Top 10 Best Sci-Fi Movies of all times
Movies have been one of the greatest sources of entertainment since times immemorial. Out of the various genres, perhaps one of the most intriguing and awe-inspiring is the science fiction. It does not bind to any rules and allows the human imagination and creativity to flourish in its fullest form. My initial thoughts about writing this article were to skip it, as I was afraid I might call upon myself the wrath of those intense sci-fi movie buffs for whom movies like Star Trek and Star Wars are much more than a work of fiction. But then I decided I won’t run away and after doing my bit of research (which included watching two movies), I made the following list of top 10 scientific fiction movies of all times:
10. ET (1982)
Playing both as a classic movie for kids and a remarkable portrait of childhood, E.T. is a sci-fi adventure that captures that strange moment in youth when the world is a place of mysterious possibilities (some wonderful, some awful), and the universe seems somehow separate from the one inhabited by grown-ups. The film alternates sweetness and sarcasm with enough rhetorical sophistication to be fairly irresistible. It makes us believe in magic again even as grizzled, cynical adults. The concept for this movie was based on an imaginary friend Spielberg created after his parents’ divorce in 1960. Critics acclaimed it as a timeless story of friendship which surpassed Star Wars to become the highest-grossing film of all times.
9. Blade Runner (1982)
A blend of science fiction and noir detective fiction, Blade Runner was a box office and critical bust upon its initial exhibition, but its unique postmodern production design became hugely influential within the sci-fi genre, and the film gained a significant cult following that increased its stature. The film depicts a dystopian Los Angeles in November 2019 in which genetically engineered organic robots called Replicants—visually indistinguishable from adult humans—are manufactured by the powerful Tyrell Corporation as well as by other “mega-corporations” around the world. A quintessential film noir of the 1980s and much underestimated at the time of release, it still represents the cutting edge of dark science fiction.
8. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
2001: A Space Odyssey is a British-American science fiction film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick. The story deals with a series of encounters between humans and mysterious black monoliths that are apparently affecting human evolution and a space voyage to Jupiter tracing a signal emitted by one such monolith found on the moon. Despite initially receiving mixed reactions from critics and audiences alike, the movie garnered a cult following and slowly became a box office hit. One of the most influential of all sci-fi films, and one of the most controversial, Stanley Kubrick’s 2001 is a delicate, poetic meditation on the ingenuity and folly of mankind.
7. Metropolis (1927)
A fully realized work of art whose influence on science fiction, set design and symbolism can scarcely be put into words, Metropolis is a silent movie. It’s a visionary science-fiction spectacle; a still relevant dramatization of ‘class warfare'; a pulp nightmare of Freudian-Marxist-Christian symbolism and Expressionist-Futurist-Old Testament imagery; and a source of inspiration for Nazis and Utopians alike. Metropolis features a range of elaborate special effects and set designs, ranging from a huge gothic cathedral to a futuristic cityscape. It was cut substantially after its German premiere and large portions of the film were lost over the subsequent decades.
6. Alien (1979)
The film’s title refers to a highly aggressive extraterrestrial creature that stalks and kills the crew of a spaceship. Alien is an old-fashioned scary movie set in a highly realistic sci-fi future, made all the more believable by expert technical craftsmanship. It blends science fiction, horror and bleak poetry into a seamless whole. The success of the movie spawned a media franchise of novels, comic books, video games, and toys. The movie is also known for its sexual undertones. People compared the facehugger’s attack on Kane to a male rape and the chestburster scene to a form of violent birth, noting that the Alien’s phallic head and method of killing the crew members add to the sexual imagery.
5. Terminator 2 (1991)
Sequel to 1984 The Terminator, the movie features thrilling action sequences and eye-popping visual effects, but what takes this sci-fi/ action landmark to the next level is the depth of the human (and cyborg) characters. The pathos of the film is the pathos of its leading character. More elaborate than the original movie, but just as shrewdly put together, it cleverly combines the most successful elements of its predecessor with a number of new twists to produce one hell of a wild ride. The film’s visual effects saw many breakthroughs in computer-generated imagery, including the first use of natural human motion for a computer-generated character and the first partially computer-generated main character.
4. Back to the Future (1985)
Inventive, funny, and breathlessly constructed, Back to the Future is rousing a time-travel adventure with an unforgettable spirit. It’s a story about a teenager who is accidentally sent back in time to 1955 where he meets his future parents in high school and accidentally attracts his mother’s romantic interest. It isn’t often that extremely clever movie makers use their brains in the service of pure fun. But that’s just what the people who made Back to the Future have done. Performances by the earnest Fox, the lunatic Lloyd, the deceptively passionate Lea Thompson, and, particularly, the bumbling-to-confident Glover, who runs away with the picture, merrily keep the ship sailing.
3. Star Trek (2009)
One of the most commonly used names when someone needs to talk about nerdy interests, Star Trek reignites a classic franchise with action, humor, a strong story, and brilliant visuals. It is the eleventh film of the Star Trek film franchise and is also a reboot that features the main characters of the original Star Trek television series, portrayed by a new cast. It ended its United States theatrical run on October 1, 2009, with box office total of a whopping $257,730,019. A work of considerable technical expertise and workmanlike efficiency, the action-packed and vastly entertaining Star Trek is undeniably fun and surprisingly full of depth.
2. The Matrix (1999)
Dimension-hopping has never been so exhilarating and breathlessly lyrical as brilliant visuals and bracing Hong Kong action stunts punch through lengthy streams of technobabble. The Matrix was a box office smash, set records for DVD sales (first DVD to sell 1 million copies), and won four Oscars – Best Visual Effects, Best Film Editing, Best Sound, and Best Sound Effects Editing. It is a movie experience like no other, and experience is what counts when we watch a sci-fi flick. The film is known for popularizing a visual effectknown as “bullet time”, which allows a shot to progress in slow-motion while the camera appears to move through the scene at normal speed. Widely regarded as one of the greatest sci-fi movies ever, it is an ingenious blend of Hong Kong action cinema, innovative visual effects and an imaginative vision.
1. The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
The film is set three years after Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. The Galactic Empire, under the leadership of the villainous Darth Vader, is in pursuit of Luke Skywalker and the rest of the Rebel Alliance. Dark, sinister, but ultimately even more involving than A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back defies viewer expectations and takes the series to heightened emotional levels. Each section of the film has a stand-out sequence that inspires hyperbole like ‘best ever.’ The following dialogue is something which every geek would know by heart:
Darth Vader: “Obi Wan never told you what happened to your father.”
Luke Skywalker: “He told me enough! He told me you killed him.”
Darth Vader: “No. I am your father.”