100 Greatest sci fi films of ALL TIME according to drystyx

What makes a great film? Obviously, most people are fascinated the most by "credible characters in incredible circumstances". That especially holds true for great sci fi. It defines great sci fi. Here are what I humbly call the 100 greates sci fi films ever. I've seen most sci fi films. Sorry, but I haven't seen Avatar. Some are borderline. I put the LOTR trilogy under "fantasy" insteaad of sci fi, for example, so the hobbit movies just make another list.
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1.
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
“ This has to be #1. The two romantic leads are not the two leads here. We follow basically six characters in this mystery, and it's best to view this without knowing the plot, as it begins as a mystery in the desert. ” - drystyx
 
2.
The War of the Worlds (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A small town in California is attacked by Martians. (85 mins.)
Director: Byron Haskin
“ The most iconoclastic hero you'll ever see. Not only does he lose a fist fight, but our male romantic lead is nearsighted. A miracle that this got past the true censors on the baord of directors. Great action, thrilling spectacles, characters you will care about. This is amazing! ” - drystyx
 
3.
First Spaceship on Venus (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  
When an alien artifact discovered on Earth is found to have come from Venus, an international team of astronauts embarks to investigate its origins. (93 mins.)
Director: Kurt Maetzig
“ Talk about your hidden classics, if you forget this is Venus, then this still is relevant today. The characters are fascinating in this space travel story, and it tells of the chaotic way horror can envelop people in the void of space. The most dramatic and moving space film ever. ” - drystyx
 
4.
RoboCop (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In a dystopic and crime-ridden Detroit, a terminally wounded cop returns to the force as a powerful cyborg haunted by submerged memories. (102 mins.)
Director: Paul Verhoeven
“ Great blend of action, wit, humor, and originality in a story of a corporation making a robot policeman. The "in your face" directing is fantastic. ” - drystyx
 
5.
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
“ Immortalized by the Rocky Horror Picture Show itself, this sci fi crosses over into Horror with some of the greatest horror scenes ever as a giant tarantula attacks nameless characters. Moving humanity. This is horror to the max, and a great story. ” - drystyx
 
6.
Aliens (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The planet from Alien has been colonized, but contact is lost. This time, the rescue team has impressive firepower, but will it be enough? (137 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
“ This story of killer aliens can make the list on one word alone: Hudson. ” - drystyx
 
7.
The Lost Continent (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
This film starts out like the Love Boat on acid, as a cast of varied characters, with various issues... (89 mins.)
“ Great characters in this story of a ship stranded in the Saragosa Sea, beset by seaweed monsters and barbarians. The balloon Girl made this a cult classic. Lots of iconoclastic scenes that slipped by the censors. ” - drystyx
 
8.
Island of the Burning Damned (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
While mainland Britain shivers in deepest winter, the northern island of Fara bakes in the nineties... (94 mins.)
Director: Terence Fisher
“ Isolated group of people attacked by monsters. It begins as a mystery. Cushing and Lee are the "thinkers" here, but the story revolves around others. Lots of twists from what you usually expect to happen to film characters. ” - drystyx
 
9.
Superman II (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Superman agrees to sacrifice his powers to start a relationship with Lois Lane, unaware that three Kryptonian criminals he inadvertently released are conquering Earth. (127 mins.)
Director: Richard Lester
“ Unlike sequels of other genres, we often see good sci fi sequels. Maybe because people already know the story. Here, Kal-El battles super evil and Earth evil. Lots of humor, lots of little things that add up to a great film. ” - drystyx
 
10.
Jurassic Park III (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A decidedly odd couple with ulterior motives convince Dr. Alan Grant to go to Isla Sorna (the second InGen dinosaur lab.), resulting in an unexpected landing...and unexpected new inhabitants on the island. (92 mins.)
Director: Joe Johnston
“ The best of the dinosaur trilogy, probably because it works just as well as a drama, with the best overall characters. Unlike the others, there are no "throw away" characters here. All have faults, and all have some degree of dignity in their fight for survival. Add all the great action, and you've got a complete package here. ” - drystyx
 
11.
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
“ Gentler forms of aliens than we often see, come to Eath, but they have a message. It's the "matter of fact" way of every day life, and how our alien mingles that makes this fascinating. ” - drystyx
 
12.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Four kids travel through a wardrobe to the land of Narnia and learn of their destiny to free it with the guidance of a mystical lion. (143 mins.)
Director: Andrew Adamson
“ I finally decided to classify this as science fiction. It is allegory, too, but science fiction first. Entering another world through a closet-well, that makes it sci fi. It's the ability to show how the smallest fault can be made into somethng large, as a young boy struggles through humiliation before his siblings. Can he be redeemed ” - drystyx
 
13.
12 to the Moon (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.8/10 X  
An international team embarks on an expedition to the moon in an uncommonly spacious rocketship. There... (74 mins.)
Director: David Bradley
“ Begins as a narrative, and goes straight into action. Great idea: a voyage into space which combines many nations in a unified effort. The sidebar stories make this great, particularly the one of the drawing of straws at the end. An obvious inspiration for "Armageddon". ” - drystyx
 
14.
They Live (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A drifter discovers a pair of sunglasses that allow him to wake up to the fact that aliens have taken over the Earth. (93 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
“ A film waiting till 1988 to finally happen. This alien conspiracy film is Carpenter's finest achievement. Hard hitting and iconic, a cult classic from day one. ” - drystyx
 
15.
A Canterbury Tale (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A 'Land Girl', an American GI, and a British soldier find themselves together in a small Kent town on the road to Canterbury... (124 mins.)
“ Great to see a great actor like Eric Portman portray a benevolent character. This film is tough to classify. Like "Brazil", it has many angles. Interpret it as you will. I saw it as a sci fi film on the order of "Between Two Worlds", even made in the same year. ” - drystyx
 
16.
Superman (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
An alien orphan is sent from his dying planet to Earth, where he grows up to become his adoptive home's first and greatest superhero. (143 mins.)
Director: Richard Donner
“ Fortunately, this film stayed close to the golden age comic book Superman, with the same likable characters, the same story line of Kal-El attaining super powers on this planet. ” - drystyx
 
17.
Unknown World (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  
Scientists use a gigantic drilling machine for an expedition to the center of the earth. (74 mins.)
“ Scientists have a super drilling vehicle to take them deep into the Earth's crust. It isn't feasible, but the story is the characters. One of the best action dramas ever in which characters change convincingly. ” - drystyx
 
18.
Island of Terror (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 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
“ Isolated group of people against man made killer monsters. What's special here is the way it begins with the status quo. Cushing and MacGinnis lead the way. Don't want to spoil it too much. Just enjoy the ride. ” - drystyx
 
19.
Starship Troopers (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Humans in a fascistic, militaristic future do battle with giant alien bugs in a fight for survival. (129 mins.)
Director: Paul Verhoeven
“ I'm not big on special effects, but when you have what is possibly the best modern director in films, you get clever wit and action mixed together for a romp like this. Giant insects menace mankind, and we have a return to the old basic sci fi format of the comraderie of likable people. Think "All Quiet on the Western Front" meets sci fi. ” - drystyx
 
20.
Brazil (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A bureaucrat in a retro-future world tries to correct an administrative error and himself becomes an enemy of the state. (132 mins.)
Director: Terry Gilliam
“ This remake of "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" would probably not be sci fi if not for what happens to Tuttle. Fascinating fantasy, with great visuals. ” - drystyx
 
21.
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a wookiee and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire's world-destroying battle-station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader. (121 mins.)
Director: George Lucas
“ Full of iconic images, most notably the image of young Luke stranded on the farm, looking to the sky at dusk. Fantastic space adventure is full of iconic scenes, if these are the droids you are looking for. ” - drystyx
 
22.
The Stand (1994 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
After a deadly plague kills most of the world's population, the remaining survivors split into two groups - one led by a benevolent elder and the other by a maleficent being - to face each other in a final battle between good and evil. (361 mins.)
“ At first, it seemed silly, bur once you stop laughing about the scene where the guy screams about the "dark man", it really gels into a multi dimensional story about a possible time of Revelation. Lots of grat characters sell this. ” - drystyx
 
23.
It! The Terror from Beyond Space (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
The first manned expedition to Mars is decimated by an unknown life form which stows away on the rescue ship. (69 mins.)
Director: Edward L. Cahn
“ Those of us who saw this on TV, we knew how Alien would turn out. This came first, so it has bragging rights about a space ship crew fighting an indestuctble monster on board the vessel. ” - drystyx
 
24.
The Sixth Sense (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A boy who communicates with spirits that don't know they're dead seeks the help of a disheartened child psychologist. (107 mins.)
“ Mystery or sci fi? I say sci fi. Saying more is, of course, a spoiler. ” - drystyx
 
25.
The Boys from Brazil (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A Nazi hunter in Paraguay discovers a sinister and bizarre plot to rekindle the Third Reich. (125 mins.)
“ What would happen if a maniac like Dr Mengele cloned Hitler? That's the subject here. That's the sci fi angle. The rest is a cross between horror and drama, with many remarkable scenes that will stay with you. ” - drystyx
 
26.
Jurassic Park (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
During a preview tour, a theme park suffers a major power breakdown that allows its cloned dinosaur exhibits to run amok. (127 mins.)
“ The first of the dinosaur trilogy. Its best asset are the iconic scenes. It could've been a dull story behind effects, but some good supporting characters pull it out. ” - drystyx
 
27.
The Beast (1996 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Mysterious things happen at the coast of Graves Point: An empty boat lies at the shore, divers vanish. The sea biologist Dr. Talley thinks he knows the solution of the mystery: In the depth there is a gigantic squid. (176 mins.)
Director: Jeff Bleckner
“ This underwater tentacled terror is more sci fi, while Jaws is more action. Actually, this is the better film, because we care more about the characters on the final voyage. Draws from some golden age sci fi films like The Beast from 20,000 fathoms. ” - drystyx
 
28.
Day the World Ended (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
In a post-Apocalyptic world after an atomic war seven disparate people find themselves in a protected valley in the home of a survivalist and his beautiful daughter. (79 mins.)
Director: Roger Corman
“ Very clever story line that could work just as well on stage. 7 people isolated after a nuclear holocaust, who don't know if they're the only survivors of the human race, but mutants may be close by. ” - drystyx
 
29.
Gremlins (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A boy inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town. (106 mins.)
Director: Joe Dante
“ Simplistic story, and more of a sci fi comedy, or at least a light hearted sci fi. Small creatures must be handled with care, or else they become dangerous. It becomes a story of "following instructions", of handling stewardship. It doesn't take itself too seriously, and is very amusing. ” - drystyx
 
30.
Curse of the Demon (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Dr. John Holden ventures to London to attend a paranormal psychology symposium with the intention to expose devil cult leader Julian Karswell... (95 mins.)
“ This is a classic "darkest before the dawn" plot. A skeptic is given a piece of paper that he must force someone else to take, or he will be killed by a demon. The film covers all that takes place that turns him from skeptic to believer. ” - drystyx
 
31.
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A group of people hide from bloodthirsty zombies in a farmhouse. (96 mins.)
“ Cult classic about zombies has drama and humor. ” - drystyx
 
32.
This Is Not a Test (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
A highway patrolman stops motorists on a highway after he hears news reports of a possible nuclear attack. (73 mins.)
Director: Fredric Gadette
“ A macho policeman takes control over several motorists during a nuclear scare. What follows is all too realistic, except possibly for the convenient psychotic killer. People who don't think they could panic like this, or make these mistakes, are probably the most likely to make these mistakes. ” - drystyx
 
33.
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.)
“ Don't be misled. In 1972, even high schoolers knew that if plant life died, human life would die out. Here, Bruce Dern is a scientist trying to save Earth's doomed plant life in a space dome, but incredibly almost everyone else wants to destory plant life and live on chemicals. Dern's reasons are far fetched, as he cites only the beauty of forests, instead of practicality, but he is opposed by people even more insane than he is. This moves very briskly, and makes it look like there is more action than there is, probably because of the directing. A must see. ” - drystyx
 
34.
The Unknown Terror (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
A woman leads an expedition into a remote jungle to find her long-lost brother, but instead finds a mad scientist who has created a fungus monster that feeds on the local inhabitants. (76 mins.)
“ Very iconoclastic story of spelunkers finding slimy monsters. Our hero is even disabled. Great imagery, great cinema. ” - drystyx
 
35.
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
After rescuing Han Solo from the palace of Jabba the Hutt, the rebels attempt to destroy the second Death Star, while Luke struggles to make Vader return from the dark side of the Force. (131 mins.)
“ The truth lies somewhere between those who think it is perfect, and those who denounce it. The end of the Luke Skywalker space hero saga, where he faces off with his evil father, Darth Vader, is fairly predictable, but still thrilling. The prequels-now they were disappointments. ” - drystyx
 
36.
Planet of Dinosaurs (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  
A space-ship gets lost and is forced to make an emergency landing on an unknown planet. The planet looks much like Earth... (84 mins.)
Director: James K. Shea
“ This actually suffers from a contrived start, but that's only a few minutes. After crash landing on a planet, it moves very well, and it works great as drama. You could simulate off camera dinosaurs, and still have the great story, because it deals with how the characters react to being there. Some realize they will have to make it a home. Only one "throw away" character, and even he isn't one dimensional. More than meets the eye here. ” - drystyx
 
37.
Back to the Future (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A young man is accidentally sent thirty years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his friend, Dr. Emmett Brown, and must make sure his high-school-age parents unite in order to save his own existence. (116 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
“ More comedy than sci fi, but this is very clever. Well done. ” - drystyx
 
38.
Unknown Island (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
An adventure seeker and his fiancée visit an uncharted island, only to find that it is inhabited by deadly dinosaurs and other creatures ready to attack. (75 mins.)
Director: Jack Bernhard
“ As we go down the list, I rate them more on "watchability" and "rewatchabiltiy". You can never tire of watching this, unless you're an effects dork. The effects are "yesterday", but the story is good. Expedition to island of dinosaurs. Some unexpected character twists make this exciting. ” - drystyx
 
39.
The Time Machine (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Hoping to alter the events of the past, a 19th century inventor instead travels 800,000 years into the future, where he finds humankind divided into two warring races. (96 mins.)
Director: Simon Wells
“ This remake about Time Travel actually works very well. A lot of clever little things help out, but mostly it works because the characters are all identifiable and interesting. ” - drystyx
 
40.
Alien (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as distress call, their landing on the source planet finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious lifeform. Continuing their journey back to Earth with the attacked crew having recovered and the critter deceased, they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun. (117 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ Remake of the Marshall Thompson film about battling an indestructable alien aboard a space ship has great characters, but the effects and gore seem much too contrived and made simply for beavis and butthead in the room to guffaw. Still, it works because it begins the series of a blend of horror with fairy tale. This one is "Beauty and the Beast". ” - drystyx
 
41.
Day of the Dead (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A small group of military officers and scientists dwell in an underground bunker as the world above is overrun by zombies. (96 mins.)
“ Another film that actually would have been better without all the effects and gore. Lost in the goofy gore is a great story of a fight against zombies in a compound in which the characters, including what may be the last woman on Earth, as pawns between a mad scientist rehabilitating the zombies, and a young militant officer who is tired of seeing his men butchered. ” - drystyx
 
42.
Silver Bullet (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A werewolf terrorizes a small city where lives Marty Coslaw, - a paralytic boy - his uncle and his sister - the narrator of the story. (95 mins.)
Director: Daniel Attias
“ A werewolf story with some interesting, clever touches, and some striking scenes. It is a bit before its time. Good story line, good characters. ” - drystyx
 
43.
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
“ We have evil aliens in this film. It's the drama that makes this flow. Again, it just seems to be full of action, and that's a good sign. ” - drystyx
 
44.
The Thing (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
It's the first week of winter in 1982. An American Research Base is greeted by an alien force, that can assimilate anything it touches. It's up to the members to stay alive, and be sure of who is human, and who has become one of the Things. (109 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
“ Mesmerizing film about an alien invader who takes over bodies, and is very dangerous. Owes it success probably to the best use of sound effects you'll ever find in a film, but also to very well written characters. ” - drystyx
 
45.
In the Year 2889 (1967 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.8/10 X  
In a post nuclear Earth, survivors are stuck in a valley and have to protect themselves from mutant human beings, and each other in some cases. (80 mins.)
Director: Larry Buchanan
“ Remake of "The Day the World Ended" is not much different. The lead character isn't as interesting as the original, but the half human mutant seventh character is much better. ” - drystyx
 
46.
Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A man on the run is hunted by a demon known as the Collector. (92 mins.)
“ Begins with the classic chase scene, where you know the guy who looks like the good guy and the guy who looks like the bad guy are not what they seem. It works great because they really seem like flip sides of a coin in this supernatural quest thriller. ” - drystyx
 
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
“ Very entertaining story of time travel, and obviously the best movie the lead actor ever did. ” - drystyx
 
48.
This Island Earth (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Aliens come to Earth seeking scientists to help them in their war. (87 mins.)
Director: Joseph Newman
“ Very entertaining alien invasion film, with some good characters. ” - drystyx
 
49.
The Shining (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future. (146 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ One of those "very watchable" films, with great imagery, as we follow a family isolated in a haunted hotel. ” - drystyx
 
50.
Life in a Day (2000 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A scientific experiment in rapid-cell growth goes awry when a lab assistant steals the developed serum and injects it into his pregnant girl friend... (89 mins.)
Director: Eleanor Lindo
“ Very clever script, much like an old Twilight Zone story, so I won't ruin it, but it's a think piece. ” - drystyx
 
51.
Predator (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A team of commandos on a mission in a Central American jungle find themselves hunted by an extraterrestrial warrior. (107 mins.)
Director: John McTiernan
“ This story of an alien who hunts game was extremely well done. A good idea, well written. ” - drystyx
 
52.
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
“ "Atmosphere" is the key. We care about these characters who travel inside the Earth. Great imagery. If only the inside of the Earth was that splendid. And James Mason rocks in this role ” - drystyx
 
53.
Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A 400-foot (122-meter) dinosaur-like beast, awoken from undersea hibernation off the Japanese coast by atomic-bomb testing, attacks Tokyo. (80 mins.)
“ Japanese movie about a large, large monster. Actually, the narrative of the added American, though it is obviously added later, helps to clarify the plot. ” - drystyx
 
54.
The 27th Day (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Five individuals from five nations, including the "Superpowers," USA, USSR, and China, suddenly find themselves on an alien spacecraft... (75 mins.)
Director: William Asher
“ Excellent story line. Aliens pick 5 Earth people, and test them by giving them vials which can cause great destruction. The ending is silly, but until then, it is a good story. The landmark scene involves a self sacrifice of a likable scientist. ” - drystyx
 
55.
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.)
“ One of those "easy to watch" movies, about a planet of apes, based on the short story "By the Waters of Babylon". Owes its place here to the iconic scenes and lines, so get your hands off me, you d... dirty ape. ” - drystyx
 
56.
Mysterious Island (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
During the Civil War a group of Union soldiers and two Confederates escape the stockade using a hot air balloon and end up on a strange Pacific island. (101 mins.)
Director: Cy Endfield
“ The original is easy to watch, with great visuals of the perils on Nemo's island, and a more three dimensional Nemo than the remake. ” - drystyx
 
57.
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
“ Unlike most movies, no explanation is given for why he shrinks, other than it has something to do with a phenomenom he witnesses. A lot of open endedness here makes this sort of avant garde sci fi. ” - drystyx
 
58.
The Mummy (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A living mummy stalks the beautiful woman he believes is the reincarnation of his lover. (73 mins.)
Director: Karl Freund
“ The Mummy is one of the more interesting of horror-sci fi monsters. This one is very entertaining. ” - drystyx
 
59.
Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.5/10 X  
A backwoods game warden and a local doctor discover that giant leeches are responsible for disappearances and deaths in a local swamp, but the local police don't believe them. (62 mins.)
“ The absolute king of cheese. The ultimate still scene photo, with the muscular hero holding a gun in one hand and a skimpily clad long haired beauty in the other, and he's a scientist? This movie belongs to Yvette Vickers, who steals the entire show. It's quite scary, too. ” - drystyx
 
60.
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
“ Scientists find a creature in a lagoon, but not before he finds their female. Cult classic has a formula plot, but it is very exciting. ” - drystyx
 
61.
Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 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
“ An astronaut is alone on Mars. His struggle for survival matches his struggle for sanity. It's almost too bad it becomes more sci fi with the addition of other creatures later, but it still is a great psychological sci fi thriller. ” - drystyx
 
62.
Frankenstein (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An obsessed scientist assembles a living being from parts of exhumed corpses. (70 mins.)
Director: James Whale
“ You surely know the story. Frankenstein plays God, and makes a monster. ” - drystyx
 
63.
Dreamscape (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A young psychic on the run from himself is recruited by a government agency experimenting with the use of the dream-sharing technology and is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of the U.S. president. (99 mins.)
Director: Joseph Ruben
“ Visually stunning piece about dreams becoming alive. ” - drystyx
 
64.
Total Recall (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
When a man goes for virtual vacation memories of the planet Mars, an unexpected and harrowing series of events forces him to go to the planet for real - or does he? (113 mins.)
Director: Paul Verhoeven
“ Probably more confusing than it should be, but still an excellent action piece about futuristic mind altering in a lavish space base. ” - drystyx
 
65.
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 man become half fly half man because of his invention. But that's the middle of the story. It is a police investigation of a bizarre event. Cleverly done. ” - drystyx
 
66.
Conquest of Space (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
An American-led team of International astronauts leave their space station on the first mission to Mars, but the captain's religious beliefs may get in the way. (81 mins.)
Director: Byron Haskin
“ Falls under the category of "exciting, watchable, humorous, action packed, and very watchable" instead of "reality based". A journey through space in which the commander goes insane. ” - drystyx
 
67.
The Abominable Snowman (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A kindly English botanist and a gruff American scientist lead an expedition to the Himalayas in search of the legendary Yeti. (91 mins.)
Director: Val Guest
“ Merantile Forest Tucker and scientist Peter Cushing on an expedition to find the Yeti. Action packed and works well as drama, too. ” - drystyx
 
68.
King Kong (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
In 1933 New York, an overly ambitious movie producer coerces his cast and hired ship crew to travel to mysterious Skull Island, where they encounter Kong, a giant ape who is immediately smitten with leading lady Ann Darrow. (187 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
“ The first one was too Republican, the second one too Democrat. This story of the giant ape is somewhere between, more moderate, less preachy. ” - drystyx
 
69.
It Came from Outer Space (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A spaceship from another world crashes in the Arizona desert, and only an amateur stargazer and a schoolteacher suspect alien influence when the local townsfolk begin to act strange. (81 mins.)
Director: Jack Arnold
“ This alien invasion film is one of the most Shakespearean in nature. Lee van Cleef resmebles a Shakespearean king descending into madness. ” - drystyx
 
70.
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
“ Iconic scenes include the diving bell and the ultra brave policeman with a pop gun against a dinosaur. It follows three characters throughout, with a fourth interchanging one, ending with Lee van Cleef in the mix. I'd rather the mariner gone along with them on their quest, which would have given us the classic sci fi group of four. ” - drystyx
 
71.
Maximum Overdrive (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
A group of people try to survive when machines start to come alive and become homicidal. (97 mins.)
Director: Stephen King
“ Machines come to life. Trucks are undriven, but run over people. Roughly the same plot as "Killdozer", but with more humor and wit interjected. We follow a motley group of people, mostly likable, in a struggle to survive. ” - drystyx
 
72.
The War of the Gargantuas (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
An experimental lab animal called a gargantua escapes from his captors and is suspected to be the creature... (88 mins.)
Director: Ishirô Honda
“ Good monster or bad monster? Both. One of the first to do this. ” - drystyx
 
73.
Last Woman on Earth (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
Ev, along with her husband, Harold, and their lawyer friend Martin, are swimming while on vacation in Puerto Rico... (71 mins.)
Director: Roger Corman
“ Two men and one women are all that are left, maybe. They don't know for sure, but everyone around them is dead, and no one responds on the radio. Great drama, and the only film Carbone ever did that didn't suck big time. Ends with a great finale. ” - drystyx
 
74.
The Amazing Colossal Man (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  
Lt. Col. Glenn Manning is inadvertently exposed to a plutonium bomb blast at Camp Desert Rock. Though burned over 90% of his body... (80 mins.)
Director: Bert I. Gordon
“ A genuinely good guy becomes a giant monster after a nuclear accident. His stature cause brain damage. Some very good cinema, and very exciting story. ” - drystyx
 
75.
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
“ Falls under the category of "mesmerizing" and cult classic. It's a think piece, so I won't spoil it. But scientists are baffled by uneplained going ons and a possible alien invasion of Earth millions of years in the making. ” - drystyx
 
76.
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
With the assistance of the Enterprise crew, Admiral Kirk must stop an old nemesis, Khan Noonien Singh, from using the life-generating Genesis Device as the ultimate weapon. (113 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Meyer
“ The first movie was a bore, so they went back to basic action, which is what Kirk does best. ” - drystyx
 
77.
Logan's Run (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
An idyllic sci-fi future has one major drawback: life must end at the age of 30. (119 mins.)
“ One of the "clever plot" types, where a futuristic society is brainwashed into thinking they can die and regenerate at age 30. Some characters have reason to think otherwise. ” - drystyx
 
78.
Fantastic Voyage (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 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.)
“ Clever idea. Peole are shrunk in size to enter a human body to operate on it. They made this as exciting as they could, because it probably was tough to make an exciting film out of this. ” - drystyx
 
79.
Between Two Worlds (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Passengers on an ocean liner can't recall how they got on board or where they are going yet, oddly enough, it soon becomes apparent that they all have something in common. (112 mins.)
Director: Edward A. Blatt
“ After a bomb raid, some peple find themselves mysteriousy on a boat. Yes, they died. So what awaits them now? ” - drystyx
 
80.
The Death Wheelers (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A gang of young people call themselves the Living Dead. They terrorize the population from their small town... (85 mins.)
Director: Don Sharp
“ In order to achieve immortality, a biker convinces some of his group that they have to die. ” - drystyx
 
81.
Visit to a Small Planet (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
The weirdest alien of the galaxy pays a visit to Earth... (85 mins.)
Director: Norman Taurog
“ Good old fashioned alien fun ” - drystyx
 
82.
The Andromeda Strain (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A group of scientists investigates a deadly new alien virus before it can spread. (131 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise
“ Scientists looking for what caused the death of a town. This one is slow paced, and more of a think piece, so be forewarned. ” - drystyx
 
83.
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.)
“ Cult classic status for this one, loosely based on a Shakespear comedy, but this is no comedy. The mosnter from the id is a killer. ” - drystyx
 
84.
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
“ Film makers learned early that submarine movies were tedious and hard to make exciting. Here, we have an element of sci fi involved, and sabotage to make things move along. ” - drystyx
 
85.
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 blood-thirsty alien organism while at a remote arctic outpost. (87 mins.)
Director: Christian Nyby
“ This one looks simple, about an alien unfrozen and come to life, but that's the atmosphere that makes this entertaining. A mad scientist makes life tough for the humans there. ” - drystyx
 
86.
The Mole People (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  
A party of archaeologists discovers the remnants of a mutant five millennia-old Sumerian civilization living beneath a glacier atop a mountain in Mesopatamia. (77 mins.)
Director: Virgil Vogel
“ Good imagery and scenery as scientists go deep into the Earth to find people and creatures unknown to man. ” - drystyx
 
87.
Tremors II: Aftershocks (1996 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
When an army of Graboids - giant, carnivorous underground worms - threaten the Petromaya oil refinery in Mexico... (100 mins.)
Director: S.S. Wilson
“ This sequel about underground monsters was a bit better than the original, probably because Bacon's character just didn't have any likability in the original. Here, we care more about these people, and are given a bit better comic relief. ” - drystyx
 
88.
Lake Placid (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Three people attempt to stop a gigantic crocodile, who is terrorizing residents in Black Lake, Maine. (82 mins.)
Director: Steve Miner
“ Giant freshwater crocodile eats people. Well, he's hungry. Any way, pretty good comic relief and identifiable characters make this watchable, but the Betty White character never should've been in it, nor the contrived bit with the bear. Take those two out, and you've got a top film. ” - drystyx
 
89.
Humanoids from the Deep (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Scientific experiments backfire and produce horrific mutations: half man, half fish, which terrorize... (80 mins.)
Director: Barbara Peeters
“ This was rockem sockem scary stuff, and still is. These are bad ass creatures, and lots of iconoclastic fates you won't expect. ” - drystyx
 
90.
Fantastic Four (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
A group of astronauts gain superpowers after a cosmic radiation exposure and must use them to oppose the plans of their enemy, Doctor Victor Von Doom. (106 mins.)
Director: Tim Story
“ The story of four super heroes who attain their powers from cosmic rays in outer space. It stays very close to the comic book. Reed and Sue are Reed and Sue. The story depends on Ben Grimm and Johnny Storm. The interplay with these two could've been more, but it was fairly close to the original comic stories, so this is a good movie. ” - drystyx
 
91.
Zone Troopers (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
In Italy, during World War II some American soldiers find an alien UFO. (86 mins.)
Director: Danny Bilson
“ There have been several like this since 1985, but this was a pioneer of the style in which we return to the golden age sci fi mixed with war and some modern characterizations that don't get too modern. ” - drystyx
 
92.
The Son of Kong (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
The men who captured the giant ape King Kong, return to his island and find his equally gigantic, but far more friendly, son. (70 mins.)
“ Robert Armstrong was one of the most charismatic and underrted actors ever. We probably have no famous charismatic actors in the filtered market of today. Here, he atones for a weak orignial Kong with a better story about the son of Kong. ” - drystyx
 
93.
Red Planet (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Astronauts, and their robotic dog AMEE (Autonomous Mapping Evaluation and Evasion), search for solutions to save a dying Earth by searching on Mars, only to have the mission go terribly awry. (106 mins.)
Director: Antony Hoffman
“ The action isn't much, but the characters make this space travel film worth watching. Lots of introspect mixed with emotion. ” - drystyx
 
94.
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
“ Has become more of a cult classic than Frankenstein himself. ” - drystyx
 
95.
Nightflyers (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  
Professor hires a spaceship to get to the source of weird signals from deep space. The trip is cut short however when the ship's computer gets jealous because the captain is in love with one of the female passengers and it gets homicidal. (89 mins.)
Director: T.C. Blake
“ Eerie, but creative story of a ship that lives and thinks, and a crew caught in its trap. ” - drystyx
 
96.
Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
Scientists become trapped on a shrinking island with intelligent, brain-eating, giant crabs. (62 mins.)
Director: Roger Corman
“ Good old fashioned fun, full of excitement. One of the better films from this studio. ” - drystyx
 
97.
Trog (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.5/10 X  
A sympathetic anthropologist uses drugs and surgery to try to communicate with a primitive troglodyte who is found living in a local cave. (93 mins.)
Director: Freddie Francis
“ Basic sci fi, old fashioned entertainment. Something to eat popcorn, have a soda, and enjoy. ” - drystyx
 
98.
The Day It Came to Earth (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.6/10 X  
A glowing meteor falls into a secluded pond into which Mafia hitmen have dumped the body of one of their victims... (88 mins.)
Director: Harry Thomason
“ Now this is truly back to basics fun, with the old time small town comradeire you want to see, some lines that should be famous today, and perhaps this will achieve the cult status it deserves. ” - drystyx
 
99.
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.)
“ Of these "imagination" movies from a kid's point of view, this is probably the one that communicates the idea best. ” - drystyx
 
100.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A newly engaged couple have a breakdown in an isolated area and must pay a call to the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter. (100 mins.)
Director: Jim Sharman
“ Because #100 should be something special. Great Scott! ” - drystyx