50+ Recommended Science Fiction & Fantasy Films

I decided to create a list of what I think are, or should be considered great films of the Science Fiction and Fantasy genre.  I have left out some films that are purely of historical interest – like Metropolis, because while they are important and classic films, they are not great films.  I decided to post the list now, and not elaborate on the reasons for my choices.  I want to let people draw their own conclusions, and hopefully generate some discussions  before I try to explain my thinking.  Here they are in alphabetical order.


20,000 Leagues Under the Sea 1954
2001: A space Odyssey 1968
2010: The Year We Make Contact 1984
Alien 1979
Back to the Future 1985
Blade Runner 1982
Boy and His Dog 1975
Clockwork Orange 1971
Close Encounters of the Third kind 1977
Colossus: the Forbin Project 1970
Conan The Barbarian 1982
Dark City 1998
Dark Crystal 1982
Day of the Triffids 1962
Day the Earth Stood Still 1951
Edward Scissorhands 1990
E. T. the Extra-Terrestrial 1982
Enemy Mine 1985
Fahrenheit 451 1966
Forbidden Planet 1956
Galaxy Quest 1999
Gattaca 1997
Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s Stone
Indiana Jones & Raiders of the lost Ark
Invasion of the Body Snatchers 1956
Jumper 2008
Labyrinth 1986
Last Man on Earth (Vincent Price) 1963
Logan’s Run 1976
Lord of the Rings Trilogy 2001-2003
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior 1981
Matrix 1999
Minority Report 2002
Neverending Story 1984
Night of the Living Dead 1968
Planet of the Apes 1968
Postman 1997
Princess Bride 1987
Rollerball 1974
Serenity (Firefly Movie) 2005
Silent Running 1972
Sound of Thunder 2005
Soylent Green 1973
Star Wars IV-VI: A New Hope 1977-1983
Stargate 1994
Terminator 1984
Time Machine 1960
Total Recall 1990
Tron 1982
Truman Show 1998
War of the Worlds 1953
Westworld 1973
What Dreams May Come 1998
When Worlds Collide 1951
Willow 1988

Edward Forrest Frank

About Edward Forrest Frank

My name is Edward Frank. By training I am a geologist with published research on caves found in the United States, the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic. I am the webmaster, BBS administrator, and run the Facebook Page for the Native Tree Society and am involved with tree research with the group. I am the author, or coauthor, of a number of tree related articles and publications available for download from the NTS website and NTS BBS. I edit the monthly magazine for the group - eNTS Magazine. I write science fiction and fantasy stories reflecting a lifelong love of the genres. Most recently I published a fantasy role playing game Knarf 4, available through Amazon Kindle. I have an extensive science fiction and fantasy library and have long enjoyed table top role-playing games. Not satisfied with commercially available games, I started creating my own game variations in the mid 1980's. Knarf 4 is latest version best version of those games. I also write non-fiction. I currently am working on a book on "The Old-Growth Forests of Cook Forest State Park, PA" targeting older children and teens. I am suave, sophisticated, funny, kind, considerate, thoughtful, brilliant, devilishly handsome, and above all modest.
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3 Responses to 50+ Recommended Science Fiction & Fantasy Films

  1. Edward Forrest Frank says:

    For those who viewed the post initially, I had to go back and add Conan the Barbarian and Edward Scissorhands to the initial list.of films.


  2. Stalker; Solaris – Tarkovsky


  3. Edward Forrest Frank says:

    Someone else mentioned Stalker, but I have not seen it. The book Solaris by Lem was OK, but the movie I thought was horribly bad.


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