From time travel to outer space, these are the greatest science fiction films ever made
John Carpenter's ultimate creature feature. The Thing remains one of the most gloriously splattery and tense horrors of all time. Nearly 40 years on, its practical effects remain peerless.
One of the most influential summer blockbusters in Hollywood history, and a film capable of inspiring awe like few others. Spielberg's seminal dino flick is a Cretaceous classic.
Low budget, high concept – The Terminator borrows from oodles of genres to tell a love story set in a world where naked time travel, gigantic Austrian cyborgs, and classic one-liners are par for the fate-shaping course.
A movie that redefined what a sequel could do. With greater depth and higher emotional stakes than A New Hope, Empire's darker tone and killer twist make for sensational sci-fi.
A deeply moving slice of sci-fi that asks questions of humanity in a nihilistic, synthetic, commodified universe. Harrison Ford is fab, but Rutger Hauer's Roy Batty steals the show.
A timeless tale of good versus evil, this movie inspired a generation of fans and filmmakers alike in a way Hollywood had never seen. Star Wars' dirty, lived-in universe inspired countless pretenders.
One of the most iconic sci-fi movies of all time, Kubrick's seminal epic still feels incredibly modern. The astonishing cinematography and stellar practial effects have aged remarkably well.
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