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Science Fiction

Science fiction as a genre of film making has been an element of the cinema experience since the earliest days of the motion picture industry. These films have explored a great range of unique topics, including many that cannot be readily presented in other genre. Science fiction films have been used to explore sensitive social and political issues, while often providing an entertaining story for the more casual viewer. Today, science fiction films are in the forefront of new special effects technology, and the audience has become accustomed to displays of realistic aliens, space battles, energy weapons, faster than light travel, and distant worlds. This genre has produced many memorable films, as well as a number that can be considered mediocre or even among the worst examples of film production. It took many decades, and the efforts of talented teams of film producers, for the science fiction film genre to be taken seriously as an art form by many critics. The very best of these films may be scrolled below, or for Sci-Fi TV Series, select the green 'Televison Shows' heading on left, and then the 'TV Sci-Fi' option.

10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

7.2/10
Director: Dan Trachtenberg
Starring: John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Gallagher Jr.

A young woman wakes up after a terrible accident to find that she's locked in a cellar with a doomsday prepper, who insists that he saved her life and... Read more

10 Cloverfield Lane ( Blu-ray ) (2016)

7.2/10
Director: Dan Trachtenberg
Starring: John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Gallagher Jr.

A young woman wakes up after a terrible accident to find that she's locked in a cellar with a doomsday prepper, who insists that he saved her life and... Read more

12 Monkeys (1995)

7.6/10
Director: Terry Gilliam
Starring: Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, Christopher Plummer, Madeleine Stowe

Inspired by Chris Marker's short film 'La Jetee' (also available) and set in the near future where a prisoner is sent back in time to the 90's to dis... Read more

12 Monkeys ( Blu-ray ) (1995)

7.6/10
Director: Terry Gilliam
Starring: Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, Christopher Plummer, Madeleine Stowe

Inspired by Chris Marker's short film 'La Jetee' (also available) and set in the near future where a prisoner is sent back in time to the 90's to disc... Read more

1984 (1984)

7.2/10
Director: Michael Radford
Starring: Cyril Cusack, John Hurt, Richard Burton, Suzanna Hamilton

An extraordinary film version of George Orwell's dystopian masterpiece, starring John Hurt and Richard Burton. A story of impossible love and tragic b... Read more

1984 (1956)

7/10
Director: Michael Anderson
Starring: Donald Pleasence, Edmond O'Brien, Jan Sterling, Michael Redgrave

George Orwell's landmark novel is the basis of this eerie, darkly satiric tale whose futuristic world is divided into three sections following an atom... Read more

1984 ( Blu-ray ) (1984)

7.2/10
Director: Michael Radford
Starring: Cyril Cusack, John Hurt, Richard Burton, Suzanna Hamilton

In the totalitarian state of Oceania, a lowly outer party functionary, Winston Smith (John Hurt), toils at his job rewriting bits of history, while se... Read more

20 Million Miles to Earth (1957)

6.4/10
Director: Nathan Juran
Starring: William Hopper, Joan Taylor, Frank Puglia

Dazzling special effects by Ray Harryhausen highlight this thrilling sci-fi extravaganza about a Venusian monster who wreaks havoc in Italy. On its wa... Read more

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

8.3/10
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Starring: Gary Lockwood, Keir Dullea, Leonard Rossiter, William Sylvester, Daniel Richter,...

Light years ahead of its time, this groundbreaking, visually stunning masterpiece grows even more wondrous as time passes. Beginning with The Dawn of... Read more

2001: A Space Odyssey ( Blu-ray ) (1968)

8.3/10
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Starring: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, Leonard Rossiter, William Sylvester

Light years ahead of its time, this groundbreaking, visually stunning masterpiece grows even more wondrous as time passes. Beginning with The Dawn of... Read more