IMDB's TOP 50 SF movies

Tabitha

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As voted for by members of IMDB:

1 Star Wars (1977) 8.7/10 (84651 votes)
2 Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) 8.7/10 (35253 votes)
3 Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) 8.6/10 (65448 votes)
4 Matrix, The (1999) 8.4/10 (76513 votes)
5 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) 8.3/10 (39891 votes)
6 Alien (1979) 8.2/10 (35659 votes)
7 Metropolis (1927) 8.2/10 (5897 votes)
8 Clockwork Orange, A (1971) 8.2/10 (36279 votes)
9 Blade Runner (1982) 8.1/10 (46741 votes)
10 Donnie Darko (2001) 8.1/10 (7254 votes)
11 Aliens (1986) 8.1/10 (38564 votes)
12 Minority Report (2002) 8.1/10 (15354 votes)
13 Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) 8.0/10 (49958 votes)
14 Day the Earth Stood Still, The (1951) 7.9/10 (5629 votes)
15 Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) 7.9/10 (43347 votes)
16 Brazil (1985) 7.9/10 (18757 votes)
17 Iron Giant, The (1999) 7.9/10 (7774 votes)
18 Back to the Future (1985) 7.9/10 (38661 votes)
19 Terminator, The (1984) 7.8/10 (32770 votes)
20 Twelve Monkeys (1995) 7.8/10 (36865 votes)
21 Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) 7.8/10 (2789 votes)
22 Abre los ojos (1997) 7.8/10 (3650 votes)
23 Planet of the Apes (1968) 7.8/10 (11002 votes)
24 Spider-Man (2002) 7.8/10 (25608 votes)
25 Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) 7.7/10 (16046 votes)
26 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) 7.7/10 (25394 votes)
27 Fail-Safe (1964) 7.7/10 (1934 votes)
28 Lost Horizon (1937) 7.7/10 (1116 votes)
29 Truman Show, The (1998) 7.7/10 (39024 votes)
30 Delicatessen (1991) 7.7/10 (6873 votes)
31 Signs (2002) 7.7/10 (13435 votes)
32 Invisible Man, The (1933) 7.7/10 (1139 votes)
33 Cité des enfants perdus, La (1995) 7.6/10 (6490 votes)
34 Thing, The (1982) 7.6/10 (8565 votes)
35 Lilo & Stitch (2002) 7.6/10 (3291 votes)
36 Forbidden Planet (1956) 7.5/10 (4336 votes)
37 Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) 7.5/10 (31439 votes)
38 Seconds (1966) 7.5/10 (874 votes)
39 Thing From Another World, The (1951) 7.5/10 (1407 votes)
40 Akira (1988) 7.5/10 (7941 votes)
41 Night of the Living Dead (1968) 7.5/10 (5620 votes)
42 Incredible Shrinking Man, The (1957) 7.4/10 (755 votes)
43 Dawn of the Dead (1978) 7.4/10 (5506 votes)
44 Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan (1982) 7.4/10 (10344 votes)
45 Dark City (1998) 7.4/10 (13484 votes)
46 Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981) 7.4/10 (7158 votes)
47 Pi (1998) 7.4/10 (9853 votes)
48 Frequency (2000) 7.4/10 (9067 votes)
49 Ghost Busters (1984) 7.4/10 (17593 votes)
50 Gattaca (1997) 7.4/10 (14130 votes)



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Bear in mind that it is likely that more recent movies will likely have an advantage as members see new releases. I think it is quite a good overview of science fiction films, I can't think of any that should be in here, but that haven't rated.

I have seen 42 - not bad going, several of the ones I have never seen I haven't actually heard of. How many have you seen?

Abre Los Ojos
Lost Horizon
La Cité des enfants perdus
The Invisible Man
Lilo & Stitch
Seconds
Delicatessen - I think I have seen this one actually, but only part of it.
Incredible Shrinking Man

Check this link for info on how the chart is calculated, and for the bottom ten movies (none of which I have seen ;) ):

http://us.imdb.com/Charts/Votes/sci-fi
 

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I've only seen 29 myself, some I haven'g gottena round to and some I've never heard of. Still...over half so that's not to bad all in all.
 

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I've only seen 14. I'm surprised a Star Trek movie made on there (no. 44).
 

Tabitha

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Well, the Wrath of Khan is generally regarded as being the best Trek movie, so perhaps that encouraged more people to give it a higher rating. I guess if it had been a stand-alone it might not have rated so well. It certainly doesn't match up to many of the other 49 films.

I have thought of one that is missing: Cube - I love that film! High concept SF - and has the story been done before? Not to my knowledge.
 

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I think I managed about 33. A little hard to see 'Lilo and Stitch' and 'Donnie Darko' before they got released in the UK.

I want to see 'Frequency' and 'Brazil', I just never have for ome reason.

As regards to your list of not seen, Tabitha:

'Abre Los Ojos' -- that's the original Spanish version of 'Vanilla Sky'.

'Lost Horizon' -- is an old but good, explorers discover a lost civilisation in the Himalayas, with magical powers, Shangri La, type idea. I think 'She' is a better film though, not sure if they are classed as sci-fi or action adventure films -- more like an early 'Indiana Jones' really.

'Incredible Shrinking Man' -- excellent film, the special effects were good for its time, now they are laughable -- possible remake in the works.
 

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Frequency and Brazil are both very good. Abre Los Ojos is on my horizon - I have started using www.movietrak.com to order rental dvds, I have found the service very good, and they have quite a good range of movies.

The other two you mention are still not ringing any bells, but I will certainly keep an eye out for them :D
 
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