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Favorite Sci-Fi Movies?

Posted by Strider on Friday, February 27, 2009

Just because the genre forums are feeling a bit ignored, I thought I'd start a topic in here.

What are your favorite sci-fi movies that you've seen?

The movies can be good, bad or ugly, just as long as you enjoy them. Let the posting (and arguments?) commence!

Strider
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I'll list some of my favorites off the top of my head to start things off. I'll probably forget some of them, but seeing as how I have a lot of sci-fi movies that I enjoy, that is to be expected. Some of these could probably be put into other categories, but they at least have a fair amount of sci-fi elements.

Blade Runner
Aliens
The Matrix
The Empire Strikes Back
Back to the Future
Metropolis
12 Monkeys
Serenity
The Iron Giant
The Incredibles
Terminator 2
Jurassic Park
Brazil
Dark City
Contact
Pitch Black & Chronicles of Riddick
Spaceballs
Galaxy Quest

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Gentlemen Death
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Posted: 8 years 29 weeks ago

Most of those would be on my list as well, Strider. Personaly, I have to go with The Fifth Element! Everything in that movie was perfect, the acting, the music, the writing, directing, acting...everything!

I can watch that movie a thousand times and still not get tired of it!

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Strider
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I was never able to get into the Fifth Element. I like some of the visuals, but the movie just annoys the crap out of me in places.

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Strider
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If you count Donnie Darko as sci-fi, add it to my list as well.

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Gentlemen Death
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YOU did not like The Fifth Element, Strider!?!?!? You and I need to step outside the forums for a second and deal with this!

Another to add is Sunshine! Danny Boyle at his best with a very interesting twist at the end. And I am not talking M. Night Shamalalamanalan twist.

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Strider
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Let's go then!

Like I said before, there are some great visual ideas in The Fifth Element, but the movie just annoyed me too much to really enjoy it (mostly Chris Tucker's fault, but he's certainly not the only thing).

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We HATED The Fifth Element on first viewing....Visually amazing, it just wasn't what we were wanting or expecting...but everytime it is on TV we end up watching it and liking it more and more...I think the movie NAILED the feel of many sci fi books that I love and so it sticks with me even more

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Posted: 8 years 29 weeks ago

Strider's list is great. I'll add Alien as well as Star Treks TWOK and FC. Also Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

I enjoy Fifth Element like I enjoy the 80s Flash Gordon. Fun, colorful, just a romp. Not necessarily good, but a great time.

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Posted: 8 years 29 weeks ago

Awesome list, Strider.

I also really like The Fifth Element Some of it is just goofy, but, to me, that's part of its charm.
I'd also add The Abyss, Stargate, Titan A.E., and Cronenberg's The Fly to the list; although, I guess The Fly is more horror than Sci-Fi. Oh, and maybe the 70's version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, They Live and Prince of Darkness, too. They're all sort of cross-genre.

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Trancers

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Speaking of Cronenberg, I really like eXistenZ. It seems like it usually gets overlooked.

I kind of want to add Gattaca to the list because I remember thinking it was good, but I haven't seen it in forever and don't remember it very well.

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Gattaca was a great low-key sci-fi movie. By "low-key," I mean it wasn't big on fx or 'splosions, but it was still good sci-fi.

I also really liked eXistenZ, but it did (and does) get overlooked because it came out around the time of The Matrix and The Thirteenth Floor (also not bad, and while Matrix-like, had a different and interesting take on the concept).

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Strider
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I didn't really like Thirteenth Floor all that much. It was okay, but nothing mind-blowing or anything. I think The Matrix and eXistenZ are much better films.

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BUCKAROO BANZAI
THEM
THE FIRST MEN IN THE MOON
JOURNEY TO THE FAR SIDE OF THE SUN
PLANET OF THE APES
EVENT HORIZON

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Bill_the_Only
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Five Million Years to Earth
Gojira
The Andromeda Strain (1970 movie, not miniseries!)
Ghost in the Shell
Donnie Darko
Terminator and Terminator 2
The Thing
The Matrix
Children of Men
Minority Report
2001: A Space Odyssey
Brazil
Metropolis
Gattaca
Alien, ALiens, Alien3
Ikarie XB 1 (1963, Cz, american title: Voyage to the End of the Universe )
Sleeper
The Fifth Element
Blade Runner
Solaris
Contact
Soylent Green
Forbidden Planet
The Road Warrior
Dune
Starman
Planet of the Apes

Until the End of the World, arguably sci-fi or anything else for that matter, but I love it.... a Wim Wenders road trip movie (4 hours long) all over the world, from Europe thru Russia, Japan, China, the U.S. and finally Australia, set in the futuristic year of 1999. Great score tunes from artists like Depeche Mode, U2, R.E.M., Neneh Cherry, Talking Heads, Patti Smith, Can, Elvis Costello, Nick Cave, Lou Reed, Julee Cruise, Peter Gabriel, Robbie Robertson....

(I love this scene from the movie, with Peter Gabriel's "Blood of Eden song playing on the score and beautiful images of the Australian Outlback) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3kFngoVO4s

and a ton of others with Sci-fi trappings and settings......