Monday, May 27, 2013
Ask JKM a Question: Top Ten Science Fiction Films of All Time?
A reader named Jason writes:
“I have been reading your blog for years and make a point to see some of the films you review. But as I prioritize my Netflix queue, I was wondering: what titles make up your ‘ten best’ list of science fiction films?”
Jason, that’s an excellent -- but also really tough -- question to answer.
Honestly, I would have a tough time limiting a list of titles to just ten.
The science fiction genre is vast, and it features everything from visions of Dystopia (like ZPG ) to post-apocalyptic worlds (like Planet of the Apes), to adventures set on other worlds, like the Star Trek or Star Wars films.
I’m certain I’ve already forgotten at least one important or historically-necessary title, but if I had to compile a top ten list right now, it would likely look like this:
1. Planet of the Apes (1968)
2. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
3. Alien (1979)
4. Star Wars (1979)
5. The Matrix (1999)
6. Metropolis (1926)
7. Solaris (1973)
8. Gattaca (1997)
9. Forbidden Planet (1956)
10. Primer (2004)
Runner-ups, or perhaps substitutions, might include:
Blade Runner (1982)
Things to Come (1930)
Minority Report (2002)
On the Beach (1954)
Mad Max (1979)
The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
I'm also counting John Carpenter's The Thing (1982) as horror, not sci-fi...
All that expressed, I’d love to read what readers here count as their top ten sci-fi films.
If you wish, send me an e-mail of your top ten sci-fi film list -- with or without explanation -- and a name I can attach to it (full name, first name, or just Internet handle…), and I’ll post Reader Top Ten Science Fiction Movies here on the blog in the coming hours and days.
If I get a good response, maybe we can accumulate the same types of lists for the horror genre and the fantasy genre. But seriously, you’ll see how hard it is to limit yourself to ten titles…
You can e-mail me your list at Muirbusiness@yahoo.com
Don’t forget to ask me other “Ask JKM” questions too…