Highest Grossing Films by Genre quiz.
It appears there as the highest grossing Science Fiction/Dystopia film. One of the few on this list that is about a true Dystopia, in the traditional sense. And I've correctly filed Star Wars under fantasy where it belongs, too. Not science fiction. Pretty happy with how it turned out overall.
If we're using "Space Opera" as a genre, then Star Wars is the most iconic film that would be included in that genre, along with the television shows that inspired it such as Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon. If we're using the genres of "science fiction" and "fastasy," though, with traditional definitions of each, then Star Wars is definitely fantasy. It's confusing, though, as "Space Opera" is usually described as a sub-genre of Science Fiction, though one that veers toward the fantastical. A simple definition of fantasy is a story that is not based in the real world... throw in some old desert wizards, taverns full of fantastical creatures, warriors with magic swords moving things with their minds without a plausible scientific explanation.. fantasy!
Anyway, after seeing it referenced so many times I decided to check it out, obvious cultural cornerstone that it was. Not a bad little picture. Not great, but interesting premise. Good high-concept classic sci-fi...