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What 5 Sci-Fi Movies Do You Watch Over and Over?

I was going to title this post as “You, a Deserted Island and 5 Sc-Fi Movies…GO!”, but I wanted to bypass the “Is there a DVD player and electricity on the island?” snarkiness. πŸ™‚

You know what to do here. Name the five sci-fi movies you would most want to have with you if you could only choose 5. These are not necessarily the ones you think of as “the best”, but rather the ones you can (or would like to) watch over and over again….

Here are mine:

  • Aliens
  • Independence Day
  • Star Wars (Episode 4)
  • The Day the Earth Stood Still
  • The Matrix

There were so many others to choose from that I had to leave off this list because I have only seen them once (Serenity) or they were just overflow (Terminator 2, Back to The Future).

Now let’s hear from you!

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36 Comments on What 5 Sci-Fi Movies Do You Watch Over and Over?

  1. Blade Runner

    The Fifth Element


    THE Star Wars

    Star Trek II (?) Wrath of Kahn

  2. Carles TixΓ© // September 26, 2007 at 1:19 pm //

    Star Wars (episode 4)

    2001 A Space Odissey

    Blade Runner

    Forbidden Planet

    Starship Troopers (Yes, I think is a very good SF movie)

  3. In no particular order:

    1. Star Trek (TOS) The Doomsday Machine (not a movie, per se, but I have it on DVD, so… πŸ™‚

    2. Heavy Metal

    3. The Matrix

    4. Ghost in the Shell

    5. Aliens


  4. Oh man…how could I forget The Fifth Element. I think that would bump The Day the Earth Stood Still.

  5. Forbidden Planet

    Dark City

    Cowboy Bebop: The Movie


    Dr. Who: The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances

  6. Chris Johnston // September 26, 2007 at 2:40 pm //

    A L I E N


    The Matrix

    Red Planet


  7. Can a series count as 1? πŸ™‚

    All the Star Wars movies

    The Matrix

    All Star Trek movies

    I Robot

    Mission Impossible movies

  8. Alien

    Star Wars (Ep 4)

    Forbidden Planet

    Blade Runner


    Ouch. It hurts to leave off the Terminator, Day the Earth Stood Still, Aliens, both versions of the The Thing, Star Treks II, IV & First Contact, It! The Terror From Beyond Space (the movie that made me an SF/horror fan when I was five), and Bava’s still fascinating, if somewhat obscure, Planet of the Vampires. (And Brazil, and Heavy Metal, and The 5th Element, and 12 Monkeys, and The Matrix, and the extended version of The Abyss, and Gojiro, and Time Bandits and… and… arrrgghhhh!)

  9. Back to the Future

    X-Men 2

    Star Trek: First Contact

    Galaxy Quest

  10. My 5 that I have to watch again and again.

    Blade Runner

    Pitch Black

    Star Wars

    Hulk (I don’t know if I hate it or like it.)

    The Thing

  11. Blade Runner

    The 5th Element

    Ghost in the Shell

    The Abyss

    Dune (I know! WTF?!?!)

  12. War of the Worlds (non-Cruise)

    Mysterious Island

    Time Machine

    Journey to the Center of the Earth

    Star Wars: A New Hope

    Runners Up: Khan, Jurassic Park, Aliens.

    (Not counting fantasy, or LOTR would be on there.)

  13. Other runners up: Planet of the Apes, Omega Man (both Heston).

  14. The first Lexx movie I Worship his Shadow

    Forbidden Planet

    The documentary Alien Planet

    Fantastic Planet

    Light Years, if only to actually have a DVD of it!

  15. Wally Conger // September 26, 2007 at 9:46 pm //

    Off the top of my head (but there are so many others)…

    Blade Runner

    The Man Who Fell to Earth

    A Boy and His Dog


    Close Encounters of the Third Kind

  16. (In no particular order)

    Blade Runner


    Galaxy Quest

    Enemy Mine

    Independence Day

    These are all just movies I enjoy a lot. And could watch over and over again. If I could add in a 6th it would be The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension. And were I to add a 7th, it would be Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Okay. I’ll stop now.(H)

  17. Only five? Well, here goes:

    The Andromeda Strain

    Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    War of the Worlds (George Pal version)

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    Things to Come (the 1936 movie, not the awful 1979 z-grade flick of the same name)

    Runners-up, in no particular order: E.T., Forbidden Planet, Silent Running, Gattaca, A.I., Colossus: The Forbin Project, Alien, Star Wars: A New Hope & Empire Strikes Back, Day the Earth Stood Still, THX 1138, Star Trek: Wrath of Khan, and Starship Troopers (yeah, I think it’s good SF, too)

  18. In no particular order:

    Star Wars (episodes IV, V, VI)


    Blade Runner


    The Day the Earth Stood Still

    Although… If I could add a few more, they’d probably be Akira, Escape from New York, The Thing (original), Forbidden Planet, Tron, Spaceballs, Close Encounters and The Wrath of Khan. If some fantasy could be thrown into the mix, definitely LOTR, Time Bandits, King Kong and Big Trouble in Little China.

  19. The Fifth Element

    Starship Troopers

    Independence Day

    Star Trek First Contact

    Rocket Man (yes the Harlan Williams one)

  20. Delicatessen

    Dune (Lynch)


    Solaris (Tarkovsky)

    Until the End of the World

  21. The movies have to be consistently entertaining, since I only have these five. These are the movies I can always pop in for an SF good time.


    Star Wars (ep 4)

    The Fifth Element

    The Matrix

    Solaris (Soderbergh version)

    Too many honorable mentions to, well, mention.

  22. Blade Runner


    The Terminator

    The Andromeda Strain


  23. Hmmm, have not thought of this in a long time.

    Star Wars IV

    Back to the Future

    Star Trek II

    Blade Runner

    Terminator 2

    Yeah, I know, not imaginative but they are my favs. The Day the Earth Stood Still, which I’ve only recently rewatched for the first time in decades, rings loudly in my head. But, I stand by these.

  24. 12 Monkeys

    Blade Runner

    The Abyss

    The Matrix

    The Fifth Element

  25. Everyone has missed the obvious answer for what science fiction movie you should watch over and over again: Groundhog Day.

    (Of course , maybe people consider this movie to be a fantasy.)

    My other 4:


    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind


    Back to the Future

  26. L. A. Ramirez // September 27, 2007 at 2:30 pm //

    Tough to narrow down to five. Here goes…

    Star Trek II: TWOK (personal fave)

    Blade Runner (modern classic, theatrical, v.o. edition)

    Aliens (action/sci fi, extended edition)

    Dune (political sci fi, extended edition)

    Ghostbusters (sci fi comedy)

  27. How I love lists! Mind you, since this is a sci-fi list, the Lord of the Rings films are absent, though they get a lot of mileage at my place. Also, as the man says in the question, which do you watch over and over, so that doesn’t mean that these are my five all-time favorites. Here we go.

    Star Trek: The Motion Picture


    Star Wars, Episode III: Revenge of the Sith


    The Andromeda Strain

  28. – Star Wars IV

    – Back To The Future

    – The Matrix

    – The Day The Earth Caught Fire (bit depressing if you’re on a desert island but I love it’s apocalyptic Englishness).

    – Wargames (it’s SF because the computer can think).

    Btw some of the suggestions above make my eyes boggle in a “you’re joking, right?” kind of way πŸ™‚

  29. What great fun! This topic has generated a lot of talk around our house. Here’s my list:

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    Star Wars (the Star Wars, from when there was only the one)


    Star Trek 1 (I know, but I was so thrilled to see it after that long dry spell)

    and, what… The Chronicles of Riddick, maybe. Or The Matrix.

    Nobody in my family agreed with my list, of course, so we’ll each need our own desert island.

  30. Ok, 5 sf films i never tire to watch again and again…


    Independence Day


    Blade Runner


  31. The Abyss (director’s cut)

    Independence Day

    The Adromeda Strain

    Galaxy Quest

    Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (my favorite of the ST movies)

  32. spoonofmilk // October 3, 2007 at 5:00 am //

    Too many to pick from…. 5 isn’t enough!

    1. The Fifth Element

    2. Dune (thought I was the only one who liked it!)

    3. Terminator

    4. Predator

    5. Aliens

    What can I say? I love my sci-fi actioners! And Dune… how come 95% of people just don’t get it?! It’s brilliant!

  33. I’ve just written a list of 10 sci-fi movies with reviews. Actually there is lot of discussion going on for the best sci-fi movies but everybody has his own taste:)

  34. Judyariel // April 9, 2010 at 8:47 am //

    Fifth Element

    Blade Runner

    eXistenZ (good to see it on someone else’s list!)

    Dark City

    AI: Artificial Intelligence


  35. Great article and well worth reviving.


    12 Monkeys

    Bladerunner (the original cut)

    Terminator 1/2 (same choice I know, but hey its hard enough)

    Starwars A New Hope (original cut)




    Also: Alien, Wrath of Khan, Highlander (not really scifi but 2 pretended to be, even thou it doesn’t exist), Robocop, Matrix.


    I just love films that reward re-watching, 12 monkeys is a brilliant example, I still occasionally catch something new when I watch it even now.

  36. RECREATORLabRat // April 9, 2010 at 10:21 am //

    Enemy Mine

    The Last Starfighter

    Star Wars (original)

    Terminator (it’s a toss up between the original and Salvation)

    Firefly (the Series)

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