Intelligent Scifi to Watch

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1.
Code 46 (2003)
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A futuristic Brief Encounter, this is a love story in which the romance is doomed by genetic incompatibility. (93 mins.)
 
2.
The Lathe of Heaven (1980 TV Movie)
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George Orr, a man whose dreams can change waking reality, tries to suppress this unpredictable gift with drugs... (105 mins.)
 
3.
Lathe of Heaven (2002 TV Movie)
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In a near future society a man claims that his dreams physically change reality. His therapist is confused at first but soon decides to use him for his own gain. (91 mins.)
Director: Philip Haas
 
4.
The Brother from Another Planet (1984)
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A mute alien with the appearance of a black human is chased by outer-space bounty hunters through the streets of Harlem. (108 mins.)
Director: John Sayles
 
5.
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
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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.)
 
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The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)
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Thomas Jerome Newton is a humanoid alien who comes to Earth to get water for his dying planet. He starts... (139 mins.)
Director: Nicolas Roeg
 
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Colossus: The Forbin Project (1970)
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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
 
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Fantastic Voyage (1966)
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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.)
 
9.
Forbidden Planet (1956)
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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.)
 
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The World, the Flesh and the Devil (1959)
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A miner trapped in a cave-in resurfaces, and upon discovering mankind has been wiped out in a nuclear holocaust, sets out to find other survivors. (95 mins.)
 
11.
Space Cowboys (2000)
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When a retired engineer is called upon to rescue a failing satellite, he insists that his equally old teammates accompany him into space. (130 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
 
12.
Happy Accidents (2000)
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Ruby Weaver has man trouble: she tries to fix them, so she's stuck herself with a string of losers. Her current lover... (110 mins.)
Director: Brad Anderson
 
13.
Teknolust (2002)
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Anxious to use artificial life to improve the world, Rosetta Stone, a bio-geneticist creates a Recipe... (85 mins.)
 
14.
Liquid Sky (1982)
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Invisible aliens in a tiny flying saucer come to Earth looking for heroin. They land on top of a New... (112 mins.)
Director: Slava Tsukerman
 
15.
Holes (2003)
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A wrongfully convicted boy is sent to a brutal desert detention camp where he joins the job of digging holes for some mysterious reason. (117 mins.)
Director: Andrew Davis
 
16.
Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993)
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A prepubescent chess prodigy refuses to harden himself in order to become a champion like the famous but unlikable Bobby Fischer. (109 mins.)
Director: Steven Zaillian
 
17.
Dark Star (1974)
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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
 
18.
Contact (1997)
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Dr. Ellie Arroway, after years of searching, finds conclusive radio proof of extraterrestrial intelligence, sending plans for a mysterious machine. (150 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
 
19.
The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)
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A remake of the 1951 classic science fiction film about an alien visitor and his giant robot counterpart who visit Earth. (104 mins.)
 
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2010 (1984)
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A joint U.S.-Soviet expedition is sent to Jupiter to learn what happened to the Discovery. (116 mins.)
Director: Peter Hyams
 
21.
Grand Tour: Disaster in Time (1992)
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Before they can complete renovations on their new inn, Widower (Ben Wilson) and daughter (Hillary) are... (99 mins.)
Director: David N. Twohy
 
22.
Frequency (2000)
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An accidental cross-time radio link connects father and son across 30 years. The son tries to save his father's life, but then must fix the consequences. (118 mins.)
Director: Gregory Hoblit
 
23.
The Man in the White Suit (1951)
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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.)
 
24.
Charly (1968)
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An intellectually disabled man undergoes an experiment that gives him the intelligence of a genius. (103 mins.)
Director: Ralph Nelson
 
25.
The Butterfly Effect (2004)
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Evan Treborn suffers blackouts during significant events of his life. As he grows up, he finds a way to remember these lost memories and a supernatural way to alter his life by reading his journal. (113 mins.)
 
26.
The Final Countdown (1980)
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A modern aircraft carrier is thrown back in time to 1941 near Hawaii, just hours before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. (103 mins.)
Director: Don Taylor
 
27.
Enemy Mine (1985)
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A soldier from Earth crash-lands on an alien world after sustaining battle damage. Eventually he encounters another survivor... (108 mins.)
 
28.
The Philadelphia Experiment (1984)
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A United States Navy destroyer escort participates in a Navy "invisibility" experiment that inadvertently sends two sailors forty years into the future. (102 mins.)
Director: Stewart Raffill
 
29.
They Live (1988)
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A drifter discovers a pair of sunglasses that allow him to wake up to the fact that aliens have taken over the Earth. (94 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
 
30.
The City of Lost Children (1995)
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A scientist in a surrealist society kidnaps children to steal their dreams, hoping that they slow his aging process. (112 mins.)
 
31.
A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)
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A highly advanced robotic boy longs to become "real" so that he can regain the love of his human mother. (146 mins.)
 
32.
Brazil (1985)
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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
 
33.
Phenomenon (1996)
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An ordinary man sees a bright light descend from the sky, and discovers he now has super-intelligence and telekinesis. (123 mins.)
Director: Jon Turteltaub
 
34.
Cronos (1993)
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A mysterious device designed to provide its owner with eternal life resurfaces after four hundred years, leaving a trail of destruction in its path. (94 mins.)
 
35.
Mimic (1997)
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Three years ago, entomologist Dr. Susan Tyler genetically created an insect to kill cockroaches carrying a virulent disease. Now, the insects are out to destroy their only predator, mankind. (105 mins.)
 
36.
Johnny Mnemonic (1995)
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A data courier, literally carrying a data package inside his head, must deliver it before he dies from the burden or is killed by the Yakuza. (96 mins.)
Director: Robert Longo
 
37.
THX 1138 (1971)
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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
 
38.
The Host (2013)
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When an unseen enemy threatens mankind by taking over their bodies and erasing their memories, Melanie will risk everything to protect the people she cares most about, proving that love can conquer all in a dangerous new world. (125 mins.)
Director: Andrew Niccol
 
39.
The Host (2006)
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A monster emerges from Seoul's Han River and focuses its attention on attacking people. One victim's loving family does what it can to rescue her from its clutches. (120 mins.)
Director: Joon Ho Bong