Over at Lazy Thoughts From a Boomer, frequent Nobody Move! commenter le0pard13 posted his top 10 list of greatest sci-fi films. In the comments, he expressed an interest in my top 10 list. Paring the list to 10 was a harder task than I thought it would be, there were so many great sci-fi movies made in the last 60 years. After careful consideration, here is my list of the 10 greatest science fiction movies:
The Day the Earth Stood Still – An early classic, this movie relied more on character study than special effects. It’s also the first film I’m aware of that portrayed alien visitors as benevolent.
War of the Worlds (1953) – This flick is the granddaddy of hostile alien invasion films.
Forbidden Planet (1956) – This sci-fi retelling of Shakespeare’s The Tempest starred Leslie Nielsen as the prototype for Captain James T. Kirk.
Planet of the Apes (1968) – This film portrays what is perhaps the most dystopian of dystopian futures.
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) – Stanley Kubrick’s special effects masterpiece features a classical music-filled score and a dysfunctional computer that’ll make you nostalgic for the blue screen of death.
Star Wars (1977) – This blockbuster brought millions of sci-fi fans to the theaters (in some cases, over and over). I saw it five times in its first run, no small feat for a 13 year old who lived 20 miles from the nearest theater.
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) – Steven Spielberg’s special effects-heavy film manages to avoid becoming a gadget-fest and delivers a fantastic, plot-driven character study.
Alien (1979)/Aliens (1986) – I had a tough time deciding between these two, so I cheated and listed them both. The first film, directed by Ridley Scott, brilliantly captured the claustrophobic feel of a group of space travelers trapped on a ship with a nearly unstoppable creature bent on killing them. James Cameron’s sequel does an equally adept job at capturing the predicament of a group of high-tech soldiers who realize too late that they are locked in a battle they don’t have a prayer of surviving, let alone winning.
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) – The best of the movies based on the iconic series. Ricardo Montalbán reprises the role of Khan, Captain Kirk’s most worthy adversary.
Blade Runner (1982) – Ridley Scott’s impressive (and visually stunning) telling of Philip K. Dick’s excellent Do Androids Dream of Electric Sleep.
So there it is. Thoughts? Criticisms? Full frontal nudity? Your feedback is always appreciated.