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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.

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

8.6/10
Director: George Lucas
Starring: Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Peter Cushing, Alec Guinness, Voice O...

The story of a boy, a girl and a universe. Now a classic, this blend of pulp magazine sci-fi, comic book action, old fashioned cliff-hanger story and... Read more

Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)

7.6/10
Director: George Lucas
Starring: Hayden Christensen, Samuel L Jackson, James Earl Jones, Christopher Lee, Ian McD...

Easily the best of the prequel trilogy, the third (and chronologically final) volume in George Lucas's blockbuster franchise is darkly sinister and vi... Read more

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

8.8/10
Director: Irvin Kershner
Starring: Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams, Alec Guinness, Vo...

The sequel to the original 'Star Wars' (Episode IV) finds our heroes under attack by the Evil Empire. Luke is taking advanced Jedi training from Yoda... Read more

Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)

8.3/10
Director: Richard Marquand
Starring: Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams, Sebastian Shaw, I...

The last chapter in the popular series delivers more thrills and adventure as the forces of good and not so good battle on the forest moon of Endor, i... Read more

Tron (1982)

6.8/10
Director: Steven Lisberger
Starring: Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner, David Warner, Cindy Morgan, Barnard Hughes

A computer whiz is sucked inside a powerful computer, where he must fight for his life in a giant video-game competition. Incredible computer graphics... Read more

Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)

6.6/10
Director: George Lucas
Starring: Hayden Christensen, Samuel L Jackson, Christopher Lee, Ian McDiarmid, Ewan McGre...

Ten years after "The Phantom Menace" Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) and student Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) investigate an attem... Read more

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

7.9/10
Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Robert MacNaughton, Peter Coyote, Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Dee Wallace

The winner of 4 Oscars and now a classic, about a 10 year old boy befriending a creature from another planet that's been stranded on Earth. A warm, in... Read more

Dune (3 Hour Version) (1984)

6.6/10
Director: Alan Smithee
Starring: Kyle MacLachlan, Francesca Annis, Brad Dourif, Sting , Max von Sydow

David Lynch (director of the original) objected to this special version which was completed without his input and insisted that his name be removed fr... Read more

Donnie Darko: The Director's Cut (2001)

8.1/10
Director: Richard Kelly
Starring: Drew Barrymore, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Katharine Ross, Mary McDonnell, No...

During the presidential election of 1988, a teenager named Donnie Darko (Jake Gyllenhaal) sleepwalks out of his house one night, and sees a giant, dem... Read more

Predator (1987)

7.8/10
Director: John McTiernan
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Bill Duke

An alien life form lands in the jungles of South America and Arnold Schwarzenegger, with his combat team, soon find themselves becoming the prey of th... Read more