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The Best Sci-Fi Movies Of All Time

With modern cinematography, sci-fi movies have taken on a whole new level.

Science-fiction is my single favorite genre in both film and literature. I’m trapped in this life on Earth no matter what, but through science-fiction, I can travel to the furthest corners of the universe, back to the dawn of man, to a parallel universe or a magical reality. Life on this planet can be boring but science-fiction gives us all the chance to experience the adventures that this life denied us.

With modern cinematography, sci-fi movies have taken on a whole new level. They’re more realistic than ever and it makes it much more enjoyable to watch when you feel as if you could really be there on that spaceship or castle or wherever.

Since the creation (or popularization, depending on your point of view) of science-fiction in the 1920s, we’ve been blessed with plenty of iconic novels and movies. On Slow Boat Library, I’ve written quite a bit about science-fiction, although it’s mostly about literature. This quarantine has given me time to binge watch some of the sci-fi movies I’d always wanted to see or hadn’t watched in a very long time.

Watching these movies made me want to compile a list of the best and most-influential sci-fi movies of all time for you, my readers, to reference. My goal is that you’ll be able to find reinforcement to watch movies you’ve always been curious about or maybe you’ll find a hidden gem that you missed.

Let me know in the comments if you think I should add any to the list!

The Best Sci-Fi Movies Of All Time

Planet Of The Apes (1968)

Planet Of The Apes (1968) and the four sequels from 1970 to 1973 ...

A Clockwork Orange (1971)

A Clockwork Orange movie review (1972) | Roger Ebert

Alien (1979)

Alien 5

Blade Runner (1982)

10 Fascinating Facts About Blade Runner | Mental Floss

The Terminator (1984)

History Of The Terminator Movies - YouTube

Robocop (1987)

RoboCop' Is Marking 30 Years With Screening At OCP Headquarters ...

Akira (1988)

AKIRA' Free to Watch Online May 3 On Abema | HYPEBEAST

Men In Black (1997)

Somehow, 1997's 'Men in Black' is Still in the Red

Minority Report (2002)

Minority Report: 6 predictions that came true, 15 years on | The ...

Eternal Sunshine Of A Spotless Mind (2004)

Eternal Sunshine': Michel Gondry on Cutting Tracy Morgan's Role ...

A Scanner Darkly (2006)

Looking back at Richard Linklater's A Scanner Darkly | Den of Geek

Wall-E (2006)

WALL-E Review | Movie - Empire

Children Of Men (2006)

Still Stoking Terror: The Hopeless World of 'Children of Men ...

District 9 (2009)

District 9' from outer space is proof of intelligent life in ...

Inception (2010)

Inception: The never-explained technology behind dream sharing. OR ...

Prometheus (2012)

Movie Review: 'Prometheus' (Spoilers)

Looper (2012)

Rian Johnson Retrospective: 'Looper' Review - Full Circle Cinema

Interstellar (2014)

Google Promotes Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar' With ...

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

Answers to All Your Questions About the Mad Max Universe | WIRED

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

Is Blade Runner 2049 sexist – or a fair depiction of a dystopian ...

Annihilation (2018)

Annihilation Review: Natalie Portman Commands a Dark and Rewarding ...

My Favorite Sci-Fi Movies

I like to save the best for last and these last few movies are personal favorites. Along with being on any “best sci-fi movies” list, these films hold a special place in my heart, no matter how creepy and unsettling some of them may be.

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

2001: A Space Odyssey Beat Sheet - Save the Cat!®

12 Monkeys (1995)

12 Monkeys | Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC)

The Matrix (1999)

The Wachowskis Said To Be Working On New Matrix Project | Movies ...

Donnie Darko (2001)

Donnie Darko: Director Richard Kelly explains the cult classic's ...

Her (2013)

What 'Her' Gets Right About Technology and Love

Snowpiercer (2013)

Bong Joon Ho Battled Harvey Weinstein Over 'Snowpiercer' Final Cut ...

Gravity (2013)

Life on space station imitates art of 'Gravity' movie

Ex-Machina (2015)

Ex Machina review

The Martian (2015)

The Martian' is a Cinematic Triumph - Follow Mark Watney's Trail ...

Arrival (2016)

Arrival' Production Designer Reveals How to Create an Entirely New ...

And as a final bonus, I recommend the Netflix Original, Love, Death, and Robots. Don’t look it up. Just watch it! The first few episodes are only ten minutes long. All I’ll say is that it will blow your mind.

6 comments on “The Best Sci-Fi Movies Of All Time

  1. Thanks for the list.

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  2. some great choices. and some I reckon I would like that i havent seen yet

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  3. I’d add “Silent Running” to the list. Bruce Dern plays a botanist who’s perhaps been in lockdown just a little too long. Huey and Dewey, the ancestors of Wall-E, provide comic relief.

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