Tossin’ It Out There: What’s YOUR Favorite Sci-Fi Film?

large_forbidden_planet_blu-ray_8Alright, everyone. Inspired by the underwhelming “The Host” this past weekend, I thought it would be a good time to discuss GOOD Science Fiction movies.

Sci-Fi movies have a long lineage, dating all the way back to the earliest days of film, so there should be no shortage of choices for everyone.

It’s also a broad genre, encapsulating movies that seem to be more fantasy films set in space, such as “Star Wars”, or action movies set in space, such as the most recent “Star Trek”, to movies that are based around hardcore science and scientific endeavors. Any type of movie involving an alien is deemed Sci-Fi, from “Close Encounters” to¬†“The Thing”.

So with so much to choose from, what will you choose? “Blade Runner”? “Dark City”? “Total Recall”?

Let me hear it! What’s YOUR Favorite Sci Fi film?!

Daniel Fogarty

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159 thoughts on “Tossin’ It Out There: What’s YOUR Favorite Sci-Fi Film?

  1. I know this will probably come as a shock, but I’m going to have to say “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.” ;) Some of my other favorites include J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek” reboot and “E.T.”

    • LOL WHaaaaaAAAaaaat? You like STAR WARS? 8O
      :D Yeah, that’s cool. Empire is one of the greatest movies ever. At least it answers which side you’re on in the timeless Star Wars or Empire debate ;)

      I liked the Star Trek reboot, but I always hesitate on calling it great for some reason. Just seems like a big flashy action flick to me. :(

      • I’ve heard that out of all the Star Trek films, J.J. Abrams’ is the most like Star Wars, so that could be why I enjoyed it so much. ;) I’m nervous and excited about the sequel, I hope it will be good!

      • Yeah, me too, Ash… but I do have to say, that trailer campaign? Really hasn’t done anything for me. Let’s hope they’ve got something up their sleeve aside from “non stop action” :(

      • Me too! The trailers for the first Trek reboot didn’t grab me right away either, so hopefully J.J. Abrams has saved some surprises for the film itself, like he did the first time around. :)

    • That’s an interesting cop out right there, Tim. I love so many of them that I cant list any of them… ;)

      Why dont you just pick Predator and be done with it? We all know that’s what you want to say anyways! LOL :D

      • Mine? Blade Runner, pretty much. Empire Strikes back is higher up on my favorites list in general, but if we’re going to talk about the Sci-Fi genre, I think Blade Runner represents more of what I think of when I think Sci Fi! :D

    • Oh yeah, I can totally understand. I love the Sci Fi horror, too. Those two are definitely amongst my faves. Sci Fi is such a broad category anyways, it encompasses so many things…

      Two nice choices, Sir! :D

  2. So am I the only one in the crowd who loved Avatar? I am not ashamed, I loved Avatar. Also high on my list are District 9, The Matrix, Star Wars IV and V (under protest but for simplicity’s sake I am using that numeration), V for Vendetta and Galaxy Quest! (Nothing wrong with a little space humor, is there?) Since you are asking for a tippy top choice, it’s Miyazaki’s Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind.

    • No Avatar shame allowed Jan. I like that movie a lot, too. Excellent flick, naysayers be damned. I think its been mentioned a couple of times earlier.

      Vaelly of the Wind? Nah…. I didnt like that one ;) LOL. JK, it was great.

      There’s nothing wrong with Space Humor, but I dont know how much science fiction I attribute to V. I guess it is. Thats fine. :D

      • VFV is an interesting case. There’s very, very little about it that involves things that are futuristic or otherworldly. Maybe — maybe — V’s origin story, if you really believe everything that’s said about him. But the concepts play out like a classic sci-fi “reflect on our world through depictions of a fictional future” morality play.

    • I refer to them as Star Wars ’77 and Empire… for simplicity’s sake.

      And I had Avatar somewhere in my top *mumble-mumble* list too. ;)

      I wouldn’t include V as a Sci-Fi film though, although I also love it.

      • I wondered if V was borderline. How would you classify it – Noir Fantasy? I’ll just say this, he does have an underground lair and it is a futuristic alternative reality London. I like the SW’77 nomenclature though it calls to mind Airport ’75 & ’77 :-)

      • LOL @ just thinking about the Airport series. ;)

        How would I classify V? I mean… Sci-Fi isnt entirely wrong, but you would need to put thriller in there at least, right? It’s like a Poli-Sci-Fi Thriller. (Uh huh, get it? Poli-Sci? :D ) LOL

      • Ok – a poli-sci-fi thriller. Got it!
        Yet, it doesn’t quite fit with Manchurian Candidate or 3 Days of the Condor either….I’ll call add futuro poli-sci-fi-thriller fable. Just so we’re clear! :-)

  3. Great blog, and nice post. I will say Empire Strikes Back.
    entertaining throughout, and talk about a variety of settings. snow, swamps, clouds, ships, giant asteroids.

    Then the events.luke battles snow creature. Luke gets frostbite, n gets tucked inside a taun taun. Battle of the At Ats. Yoda s introduced. The force s explained.. Han solo gets frozen. Vader reveals truth. Etc.. too good, how can this not be a common favorite?

    But I understand.to each his own

    • Thank you! Nice of you to say, Martin!

      I agree, Empire is a great film. GREAT film. One of my favorites of all time. Second only to the Godfather in my book.

      But I think the rub is the “Science Fiction” element. As much as that movie has sci-fi elements, a lot of people think other things when they think sci-fi, you know?

      Still, I’m surprised that that and Star Wars didnt fare better in this topic, absolutely. ;)

      Thanks for commenting!

  4. Have to pick AVATAR since it’s a most recent best for me. Star Wars, the original, is close behind. Fun category to read comments about.

    • Yeah, huh? People seemed to take to it well.

      Glad to see Avatar get its due in the home stretch here… thats one that I like quite a bit, though it has a good deal of backlash due to its success and some of its issues :o

  5. The Day the Earth Stood Still…….not the remake……..loved it as a kid……and still do!
    The music is just astonishing! What a movie! KLAATU BARADA NIKTO! (I think)!

    • Yeah, that’s the line. LOL :D

      Great flick. Love Gort! Big old scary robot, you know? I hate the fact that people have to say The Original, or Not the Remake now because of that crappy Keanu Reeves flick. LOL UGH!! :roll:

  6. Probably gonna have to go for Alien on this one. I mean, it probably would have been Star Wars when I was a bit younger but now I can properly appreciate Alien, I reckon that’s my favourite. Hardly a groundbreaking answer, I know!

    • Hey, whatever, no one needs to break new ground… I think the first ten replies were ALL either Blade Runner or 2001 to this topic. :D So…

      Alien’s a great choice. In Space, no one can hear you call it your favorite Sci Fi movie!

  7. 2001 is my favourite sci-fi (and my second favourite film of any genre). The rest of my Top Ten would include, in nor particular order, Star Wars, Blade Runner, Metropolis, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Brazil, Them!, Forbidden Planet and Alien. If King Kong counts as sci-fi (and I think it does) then that would actually be number two. So there ya go, a Top Eleven.

    • LOL Them! Nice! :D Goin old school, huh?

      I dont think I’d call King Kong sci fi though, that’s a stretch. That one’s a monster movie – horror. No real “Science” involved. ;)

      So we’ll knock that one off and you’re back to a nice round top ten again. LOL How’s that? Your list is loaded with impeccable classics anyways, I dont think its any weaker for the loss of Kong ;)

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