Top Ten: Science Fiction Films


>> Our Selections

1. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick, 1968)

2. Stalker (Tarkovsky, 1979)

3. Blade Runner (Scott, 1982)

4. Artificial Intelligence: AI (Spielberg, 2001)

5. Metropolis (Lang, 1927)

6. Inception (Nolan, 2009)

7. Star Wars: A New Hope (Lucas, 1977)

8. Gattaca (Niccol, 1997)

9. Terminator 2: Judgement Day (Cameron, 1991)

10. La Jetée (Marker, 1962)


>>Your Selections

1. The Matrix (Wachowski, 1999) 81%

2. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick, 1968) 75%

3. Blade Runner (Scott, 1982) 75%

4. Terminator 2: Judgement Day (Cameron, 1991) 68%

5. Star Wars: A New Hope (Lucas, 1977) 56%

6. The Empire Strikes Back (Kershner, 1980) 56%

7. Alien (Scott, 1979) 50%

8. Inception (Nolan, 2009)

9. Back to the Future (Zemeckis, 1985) 38%

10. Avatar (Cameron, 2009) 38%

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  • Chadd

    The Matrix? Really? Loved it, but no where near the best sci fi ever

  • Chadd

    Love the picture selection of 2001. Truly a masterpiece in every way.

  • HK

    Un-friggin’-acceptable! ‘The Matrix’ is a genre-defining film that still continues to influence contemporary sci-fi films not just in terms of visual style and effects, but also in terms of themes, content, etc. It is just as entertaining - if not more so - than T2, and significantly more nuanced. How A.I. is occupying that slot is mind-boggling. I’m eager to hear your reasoning behind this…

  • Christopher Misch

    @Chadd Yes sir, you guys really seem the love ‘The Matrix’ as it showed up on an impressive 81% of all ballots. Indeed, 2001 is one of those films worthy of its hype. I love the image too.

  • Chadd

    All hyperbole aside, I agree the Matrix was a good film.

  • Chadd

    Ah yes, I didn’t think how you compiled the list. I have it in my top 10.

  • Christopher Misch

    @HK The far reaching influence of ‘The Matrix’ is definitely worthy of note and it made my short list because of that, but I personally felt obliged to include films like ‘La Jetée’, ‘AI’, and ‘Gattaca’, as they had more impact on me personally, as fan of science fiction and a fan of cinema in general.

    As for ‘AI’ specially. I am of the thought that this may very well be Spielberg’s greatest work. Yes, I know at first glance this may sound absurd, but it’s the truth. Spielberg’s ability to combine his sentimentality with Kibrick’s decent desolation provides for a unique viewing experience. And that final act! How can we forget that final act? It’s a thing of shear beauty between a mother and child. Sure, it’s not real but the strength of that bond is still felt.

  • Christopher Misch

    You did haha! For next week’s Top Ten I’ve devised a points system so that will be even more accurate.

  • HK

    Fair enough. I approached my Top 10 list from the angle of cultural significance. In that respect, I thought that The Matrix was perfect as the quintessential allegory of modernity. And bullet-time blew my mind :)

  • Christopher Misch

    Bullet-time blew all of our minds. :)

  • Candice Frederick

    i’m not a big sci-fi nut but i’ve seen some of these. i love alien, inception, matrix, and terminator 2 (good pick!).

  • Christopher Misch

    I can’t claim to be a big sci-fi enthusiast either, but it’s a cinematic genre I’ve always been interested in.

  • Alex Naydenov

    Glad to see some A.I. love. That film is definitely one of the best of its genre. The ending still destroys me everytime I see it.

  • Christopher Misch

    Glad to see some fellow support for ‘AI’. I think sometimes people don’t understand the significance of the last act and don’t understand how gloomy it really is.

  • Jason McCrank

    Some (goofy) people are still under the assumption that there are “aliens” in A.I.

    You know that I love to see “Inception” there. ;)

  • Christopher Misch

    Just that thought of Aliens in ‘AI” still boggles my mind, Jason.

    I love seeing there too. :)

  • Tom Clift

    I’m a huge BLADE RUNNER, T2 and THE MATRIX FAN. I’d also like to suggest ALIEN, ALIENS and Danny Boyle’s SUNSHINE. Recently I also enjoyed DISTRICT 9, MOON and INCEPTION.

  • Christopher Misch

    Danny Boyle’s Sunshine is an interesting film to me. The first 2/3s of the film were superb, but I despised the Pinbacker subplot, which took the film in a different direction than I was expecting.

  • Hamza Khan

    Still disappointed at this…

  • Hamza Khan


  • Redmond Barry

    Ewww Avatar.
    I love the AI love, though.

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