100 Top Sci-Fi Flicks

By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 4, 2009 6:00 PM CDT

(Newser) – Science fiction movies run the gamut from cerebral to "joyful space opera." The writers at Total Sci-Fi run down the 100 best; here's the top 10:

  1. Blade Runner: This "masterpiece," with standout performances from Harrison Ford and Rutger Hauer, is "backed up by a real sense of sadness, fear, and longing."
  2. 2001: "The film is as enigmatic as the universe itself," and unlike newer fare, "there is a real depth behind the groundbreaking special effects."
  3. Star Wars: "If you haven't seen Star Wars, then, well, you're probably not interested in reading a list about SF movies."

  1. Alien: "Much analyzed by theorists for its portrayal of femininity;" also, "incredibly frightening."
  2. Metropolis: "Fritz Lang creates a dazzling (and much-aped) vision of an industrial dystopia."
  3. The Day the Earth Stood Still: "The definitive 1950s SF flick."
  4. Terminator: The "tantalizing glimpses of the future war are more frightening" than in the remakes, and Schwarzenegger is actually suited to his role.
  5. Planet of the Apes: The ending of this "intelligent allegory" is "one of the most iconic moments in cinema."
  6. E.T.: "Warm-hearted without descending into mawkishness."
  7. Solaris: The "Russian 2001" is "much more than that. It's a hypnotic, minimalist masterpiece."
For the full list, click the link below.