The science-fiction movie genre is one of the broadest and most popular movie genres. Ever since we have been introduced to modern technologies, sci-fi movies have taken off its pace. Even a list of 50 best science fiction won’t be enough to include all the great movies that have been made over the years. Jurrasic Park (1993), Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Frankenstein (1931), Gravity (2013), Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), superhero movies like Logan (2017) are few of the best sci-fi movies ever, but they don’t appear on this list. Before starting, here are the honourable mentions- Interstellar (2014), Arrival (II) (2016), Inception (2010), The Martian (2015), Her (2013), A Clockwork Orange (1971), Edge of Tomorrow (2014), Ex Machina (2014), Snowpiercer (2013) and District 9 (2009). Here are 10 Of The Best Science Fiction Movies Of All Time:
1. Metropolis (1927):
The German science-fiction film, Metropolis is one of film history’s earliest dystopias. The influential movie directed by Fritz Lang presents a highly stylized futuristic city. Where wealthy ruler (Alfred Abel) and a mad scientist (Rudolf Klein-Rogge) attempt to use the robot doppelgänger of a beloved teacher (Brigitte Helm) to encourage open rebellion. Metropolis received a lot of criticism at the time of its release and makers made many cuts to its initial 153-minute running time.
2. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968):
Director Stanley Kubrick won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects that year for the famous “Star Gate” scene in 2001: A Space Odyssey. The movie is a work of endless imagination. Even though it was made in 1968, the special effects are great. The movie about seeking a mysterious monolith eventually shows how technology isn’t a necessity to live our lives.
3. Solaris (1972):
After the death of a doctor and the mental problems of cosmonauts on the space station orbiting the planet called Solaris, a psychologist is sent and he finds that the planet itself is exerting an influence on the station. The water on the planet is a type of brain that brings out repressed thoughts and delusions. The original Solaris directed by Andrei Tarkovsky is one of the best science fiction movie ever made.
4. Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977):
Star Wars is one of those franchise that will outlive us. It is one of the most anticipated and influential movie franchise ever. Director George Lucas poured his heart into these movies. The Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope and the Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980) are two of the best sci-fi movies of all time. Episode IV follows Princess Leia held hostage by Darth Vader and Luke and Han Solo rescuing her and destroying the powerful weapon created by the Galactic Empire.
5. Alien (1979):
Alien (1979) & Aliens (1986) are two of the best sci-fi movies of all time. Ridley Scott’s 1979 movie is another movie about bad aliens. But with the vicious killing, the gross life cycle of the alien, and its destructive tendencies makes the movie one of the best of its type.
6. Blade Runner (1982):
Directed by Ridley Scott, Blade Runner follows the ex-policeman Rick Deckard who is now a special agent and has the mission to exterminate a group of violent androids. But the pain, confusion and identity crisis faced by Deckard makes the audience feel for him. Even after so many years Blade Runner still remains among the best science fiction movies of all time.
7. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982):
One of the highest-grossing movie of all time, Steven Spielberg’s E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial is one of the heartfelt movies of all time in this genre. From the emotional bond between the kids and the visitor to the hope of reaching home, E.T. is one of those heartwarming movies that you can watch many times and still love it.
8. Wall-E (2008):
Andrew Stanton’s Wall-E is among the best-animated movies of all time. The Fantasy/Sci-fi movie featuring the cutest robot with the kindest eyes and biggest heart ever, WALL-E shows how we need to start caring for our planet and depend less on technologies or we can also end up being self-defeating lazies. Wall-E is arguably one of the most delightful and among the best Sci-fi movies of all time.
9. Brazil (1985):
Brazil is a great movie that shows how systems made by us can also crush us. The wrongful arrest and eventual death of an innocent man instead of a terrorist lead to a series of events. Directed by Terry Gilliam, Brazil is about mistaken identities, mindless bureaucracy and lies which you will thoroughly enjoy.
10. The Matrix (1999):
Among the best Sci-fi/action movies of all time, The Matrix influenced a lot of coming movies with its special effects. The fight of Thomas Anderson against the powerful computers who have constructed his entire reality with a system called the Matrix even gave birth to so many conspiracy theories.