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IMDB’s Best/Worst Sci-Fi Titles

Internet Movie Database lists the Top 50 Best (and 10 Worst) Sci-Fi Titles.

Ratings determined by user votes as explained on the page. Here are the TOP 10.

  1. Star Wars (1977)
  2. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
  3. Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
  4. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
  5. Matrix, The (1999)
  6. Metropolis (1927)
  7. Alien (1979)
  8. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
  9. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
  10. Aliens (1986)
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5 Comments on IMDB’s Best/Worst Sci-Fi Titles

  1. Well, I can say I never saw any of the films at the bottom of the list!

    As for the top 50…seen them all except for Donnie Darko, Twelve Monkeys (but I recently got it, so that will soon be rectified), X2 (or X1 for that matter), Spider Man 2 (or 1), Minority Report (you’ve got to be kidding!), Abre los ojos (bless you!), Delicatessen (?), The Truman Show (again, you’ve got to be kidding), several other foreign-language titles…

    X2, Spider Man…well, let’s see how much “staying power” they have. I remember when I ran the SF Lovers list way back when (for a brief time) and we did a Best SF Books of All Time list. Some of the “hot titles” then are totally forgotten now.

    It’s nice to see films like “Lost Horizons” making the list, though!

    It would be nice if they would learn how to spell “Solaris”.

  2. Well, I really liked Minority Report and can see why it would make the list. Spielberg did a good job of translating PKD’s short story into movie format. Now, is it one of the 50 best of all time? I don’t know, I haven’t seen enough of the rest to comment. As for The Truman Show, I liked that one as well. Definately a departure for Carey from his normal, juvenile slap-stick comedy. I wouldn’t put it on the list though, but it is worth a watch.

  3. They may be worth watching, but I think the definition of “sci-fi” is pretty fast and loose here. Looking at the descriptions of the movies I did not see, I would tend to put them more into a “fantasy” category than a “sci-fi” category.

    Maybe the title should have been “fantastic films” or some such.

    (No, I do not require space ships or such for a movie to be SF in my view–for example, THX is SF for me…but how is “The Truman Show” SF? Social satire, maybe. Comedy, maybe–but that might be a stretch…but SF????)

  4. I can see how some people would consider it SF, based on the whole ‘artificial word’ aspect of it. But yes, its more social commentary than SF.

  5. I’ve seen all the movies on the top 10 list except that one from 2004 – Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. How could it be one of the 10 best it it just came out and I’ve never heard of it?

    I’m dissapointed Forbidden Planet didn’t make the top 10 – maybe I’ll just insert it at #4 and pretend that newcomer isn’t really there :).

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