Unforgettable Sci Fi

  1. chazjac1
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Good or bad, there are some films that just stay with you forever. This is a list of the science fiction films that took my breath away when I first saw them (some over 50 years ago), and still hold up.

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The Day the Earth Stood Still 1951,  G)
The Day the Earth Stood Still
One of my childhood memories was watching this on television -- I knew darned well that Gort was going to come right out of the TV and get me!
Them! 1954,  PG)
A crisp police procedural in its execution, with some nice doses of humor from the side characters.
Forbidden Planet 1956,  G)
Forbidden Planet
This film made me terrified of invisible creatures. The footsteps of Morbius's id monster still haunt me.
Metropolis 1927,  PG-13)
The climax of this movie is as fresh and exciting as anything that is currently on the screen.
The Bride of Frankenstein 1935,  Unrated)
The Bride of Frankenstein
Frankenstein itself is properly horror, but Bride of Frankenstien explores the implications of the reanimated -- in particular, the humanity of the Monster. For that reason, I will always think of it as a special science fiction film.
2001: A Space Odyssey 1968,  G)
2001: A Space Odyssey
Of course it's not for everyone, but as an artistic statement about how far the medium could be pushed in 1968, both in effects and in story-telling, 2001 is outstanding.
The Thing from Another World 1951,  Unrated)
The Thing from Another World
Complete with a twisted scientist! Just a little uneven in the story: at times a scientific procedural; at other times gripping horror. But a memorable first contact film.
Alien 1979,  R)
This film completely changed the genre. That Star Wars came out at the same time was unfortunate, as this was the superior film. My only quibble with Alien came when I saw the deleted scenes; why were they cut from the theatrical release!?
Gattaca 1997,  PG-13)
A true conversation starter! All too possible; a truly scary bit of science fiction.
The Time Machine 1960,  G)
The Time Machine
Though perhaps a film that has not aged well, it is filled with solid performances, especially from Alan Young as the Time Traveller's sad friend Filby.
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District 9 2009,  R)
District 9
Great first effort, and a wonderful use of the genre to hold a mirror up to the apartheid regime of his homeland South Africa.
The Incredible Shrinking Man 1957,  Unrated)
The Incredible Shrinking Man
At times unintentionally funny, but with many truly frightening moments for Scott (Grant Williams), as he encounters new dangers at every stage of his journey.
The Quiet Earth 1985,  R)
The Quiet Earth
Somewhat uneven, but still a good exploration of the loneliness of the end of the world.
Tremors 1990,  R)
Wonderful unapologetic throwback! "CAN YOU FLY?"
Signs 2002,  PG-13)
What I liked about this film was its staying true to its unique form, telling the entire invasion story from the point of view of the family. I sure hope that Shyamalan finds his way back to making films like this one.
The Birds 1963,  PG-13)
The Birds
Clearly an unforgettable film. Though my lovely wife disagrees, I think of this as science fiction for the same reason that M. Night Shyamalan's film Signs is science fiction -- a horrible and implausible event, seen unflinchingly through the eyes of a single family. (Anyway, she can get her own RT account and her own list.)
Blade Runner 1982,  R)
Blade Runner
So different from the Philip K. Dick book (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?), but an engaging story in its own right, with solid performances and great direction.
The Truman Show 1998,  PG)
The Truman Show
A glimpse at a future in which the 'reality' shows reach their logical extreme.
The Matrix 1999,  R)
The Matrix
The roles that both Keanu Reeves and Hugo Weaving were born to play! Too bad about the sequels, but the first film still hit the theme of the illusion of reality in a disturbing way.
X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes 1963,  R)
X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes
A true cautionary tale from the master b-movie maker.
Fahrenheit 451 1966,  Unrated)
Fahrenheit 451
The storyline was from the book, but the atmosphere was straight out of The October Country.
The Andromeda Strain 1971,  G)
THX 1138 1971,  PG)
THX 1138
I like the Star Wars films okay, but THX 1138 is my favorite Lucas film. THX's attempt to escape from his world is haunting and gripping.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers 1978,  PG)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Whenever Amazing Grace plays, I think of this chilling film for just a moment.
Brother From Another Planet 1984,  R)
Brother From Another Planet
Joe Morton is excellent as a fugitive from a planet on which he is persecuted for being a "three-toe." All around good film.
Dune 1984,  PG-13)
I'm adding it to my list of unforgettable sci fi films because it is unforgettable. Some things you cannot unsee, no matter how much you might want to.
Spaceballs 1987,  PG)
Don't know what's up with the critics' ratings -- this was clearly the best thing to come out of the Star Wars franchise.
Stargate 1994,  PG-13)
Some of the effects are pathetic, but the story is solid and the performances of the side characters are quite good.
La Jetée (The Pier) 1962,  Unrated)
La Jetée (The Pier)
A beautiful, haunting film, remade as 12 Monkeys.
Twelve Monkeys (12 Monkeys) 1995,  R)
Twelve Monkeys (12 Monkeys)
Terry Gilliam hits his stride with this remake of La Jetee. Full of great performances, especially Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt.
A.I. Artificial Intelligence 2001,  PG-13)
A.I. Artificial Intelligence
(Warning: bit of a spoiler here.)
What makes this film unforgettable for me is the point at which the robot David is pleading to be made a 'real boy.' That's the Kubrick ending. I truly expected the credits to begin rolling. And then ... everything else is pure Spielberg.
Children of Men 2006,  R)
Children of Men
One of the few times when a film is better than the book from which it was adapted. This film contains an incredible long action shot! Wonderful cinematography! Solid acting by the principals and side characters.
Cloverfield 2008,  PG-13)
A first contact film, told from the point of view of a few residents of New York City, using the footage from their camcorder. A much better storytelling style than the attempt in Blair Witch Project.

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