First of all, I would like to clarify that this is a personal top list and that it can vary according to tastes. I could have called this list: “The 10 best MODERN sci-fi movies” but the inclusion of 2001: A Space Odyssey made me discard that original idea. I really feel I haven’t put classic black and white movies and focused on the color ones, but I hope that many of you will have a similar taste to mine.
10- Back to the Future (1985)
The teenager Marty McFly is Doc’s friend, a scientist who everyone takes for crazy. When Doc creates a time travel machine, a fortuitous mistake makes Marty reach 1955, the year in which his future parents had not yet met. After preventing your first meeting, you should get them to meet and get married; otherwise, its existence would not be possible.
Typical commercial movie of the 80s but under the umbrella of director Robert Zemeckis and producer Steven Spielberg that automatically gives him the stamp of a modern classic. He had two sequels that big bill but inferior to this 1985 film. The song – The power of love by Huey Lewis is still heard today on radio and television commercials.
9- Avatar (2009)
Year 2154. Jake Sully (Sam Worthington), a former Marine condemned to live in a wheelchair, remains, nevertheless, a true warrior. Precisely for this reason it has been designated to go to Pandora, where some companies are extracting a strange mineral that could solve the Earth’s energy crisis. To counteract the toxicity of Pandora’s atmosphere, the Avatar program has been created, thanks to which human beings keep their consciences linked to an avatar: a remotely controlled biological body that can survive in lethal air. Those bodies have been created with human DNA, mixed with DNA from the natives of Pandora, the Na’vi. Become an avatar, Jake can walk again. Its mission is to infiltrate among the Na’vi, which have become the biggest obstacle to mineral extraction. But when Neytiri, a beautiful Na’vi (Zoe Saldana), saves Jake’s life, everything changes: Jake, after passing certain tests, is admitted to his clan. Meanwhile, the men await the results of Jake’s mission.
The highest-grossing film of all time directed by James Cameron that tells us a very manic story but with futuristic dyes where humanity is the villain and the alien race is the victim. Even with a script that is a patch of several classics, the story works perfectly.
8- Mad Max: Fury on the Road (2015)
Persecuted by its turbulent past, Mad Max believes that the best way to survive is to go alone in the world. However, he is dragged into a group that flees through the desert in a War Rig led by an elite Empress: Furious. They escape from a Citadel tyrannized by Immortan Joe, to whom they have taken something irreplaceable. Enraged, the Lord of War mobilizes all his gangs and relentlessly persecutes the rebels in a “highway war” of high revolutions … The fourth installment of the post-apocalyptic saga that revives the trilogy that in the early eighties starred Mel Gibson
Wonderful movie, shocking. An instant classic, a cult film since its screening in Cannes. Only the mind of George Miller can make such a film. Perhaps the best action movie of the century.
7- Jurassic Park (1993)
Billionaire John Hammond manages to realize his dream of cloning Jurassic dinosaurs and creating with them a theme park on a remote island. Before opening it to the public, invite a couple of eminent scientists and a mathematician to check the viability of the project. But the park’s security measures do not provide for the survival instinct of mother nature or human greed.
The movie that changed the special effects. The movie that made a generation dream about dinosaurs. Steven Spielberg changed the direction of cinema in the 90s with the first part of Jurassic Park.
6- Terminator II: The Final Judgment (1991)
Sarah Connor, the unmarried mother of rebel John Connor, is admitted to a psychiatric hospital. A few years before, a time traveler had revealed that his son would be the savior of humanity in a future dominated by machines. She then became a kind of warrior and educated her son John in survival tactics. This is why she is being held in an insane asylum. When a new improved android, a T-1000, arrives from the future to kill John, an old T-800 model will be sent to protect him.
Another classic of all time. If the first part was already wonderful with time travel, in this sequel we are introduced to the villain of the first as the guardian angel of humanity. A tremendous Arnold Schwarzenegger under the orders of James Cameron in an apocalyptic tape.
5- Aliens The Return (1986)
Alien is a perfect organism, a killing machine whose physical superiority can only compete with its aggressiveness. Officer Ripley and the crew of the ship “Nostromo” had faced, in the past, that monstrous creature. And only Ripley survived the massacre. After wandering through space for several years, Ripley was rescued. During that time, Alien’s planet has been colonized. But suddenly, communication with the colony is lost and, to investigate the reasons, an expedition of space marines, led by Ripley, is sent. There await thousands of creepy creatures. Alien has been reproduced and this time the fight is for the survival of Humanity.
If the first installment is a masterpiece of terror in space, this sequel is a masterpiece of action in space. James Cameron , again, gives a touch of magic in this saga with the xenomorphs as true protagonists.
4- Alien the Eighth Passenger (1979)
Back on Earth, the Nostromo cargo ship interrupts its journey and awakens its seven crew. The central computer, MOTHER, has detected the mysterious transmission of an unknown way of life, coming from a nearby planet apparently uninhabited. The ship then goes to the strange planet to investigate the origin of the communication.
Ridley Scott became this film in a kind of visionary of his time. Alien is a jewel of its kind and made us see the aliens with more fear than admiration. In space nobody can hear your screams.
3- Matrix (1999)
Thomas Anderson is a brilliant programmer from a reputable software company. But outside of work is Neo, a hacker who one day receives a mysterious visit …
The Wachowski brothers, now the sisters after their sex change, created at the end of the 20th century a film that broke all the molds of contemporary science fiction. Matrix was a revolution in all areas, including technical and cyberpunk .
2- 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
The science fiction film par excellence of the history of the cinema tells the different periods of the history of humanity, not only of the past, but also of the future. Millions of years ago, before the appearance of “homo sapiens”, some primates discovered a monolith that leads them to a higher intelligence stage. Millions of years later, another monolith, buried in a moon, arouses the interest of scientists. Finally, during a NASA mission, HAL 9000, a machine equipped with artificial intelligence, is responsible for controlling all the systems of a manned spacecraft.
The evolution of humanity from the monkey to the cosmic being is due to a superior extraterrestrial intelligence that has placed a sentry, a monolith that warns them of the different stages of man. Magnificent work of Stanley Kubrick based on a short story by Arthur C. Clarke.
1- Blade Runner (1982)
At the beginning of the 21st century, the powerful Tyrell Corporation created, thanks to advances in genetic engineering, a robot called Nexus 6, a being virtually identical to man but superior to him in strength and agility, which was given the name Replicant. These robots worked as slaves in the outer colonies of the Earth. After the bloody rebellion of a Nexus-6 team, the Replicators were banished from Earth. Special police brigades, the Blade Runners, had orders to kill all those who had not complied with the sentence. But this was not called execution, it was called “withdrawal.” After a serious incident, former Blade Runner Rick Deckard is called back to the service to find and “withdraw” some rebellious replicants.
For me the best movie of all time. Blade Runner was released in 1982 and failed critically and publicly because it was far ahead of its time and people couldn’t understand it. Over the years it was rediscovered to become a cult movie and one of the most acclaimed of recent times.