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Jun 30th 2011, 7:11
Never really understood why blade runner got so much love, personally think its overrated. Empire should have been number one in my opinion, but good list anyway.
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Jun 30th 2011, 8:58
Personally I never felt the love for Empire. Blade Runner stands tall over such pap in my eyes but I guess majority rules on that. Agree though, good list. Nice way to spend 10mins "working" at least! :D
Jun 30th 2011, 9:53
Wow, Blade Runner at number one? Fail! I'm another one who thinks its average material that folk tend to overrate.
Jun 30th 2011, 11:33
"Predator" wasn't THAT good...and "Avatar" at #11? Really? It's a "one-watch" film...I don't get it :/
Jun 30th 2011, 11:34
Moon should have been higher up,
and wheres sunshine? or children of men?
Inception was ok, but not top ten
Jun 30th 2011, 13:02
Avatar at no. 11! Really? Si-fi is not about what the best effects are at the moment. Will Avatar be in this list in 10 years? I doubt it.
Jun 30th 2011, 13:20
Good list. Really glad Bladerunner came out on top, for a minute, i thought it wasn't going to appear at all!
Jun 30th 2011, 13:22
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Jun 30th 2011, 13:27
Who in their right mind actually believes The Andromida Strain, The Return of the Jedi and the wrath of Kahn are not worthy of this list? I think there are a lot of people out there who need to spend less time watch FRACKING AVATAR and experience some real quality!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jun 30th 2011, 15:07
The problem is that they only asked for our favourite film. Just the one. Therefore, I'm guessing that only about 10 films on this list got a large number of votes. The rest will only have received a handful. Return Of The Jedi is infinitely better than some of these films, but it's never going to get the Star Wars vote ahead of the other two.
Jun 30th 2011, 17:31
HAHA Solaris ahead of Akira, Total recall, district 9 and Moon? Who needs action and story when you have 3 SLOW hours of prentious navel-gazing ? And who keeps voting for Barbarella? Its a rubbish dated pantomime..stop it!
Jun 30th 2011, 21:19
I have to honestly say this list is horrible. Some of these movies shouldn't be in the Top 100 sci-fi movies of all time. It's so PC to say some of these movies are great when they really aren't: Barbarella? Really? Come on people. Almost all the Star Wars movies could be on the list excluding one or two. Star Trek II? I like Bladerunner but #1? Maybe 25th is more like it. Come on Primer? Flash Gordon? I still think District 9 is so overrated it's not even funny. What about Battle: LA it was a cool film. I enjoyed it more then Independence Day. Though both probably aren’t good enough for the Top 50.
Jul 1st 2011, 0:27
Stalker? From TF I was expecting more.
Jul 1st 2011, 2:24
Alien and Aliens are easily the best. EASILY!
Jul 1st 2011, 2:25
Jul 1st 2011, 4:41
When was this poll? I missed it. Like my vote would've mattered, I don't think many people care for Revenge of the Sith. That saddens me.
Jul 1st 2011, 12:35
Avatar beats The Thing and Moon?! Actually lets rephrase, Avatar is at number 11?! I guess people love to be spoon fed c**p. Pleasantly surprised to see Primer get in the list. Robocop better than Akira? This should be a comedy list. Glad that none of the shocking last Star Wars movies made it in but they were a little better than some of the c**p here. Bladerunner at no.1 doesn't bother me. Can't say I've seen a film like it since, not with that production scale. Too hard to judge what should've been no. 1 but I am relieved that it's not Space Odyssey or Star Wars for a change.
Jul 1st 2011, 13:04
The love for Avatar is tiresome and ridiculous. It's a basic concept stretched out over a billion hours. TRON: Legacy has better CGI than Avatar and even has better acting (with the s**t script) than Sam "Can't-Keep-An-Accent" Worthington. Everyone thinks he created this whole new world even though the Final Fantasy games (mainly VII and VIII) made new worlds every single game with p**s poor technology and no voice acting and still made it one of the greatest worlds of all time. They're truly creative, he isn't. I mean, he named a new element which can be used for fuel "Unobtainium". REALLY!? That's stuff poorly scripted BBC/ITV dramas like Primal create.
Jul 1st 2011, 13:06
Jul 1st 2011, 18:10
I still think Empire should be number one...also where's children of men?
Otherwise good list
Jul 2nd 2011, 2:39
Re: invasion of the Bodys****hers. why is the still from the Kauffman version, which i actually preferred?
Jul 2nd 2011, 2:50
This is the first I've heard of this. I wouldn't have put Avatar on it. I agree The andromeda strain should have been on it. If i could only vote for one movie, it probably would have been ET,
Jul 2nd 2011, 7:48
The thing I hate about most of these movie lists is that no love is shown for older films.
My list of films that would be in my Top 50, but weren't included here:
1) The Thing from Another World (1951)
2) Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
3) Them! (1953)
5) Things to Come
6) Quatermass 2
7) War of the Worlds (1953)
9) Brother from Another Planet
10) Silent Running
11) The Hidden
12) The Andromeda Strain (1971)
13) Ghost in the Shell
14) Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence
15) Pitch Black
16) Wings of Honneamaise
17) The Time Machine (1960)
18) 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)
19) They Live
20) Invasion of the Body s****hers (1956)
Jul 2nd 2011, 13:20
I loved Blade Runner as a film but Vangelis's music I found to be totally intrusive and not it just did not fit with what was happening on the screen.
Forbidden Planet remains my favourite SF movie to this day.
Jul 2nd 2011, 19:09
That Metropolis is not in the top 10 is bad enough. That it is (Metropolis) more than 10 places below Avatar is unforgivable. E.T no.4!? Schmaltzy nonsense. A Clockwork Orange: The Movie is a pale imitation of the novel, that being said so is Jurassic Park. This list may please anybody still in their teens but to anybody over it reads like a car crash of fickle minds.
Jul 2nd 2011, 19:11
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Jul 2nd 2011, 23:05
Are you kidding me...JJAbrams Star Trek makes the list and not Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan!!! "He tasks me...he tasks me. And I shall have him. I'll chase him round the moons of Nibea, and round the Antarees Maelstrom, and round Perditions flames before I give him up!" Fake chest or not, old Ricardo's Khan would have eaten Eric Bana's Nero's lunch, and could have given him some choice lines to spare (because he had none of his own!). And Bill Shatner would have "Shatnered" all over the young Mr. Pine! I hate pandering to the younger generation!
Jul 3rd 2011, 16:00
Nice to see RoboCop on the list with a picture from the not at all classic RoboCop 3
Jul 3rd 2011, 16:01
Jul 3rd 2011, 16:02
Nice to see RoboCop on the list with a picture from the not at all classic RoboCop 3. Would you use a picture of Hayden Christensen for Empire Strikes Back?
Jul 3rd 2011, 16:05
apologies for the multiple posts
Jul 4th 2011, 8:53
I'm in complete solidarity with the commenters on this list. Avatar is too high, Blade Runner is not better than Empire Strikes Back, and I think most intelligent people would recognize Planet of the Apes is better than the Matrix. But otherwise a solid list.
Jul 4th 2011, 11:05
Its like overhearing an argument at Comic-con..."Hey where was Zardoz? That should of been in the top 15..Ooh im soo angry, I'm this is going on tumblr.!" hehehe
Jul 5th 2011, 4:38
Avatar = FernGully. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) is and will always be #1. And what about Dark City?
Jul 6th 2011, 18:15
Inception ahead of Back to the future? Please! people get out of Christopher Nolans a**e!
Aug 18th 2011, 20:59
These top lists are always subjective. Me? Empire Strikes Back will always be #1. And while Avatar was good, it was not great - certainly not as high as it is on this list. Still, if you want a different opinion on top sci fi movies, I suggest http://www.filmcrave.com/list_genre_movie.php?genre=Sci-Fi
Aug 28th 2011, 10:56
great job giving away the ending to Body s****hers in the photo. Nice
Aug 28th 2011, 10:58
omfg, I have to register to comment AND the word "s n a t c h" is censored- even in the context of "invasion of the body s****hers?" Jesus christ, catch up with the rest of us, total film
Sep 15th 2011, 11:58
Pretty good list. I would have replace some but hey everybody's taste is different. Right? Some of these are in The Best Horror Movie List http://www.besthorrormovielist.com/ and you know those guys only add top horror and thrillers so great job.
Feb 15th 2012, 20:31
Where is Short Circuit? I think Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace should be number 1. It started everything! Just saw it in 3-D and it is amazing!
Feb 15th 2012, 20:33
Battlefield Earth should also be on this list.
Jun 26th 2012, 23:40
I totally agree with Mr. higgins78. Metropolis by Fritz Lang was THE FIRST one in this particular genre and it definitely deserves more attention!! I just recently found out that 1984 Giorgio Moroder's remake of Metropolis is gonna be streaming online at metropolismovie.co.uk pretty soon and I think its a great opportunity for those sci-fi movie lovers, who hasnt seen it yet!!!
Oct 18th 2012, 18:02
Avatar ? Omg that trash got no place in this list, please dont put trash like Avatar in such lists, It makes me hate the whole list. The Moon definitely deserves better rank. And I am not sure about predator either in this list but not as bad inclusion as avatar.
Jan 1st 2013, 19:07
i was so excited to find this article...then i saw that you had omitted 'children of men', a film which is better than 40 of the films you have selected, and i realized your entire article becomes obsolete and i cannot really trust your decisions.
i know i'm only one reader, so you probably won't even really care. but you lost any credibility whatsoever by not including that film. i would certainly like to hear any explanation for this decision. i've thought in depth with an open mind how you could justify something like the new 'star trek' or even 'independence day', but i got no idea at all.
Jul 14th 2013, 19:45
"The Matrix" did indeed define a bar, only it did not raise it but lowered it to absolute zero. It is nothing more than an action movie that takes place somewhere in the future. What's more: The idea to the movie had already been used 25 years before in a much better movie, "Welt am Draht" ("World on Wire") by Rainer Werner Fassbinder. That movie is the real masterpiece, not "The Matrix".
Jul 14th 2013, 19:50
"Star Wars", no matter which one of the series, should also not appear on the list. Absolutely overrated c**p.
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