One of the reasons why people watch movies is for an escape. The sci-fi genre helps its fans get away from it all as well as any other. Take a look back at the top five greatest sci-fi movies ever made.
5. “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” (1977)
There was a time when Steven Spielberg was perhaps the most renowned director in Hollywood. One of the movies that helped launch his career is the science fiction classic “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.” When I saw this film for the first time, I remember thinking that Spielberg humanized aliens better than any previous director. I also remember thinking that Richard Dreyfuss must have been mentally unstable for playing with his mashed potatoes like that. “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” was nominated for nine Academy Awards and won two.
4. “Alien” (1979)
Although I’ve never researched this topic, it seems to me that “Alien” must be the greatest feminist science fiction movie ever made. Not only is the creature female, but the hero, played by Sigourney Weaver, is as well. Often sci-fi movies are so unbelievable that scenes that are supposed to be terrifying are not actually scary. That is not the case with “Alien.” Of course, the most memorable scene is the alien fetus bursting out of John Hurt’s stomach. “Alien” was nominated for two Academy Awards, winning one.
3. “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” (1979)
The only thing wrong with “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” is its ridiculous title. I am pretty sure that everyone who went to see this film knew they were going to see a science fiction movie and not a sci-fi television show. Although I am definitely not a Trekkie or a Trekker, I do love all of the “Star Trek” movies. The dynamic of the dialogue among Bones, Kirk and Spock is wonderful. Thanks to the actors working together 10 years earlier, there is terrific chemistry in every scene. “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” was nominated for three Academy Awards.
2. “2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968)
Despite being made in 1968, “2001: A Space Odyssey” has some of the best visual effects that I have ever seen in a science fiction movie. To this day, I am still amazed at how director Stanley Kubrick made this film look so realistic in the infancy of special effects. And although it did not happen in 2001, this movie seems to have hit the mark in its foreboding prediction of computers trying to kill humans. Today’s leading computer engineers fear this could happen in the future. “2001: A Space Odyssey” was nominated for four Academy Awards, winning one.
1. “Star Wars” (1977)
In the interest of full disclosure, “Star Wars” is my favorite movie in history; science fiction or otherwise. It was the last film that I ever saw at a drive-in theater. And yet it was the first movie I ever fell in love with. Little did I know at the time that it would spawn five other science fiction movies and become one of the greatest sci-fi series in history. The only thing wrong with “Star Wars” is Princess Leia’s hair. Yikes! With 11 Academy Award nominations and seven wins, it is clear that “Star Wars” is the greatest science fiction movie ever made.