Top 10 Science Fiction Films of All Time

We’re breaking down some of the all time great sci-fi by asking, what does science fiction do exactly? How many different ideas can the genre explore? We try to answer that with a top 10 featuring everything from space operas to near future dystopian tales.

Picks: 10: Snowpiercer
9: Children of Men
8: Contact
7: Planet of the Apes
6: Her
5: The Prestige
4: Metropolis
3: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
2: Stalker
1: 2001: A Space Odyssey

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B W says:

Thanks for including many other movies. I’ll sub just because of the effort you go through to consider differing themes.

CraigDCrocodile says:

This is not what the title implies. Its a very “subjective” list, I must say. My favorite Sci-fi movie growing up was Star Wars(1977) – not even mentioned here amongst “the best”. “The Thing” and its prequel just a couple years ago was pretty good. I liked “The Fog” very much too, though that was more of a horror genre, I suppose. I’ve watched most of these “Top 10” movies listed above and I must say most of them I probably wouldn’t watch again – ever! I liked “The Prestige” but found its ending pretty horrific. Thus I only saw it once. Movies I consider the best Sci-fi I’d also watch again and again and again. “The Matrix” was pretty good. “2001” is something I’ve seen a couple times but would never intentionally pick out as good sci-fi that appealed to me. I think the list was absolute rubbish, myself. “Contact” was a good film, but I’ve seen “Star Wars” and the original trilogy probably 100X more than most of these on the list. “They Live” is actually a film that I’d watch again. “Planet of the Apes” I agree with this one being on the list. What happened to Number six, btw? They went from 7 to 5. Guess they didn’t notice… not that they noticed very much about what makes a great sci-fi movie, in my opinion, anyway. I’d give these guys a 3 out of 10. :)

Felixkeeg says:

I think 2001: A space Odyssey has terrible pacing which made it boring. Fight Me.

RipperMatricus says:

2001 space odyssee huh … the most boring scifi-movie to date man can witness,
with an all too obvious statement..
this movie doesnt ring a bell anymore with todays viewers standards

robbie rob says:

great video. maybe do an update of this for just the past 20 years, there is so many wonderful sci fi movies not mentioned on this list

emanuel ibarrola says:

Arrival is better than Contact

Ray Goshay says:

I’ve seen 8/10… Since you featured scenes, it would imply you considered Altered States. Its inclusion would have been super keen, absolutely nifty…

Tywin Lannister says:

Stalker is a really underrated movie. glad its on the list

Ron Patton says:

Not bad of a list. Consider these others –

hum says:

Relax: It’s just fucking fiction.

Olaf Trettevik says:

I just love this channel

TearDownGenesis says:

Children of Men seemed a bit off to me. The whole reason the world society decays is because no one can have kids? I find that hard to believe. Having kids isn’t a motivating factor for me so maybe that’s why.

Metropolis could do with a remake. As long as the message isn’t lost.

david dolbear says:

Dissing Interstellar seems to me like a snobbish thing to do. The fact that a movie showcases blockbuster-like action, thrill and special effects doesn’t necessarily take anything away from the quality of the script, acting, and direction, and Nolan of all people has proven that again and again.

Josiah Anunciacion says:

What’s wrong wrong with Interstellar?

Thomas Hamilton says:

This is one of the best sci fi movie list I’ve ever seen

Sabriel Maestas says:

Jfc why Her? It was a great film, but not top 10 for sure.

Pankaj Singha says:

This man talks too much.

Schattenfaenger says:


David Cosley says:

I can’t imagine a Sci-fi top 10 list without StarWars, Alien, The Matrix, King Kong (the original) or The Sixth Sense. I guess these are all too poppy for this group.

Alex Kastano says:

duck you for long commercial bitches

Ayush Shaw says:

2001 was very slow and boring to some extent
1 should be back too the future

THESocialJusticeWarrior says:

Super Dimensional Fortress Macross

Syl likes Pillim says:

You said number 6 twice and then you changed number 6 to 7

flat eric says:

SNOWPIERCER? waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat. Movie wasn’t bad, but top 10?

Dazz Rat says:

“For ‘best shark-attack movie’ I certainly like ‘Jaws’ … however, for the ‘all-time best’ in this category I’m going to have to go with the lesser known indie film ‘Pearly Whites and the Backstroking Damsels from Mars.’ ”
I got about 5-1/2 minutes in when I realized this was shaping into one of the dumbest videos I’ve seen in a long time. “For this sub-genre we certainly like [insert blockbuster iconic groundbreaking genre-expanding movie here] … however, for this slot we actually decided to go with [insert unheard-of quaint movie that was carried in maybe only several hundred ‘select’ theaters].”

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