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Top 10 Best Science Fiction Films Ever Made.

I am a huge sci-fi fan, so it came to be a very hard choice to find and pick 10 films that I would rate higher over the rest. This list is biased so don’t get upset if you’re favourite is not on there or on the worst list.

Top Ten Best

10. Galaxy Quest (1998) Directed by Dean Parisot.

This film is a brilliant, science-fiction comedy, which is really rare these days. With a bunch of brilliant actors like Tim Allen, Alan Rickman,  Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell and Sigourney Weaver, it’s hard to put a film like this at the bottom of the pile. A great script, a fun plot and an excellent, yet satirical take on the Star Trek Franchise, and some rather awful special effects,  but even that doesn’t stop it being a likeable movie. Even the likes of William Shatner (Captain Kirk) and Leonard Nimoy (Mr. Spock) enjoyed it. A must-see.

9. Ghostbusters II (1989) Directed by Ivan Reitman.

I love the Ghostbusters films. As a child, I could watch them day in and day out, and even now I still could. With a witty, laugh-a-minute script by writers Harold Ramis and Dan Arkroyd (Egon Spengler and Raymond Stantz) and the comedic performances by Bill Murray, Rick Moranis and not forgetting, Peter McNicol, it’s easy to see that it’s one of the greatest franchises ever made. The special effects are very well crafted for the era in which it was made, and the storyline is fantastic. Although not as good as the first one, it’s extremely enjoyable for anyone at any age.

8. Event Horizon (1997) Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson.

This could also be put under the horror category but because the film is set in the future, and in space, I have to put it here. One of the best Sci-Fi horror movies I’ve seen yet. A great, yet disturbing storyline of a search and rescue crew who are trying to salvage a lost spaceship which has been missing for several years, that can open up wormholes in the universe with a so-called “gravity drive” and travel to other dimensions. But ultimately ends up taking it’s former crew into a world of chaos and Hell itself. I watched this film after playing the 2008 videogame “Dead Space” and I thought that it was very similar in the way the ship looked and how the atmosphere was portrayed. With great performances from actors Lawrence Fishbourne (The Matrix, CSI) and Sam Neil (Jurassic Park), I can barely see fault with this movie. The only thing that stops it from getting into the top 5 is the fact it scared the living hell out of me, and because the graphic scenes of the ill-fated former crew were cut short. Not that I’m into that sort of thing, I just thought it would’ve showed the film for what it really could’ve been. Great direction by Paul W.S. Anderson.

7. Aliens (1986) Directed by James Cameron.

This film was the first in the Alien Quadrilogy that I’d seen and I loved it. Brilliant direction by James Cameron, and the script and the special effects really made the film what it is today. With more action and comedic elements than the first Alien movie, this film is probably one of the best action films ever made, but not so much the absolute best Science-fiction movie. A great cast with the comic relief, Bill Paxton, and the reluctant hero, Michael Biehn. A must-see film, especially if you like James Cameron, and big, black aliens and all that.

6. Donnie Darko (2001) Directed by Richard Kelly.

This cult classic has been a favourite of mine for a few years now. The weirdness of it just catches my attention immediately.  Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance of  Donnie Darko, a troubled young man in his adolescence, could be his best yet. The references to time travel and his visions of Frank, the giant, blue bunny rabbit, are just mind-blowing. You need to watch it more than once to fully understand it, but it’s worth it. A great performance by Drew Barrymore as well.

5. Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991) Directed by James Cameron.

The best Terminator movie ever. No contest. Only downfall is Edward Furlong’s portrayal of the young John Connor, who just pisses you off straight away.  One bit in question, when he tries to teach the Terminator some “hip 90s slang”, which goes without saying, isn’t “hip”. Robert Patrick as the antagonist T-1000, is probably one of the scariest film antagonists, because of his exoskeleton of “liquid metal” which makes him very hard to kill off, and the fact he can morph into other people. Overall, this film was excellent, and I really think they should’ve left this as the last Terminator film, given the fact Rise of the Machines was pretty bad. Salvation was okay though. Although it just shows you that only James Cameron can do a Terminator film.

4. The Star Wars Saga (1977, 1980, 1983, 1999, 2002, 2005) Directed by George Lucas.

This is a given. The Star Wars films are brilliant. Well, the newer ones weren’t as good as the original 3, but still worthy of being on my list. Mindblowing special effects, even in the older movies.

3. Ghostbusters (1984) Directed by Ivan Reitman.

Pretty much the same reasons for liking Ghostbusters II, but this film was 10 times better, and just an amazing start to the franchise.

2. Escape From New York (1982) Directed by John Carpenter.

A brilliant sc-fi movie with an original  storyline and excellent direction by John Carpenter. The actors are all perfect for their roles. The special effects were memorable for it’s time, the script was well-written and the setting and atmosphere just draws you into it. One of Carpenter’s finest. A memorable score by Carpenter and Alan Howarth as well. This nearly made it to number one, but lost out to…

1. Back to the Future (1985) Directed by Robert Zemeckis.

Probably my most favourite movie of all time. The storyline is brilliant, the actors are perfect, and basically it’s just plain awesome. Kick-ass soundtrack too. Films should be made more like this.

(Honourable mentions: The Matrix, The Terminator, Weird Science, Pitch Black, I Robot, Flash Gordon,  Alien)

15 thoughts on “Top 10 Best Science Fiction Films Ever Made.”

  1. your entitled to your own opinion but wow i disagree with a lot of the films on this list. you missed the new star trek (a great film). to put the movie galax quest on anything titled the top 10 best movies ever made is a mistake by my books. To not have the origninal Terminator or Alien or The Matrix saga on the list is just unbelievable. You also left out any of the X men movies. Personally i would think even I Robot should be on the list before some the movies you had on. I have a feeling you have not seen enough movies to make a list title best scince fiction movies EVER MADE because even i have not seen enough movies chances are some the suggestions i have made do not make sense on the list but out of the science fiction films I have seen those movies would make more sense. But this is all my opinion, i am sorry if this comment was a little bit rude i didnt mean it to be its just my opinion

  2. No worries, you are entitled to your own opinion, if I had made a top 20, most of those movies you had suggested would be on my list. The new Star Trek film though, I have not seen it all the way through, so I would not be able to put it on my list, although from what I had seen, it was pretty good. The X-Men movies also, I would put them in the category of “Superhero movies” instead of science-fiction, but I did consider putting X-Men 2 on my list. You’re probably right about the fact I probably haven’t seen enough movies to make such a list, but I can easily make changes in the forseeable future. The Matrix on the other hand, is a brilliant film, and I would’ve put it on my top 10 if I had enjoyed The Matrix Reloaded and Revolutions. I was really disappointed in them. Galaxy Quest is on my list for one reason only: I loved it as a child. It’s been a childhood favourite of mine for a long time so I thought it would be fair to put it in my top 10. The Matrix would possibly have tied with Ghostbusters though at the Top 3 position. Thanks for your honesty though.

  3. I shall get on to watching Dark City very soon then.

    I know, I should’ve tied the Matrix with one of the Top 3.

  4. I agree with J.C.Simpson, the Matrix should be on this list somewhere and personally Aliens should be higher up. Alien as well should be on there.
    Also, to consider the Star Wars films, in particular episode 3, to be that high up the list is in my opinion wrong. Theyre ok films but theyre nothing special. Theyre good films but theyre overrated because of the general hype around them, people assume theyre amazing
    but thats just me =)

  5. As I said above, it was very difficult to choose my top ten Sci-Fi films, and if I could’ve put my honourable mentions in I would have. Although, this is a biased list of my own personal favourites, and I’m going by the amount of times I watched them, and how much I enjoyed them. The Matrix, yes should be on there, I could’ve tied it with the Top 3 position. Alien, also should probably be tied with the Top 5 position.

    The reason Star Wars Saga is up there, is because I personally think they’re great, even though not so much the newer ones. They’re part of my childhood so it’s only fair.
    Thanks for your opinion though. I will be putting other Top 10s up in the forseeable future, hopefully at a better enjoyment for yourselves.

  6. Well, then, since I am Champ-i-on of lists, I can see if ours are comparable. But Star Wars DOES deserve to be that high because of when it was made and how impacting of the future movies it was.

  7. Well I do love writing lists. I write lists almost everyday. It’s probably because I like being organised I guess. At least I now know someone else who does too.

    I agree with you on Star Wars. The first film was way ahead of its time for being made in 1977. The special effects, although quite bad to the likes of today’s technology, back then all of that was cutting edge, mindblowing stuff.

  8. Wow…I disagree with you 80%.

    The science fiction genre is one of the most cutting edge and influential genres in all of film, and THESE are the movies you came up with?

    The only movies I agree with on here is Star Wars and Back to the Future (but it is not #1 for me, maybe #10). Huge movies, important in so many ways. But the rest of these (Aliens is really good, but I don’t think it deserves to be here when there are oh so many more)…. here are a few that I would recommend if you haven’t seen them that I think define the genre;

    2001: A Space Odyssey
    Close Encounters of the Third Kind
    The Matrix
    Blade Runner
    A Clockwork Orange
    The Thing
    The Wrath of Kahn
    Minority Report
    Jurassic Park
    The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
    Planet of the Apes (1968)
    The Sleeper
    The Fly
    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    and many many more…

  9. Terminator 2 is certainly the greatest Sci-Fi movie ever created, in my mind, The Matrix should be on, Alien, Aliens, Jurassic Park, Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, Gattaca, Donnie Darko and of course Ghostbusters.

  10. I would count 28 Days Later as a horror film in my opinion, and yes, Gattaca is a brilliant science-fiction film.

  11. Yes, but at the same time, isn’t most horror also in the science-fiction category? Because I would also count Galaxy Quest in the comedy category, and I would count Donnie Darko in the psychological thriller category. But the categories are interchangable. Like Vanilla Sky, for instance, is a thriller, comedy, sci-fi and drama movie all rolled into one. Its just the perspective, and it is ALL in the perspective.

  12. Yeah I see what you mean. Just from my perspective, I would count 28 Days Later in the Horror catagory.

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