The Movie Meme

I stole this meme from Orac, but the list of movies is Scalzi’s list of the most influential SF movies of all time. The ones I’ve seen are in bold.

  • The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (I will see this someday)
  • Akira (I saw this late one night on Channel 4, don’t remember much of it)
  • Alien
  • Aliens
  • Alphaville
  • Back to the Future (where is II and III?)
  • Blade Runner
  • Brazil
  • Bride of Frankenstein
  • Brother From Another Planet
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  • Contact (disappointing, despite Sagan’s involvement)
  • The Damned
  • Destination Moon
  • The Day The Earth Stood Still (Klaatu barada nikto!)
  • Delicatessen (Another one I want to see)
  • Escape From New York
  • ET: The Extraterrestrial
  • Flash Gordon: Space Soldiers (serial)
  • The Fly (1985 version)
  • Forbidden Planet
  • Ghost in the Shell
  • Gojira/Godzilla (Another late night Channel 4 viewing)
  • The Incredibles(Is this really sci-fi?)
  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956 version) (and the remake)
  • Jurassic Park
  • The Road Warrior (Mad Max 2)
  • The Matrix
  • Metropolis
  • On the Beach
  • Planet of the Apes (1968 version)
  • Robocop (this should not be on this list!)
  • Sleeper
  • Solaris (1972 version)
  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (Khaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan!!!!!)
  • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
  • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (The best SW movie)
  • The Stepford Wives (both versions)
  • Superman
  • Terminator 2: Judgement Day (Come on, the first one was the best)
  • The Thing From Another World
  • Things to Come
  • Tron
  • 12 Monkeys
  • 28 Days Later (this shouldn’t be here either)
  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • La Voyage Dans la Lune
  • War of the Worlds (1953 version)

Thirty two out of fifty, my geekhood is confirmed.

I don’t agree with this list entirely, some stuff is too crap to be on here or is not really sci-fi, and there are definitely some omissions. Here are a few I would add:

  • Donnie Darko
  • Serenity
  • The other Star Wars movies
  • The Matrix II and III
  • Silent Running
  • Men In Black
  • The Time Machine (the original movie)
  • Gattaca
  • Fantastic Voyage
  • Logan’s Run
  • Being John Malkovich
  • Time Bandits
  • Predator
  • Running Man
  • The Cube
  • Wargames

3 thoughts on “The Movie Meme”

  1. You’ve not seen A Clockwork Orange!? You HAVE to see ACO… In fact, you have to read it first (make sure it’s a version that includes the original ending), then you have to watch Kubrick’s delicious take on it.

  2. Yes, all the other Star Trek movies deserve a mention. Well, apart from Star Trek: Nemesis.

    No I never saw A Clockwork Orange, mostly because it was banned in the UK up until Kubrick’s death (at his own request). I should really rent it sometime.

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