Sci-Fi… Not Just The Final Frontier

Another of the AFI list of top 10 categories was Science Fiction (which some believe will be tomorrow’s “science fact.” I promise I will not bore and go into depth on each of the genre’s… just those I know a bit about from viewing.

Their List:

  • Back to the Future
  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day
  • Alien
  • Blade Runner
  • The Day the Earth Stood Still
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • E.T. The Extraterrestrial
  • Star Wars
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey


I will agree with the five films that I know well to a point. I’m not sure if I would include Back to the Future. Sure it is a fun time-travel movie that I have watched multiple times, but will people remember it 30 years from now. T2 is the best of the Terminator series and a wonder of film-making even 17 years later. Blade Runner is purhaps best summed up as a cult favorite (one of Harrison Ford’s semi-forgotten films… not by me, but…). Aliens and The Empire Strikes Back were far superior movies than their predecessors. E.T. almost could have been included in the fantasy category but should be included on either. And their top choice? I could not make it through the first 45 minutes of silence and a representation of the beginning of man set to the magnificent strains of Richard Strauss’ Also Sprach Zarathustra.
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5 thoughts on “Sci-Fi… Not Just The Final Frontier”

  1. You didn’t get through 2001? What are you doing Dave? A definite classic Sci-Fi movie. I’m not sure Back to the Future should be on this list. More of a comedy, than Sci-Fi. Personally I would put The Day the Earth Stood Still as #1.

  2. Think we watched 2001 in school, took like 2 weeks. I mostly slept thru it, but I can say that for most movies we watched in school.

  3. We watched E.T. in French class (in French… no subtitles) at least once a year. Very unusual. There was another movie Madame Peters was fond of that we watched periodically but it escapes me.

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