“2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968)
Still considered one of the best of the genre today, “2001: A Space Odyssey” is likely to remain one of the best secular movies, no matter how much sci-fi is shot. Three monoliths are discovered in our solar system, one of which was born even before human history. Thus, with the help of the world’s most advanced intelligent intelligence calculator, HAL 9000, an amazing journey is launched towards Jupiter in the footsteps of the monoliths. Written and directed by Stanley Kubrick, based on the short story “The Sentinel” by Arthur C. Clarke, “2001: A Space Odyssey” may seem a little confusing at first glance. However, it can be said that it is a real visual spectacle. The film stars Keir Dullea and Douglas Rain, who plays HAL.
“Blade Runner” (1982)
In “Blade Runner”, one of the films that did not enjoy the expected box office success at the time, we watch a detective whose task is to catch the “replicants”, which are robots with human appearance. “What is to be human?”, “Do you have to be human to live?” While Ridley Scott is in the director’s chair of “Blade Runner,” we see names like Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, and Sean Young in the cast. “Blade Runner” will be a mind-opening experience for those bored with today’s seamless action and sci-fi stories. We should note that after watching “Blade Runner”, you absolutely must watch “Blade Runner 2049” from 2017.
“12 Monkeys” (1995)
The 90s classic “12 Monkeys” directed by Terry Gilliam is an apocalyptic film with time travel. A prisoner is sent by a virus from the future, where most of humanity died and the world was destroyed, to the past, to change the course of time, to find the source of the virus and destroy it. Of course, this feeling of familiarity can be pleasant or uncomfortable for you. We’re looking at Bruce Willis, Brad Pitt, and Madeleine Stowe in the film’s lead roles. For those who love the story of “12 Monkeys,” we recommend the four-season 2015-2018 television series of the same name.
“Star Wars” (1977)
If we have to name a single film that has become much more than a movie, almost an industry in its own right, most of us will think first of “Star Wars” and probably “Harry Potter”, but it is the subject of another list. Although “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back” (1980) is the most popular film in the “Star Wars” series, we have chosen to include the first film that started this whole adventure. Written and directed by George Lucas, “Star Wars” is set in a future where planets are colonized and space wars are intense. Discovering the “power” within, Luke, an arrogant pilot Han Solo, a Wookie Chewbacca, two androids, one very talkative and the other communicating in his own language, and Princess Leia join the Jedi in an attempt to fight the Empire and Darth Vader. Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher head up the big “Star Wars” cast.
“The Matrix” (1999)
Written and directed by brothers Lana and Lilly Wachowski, “The Matrix” took the movie world by storm, though it didn’t achieve the lofty status it created with its sequels. Arrived at the dawn of the Internet age, this film has even become the subject of academia. Neo, a hacker, chooses from the famous red-blue pill, removes the illusion of artificial intelligence from the world, and travels to the Matrix to uncover the truth. Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Laurence Fishburne and Hugo Weaving star in this sophisticated adventure inspired by cyberpunk, philosophy, religion and anime.
“Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” (1982)
As we cannot include all “Star Trek” productions in this list, we wanted to include the most popular film to represent the series, and that is “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan”. Led by Nicolas Meyer, Admiral Kirk, with the help of the crew of the Enterprise, tries to stop his old nemesis, Khan Noonien Singh. We find William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy and Richord Montalban in the main roles of the film “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan”. If you’ve never watched “Star Trek” before, of course, don’t start watching the series from the second, but if you want some sci-fi fun, you definitely have to try “Star Trek.”
“Solaris”, one of the unforgettable works of Andrei Tarkovsky, is one of the films in which the director successfully reflects his style. A cold, mysterious story and something new emerges as you dig. A psychologist is sent to a space station orbiting a distant planet, trying to figure out why the crew went mad and died. We’re looking at Donatas Baniois and Natalya Bondarchuk in the lead roles in the movie “Solaris.” “Solaris” was remade in 2002 by Steven Soderbegh with George Clooney in the lead role. Those attached to Tarkovsky’s style might prefer Soderbergh, but we definitely recommend the original production.
“ET the Extra Terrestrial” (1982)
Of course, as a classic, we had to include the movie “ET The Extra Terrestrial” in this list. Steven Spielberg was already a very successful director and the filmmakers confidently trusted him, but he took his notoriety one step further with “ET The Extra Terrestrial”. The film, which is essentially a growth story, tells the story of a young boy, Elliott, who encounters an alien and tries to help ET return to his planet. It stars Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore and Dee Wallace. “ET The Extra Terrestrial” is a movie that not only children but anyone who feels lonely once in a while can watch and have fun while feeling emotional.
“Back to the Future” (1985)
Although the time travel movie has been shot a lot, very few have managed to be immortalized as “Back to the Future”. Written and directed by Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale, “Back to the Future” stars 17-year-old Marty and mad scientist Dr. Brown as they accidentally step back thirty years in time. If you don’t mind the film’s “scientific flaws”, which won’t be a problem unless you watch it with a physicist, it offers a very entertaining lesson. Plus, the special effects in “Back to the Future” look pretty realistic even today, and sci-fi fans will know that special effects are one of the staples of the genre. With Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd and Lea Thompson.
“Contact” viewers may wonder how the “mirror scene” was made, as it was much discussed at the time to solve this technical mystery of the film. From this we can conclude that the success of “Contact” as a director is to be praised. “Contact”, another film by Robert Zemeckis, “Is there life in space?” At the end of his long years of research on the subject of a radio frequency, Dr. Follows Ellie Arroway. The cast includes names such as Jodie Foster, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt, Jena Malone, David Morse and William Fichtner.
“Alien” is truly a classic and productions from the “Alien” universe are still filming. We don’t explain which one it is so as not to be a “spoiler”, but even a single scene from the film has become so cult that it has references in dozens of films and TV shows that feature it. followed. The crew of a commercial spacecraft encounter a deadly life form while investigating an unknown signal. “Alien” will be an ideal choice for those who love science fiction mixed with horror. Directed by James Cameron, we find Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn and Carrie Henn in the main roles.
In Andrei Tarkovsky’s “Stalker,” a writer, a science teacher, and a man designated as their guardian travel through a mysterious alien-infested region in search of a wish-granting coin. If you’re not in a good mood, you may not be able to watch “Stalker”, which is a very simple yet dark movie. However, it is a very rewarding production for those who choose to experience it. “Stalker” stars Aleksandr Kaydanovskiy and Anatoly Solonitsyn.
“Jurassic Park” (1993)
It would be impossible not to include “Jurassic Park” on our list as an example of a classic, cult sci-fi film. Adapted by David Koepp from Michael Crichton’s novel, “Jurassic Park” is directed by Steven Spielberg. A group of people visiting the theme park on a Central American island are in danger when the park’s dinosaurs escape due to a power outage. We’re looking at Sam Neill, Laura Dern, and Jeff Goldblum in the film’s lead roles. Perhaps the best part of the science fiction genre is that it closely follows the world of science. Considering that research on human and animal cloning was conducted intensively during its period, it can be said that “Jurassic Park” brought a very original and interesting perspective on the subject.
We thought it would be a good idea to place “Metropolis”, which is considered the first science fiction film in the history of cinema, as the ancestor of all these films, in the last place of our list. In fact, George Méliès’ 1902 film “Le Voyage dans la Lune” can be held up as the first science fiction in the history of cinema. However, it is considered the first science fiction “Metropolis” as a feature film. Directed by Fritz Lang and written by Thea von Harbou, “Metropolis” is set in a futuristic city divided by a sharp hierarchy. We are witnessing a startling critique of the crushing class divide and industrial society. The film stars Alfred Abel and Gustav Fröhlich in the lead roles.