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Top 10 Sci Fi Movies of All Time

By Edited Feb 12, 2016 6 17

Welcome to my Wildly Subjective

Top 10 Sci Fi Movies of All Time List!

Top Sci Fi Movies
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I have entered all the science fiction movies made in the modern era into my handy-dandy scifi-cal-cu-lo-matic, programmed with a proprietary awesomeness algorithm, and it spit these out. 

Don't blame the messenger-- it's simple math!

OK, here we go...

 

 

 

The Terminator
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10. The Terminator

I'll be back...for at least 1 sequel...maybe 2

Released in 1984, this gem has become an inescapable part of pop culture.  This is one of those sci fi movies that you can quote at a party full of people of average intelligence and expect to be understood.  Bonus!

The basic plot is that an assasin machine is sent back in time to kill (or terminate...ahem) a little boy who will grow up to lead a war against the machines that rule in said future. 

Mwa ha ha!  What a delighfully evil plan.  I'm sure it will succeed flawlessy, as all machine-made plans ultimately do in human-made movies.

E.T.
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9. E.T. - The Extra Terrestrial

"I'll believe in you all my life, everyday. E.T... I love you." - Elliot

It's where Drew Barrymore launched her career, and why Recces Pieces candy started flying off the shelves. (On a side note: I wonder what happened to that little short, pale actor with the spingly fingers and raspy voice?  Sometimes one iconic character can really kill your career, I guess...)

It is the story of an unlikely friendship between a little boy and a stranded alien.  Sure to teach your children to trust any gollum-looking creature that they meet.  Who does't want their bike to fly?

Alien
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8. Alien

In space, no one can hear you scream....

...unless they are also in space, but, like, inside, in space, and within a certain range.  Yea.  Don't think about it too hard.

The alien in this movie doesn't seem to be very interested in Reeces Pieces, and I wouldn't try wrapping him up in a blankie and putting him in your bicycle basket. 

I think the main lesson learned from this story that we should pass along to future generations is that, if while making a brief stop on a planetoid, one of your Komraddes gets an alien stuck to his face, leave him. Leave him for dead, dangit. 

Do not, under any circumstances, bring him back on to your vessel.  Also, use copious amounts of hand sanitizer upon re-entry.  That should just about do it!

The Matrix
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7. The Matrix

Stop trying to hit me, and hit me.

Another delightful film, rightly charecterizing machines as having humanity's best intrests at heart.  Oh, wait...sorry...that was just a glitch in the matrix. (BA-dum CHHHH!)

Ah, The Matrix.  Now everyone could just lengthen the coats on their Men in Black halloween costumes and practice a little slo-mo bullet dodging, instantly making them a shoo-in for top prize at Bernie's costume bash!

And no, I do not wish to discuss the third Matrix movie.  Sheesh.

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Jurassic Park
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6. Jurassic Park

Oh, Dr. Grant. If only you could see into the future...

Jurassic Park is a fantastic adaptation of a very exciting Michael Crichton novel of the same name.  This film chronicles the adventures of two impervious children, an insane investor, 2 lovable scientists, and 1 swankily sublime mathematician. 

Oh, and a crap-load of dinosaurs run rampant. 

I think the main take-away from this film was the qausi-fact that a T-Rex cannot see you unless you move.  Which they learned from all the research they did with real live T-Rexes to prepare for the film.

Gattaca
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5. Gattaca

A future in which almost no one interested in a sci fi list would have been allowed to live...

Eugenics!  The wave of the future!  Why wouldn't you want to give your child genetic perfection?

I'm trying to imagine the first generatin of genetically perfect spawn who, by the way, know that their parents are genetically inferior.  Think of the scorching backtalk possibilities!

"I don't have to listen to you!  I can't even stand to look at your revoltingly asymmetrical nose!"

"Dad, that is just your inferior brain talking.  It's fine for me to have my license when I'm five!  Jimmy got it when he was 2, and his genetic profile is only a 9 out of 10!"

Inception
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4. Inception

Are you sure it was your idea to read this article?

"Dreams feel real while we're in them. It's only when we wake up that we realize something was actually strange" [1]

This is one of those movies that makes you question everything unreasonably.  Like right now, for instance, I am wondering if I am actually dreaming because a sartyr is holding my laptop while I sit on a harp-playing bear....yea, I guess I just let movies get to me sometimes.

Back to the Future
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3. Back to the Future

ONE POINT TWENTY-ONE GIGAWATTS!!!

If you've ever found yourself in a miserable situation; you're mother's a drunk, you're father's a loser....well, all you need to do is accidentally go back in the past and make your mother fall maddly in love with you, and everything will be fine!

Wait a minute....I think there might have been a little bit more to it than that...

To find out, you'll have to go.....BACK TO THE FUTURE!

So, as Biff says, "Why don't you make like a tree, and get out of here?"

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Close Encounters of the Third Kind
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2. Close Encounters of the Third Kind

I guess you've noticed something a little strange with Dad. It's okay, though. I'm still Dad.

Ya know, after seeing this movie, I sooo wanted my dad to be Richard Dreyfus!  Nothing like having your parental unit be completely obsessed with finding some random shape in the desert and aliens. 

Think of all the shenanigans I could have gotten into that would have gone completely unnoticed!

Star Wars
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1. Star Wars Trilogy IV-VI

Aren't you a little short for a stormtrooper?

OK, raise your hand if you did not see this one coming?

To be honest, I have mixed feelings about these movies.  On the one hand, they are the awesomest and most important sci fi movies ever made.  So they have that bit going for them.

However... they are also the reason that I cannot have any normal board games (instead of LIFE, I have Star Wars LIFE, etc).  They are also the foundation of a good bit of ridicule.  Did it help that we had a life-size storm trooper cut out in our home? Maybe not.

Anyway, I'm not gonna let a little persecution stand in my way.  At least I don't have a Star Wars ring tone like my husband.  (Mine's from Battlestar Galactica.)

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Comments

Jan 23, 2013 8:43am
vicdillinger
I'm giving you a thumb for saying out of the gate this is subjective (as all such things are). I agree with about 1/3 of your list (where's "2001: A Space Odyssey", for example?) I personally thought "Gattaca" was truly great, but I could live FOREVER without any of the Star Wars movies -- the Star Trek universe is more interesting and well-developed, subjectively speaking. And while I do love the original "Terminator" I liked "Total Recall" much more. And "Watchmen" will assume its rightful place eventually (because of its alternate reality motif). Good stab.
Jan 23, 2013 8:57am
jengojengo
Hi, Vic, thanks for the comment. I know what you mean about Star Trek...I am a huge star trek fan, and those would have been in the Top 20 list, for sure. I have another article that is the Top 10 Sci Fi TV series, and you will see StarTrek well-represented there. I have not actually seen Watchmen the movie, although I have the Graphic Novel. I need to get around to watching the movie!
Jan 23, 2013 8:56am
jengojengo
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Jan 23, 2013 1:27pm
MarkWeaver
Love the list! For me, Alien would have taken the top spot. And would Galaxy Quest be considered sci-fi or com-sci-fi or something of the sort? If so, that'd be my crazy pick!
Jan 23, 2013 2:40pm
jengojengo
Galaxy Quest is hilarious! Thanks for the comment.
Jan 24, 2013 7:23pm
goingforbroke
Probably wouldn't find Gattaca on many other lists. However I do love that you made a point to put Star Wars IV-VI and not the recent ones.
Jan 25, 2013 3:48am
jengojengo
Yea, I know Gattaca was an unusual pick, but I think it was an important (and awesome) work of sci fi film in recent history. And I thought all sci fi fans collectively agreed not to mention the other more recent Star Wars movies....ever. :)
Jan 28, 2013 4:46am
GeekHarjeet
Thank you for this list but I think you have to make a series of these articles to include the remaining Sci-fi movies.
Mar 28, 2013 4:22am
jengojengo
Yea, maybe I should make a second half list- #'s 11-20. Thanks for the suggestion!
Mar 25, 2013 11:05am
adragast
Great article, it was really fun to read. Thumbs from me.
Mar 25, 2013 1:51pm
heanders
Two I liked that may be considered are The Thirteenth Floor and Dark City.
Mar 28, 2013 4:24am
jengojengo
I have not seen either of those-- I need to look them up!
Mar 28, 2013 4:23am
jengojengo
Thanks for reading!
Mar 26, 2013 6:43am
eileen
Great list, although I have not seen them all. thanks for sharing this.
Mar 28, 2013 4:23am
jengojengo
Thanks for reading! And also, you are now required to go watch all the films on the list. Just so you know. You did sign that contract before reading, right?
Mar 27, 2013 11:46pm
Hikapo
Jurassic Park was my favorite. Although it did give me some nightmares though.... Thanks for the memories!
Mar 28, 2013 4:24am
jengojengo
Just stay still and they can't see you!
Apr 4, 2013 1:47am
egdcltd
I actually enjoyed Aliens more than Alien, but they are completely different types of film.
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Bibliography

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