Classic Sci-Fi Films

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1. Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957)

Approved | 63 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

Scientists become trapped on a shrinking island with intelligent, murderous giant crabs.

Director: Roger Corman | Stars: Richard Garland, Pamela Duncan, Russell Johnson, Leslie Bradley

Votes: 2,979

2. The Amazing Colossal Man (1957)

Approved | 80 min | Sci-Fi

A military officer survives a nuclear blast, only to begin to uncontrollably grow into an increasingly unstable giant.

Director: Bert I. Gordon | Stars: Glenn Langan, Cathy Downs, William Hudson, Larry Thor

Votes: 2,318

3. The Andromeda Strain (1971)

G | 131 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

60 Metascore

A team of top scientists work feverishly in a secret, state-of-the-art laboratory to discover what has killed the citizens of a small town and learn how this deadly contagion can be stopped.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: James Olson, Arthur Hill, David Wayne, Kate Reid

Votes: 34,003 | Gross: $3.42M

4. The Angry Red Planet (1959)

Not Rated | 83 min | Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi

One of only two survivors from a Martian expedition is so traumatized she doesn't remember the circumstances of the trip.

Director: Ib Melchior | Stars: Gerald Mohr, Nora Hayden, Les Tremayne, Jack Kruschen

Votes: 2,909

5. Atom Age Vampire (1960)

Unrated | 87 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A reptilian professor (Albert Lupo) restores a scarred singer's (Susanne Loret) beauty with serum from the dead.

Director: Anton Giulio Majano | Stars: Alberto Lupo, Susanne Loret, Sergio Fantoni, Franca Parisi

Votes: 1,423

6. The Atomic Submarine (1959)

Not Rated | 72 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

Ships mysteriously disappear on route across the Arctic Sea, and a specially-equipped submarine is sent to investigate.

Director: Spencer Gordon Bennet | Stars: Arthur Franz, Dick Foran, Brett Halsey, Tom Conway

Votes: 1,419

7. Alien (1979)

R | 117 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

89 Metascore

After a space merchant vessel receives an unknown transmission as a distress call, one of the crew is attacked by a mysterious life form and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt, Veronica Cartwright

Votes: 797,930 | Gross: $78.90M

8. Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958)

Not Rated | 65 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

When an abused socialite grows to giant size because of an alien encounter and an aborted murder attempt, she goes after her cheating husband with revenge on her mind.

Director: Nathan Juran | Stars: Allison Hayes, William Hudson, Yvette Vickers, Roy Gordon

Votes: 4,994 | Gross: $0.48M

9. Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959)

Approved | 62 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

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.

Director: Bernard L. Kowalski | Stars: Ken Clark, Yvette Vickers, Jan Shepard, Michael Emmet

Votes: 3,932

10. Attack of the Puppet People (1958)

Approved | 79 min | Sci-Fi, Horror

Lonely, deranged puppet-master designs a machine that shrinks people.

Director: Bert I. Gordon | Stars: John Agar, John Hoyt, June Kenney, Susan Gordon

Votes: 2,017

11. The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953)

Approved | 80 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A ferocious dinosaur awakened by an Arctic atomic test terrorizes the North Atlantic and, ultimately, New York City.

Director: Eugène Lourié | Stars: Paul Hubschmid, Paula Raymond, Cecil Kellaway, Kenneth Tobey

Votes: 7,079 | Gross: $5.00M

12. 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957)

Not Rated | 82 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

The first U.S. spaceship to Venus crash-lands off the coast of Sicily on its return trip. A dangerous, lizard-like creature comes with it and quickly grows gigantic.

Director: Nathan Juran | Stars: William Hopper, Joan Taylor, Thomas Browne Henry, Frank Puglia

Votes: 6,607

13. The Beast with a Million Eyes (1955)

Passed | 75 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A dysfunctional family operating an isolated date farm in the California desert is threatened by the arrival of an extra-terrestrial.

Directors: David Kramarsky, Roger Corman, Lou Place | Stars: Paul Birch, Lorna Thayer, Dona Cole, Dick Sargent

Votes: 1,308

14. Beginning of the End (1957)

Approved | 76 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

Audrey Ames, an enterprising journalist, tries to get the scoop on giant grasshoppers accidentally created at the Illinois State experimental farm. She endeavors to save Chicago, despite a ... See full summary »

Director: Bert I. Gordon | Stars: Peter Graves, Peggie Castle, Morris Ankrum, Than Wyenn

Votes: 2,213

15. The Black Scorpion (1957)

Approved | 88 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

Volcanic activity frees giant scorpions from the earth who wreak havoc in the rural countryside and eventually threaten Mexico City.

Director: Edward Ludwig | Stars: Richard Denning, Mara Corday, Carlos Rivas, Mario Navarro

Votes: 2,629

16. The Blob (1958)

Approved | 86 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

58 Metascore

An alien lifeform consumes everything in its path as it grows and grows.

Directors: Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr., Russell S. Doughten Jr. | Stars: Steve McQueen, Aneta Corsaut, Earl Rowe, Olin Howland

Votes: 23,747

17. The Brain Eaters (1958)

TV-PG | 61 min | Sci-Fi, Horror

The inhabitants of a small Illinois town begin disappearing after a strange cone is found sticking out of the ground nearby.

Director: Bruno VeSota | Stars: Ed Nelson, Alan Jay Factor, Cornelius Keefe, Joanna Lee

Votes: 1,207

18. The Brain That Wouldn't Die (1962)

Approved | 82 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A doctor experimenting with transplant techniques keeps his girlfriend's head alive when she is decapitated in a car crash, then goes hunting for a new body.

Director: Joseph Green | Stars: Jason Evers, Virginia Leith, Anthony La Penna, Adele Lamont

Votes: 6,309

19. The Brain from Planet Arous (1957)

Approved | 71 min | Action, Adventure, Horror

An evil alien brain from the planet Arous hijacks the body of an Earth scientist in order to control the Earth.

Director: Nathan Juran | Stars: John Agar, Joyce Meadows, Robert Fuller, Thomas Browne Henry

Votes: 1,426

20. Metropolis (1927)

Not Rated | 153 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

98 Metascore

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.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Brigitte Helm, Alfred Abel, Gustav Fröhlich, Rudolf Klein-Rogge

Votes: 161,924 | Gross: $1.24M

21. The Strange World of Planet X (1958)

Approved | 75 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Horror

A friendly visitor from outer space warns against conducting experiments with the Earth's magnetic field, that could mutate insects into giant monsters.

Director: Gilbert Gunn | Stars: Forrest Tucker, Gaby André, Martin Benson, Alec Mango

Votes: 1,019

formerly The Cosmic Monster

22. The Crawling Eye (1958)

Not Rated | 84 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A series of decapitations on a Swiss mountainside appear to be connected to a mysterious radioactive cloud.

Director: Quentin Lawrence | Stars: Forrest Tucker, Laurence Payne, Jennifer Jayne, Janet Munro

Votes: 3,566

23. Invasion of the Triffids (1963)

Approved | 93 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

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.

Directors: Steve Sekely, Freddie Francis | Stars: Howard Keel, Nicole Maurey, Janette Scott, Kieron Moore

Votes: 7,466

24. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

G | 92 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

An alien lands and tells the people of Earth that they must live peacefully or be destroyed as a danger to other planets.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Hugh Marlowe, Sam Jaffe

Votes: 76,661

25. Day the World Ended (1955)

Approved | 79 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

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.

Director: Roger Corman | Stars: Richard Denning, Lori Nelson, Adele Jergens, Mike Connors

Votes: 1,968

26. Donovan's Brain (1953)

Approved | 84 min | Sci-Fi, Horror

Three scientists unlawfully remove the still living brain of a dead tycoon and experiment with it but the evil brain begins to telepathically control the lead scientist.

Director: Felix E. Feist | Stars: Lew Ayres, Gene Evans, Nancy Reagan, Steve Brodie

Votes: 1,389

27. Dr. Cyclops (1940)

Not Rated | 77 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror

A mad scientist working in the South American jungle miniaturizes his colleagues when he feels his megalomania is threatened.

Director: Ernest B. Schoedsack | Stars: Albert Dekker, Thomas Coley, Janice Logan, Charles Halton

Votes: 2,317

28. Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956)

Unrated | 83 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

Extraterrestrials traveling in high-tech flying saucers contact a scientist as part of a plan to enslave the inhabitants of Earth.

Director: Fred F. Sears | Stars: Hugh Marlowe, Joan Taylor, Donald Curtis, Morris Ankrum

Votes: 7,123

29. The Spider (1958)

Passed | 73 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Teenagers from a rural community and their high school science teacher join forces to battle a giant mutant spider.

Director: Bert I. Gordon | Stars: Ed Kemmer, June Kenney, Eugene Persson, Gene Roth

Votes: 2,641

30. Fahrenheit 451 (1966)

Not Rated | 112 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

In an oppressive future, a fireman whose duty is to destroy all books begins to question his task.

Director: François Truffaut | Stars: Oskar Werner, Julie Christie, Cyril Cusack, Anton Diffring

Votes: 41,475

31. Fiend Without a Face (1958)

Not Rated | 74 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

Invisible atomic monsters attack a U.S. Armed Forces base and the local residents.

Director: Arthur Crabtree | Stars: Marshall Thompson, Terry Kilburn, Kynaston Reeves, Kim Parker

Votes: 3,496

32. Five (1951)

Approved | 93 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

The world is destroyed in a nuclear holocaust. Only five Americans survive, including a pregnant woman, a neo-Nazi, a black man and a bank clerk.

Director: Arch Oboler | Stars: William Phipps, Susan Douglas Rubes, James Anderson, Charles Lampkin

Votes: 1,152

33. The Flesh Eaters (1964)

Unrated | 87 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A group of young adults trapped on a desert island find the water inhabited by a violent form of flesh-eating organisms.

Director: Jack Curtis | Stars: Martin Kosleck, Byron Sanders, Barbara Wilkin, Rita Morley

Votes: 1,045

34. The Fly (1958)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

A scientist has a horrific accident when he tries to use his newly invented teleportation device.

Director: Kurt Neumann | Stars: David Hedison, Patricia Owens, Vincent Price, Herbert Marshall

Votes: 21,037 | Gross: $3.00M

35. Forbidden Planet (1956)

G | 98 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

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.

Director: Fred M. Wilcox | Stars: Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, Leslie Nielsen, Warren Stevens

Votes: 45,681 | Gross: $3.00M

36. The Gamma People (1956)

Passed | 76 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

An American reporter smells a story when he is stranded in an Iron Curtain country where the local dictator is using gamma rays to transform children into mutated henchmen.

Director: John Gilling | Stars: Paul Douglas, Eva Bartok, Leslie Phillips, Walter Rilla

Votes: 550

37. The Giant Claw (1957)

Approved | 75 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

Global panic ensues when it is revealed that a mysterious UFO is actually a giant bird that flies at supersonic speed and has no regard for life or architecture.

Director: Fred F. Sears | Stars: Jeff Morrow, Mara Corday, Morris Ankrum, Louis Merrill

Votes: 3,357

38. The Giant Gila Monster (1959)

Not Rated | 74 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

A giant lizard terrorizes a rural Texas community and a heroic teenager attempts to destroy the creature.

Director: Ray Kellogg | Stars: Don Sullivan, Fred Graham, Lisa Simone, Shug Fisher

Votes: 3,523

39. The Green Slime (1968)

G | 90 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

After destroying a giant asteroid heading towards Earth, a group of scientists unknowingly bring back a strange green substance that soon mutates into a monster.

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Robert Horton, Luciana Paluzzi, Richard Jaeckel, Bud Widom

Votes: 3,250

40. The Hideous Sun Demon (1958)

Unrated | 74 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

After exposure to radiation, an atomic research scientist finds himself changing into a murderous, lizard-like creature every time he is exposed to sunlight.

Directors: Robert Clarke, Tom Boutross | Stars: Robert Clarke, Patricia Manning, Nan Peterson, Patrick Whyte

Votes: 1,171

41. I Married a Monster from Outer Space (1958)

Not Rated | 78 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

Aliens arrive on Earth to possess the bodies of humans. One of their first victims is a young man, whose new wife soon realizes something is wrong with him.

Director: Gene Fowler Jr. | Stars: Tom Tryon, Gloria Talbott, Peter Baldwin, Robert Ivers

Votes: 2,500

42. The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)

Not Rated | 81 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

73 Metascore

When Scott Carey begins to shrink because of exposure to a combination of radiation and insecticide, medical science is powerless to help him.

Director: Jack Arnold | Stars: Grant Williams, Randy Stuart, April Kent, Paul Langton

Votes: 16,358

43. Indestructible Man (1956)

Approved | 72 min | Crime, Horror, Sci-Fi

Charles "The Butcher" Benton, a brutal death row inmate gets double-crossed by his crooked lawyer. He gets his chance for revenge when, after he's been executed, a bizarre experiment brings him back to life and more deadly than ever.

Director: Jack Pollexfen | Stars: Lon Chaney Jr., Max Showalter, Marian Carr, Ross Elliott

Votes: 2,254

44. Invaders from Mars (1953)

Approved | 78 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A young boy learns that space aliens are taking over the minds of earthlings.

Director: William Cameron Menzies | Stars: Helena Carter, Arthur Franz, Jimmy Hunt, Leif Erickson

Votes: 7,267

45. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

Approved | 80 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi