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    #101 3 years ago

    1. Starship troopers! (Cheesy as hell! Plus my wife hates it!)
    2.Aliens. (Sorry alien fans....no one liners is no good for me. Bill fucking Paxton to boot.)
    3.Avatar (Just to piss the law off!)
    4.The matrix (It’s the matrix enough said.)
    5.Blade (who doesn’t like daywalkers? Well maybe not cos.)
    6.Star wars the empire strikes back. (No ewolks or jar jar. Just old chewing tobacco.)
    7.Star trek the jja one. (This movie has bunch of cool shit in it. Bar fights, fencing and whole of lot of other stuff.)
    8.The Predator! (I don’t have time to bleed on this one!)
    9. T2. (This one is cool pinball! Plus I’m not going to self terminate on this one.)
    10. Total recall. (Damn who doesn’t want a third hand after watching this one?)

    #102 3 years ago

    Agreed I got no prob other then Avatar. Solid list
    Edit: oh and Blade, fun at the time

    #103 3 years ago

    Mad Max Fury Road
    A Scanner Darkly
    Snowpiercer
    Her
    Scanners
    A Boy and his Dog
    Gravity
    Rogue One
    Coherence
    THX 1138
    A Quiet Place
    Under the Skin
    V for Vendetta
    The Iron Giant
    Minority Report
    Upstream Color
    Repo Man
    The Running Man
    The Andromeda Strain

    #104 3 years ago
    Quoted from Rezdog:

    Mad Max Fury Road

    The Running Man

    The Running Man is so fi'ng good on so many levels. I watch it every other year....doesn't get a lot of love and I get why, but I love it. It's just like Demolition Man. Another film that is just fun to watch.

    "I'll Be Back"
    "Only in a rerun"....

    #105 3 years ago
    Quoted from Methos:

    The Running Man is so fi'ng good on so many levels. I watch it every other year....doesn't get a lot of love and I get why, but I love it. It's just like Demolition Man. Another film that is just fun to watch.
    "I'll Be Back"
    "Only in a rerun"....

    LOTS of great, cheesy one liners in that movie! Agree, just a fun one to watch!

    #106 3 years ago

    1. 2001: A Space Odyssey "My god, it's full of stars"
    2. Contact
    3. TRON
    4. T2
    4. MOON
    5. Gattaca
    6. Edge of Tomorrow
    7. Brazil
    8. Blade Runner
    9. Escape From New York
    10. Open spot for when they make a truly good Asimov movie.

    #107 3 years ago
    Quoted from rai:

    Sci-fi including time travel, outer space, future times, post apocalyptic, zombies dystopian etc.. Please no Lotr, Conan types fantasy and no super hero films.
    Not necessarily to be pinball related tho.
    I’m going with
    1) Star Wars a new hope
    2) Blade Runner
    3) A Clockwork Orange
    4) 2001 (a space odyssey) Stanley Kubrick is my favorite director
    5) The Terminator
    6) Aliens
    7) Empire Strikes Back
    8) inception
    9) Mad Max
    10) Alien
    Honorable mention :
    The Matrix
    Tron Legacy
    Jurassic Park
    Edge of Tomorrow
    Forbidden Planet
    T2
    The Thing
    The Fifth Element
    Heavy Metal

    Super solid list.
    I would want to add planet of the apes, bttf, E.T., and a couple of my favorite "newer" scifi films are Ready Player One and Looper.

    #108 3 years ago
    Quoted from dos_reboot:

    9. Escape From New York
    .

    See this is what I miss when I make a fast list!

    #109 3 years ago
    Quoted from dos_reboot:

    10. Open spot for when they make a truly good Asimov movie.

    Apple TV+ has a Foundation TV series coming out later this year. I have high hopes for it, but I'm sure I will ultimately be disappointed.

    #110 3 years ago
    Quoted from Vandy89:

    Planet of the Apes (60s version)

    Quoted from Methos:

    The Omega Man

    Quoted from Mank:

    Soylent Green

    That's the Charlton Heston sci-fi trifecta!

    #111 3 years ago

    1. The Thing
    2. Bladerunner
    3. Escape from New York
    4. Men In Black
    5. Mad Max
    6. The Running Man
    7. 5th Element
    8. Total Recall
    9. Robocop 1&2
    10. The Blob (1988)

    #112 3 years ago

    Seen quite a few Snowpiercer here.

    I didn't quite love that one but found it interesting that it has been speculated to be a futuristic telling or sequel to Willy Wonka.

    #113 3 years ago
    Quoted from gweempose:

    That's the Charlton Heston sci-fi trifecta!

    Yup. He had a hell of a fun in the 70's.

    #114 3 years ago
    Quoted from oneballjab:

    10. The Blob (1988)

    Another great film from the 80's. It didn't do too well, but it's more highly regarded today. Loved that the "hero" gets killed 20 minutes into the film.

    A film very much like it that I haven't seen mentioned is Tremors.

    #115 3 years ago

    Just finished the first 4 Alien movies, A3 was ok but Alien Resurrection was so bad.

    I need to track down Prometheus and Covenant.

    #116 3 years ago
    Quoted from Methos:

    The first Cube is the best one (aren't they all), but the 2 sequels are decent enough. Check it out, they actually explain a bit more of what is going on.
    I like Dune - I thought they did the best they could with it with the time they had. My biggest issue was I didn't care for the source material that much but the acting and cinematography was top notch. It got way too much criticism, but my guess was that fans of the book didn't think it was enough but the critics thought it was too much, and it was sunk.

    They crammed too much into one movie. It should have at least been a trilogy.

    #117 3 years ago
    Quoted from rai:

    Just finished the first 4 Alien movies, A3 was ok but Alien Resurrection was so bad.
    I need to track down Prometheus and Covenant.

    You are not going to be pleased.

    A3 had a good movie in it, but it just didn't happen. There are many stories on the net about the "script by committee" issue. Same thing happens whenever big $ is involved or sequels are in the works. I am a fan of Scott's earlier work, but Prometheus falls in on itself. It tries to be too clever.

    #118 3 years ago
    Quoted from mcluvin:

    They crammed too much into one movie. It should have at least been a trilogy.

    The trouble with that is that they are gambling a lot of on the successes of the first film. In addition, it's very difficult (back then), to get actors to commit to 2 films (let alone 3)...the costs are substantial....especially when the first film hasn't been released yet.

    #119 3 years ago

    "Or on your fucking knees, begging!"

    Alien 3 would be much bigger now a days that everyone blows Fincher. Resurrection is just beyond awfull.
    Speaking of awfull, Promethius is just so bad. You can watch a 20 minute YouTube video on how it actually makes sense...but if you have to go that far you've already lost.
    Covenant might as well be a straight to video alien vs predator flick.

    #120 3 years ago
    Quoted from TheLaw:

    "Or on your fucking knees, begging!"
    Alien 3 would be much bigger now a days that everyone blows Fincher. Resurrection is just beyond awfull.
    Speaking of awfull, Promethius is just so bad. You can watch a 20 minute YouTube video on how it actually makes sense...but if you have to go that far you've already lost.
    Covenant might as well be a straight to video alien vs predator flick.

    Spot on. What makes it tough to swallow is that it follows one of the best sci-fi horror movies of all time (based on a 1930ish novella), and a really good sequel that goes into another direction, but is also a stellar film.

    Prometheus...while visually stunning has nothing to offer. It isn't interesting, it doesn't bring any sense of awe to it, it's just there. Like musicians, I think film directors lose their way when they get older. Scott isn't the first.

    #121 3 years ago

    Forgot The Thing! 1981.
    Impossible to list 10.

    Not many of you listed MOON.
    check this film out, Sam Rockwell's performance is stunning.

    The only sci fy film that makes me weep more than MOON, is the end of Silent Running.
    That poor droid, all alone with the forest, and his little kid pail and shovel beach toys.
    And bunny rabbits!
    I'm tearing up.
    Sob!

    #122 3 years ago

    Oh gee...there is only one list....Mine!
    Forbidden Planet
    The Day the Earth Stood Still
    The Thing From Another World
    War of the Worlds
    The Time Machine
    This Island Earth
    When Worlds Collide
    2001: A Space Odyssey
    Incredible Shrinking Man
    Them
    Metropolis
    ....newer films
    Blade Runner
    Alien
    Aliens
    The Thing (Carpenter)
    The Terminator
    Terminator 2
    The Matrix
    Predator
    Avatar
    Star Wars (the 3 good ones)
    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Ricardo

    #123 3 years ago

    Don’t think I’ve seen ‘Silent Running’ yet.

    #124 3 years ago
    Quoted from rai:

    Don’t think I’ve seen ‘Solent Running’ yet.

    It's where they eat people... in space.....

    #125 3 years ago
    Quoted from rai:

    Don’t think I’ve seen ‘Solent Running’ yet.

    Quoted from spfxted:

    It's where they eat people... in space.....

    Perhaps they are a fan of John candy and got it confused with "cool runnings"

    Wakawakawaka!

    #126 3 years ago
    Quoted from spfxted:

    Oh gee...there is only one list....Mine!
    Forbidden Planet
    The Day the Earth Stood Still
    The Thing From Another World
    War of the Worlds
    The Time Machine
    This Island Earth
    When Worlds Collide
    2001: A Space Odyssey
    Incredible Shrinking Man
    Them
    Metropolis
    ....newer films
    Blade Runner
    Alien
    Aliens
    The Thing (Carpenter)
    The Terminator
    Terminator 2
    The Matrix
    Predator
    Avatar
    Star Wars (the 3 good ones)
    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Ricardo

    Love the lists!!

    Do you or not consider The Road Warrior to be sci-fi and if so would that be anywhere on your newer list?

    #127 3 years ago
    Quoted from rai:

    Do you or not consider The Road Warrior to be sci-fi and if so would that be anywhere on your newer list?

    Yes...and yes!

    #128 3 years ago

    Anyone who can’t find these movies on streaming, Netflix still has home dvd or Blu-ray delivery which had an enormous selection.

    #129 3 years ago
    Quoted from spfxted:

    Yes...and yes!

    You got any from the 2000’s and newer?

    #130 3 years ago

    Great lists here, found some cool new recommendations to check out. I like the broad definition of sci-fi being used by everyone and I think I can defend all of these as being sci-fi enough:

    1. Metropolis (1927)
    2. 2001: A Space Odyssey
    3. Robocop (1987)
    4. Little Shop of Horrors (1986) - particularly with the original invasion ending
    5. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
    6. Solaris (1972)
    7. Akira
    8. Alphaville
    9. Re-Animator
    10. Tetsuo: The Iron Man

    Honorable mentions to Stalker, The Terminator, The Andromeda Strain, La Jetée, 12 Monkeys, Brazil, Forbidden Planet, Blade Runner, Videodrome, Paprika, The Thing, Battle Royale, Dark City, Star Trek: TMP, and lots of kaiju movies.

    #131 3 years ago
    Quoted from rai:

    I like anything with nuclear war:
    War Games
    Dr Strangelove
    Here’s a nice 80s film. Main character gets a call by mistake about incoming nuclear attack and he wants to save his girlfriend and mom (? I think).
    Miracle Mile

    Forgot about nuclear war movies. Love Threads and A Boy and His Dog. The Atomic Cafe is great too.

    #132 3 years ago
    Quoted from Rivv:

    ...Love Threads ...

    Too true

    #133 3 years ago
    Quoted from Rivv:

    Forgot about nuclear war movies. Love Threads and A Boy and His Dog. The Atomic Cafe is great too.

    I haven’t seen ‘Threads’ or ‘The Road’ yet.

    No one has mentioned 28 Days Later or World War Z but those are great, I Am Legend was ok too.

    #134 3 years ago

    Got me thinking about another post nuclear apocalyptic movie.

    Damnation Alley

    #135 3 years ago

    I need to see I Am Legend again but I wasn't into it much when I saw it at release. I do love the Omega Man and Last Man on Earth versions of the story.

    28 Days Later was great, another one I haven't seen since release though. Been meaning to watch The Road and World War Z so thanks for the reminder.

    #136 3 years ago

    World War Z is great.

    #137 3 years ago

    So are we including zombie movies? I guess technically they are sci-fi/horror, but I tend to associate them more with the horror genre than sci-fi. I guess it depends on the movie. Obviously, a film like Resident Evil has a lot of sci-fi aspects to it. I generally don't think of George Romero's films as sci-fi, though.

    #138 3 years ago
    Quoted from spfxted:

    Oh gee...there is only one list....Mine!
    Forbidden Planet
    The Day the Earth Stood Still
    The Thing From Another World
    War of the Worlds
    The Time Machine
    This Island Earth
    When Worlds Collide
    2001: A Space Odyssey
    Incredible Shrinking Man
    Them
    Metropolis
    ....newer films
    Blade Runner
    Alien
    Aliens
    The Thing (Carpenter)
    The Terminator
    Terminator 2
    The Matrix
    Predator
    Avatar
    Star Wars (the 3 good ones)
    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Ricardo

    I was waiting for you to pop in! Them and When World Collides are solid choices! Actually, anything George Pal was behind was great.

    #139 3 years ago
    Quoted from rai:

    Got me thinking about another post nuclear apocalyptic movie.
    Damnation Alley

    Cool vehicle but terrible special effects in that one

    #140 3 years ago

    Might make a lot of the lists above for those that haven't seen it yet.

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    #141 3 years ago
    Quoted from schwarz:

    Might make a lot of the lists above for those that haven't seen it yet.[quoted image]

    Nice. I haven’t seen that one yet.

    #142 3 years ago
    Quoted from gweempose:

    The Abyss is one of my all time favorite films, but you have to watch the director's cut. It changes the ending and makes it a much more cohesive story overall. I've never understood why there isn't a Blu-ray of it. I've seen the theatrical release on cable in HD, but to my knowledge there is no HD version of the director's cut available anywhere.

    I thought I had the directors cut dvd but just looked and only have it on laserdisc. Lots of really cool extras included in this release. Such a great film!

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    #143 3 years ago

    Ok here we go.
    No specific order.....
    Equlibrium
    K-pax
    District 9
    Contact
    Terminator
    Interstellar
    Jurassic park
    Edge of tomorrow
    Aliens
    Minority report

    Ed: lots worth mentioning as runner ups. Blade runner, matrix, gattaca, ready player one, inception....

    #144 3 years ago

    Stumbled across this one on Netflix last nite. Might not be top 10 worthy but it is worth a watch: Revolt

    #145 3 years ago

    Just remembered the movie Wanted.

    #146 3 years ago

    I've often wondered what would be the best Sci-Fi remake. Just think of these films with modern movie making technology.

    Logan's Run
    Westworld
    Escape from New York

    #147 3 years ago

    Best news ever was them finally canceling that Escape form New York reboot. Not every movie needs to be remade.

    #148 3 years ago

    Surprised no one mentioned ‘Pandorum’.

    Very good, underrated sci-fi.

    Watch it a night, turn off all the lights and turn up it loud. Pretty intense!

    #149 3 years ago

    1. Starwars (the original 3 movies)

    2. Madmax (all 4 of them).

    3. My Name is Eli.

    4. The Edge of Tomorrow

    5. Trons (both of them)

    6. Star Trek 4 (love it, cheesey but great)

    7. Pandorum

    8. Looper

    9. Dune

    10. T2

    #150 3 years ago
    Quoted from Jumping-Box:

    I've often wondered what would be the best Sci-Fi remake. Just think of these films with modern movie making technology.
    Logan's Run
    Westworld
    Escape from New York

    Logan's Run could work depending on the Director.
    Westworld already has been remade...twice.
    No John Carpenter film should ever be remade, revisions, revisited...etc.

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