In the 1950s and 60s, the Cold War paranoia and the fear of complete annihilation gave rise to an unparalleled wave of alien invasion movies and apocalyptic space adventures. With a new age of technology and research, filmmakers grew increasingly interested in the cinematic interpretation of the extra-terrestrial, technology and the scientific discipline. For this list, I have taken into account films adroitly infused science and the cinematic art form. So, without further ado, here is the list of top classic sci-fi movies from the 50s and 60s. You can watch some of these best classic sci-fi movies on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.
10. The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)
A multi-million dollar hit, ‘The Incredible Shrinking Man’ is the story of Scott Carey, essayed by Grant Williams who upon being exposed to a combination of radiation and insecticide begins to shrink because and medical science seems to be powerless to help him. A science-fiction horror film, ‘The Incredible Shrinking Man’, directed by Jack Arnold, won the first “Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation” and has been selected by the “National Film Registry” by the Library of Congress.
9. Destination Moon (1950)
Directed by Irving Pichel, ‘Destination Moon’ is a space exploration science fiction drama which explores an American crew’s mission to reach the moon. Credited to be one of the first of its kind, the film received praise its scientific accuracy with American author and film critic Leonard Maltin praising Bonestell’s lunar paintings as “being visually striking”.