50 FURIOUS SCI-FI FILMS

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Throughout the 20th century and into the 21st filmmakers have been deeply inspired by the world of science fiction and the possibilities it presents to them for telling amazing and fantastic cinematic stories. “Sci-Fi” as it came to be known, was the stuff the original generation of “geeks” cherished. These films focused on everything from tales of alien beings invading the Earth to giant monsters to outer space exploration to post-apocalyptic and dystopian societies and most recently the world of superhuman heroes. The boundless universe of Science Fiction is simply one of the coolest, most interesting subjects for artists to explore and be inspired by. For our latest Furious list we’ve chosen 50 of some of our favorite Sci-Fi films which span a pretty nice variety of subgenres. We hope you enjoy it!

1. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, Dir: Stanley Kubrick)

2. Alien (1979, Dir: Ridley Scott)

3. Forbidden Planet (1956, Dir: Fred Wilcox)

4. The Thing From Another World (1951, Dir: Christian Nyby/Howard Hawks)

5. Blade Runner (1982, Dir: Ridley Scott)

6. The Matrix (1999, Dir: The Wachowskis)

7. THX-1138 (1971, Dir: George Lucas)

8. The Terminator (1984, Dir: James Cameron)

9. The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951, Dir: Robert Wise)

10. Planet of The Apes (1968, Dir: Franklin Schaffner)

11. Gojira (1954, Ishiro Honda)

12. Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan (1982, Dir: Nicholas Meyer)

13. X: The Man With X-Ray Eyes (1963, Dir: Roger Corman)

14. Starship Troopers (1997, Dir: Paul Verhoeven)

15. Dune (1984, Dir: David Lynch)

16. Star Wars (1977, Dir: George Lucas)

17. Predator (1988, Dir: John McTiernan)

18. Strange Days (1999, Dir: Kathryn Bigelow)

19. The War of the Worlds (1953, Dir: Byron Haskin )

20. Them! (1954, Dir: Gordon Douglas)

21. Incredible Shrinking Man (1957, Dir: Jack Arnold)

22. The Blob (1958, Dir: Irwin Yeaworth)

23. The Fly (1986, Dir: David Cronenberg)

24. Goke, Body Snatcher From Hell (1968, Dir: Hajime Sato)

25. A Clockwork Orange (1971, Dir: Stanley Kubrick)

26. Silent Running (1972, Dir: Douglas Trumbull)

27. The Omega Man (1971, Dir: Boris Sagal)

28. Sleeper (1973, Dir: Woody Allen)

29. Westworld (1973, Dir: Michael Crichton)

30. Minority Report (2002, Dir: Steven Spielberg)

31. Scanners (1981, Dir: David Cronenberg)

32. The Thing (1982, Dir: John Carpenter)

33. The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai (1984, Dir: WD Richter)

34. Ghostbusters (1984, Dir: Ivan Reitman)

35. Back To The Future (1985, Dir: Bob Zemeckis)

36. Repo Man (1984, Dir: Alex Cox)

37. Re-Animator (1985: Dir: Stuart Gordon)

38. Total Recall (1990, Dir: Paul Verhoeven)

39. Face/Off (1997, Dir: John Woo)

40. Iron Man (2008, Dir: Jon Favreau)

41. Frankenstein (1931, Dir: James Whale)

42. Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011, Dir: Rupert Wyatt)

43. The Avengers (2012, Dir: Joss Whedon)

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44. Edge of Tomorrow (2014, Dir: Doug Liman)

45. Inception (2010, Dir: Christopher Nolan)

46. The Andromeda Strain (1971, Dir: Robert Wise)

47. The Demon Seed (1977, Dir: Donald Cammell)

48. The Invisible Man (1933, Dir: James Whale)

49. Unbreakable (2000, Dir: M. Night Shyamalan)

50. Jurassic Park (1993, Dir: Steven Spielberg)

That’s a lot of sci-fi films, ladies and gentlemen! How many have you seen? We’ll return to sci-fi movies shortly with a look at more specific aspects of the genre, such as post-millenial sci-fi movies, space battle movies, mad science movies and so on. One thing is certain: few genres have blossomed so well over the last few decades. While some genres have always struggled, sci-fi films get made almost every month. Not all of them are great, but not only are they an amazing playground for special effects and computer generated imagery, they are also playground of our imaginations and ambitions. Stay tuned for more lists on FURIOUS CINEMA!

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Peter

Editor-In-Chief of The Grindhouse Cinema Database/Furious Cinema contributor. Pete is a rabid movie geek who enjoys everything from wild n' crazy exploitation/cult flix to big budget mainstream classics. His other interests include: graphic design, cartooning and music.

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  1. Really fair list, i will pick a one from this list every sat night to watch.

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