Best Sci-Fi Movies Of All Time
Quite a good number of sci-fi flicks have been known to stimulate both interest and inspiration in their matching science topics. From low-budget indie films to brilliantly crafted blockbusters, some intimate character studies have, among other things, span multiple planes of reality. It’s easy to be a little cynical when you look at the current state of filmmaking, but until someone exposes you to a list like this, there’s no way you will ever know the role filmmaking played to get us where we are now.
2001: A Space Odyssey
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Writers: Stanley Kubrick (screenplay), Arthur C. Clarke (novel)
Stars: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester
The puzzling story in this film was as a result of a collaboration work between Kubrick and the sci-fi writer Arthur C. Clarke. The film received massive hype for the world-shattering special effects used therein. Spacecraft consultants Harry Lange and Fredrick Ordway, who at the time worked for NASA, managed to convince big corporations such as IBM and Boeing to supply the technical documents and prototypes needed to make the movie a success. And when the movie came out, even the harshest critic of all scientists had a positive commentary to make about the film.
Director: Ridley Scott
Writers: Hampton Fancher, David Webb Peoples
Stars: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young
Coming second is the Ridley-directed sci-fi film Blade Runner, whose story spins around Harrison Ford’s police officer Rick Deckard in pursue of four cloned humanoids dubbed replicants in what seems to be a dystopian adaptation of Los Angeles. Replicants are considered illegal, and Deckard, a blade runner who specializes in fighting them, has to pull all stops to ensure all of them are exterminated before they do the city any major harm.
The Day the Earth Stood Still
Director: Scott Derrickson
Writers: David Scarpa, Edmund H. North
Stars: Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connelly, Kathy Bates
Klaatu (starred by Keanu Reeves) is an extraterrestrial being visiting the earth. Its arrival spans a lot of turmoil on a global scale. With the help of scientists, the world’s government and scientists have to make head and tail of what’s happening before they can figure out a way to stop it. Only Dr. Helen and her stepson know of something the whole world is oblivious.
Director: Steven Spielberg
Writers: Michael Crichton (novel), Michael Crichton (screenplay)
Stars: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum
Jurassic Park is an American Sci-fi adventure film based on Michael Crichton novel of the same name. The film takes place in a fictional Isla Nublar, an island off the Pacific Coast of Central America, near Costa Rica, where a wealthy philanthropist was heading a group of genetic scientists owns a park of cloned dinosaurs.
Director: Ridley Scott
Writers: Dan O’Bannon, Ronald Shusett
Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt
Alien, if you can remember, is the movie where one of the scenes has an infant creature bloodily bursting through John Hurt’s upper body. But that’s not where the fun stops; watching the rest of movie is both amusing and inspiring for any sci-fi fan.
Director: Andrey Tarkovsky
Writers: Stanislaw Lem (novel), Fridrikh Gorenshteyn (screenplay)
Stars: Natalya Bondarchuk, Donatas Banionis, Jüri Järvet
The film to in 2002 by Steven Soderbergh. But the original version had something more fascinating to fans of the novel that inspired it. The film revolves around a psychologist traveling to the base of a remote planet as a replacement to a mysteriously deceased scientist.
Three Colors: Red
Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski
Stars: Irene Jacobs, Jean Loius Trintignant
Three Colors evokes mysterious, invisible forces that shape human life. It was the final chapter in Krzysztof’s Three Color’s Trilogy, an apolitical exploration of the French revolution relevance with regards to the ideals of Freedom, fraternity, and equality. Set in Geneva, the film tells the story of a fateful encounter between a reclusive, misanthropic judge and a sensitive young maiden.
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
Writers: Alfonso Cuarón, Jonás Cuarón
Stars: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris
3D resurgence came with some films that could otherwise never been produced in 3D. Talk of “Clash-of-the-Titans” But for Gravity, the 3D seemed to bring with it something else other than the ticket price. It immersed viewers in the narrative experience, thus making space become a character in the film.
Director: Steven Spielberg
Writers: Brian Aldiss (short story “Supertoys Last All Summer Long”), Ian Watson (screen story)
Stars: Haley Joel Osment, Jude Law, Frances O’Connor, william Hurt
AI is a film ripping the lid off the tension between robots and humans, real and fake or, better, the creator and the created. The film is both scary and entertaining… and probably the future… Spielberg takes us through the world where robots are advanced to serve all the flesh and blood needs of humans. These robots are capable of so much, but the film zeros into David, a young man who’s only interested in becoming a real boy.
Director: Neill Blomkamp
Writers: Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell
Stars: Sharlto Copley, David James, Jason Cope
Neill Blomkamp takes us through a highly detailed alternate reality revolving around a group of aliens that accidentally landed in South Africa, only to film’s in a section of South African community called District 9.
Director: Dean Parisot
Writers: David Howard (story), David Howard (screenplay)
Stars: Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
If Star Trek II and IV had a baby and who would be raised watching Trekkies, he would grow to become “Galaxy Quest” a humorous, compassionate version of Star Trek. The film is filled with full-blooded sci-fi adventures, aliens, rock monsters and plasma-armored spaceships that make it even more riveting.
Director: Danny Boyle
Writer: Alex Garland
Stars: Cillian Murphy, Rose Byrne, Chris Evans
Try visualizing yourself in a dying world whose only chance of survival rests in the hands of a motley crew of explorers, scientists and whack jobs. Well, that’s Sunshine’s full description in one sentence.
Director: Steven Spielberg
Writers: Philip K. Dick (short story), Scott Frank (screenplay)
Stars: Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton
Who could have thought that the Phillip Dick short story’ Minority Report,’ could one day be adopted as the potential sequel to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “Total Recall” Starring Tom Cruise, the movie turned out to be even better and more brilliant than most people expected?
Attack the Block
Director: Joe Cornish
Writer: Joe Cornish
Stars: John Boyega, Jodie Whittaker, Alex Esmail
The most notable features of “Attack the Block” film are the rowdy, highly green energy, unusual designs. But that’s not the only thing making the film so damn good; there’s the threat of furry aliens glowing with teeth and the desperate fights for survival that somehow makes the story even more captivating.
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Writers: Carl Sagan (novel, story)
Stars: Jodie Foster, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Skerritt
Contact is a sci-fi fantasy film based on a Carl Sagan novel of the same name. Its story follows Ellie Arroway, a brilliant Astronomer in search of extraterrestrial life. Not only is the movie entertaining, but its story is also brilliantly primed to challenge our tugs, beliefs and emotions, all in the attempt to rivet our senses.
Director: Steven Lisberger
Writers: Steven Lisberger
Stars: Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner, David Warner
Tron has every element of a classic sci-fi film. Produced in 1982, the film follows a fictional planet whose system of authority scans its people before digitally injecting them into a computer system that already has a society of its own.
Director: Duncan Jones
Writer: Ben Ripley
Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga
Source Code is a science fiction techno-thriller that brings together alternate futures, time travel, and virtual realities.
Director: John Badham
Writers: Lawrence Lasker, Walter F. Parkes
Stars: Matthew Broderick, Ally Sheedy, John Wood
War Games focuses on the subject of powerful computers and the risks they bring. The Film is based in the 1980s, and its mission is to prove that computers can be hacked using an acoustically coupled modem and plain text first name password.
Director: Josh Trank
Writers: Max Landis
Stars: Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell, Michael B. Jordan
Chronicle features superheroes, grounded in both fantasy and sci-fi. Science fiction prevails as many superheroes report to have gotten their super powers from aliens. It makes them start questioning human condition, and that’s where the story takes a whole new, different twist.
Director: Joss Whedon
Writer: Joss Whedon
Stars: Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Chiwetel Ejiofor
Serenity came as a sequel to the short running series Firefly. It was directed by Joss Whedon who also directed Avengers. The movie takes pride in excellent dialogues and emotional depth that will certainly get you indrawn all the way to the last second.
Back to the Future
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Writers: Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale
Stars: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson
The film follows Marty McFly, a California-based teen thrown back into the 1950s by an experiment that runs amok. Marty has to travel through time and find his way back to the present.
Director: Luc Besson
Writer: Luc Besson
Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Min-sik Choi
Lucy is an English-language French sci-fi action film directed by Luc Besson and produced by Virginia Silvia (Besson’s wife). Shot in New York City and Taipei, Paris, the film follows Lucy, a female character who gains psychokinetic abilities after an a nootropic drug she was forced to transport in her belly bursts open finding its way into her bloodstream.
Director: Shane Carruth
Writer: Shane Carruth
Stars: Shane Carruth, David Sullivan, Casey Gooden
Mike D’ Angelo, a renowned film critic, pointed out recently that no one is the position to understand what’s happening in Primer after watching it only once. Even Caruth himself has on several occasions been heard saying that his plan was to make the movie as obtuse as he possibly could. So only the smart and attentive viewers will figure out the exact message Carruth has in the film.
Guardians of the Galaxy
Director: James Gunn
Writers: James Gunn, Nicole Perlman
Stars: Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper
“Guardians of the Galaxy’ is a mega-nerdy experimental fiction comedy following a group of misfits who band up to get back an all powerful stone from the blue-skinned despot. There are no special costumes and secret identities, but there are future gadgets, sentient space trees, and alien spacecrafts.
Director: Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski
Writers: Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski
Stars: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss
To sum up everything, The Matrix is mostly loved for its original story, great acting, epic fighting, philosophical questioning and great content on the vast. The film revolves around Neo who believes that Morpheus, an elusive figure considered dangerous, has an answer to a question he’s long been having—what’s the matrix?