Science Fiction is my favorite genre of everything. Movies, books, formal attire. Its the best. Here are 12 Sci-Fi movies that are my absolute favorites. (I have excluded the Star Wars/Marvel Movies from this list, because they get enough hype already.) Let me know what you think!
Starship Troopers (1997)
This satirical comedy follows Johnny Rico, a young soldier in a futuristic military unit called the Mobile Infantry. Johnny’s military career progresses from recruit to officer, while in the midst of an galactic war between mankind and the insecticide species known as the “Arachnids.” This movie is hilarious, imaginative, and also just downright entertaining. A win in the comedy, sci-fi, and action genres all around.
A sequel to the 1979 movie “Alien,” This film follows Ripley for a second time, as she returns to the planet where her crew first encountered the Alien species. I like this movie only a little bit better than the original Alien, although the whole Alien anthology is definitely a work of art.
Royce, a mercenary, appears in an unidentifiable jungle, only to find that he and several other less-than-friendly people have been abducted, and set down on a planet which serves as a game reserve for two warring tribes of extraterrestrials. I really enjoyed this movie, I am a big Adrian Brody fan. I don’t think its as good as the original Predator with Schwarzenegger, but I would still call it my favorite. But once again, all the Predator films are great.
The Terminator (1984)
In the future, machines have all but taken over. With its only goal being to completely erase humanity from existence, Skynet, an Artificial Intelligence network, develops robot assassins called Terminators that outwardly appear human, to hunt down what is left of the surviving human race. John Connor starts the resistance to fight and defeat Skynet, and with a human victory imminent, the machines’ only choice is to send a Terminator back in time to kill John’s mother, Sarah. The Terminator movies are classics, amazing, the first of their kind. Both The Terminator and T2 are amazing films.
This movie follows John Preston, an enforcement officer in a future where both feelings and artistic expression are forbidden.To maintain order, citizen take daily injections of drugs to suppress their feelings. After John misses an injection, he experiences emotions for the first time, and begins to question his own morality and actions.
Minority Report (2002)
Set is Washington DC in the year 2054, the special police department of “precrime” apprehends criminals before they act, based upon foreknowledge provided by three psychics. This movie came out about the same time as Equilibrium, and they are along the same vein in both style and feel. I enjoy them both very much, as they remind me a lot of George Orwell’s 1984, one of my favorite books of all time.
Jurassic Park (1993)
The film is set on the Isla Nublar, where an eccentric millionaire and a team of genetic scientists have created a wildlife park of cloned dinosaurs. This movie is a classic, and everyone’s dream. Based on an amazing book, it is an amazing Sci-fi movie.
The Matrix (1999)
The Matrix depicts a terrible future in which perceived reality is actually a simulation called “the Matrix”, created by machines to subdue the human population. Neo learns the truth, and is pulled into a war with the machines. This is one of the first movies that drew me into the science fiction genre. What an incredible tale.
Twelve Monkeys (1996)
A deadly virus released in 1996 wipes out almost all of humanity, and forces survivors to live deep underground. In 2035, James Cole is selected for a mission, to be sent back in time to locate the original virus in order to help scientists develop a cure. This is an interesting movie, and it’s gritty and well done. Great action, sci-fi and mystery.
The film follows Sam Bell, an astronaut who experiences an identity crisis as he nears the end of his three-year solo mission mining helium-3 on the Moon. This is an interesting movie with an excellent plot. It can be slow at times, since it’s just the protagonist and his robot, but it’s an excellent work of science fiction overall.
Edge of Tomorrow/Live Die Repeat (2014)
The movie takes place in the year 2020, after Earth has been invaded by an alien species called the Mimics. Bill Cage is killed fighting the Mimics, but finds himself in a time loop that sends him back to the day before the battle begins each time he dies. I liked this movie, it was an interesting plot that I had never seen before, it was definitely a win in my book.
What did you think about my list? What would you have added or taken away?