Top-10 Sci-Fi Movies of All time

In my opinion, of course.

10. Avatar
9. The Terminator
8. X-Men
7. Equilibrium
6. Blade Runner
5. Terminator 2: Judgment Day
4. Inception
3. District 9
2. Star Wars: A New Hope
1. The Matrix

Runner ups: “Contact, “Iron Man”, “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back”, “Serenity”, and “Star Trek: First Contact”. Biggest disappointments: The Matrix 2 & 3.

The interesting about this movie list was that I had a real big problem trying to figure out my top-10. There were at least 30 movies that were competing in almost equal grounds. The twist here is that when I put together my sci-fi TV show top-10 list last night, I had trouble filling it up. After the initial top-5, I just couldn’t easily find enough good shows to make it on that list. Which means one thing and one thing only: that for the science fiction genre on TV, there is a lot of latitude on making it better. Easily.


Michael C. wrote on January 19th, 2011 at 5:37 PM PST:

I wonder why your list is missing 2001 Odissey, Solaris (the original Russian one), Gattaca, Total Recall (Philip Dick is one of my favorite sci-fi writers), the Fifth Element. There are many other movies I am sure, and not just Hollywood stuff.

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Eugenia wrote on January 19th, 2011 at 5:39 PM PST:

Michael, there are only 10 slots in there. Read what I wrote above, that there were at least thirty movies competing under almost the same grounds, all too close together. So I can’t possibly shove 30+ movies in 10 spots. But rest assured they’re on the top-30.

Jeremy wrote on January 19th, 2011 at 7:16 PM PST:

Very nice list. I can’t personally rank A New Hope in front of Empire though. Don’t get me wrong, I still love it, I just think George Lucas is a terrible director. I also can’t help but think the prequel trilogy could’ve been so much better if he put his ego aside and let someone else more qualified call the shots.

And by “so much better”, I really mean “not suck”…

Glenn wrote on January 19th, 2011 at 7:28 PM PST:

I think you’re pretty spot on with the top three here! Inception though wouldn’t even make my top 30.

David Adams wrote on January 19th, 2011 at 9:12 PM PST:

Here’s my list ordered 1-10:

Children of Men
District 9
Blade Runner
The Iron Giant
Galaxy Quest

It was also hard to narrow it down. Some of these are favorites because they were just so damn enjoyable (Galaxy Quest) and others because they were personally impactful or Important.

William Eggington wrote on January 20th, 2011 at 2:26 PM PST:

X-Men wouldn’t even make my top 100.

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Eugenia wrote on January 20th, 2011 at 2:39 PM PST:

I really liked the first X-Men movie. I thought it was very well made. I loved the Wolverine part especially. On the second movie loved the NightCrawler.

lowlypawn wrote on January 21st, 2011 at 5:06 AM PST:

I was like “Star Wars: A new hope”??? Which one was that? Then I looked it up. Oh yea! The best one ever made (1977) (ok Empire was also pretty good). I totally forgot it was called “A new hope” lol.

I also wanted to know if one of my favorite SciFi movies of all times made your top 30. “Strange Days” One of the most underrated SciFi movie ever IMHO.

Lastly I’m glad Avatar made the 10, people love to bash that movie but I think it’s one of the best movies ever made.

Ivan wrote on January 21st, 2011 at 2:42 PM PST:

Have you considered these?
1) Minority Report
2) Ghost in the shell (anime)
3) Alien

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Eugenia wrote on January 21st, 2011 at 3:19 PM PST:

Yes, I have #1 and #2. They’re good. I don’t like anime and animation much though, they’re ok to watch for 2 hours, but then I forget easily of them. They don’t have a lasting impression on me.

zima wrote on January 29th, 2011 at 8:36 AM PST:

But, but… Equilibrium has a similarly cliche & naive understanding of human emotions to, derided by you recently apparently also because of this, V… 😉 (yes, I know, with the former it can be easily ignored, even pondered as an element of the mirage – and anyway, all the rest easily makes up for it; kind of like with Vanilla Sky, for me at least: it’s just so damn pleasurable … despite the main actor of US version ;p )

And if there’s a place for Inception, there might also be (further, beyond top10) for Dark City, eXistenZ or Twelve Monkeys?

BTW, it was a bit sad watching 2010 recently… ;( (but I might make it a habit, watching movies happening in “this” year)

Fred Garvin wrote on January 29th, 2011 at 3:19 PM PST:

You can tell how young you are, really? Terminator? And at the bottom Star Wars? Only a videographer would grade their top shows based on cinematography not content. What a surprise Avatar looks much better than Star Wars or Star Trek but 3D is overrated and for story line, COME ON!

Making a top 10 list is as hazardous as rating operating systems, there are extreme loyalists that will shoot you down for liking/not liking Apple. Its a game you can’t lose… better than Star Trek, oh brother……. 🙂

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