• Hey, guest user. Hope you're enjoying NeoGAF! Have you considered registering for an account? Come join us and add your take to the daily discourse.
  • Hi Guest. We've rebooted and consolidated our Communities section, so be sure to check it out and subscribe to some threads. Thanks!

Top 5 sci-fi films, prove me wrong!

EviLore

Expansive Ellipses
Staff Member
May 30, 2004
23,851
27,019
2,165
2001
Alien
Aliens
Blade Runner
Blade Runner 2049
Gattaca
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Ghost in the Shell (1995)
Akira
Terminator
Terminator 2
The Matrix
The Abyss
Minority Report
Inception
Interstellar
Robocop
Total Recall
Starship Troopers
Strange Days
Edge of Tomorrow
The Thing
12 Monkeys
They Live
Ex Machina
Annihilation
 

AV

Gold Member
May 31, 2018
2,714
5,247
605
Leeds, UK
2001
Alien
Aliens
Blade Runner
Blade Runner 2049
Gattaca
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Ghost in the Shell (1995)
Akira
Terminator
Terminator 2
The Matrix
The Abyss
Minority Report
Inception
Interstellar
Robocop
Total Recall
Starship Troopers
Strange Days
Edge of Tomorrow
The Thing
12 Monkeys
They Live
Ex Machina
Annihilation
While we're at it

Predator
The Fly
Children of Men
Inception
Interstellar
Moon
Star Wars / Empire
Back to the Future
Metropolis
Planet of the Apes

Special shout out to Event Horizon for being "the movie that could have been"
 

Shangounchained

Your, You're
Dec 1, 2018
824
573
465
While we're at it

Predator
The Fly
Children of Men
Inception
Interstellar
Moon
Star Wars / Empire
Back to the Future
Metropolis
Planet of the Apes

Special shout out to Event Horizon for being "the movie that could have been"
Planet of the apes was fantastic and funny as fuck
 
  • Like
Reactions: Insane Metal

EviLore

Expansive Ellipses
Staff Member
May 30, 2004
23,851
27,019
2,165
Sunshine's screenplay was by Alex Garland, who eventually bounced from his regular Danny Boyle team-up (28 Days Later, The Beach, Sunshine) to write+direct Ex Machina and Annihilation himself. He really came into his own once he took the director's helm on his stories. And yeah, I enjoyed Sunshine a bunch until the third act, but it's still a good flick.
 

Joon

Member
Sep 1, 2018
120
183
230
2001: A Space Odyssey
2010
Alien
Altered States
Arrival
Children of Men
Contact
Ghost in the Shell
Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Overture to a New War
Lucy
Mission to Mars
Predator
Prometheus
Starship Troopers
The Fountain
The Man from Earth
The Thing
Vanilla Sky
 

sol_bad

Member
Jan 17, 2006
3,432
1,861
1,345
I'd put Matrix, Minority Report and Ex Machina near the top. Those 3 films are all pretty incredible both in their story telling, world building and/or visuals.
Never seen Cyborg or Babylon AD. I've heard Babylon AD was tampered with and ripped apart by the studio that released it, made me not want to watch it.
 

Joon

Member
Sep 1, 2018
120
183
230
Respect for also mentioning Children of Men. One of the greatest movies of the 21st century and criminally overlooked considering how much praise Alfonso Cuarón got for Gravity and Roma.
I'm not sure how overlooked it is, but at least it's not underrated. It has been deservedly very well received.

I still hold Y tu Mamá También to be Cuarón's true masterpeice, though.
 

AV

Gold Member
May 31, 2018
2,714
5,247
605
Leeds, UK
I'm not sure how overlooked it is, but at least it's not underrated. It has been deservedly very well received.
Just doesn't come up nearly as often as it should in discussions where it's relevant. Also didn't even make its budget back at the box office.
 

quickwhips

Member
Jan 26, 2009
6,517
928
945
38
While we're at it

Predator
The Fly
Children of Men
Inception
Interstellar
Moon
Star Wars / Empire
Back to the Future
Metropolis
Planet of the Apes

Special shout out to Event Horizon for being "the movie that could have been"
No event horizon?
 

crowbrow

Member
Feb 28, 2019
2,259
2,639
550
2001: A Space Odyssey
2010
Alien
Altered States
Arrival
Children of Men
Contact
Ghost in the Shell
Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Overture to a New War
Lucy
Mission to Mars
Predator
Prometheus
Starship Troopers
The Fountain
The Man from Earth
The Thing
Vanilla Sky
This is my favorite list here for adding Contact, The Fountain and Children of Men. I would also add Tarkovsky's masterpieces Stalker and Solaris. Maybe also a favorite of mine as I was a child Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

And for the lols the Xtro movies 😄
 
  • Like
Reactions: Joon

Joon

Member
Sep 1, 2018
120
183
230
This is my favorite list here for adding Contact, The Fountain and Children of Men. I would also add Tarkovsky's masterpieces Stalker and Solaris. Maybe also a favorite of mine as I was a child Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

And for the lols the Xtro movies 😄
I'm not the biggest fan of Solaris. Watched it twice now but my opinion hasn't changed much. The atmosphere and visuals are fantastic, as is predictable for a Tarkovsky picture, but the human drama aspect and constant philosophising I found to be a bit dry in this film. I've been meaning to watch the remake for a while now.

I will give Stalker a rewatch though (y)This time in glorious HD.

Close Encounters is just bad IMO. Spielberg sentimentalism at some of it's worst.
 
Last edited:

MadAnon

Member
Sep 11, 2018
332
242
250
Can people explain me what they see in Blade Runner? I've seen majority of films listed here and Blade Runner is close to the top of the most unwatchable. And no, I don't need fast paced action and explosions. 2049 is good and I enjoyed it but the old one was a chore to watch. Never gonna rewatch it.
 
Last edited:
  • Like
Reactions: Joon

ROMhack

Member
Jul 14, 2018
2,941
3,070
700
I have this theory that sci-fi doesn't lend as well to cinema as it does anime, videogames and books. With those you can create a totally new world and aren't as reliant on existing elements of reality. The only sci-fi films that really work for me are the ones based in the 'near future', or movies that have sci-fi elements in them but aren't completely consumed by futuristic worlds (e.g. noir films that just happen to be set 50 years into the future or whatever).

Regardless, here's some movies nobody has mentioned:

Upstream Colour
Alphaville
Fahrenheit 451
La Jetee
2046
 
Last edited:
  • Like
Reactions: daveonezero

Joon

Member
Sep 1, 2018
120
183
230
Can people explain me what they see in Blade Runner? I've seen majority of films listed here and Blade Runner is close to the top of the most unwatchable. And no, I don't need fast paced action and explosions. 2049 was good and I enjoyed it but the old one was a chore to watch. Never gonna rewatch it.
I think a lot of it has to do with the time period it was released in. For a sci-fi film to look like that back in the 80s, with the dense cities and visual world building whatnot, must have been awe inspiring. Plus it has killer score to boot.

I absolutely agree with you though, the film feels emotionally dry and the direction has a detached feeling also. I think it's incredibly overrated as a film.
 
  • Thoughtful
Reactions: MadAnon

V2Tommy

Gold Member
Oct 19, 2017
625
700
470
Canada
Can people explain me what they see in Blade Runner? I've seen majority of films listed here and Blade Runner is close to the top of the most unwatchable. And no, I don't need fast paced action and explosions. 2049 is good and I enjoyed it but the old one was a chore to watch. Never gonna rewatch it.
Between the visuals and haunting Vangelis score, there hasn't been a film like it before or since. It's a slow-burn detective story set in the most interesting version of the future presented at the time of release.
 

Shangounchained

Your, You're
Dec 1, 2018
824
573
465
A.I. is alright but doesn't belong anywhere near the top 5. I, Robot is mediocre as fuck.

The top 5 is probably some completely unrankable mix of 2001, Alien, Blade Runner, T2 and The Matrix.
We can argue about I robot but AI I'd a masterpiece most people don't acknowledge for one it's not famous and second its not too violent it's more an emotional film!
 

dan76

Member
Aug 7, 2018
315
255
270
2001
Blade Runner
Alien
Star Wars
Solaris (Tarkovsky)
Honerable mention goes to ... Tron.

Spielburgs A.I is God awaful. Mawkish sentimental claptrap - everything Kubrick is not. Also, how anyone can dislike Blade Runner and like science fiction is beyond me.
 
  • Like
Reactions: Gashtronomy

GreyHorace

Member
Jun 14, 2019
812
1,930
515
Aliens
Terminator 2: Judgement Day
Blade Runner 2049
Robocop
Inception

That's my list.
 

Gargus

Member
Oct 1, 2018
820
1,015
455
1. Terminator 2,
2. A.i by Steven Spielberg,
3. I robot,
4. Cyborg, Jean Claude Van damme!
5. Babylon A.D.
Well since its opinion based I cant prove you wrong.

All I can say is 2, 3 and 5 arent that good and probably belong in the 40s of a 100 list. And terminator 1 is better than 2, and cyborg is a good action movie but for scifi it probablly belongs in the 60s.
 

Birdo

Member
Jun 12, 2019
2,041
5,807
515
UK
2001
Alien
Aliens
Blade Runner
Blade Runner 2049
Gattaca
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Ghost in the Shell (1995)
Akira
Terminator
Terminator 2
The Matrix
The Abyss
Minority Report
Inception
Interstellar
Robocop
Total Recall
Starship Troopers
Strange Days
Edge of Tomorrow
The Thing
12 Monkeys
They Live
Ex Machina
Annihilation
This is more like it :messenger_ok: (Although missing Star Wars)

Even has the Verhoeven three.
 
Last edited:

plushyp

Member
Jul 21, 2016
1,305
1,536
550
How about Primer (2004) ? Although I'd say it was more a film about friendship with science fiction elements. I think I'll give it a rewatch again.

Some others that haven't been mentioned: The Signal (2014) , Dark City (1998), Time Lapse (2014)
 
  • Like
Reactions: daveonezero

T8SC

Member
Jun 22, 2013
298
64
460
Your list does not include "Aliens", therefore, it is inaccurate. Of your choices, only Terminator 2 belongs on the list.

But opinions are opinions.

1: Aliens
2: The Empire Strikes Back
3: Terminator 2
4: Predator
5: Starship Troopers / Event Horizon
 
Last edited:

Shangounchained

Your, You're
Dec 1, 2018
824
573
465
M
Not a chance! lol

My list would be:
1. Blade Runner
2. Aliens
3. The Matrix
4. The Terminator
5. Star Wars (original one where Han shoots first)
Most on my list are underappreciated ones not the most famous cause everybody will list the matrix
 

Sub_Level

wants to fuck an Asian grill.
Apr 9, 2009
29,175
5,286
1,285
No particular order:

-Alien
-2001
-Blade Runner
-T2
-Contact
Replace T2 with The Matrix and I agree. Love T2 but it doesn't delve too deep into sci-fi themes. Only surface level. The other films on your list are more thought provoking, which the Matrix fits in with.

Solaris (Tarkovsky)
This is a very frustrating film to watch. I always start falling asleep.
 

MacReady13

Member
Jun 22, 2018
333
342
300
The Terminator (original).
John Carpenter's The Thing.
2001.
Blade Runner.
The Matrix.
The Day The Earth Stood Still (original).
Forbidden Planet.

I believe they all should be in anyone's top 10 sci/fi films somewhere...
 
Last edited:
  • Like
Reactions: highrider

V2Tommy

Gold Member
Oct 19, 2017
625
700
470
Canada
Replace T2 with The Matrix and I agree. Love T2 but it doesn't delve too deep into sci-fi themes. Only surface level. The other films on your list are more thought provoking, which the Matrix fits in with.
But it's also silly and "fun", which is the opposite of what I personally find to be a good film. If a kid could enjoy it, I probably hate it. A serious reboot of The Matrix would be a masterpiece.
 
Last edited:

KingMoron

Member
Dec 10, 2018
1,049
2,950
575
My top 5, no particular order

Contact
Total Recall
Close Encounters
Starship Troopers
Independance Day
 

nush

Gold Member
Oct 16, 2017
2,032
3,797
515
Can people explain me what they see in Blade Runner? I've seen majority of films listed here and Blade Runner is close to the top of the most unwatchable. And no, I don't need fast paced action and explosions. 2049 is good and I enjoyed it but the old one was a chore to watch. Never gonna rewatch it.
You appear to have watched the "wrong" version, try one of the other six until you find the one you like.
 

Nymphae

Gold Member
Jun 3, 2013
8,710
8,695
880
Canada
Back to the Future deserves a nod I think. Accessible time travel/sci fi trilogy that everyone can enjoy without feeling like a nerd.