Sci-Fi Movies – My Top 8 Films

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Science fiction has got to be my favourite genre for films and books; it allows for such a great diversity and scope, without people just instantly labelling it as ‘unrealistic’. Unfortunately people hear ‘sci-fi’ and think stereotypically of the Star Trek series, or the pile of Star Wars movies, when in reality there is so much more to the whole sci-fi genre.

The best Sci-Fi films out there!

In no particular order, here’s my top few sci fi films:

  • I, Robot (2004) – As a big fan of Isaac Asimov’s books this was sure to be a big hit with me. This isn’t a film about a specific one of his books, even though it shares a name of one, but rather is based on the ideas and concepts as a whole of Asimov’s robots genre. Great action sci-fi about robots over throwing human populations. Very Hollywood in places but Will Smith wouldn’t have it any other way I’m sure
  • Event Horizon (1997) – When a missing spaceship suddenly reappears in our solar system, the architect and a skeleton crew are sent out to find where its been. What makes this spaceship so important is its prototype propulsion device, that moves the ship by puncturing a hole through space-time. Unfortunately when it returned through the hole, it brought something back with it. Probably my favourite horror film, very well filmed and chillingly tense.
  • Star Trek (2009) – I gave this film a wide berth when it first out, I’d seen a few episodes of the series and 2 hours of the same stuff didn’t excite me. Thankfully I was 100% wrong. This is a brilliant film and is probably one of my favourites. Check out my full review of Stre Trek here.
  • Moon (2009) – Focusing on the end of a 3 year Moon contract for solitary inhabitant Sam Bell, this film depicts his growing “paranoia and dislocation” following a lunar accident that leaves him injured, millions of miles from home.
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) – This must be one of my favourite old films, its a sci-fi classic! This film is more a performance than a normal film, with immense scenes of music and colourful motion, its all a lil’ bit trippy.
  • Sunshine (2007) – In the middle of the 21st century, a crew of 8 men and women race to re-start our dying Sun. WIth a massive nuclear payload that needs to be delivered directly into the Sun, the crew must navigate and survive their epic journey that changes them all. When things start to go wrong, and Earth out of radio contact, their mission and lives hang in the balance. With it, the fate of all human kind.
  • The Matrix (1999) – What would a science fiction list be without The Matrix. No need to explain this film, everyones seen it. If you haven’t… well shame on you. Go do so now… right now.
  • Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (2005) – The only comedy science fiction that instantly jumps to my mind. Based on Douglas Adams books, this film focuses on Arthur Dent, a human who witnesses (and survives) the Earth being destroyed. Utterly mental, but funny none-the-less.


Sci-Fi is a genre that definiately splits the audience; some films are seen by some as masterpieces while others find them insulting and tedious.


Is your favourite flick here? How does my list compare to yours? Please let me know


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  • Milly says:

    I love sci fi! Another funny sci fi film is Galaxy Quest with Sigourney Weaver and Alan Rickman among others.

    What about books though Paul? Have you read Hitchhikers’? And do you rate the film as a good adaptation of the books, or just as a film in its own right?

    I love sci fi for the way it allows authors/script writers to comment on the real world through great analogies and stories. It’s one of the reasons I’m actually quite a fan of Star Trek (if you can stomach some of the more nauseating aspects of it)

    • Paul Joyce says:

      Haha Galaxy Quest is a funny film. It was on sometime this year and I was too tired (lazy) to change the channel so it stayed on. I couldn’t believe it when I saw some of the actors in it.
      As you’re probably aware, I don’t do much reading. I really enjoy Asimov’s stuff, he’s probably my favourite sci-fi author. I’ve only read bits of Hitchhikers, but I gather from reviews that the film isn’t anywhere near them. Is that correct?
      Its funny you mention about script writers using analogies to comment on real world events, I’m thinking of writing about that with regard to the storyline of ‘In Time’ 🙂

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