Must Watch Sci Fi Movies

Blade Runner

Blade Runner is a classic science fiction film released in 1982, and has since become a cult classic. Directed by Ridley Scott, it follows the story of Deckard (Harrison Ford), a police officer tasked with hunting down and eliminating a group of rogue replicants who have escaped to Earth.
Blade Runner is noted for its many strong themes, such as technological advancement and its effects on humanity, climate change, robot ethics and artificial intelligence. The film explores the struggle between technological progress and natural order, and examines how technology can be abused by those who seek to control it.
The special effects and cinematography, which were both cutting-edge for the early 1980s, are unsurpassed to this day. The groundbreaking practical effects that were used to create the world of 2019 Los Angeles were ahead of their time and served as an inspiration for future directors.
Blade Runner features an iconic soundtrack from composer Vangelis, which is a perfect match for the dark and dystopian atmosphere of the film. Many people remember the Blade Runner theme, “Tears in Rain”, for the heartbreakingly beautiful synth work and the unforgettable vocal melody.
Another huge part of Blade Runner’s legacy is its remarkable production design, which is often praised for its level of detail and the incredible amount of world-building. The streets of 2019 Los Angeles are littered with huge advertising, decaying buildings, and unending amounts of neon.
The film also features a thought-provoking story, strong performances, and an ending that is open to interpretation. It is not just a thrilling ride, it is a great thought provoking film that has become a landmark work of science fiction.


Alien is a science fiction horror film released in 1979, directed by Ridley Scott and written by Dan O’Bannon. The film follows the crew of the Nostromo spacecraft, as they encounter a hostile and deadly alien species that has a taste for human flesh.
Alien’s script is masterful in its pacing and suspense building, with scares that are still effective to this day. Ridley Scott uses convincing practical effects to bring the terrifying alien to life and portray the eerie atmosphere of the Nostromo.
The performances from the cast are brilliant, from Sigourney Weaver as the strong female lead to the rest of the crew. The film also features a memorable score by composer Jerry Goldsmith, which returns with its chilling chorus as soon as the alien is revealed.
One of Alien’s biggest strengths is its believable and well-crafted world, which grounds its horror elements into a believable scenario. The world of Alien feels lived-in, with various little details that the crew members make reference to before the alien terrorizes them.
Alien also had a huge impact on the world of sci-fi and horror, making the alien franchise one of the most financially successful franchises of all time. It spawned two critical sequels, two crossover films with Aliens, two prequels and one sequel to Alien, making it one of the longest-running franchises in movie history.

The Matrix

Released in 1999, The Matrix is a science fiction action film about a computer hacker (Keanu Reeves) who discovers that the world is a simulated reality created by a powerful artificial intelligence called The Matrix. Written and directed by the Wachowski siblings, it was a massive success upon its release and has since become a modern classic.
The Matrix features some of the most iconic action scenes in movie history, accompanied by a driving electronic score composed by Don Davis. These scenes are also known for introducing the bullet time effect, as well as creating an innovative approach to fight choreography in the form of “wire fu”.
The special effects used in the film are still impressive to this day and The Matrix has since become a benchmark for action films in both visuals and storytelling. Its unique and creative visuals set the movie apart from its contemporaries and it has since established an aesthetic of its own.
The story of The Matrix is also a thought-provoking exploration of the relationship between reality, identity and artificial intelligence, with a recurring theme of free will. The underlying themes of the film have a lot to say about the nature of reality, and make it a great watch for sci-fi fans.
The Matrix’s success also spawned two direct sequels and several spinoff media, including video games, anime and comic books. It has become one of the most influential science fiction films ever made and is one of the most recognizable and iconic action films of all time.

Star Wars

Star Wars is one of the most influential science fiction films ever made, released in 1977 and directed by George Lucas. It is set in a far away galaxy and tells the story of the Skywalker family and their battle against the evil Empire.
The world of Star Wars is vast, with a range of iconic characters and a diverse range of locations and technology. The visual effects, which were groundbreaking for 1977, were all done practically and feature model ships and camera crafts to create a stunning larger than life ambiance.
The sound design of the film is also iconic, with a sweeping soundtrack composed by John Williams that builds to climactic moments. The unique sound and music of Star Wars has since become iconic, with its main theme being one of the most recognizable in cinema.
The story of Star Wars follows the classic narrative structure of a hero’s journey and is full of memorable moments and engaging characters. The massive scope of the story, with its thrilling battles and intense drama, have placed Star Wars as one of the greatest sci-fi films of all time.
The success of Star Wars gave rise to two sequels, Return of the Jedi and The Empire Strikes Back and spawned a massive pop culture empire. It also established the Star Wars universe, which has since been expanded to include movies, books, comics and even video games.

The Terminator

The Terminator is a classic science fiction action film released in 1984, and directed by James Cameron. It is set in a post-apocalyptic future in which an unstoppable cyborg, called The Terminator, is sent from the future to kill Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton), the mother of the hero of the future.
The Terminator is a great action movie, featuring a relentless cyborg villain, intense fight scenes and memorable car chases. It features some cutting-edge practical effects, with a matrix like stop-motion animation for the cyborg, and it also features Arnold Schwarzenegger in his breakout role as the Terminator.
The score for The Terminator was written by composer Brad Fiedel, and is one of the most memorable scores ever written, achieving a perfect balance between the suspenseful and action sequences. The music has since become iconic and the eerie and atmospheric main theme lingers in the subconscious of those that have seen the film.
The Terminator is also noted for its realistic portrayal of a post-apocalyptic future and its thought-provoking story. It also spawned a successful franchise and two sequels, with plans for another sequel in the form of a reboot.

Neverending Story

Neverending Story is a classic 1984 fantasy film directed by Wolfgang Petersen. It follows the story of Bastian (Barret Oliver), a young boy who takes refuge in a bookstore, where he finds a mysterious book called The Neverending Story.
The world of The Neverending Story is mysterious and vibrant, as Bastian discovers a living world within the book’s pages. He meets a wide array of characters, from humanoid creatures to dragons, each with their own unique personality.
The Neverending Story features a memorable soundtrack from composer Klaus Doldinger, which perfectly captures the fantasy and adventure of the film. It also features amazing practical effects, including models and stop-motion animation to bring the creatures of the film to life.
The Neverending Story also has an engaging story, full of themes such as courage and imagination. It transcends its genre and speaks to its viewers through its mix of adventure and emotion, making it a timeless classic.
The Neverending Story was also a massive success, both commercially and critically. It has since spawned three sequels, as well as a musical and a stage adaptation. It also gained a cult following and has inspired many other films, including Steven Spielberg’s Hook.

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is a 1982 sci-fi fantasy directed by Steven Spielberg. Following the story of an alien who becomes stranded on Earth and befriends a lonely boy, E.T. was a massive success upon its release and has since become an eternal classic.
The special effects used in E.T. revolutionized the way movies were made and won the film four Academy Awards for Visual Effects. The designs for E.T. are iconic and memorable, and the special effects are still spectacular to this day.
E.T. also features a legendary score from composer John Williams, which became one of his most successful pieces of music. The soundtrack of the movie is iconic, with the memorable main theme being one of the most recognizable in movie history.
E.T. also features a heartwarming story, which is still praised as one of the best ever told. It is a timeless story full of warmth and emotion, with themes such as friendship and understanding resonating to viewers of all ages.
E.T. was also a critical and commercial success, becoming the highest grossing film of all time until it was surpassed by Spielberg’s Jurassic Park in 1993. It also spawned a huge franchise, with merchandising, toy lines, books and video games.


Wall-E is a 2008 computer animated science fiction film directed by Andrew Stanton. It follows the story of a lonely robot, Wall-E, who is tasked with cleaning up a post-apocalyptic Earth and discovers something amazing that could change the future of humanity.
Wall-E features some stunning visuals, from the dusty and garbage filled landscape of Earth to the bright and colorful world of the Axiom starship. The art direction of the film is outstanding, with the perfect blend of realistic and cartoon-ish visuals.
The characters of Wall-E are also memorable and full of life, with the expressive and creative animation bringing them to life. The soundtrack of the movie is also great, with a soothing and heartfelt score composed by the late composer Thomas Newman.
Wall-E is also more than just a great looking film. It features a thought-provoking story that examines the consequences of humanity’s overreliance on technology and wastes little time in delivering its message.
Wall-E was a commercial and critical success, winning an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film and garnering praise for its innovative animation, visuals, music and story. It is one of the most beloved films of the 2000s and is a must-watch for sci-fi fans.

Vicki Strouth is a life-long film enthusiast, having grown up watching classic cinema in her childhood. She has since gone on to pursue writing about films and movie news, with her work being published on various online platforms. She is passionate about supporting independent filmmakers and highlighting important stories from around the world. She has also written a successful book about classic movies from Hollywood's Golden Age era. Vicki currently lives in Seattle, where she continues to explore films of all genres and eras.

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