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The Best Science-Fiction Films


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1
2001: A Space Odyssey 1968,  G)
2001: A Space Odyssey
One of the most significant, provocative sci-fi motion pictures of the century - a beautiful, mysterious reflection on both the potential and limitations of man.
2
Metropolis 1927,  PG-13)
Metropolis
Metropolis is a visually breathtaking, silent sci-fi masterpiece.
3
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial 1982,  PG)
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
A tender story that remains a work of timeless cinema for all ages, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial is both a thrilling science-fiction adventure and an amazing depiction of adolescence.
4
Aliens 1986,  R)
Aliens
Where the first film was a phenomenon of calculated, gothic suspense, this film is an excess of assaulting intensity, obnoxious humans, screeching monsters, and repetitive set pieces.
5
Alien 1979,  R)
Alien
A perfect masterpiece of horror, science fiction, and haunting beauty.
6
Invasion of the Body Snatchers 1956,  PG)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Invasion of the Body Snatchers is an effective, frightening mixture of horror and science-fiction, and one of the best social metaphors of the 50s.
7
Brazil 1985,  R)
Brazil
Trying to keep up with Brazil was a dizzying task and left me frustrated.
8
Close Encounters of the Third Kind 1977,  PG)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Its most legendary elements have been so utterly immersed into popular culture that one overlooks how its depiction of extra-terrestrials as peaceful creatures instead of aggressive beasts was fairly revolutionary for its time.
9
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back 1980,  PG)
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
The Empire Strikes Back is darker, more menacing, and finally more engaging than its predecessor. It lives up to the hype and brings the saga to greater dramatic heights.
10
The Terminator 1984,  R)
The Terminator
Despite its reputation as being one of the most influential sci-fi action pictures of the 1980s, the mundane action scenes, the futuristic flashbacks (flash-forwards?), and the lack of a complete love story failed to sway me.

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