60 SciFi Flicks (that have withstood the test of time, relatively speaking)

My favorite SciFi movies that I still watch today in 2012!
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1.
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
“ Weird and wonderful ” - brycew55
 
2.
The Abyss (1989)
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A civilian diving team is enlisted to search for a lost nuclear submarine and face danger while encountering an alien aquatic species. (145 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
“ Ed Harris at his best ” - brycew55
 
3.
Alien (1979)
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After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as a distress call, its landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious life-form, and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun. (117 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ Opening sequence is now a classic ” - brycew55
 
4.
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
“ Cameron blows our socks off ” - brycew55
 
5.
Alien: Resurrection (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Two centuries after her death, Ellen Ripley is revived as a powerful human/alien hybrid clone who must continue her war against the aliens. (109 mins.)
“ Ripley's hard as nails ” - brycew55
 
6.
Altered States (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A Harvard scientist conducts experiments on himself with a hallucinatory drug and an isolation chamber that may be causing him to regress genetically. (102 mins.)
Director: Ken Russell
“ What was that sound? ” - brycew55
 
7.
Armageddon (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
After discovering that an asteroid the size of Texas is going to impact Earth in less than a month, N.A.S.A. recruits a misfit team of deep core drillers to save the planet. (151 mins.)
Director: Michael Bay
“ They don't want to pay tax again, ever ... ” - brycew55
 
8.
Pitch Black (2000)
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A commercial transport ship and its crew are marooned on a planet full of bloodthirsty creatures that only come out to feast at night. But then, they learn that a month-long eclipse is about to occur. (109 mins.)
Director: David Twohy
“ It's not me you should be afraid of ” - brycew55
 
9.
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.)
“ Mashed potato mountain ” - brycew55
 
10.
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
“ Still creepy after all these years ” - brycew55
 
11.
The Day After (1983 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A graphic, disturbing film about the effects of a devastating nuclear holocaust on small-town residents of eastern Kansas. (127 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Meyer
“ Blew me away (pardon the pun) ” - brycew55
 
12.
Dune (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A Duke's son leads desert warriors against the galactic emperor and his father's evil nemesis when they assassinate his father and free their desert world from the emperor's rule. (137 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
“ Very true to the book ” - brycew55
 
13.
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.)
“ Loved all over again ” - brycew55
 
14.
The Fifth Element (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In the colorful future, a cab driver unwittingly becomes the central figure in the search for a legendary cosmic weapon to keep Evil and Mr Zorg at bay. (126 mins.)
Director: Luc Besson
“ Luc Besson at his best ” - brycew55
 
15.
Independence Day (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The aliens are coming and their goal is to invade and destroy Earth. Fighting superior technology, mankind's best weapon is the will to survive. (145 mins.)
Director: Roland Emmerich
“ Oops! ” - brycew55
 
16.
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.)
“ This introduced a new Dinosaur to be scared of, especially in pairs ” - brycew55
 
17.
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.)
“ How far does the rabbit hole go? ” - brycew55
 
18.
Phenomenon (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
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
“ You learned Portugese in 20 minutes?! ” - brycew55
 
19.
Poltergeist (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A family's home is haunted by a host of ghosts. (114 mins.)
Director: Tobe Hooper
“ The "bad luck" movie of all time ” - brycew55
 
20.
Species (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A group of scientists try to track down and trap a killer alien seductress before she successfully mates with a human. (108 mins.)
Director: Roger Donaldson
“ Stellar cast and great special effects ” - brycew55
 
21.
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
“ All round great scifi movie ” - brycew55
 
22.
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 ten year old son, John Connor, from a more advanced cyborg. (137 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
“ Just when we thought Terminator could not be topped ... along came T2 ” - brycew55
 
23.
2010 (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A joint U.S.-Soviet expedition is sent to Jupiter to learn what happened to the Discovery. (116 mins.)
Director: Peter Hyams
“ Still a good watch after more than 25 years! ” - brycew55
 
24.
Capricorn One (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A NASA Mars mission won't work, and its funding is endangered, so they decide to fake it just this once. But then they have to keep the secret... (123 mins.)
Director: Peter Hyams
“ One for the conspiracy theorists :o) ” - brycew55
 
25.
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
“ "Singing in the Rain" never had the same connotation after watching this ” - brycew55
 
26.
Cocoon (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
When a group of trespassing seniors swim in a pool containing alien cocoons, they find themselves energized with youthful vigour. (117 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
“ Feel good scifi, who'd a thunk it ” - brycew55
 
27.
Contact (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
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
“ The sequence with her Dad's a bit amateurish but otherwise a strong movie ” - brycew55
 
28.
Dark City (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A man struggles with memories of his past, including a wife he cannot remember, in a nightmarish world with no sun. (100 mins.)
Director: Alex Proyas
“ Cartoonishly creepy ” - brycew55
 
29.
Deep Blue Sea (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Searching for a cure to Alzheimer's disease, a group of scientists on an isolated research facility become the bait, as a trio of intelligent sharks fight back. (105 mins.)
Director: Renny Harlin
“ Bruce with brains x 2 ” - brycew55
 
30.
Deep Impact (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Unless a comet can be destroyed before colliding with Earth, only those allowed into shelters will survive. Which people will survive? (120 mins.)
Director: Mimi Leder
 
31.
Demolition Man (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A police officer is brought out of suspended animation in prison to pursue an old ultra-violent nemesis who is loose in a non-violent future society. (115 mins.)
Director: Marco Brambilla
“ What are those 3 little shells for? ” - brycew55
 
32.
Dogma (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
An abortion clinic worker with a special heritage is called upon to save the existence of humanity from being negated by two renegade angels trying to exploit a loop-hole and reenter Heaven. (130 mins.)
Director: Kevin Smith
“ All star cast and excellent writing ” - brycew55
 
33.
Donnie Darko (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a man in a large rabbit suit who manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after he narrowly escapes a bizarre accident. (113 mins.)
Director: Richard Kelly
“ Slowly builds to a powerful finish, still gets to me ” - brycew55
 
34.
The Thing (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A research facility in Antarctica comes across an alien force that can become anything it touches with 100% accuracy. The members must now find out who's human and who's not before it's too late. (109 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
“ Watched the recent remake/prequel and rated the original B&W version but Carpenter's version gets my vote ” - brycew55
 
35.
Final (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Bill wakes up from a coma in a hospital ward, raving about tissue regeneration experiments, final injections... (111 mins.)
Director: Campbell Scott
“ Is it the future or not? ” - brycew55
 
36.
Godzilla (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
A giant, reptilian monster surfaces, leaving destruction in its wake. To stop the monster (and its babies), an earthworm scientist, his reporter ex-girlfriend, and other unlikely heroes team up to save their city. (139 mins.)
Director: Roland Emmerich
“ Size matters, no sh!t ” - brycew55
 
37.
Heaven Can Wait (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A Los Angeles Rams quarterback, accidentally taken away from his body by an overanxious angel before he was meant to die, returns to life in the body of a recently murdered millionaire. (101 mins.)
“ Watched this when I was younger, still enjoy it now ” - brycew55
 
38.
Immortal (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
In the distant future, Earth is occupied by ancient gods and genetically altered humans. When a god is sentenced to death he seeks a new human host and a woman to bear his child. (103 mins.)
Director: Enki Bilal
“ Very weird but very good ” - brycew55
 
39.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
In San Francisco, a group of people discover the human race is being replaced one by one, with clones devoid of emotion. (115 mins.)
Director: Philip Kaufman
“ Still the best version in my opinion ” - brycew55
 
40.
The Lake House (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A lonely doctor, who once occupied an unusual lakeside house, begins exchanging love letters with its former resident, a frustrated architect. They must try to unravel the mystery behind their extraordinary romance before it's too late. (99 mins.)
“ Ok so it's a bit "chick-flick" but I still enjoyed it ” - brycew55
 
41.
The Man from Earth (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An impromptu goodbye party for Professor John Oldman becomes a mysterious interrogation after the retiring scholar reveals to his colleagues he has a longer and stranger past than they can imagine. (87 mins.)
“ Thought provoking ” - brycew55
 
42.
Meet Joe Black (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Death, who takes the form of a young man, asks a media mogul to act as a guide to teach him about life on Earth and in the process he falls in love with his guide's daughter. (178 mins.)
Director: Martin Brest
“ Pitt is impeccable as a tax inspector ” - brycew55
 
43.
Never Let Me Go (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The lives of three friends, from their early school days into young adulthood, when the reality of the world they live in comes knocking. (103 mins.)
Director: Mark Romanek
“ Really thought provoking and extremely sad ” - brycew55
 
44.
Paycheck (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
What seemed like a breezy idea for an engineer to net him millions of dollars, leaves him on the run for his life and piecing together why he's being chased. (119 mins.)
Director: John Woo
“ Rollercoaster from start to finish ” - brycew55
 
45.
Pi (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A paranoid mathematician searches for a key number that will unlock the universal patterns found in nature. (84 mins.)
“ Disturbing ” - brycew55
 
46.
The Philadelphia Experiment (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
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
“ Don't question the physics too closely ” - brycew55
 
47.
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
“ Ugly when not invisible ” - brycew55
 
48.
Serenity (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The crew of the ship Serenity try to evade an assassin sent to recapture one of their members who is telepathic. (119 mins.)
Director: Joss Whedon
“ Firefly on the big screen ” - brycew55
 
49.
Sphere (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A spaceship is discovered under three hundred years' worth of coral growth at the bottom of the ocean. (134 mins.)
Director: Barry Levinson
“ Pyschological more than scifi ” - brycew55
 
50.
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
“ Tongue in cheek poke at the military ” - brycew55
 
51.
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
“ Still the best version and not too dated either ” - brycew55
 
52.
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
“ Personal favourite although remakes have been reasonably good as well ” - brycew55
 
53.
Testament (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
The life of a suburban American family is scarred after a nuclear attack. (90 mins.)
Director: Lynne Littman
“ Fallout and radiation following nuclear war, not cheery stuff ” - brycew55
 
54.
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
“ Great fun ” - brycew55
 
55.
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 fifties scifi pic that still holds your attention ” - brycew55
 
56.
Fallen (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Homicide detective John Hobbes witnesses the execution of serial killer Edgar Reese. Soon after the execution the killings start again, and they are very similar to Reese's style. (124 mins.)
Director: Gregory Hoblit
“ Transfer of evil ” - brycew55
 
57.
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
“ Carey and Winslet, briliant combo ” - brycew55
 
58.
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A gentle man, with scissors for hands, is brought into a new community after living in isolation. (105 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
“ Johnny Depp - landscape gardener ” - brycew55
 
59.
Cat People (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A young woman's sexual awakening brings horror when she discovers her urges transform her into a monstrous black leopard. (118 mins.)
Director: Paul Schrader
“ There's something about movies that take place in the Big Easy ” - brycew55
 
60.
The Butterfly Effect (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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.)
“ Surprisingly good, non-comedy, Ashton movie ” - brycew55