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List of science fiction films

The tone of science fiction films is often a guide to the tone of the times the film was made: other worlds and species are viewed in turn as wonderful, terrifying, threatening, incomprehensible, and childishly benign.

Notable science fiction films include:


Before 1930

1902: A Trip to the Moon (original title Le voyage dans la lune)
1927: Metropolis
1929: Frau im Mond


1931: Frankenstein
1933: The Invisible Man
1936: Flash Gordon (serial)
1938: Things to Come


1951: The Day the Earth Stood Still
The Thing From Another World (Howard Hawks original)
1953: The War of the Worlds
1954: Godzilla (original title ゴジラ Gojira)
This Island Earth
1955: The Quatermass Xperiment (based on the BBC Television serial The Quatermass Experiment)
1956: Forbidden Planet
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
X the Unknown
1957: The Incredible Shrinking Man
1958: The Blob
Plan 9 from Outer Space
1959: Journey to the Center of the Earth


1960: The Time Machine
1962: La Jetée
1963: Day of the Triffids
1964: Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
1965: Alphaville, une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution
1966: Fahrenheit 451
1968: 2001: A Space Odyssey
1969: Colossus: the Forbin Project


1970: THX 1138
1971: A Clockwork Orange
The Andromeda Strain
The Omega Man
1972: Solaris (original title Солярис Solyaris)
1973: Sleeper
Soylent Green
1974: Dark Star
1975: Rollerball
1977: Star Wars
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
1979: Star Trek: The Motion Picture


1980: The Empire Strikes Back
1981: Outland
Escape from New York
1982: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
Blade Runner
The Thing (John Carpenter remake)
1983: Return of the Jedi
Le Prix du Danger
1984: Dune (David Lynch version)
The Terminator
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
1985: Brazil
The Quiet Earth
1986: Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
1987: Robocop
1988: Akira (film) (animated film by Katsuhiro Ôtomo)
Miracle Mile
1989: The Abyss
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier


1990: Robocop 2
Total Recall
1991: Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
1993: Jurassic Park
1994: Star Trek: Generations
1995: Twelve Monkeys
1996: Star Trek: First Contact
Mars Attacks
1997: Contact
The Fifth Element
The Postman
1998: Star Trek: Insurrection
Dark City
1999: The Matrix
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
The Thirteenth Floor


2000: Mission to Mars
Red Planet
Pitch Black
2001: A.I.: Artificial Intelligence
Vanilla Sky
Planet of the Apes
2002: Minority Report
Star Trek: Nemesis
Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
2003: The Matrix Reloaded
The Matrix Revolutions
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
2004: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
The Chronicles of Riddick
I, Robot
2005: (To be released)
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

See also: Fantasy films (as distinct from science fiction films) and List of lists

Last updated: 01-22-2005 17:31:09