This quiz asks "Have you seen these 50 must-see Sci-Fi movies?"

I've seen 40 out of the group.

How about you?

What should be on the list?

What should be off the list?

1 - 12 Monkeys
2 - 2001: A Space Odyssey
3 - A.I.
4 - Akira
5 - Alien
6 - Alien Nation
7 - Aliens
8 - Avatar
9 - Back To the Future
10 - Bladerunner
11 - Brazil (Terry Gilliam 1985)
12 - Children of Men (2006)
13 - A Clockwork Orange
14 - Close Encounters of the Third Kind
15 - Cloverfield
16 - Contact
17 - Dark City
18 - Dark Star
19 - District 9
20 - E.t. the Extra-terrestrial
21 - Forbidden Planet
22 - Inception
23 - Invaders from Mars
24 - Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
25 - Logan's Run
26 - The Matrix
27 - Metropolis
28 - Minority Report
29 - Moon
30 - Planet of the Apes
31 - Robocop
32 - Rollerball
33 - Silent Running
34 - Soylent Green
35 - Sphere
36 - Star Trek: The Motion Picture
37 - Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
38 - Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
39 - Star Wars IV: A New Hope
40 - Stargate
41 - Sunshine
42 - Superman II
43 - Superman: The Movie
44 - The Terminator
45 - Terminator 2: Judgment Day
46 - THX 1138
47 - Total Recall
48 - The War of the Worlds
49 - Westworld
50 - When Worlds Collide

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Of those listed. 12 Monkeys is probably my favorite.

I don't really get Avatar being on there. I guess for the technology used in the film. The story itself was not particularly original, imo. However, I did like it better upon repeat viewings.

I think I have seen Sphere, now that you remind me of the plot and the actors. Guess the title didn't stick with me! These are the ones I'd recommend if you haven't seen them:

1 - 12 Monkeys

10 - Bladerunner

11 - Brazil (Terry Gilliam 1985)
12 - Children of Men (2006) [flawed, but interesting]

19 - District 9

22 - Inception

28 - Minority Report

My favorites from this list:
12 Monkeys, Alien & Aliens, Terminator 1 & 2, Planet of the Apes, Bladerunner, Brazil, Matrix, and Sunshine.

Shouldn't be on the list:
Superman 1& 2 aren't sci-fi and aren't very good. There are tons of better superhero movies.
Back To the Future isn't sci-fi
I hate ET with a passion.
Sphere is awful.
West World, Silent Running, and Rollerball are extremely dated.

Silent Running was dated the day it came out.

Detective 445 said:


West World, Silent Running, and Rollerball are extremely dated.

Identifying the list as "Must See" is a misnomer. As already mentioned, some on the list are not really science fiction and some are not very good films.  I'd be hard pressed to come up with 20 science fiction films that I would call "must see' for a general viewing audience.  A list of 50 personal favorites I could do, but "must see" - nah.

I've only seen about half the movies on the list. I'm always meaning to see 12 MONKEYS, but I keep forgetting to look for it when I search for DVDs.

But here's the thing, I once described the plot of LA JETEE to my nephew, who's into film. I first saw LA JETEE, thirty years ago in university, when our film studies prof showed it to our class. So as I described the plot of this movie--that's only about thirty minutes--my nephew said 12 MONKEYS!

Now, I've always known that 12 MONKEYS is essentially a feature film length version of LA JETEE--and if my nephew immediately thinks of the one when i describe the other--I gather they must have virtually the same plot.

So doesn't that make LA JETTE more of a must see than 12 MONKEYS? Because it's the essential movie that makes the other one possible. And it's only thirty minutes, so you save yourself some time for seeing more movies.

Likewise I would strike off some of the sequels on that list. Maybe they are great movies and sometimes better than the movie that preceded them, but the movie that comes first is necessary to be seen to appreciate the next. So yeah after you see the first STAR WARS movie, you ought to see the second, but you must see the first one.

Obviously this rule doesn't apply to prequels--which really are indebted to the movies that came before them even if their story is set in a previous time frame. Most prequels don't need to be on a must see list.

I'm just saying, this frees up some slots on the list, to include more must see movies.

I am not familiar with LA JETEE. 12 Monkeys is one of my favorite movies so I may need to see that one out.

I guess I'm liable to be drummed out of sci-fi movie geek's club; I've seen only 17 of these. 

LA JETEE ('62) was made by Chris Marker, who was an influential experimental film maker. That film is all still photographs, with a voice over--except for one very short shot which seems to move. I would imagine it was very cheap to make. The young avant garde film makers in the '60s were all about doing movies on the cheap, since they weren't exactly rich and didn't have access to resources.

I looked up LA JETEE it is available on YouTube.

I agree, and I must be the only person on the Internet with little interest in lists in general. I guess you could view these as "must see" in that they have broad cultural currency. You might not think much of E.T., but you're still going to encounter things like the "phone home" phrase from it, which won't mean much if you haven't seen the film.

doc photo said:

Identifying the list as "Must See" is a misnomer. As already mentioned, some on the list are not really science fiction and some are not very good films.  I'd be hard pressed to come up with 20 science fiction films that I would call "must see' for a general viewing audience.  A list of 50 personal favorites I could do, but "must see" - nah.

48, missing just Darkstar and When World's Collide, is it sadder that I own 24 of these on dvd?

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