Sunday, July 21, 2013
Reader Results: The Top Ten Greatest Science Fiction Film Endings
The votes have been tabulated and the results are in.
Here are the readership's "top ten" Greatest Science Fiction Film Endings of All Time.
Three-Way Tie for 11, 10 and 9: The Emprie Strikes Back (1980), Blade Runner (1982) and E.T. (1982)
Four-Way Tie for 5, 6, 7, and 8: Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978), The Thing (1982), Escape from L.A. (1996) and Donnie Darko (2002)
2. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
and in first place...
1. Planet of the Apes (1968)
I think what's so fun about this list is that the endings really run the gamut in terms of narrative.
We have a traditional "happy" ending (Star Wars), a surprise and shock (Planet of the Apes), transcendence (2001) and death (Wrath of Khan, Donnie Darko), anti-authority triumphant (Escape from L.A.), scintillating ambiguity (The Thing, Blade Runner), a cliffhanger (The Empire Strikes Back), a tender goodbye (E.T.) and even Evil Triumphant (Invasion of the Body Snatchers). Very well done, everyone.
Join me again Monday August 26 at 3:00 pm for the next "Reader Results" Top Ten List! If you have any thoughts on what the question should be, e-mail 'em to me.
Finally, I want to thank everyone who contributed to this tally, and wrote such impassioned and detailed descriptions of their favorite s.f. movie endings.
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