Dave Tompkins :: DVD Library :: IMDb Charts :: Top by Genre :: Sci-Fi


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1.  Inception (2010)

In a world where technology exists to enter the human mind through dream invasion, a highly skilled thief is given a final chance at redemption which involves executing his toughest job to date: Inception.

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2.  Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

While Luke takes advanced Jedi training from Yoda, his friends are relentlessly pursued by Darth Vader as part of his plan to capture Luke.

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3.  Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)

Luke Skywalker leaves his home planet, teams up with other rebels, and tries to save Princess Leia from the evil clutches of Darth Vader.

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4.  The Matrix (1999)

A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against the controllers of it.

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5.  Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

The cyborg who once tried to kill Sarah Connor must now protect her teenager son, John Connor, from an even more powerful and advanced cyborg.

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6.  Back to the Future (1985)

In 1985, Doc Brown invents time travel; in 1955, Marty McFly accidentally prevents his parents from meeting, putting his own existence at stake.

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7.  Alien (1979)

A mining ship, investigating a suspected SOS, lands on a distant planet. The crew discovers some strange creatures and investigates.

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8.  WALL-E (2008)

In the distant future, a small waste collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind.

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9.  Aliens (1986)

The planet from Alien (1979) has been colonized, but contact is lost. This time, the rescue team has impressive firepower, enough?

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10.  A Clockwork Orange (1971)

In future Britain, charismatic delinquent Alex DeLarge is jailed and later volunteers for an experimental aversion therapy developed by the government in an effort to solve society's crime problem... but not all goes to plan.

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11.  Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

A couple undergo a procedure to erase each other from their memories when their relationship turns sour, but it is only through the process of loss that they discover what they had to begin with.

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12.Her (2013)
13.  Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)

After rescuing Han Solo from the palace of Jabba the Hutt, the Rebels attempt to destroy the Second Death Star, while Luke Skywalker tries to bring his father back to the Light Side of the Force.

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14.Ivan Vasilievich: Back to the Future (1973)
15.  Metropolis (1927)

In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city's mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences.

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16.  2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Mankind finds a mysterious, obviously artificial, artifact buried on the moon and, with the intelligent computer HAL, sets off on a quest.

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17.Kin-dza-dza! (1986)
18.  Gravity (2013)

A medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after an accident leaves them adrift in space.

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19.  Blade Runner (1982)

Deckard, a blade runner, has to track down and terminate 4 replicants who hijacked a ship in space and have returned to earth seeking their maker.

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20.  V for Vendetta (2006)

A shadowy freedom fighter known only as ''V'' uses terrorist tactics to fight against his totalitarian society. Upon rescuing a girl from the secret police, he also finds his best chance at having an ally.

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21.Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion (1995)
22.  Stalker (1979)

Near a gray and unnamed city is the Zone, an alien place guarded by barbed wire and soldiers. Over his wife's numerous objections...

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23.  The Thing (1982)

Scientists in the Antarctic are confronted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of the people that it kills.

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24.  Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984)

Warrior/pacifist Princess Nausicaš desperately struggles to prevent two warring nations from destroying themselves and their dying planet.

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25.  Donnie Darko (2001)

A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a large bunny rabbit that manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after narrowly escaping a bizarre accident.

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26.Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance (2009)
27.  Solaris (1972)

The Solaris mission has established a base on a planet that appears to host some kind of intelligence...

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28.  12 Monkeys (1995)

In a future world devastated by disease, a convict is sent back in time to gather information about the man-made virus that wiped out most of the human population on the planet.

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29.  Akira (1988)

A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psionic psychopath that only two kids and a group of psionics can stop.

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30.  The Terminator (1984)

A human-looking, apparently unstoppable cyborg is sent from the future to kill Sarah Connor; Kyle Reese is sent to stop it.

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31.  Star Trek (2009)

A chronicle of the early days of James T. Kirk and his fellow USS Enterprise crew members.

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32.  Brazil (1985)

A bureaucrat in a retro-future world tries to correct an administrative error and himself becomes an enemy of the state.

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33.  The Truman Show (1998)

An insurance salesman/adjuster discovers his entire life is actually a TV show.

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34.  Jurassic Park (1993)

Scientists clone dinosaurs to populate a theme park which suffers a major security breakdown and releases the dinosaurs.

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35.After Last Season (2009)
36.  District 9 (2009)

An extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth suddenly finds a kindred spirit in a government agent who is exposed to their biotechnology.

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37.  Frankenstein (1931)

Horror classic in which an obsessed scientist assembles a living being from parts of exhumed corpses.

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38.  Fail-Safe (1964)

American planes are sent to deliver a nuclear attack on Moscow, but it's a mistake due to an electrical malfunction. Can all-out war be averted?

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39.  Serenity (2005)

The crew of the ship Serenity tries to evade an assassin sent to recapture one of their number who is telepathic.

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40.  The Man from Earth (2007)

The movie begins with Professor John Oldman (David Lee Smith) packing his belongings onto his truck, preparing to move to a new home.

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41.  Moon (2009)

Astronaut Sam Bell has a quintessentially personal encounter toward the end of his three-year stint on the Moon, where he, working alongside his computer, GERTY, sends back to Earth parcels of a resource that has helped diminish our planet's power problems.

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42.  The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem.

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43.  Ghost in the Shell (1995)

A female cyborg cop and her partner hunt a mysterious and powerful hacker called the Puppet Master.

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44.Ghost in the Shell 2.0 (1995)
45.  Planet of the Apes (1968)

An astronaut crew crash lands on a planet in the distant future where intelligent talking apes are the dominant species, and humans are the oppressed and enslaved.

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46.  Avatar (2009)

A paraplegic marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home.

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47.  Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

Mary Shelley reveals the main characters of her novel survived: Dr. Frankenstein (goaded by an even madder scientist) builds his monster a mate.

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48.  The Iron Giant (1999)

A boy makes friends with an innocent alien giant robot that a paranoid government agent wants to destroy.

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49.  Children of Men (2006)

In 2027, in a chaotic world in which humans can no longer procreate, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea, where her child's birth may help scientists save the future of humankind.

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50.  Mr. Nobody (2009)

A tale that spans different time zones of the 20th and 21st centuries.

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