10The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
#10 on our top 10 sci-fi movies list is a classic 50’s gem. When a UFO lands in Washington, D.C. bearing a message for Earth’s leaders, all of humanity stands still. Klaatu (Michael Rennie) has come on behalf of alien life who have been watching Cold War-era nuclear proliferation on Earth.
9Planet of the Apes (1968)
This sci-fi film tells the story of an astronaut crew who make a crash landing on a strange planet. Appearing uninhabited at first, the surviving crew members stumble upon a society in which apes have evolved into creatures with human-like intelligence and speech–and they are the dominant species.
Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a thief with the rare ability to enter people’s dreams and steal their secrets from their subconscious. His unique skill set has made him a hot commodity in the world of corporate espionage, but has cost him everything he loves. You must pay close attention while watching this one.
7Back to the Future (1985)
One of the most popular movies of the 1980’s also produced a top 10 sci-fi movies list classic. Back to the Future follows small-town teen Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) as he finds himself smack in the middle of the 1950’s after an experiment goes sideways. Marty’s eccentric-scientist friend Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) looks strange enough to handle it all.
6Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
Known for one of the most recognizable scores ever, Close Encounters of the Third Kind is an adventure about a group of people attempting to make contact with aliens from another galaxy. Are UFO’s real, or are our imaginations teasing us?
#5 on our top 10 sci-fi movies list takes us deep into space. Sandra Bullock and her crew try to survive an unexpected meteor shower while working on a space station. You’ll be glued to your screen as you watch their desperate attempt to return to Earth.
4E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Steven Spielberg has directed a lot of great movies over his long career. E.T. is one of his earlier productions, and features a very cute Drew Barrymore and a lovable creature from outer space.
If you see a foreign object project out of a fellow crew member’s abdomen, would you lose your mind? If that doesn’t do it, how about being killed one by one by the most ghastly looking creature imaginable? Alien is one of the most successful movie franchises ever.
22001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Watching 2001: A Space Odyssey five decades ago had to be a phenomenal experience. The story and visual brilliance is as fresh today as it was in the sixties! A credit of course to one of filmmaking’s masters–Mr. Stanley Kubrick.
1Star Wars: A New Hope (1977)
The Sci-fi classic by George Lucas is one of the most talked about, successful, and entertaining movies ever brought to life. Noted for taking special effects to another level–and winning multiple Academy Awards–it is the ultimate hero-saves-the-day picture.