What is your favorite Sci-Fi Movie? — open thread

I’m a Sci-Fi fanatic, I love a good sci-fi flick.  So for me, I don’t just have one favorite.  I was hooked from the very first episode of Star Trek when I was little.   When Sci-Fi hit the big screen, I was thrilled.  Star Wars came out in 1977, then Alien & Star Trek’s “The Motion Picture” made their appearance in 1979.   I was in heaven that year, I am a fan of both movies.  I liked Star Wars, but not as much as I liked these two.  The cast of Alien was incredible; Sigourney Weaver made me a fan of all four movies.

The trailer of all the best scenes in the movie.  Video from Movi3Trail3r.

This is one of my favorite scenes from The Wrath of Kahn – second Star Trek movie.  Video from chargr2004.

Another favorite of mine is the Matrix, I like the first in the trilogy.  My daughter’s generation likes the Resident Evil movies.

78 thoughts on “What is your favorite Sci-Fi Movie? — open thread

  1. “2001: A Space Odyssey” for me. It looks like I always imagined an LSD buzz must feel. “Alien” scared me. I only watched it once and won’t do so again. All things “Star Trek” (TV series) are divine, imho.

  2. EV, I like that one and 2010 also. I have both of those and my son watches them all the time. Both of my children were hooked at an early age too.

    They grew up with us watching Star Trek and Star Trek Next Generation =)

    Good to see you back EV, missed you much!

  3. Hi fr, I have to run. Good to see you around, too. I’m definitely not here at TheZoo enough for my own liking. I do not know why my life has turned into a whirlwind all of a sudden last year. So many things going on. Or is it that I am getting old and can’t cope as I used to? ( “Noooo, you’re not growing old” answers are appreciated 😀 )

  4. I spent five years in the Bay Area hanging out with science fiction writers and working for Locus as a book reviewer. As a result I cringe whenever I see “sci-fi”, which one and all pronounced “skiffy” in mockery.

    My favorites are fairly obscure. “A Boy and His Dog” is based on a Harlan Ellison novella, which is the most perfect length for adaptation. I also loved the thoroughly obscure “Hardware”, which contains the most perfect portrayal of a psychedelic experience I’ve ever seen. “City of Lost Children” qualifies, I think, although it doesn’t categorize well.

    And the non-obscure, starting with “2001: A Space Odyssey” (first seen very stoned on a very wide screen), the original Star Wars movies (all the stupid cliches seemed perfectly acceptable in context), and “Serenity” (plus the season of Firefly). The brilliant “Blade Runner”, “Fifth Element”, the original “Invasion of the Body Snatchers”, “Close Encounters”, “Road Warrior” . . .

    • I absolutely loved “Enemy Mine,” Med. It makes me cry every time I see it. I’m with gummitch on “Serenity” and the “Firefly” series. If you’ve never seen them, rent them immediately!

  5. Morning EV, freedom. “Wrath of Khan” is the best of the Star Trek movies, imho. All of the mentioned movies are on my list along with “Blade Runner”, “Outland”, “Men in Black” and several of the latest comic super hero movies I think should be classified as sci fi. “Ironman” is my favorite so far…”What? You’ve caught me doing worse things than this.”

  6. Morning Med =) So much of my movie collection is dedicated to sci-fi. Harrison Ford & Sean Young were awesome in Blade Runner, is one of my favorites also.

    A couple of movies that most people don’t think of that I feel are really good: “Soldier” w/Kurt Russell & “Dune”/the original movie.

    Med, I have always liked Sean Connery, so Outland is part of my collection also.

    keithharv, I originally saw Alien on a first date.

  7. “Enemy Mine”, “Altered States”, “Planet of the Apes” (the sequels were pretty awful) and that all time classic, “Howard the Duck”.

    Freedom, I’m a Connery fan as well. From “Darby O’Gill” to “Zardoz” to “Highlander” to “LoEG” he has done quite a few sci fi/fantasy type movies. Very versatile and always entertaining.

  8. gummitch, I have “Invasion of the Body Snatchers & Road Warriors.” Those are really good. Also the one with Tina Turner – “Mad Max Beyond the Thunderdome.”

    The sci-fi/fantasy animation flicks are some of my favorites also. “Heavy Metal”, “Final Fantasy – The Spirits Within”, & “Ghost in the Shell.” I love the music in Heavy Metal 🙂

  9. I liked “Aliens” better than “Alien”.. I loved “The Fifth Element”. Does “The Matrix” qualify as ‘science fiction’? I loved that movie.

    I loved Orwell’s “The Time Machine” and “Soylent Green”.

    I loved all the “Star Wars” movies and series. Definitely the original “Invasion of the Body Snatchers”.

    I LOVED “Terminator 2”, “The Thing” with Kurt Russell, and “Children of Men”.

  10. Morning, Zooey. I have to say I’ve not heard much about “Serenity” but it sounds like I’ll have to check it out.

    Also should include the “Back to the Future” movies.

  11. Freedom, if you include the animated, I’d recommend Cowboy Bebop. Nice mix of the old film noir detective style with sci fi.

  12. Matrix qualifies Muse =) I really liked that one, not to keen on the ones that followed.

    Soylent Green was very good with Charleton Heston, Nick got me hooked on that one.

    The Terminator 1 & 2 are my sons favorites, he watches them every week. He likes them so much he was worn out a few copies 🙂 Arnold was perfect for that part!

  13. Matrix qualifies Muse =) I really like that one, not to keen on the ones that followed.

    Nick got me hooked on Soylent Green, Charleton Heston was good in that movie.

    The Terminator 1 & 2 the whole family enjoys, but they are my sons favorites. He watches them every week, he has worn out a couple of copies 🙂

  14. Ok, 5th, Zardoz was campy as hell but I still laughed through it. But speaking of funny sci fi…”Time Bandits”.

  15. One of my kids’ favorite movies from that genre was “Army of Darkness”. I don’t know if that is science fiction either.. It sure was bizarre…

  16. Ahnuld also did a pretty good job in “Total Recall”. Much better than the “Running Man”.

    I’m not sure if futuristic qualifies but the original “Rollerball” with James Caan was pretty good.

  17. Med, Cowboy Bebop sounds familiar, I’m going to have to look that one up.

    5th, Galaxy Quest has so many very good one-liners.
    Sigourney Weaver was talking to Alan Rickman and she tells him at least you had a part that people loved, my part in the show was ” I repeated the computer.” ROTFL

  18. I guess that I’m a little more old school than the others here. My favorites are the old ’50’s flicks, such as , the original The Day the Earth Stood Still, the original The Blob, with Steve McQueen, and the original The Thing, with James Arness in the title role. I also like Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

  19. Couple of my choices are there: Outland, the Thing. A couple more from me – the kind that I am willing to change my plans if I see them on a channel somewhere…

    Dark Star, 2001, Silent Running, Forbidden Planet (early Leslie Nielsen stuffed shirt flick and a great follow-up musical too!).

    More later….

  20. Oh and Keeno’s ‘Day the Earth Stood Still’ – saw that on a plane to Europe last month – what a parcel!

    Keeno (really Larry F) slayed them in the original Matrix, but, just like Highlander, “There should have been only one”

  21. Muse, I third the motion – I dislike Tom Cruise too! My dislike started before he jumped up & down on Oprah Winfrey’s couch.

  22. One of my all time favorite actors has had one movie mentioned here and I’m going to put up another. “Armageddon”

    Bruce may not be a great actor but he is always fun. I love that he can do tough guy and comedic and be believable in both.

  23. Mikerush,

    The one I didn’t see til years after it was made is “The Andromeda Strain.” I had to buy that one because no one had it for rent locally. I really liked that one. It had Arthur Hill, David Wayne, James Olson, & Kate Reid in it.

  24. Freedom, I had forgotten that one. He was also incredible in “The Sixth Sense” Not scifi but one of the best suspense thrillers since Hitchcock.

  25. Muse, I think Arlen has always been a ‘closet’ Dem. I applaud the change, it should be good for him.

    Now if they can just get Al seated.

  26. 12 monkeys – yes. But I can’t do Bruce Willis much personally. Fifth Element, yes.

    But I have to say, Armageddon is bested easily by Deep Impact. Better story, cast is more diverse instead of being a testosterone festival (which has it’s place). Robert Duvall steals it by a long way and Leelee Sobieski, well I’d have slapped her and yelled “For god’s sake get a grip!”, but then Frodo is such a puss.

    Timecop – Jean Claude Big Ham, men in tight cop leathers moving quickly….. girls gotta like it, but it was a good comic-to-screen adaptation…

  27. Of the newer Sci-Fi’s, my favorite has to be Space Cowboys. Those four old guys together in one movie is a real treat. Pretty good story, too, even though in was one of a bunch of the “planet killer astroid” plot line.

  28. Mike, I thought that the Sci-fi channel would have come up with more than a few decent ones, but have to say I’ve been disappointed over the years, Saturday nights in expectation and then yet another of the ‘All-American jocks and cheerleaders get marooned and accosted (and lose a red-shirt or three) by a monster or a rogue astrophysical event, and then by bending the rules in an oh-so-predictable-way, defeating the Fifth Columnist baddie, get to yell ‘Hoo-rah’ or ‘All-right’ at the end. Sometimes they throw in John Rhys Davies but I think he sold out a long time ago.

    However, I liked ‘The Cube’ – very Twilight Zone.

    And when I see Bruce Campbell on the board, I clear my calendar.

  29. I agree Mikerush, it was wonderful to see them all together. I thought they played off each other well. Liked that one!

  30. Ah, Terry, the dreaded SciFi channel Saturday night filmed-in-Bulgaria-on-a-budget craparoonie. I finally gave up on them because I can’t get drunk enough to laugh for 90 minutes of sheer bad everything.

    I just watched “My Name is Bruce” last week, and it was pretty funny. My son is a huge fan, and I can take Campbell in small to medium doses. “Bubba Ho-Tep” was great.

  31. A couple not mentioned that I have had in my collection for years:

    Scanners – w/Stephen Lack, Jennifer O’Neill, Patrick McGoohan. Came out in 1981

    Lifeforce – w/Steve Railsback, Peter Firth, Frank Finlay. Came out in 1985.

  32. Over at HuffPo:

    Conservatives don’t know that Colbert is joking

    Stupid, yes. But apparently it’s not unique at all, according to a study from The Ohio State University, which proves, with math and stuff, that lots of conservatives seem to not understand the intrinsic, underlying joke of The Colbert Report.

  33. I’m remembering Sunday afternoons with hot dogs, cakes and the TV on watching sci-fi and some of those:

    The Rod Taylor version of Time Machine, the old Journey to the Centre of the Earth (not the hammed up, poke-fun-at-Doug McClure, Brendan Fraser version – don’t get me wrong I am a Fraser fan, but the old JTTCOTE was better).

    Hey only one Michael Crichton? The Andromeda Strain? Guess he dumped in his own pool with the book about Global Warming eh?

  34. Does “Tremors” qualify? I know it’s as B as a movie can get, but I love it. I love the guns and reloading shack the rednecks have – steel porn. Some of the guys I used to know from target shooting were drooling.


    I don’t want to shout, I just copied and pasted, sorry.

  36. TerryTurtle, the ending was fantastic, with the crooner singing, “I’ll be calling Youuuuuuuuuuu, dear!!! And the martians heads exploding!!

  37. Today is the observance of Worker’s Memorial Day. It’s not a celebration, it’s a day of rememberance for those workers who died of on-the-job injuries or job-related illnesses. My town has a memorial stone outside of the county courthouse with the names of the deceased workers enshrined. Today, Governor Pat Quinn spoke, as did the former mayor, who is also president of the Illinois AFL-CIO. Also present were representatives of most of the local unions. Sadly, none of the newly elected Chamber of Commerce- backed City Council or Mayor -elect bothered to show up. But, hey, it’s only dead workers–nobody important, ya know?

  38. Okay, I don’t have one favorite Sci-Fi movie, as it is my second favorite genre next to Comedy, and I love when the two are combined.

    So, for various reasons, my favorite Sci-Fi movies are…

    “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home” – it was the movie Jane and I went to see on our first date. We enjoyed the night so much that we went back the next night, too, to pay more attention to the movie. 😉

    “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” – A great, great movie. I think it holds up well even if you aren’t a fan of Star trek. And if you are, it was an excellent choice of a story to follow up from the series. Spock’s death was one of the most moving things I’ve seen in a sci-fi film.

    “Galaxy Quest” – if you’ve seen it, you love it. A great blend of Sci-Fi and comedy. If you haven’t seen it yet, I’d recommend buying it, as you’ll want to enjoy it again and again.

    “The Matrix” – The first one, the sequels were just more of the same and didn’t care much for explaining the story. But I like it because I like to imagine it could, quite possibly, be true, and none of us would be the wiser. That is, none of us who are connected to it. I like to imagine that I could break out of it.

    “The H-Man” – this is more of a sentimental favorite. It’s about some apple sauce-like substance that moves around (usually through drains and drainpipes, I think) and then drops on some Japanese guy’s head causing him to scream in pain and die. Maybe I always liked it because it was so bad. I liked it when i was a kid, but I haven’t seen it in more than thirty years. Doubt I ever will, either.

    “2001: A Space Odyssey” – Visually stunning, thought-provoking, and a source of some classic movie lines.

    Most of the movies already mentioned, of course. I can’t list them all.

  39. I love the original “The Andromeda Strain”. I loved trying to solve the puzzle with them. Not that I have any training in medicine. You know what I mean. Okay, I was able to keep up with them. But I enjoyed it all.

  40. Wayne, my husband introduced me to that movie “The Andromeda Strain”. I didn’t see it til years after it was made. I never knew that red blinking lights could bring on a seizure.

  41. FR,

    My friend had told me about it because he knew someone who had epilepsy. It was an interesting way to let the audience know that something worked, but the characters wouldn’t find it until later.


    We saw that, too. That was great.

  42. Hmm, Mars Attacks, guess I was going for thought provoking, serious sci-fi….. RUCerious is perhaps not as serious as his handle suggests 🙂 . I had forgotten how silly that film was…..

  43. _2001_ is indeed great, but I’m gonna have to second _Blade Runner_. How can you not love sci-fi noir?

    BTW, @ mikerush: _The Day the Earth Stood Still_ (original version, of course) is top ten material no matter how you slice it. What I really like is the atypical departure from the “let’s all be intergalactic friends” approach. More like “Scrap your nukes and grow up or we’re closing down this franchise. Permanently.”

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