Best Sci-fi Movies Part 1

Here is part 1 of Best Sci-fi Movies appreciated and loved both by the audience and critics:


Minority Report (2002)


With hallmarks of neo-noir and thriller films, Minority Report’s unique visual atmosphere was groundbreaking and oddly prescient, warning of a world where advanced technology can predict people’s crimes before they even commit them. Three mutated humans, known as Precogs, make these predictions – when they predict that Chief Anderton (Tom Cruise) will kill a man 36 hours from now, he goes on the run. The film’s futuristic aesthetic set the benchmark for a new kind of stylized sci-fi – one which was heavily informed by technologists and scientists working at the cutting edge of what was possible at the time – through its use of color and imagery.

IMDB: 7.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 90%

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The Matrix (1999)


Commercial science fiction films could be stylish and trendy – like Blade Runner – but the studios and filmmakers often focused on bringing the science fiction elements to an otherwise human story. With The Matrix, released in 1999, the Wachowskis turned that on its head – depicting a dystopian future, where all of humanity had been trapped in a simulated reality, being used as an energy source for artificially intelligent creatures. A hacker, Neo, is alerted to the falseness of the world they live in, and soon starts on a quest to uncover the truth. Several of the film’s stylistic inventions – such as the digital rain of the code that composes the Matrix – are iconic parts of contemporary culture. The Matrix brought questions about existential philosophy and nihilism to the forefront of the story and coupled them with intense action scenes that drew from martial arts and Japanese animation, to create an enduring cyberpunk sci-fi film that reverberates around contemporary culture.

IMDB: 8.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 88%

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Men in Black (1997)


Men in Black, based on the comic book series of the same name, was a fun, science fiction film that proved that the genre didn’t have to be serious to be worth watching. A secret organization, the Men in Black, is tasked with supervising extraterrestrial being on Earth – making sure they don’t get into any trouble, but also keeping the human beings around them safe, using memory-erasing “neuralysers”. The original film was turned into a franchise and spin-offs, but nothing comes close to capturing the delight of the first.

IMDB: 7.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 92%

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Back to the Future (1985)


While it doesn’t have the cinematic seriousness of its 80s sci-fi contemporaries, Back to the Future nonetheless captured the spirit of the age. Or at least a very Michael J. Fox portrayal of it. Back to the Future Part II, released in 1989, took the somewhat less successful leap to a fanciful 2015. The final installment in the trilogy, released in 1990, added a Western spin on a tried-and-tested formula. But, in combination, the franchise’s self-lacing shoes, DeLoreans, and hoverboards have all rightfully earned Back to the Future a place in sci-fi cinema history.

IMDB: 8.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 96%

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The Terminator (1984)


A cyborg assassin is sent from the year 2029 to the year 1984 to assassinate a woman whose son would grow up to be the savior in a post-apocalyptic future. Featuring a freakishly robotic Arnold Schwarzenegger, it arguably launched James Cameron’s career as an action director. Its relentless, violent pace evened out what could be a cheesy script, and it went on to become a vital piece of pop culture.

IMDB: 8.0/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 100%

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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)


E.T. is a classic sci-fi film – a sweet, sentimental take on friendship – with none of the heavy-handedness of its coexistence. The basic plot is recognizable - an alien, E.T., is left behind on Earth, and a ten-year-old boy ends up befriending it, ensuing in shenanigans. Where E.T. differs from other films with a similar conceit is in how Spielberg chooses to focus on the heady experience of childhood and forming emotional bonds, as opposed to creating a special effects blockbuster.

IMDB: 7.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 98%

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Alien (1979)


Directed by sci-fi pioneer Ridley Scott, Alien follows the crew of a commercial space ship, who encounter Alien, a deadly creature that leaves a trail of death and destruction in its wake. The film’s claustrophobic atmosphere was inspired by classic sci-fi stories, but it struggled to get funding until Star Wars showed that spectacular sci-fi could bring in the big bucks. One of the film’s stand-out techniques was to never show the full horror of the eponymous Alien – it’s a brilliant and terrifying way to build suspense that’s been endlessly copied and riffed on ever since.

IMDB: 8.4/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 97%

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