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Best science fiction movies List of all time 2020

- June 07, 2020
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best science fiction movies List of all time 2020
best science fiction movies List of all time 2020


 best science fiction movies List of all time 2020 It is a real challenge to limit to a handful of films a cinematographic genre that exists from the very beginning of cinema , and that also has thematic tentacles that extend to other media, with which it has fed back on the basis of arguments, creatures and ideas. For example, the science fiction cinema of the fifties, with its paranoia and its Martian invasions, is inconceivable without the genre literature that was produced at the same time. Staying with about twenty science fiction movies is a task called to failure and guaranteed absences. For starters, it is not even easy to limit the limits of the genre. We consider it this way: science fiction is that branch of fantasy cinema where, within the logic of the story, there is a scientific justification for what happens. It is important to keep in mind that of "the logic of the story", because there are films with a very loose concept of plausibility.



For example, there are those who throw their hands to the head for considering science fiction 'Star Wars', since what happens has no scientific explanation. But in that world, there is technology that allows satellites to be built that destroy worlds: that satellite has not been built with magic, but with technology. To this we have to add that 'Star Wars' drinks from the codes of the genre pulp and space opera (large opposing sides, interplanetary travel , ships, aliens). 

They are definitions subject to discussion, but this is ours and the one we are going to use here. In the same way, there will be those who can say that 'Alien' or 'The thing' are actually horror movies, and they are right. But that's like saying 'Back to the Future' is a sitcom, 'Mad Max' is action, and 'Children of Men' is a social drama. The compartments of the genres are not watertight, contamination is possible (and desirable) , and they are still labels to facilitate things and conversations.


So let yourself go. Not even the list below is full of "perfect" movies : we have preferred to favor variety and touch all branches of the genre, from space battles to social satire. These are the 23 best science-fiction movies.



1.Alien, the eighth passenger (1979)

One of the absolute peaks of the mix of horror and science fiction , masterful in both respects. On the one hand, a deadly monster of impossible biology and insane reproductive cycle, designed by HR Giger. On the other, an iconic ship, the Nostromo, manned astronauts who are actually truckers who do not stop talking about their pay. And halfway between the two genres, a story of panic unleashed on a spaceship that is actually a haunted house , a synthetic but effective plot of evil corporations, seven perfect performances, and a handful of sequences (each of the murders, more the descent to the planet of nightmarish geography) which are absolute classics of terror in space. Simply perfect.



If you liked it, try also: Although the first is the best, each of the sequels has its own personality, and even 'Covenant', which is undoubtedly the weakest in the series, also has its interest. From the iconic James Cameron sequel, as famous as the original to the funky but fun 'Prometheus' . Oh, and if you like mambo, the two crashes with Predator are tremendously funny hooligans.


2.Solaris (1972)

Along with '2001' by Kubrick, the perfect standard-bearer for science fiction that is further from commercial parameters. As the also essential Stanlislaw Lem novel on which it is based, it tells how a psychologist enters a space station to find out what has happened to the crew under the ubiquitous influence of a planet, Solaris , which visualizes the trauma and pain of those orbit it. As slow and meditative as it is hypnotic, 'Solaris' uses the tools of science fiction to raise questions about the power of the mind and the subjective, and the limits of life and death and how we perceive them. Not for all audiences, and at the same time more universal than any other film on this list.



If you liked it, also try: The American remake of Steve Soderbergh, just defenestrated in its day, pales when compared to the original (although it has its little things), so if you want more things comparable to 'Solaris', come to the equally monumental and even more influential 'Stalker' and his walks through psychology made apocalyptic scene .



3.2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

For many, the ultimate science fiction movie, and one of the most ambitious and creatively perfect of all time, of course. Also, and despite its reputation for being inaccessible and excessively intellectual, one of the most imitated and influential . Kubrick achieved, with his famous ellipsis that links pyrimitive animal fury and human intellect conquering space, adorning it with the plot of an on-board computer that decides to impose its will on humans (an argument that we continue to see repeated today and again) and with special effects that remain as perfect today as they were in the past, sign an essential piece to understand the genre.



If you liked it, also try: Kubrick touched on all genres, but if you want more of his science fiction, get closer to the imperfect but very iconic 'Clockwork Orange' . And in the key of apocalyptic cutting dystopia, to 'Red telephone, are we flying to Moscow?'. And if you want to feel the influence of '2001', you have a must with the recent ' Interstellar ' by Christopher Nolan.


4.Forbidden Planet (1956)

When choosing a movie from the very rich science fiction of the 1950s, we were left with this sui-generis adaptation of Shakespeare's 'The Tempest'. A perfect example of how the genre cinema of the time had matured enough to offer us from the most superficial and chanante (Robby the robot, the outfits of Anne Francis, Leslie Nielsen!) To much more complex elements, such as the sensational setting and effects or the wonderful monsters of id. These are the ones that have made the film a classic, anticipating similar plot works like 'Solaris', but never losing sight of its essential proposal for a galactic adventure film and crazy technology.



If you liked it, try also: The science fiction of the fifties is endless, although often its ambition and means do not have the stature of 'Forbidden planet'. Among its many classics, come to 'The invasion of the body robbers', 'Invaders from Mars', 'This Island Earth', 'Ultimatum to Earth' or 'The incredible waning man', among many others.



5.Metropolis (1927)

The first total clasicazo of the genre, unequaled for many years, is this marvel of Fritz Lang, still extraordinary today for the daring of his concepts, his political message and his technical boasts . Some of his visual pieces, such as María's robotics or the machines in which men work, perfectly symbolize the genre in those naive times, as well as the daring of its first visionaries, who were inventing a way of narrating on the go. An absolute well-deserved classic and a top of the middle in any genre.


If you liked it, also try: Silent science fiction is not as abundant as other genres are, but if you want to trace its origins you have a must-do with Meliès and his pioneers in special effects, such as' Journey to the Moon'.

6.The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

The best film in the George Lucas galactic saga is also the most adventurous and the most balanced. The soap opera twists (romance between the princess and the smuggler! I'm your father!) Are more balanced and more surprising than in any other movie in the series and the charisma of the original protagonists is on the verge of boiling. Lucas, who has never been a specially gifted director, hands over the directorial chair to Irvin Kershner, one of the best filmmakers to have ever made it through the series, and the result is simply the quintessential franchise.



If you liked it, also try: Of course, the rest of the series. There are better and worse (and fans are the first not to clarify about it) , but they are essential pieces to understand the pop culture of the last four decades.


7.Blade Runner (1982)

Perhaps not an absolutely perfect film, but a tremendously iconic one, perfectly representative of the ambition that reached the genre in the late seventies and early eighties . His good taste in integrating film noir tropes and a very free interpretation of the original by Philip K. Dick resulted in a film that, thematically, in its disquisitions about AIs becoming aware of itself, is today more current than never. Their rainy, apocalyptic city continues to impact current genre cinema and the performances of its entire cast, but especially Rutger Hauer and Sean Young are unforgettable.



If you liked it, also try: If you are interested in Philip K. Dick , you have a lot to discover, and in adaptations much more faithful to the author than this: ' Total Defiance ', ' Minority Report ', 'Cyber ​​Killers' or the lively 'A look into the dark' are some of them.


8.The Thing (1982)

A box office flop back in the day that sent John Carpenter's career straight to Series B never to leave again, and a monumental sci-fi horror movie that grabs a much lower original from the fifties and turns his rampant paranoia of political roots in an abstract and obsessive nightmare . Rob Bottin's special effects, absolutely unsurpassed today, and the thick tension that is chewed up in deservedly legendary scenes like the blood test make this classic one of the best science-fiction and horror movies of all time. the height of 'Alien'.



If you liked it, also try: The rest of Carpenter's science fiction does not shine at the cosmic height of 'The Thing', but it is well worth taking a look: from the unique romanticism of 'Starman' to the hilarious' Ghosts of Mars' , passing through the round 'They are alive' or the two trotone dystopias starring 'Serpent' Plissken.

9.Tron (1982)


A narratively imperfect film , yes, but it is worth claiming the genre also as a conjurer of images and concepts that you literally cannot find anywhere else . The idea of ​​the programmer who dives into his own video game and faces an artificial intelligence that throws him into cyber-gladiatorial combats finds the best expression in a fascinating aesthetic that comes out of nowhere, in a film that in 1982 he is inventing how to count according to what things. Pioneer of digital effects and a perfect symbol of the strange Disney of the time, an isolated rarity in time and space.


10.Videodrome (1983)

It is amazing that a film so linked to the image and videographic technology of its time (VHS, cable television, pre-internet image) is so perfectly valid today , and it is thanks to the abstraction of its proposal and the universal and modern of what counts: the fall of a man in the networks of the perverse image, which makes him transform even physically . Nothing to do with our current addiction to pocket screens and constant audiovisual stimuli. With devastating, rare and iconic special effects, David Cronenberg reflected on our dependence on the media image and posed an intimate dystopia worthy of frequent revision.



If you liked it, also try: David Cronenberg is one of the last great science-fiction authors, and his filmography is full of essential pieces. From the viral viscerality of his first films, such as 'They came from within ...' or 'Rabies' to the sophistication of recent pieces, such as 'Cosmopolis'. Although without a doubt his other great work of the genre, at the same time the most commercial and comparable to 'Videodrome', is 'The Fly'. Oh, and 'Existez', a 'Videodrome' for the generation of those who have been breastfed by video games.


11.Terminator (1984)

Within the science fiction work of James Cameron, there will be those who prefer 'Avatar', 'Abyss' or even the second 'Terminator'. We are left with this absolutely perfect concise and violent series B, which draws on the classics (machine rebellion, paradoxes with time travel, chase structure from A to B) and supplies its lack of means with overflowing imagination (the Terminator repairing himself, the systematic search for the right Sarah Connor, the terrifying exoskeleton). The purest proof that science fiction is the genre of ideas  and ideas are free.


If you liked it, also try: The second part, of course, perhaps a little noisy and arthritic, but brimming with good times. And the third, of course, that recovers the shameless and B-series spirit of the first, but with a few million dollars at your service. And if you want to look at a plagiarism of Terminator capable of measuring its height, go to 'Hardware' by Richard Stanley.



12.Back to the Future (1985)

Not only an excellent sitcom and science fiction , but also a perfect symbol of a very concrete way of understanding mainstream cinema from the eighties, very commercial but very smartand with the then infallible stamp of Steven Spielberg. Like 'Gremlins', the 'Indiana Jones' or 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit?', To name just a few out of dozens: solid, unblemished, but also bizarre, multi-edged and inconceivable movies in today's monolithic industry.

 In this case, it starts with classic wickerwork (travel to the past to make your parents fall in love, a mixture of the iconic tropes "travel to the past to kill Hitler" and "I am my grandfather"), but it is adorned with nuances of extremely clever script, adorable and magnetic characters and the almost psychotic meticulousness in the staging of Robert Zemeckis.


13.Robocop (1987)

If you miss any superhero movies on this list, look no further: 'Robocop' is the definitive movie of the genre, a perfect origin story that also offers much more : ultraviolence as only Verhoeven knows how to invoice it (and that it is difficult to conceive how it drew it all the censorship filters of the time) and satirical humor and that uses its dystopian future to reflect on the terrifying United States of the eighties. Halfway between the perfectly self-conscious comic book of its ridiculousness and the psychodrama with the volume at 11, ' Robocop ' is one of the strangest and most unclassifiable icons of the eighties, one incapable of aging.

If you liked it, also try: The rest of Verhoeven's science fiction, which forms a trilogy full of humor and politically haunting anarchism: this 'Robocop' (by the way, its first sequel, with a script by Frank Miller , it is inferior but highly prized), the unfading 'Total Challenge' and the increasingly visionary 'Starship Troopers' .


14.Akira (1988)

Despite his assumed imperfection (when it came out, the Otomo manga on which it is based had not yet concluded), a highly important anime not only for its visual and thematic findings, but for its role as an ambassador for Japanese animation for adults in the eighty, and that led to the definitive landing of the genre after years in which the anime had been 'Heidi', 'Mazinger Z' and little else. Even today, the story of the friendship and rivalry between Kaneda and Tetsuo while Neo-Tokyo is finished crumbling around them is as vibrant and iconic as in its day, and its action sequences, three decades later, continue to leave the viewer stuck to the seat.



15.They are alive (1988)

Making subtlety an absolute virtue, ' They Are Alive ' is an update on the paranoid philosophy of the genre of the 1950s, in a critique of the atrocious Reagan politics of the 1980s. The result is as forceful as the wonderful sequence of wrestling in an alley that symbolizes the shamelessness of this John Carpenter movie. His values ​​have grown in value over the years, becoming a tireless supply of memes among sunglasses, black-and-white aliens, and the chilling and sober 'Obey' posters.


If you liked it, also try: Paranoid science fiction and with a message that has always existed, with cases as disparate as the robotic comedy "The Perfect Women" or the suffocating paranoia of "The Invasion of the Ultrabodies", passing by another film from the late eighties, perfect for a double show with 'They are alive', such as 'Society' . The stele continues until today and is in very good health, as recent successes such as 'Let me out' show.


16.Twelve Monkeys (1995)

One of the best visions of the end of the world comes from this film that also works as a captivating romanticism (such as the experimental medium-length film on which it is based, the also fundamental 'La Jetée' by Chris Marker) and as a political manifesto on the end of the species. That is still a film eminently Terry Gilliam, with his criticism of bureaucracy and human stupidity and his loud and extravagant humor . It has some of the iconic images of the genre (animals invading the city, the mediocre and condemned future) and its relevance has been perfectly demonstrated in these strange times that we have had to live.

If you liked it, also try: The rest of the science-fiction cinema by Terry Gilliam, from the best apocryphal adaptation of '1984' ever shot, the masterful 'Brazil', to the recent 'Theorem Zero' , a marvel that deserves immediate claim.



17.Gattaca (1997)

Basically wondering if there is a chemical element that defines the human soul, 'Gattaca' was a couple of years ahead of the genre revolution that supposed 'Matrix' , but his achievements are just as memorable. Although this time, instead of dressing in oriental action clothing, he did it with the black cinema that 'Blade Runner' worked so well and that it would become fashionable again thanks to movies like the also great 'Dark City'. . An excellent leading trio and a script brimming with far-fetched details about eugenics, privacy, and the cult of appearances gives rise to a film as current today as it was two decades ago.

If you liked it, try also: Andrew Niccol is a director to be reckoned with and although he has touched all genres, his science fiction films are very suggestive, especially this one and the fabulous 'The Truman Show'. Not so lucid is the curious 'Simone', but the recent 'Anon', which sadly went unnoticed.


18.Matrix (1999)

Another film with a millionaire success and incalculable impact , which not only indelibly marked the aesthetics and themes of action cinema (and fantasy, and advertising, and comics, and music) from the beginning of this century. It is also a very risky production, dealing with issues that science fiction had only touched on in more literary ways , such as the possibility that all reality is a computer construct. Absolutely everything in it is iconic, from the first to the last shot, but that does not mean that it is also a hilarious movie, with brutal action sequences and constant discoveries, from the villain played by Hugo Weaving to his memorable love story.


19.First (2004)

The pure intellectual challenge proposed by 'Primer' is not turkey mucus : it is a film that plunges with all the consequences in the concept of time travel and makes up for its absolute lack of means with a labyrinthine and difficult to follow proposal, but that compensates for its daring and the unusualness of its mere existence. The paradox of unfolding when the past forks injects elements of existential thriller into this film by a Shane Carruth whom we would have liked to continue to know through his films. Unfortunately, at the moment he has only given us this and the equally ambitious 'Upstream Color'.


20.Sons of Men (2006)

A pre-apocalyptic fiction that may take place the day after tomorrow and that, for the only time in Cuarón's filmography, is technically dazzling (the famous sequence shot in the car has not been surpassed by its crazy exhibitionism from later films) without losing or an iota of dramatic intensity. Possibly because along with these fireworks, there is a splendid direction of actors and a taste for details (refugee camps, the motivations of those who persecute the last pregnant woman) that make it one of the most disturbing dystopias of this century.

If you liked it, try also: The pessimistic and moderately realistic portraits of the near future have had a lot of preaching in recent years. Take a look at films like 'La Carreta', 'Snowpiercer', the Spanish 'El hoyo' and, if you want more Cuarón, 'Gravity', much more hollow, but equally brilliant visually.


21.Ex Machina (2014)

Alex Garland's fascinating career in science fiction still has its peak in his first film as a director , this reflection on what makes us human through one of the iconic tropes of the genre: rebel AI . Sensational effects and interpretations in a film that is both a futuristic thriller and an intimate drama, and that has a few subtleties in its handling of the point of view and in its vision of technology as an extension of the unleashed ego of the men who convert it in an instant classic of the genre.


22.Mad Max: Fury on the Road (2015)

The best science-fiction movie of the decade we left behind? Quite possibly: The latest 'Mad Max' not only picks up the baton from the best action film of the 1970s and '80s and narrows it down to the bare essentials , to a stainless skeleton of insane stunts , one-piece heroes and heroines, romances above from any adversity and repulsive villains. It also proposes a different dystopia and appropriate to the new times, far from the nihilism of a few years ago, where there is desolation but also hope thanks to such sensational characters as that of Imperator Furiosa.



23.Shin Godzilla (2016)

Choosing the best Godzilla movie is complicated since the nature of the franchise is mutant, like its own bug, and has been changing with the times. This is the first Japanese film of the radioactive saury in 12 years, and it proposes a huge turn to everything that the monster supposed, which becomes a visually abject creature and in a permanent state of digivolution , which the viewer observes between terrified and fascinated, as if he saw a thirty-story tall monster from the Cronenberg movie. Spiced up with a feverish and ultramodern use of image and a vision of bureaucracy as the true invisible villain of history, 'Shin Godzilla' is a devastating update on the classic and a brutal revitalization of thekaiju eiga.


If you liked it, also try: You have to see the more Godzilla movies the better, this is so, but you can start with the original in black and white from 1954, when the monster was a representation of Japanese atomic terrors ; some of when it became a pop myth immersed in brutal battle royale of giant monsters, such as 'Alien invasion'; and some of the eighties and nineties, with highly sophisticated but still traditional effects and bombing fights, such as 'Godzilla vs. Biollante'.
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