Without further ado, here are MY Top 20 favorite science fiction films…
A small movie that accomplishes so much.
I remember being completely floored when the seeming hero gets gunned down not thirty minutes into the movie.
#18. They Live
This movie, and Roddy Piper’s performance, was a pleasant surprise.
#17. Donnie Darko
Most time travel movie logic unravels under close scrutiny. This movie, in contrast, is pretty tight.
#16. Dark City
Conceptually, this one felt like a souped-up classic Twilight Zone episode.
#15. A Clockwork Orange
The book is equally provocative. And great.
#14. Mad Max: Fury Road
I remember watching this in the theater with Akemi who continually kept throwing “Can you believe this movie?!” looks to strangers – who roundly ignored her. Then I brought her Avengers: Endgame and she fell asleep within twenty minutes.
#13. Battle Royale
Controversial? Absolutely. Fantastic? Without a doubt.
#12. The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension
A delightfully weird little movie that should have gotten that sequel.
This movie boasts an exceptional villain in Kurtwood Smith’s performance as Clarence Boddicker.
An under-appreciated gem of a movie.
#9. Star Wars: A New Hope
I saw it 11 times in theaters in the first year of its release.
#8. Galaxy Quest
As a fan of sci-fi, and especially sci-fi film and television, how can you not love it?
#7. The Empire Strikes Back
Surpassed my lofty teenage expectations.
#6. Planet of the Apes
Every time this movie aired, I got special permission to stay up late to watch. Even on a school night!
#5. Ex Machina
One of the smartest sci-fi films ever made.
#4. The Thing
Like the characters onscreen, will have you jumping out of your skin.
Not your typical sequel, it takes what came before and blazes a hugely entertaining new trail.
#2. Blade Runner
Probably the coolest (and most moodiest) sci-fi film.
The ultimate in deep space exploration.
Rounding out My Top #25
Beneath the Planet of the Apes
Children of Men
Death Race 2000