making. Ray Milland gives a convincing performance as Dr. Xavier. A great story exploring perception and the very nature of existence. Don Rickles and Dick Miller also make an appearance. Les Baxter's eerie score deserves mention as well. Great surprise ending. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
57.
The Nutty Professor (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
To improve his social life, a nerdish professor drinks a potion that temporarily turns him into the handsome, but obnoxious, Buddy Love. (107 mins.)
Director: Jerry Lewis
 
58.
Twice-Told Tales (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
3 horror stories based on the writings of Nathaniel Hawthorne. In the 1st story titled "Dr. Heidegger's Experiment"... (120 mins.)
Director: Sidney Salkow
 
59.
The Last Man on Earth (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
When a disease turns all of humanity into the living dead, the last man on earth becomes a reluctant vampire hunter. (86 mins.)
“ Vincent Price elevates this film, being alone for most of it and holding our interest throughout it. Finding himself in an apocalyptic world plagued by zombie-like vampires. A theme re-imagined in countless films. Without a doubt influential on George R. Romero's, 'Night of the Living Dead' (1968). Based on the novel by Richard Matheson, 'I am Legend', this film remains a creepy and thought provoking film. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
60.
Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Stranded on Mars with only a monkey as a companion, an astronaut must figure out how to find oxygen, water, and food on the lifeless planet. (110 mins.)
Director: Byron Haskin
 
61.
Fail-Safe (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
American planes are sent to deliver a nuclear attack on Moscow, but it's a mistake due to an electrical malfunction. Can all-out war be averted? (112 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
 
62.
Planet of the Vampires (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
After landing on a mysterious planet, a team of astronauts begin to turn on each other, swayed by the uncertain influence of the planet and its strange inhabitants. (88 mins.)
Director: Mario Bava
“ Mario Bava directs this classic low budget movie. Campy with cheesy effects, unintentionally comical dialogue (badly dubbed) but with a great atmosphere and some scary undead scenes. Fans of Mario Bava won't be disappointed. His unique style very apparant here. Influential on films like, Ridley Scott's, 'Alien' (1979). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
63.
The War Game (1965 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The War Game is a fictional, worst-case-scenario docu-drama about nuclear war and its aftermath in and around a typical English city... (48 mins.)
Director: Peter Watkins
“ Chilling portrayal of nuclear Armageddon. Filmed in a documentary-like style. Still has the ability to shock with subject matter that remains relevant. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
64.
Alphaville (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A U.S. secret agent is sent to the distant space city of Alphaville where he must find a missing person and free the city from its tyrannical ruler. (99 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
“ One of the masters of French cinema, Jean-Luc Goddard, directs here. Highly influential on film-makers like Quentin Tarantino. Here Jean-Luc Goddard opts for a minimalist approach minus special effects. Setting is Paris. Plays out as a character driven film-noir influenced film. Addresses issues of the lack of human communication as technology advances. Goddard keeps his characters distant to allow for objectivity. Original, stylish and relevant. A classic. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
65.
The Face of Another (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A businessman with a disfigured face obtains a lifelike mask from his doctor, but the mask starts altering his personality. (124 mins.)
“ A mesmerizing film worthy of a greater audience. An expressionistic masterpiece examining the subject of identity and it's influences on the individual and ultimately others. A film that manages to incorporate images and sounds (including a wonderful score) seamlessly together to form a perfect whole. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
66.
Fantastic Voyage (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A scientist is nearly assassinated. In order to save him, a submarine is shrunken to microscopic size and injected into his blood stream with a small crew. Problems arise almost as soon as they enter the bloodstream. (100 mins.)
“ Highly enjoyable outing. Great special effects for it's time. A miniaturized vessel containing a crew is injected into the body of a Russian scientist to save his life. Here we are exposed to the workings of the body thanks to inventive film-making. Enjoyable escapism filmed more or less in real time. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
67.
Seconds (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
An unhappy middle-aged banker agrees to a procedure that will fake his death and give him a completely new look and identity - one that comes with its own price. (106 mins.)
“ An overlooked masterpiece directed by John Frankenheimer. Rock Hudson gives a powerhouse performance as a man given a second chance at life. A depressing film which examines the perception of happiness and fulfillment in life through material means. Thoughtful, provocative subject matter directed with a firm hand. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
68.
Fahrenheit 451 (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
In an oppressive future, a fireman whose duty is to destroy all books begins to question his task. (112 mins.)
“ The title refers to the temperature at which paper burns. Based on the Ray Bradbury novel and directed by the great Francois Truffaut. Truely relevant material here. A parable examining the subjects of censorship, the human spirit, individuality and the freedom of choice. Cinematography, great performances from Oskar Werner and Julie Christie (in a dual role), great Bernard Herrmann score, great sets and Truffaut's direction make for a great film. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
69.
Island of Terror (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
An isolated remote island community is threatened by an attack by tentacled silicates which liquefy and digest bone and tissue. (89 mins.)
Director: Terence Fisher
“ Beware, the 'Silicates', they will suck the bones from your body. This is an enjoyable outing directed by the always reliable Terence Fisher, and including the always watchable Peter Cushing as Dr. Brian Stanley. Great cheesy, slow moving monsters included, make for a fun, entertaining movie. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
70.
The Diabolical Dr. Z (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Woman seeks to avenge her father's death by using a local dancer, with long poisonous fingernails, to do her bidding. (86 mins.)
Director: J. Franco
“ A must see for fans that admire director Jess Franco's work. A cult classic and an effective little shocker. Has some great set-pieces and many homages to films that were an influence on Jess Franco and in turn, influenced other film-makers. Stylish and enjoyable. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
71.
Spider Baby or, The Maddest Story Ever Told (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A caretaker devotes himself to three demented siblings after their father's death. (81 mins.)
Director: Jack Hill
 
72.
Five Million Years to Earth (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A mysterious artifact is unearthed in London, and famous scientist Bernard Quatermass is called into to divine its origins and explain its strange effects on people. (97 mins.)
Director: Roy Ward Baker
“ One of the 'Hammer Studios' greats. Original title,'Quatermass and the Pit'. Proof that one need not have great special effects to make a great movie. A scientifically feasible and intelligent plot, this film's strength. Also, a cautionary tale concerning military action prior to obtaining the necessary information needed for an informed decision. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
73.
Barbarella (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Barbarella, an astronaut from the 41st century, sets out to find and stop the evil scientist Durand Durand, whose Positronic Ray threatens to bring evil back into the galaxy. (98 mins.)
Director: Roger Vadim
“ A camp classic. Jane Fonda looks great. This movie's like, far-out man. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
74.
Je t'aime, je t'aime (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Recovering from an attempted suicide, a man is selected to participate in a time travel experiment that has only been tested on mice... (94 mins.)
Director: Alain Resnais
“ A mostly over-looked film by director Alain Resnais. A man's journey into memories past after an attempted suicide. A great study of the individual's perception of memories and one's interpretation thereof. A thought provoking film and a subject of numerous movies to follow. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
75.
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer H.A.L. 9000, sets off on a quest. (149 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece. Deliberately slow paced and beautifully crafted. There is no film like it. Great scenes abound, some becoming icons of cinema. A personal favourite involves the scene, where an enlightened ape tosses a bone into the air, edited into a shot of a space-ship, is genial. The evolution of an ape into a powerful, super-intelligence, in a single scene. The super computer, Hal 9000, voiced by Douglas Rain, has likewise, become legendary. A reference to 'IBM', if one converts 'Hal' alphabetically one letter forward. Visual storytelling of the highest order. Exploring the nature of existence and man's purpose therein. Brilliant. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
76.
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
There is panic throughout the nation as the dead suddenly come back to life. The film follows a group of characters who barricade themselves in an old farmhouse in an attempt to remain safe from these flesh eating monsters. (96 mins.)
 
77.
Planet of the Apes (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An astronaut crew crash-lands on a planet in the distant future where intelligent talking apes are the dominant species, and humans are the oppressed and enslaved. (112 mins.)
“ A great film with one of the most stunning climaxes ever. Charlton Heston is perfectly cast as an astronaut stranded on a planet ruled by apes. Special mention must go to the convincing and frightening ape makeup and costumes. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
78.
Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Baron Frankenstein is once again working with illegal medical experiments. Together with a young doctor... (98 mins.)
Director: Terence Fisher
“ For fans of the films from the iconic Hammer Studios this is unmissable. The great and always reliable Terence Fisher, once again directs a fine spin on the Frankenstein legend. The very watchable Peter Cushing stars as Baron Frankenstein. Entertaining. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
79.
Colossus: The Forbin Project (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Thinking this will prevent war, the US government gives an impenetrable supercomputer total control over launching nuclear missiles. But what the computer does with the power is unimaginable to its creators. (100 mins.)
Director: Joseph Sargent
 
80.
The Andromeda Strain (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A group of scientists investigate a deadly new alien virus before it can spread. (131 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise
“ Based on the Michael Crichton novel and directed by that great director; Robert Wise. A highly suspenseful and realistic portrayal of a very real threat, so relevant today. A super-lethal virus capable of destroying all mankind. Not a raging monster in the classical sense but an unseen menace only visible under a microscope, yet far more destructive. Scary stuff, well executed. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
81.
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In future Britain, Alex DeLarge, a charismatic and psycopath delinquent, who likes to practice crimes and ultra-violence with his gang, is jailed and volunteers for an experimental aversion therapy developed by the government in an effort to solve society's crime problem - but not all goes according to plan. (136 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ Stanley Kubrick's take on the Anthony Burgess novel. Stunning film-making on all levels. A master craftsman on display here. Numerous unforgettable scenes together with a great performance from Malcolm McDowell and music by Beethoven add to the film's overall greatness. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
82.
Octaman (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.5/10 X  
A team of researchers discovers a strange mutation of man and octopus who proceeds to terrorize them. (79 mins.)
Director: Harry Essex
“ Awful movie that falls into the 'so bad they're good' category. Will have you in stitches most of the way. Shoddy effects, terrible acting, mismatched stock footage and Octaman himself make for a great laughable movie. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
83.
Dr Jekyll & Sister Hyde (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
In Victorian London, Dr. Henry Jekyll attempts to create an elixir of life using female hormones stolen from fresh corpses... (97 mins.)
Director: Roy Ward Baker
 
84.
The Omega Man (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Army doctor Robert Neville struggles to create a cure for the plague that wiped out most of the human race. (98 mins.)
Director: Boris Sagal
“ Another interpretation of the novel by Richard Matheson-'I Am Legend'. The previous film being; 'The Last Man on Earth'-(1964), starring Vincent Price. Set in a post-apocalyptic world with Robert Neville (Charlton Heston) the last surviving human-being, besides zombie-like creatures that come out after dark. Dated 70s fashions and a number of flaws still doesn't detract from an enjoyable and thought-provoking movie. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
85.
THX 1138 (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Set in the 25th century, the story centers around a man and a woman who rebel against their rigidly controlled society. (86 mins.)
Director: George Lucas
“ George Lucas goes for the minimalist approach. Interesting film with a great performance by Robert Duvall. Interesting to note; many ideas that would later be used in 'Star Wars IV: A New Hope'. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
86.
Horror Express (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
In 1906, in China, a British anthropologist discovers a frozen prehistoric creature and must transport it to Europe by train. (84 mins.)
Director: Gene Martin
“ A film that has achieved a well deserved cult following. Highly enjoyable for many reasons: Great cast with Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing and Telly Savalas, a standout. One gets the feeling the cast were really enjoying themselves. Great setting; the trans-Siberian express. Atmospheric and suspenseful with quite an eerie monster. For fans of 70s horror, this is essential viewing. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
87.
Silent Running (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
In a future where all flora is extinct on Earth, an astronaut is given orders to destroy the last of Earth's botany, kept in a greenhouse aboard a spacecraft. (89 mins.)
“ Science-fiction is a reflection of a reality-based concept. This is very evident in this film. An ecologically visionary and relevant film, with a profound message. Against type, Bruce Dern gives one of his finest understated performances. Playing a loner who takes it upon himself to make the ultimate decision for the greater good. A thought-provoking film. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
88.
Slaughterhouse-Five (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A man named Billy Pilgirm tells the story of how he became unstuck in time and was abducted by aliens. (104 mins.)
Director: George Roy Hill
 
89.
Solaris (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A psychologist is sent to a station orbiting a distant planet in order to discover what has caused the crew to go insane. (167 mins.)
“ Tarkovsky's slow-paced meditation exploring the vast expanses of the human condition, comparable to the infinity of space itself. In league with great films like '2001: A Space Odyssey'-(1968). Solaris surpasses usual movie conventions and thrives for something more. A masterpiece deserving multiple viewings and analysis. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
90.
The Asphyx (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
English country squire Sir Hugo Cunningham searches for immortality by literally 'bottling up' the Spirit of the Dead, or Asphyx. (99 mins.)
Director: Peter Newbrook
“ Be careful what you wish for. Robert Powell plays Sir Hugo Cunningham. A man in search of immortality by capturing the 'Spirit of the Dead' or 'Asphyx' before entering the body. His obsession results in dire consequences, of course. A gem of a film that is atmospheric as well as eerie. One can see a great deal of attention went into the art direction and props. A parable on the consequences of playing God. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
91.
Fantastic Planet (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
This futuristic story takes place on a faraway planet where blue giants rule, and oppressed humanoids rebel against the machine-like leaders. (72 mins.)
Director: René Laloux
“ An unique, cult, animated, political satire, set on the planet Ygam. Great surreal animation produced in Czechoslovakia and taking five years to complete. May appear dated to a modern audience but the originality of images far out weighs this. Based on the novel 'Oms En Série' by Stefan Wul. A timeless message of the oppressed who gain the necessary knowledge to fight against the oppressor, seeking freedom and independence. A haunting, unique film that proves animation can be a force to be reckoned with. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
92.
The Holy Mountain (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
In a corrupt, greed-fueled world, a powerful alchemist leads a Christ-like character and seven materialistic figures to the Holy Mountain, where they hope to achieve enlightenment. (114 mins.)
“ Director Alejandro Jodorowsky's religious allegory that has achieved cult status. Jodorowsky involving himself as an actor, composer, set designer and costume designer. Produced by 'Beatles' manager, Allen Klein. Jodorowsky's previous movie, 'El Topo'-(1970), finding acclaim from both, John Lennon and George Harrison. 'The Holy Mountain' is based on 'Ascent of Mount Carmel', by 'St. John of the Cross' and 'Mount Analogue', by Rene Daumal, who died before completion of his novel. Jodorowsky improvised the ending. Cast members, guided by Oscar Ichazo, spent three months doing spiritual exercises in preparation for their roles. Psilocybin mushrooms (magic mushrooms), a hallucinogenic, were administered to the actors participating in the death/rebirth scene. This film goes beyond most film conventions, in front of the camera and behind the scenes, and it shows. For those wanting to experience alternative cinema with unique, grotesque, surreal, thought-provoking imagery and symbolism. This is for you. "Real life awaits us." ” - Dr-Faustus
 
93.
Sleeper (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A nerdish store owner is revived out of cryostasis into a future world to fight an oppressive government. (89 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
“ An early Woody Allen farce. Full of sight gags and one-liners. Woody is cryogenically frozen and awakes 200 years later to find himself in a totalitarian state. Some may find it somewhat dated, but if one is in the right mood this film can be great fun. Especially for Woody Allen fans. The beautiful Diane Keaton also stars as a would be revolutionary. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
94.
Soylent Green (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
In the world ravaged by the greenhouse effect and overpopulation, an NYPD detective investigates the murder of a big company CEO. (97 mins.)
“ Based on Harry Harrison's novel, 'Make Room! Make Room!'. Directed by Richard Fleischer and starring Charlton Heston as Detective Thorn. A product of the 'New World' and oblivious to the old one. Edward G. Robinson gives a final great performance as Sol. He died shortly after completion of the movie. An allegory on over population and the corrupt organisations which exploit other human beings for profit. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
95.
Westworld (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A robot malfunction creates havoc and terror for unsuspecting vacationers at a futuristic, adult-themed amusement park. (88 mins.)
“ Written by and directed by Michael Crichton, who was inspired by the animatronic figures at Disneyland. This Science-fiction/ Western has garnered a cult following. Yul Brynner is effective as the gun-slinging android gone amuck. Enjoyable film. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
96.
Dark Star (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
In the far reaches of space, a small crew, 20 years into their solitary mission, find things beginning to go hilariously wrong. (83 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
“ John Carpenter's low-budget cult classic. Interesting, funny and original. (The alien life-form has to be seen to be believed). An allegory examining and questioning the powers that be. A theme that would be explored by John Carpenter in films like 'Escape From New York' (1981), featuring a rebellious anti-hero and a questionable system. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
97.
Young Frankenstein (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An American grandson of the infamous scientist, struggling to prove that he is not as insane as people believe, is invited to Transylvania, where he discovers the process that reanimates a dead body. (106 mins.)
Director: Mel Brooks
 
98.
The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A cop chases two hippies suspected of a series of Manson family-like murders; unbeknownst to him, the real culprits are the living dead, brought to life with a thirst for human flesh by chemical pesticides being used by area farmers. (95 mins.)
Director: Jorge Grau
“ A mostly overlooked, minor classic, that's gained a small cult following. Directed by Jorge Grau who was asked to make a film comparable to, and due to the success of, George A. Romero's-'Night of the Living Dead'-(1968). Similarities to the Manson family murders also used as a plot device. A Spanish/Italian co-production has it's fair share of shocks and impressive on many levels, including the two leads. Namely; Ray Lovelock and Christina Galbo, as two hippies on the run. For fans of stylish zombie movies, this is a must see. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
99.
Phase IV (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Desert ants suddenly form a collective intelligence and begin to wage war on the desert inhabitants... (84 mins.)
Director: Saul Bass
 
100.
Zardoz (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
In the distant future, a savage trained only to kill finds a way into the community of bored immortals that alone preserves humanity's achievements. (105 mins.)
Director: John Boorman
“ Either you love it or you hate it, movie. One thing is for sure, it's unique. There is so much on display here, campy, weird, funny, Sean Connery in a red nappy, etc. etc. An interesting film addressing a vast aray of issues. Mesmerizing in it's own way. The title derives from: The Wi(zard) of (Oz). ” - Dr-Faustus