Top 25 Sci - Fi Movies of All Time

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1.
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
“ When you love Science Fiction movies, making a list like this is very difficult because you want to include every film you have loved.

This movie actually started a new breed of sci-fi genre in wide screen.. before matrix changes it all. The very first of the Star Wars series for me is not the best of the six (it belongs to Empire Strike Back)though it really started one of the best movie franchise and the make the sci-fi genre jump to the next level

Ranking

Listverse : 4th
AFI : 2nd
AMC Filmcritics Org : 2nd
IMDb : 3rd ” - gjrb01
 
2.
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 moon 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
“ This movie last till now... because it has a lot of the remakes and series.

It started too the sci-fi horror genre which was still trending until now.

Ridley Scott's Alien inspire James Cameron Aliens which was as equally great... Of course nothing is quite the original

Ranking

Listverse : 3rd
AFI : 7th
AMC Filmcritics Org : 3rd
IMDb : 6th ” - gjrb01
 
3.
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
“ This is truly Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece...his best of the best movie..

I cannot elaborated it more but surely is one of the best movie of all time.. AFI 10 of 10 list this as No. 1 in the sci-fi category

Ranking

Listverse : 2nd
AFI : 1st
AMC Filmcritics Org : 12th
IMDb : 13th ” - gjrb01
 
4.
Blade Runner (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A blade runner must pursue and try to terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space and have returned to Earth to find their creator. (117 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ An action-adventure sci-fi at its finest. One of my favorite which would have a remake next year thanks to Sir Ridley Scott... (want to see it in 3D)

Ranking

Listverse : 1st
AFI : 6th
AMC Filmcritics Org : 7th
IMDb : 15th ” - gjrb01
 
5.
The Matrix (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers. (136 mins.)
“ Matrix as I said above (Star Wars Episode IV notes) is a game changer movie, and I do think this should be credited to one of the best movie of all time...

The whole story was told in a very different style and the CGI was so good than you can ever imagine.

Ranking

Listverse : 5th
AFI : NR
AMC Filmcritics Org : 8th
IMDb : 4th ” - gjrb01
 
6.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A cyborg, identical to the one who failed to kill Sarah Connor, must now protect her teenage son, John Connor, from a more advanced cyborg. (137 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
“ T2 superseded its predecessor from box-office hits to ranking the whole film in any reviews (which is very rare to a franchise movies to exceed the original)

Ranking

Listverse : NR
AFI : 8th
AMC Filmcritics Org : 6th
IMDb : 8th ” - gjrb01
 
7.
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
“ I don't know so much of this film yet I know it is one the first sci-fi film that put in a wide screen and even calling by critics a classic movie about Alien invasion.


Ranking

Listverse : 9th
AFI : 5th
AMC Filmcritics Org : 13th
IMDb : not include in the Top 20 ” - gjrb01
 
8.
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
“ Another Stanley Kubrick's entry , which is about sometime in the not-to-distant future, gangs of teenage thugs roam rubble-strewn streets, terrorizing citizens who sequester themselves behind locked doors. Alex, the leader of one of the gangs, and his “droogs,” Pete, Georgie and Dim, distinguish themselves by wearing all-white, cod pieces, bowler hats and walking canes as the spend their nights committing rapes, muggings and beatings for entertainment.

Nothing is more controversial than that...

Ranking

Listverse : NR
AFI : 4th
AMC Filmcritics Org : 16th
IMDb : 8th ” - gjrb01
 
9.
Back to the Future (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent 30 years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the maverick scientist Doc Brown. (116 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
“ This comedic adventure sci-fi film started the trend of travelling thru time movies.. and of course it was a major hit which its legacy still lives today.

Ranking

Listverse : NR
AFI : 10th
AMC Filmcritics Org : 9th
IMDb : 11th ” - gjrb01
 
10.
The Terminator (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A seemingly indestructible humanoid cyborg is sent from 2029 to 1984 to assassinate a waitress, whose unborn son will lead humanity in a war against the machines, while a soldier from that war is sent to protect her at all costs. (107 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
“ Another Entry for the Terminator franchise and this time the James Cameron original film was featured. This one is hold many audience to the edge of their seat and just a thick of hair Cameron made the sequel more exciting and explosive than this. (how clever he is)

Ranking

Listverse : 7th
AFI : NR
AMC Filmcritics Org : 5th
IMDb : 19th ” - gjrb01
 
11.
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
After the rebels have been brutally overpowered by the Empire on their newly established base, Luke Skywalker takes advanced Jedi training with Master Yoda, while his friends are pursued by Darth Vader as part of his plan to capture Luke. (124 mins.)
Director: Irvin Kershner
“ This film was the best of Star Wars Franchise. G.Lucas made it more thrilling and known for its great twisting ending. This could be higher or simply on top but for some reason it is not....

Ranking

Listverse : NR
AFI : NR
AMC Filmcritics Org : 1st
IMDb : 2nd

did you figure out the logic? ” - gjrb01
 
12.
Aliens (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The moon 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 James Cameron remake or sequel to Scott's Alien is more horrific and thrilling which captures the audience interest and be forever in their memories...

Ranking

Listverse : NR
AFI : NR
AMC Filmcritics Org : 4th
IMDb : 9th ” - gjrb01
 
13.
Metropolis (1927)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
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
“ It is the future, and humans are divided into two groups: the thinkers, who make plans (but don’t know how anything works), and the workers, who achieve goals (but don’t have the vision). Completely separate, neither group is complete, but together they make a whole. One man from the “thinkers” dares visit the underground where the workers toil, and is astonished by what he sees…


The foundation of All Sci-fi film... this one started it all

Ranking

Listverse : 8th
AFI : NR
AMC Filmcritics Org : NR
IMDb : 12th ” - gjrb01
 
14.
WALL·E (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
In the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind. (98 mins.)
Director: Andrew Stanton
“ The only animated film to be included. The heart warming story of this movie forever catches the emotion of the audiences.

Ranking

Listverse : NR
AFI : NR
AMC Filmcritics Org : 17th
IMDb : 7th ” - gjrb01
 
15.
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
“ H.G. Well’s classic novel is brought to life is this tale of alien invasion. The resisdents of a small town are excited when a flaming meteor lands in the hills. Thier joy is tempered some what when they discover it has passengers who are not very friendly. The movie itself is understood better when you consider it was made at the height of the Cold War – just replace Martian with Russian.

Speilberg's version thoug is not quite an improvement though it is very thrilling..

Ranking

Listverse : 11th
AFI : NR
AMC Filmcritics Org : 14th
IMDb : Not included in the Top 20 ” - gjrb01
 
16.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
When their relationship turns sour, a couple undergoes a procedure to have each other erased from their memories. But it is only through the process of loss that they discover what they had to begin with. (108 mins.)
Director: Michel Gondry
“ This film is one of my favorite movie, the story was so uniquely cute.
Heart warming and one of a kind...

Ranking

Listverse : NR
AFI : NR
AMC Filmcritics Org : 20th
IMDb : 10th ” - gjrb01
 
17.
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
“ An American scientific expedition to the frozen wastes of the Antarctic is interrupted by a group of seemingly mad Norwegians pursuing and shooting a dog. The helicopter pursuing the dog crashes leaving no explanation for the chase. During the night, the dog mutates and attacks other dogs in the cage and members of the team that investigate. The team soon realises that an alien life-form with the ability to take over other bodies is on the loose and they don’t know who may already have been taken over.

John Carpenter is really creatively creepy

Ranking

Listverse : 13th
AFI : NR
AMC Filmcritics Org : NR
IMDb : 18th ” - gjrb01
 
18.
Twelve Monkeys (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
In a future world devastated by disease, a convict is sent back in time to gather information about the man-made virus that wiped out most of the human population on the planet. (129 mins.)
Director: Terry Gilliam
“ This movie is one heck of a thriller ride with a beautifully twisted.
A started cast make it also interesting to watch.

Ranking

Listverse : 14th
AFI : NR
AMC Filmcritics Org : NR
IMDb : 20th ” - gjrb01
 
19.
Inception (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
A thief, who steals corporate secrets through use of dream-sharing technology, is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a CEO. (148 mins.)
“ This movie is one of my favorite of all time. By time I know it will endure and will be recognized in different reviews as one of the greatest of all time especially in Sci-fi genre.

I never seen nothing like this movie since the matrix. The complication of the plot was so good that you have to watched it again to fully understand.

Christopher Nolan has so much in his sleeve. This movie is very gripping and mind-blowing like his Memento, Prestige & Dark Knight Series.

Ranking

Listverse : NR
AFI : NR
AMC Filmcritics Org : NR
IMDb : 1st ” - gjrb01
 
20.
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home world. (115 mins.)
 
21.
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.)
 
22.
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.)
 
23.
Avatar (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A paraplegic marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home. (162 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
 
24.
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
After an encounter with U.F.O.s, a line worker feels undeniably drawn to an isolated area in the wilderness where something spectacular is about to happen. (137 mins.)
 
25.
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.)