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Matt Reed
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No particular order unless you choose to list them 1-10.  The only qualification:  ONLY TEN.  No honorable mentions.  No ties.  Ten movies straight up.  Any attempt to get more than ten in your list will get your post promptly deleted!   Make the hard choice.

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- BACK TO THE FUTURE
- CHILDREN OF MEN
- 12 MONKEYS
- ALIEN
- ALIENS
- GALAXY QUEST
- THE TERMINATOR
- ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND
- PLANET OF THE APES
- IRON MAN
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SPOTLESS MIND.  Interesting!  I never would have considered that for this topic.  Not invalidating it, but just never thought of it.
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Yeah, it's interesting how people box in science fiction differently.
SPOTLESS MIND explored how memory defines our identity and what
the consequences of erasing memories would be, which is a very
science fiction concept to me. Meanwhile, I left out the STAR WARS
films (which I love) because I consider them less sci-fi and more pulp
fantasy with spaceship and aliens as trappings.
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Thinking of my all-time favourite films, most of them could actually qualify as sci-fi. So once again, a very difficult category. But here goes, in no decided order:
  • STAR WARS (while understanding Michael's reasoning, I choose to include it).
  • BACK TO THE FUTURE
  • BLADE RUNNER
  • TOTAL RECALL
  • STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN
  • 12 MONKEYS
  • EDGE OF TOMORROW
  • THE MATRIX
  • ALIEN
  • THE PRESTIGE
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Challenging! So, even tho I subject myself to the inevitable "What, no love for ___________" comment, here are my favorites in roughly -- from memory -- chronological order. (By picking favorites, I don't have to include titles which "should be" on the list, like METROPOLIS or 2001.)

THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL

FORBIDDEN PLANET

THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD

THIS ISLAND EARTH

PLANET OF THE APES

QUATERMASS AND THE PIT (FIVE MILLION YEARS TO EARTH)

COLOSSUS - THE FORBIN PROJECT*

BACK TO THE FUTURE

ROBOCOP

THE TIME MACHINE

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* I cannot praise this film too highly -- tho, sadly, that praise must come with a caveat: the American release to video pretty much threw it away, with a very poor pan-and-scan formatting, ruining a movie that took full advantage of its widescreen presentation. I had to find a British DVD to get it as intended.

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In alphabetical order:
  1. ALIEN
  2. ALIENS
  3. BACK TO THE FUTURE
  4. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
  5. JURASSIC PARK
  6. MINORITY REPORT
  7. STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN
  8. STAR WARS
  9. THE TERMINATOR
  10. TOTAL RECALL

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STAR WARS
2001
PLANET OF THE APES
THE THING
ALIEN
THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL
FORBIDDEN PLANET
STAR TREK II
PREDATOR
SUPERMAN


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It's impossible! It's impossible!!

Anyway, here we go! Really no order here.

-Planet of the Apes (NOT THE TIM BURTON VERSION)
-2001: A Space Odyssey
-The Iron Giant
-Star Wars
-Close Encounters of the Third Kind
-E.T.
-The Day the Earth Stood Still (NOT THE KEANU REEVES TRAVESTY)
-The Road Warrior
-Steel Dawn
-Back to the Future
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I might have included THE IRON GIANT but for the fact that Brad Bird has so ANNOYED me with EVERYTHING he's done since, I simply cannot watch it any more!
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- IRON MAN

Interesting. If we're counting super hero fare in this, my list will differ quite a bit, as I would imagine CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER, THE INCREDIBLE HULK, heck, even BATMAN BEGINS could be included (because, "powers"-wise, isn't Iron Man just Batman with more hardware?)  ANT-MAN has science-based "powers"...

SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE, for sure...I mean, the guy comes from another planet!

Any radiation based or alien hero would qualify. And for that matter...mutants. So...add DEADPOOL.

AVENGERS, AGE OF ULTRON, CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR...you've got a huge assortment of A.I. robots, drones, aliens, mutated humans, lots of advanced weaponry...

So, that's 10. Dang.
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Star Wars
Back to the Future
Time After Time
Metropolis
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
Earth Girls Are Easy
The Time Machine
GalaxyQuest
Westworld
Superman

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But seriously, super heroes aside...this is my "real" list...today, anyway...

STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN
STAR WARS
ALIEN
ALIENS
PREDATOR
THE TERMINATOR
THE FLY (1986)
THE THING (1982)
BACK TO THE FUTURE
THE MATRIX
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Rather than go with just personal favorites, I'll try to list the ones in my collection that I think are the best examples, if I was attempting to introduce film science-fiction to a novice:

THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL (1951)
FORBIDDEN PLANET
PLANET OF THE APES (1968)
2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY
THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN
SOLARIS (1972)
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND
INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1978)
ALIEN
THE MATRIX

(Interesting to me that there is a strong undercurrent of horror in just about all of my picks.)



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"Damn, sci-fi, you scary!"
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STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN [1982]

THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL [1951]

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY [2014]

STAR TREK: FIRST CONTACT [1996]

GALAXY QUEST [1999]

THE MARTIAN [2015]

BACK TO THE FUTURE [1985]

THE FLY [1986]

STAR TREK IV: THE VOYAGE HOME [1986]

THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK [1980]

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Quick thoughts on THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD (1951)  and THE THING (1982):

I thoroughly enjoy both. I have a special fondness for the 1951 film because it was one of my dad's favorite films. I first watched it with him when I was a kid in the very early 80's, probably on PBS because this would have been pre-cable. It also happens to be a terrific film and I try to catch it whenever it's on TCM. I'm hard pressed to think of another movie/re-make pair in any genre that are both so highly regarded.
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This is SO hard. So many to choose from. But, my genre-film "sweet spot" tends to be mostly 1980s material. I think that was a golden age for genre films which has yet to be surpassed, since visual effects has advanced to a point where they were quite good, but didn't carry the burden of storytelling, as they tend to do, now. There was still a good balance between story/character and effects.

There are also those "gray area" movies, which skew more toward science-fantasy, sci-fi-horror, sci-fi-action, or superhero movies. "Sci-fi" tends to be a blanket term for genre movies of all sorts, rather than fitting the more traditional definition of science-fiction.

Here's today's list, in no particular order. Tomorrow's might be very different! And next week's, and next month's...

STAR WARS
THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
ROBOCOP
THE FLY (1986)
THE TERMINATOR
ALIEN
BACK TO THE FUTURE
SUPERMAN- THE MOVIE
STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN
BLADE RUNNER


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Star Wars
The Empire Strikes Back
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
Colossus: The Forbin Project
The Day the Earth Stood Still
The War of the Worlds
Blade Runner
Aliens
Edge of Tomorrow
King Kong

I'm pretty sure that's my top ten but I'm not looking at my collection as I type this. It looks right though


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KING KONG

I can't make that work as sci-fi on any level!

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For my own sanity I left out Superhero movies ,as there are enough of them now to have their own genre. 
Also left out sci-fi/comedy, opting them for the comedy category. 

STAR WARS (1977)
WESTWORLD (73)
TERMINATOR (84)
PLANET OF THE APES (68)
ALIEN (79)
THE ABYSS (89)
PREDATOR (87)
THE TIME MACHINE (60)
BUCKAROO BANZAI (84)
WRATH OF KHAN (82)

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What's not sci fi about King Kong? It's a giant ape like creature, alive in modern-ish times. What am I missing?
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Personally, I think of KING KONG as a pulp adventure fantasy... there are no real sci-fi elements anywhere in the plot, dialogue or presentation.

Now, if the crew had traveled back in time and discovered Skull Island, or if it was learned that Kong was somehow a mutated beast, originally created in a lab...!





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What's not sci fi about King Kong? It's a giant ape like creature, alive in modern-ish times. What am I missing?

Science.

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In no particular order....

THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL (The original! The Keanu Reeves version is CRAP!)

STAR WARS

STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN

THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK

SUPERMAN II 

THE WAR OF THE WORLDS (The original! The Tom Cruise remake is CRAP!)

ROBOCOP (The original! The remake actually isn't crap, but is nowhere near as good as the original)

TOTAL RECALL (The original! The Colin Farrell remake is....okay.)

FORBIDDEN PLANET

GODZILLA, KING OF THE MONSTERS

Regarding COLOSSUS - THE FORBIN PROJECT, I'm glad all the attempts to do a remake have gone nowhere. 











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