The Top Fifty Films List

Here’s the full list of films as put out by MSN’s Parallel Universe site, and as modified by me, Mark and Chris.

50)  The Quatermass Xperiment (1955)

Screened, thanks to Mark, who found it at something of a bargain price.  Review is coming…

Currently unavailable from Netflix.  I’m hoping that changes; this is a classic piece of Hammer Films history, and I have dim memories of another Quatermass movie which I truly enjoyed.  The US title for this film is “The Creeping Unknown,” and it features an astronaut who returns to Earth with a visitor in his head…

49)  Things to Come (1936)

48)  I Married A Monster From Outer Space (1958)

47)  Gojira (Godzilla) (1954)

Screened and reviewed;  this is the original Japanese Godzilla film, with subtitles, natch.  Hey, it must be good, it’s foreign AND black and white.

46)  Strange Invaders (1983)

45)  They Live! (1988)

44)  It Came From Outer Space (1953)

43)  The Omega Man (1971)

42)  Invaders From Mars (1953)

41)  The Andromeda Strain (1971)

40)  War of the Worlds (1953)

39)  Logan’s Run (1976)

Screened and reviewed;  this was our first modification to the list.  This is supposed to be the Tom Cruise War of the Worlds film.  We removed that one.  First, it’s Tom Cruise, and some of us don’t like him and his stand on mental illness.  In addition, another of us commented that the narrative theme, with the boy being separated and then miraculously reunited with his family, feels a bit like a cheat.

38)  When Worlds Collide (1951)

Unavailable from Netflix right now

37)  The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)

36)  Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964)

35)  Planet of the Vampires (1965)

I had been looking forward to this one rather intensely, because of its influence on horror films rather than because of any inherent value in the film itself, but it is only available as a streaming video on Netflix.  We’ll work something out, one way or another, but until we do, this one will also remain missing…

34)  Quatermass and the Pit (1967)

Currently unavailable from Netflix.  I’m really upset about this…the movie scared the hell out of me when I saw it at a sleepover at a friend’s house when I was quite young.  It’s got a great story with a stupendous idea at its core.  We’ll have to substitute something for this one, I suppose…I wonder if they’ll let me sneak in The Day of the Triffids…

33)  Mars Attacks! (1996)

32)  Solaris (2002)

31)  Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

30)  Alphaville (1965)

29)  Moon (2009)

28)  The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)

27)  Total Recall (1990)

26)  These Are The Damned (1963)

25)  Starman (1984)

24)  Brazil (1985)

23)  Serenity

22)  Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan (1982)

21)  Earth Vs. The Flying Saucers (1956)

20)  Star Wars IV: A New Hope (1977)

19)  Solaris (1972)

18)  The Forbidden Planet (1956)

17)  The Fly (1986)

16)  Starship Troopers

This film will be vetoed, but we have actually seen it as a group so I intend to review it when the time comes.  I’m actually looking forward to this delayed review because this film provoked such strong reactions from both Mark and Chris!

15)  Independence Day

Mark’s veto here, and I think it’s actually rather understandable.  In many ways this is NOT a science fiction film; it’s a big dumb action film combined with a disaster film.  At any rate, this movie tends to drive Mark into paroxysms of rage.

14)  The Thing (1982)

13)  The Terminator (1984)

12)  The Day the Earth Stood Stood Still (1951)

11)  Metropolis (1927)

10)  Close Encounters (1977)

9)  E.T.

Another veto, this time by me.  Yes, I’m a huge SF fan, and I’ve actually never seen this film.  I don’t really want to see it, either.  From my impressions, it’s a children’s film of a kind I don’t particularly care for.  The other guys may yet talk me into watching this one, though I’ll be holding out for a substitute!

8)  Aliens (1986)

7)  The Thing From Another World (1951)

6)  Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

5)  Empire Strikes Back (1980)

4)  Alien (1979)

3)  The Matrix (1999)

2)  2001: A Space Odyssey

1)  Blade Runner (1982)


2 Responses to “The Top Fifty Films List”

  1. Great page! I would have thought there would be a raging bunch of comments here. For instance I would site: 20) Star Wars IV: A New Hope
    19) Solaris (1972)
    What? Are you kidding me? 🙂
    Now, I ‘m just having fun, but I think this kind of list a great way to stimulate conversation. Keep up the good work and keep making pages on each move. I see you have a bit to go (as of when I write this)

    • Thank you very much…I’m watching the films with two other SF buffs, and the reviews come as the screenings come—so far, about every two weeks.

      I haven’t gotten into whether or not things belong WHERE they show up on the list; I’m a little afraid of that! The original list is from’s Parallel Universe site.

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