Science fiction is a broad genre, and fans should know that there are plenty of movies that can fall into the category of Sci-Fi – sometimes it’s a movie about flying cars, other times it’s about AI or a completely dystopian future. Other times, it’s all about aliens. But the great thing about the movie genre is the fact that technically all of these things still count as science-fiction.
It’s one of the most versatile genres, and it shows what can happen when science goes right – or really wrong. Whether you’ve been watching sci-fi movies for years or whether you consider yourself new to the genre, there are a few essential movies that have to be part of your list – classics, cult classics and movies that you can’t miss as a sci-fi fan.
Here are 15 of the best sci-fi movies ever made thatyou need to add to your watch-list.
1. 2001: A Space Odyssey
2001: A Space Odyssey was released in 1968, a considerably long time before we actually got to 2001 – and its futuristic portrayal is surprisingly close to what we have today, even if we didn’t think so in 2001. This is one of director Stanley Kubrick’s best-ever movies, and it’s an undeniable classic of cinema in general – and it’s one of the best science fiction movies you’ll ever see.
It’s perfectly Kubrick, and you’ll spot plenty of the director’s trademarks in the movie if you’re used to following his style. Many general science fiction themes are explored in A Space Odyssey – and it was one of the first movies to explore the idea of AI and space travel together in this much detail that turned out to be correct years later.
It was named the best movie of all time for plenty of movie lists – and you’ll be glad it’s true.