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Online Film Critics Society Top 100 SciFi Films of the Past 100 Years

There are quite a few science fiction lists out there and I'm not really happy with any of them, but the best I've found so far is the one compiled by the Online Film Critics Society, even if it has The Rocky Horror Picture Show in there.

It's called the Top 100 SciFi Films of the Past 100 Years and the source list is at the OFCS.

Don't go away because I included another sci-fi list after this one.

The List

# Title Year Director IMDb
1 2001: A Space Odyssey 1968 Stanley Kubrick IMDb
2 Blade Runner 1982 Ridley Scott IMDb
3 Star Wars 1977 George Lucas IMDb
4 The Empire Strikes Back 1980 Irvin Kershner IMDb
5 ET: The Extra-Terrestrial 1982 Steven Spielberg IMDb
6 Metropolis 1927 Fritz Lang IMDb
7 Brazil 1985 Terry Gilliam IMDb
8 Close Encounters of the Third Kind 1977 Steven Spielberg IMDb
9 A Clockwork Orange 1971 Stanley Kubrick IMDb
10 Alien 1979 Ridley Scott IMDb
11 Aliens 1986 James Cameron IMDb
12 The Matrix 1999 Andy & Larry Wachowski IMDb
13 Back to the Future 1985 Robert Zemeckis IMDb
14 The Day the Earth Stood Still 1951 Robert Wise IMDb
15 Terminator 2: Judgment Day 1991 James Cameron IMDb
16 The Terminator 1984 James Cameron IMDb
17 Invasion of the Body Snatchers 1956 Don Siegel IMDb
18 Planet of the Apes 1968 Franklin J Schaffner IMDb
19 Dark City 1998 Alex Proyas IMDb
20 Contact 1997 Robert Zemeckis IMDb
21 Twelve Monkeys 1995 Terry Gilliam IMDb
22 King Kong 1933 Merion C Cooper
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23 Bride of Frankenstein 1935 James Whale IMDb
24 La jetée 1962 Chris Marker IMDb
25 AI: Artificial Intelligence 2001 Steven Spielberg IMDb
26 Solaris 1972 Andrei Tarkovsky IMDb
27 The Road Warrior 1981 George Miller IMDb
28 The Thing 1982 John Carpenter IMDb
29 Jurassic Park 1993 Steven Spielberg IMDb
30 Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan 1982 Nicholas Meyer IMDb
31 RoboCop 1987 Paul Verhoeven IMDb
32 Forbidden Planet 1956 Fred M Wilcox IMDb
33 The Abyss 1989 James Cameron IMDb
34 Alphaville 1965 Jean Luc Godard IMDb
35 Dr Strangelove 1964 Stanley Kubrick IMDb
36 Donnie Darko 2001 Richard Kelly IMDb
37 Invasion of the Body Snatchers 1978 Philip Kaufman IMDb
38 The Iron Giant 1999 Brad Bird IMDb
39 Frankenstein 1931 James Whale IMDb
40 The Incredible Shrinking Man 1957 Jack Arnold IMDb
41 The Truman Show 1998 Peter Weir IMDb
42 Videodrome 1983 David Cronenberg IMDb
43 Pi 1998 Darren Aronofsky IMDb
44 The Fly 1986 David Cronenberg IMDb
45 Return of the Jedi 1983 Richard Marquand IMDb
46 The Time Machine 1960 George Pal IMDb
47 Jacob's Ladder 1990 Adrian Lyne IMDb
48 The War of the Worlds 1953 Byron Haskin IMDb
49 Independence Day 1996 Roland Emmerich IMDb
50 The City of Lost Children 1995 Jean-Pierre Jeunet IMDb
51 The Invisible Man 1933 James Whale IMDb
52 Gattaca 1997 Andrew Niccol IMDb
53 Altered States 1980 Ken Russell IMDb
54 A Trip to the Moon 1902 Georges Melies IMDb
55 Ghostbusters 1984 Ivan Reitman IMDb
56 Stalker 1979 Andrei Tarkovsky IMDb
57 The Fifth Element 1997 Luc Besson IMDb
58 The Thing from Another World 1951 Christian Nyby IMDb
59 TRON 1982 Steven Lisberger IMDb
60 Them! 1954 Gordon Douglas IMDb
61 The Man Who Fell to Earth 1976 Nicolas Roeg IMDb
62 Starship Troopers 1997 Paul Verhoeven IMDb
63 Night of the Living Dead 1968 George A Romero IMDb
64 Superman 1978 Richard Donner IMDb
65 Strange Days 1995 Kathryn Bigelow IMDb
66 Quatermass and the Pit 1967 Roy Ward Baker IMDb
67 Edward Scissorhands 1990 Tim Burton IMDb
68 They Live 1988 John Carpenter IMDb
69 Things to Come 1936 William Cameron Menzies IMDb
70 Sleeper 1973 Woody Allen IMDb
71 Mad Max 1979 George Miller IMDb
72 The Cell 2000 Tarsem Singh IMDb
73 Fantastic Voyage 1966 Richard Fleischer IMDb
74 Star Trek: First Contact 1996 Jonathan Frakes IMDb
75 The Dead Zone 1983 David Cronenberg IMDb
76 Dawn of the Dead 1978 George A Romero IMDb
77 Akira 1988 Katsuhiro Otomo IMDb
78 Time Bandits 1981 Terry Gilliam IMDb
79 eXistenZ 1999 David Cronenberg IMDb
80 Invaders from Mars 1953 William Cameron Menzies IMDb
81 On the Beach 1959 Stanley Kramer IMDb
82 Silent Running 1971 Douglas Trumbull IMDb
83 Total Recall 1990 Paul Verhoeven IMDb
84 Open Your Eyes 1997 Alejandro Amenabar IMDb
85 Fahrenheit 451 1966 Francois Truffaut IMDb
86 THX 1138 1971 George Lucas IMDb
87 Seconds 1966 John Frankenheimer IMDb
88 Starman 1984 John Carpenter IMDb
89 Village of the Damned 1960 Wolf Rilla IMDb
90 Until the End of the World 1991 Wim Wenders IMDb
91 Fantastic Planet 1973 René Laloux IMDb
92 Men in Black 1997 Barry Sonnenfeld IMDb
93 The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension 1984 W D Richter IMDb
94 The Rocky Horror Picture Show 1975 Jim Sharman IMDb
95 Highlander 1986 Russell Mulcahy IMDb
96 The Andromeda Strain 1971 Robert Wise IMDb
97 Time After Time 1979 Nicholas Meyer IMDb
98 Escape from New York 1981 John Carpenter IMDb
99 Slaughterhouse-Five 1972 George Roy Hill IMDb
100 Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home 1986 Leonard Nimoy IMDb


While I continue to search for a science fiction list that rings true to me (and I may well end up having to do the research and compile my own), I've included another one for reference.

It's from Esquire magazine and it compares well to the Online Film Critics Society equivalent, failing in many of the same ways. The original is a horrendous nightmare of a ad-fuelled Flash gallery so be warned. This archive copy is a lot easier to navigate!

The 100 Best Sci-Fi Movies of All Time

# Title Year Director IMDb
1 2001: A Space Odyssey 1968 Stanley Kubrick IMDb
2 Blade Runner 1982 Ridley Scott IMDb
3 Gattaca 1997 Andrew Niccol IMDb
4 Aliens 1986 James Cameron IMDb
5 Metropolis 1927 Fritz Lang IMDb
6 Close Encounters of the Third Kind 1977 Steven Spielberg IMDb
7 The Empire Strikes Back 1980 Irvin Kirshner IMDb
8 Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan 1982 Nicholas Meyer IMDb
9 The Terminator 1984 James Cameron IMDb
10 Planet of the Apes 1968 Franklin J Schaffner IMDb
11 The Day the Earth Stood Still 1951 Robert Wise IMDb
12 Alien 1979 Ridley Scott IMDb
13 RoboCop 1987 Paul Verhoeven IMDb
14 Forbidden Planet 1956 Fred M Wilcox IMDb
15 WALL-E 2008 Andrew Stanton IMDb
16 Logan's Run 1976 Michael Anderson IMDb
17 Terminator 2: Judgment Day 1991 James Cameron IMDb
18 Akira 1988 Katsuhiro Otomo IMDb
19 Dark City 1998 Alex Proyas IMDb
20 Children of Men 2006 Alfonso Cuarón IMDb
21 The Fly 1986 David Cronenberg IMDb
22 A Trip to the Moon 1902 Georges Melies IMDb
23 Total Recall 1990 Paul Verhoeven IMDb
24 Star Wars 1977 George Lucas IMDb
25 The Matrix 1999 Andy & Larry Wachowski IMDb
26 Minority Report 2002 Steven Spielberg IMDb
27 District 9 2009 Neill Blomkamp IMDb
28 A Clockwork Orange 1971 Stanley Kubrick IMDb
29 TRON 1982 Steven Lisberger IMDb
30 Sunshine 2007 Danny Boyle IMDb
31 Mad Max 1979 George Miller IMDb
32 The Thing 1982 John Carpenter IMDb
33 Jurassic Park 1993 Steven Spielberg IMDb
34 Idiocracy 2006 Mike Judge IMDb
35 Primer 2004 Shane Carruth IMDb
36 ET: The Extra-Terrestrial 1982 Steven Spielberg IMDb
37 Ghost in the Shell 1995 Mamoru Oshii IMDb
38 Solaris 1972 Andrei Tarkovsky IMDb
39 Brazil 1985 Terry Gilliam IMDb
40 Godzilla 1954 Ishiro Honda IMDb
41 Donnie Darko 2001 Richard Kelly IMDb
42 Star Trek: First Contact 1996 Jonathan Frakes IMDb
43 Back to the Future 1985 Robert Zemeckis IMDb
44 The Man Who Fell to Earth 1976 Nicolas Roeg IMDb
45 Enemy Mine 1985 Wolfgang Petersen IMDb
46 Soylent Green 1973 Richard Fleischer IMDb
47 Moon 2009 Duncan Jones IMDb
48 Starship Troopers 1997 Paul Verhoeven IMDb
49 A Scanner Darkly 2006 Richard Linklater IMDb
50 Avatar 2009 James Cameron IMDb
51 The Time Machine 1960 George Pal IMDb
52 The Andromeda Strain 1971 Robert Wise IMDb
53 Open Your Eyes 1997 Alejandro Amenábar IMDb
54 Predator 1987 John McTiernan IMDb
55 Contact 1997 Robert Zemeckis IMDb
56 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 2004 Michel Gondry IMDb
57 Nineteen Eighty-Four 1984 Michael Radford IMDb
58 When Worlds Collide 1951 Rudolph Mate IMDb
59 The Last Starfighter 1984 Nick Castle IMDb
60 Frankenstein 1931 James Whale IMDb
61 Twelve Monkeys 1995 Terry Gilliam IMDb
62 Altered States 1980 Ken Russell IMDb
63 Invasion of the Body Snatchers 1978 Philip Kaufman IMDb
64 Destination Moon 1950 Irving Pichel IMDb
65 Them! 1954 Gordon Douglas IMDb
66 Repo Man 1984 Alex Cox IMDb
67 THX 1138 1971 George Lucas IMDb
68 Sleeper 1973 Woody Allen IMDb
69 Inception 2010 Christopher Nolan IMDb
70 Alphaville 1965 Jean Luc Godard IMDb
71 Rollerball 1975 Norman Jewison IMDb
72 The Day of the Triffids 1962 Steve Sekely IMDb
73 Ikarie XB-1 1963 Jindrich Polák IMDb
74 Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home 1986 Leonard Nimoy IMDb
75 Dark Star 1974 John Carpenter IMDb
76 Outland 1981 Peter Hyams IMDb
77 Scanners 1981 David Cronenberg IMDb
78 Fahrenheit 451 1966 Francois Truffaut IMDb
79 Fantastic Planet 1973 Rene Laloux IMDb
80 Cube 1997 Vincenzo Natali IMDb
81 Rise of the Planet of the Apes 2011 Rupert Wyatt IMDb
82 Dreamscape 1984 Joseph Ruben IMDb
83 Stalker 1979 Andrei Tarkovsky IMDb
84 Men in Black 1997 Barry Sonnenfeld IMDb
85 Sleep Dealer 2008 Alex Rivera IMDb
86 Starman 1984 John Carpenter IMDb
87 The Fountain 2006 Darren Aronofsky IMDb
88 eXistenZ 1999 David Cronenberg IMDb
89 Galaxy Quest 1999 Dean Parisot IMDb
90 The War of the Worlds 1953 Byron Haskin IMDb
91 They Live 1988 John Carpenter IMDb
92 Silent Running 1972 Douglas Trumbull IMDb
93 Escape from the Planet of the Apes 1971 Don Taylor IMDb
94 The Black Hole 1979 Gary Nelson IMDb
95 Serenity 2005 Joss Whedon IMDb
96 Westworld 1973 Michael Crichton IMDb
97 The City of Lost Children 1995 Jean-Pierre Jeunet IMDb
98 Attack the Block 2011 Joe Cornish IMDb
99 Splice 2009 Vincenzo Natali IMDb
100 Escape from New York 1981 John Carpenter IMDb


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