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Best Science Fiction Films (Popular Mechanics)

The best science fiction films, as chosen by Popular Mechanics. Can you name them all?
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Year
Movie
1
1968
2001: A Space Odyssey
2
1982
Blade Runner
3
1997
Gattaca
4
1986
Aliens
5
1927
Metropolis
6
1977
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
7
1980
Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
8
1982
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
9
1984
The Terminator
10
1968
Planet of the Apes
11
1951
The Day the Earth Stood Still
12
1979
Alien
13
1987
RoboCop
14
1956
Forbidden Planet
15
2008
Wall-E
16
1976
Logan's Run
17
1992
Terminator 2: Judgement Day
18
1988
Akira
19
1998
Dark City
20
2006
Children of Men
21
1986
The Fly
22
1902
A Trip to the Moon
23
1990
Total Recall
24
1977
Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope
25
1999
The Matrix
26
2002
Minority Report
27
2009
District 9
28
1971
A Clockwork Orange
29
1982
Tron
30
2007
Sunshine
31
1979
Mad Max
32
1982
The Thing
33
1993
Jurassic Park
34
2006
Idiocracy
35
2004
Primer
36
1982
E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial
37
1995
Ghost in the Shell
38
1972
Solaris
39
1985
Brazil
40
1954
Gojira
41
2001
Donnie Darko
42
1996
Star Trek: First Contact
43
1985
Back to the Future
44
1976
The Man Who Fell to Earth
45
1985
Enemy Mine
46
1973
Soylent Green
47
2009
Moon
48
1997
Starship Troopers
49
2006
A Scanner Darkly
50
2009
Avatar
 
Year
Movie
51
1960
The Time Machine
52
1971
The Andromeda Strain
53
1997
Abre Los Ojos
54
1987
Predator
55
1997
Contact
56
2004
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
57
1984
1984
58
1951
When Worlds Collide
59
1984
The Last Starfighter
60
1931
Frankenstein
61
1995
12 Monkeys
62
1980
Altered States
63
1978
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
64
1950
Destination Moon
65
1954
Them!
66
1984
Repo Man
67
1971
THX-1138
68
1973
Sleeper
69
2010
Inception
70
1965
Alphaville
71
1975
Rollerball
72
1962
Day of the Triffids
73
1963
Ikarie XB-1
74
1986
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
75
1974
Dark Star
76
1981
Outland
77
1981
Scanners
78
1966
Fahrenheit 451
79
1973
Fantastic Planet
80
1997
Cube
81
2011
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
82
1984
Dreamscape
83
1979
Stalker
84
1997
Men in Black
85
2008
Sleep Dealer
86
1984
Starman
87
2006
The Fountain
88
1999
eXistenZ
89
1999
Galaxy Quest
90
1953
War of the Worlds
91
1988
They Live
92
1972
Silent Running
93
1971
Escape From the Planet of the Apes
94
1979
The Black Hole
95
2005
Serenity
96
1973
Westworld
97
1995
City of Lost Children
98
2011
Attack of the Block
99
2009
Splice
100
1981
Escape From New York
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level 74
Jan 19, 2015
This list was written in 2013, as far as I could tell. That would explain the exclusion of Interstellar - a movie that I enjoyed, although a lot of people dislike it for understandable reasons. Return of the Jedi should have been on here, and I think even Revenge of the Sith is better than some of the films included here. On the plus side, I was happy to see Gattaca and Contact.
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level 71
Jan 19, 2015
Cool list! Would you accept titles without "the" and both Roman and Arabic numerals?
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level 74
Jan 20, 2015
Added more type-ins!
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level 44
Nov 19, 2015
Great list. Could you add like the major actor role as a clue, for those who don't know a lot of these amazing films?
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level 63
Mar 7, 2016
Great list! I would imagine a newer list would have Ex Machina on it as well, and The Force Awakens. Weird Jedi didn't make the cut, especially with The Black Hole on there.
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level 63
Mar 7, 2016
Could you allow for forgetting "the" or "of" in Eternal Sunshine or Attack the Block?
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