Update 5/27/2011: Some readers seem unclear on the fact that this is not a “The 20 Best SF Movies Ever Made” list. It is not. The topic this week was “Favorite SF/F/H movies.” Period.
Therefore, these are movies I like, not “the best.” I like thousands of movies. These are only 20 of them. I dislike far more movies than that. I didn’t include them. I also didn’t include favorites 21 through a zillion on my list.
Feel free to leave your favorites in the comments! Or even not your favorites — just SF movies you recommend. Recommendations are always appreciated, and an enjoyable SF movie, to me, is a thing to be treasured.
When I started thinking about this week’s topic, I somehow got it in my head that we were talking just about science fiction movies. That’s what I’ve included — though some of these could be called horror, and at least one (Forbidden Zone) is probably fantasy, but just so weird I don’t know what to do with it. So…here you go: 20 science fiction films I believe everyone should see.
One of the best SF-action films of all time, history’s best space western, and a story with a genuine science fiction premise. Also, in my opinion, one of the best-paced films of all time. Your enjoyment will be increased if you watch the TV series Firefly first — but even if you’ve never seen an episode, you’ll be up to speed in the first few minutes. It’s fun, evocative, inspiring and gorgeous.
A case study in how a tight focus, good writing and amazing acting can generate a huge story from a small set of elements. One of the greatest indie films in any genre.
Children of Men (2006)
A movie I find terrifying in its impact. Beautiful and heartbreaking. Contains some of the most effective and real-feeling combat sequences I’ve ever seen. Packed with great writing, great acting and amazing production. (more…)