Moviefone's Top 25 Sci-Fi Movies

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  1. Voiceroy

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    Discuss!

    For starters, I'll say that 1982 was a freaking awesome year for sci-fi movies.

    And naturally, some omissions of note:

    • Back To The Future (1985): I'll take this movie any day over E.T., Galaxy Quest, or that snooze-inducing, mind-blowingly confusing 2001: Space Odyssey.
    • Serenity (2005): A modern classic. 'Nuff said.
    • The Fifth Element (1997): Original, unique, and funny, with a really great cast, CGI, and SFX.
    • Dark City (1998): Refreshingly original, epicly entertaining, and captivating. Many layers in this film too that warrant repeat viewings.
    • Transformers: The Movie (1984): What, are you kidding me? Of course it's not one of the top 25 Sci-Fi Movies. I may love the crap out of it, but even I wouldn't rank it with these classics.
     
  2. Emperor Mengde

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    I might quibble with the order a bit, and I'm with you on Back to the Future, The Fifth Element, and Serenity (haven't seen Dark City unfortunately), but otherwise not a bad list (though I'd probably toss Galaxy Quest). Also, Robocop was not from 1982 (it's from 1987), however 82 was still an awesome movie year (it also had Conan the Barbarian).

    What I also find interesting is that there are at least two that I'd put on a top 25 horror list as well (The Thing, Alien).
     
  3. Joe Moore

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    I never understood the praise for Galaxy Quest. I only ever thought it was "ok". I'm kinda torn with Soylent Green as well. I think Heston is great, but the movie is pretty boring in parts and the ending and Heston are the only things that seems to save it from mediocrity.
     
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    The Day the Earth Stood Still should have been #1.
     
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    IMO, all are worthy of a place in that list with the sole exception of Galaxy Quest.
     
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    Galaxy Quest is not a bad movie, it's pretty funny, but to have it higher than the series it's parodying? Only reason it's funny is because of the truth behind it's look at the Star Trek universe. Can not be higher than Trek if it's on the list.
     
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    I agree Dark City NEEDS to be on there. Serenity on the other hand doesn't belong anywhere near the list.
     
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    BladeRunner #1?....Really? Bah, I hate these opinion lists.
    And Galaxy Quest? Ok sure it's a fun movie, but it's parody at best.
     
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    Total agreement. It's a fun sci-fi comedy spoof, but I would never think of it as "classic" and definitely wouldn't rank it in the top 25. And as Keiichitron said, there's no way it deserves ranking higher than "Wrath of Khan". I mean, seriously! That's like ranking "Hot Shots" higher than "Top Gun".

    Agreed there too. Soylent Green would've made a great episode of "The Twilight Zone" (and it did! --> "To Serve Man"!), but it is very slow. When I rented that one, I fast-forwarded through half the movie to keep from falling asleep.
     
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    Galaxy Quest in lieu of Back to the Future = retardation
     
  11. Keiichitron

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    Austin Powers is also the best spy movie, much better than any Bond flick
     
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    That was Moviefone's typo, not mine. I just copy/pasted and didn't even think about that date being in error.

    Get out. Spy Hard is teh bestest.
     
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    actually, if we're going to play this game, Top Secret was the greatest EVER, NO ONE CAN DENY THIS!
     
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    Corrected (by my tastes)


    25. 'Men in Black' (1997)
    24. 'E.T.' (1982)
    23. '2001: Space Odyssey' (1968)
    22. 'Planet of the Apes' (1968)
    21. 'Robocop' (1982)
    20. 'Serenity' (2005)
    19. 'Ghostbusters' (1984)
    18. 'The Black Hole' (1979)
    17. 'Flash Gordon' (1980)
    16. 'Tron' (1982)
    15. 'Akira' (1988)
    14. '5th Element' (1997)
    13. 'Blade Runner' (1982)
    12. 'Star Wars -Attack of the Clones' (2002)
    11. 'Star Wars -Revenge of the Sith' (2005)
    10. 'Star Wars -Phantom Menace' (1999)
    9. 'Alien' (1979)
    8. 'The Thing' (1982)
    7. 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind' (1977)
    6. 'Jurrasic Park' (1993)
    5. 'Star Wars -Return of the Jedi '(1983)
    4. 'Transformers' (2007)
    3. 'Transformers -The Movie' (animated 1986)
    2. 'Star Wars - A New Hope' (1977)
    1. 'Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back' (1980)

    I didn't take this list lightly. Infact I spent a long time laboring over it. Films like ET and 2001 aren't even really 2 of my favorite movies but they are either so good or iconic they had to make my list. The biggest suprise is how far up I ranked 'The Thing'. Had no idea that I liked it that much.
     
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    I actually agree with most of the selections on Moviefone's list with only some slight order corrections, but only in keeping with being objective. "Galaxy Quest", as others have mentioned really does not deserve to be on this list at all, and it blows my mind that it outranked "Wrath of Khan" in the poll results.

    But if I were going to make a corrected list based on my personal tastes, it'd look something like this:

    25. Robocop (1987)
    24. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
    23. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
    22. Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith (2005)
    21. Aliens (1986)
    20. The Thing (1982)
    19. Transformers: The Movie (1986)
    18. The Last Starfighter (1984)
    17. Men In Black (1997)
    16. Back to the Future (1985)
    15. Ghostbusters (1984)
    14. Serenity (2005)
    13. 12 Monkeys (1995)
    12. The Fifth Element (1997)
    11. Akira (1988)
    10. Terminator (1984)
    9. Dark City (1998)
    8. Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)
    7. Alien (1979)
    6. Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan (1982)
    5. Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (1983)
    4. Tron (1982)
    3. The Matrix (1999)
    2. Star Wars - A New Hope (1977)
    1. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

    I didn't include Blade Runner because to this day I've never watched the film in one sitting. Also didn't include some of those old B&W classics because even though they're iconic that doesn't mean I find them as entertaining as my other top choices. And I dropped "E.T." because it's just not a personal favorite, and I have a negative association with the film somewhere in my memory and I'm not sure why.

    Yeah, Top Secret is way funnier than Spy Hard.

    However, Top Secret doesn't have Weird Al Yankovic singing the opening theme. (And it wasn't a Bond spoof either.)
     
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    War of the Worlds should be on this.
     
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    Yeah with 2001 being second I think its ridculous 2001's low rank.Its one of the greatest films EVER
     
  18. Dark_Convoy

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    Eh, I thought 2001 was sort of boring.
     
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    Which version and why? None of them are that great IMO.
     
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    Just replace the cast with Star Trek actors.. Tim Allen is Shatner, etc.. Basically like them they are type cast and can't get decent roles anymore. I love it. It is mocking Star Trek and the fans who obsess over every little detail of a crappy show from the early 80s............

    uh never mind then...
     

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