There are a few genres that do not well with IMDb users. For example, horror movies have very poor scores on IMDb. That’s surprising considering horror has arguably the most devoted followers. On the other hand, there are genres that do very well with IMDb users. Thrillers have high ratings. And so do sci-fi movies.
One could attribute Stanley Kubrick to kickstart the sci-fi genre with the magnificent ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ and then directors like Ridley Scott and James Cameron carried the baton. You will find some great sci-fi films on this list that you should definitely put on your watch list if you haven’t yet.
10. 2001: A Space Odyssey: 8.3
With themes ranging from existentialism to evolution,‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ is one of the most complete piece of work. Loosely inspired by a short story named ‘The Sentinel’ penned by Arthur C. Clarke; who co-scripted the screenplay along with Kubrick; the movie chronicles the journey of a crew of scientists to Jupiter along with the sentient computer HAL 9000. What startles you about the film once you are done watching it is the sheer ambition of it. Science Fiction movies don’t come in better shape or form than this.
9. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind: 8.3
‘Eternal Sunshine ..‘ is as much a mind blowing science-fiction film as it is a heart-breaking romantic drama. The concept — of memory-erasing — that the film is based on is so mind-boggling that most of the first-time viewers find themselves in a maze of complex theories. A difficult to follow plot also doesn’t help the matters. The true beauty of the film is only revealed to those who have fully understood it. IMDb users deserve credit for rating this complex film so high.
8. A Clockwork Orange: 8.3
Kubrick’s dystopian crime drama delves deep into the sheer madness and chaos inherent in human psyche. The film’s protagonist Alex DeLarge is a psychopathic maniac with an insatiable taste for violence. In the classic Kubrician style, the film questions morality and human psychology in the most eerily profound and disturbing manner. Let’s call it a psychological science fiction film, if there is such a thing.
7. Aliens: 8.4
One of the most successful movies of Scott, ‘Alien’ tells us of a group of explorers, who, in their expedition, receive a distress call from an unexplored planet. When they reach the planet, they start looking for survivors and realize that the call was indeed a warning and a deadly bioform has already joined them in their vessel, Nostromo. The success of the film sprawled a franchise of sequels, novels, books and games. ‘Alien’ has become a cult favorite among cinema lovers since and remains one of the best sci-fi movies ever made.
6. Alien: 8.5
‘Alien’ was released at a time when space exploration had created a new wave of curiosity over the possibility of extra terrestrial life. Director Ridley Scott uses the combination of mystery and fear already surrounding aliens to create a horror film. The absence of technology in that era is converted into its strength as the film keeps the unseen invisible to the audience.