25 Favourite Sci-Fi Movies
Article by: Geek Girl Wandering Dana
This is the list of my 25 favourite science fiction movies and the reasons why I love them! They are in no particular order, as I had a hard enough time narrowing it down in the first place. All these movies are awesome in their own ways! (This list does not include superhero movies, even though many of them could be considered sci-fi, but that's for another list!)
: I'm a huge fan of Neill Blomkamp & Sharlto Copley so this is one of my all time favourites sci-fi movies. I love the realism and grittiness of the world and the story idea is so original. Also I'm in love with South African accents! "Get your fokkin' tentacle out of my face!"
: A no brainer for the list. I absolutely loved this movie as a kid and loved it just as much when I saw it again in the 3D re-release. "God creates dinosaurs. God destroys dinosaurs. God creates man. Man destroys God. Man creates dinosaurs. Dinosaurs eat man. Woman inherits the earth."
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope
: The movie that started it all. I watched the Star Wars trilogy over and over and over on VHS as a kid and am still watching it today (on Blu-ray now though). Oh but, Han shot first!
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
: This is my favourite movie of the trilogy. I think it's the darkest of the Star Wars movies, but it's definitely my fav. The ending is of course the classic, but often misquoted revelation… "No, I am your father."
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi
: I'm just going to say it: I love Ewoks! I know there's not a lot of love for them in Star Wars fandom, but I think they are adorable, jittery little things. At least they are clearly more proficient than Stormtroopers. Also my favourite Leia look is her Endor dress and long hair. I hope you are enjoying this list because… "Many Bothans died to bring us this information. "
: I love Carl Sagan's book and I love this movie. I actually forgot about Eleanor Arroway when I was making my 10 Women of Sci-Fi Idols
list or I might have added her. This movie to me is beautiful and profound and if we ever make first contact I can only hope it's with beings like the aliens of Vega.
: And these would be the Aliens I hope we never make contact with. Aliens is my favourite movie from the Alien franchise. Ellen Ripley kicks ass yet again, she is such a badass. The Xenomorphs in these movies are seriously terrifying, I think they may be the scariest depiction of aliens ever. H.R. Giger's work and the way the Aliens gestate in their hosts is super creepy. If I saw one I'd just be like "Game over man, game over!"
2001: A Space Odyssey
: A truly classic sci-fi movie. Although it can be quite slow paced, it's one of the most epic stories of all time, the story of evolution. You can't forget those scenes when the apes first see the monolith and the scene where the ape first uses a tool and the epic 2001: A Space Odyssey theme music is playing.
: I know this movie is a story that has been recycled through the ages, it's not exactly an original plot. But this movie looks so mind-blowingly incredible that I love it. It makes the list on visuals alone. This was the first 3D movie I saw where I really enjoyed the 3D aspect and felt it greatly enhanced the experience.
Back to the Future
: This movie is so fun! Who doesn't love Marty McFly? It is funny, whimsical but still makes you think deeply about the possibilities and paradoxes of time travel. It even touches on today's hot topic of bullying and how the geeks can end up on top! "Great Scott!"
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
: Hands down the best original series Star Trek movie. I'm not a huge fan of all the Star Trek movies but this one is awesome. Every trekker knows Kirk & Khan's classic scene… "KHAAAAAAN"
and Kirk & Spock's classic scene… "The needs of the many outweigh... the needs of the few… or the one."
Star Trek: First Contact
: My favourite of the Next Generation movies with my favourite Captain, Jean-Luc Picard. I love the storylines with the Borg, they are such an interesting alien foe. I also love the storylines with time travel so this Star Trek movie had everything for me! You have to watch this movie… "Resistance is futile."
: I know a lot of Trekkers get upset about J. J. Abrams' Star Trek, but lets face it, this was a fun movie. Maybe it's not the Star Trek we're used to and maybe there was too much lens flare, but how can you not love Zachary Quinto as Spock and Simon Pegg as Scotty? Actually the whole cast was great, I think everyone did a great job living up to the high exceptions for this sci-fi legend. Besides sometime an action movie in space is just what you need!
: This movie is brilliant in its unconventional plot. It's original and mysterious and will really get you thinking about fate and determinism vs. free will. "Why are you wearing that stupid bunny suit? Why are you wearing that stupid man suit?"
: The idea of Precrime is intriguing and is one of my favourite concepts imagined by science fiction visionary Philip K. Dick. This is another movie that makes us ask, can we change the future? And if we could, should we be held accountable for things we didn't do yet?
: This movie is so cool. It has hackers, it looks badass, it started the now popular use of bullet time, oh and in the Matrix you can download whatever skill you want into your mind. Damn, I want that! It also inspired my early 2000s love of wearing leather trench coats. I'd for sure take the red pill and stay in Wonderland to see how deep the rabbit-hole goes. Remember… "There is no spoon."
: As I already said, I'm a huge fan of Neill Blomkamp & Sharlto Copley so of course I'm going to love this. I feel like the world in Elysium is eerily close to where we are headed if we don't drastically change our ways and start addressing economic disparity in our societies. It's a great movie and it's the most recent movie added to this list, I'm looking forward to seeing it again at home since I've only seen it once in the theater.
Men in Black
: Another super fun and whimsical sci-fi which shows that not all sci-fi has to be super serious and can be enjoyed by the whole family. Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones are an unlikely pair but their chemistry together is great and they are hilarious.
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
: I am a huge fan of Douglas Adams' books so I was super excited for this movie to come out. I know there's a few large differences between the movie and the book but I felt it captured the whimsy and humour unique to Adams very well. This movie is so zarkin'! "If you want to survive out here, you've got to know where your towel is." "Don't Panic!"
: This movie is a guilty pleasure of mine. It's one of those movies that if it's on TV I have to watch it. Sure the plot has some gaping holes that make absolutely no sense, but it doesn't matter because 'Merica! I mean Mankind! The speech the President gives at the end is one of the epic speeches in movie history… "We will not go quietly into the night!" We will not vanish without a fight! We're going to live on! We're going to survive! Today we celebrate our Independence Day!"
: I love stories set in a dystopian future and I love Harrison Ford so of course this makes the list. The look of this movie is perfect and so is the soundtrack by Vangelis. The ending is such a classic scene… "I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate. All those moments will be lost in time... like tears in rain... Time to die."
: Giant mechs vs giant monsters. Enough said! This movie rocked, it was such a fun summer blockbuster. It didn't waste any time and just got right into the good stuff. I loved watching the Jaegers fight the Kaiju and it was great to see humanity working together to fight their enemy. And the Marshall's speech at the end rivals the Independence Day speech… "Today there is not a man nor woman in here that shall stand alone. Not today. Today we face the monsters that are at our door and bring the fight to them. Today, we are cancelling the apocalypse!"
Planet of the Apes (1968)
: A true classic and another movie I loved as a kid and still do today. Despite this movies age it's still lightyears betters than the remake. The first time you see this movie your mind is completely blown at the end. "You Maniacs! You blew it up! Ah, damn you! God damn you all to hell!"
: This movie is another guilty pleasure, like Independence Day if it's on TV I have to watch it. I feel like I love it way more than I should, but it's so awesome! I mean giant bugs, big ass guns even and Neil Patrick Harris! I also love the Federal Network "Would You Like to Know More?" propaganda commercials, I'm doing my part, are you? "Come on you apes, you wanna live forever?"
: I love this movie, it's surely one of the best sci-fi movies in the 'Verse. I personally needed the origin of the Reavers to fully fall in love with Firefly because I always thought they were a bit ridiculous. I don't care how long you're in space, that kind of evil was beyond space madness, so I was happy to get an explanation that brought it all together. The crew of Serenity are each amazing characters, I love them all. And there are so, so many great quotes… "I aim to misbehave."
Ok, so there’s my list and my reasons! This was super hard to narrow down, there are so many amazing sci-fi movies. Keep in mind these are just my personal favourites. A few more movies that didn’t make the list but still deserve honourable mentions are: The Fifth Element, Moon, The Island, Gattaca, The Time Machine (2002), Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Dark City, The Fly (1986), Primer, Stargate, Galaxy Quest, Terminator 2: Judgment Day
(hard to decide, but I like it slightly more then The Terminator) & Star Trek: Into Darkness
(I debated really hard over if I liked Into Darkness or the first new Star Trek better, but landed on Star Trek despite Cumberbatch's epic performance). Ugh, making these decisions was painful, but it reminded me just how much I truly love this genre!
Please comment with your opinions and your personal favourite sci-fi movies! (Remember, no superhero movies, that's for another list!)
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November 07 2013