Monday, June 17, 2019


TOP SCIENCE FICTION MOVIES - This is a subjective collection of best films: with dystopian, invasion, militaristic and mind-bending themes. As always originality is key, and appreciation for breaking new ground, which was taken into consideration when writing this listicle. Each of these flicks takes its place in the cannon of films which have propelled the form forward, in a genre where technology and innovation is key.

Metropolis (1927)
Wealthy citizens of Metropolis reign in luxury, while subterranean workers toil underground, operating machines which power the city.

The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
An alien emerges from a flying saucer and implores humans to join him in peace, or pursue their present course and face obliteration.

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
A scientist investigates a buried artifact on the moon. He hears a high-pitched radio signal when sunlight hits the obelisk.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
To his wife’s dismay, an electrical maintenance worker becomes obsessed by subliminal messages about/ begins to make models of/ a unique-looking mountain known as Devils Tower.

Star Wars (1977)
In the midst of a civil war, an apprentice discovers a hologram hidden inside an android/ recorded by a princess, with instructions to destroy a colossal space station.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
Upon discovering underdeveloped bodies in giant seed pods, townspeople conclude they are being replaced while sleeping, and an extraterrestrial life form is responsible.

Alien (1979)
A commercial spacecraft receives a distress signal, crash lands on an alien moon, finds a derelict ship and enters it, to discover a chamber containing hundreds of large egg-like objects.

Blade Runner (1982)
A former police officer tracks down and retires bioengineered replicants who are on Earth illegally, in a polluted future world devoid of animals.

The Thing (1982)
On an Antartican outpost, recovered data leads a group of researchers to an alien spacecraft, which has been buried in the glacier for 100,000 years.

The Terminator (1984)
A cyborg assassin and resistance soldier time travel backward, to save the future mother/ leader of the resistance, against a mechanized army with plans to wipe out the human race.

Starship Troopers (1997)
A hostile species is discovered while colonizing new planets, and after the insectoids kill millions with a bomb, an invasion force is sent to battle them. 

The Matrix (1999)
A programmer is offered the choice of a blue pill, to return him to his former life, or a red pill, which will reveal the truth about the Matrix.

Minority Report (2002)
Prescient beings previsualize crimes when they receive visions of the future. But sometimes, one of them has alternative visions, known as minority reports.

Children of Men (2006)
When a husband is contacted by his estranged wife, he is called upon to protect the one and only woman capable of pregnancy, since a plague wiped out human fertility.

Inception (2010)
Extractors use experimental technology to infiltrate the subconscious, to gleen information through a shared dream world.

Gravity (2013)
An astronaut takes her first spacewalk and is bombarded by space debris, which sets off a chain reaction of events as she attempts to save her own life.

Interstellar (2014)
Unknown beings positioned a wormhole near Saturn. This left a path open to twelve potentially habitable worlds, located near a black hole.

Ex Machina (2014)
When a programmer wins a prize, he visits the isolated home of his company’s CEO. He forms a relationship with a human-looking female robot, who is locked up in a separate compartment.

Arrival (2016)
As twelve spacecraft surround the Earth, a linguist is called upon to communicate with two seven-limbed aliens, researching their complicated circular symbols.  

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