I’ve made some tough decisions here with this list. I’m in no way saying these are THE BEST SCIFI FILMS EVER MADE.
Who am I to say that?
But these are my personal top 10. They’re the ones that I always come back to, time and time again, and they’re the ones that continue to hold my imagination and wonder to this day.
Soylent Green – “It’s people. Now don’t forget, it’s buy one, get one free!” My favourite Charlton Heston movie, better even than Planet of the Apes.
Prometheus – a very good film, almost an excellent film. As others have noted, there’s just a few strange decisions made somewhere down the line that stop it being great. But still, I was sufficiently impressed by it to include it here. I just know that when I get the blu-ray, I’ll be watching it over and over.
Super 8 – One of my favourite modern films. I love everything about it.
ET: The Extra Terrestrial – “I’ll be right here”
Close Encounters Of The Close Kind – a slow build UFO movie about people coming together with the same vision, the same dreams. Totally mesmerising in its vision and prowess.
Blade Runner – a hypnotic ride through a future noir filled with Harrison Ford, Edward James Olmos, Rutger Hauer and replicants. Every time I watch it, I go into some kind of daze. Be sure to watch THE FINAL CUT though. The only version to have. Accept no substitutes.
Alien – a used future, one ruled by big corporations. The script is tight and organic in its use of dialogue. And the horror element is just right. Your heart thumps come the ending. Fucking amazing movie.
Star Wars: Episode IV: The Empire Strikes Back – The best of the lot, by far. “The cave… a domain of evil it is… in you must go.”
2001: A Space Odyssey – one of my all-time favourite movies EVER, regardless of it being Sci-fi. It is pure vision, pure concept. In as much as the film is about humanity becoming pure energy, pure thought the film itself is the pure work of the mind. Amazing. No other film has jump cut across millennia before or since.
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan – the best Star Trek movie, by far. And if you’ve read my notes at the end of The Stars My Redemption, you’ll know that it means a lot to me.