1. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
The first line of this movie, spoken 30 minutes in, was “Here you are sir, Main level, please.” There is no debate concerning 2001: A Space Odyssey being the greatest sci-fi movie of all time. Not only is the film a fantastic science fiction masterpiece, but a beautiful piece of art as well. It explores the nature of humanity, evolution, the future and exploration.
2. Blade Runner (1982)
It was one of the first movies to introduce the gritty, congested and dark future of humanity and space. It is bursting with creativity, and gives us a clear message that transcends from our past to our future: no one wants to die. Directed by the master of sci-fi, Ridley Scott.
3. Gattaca (1997)
The film challenges us to consider how far mankind has come, and the morality of playing God. Here we have an uplifting film brought to us by Andrew Niccol. It is clear that the film is commentary on the direction our society is pushing itself towards. One of the movies on our list that has the best performances, especially by Ethan Hawk and Jude Law.
4. Aliens (1986)
Ridley Scott may have directed the first Alien movie and done a fantastic job at it, but James Cameron took it and expanded it. This time, it isn’t a monster movie, but an all out war between the acid bleeding aliens, and everyone else. Ultimately, it is a movie about facing your deepest fears with courage. It was the last good movie in the series.
5. Metropolis (1927)
It is a masterpiece of art deco design and expressionism. A full silent film, it is a marxist text set in the future world emerging from Germany. Elements from frankenstein and the time machine are included, and it was one of the first movies to depict the future. Metropolis has also been remade into an animated film, and is worth the watch.