Top 5 best Science fiction movies of all time

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5) Star Wars 5: The empire strikes back (1980)

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  • Genre: Action, Fantasy, Science fiction
  • Release Date: May 21, 1980
  • Duration: 2 hour 4 minutes
  • Box office: 549 million dollars
  • Director: Irvin Kershner
  • Screenplay writer: Leigh Brackett, Lawrence Kasdan 
  • Producer: Gary Kurtz
  • Cinematography: Peter Suschitzky

Stars wars 5: the empire strikes back, 3 years after a new hope completely changed the game for blockbuster movies, its sequel showed everyone how to follow up on an amazing story. After the heroes scored a big win against the empire in the first film, they are all backed into a corner by their enemies, but the protagonists refused to let the overwhelming odds betrayal and questions about their identity to stop them. The empire strikes back greatly expanded upon an already huge universe in exciting ways. It also features some of the most iconic dialogue in not just science fiction movies, but in all cinema and film’s major twist is arguably one of the best turns in the movie history. The empire strikes back is easily one of the best space operas the galaxy has ever seen.

4) Metropolis (1927)

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  • Genre: Science fiction, silent, thriller
  • Release Date: 10 January 1927
  • Duration: 2 hours 33 Minutes
  • Box office: 1 million dollars (Estimation)
  • Director: Fritz Lang
  • Screenplay writer: Thea Von Harbou
  • Producer: Erich Pommer
  • Cinematography: Karl Freund, Gunther Rittau

Metropolis is an expressionist silent film from the 20’s. Metropolis is an operatic tale of two lovers from high and low society in a futuristic mechanized world. The straight forward premise of metropolis is accompanied by imagery and commentary that made it legendary. Echoes of its Gothic and art Deco set design can be found in tons of science fiction movies and other genre films of the last century. Metropolis marks one of the first depictions of a humanoid robot on screen, additionally the film also taps into the fears of an overly industrialized world. It themes about the struggle between classes have remained tragically relevant for nearly a century, a lot os the aspects people love about the science fiction movies can be traced back to this 1920’s film.

3) The Matrix (1999)

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  • Genre: Action, Science Fiction, Fantasy
  • Release Date: 24 March 1999
  • Duration: 2 hours 16 Minutes
  • Box office: 467 million dollars
  • Director: The Wachowskis
  • Screenplay writer: The Wachowskis
  • Producer: Joel Silver
  • Cinematography: Bill Pope

The matrix film took the world by storm, influenced by everything from cyberpunk to anime. The matrix is a perfect blend of high concepts and high action. In this adventure hacker Neo learns that the whole world is a simulation created by machines, after awakening to the cold truth, he learns how to take advantage of everything the matrix has to offer. The wild narrative makes for a gripping and endlessly fascinating film, viewers were also hooked on the incredible action and the hugely influential bullet time effects. The Matrix also programs thought provoking philosophical concepts into its memorable story. While you might question reality by the end, you won’t doubt that you saw an incredibly cool and important science fiction movie. 

2) Terminator 2: Judgement day (1991)

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  • Genre: Action, Science Fiction
  • Release Date: 3 July 1991
  • Duration: 2 hours 17 Minutes
  • Box office: 520 million dollars
  • Director: James Cameron
  • Screenplay writer: James Cameron, William Wisher
  • Producer: James Cameron
  • Cinematography: Adam Greenberg

Terminator 2: Judgement day (1991), the first Terminator got the franchise off to a fantastic start, but T2 is the clear peak of the franchise. In the second outing an artificial terminator aims to protect humanity’s savior from a more advanced killer robot, both the action and special effects have managed to hold up for over 30 years and counting. Underneath the spectacle the actors give great performances that hit every emotional beat. As they struggle to prevent a dark future, they are forced to question if just a handful of people can change the fate of the planet, when you add all these elements up. Terminator 2: Judgement day (1991) is a science fiction movie, whose brilliance and epic action will always bring a tear to our eye. 

1) 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

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  • Genre: Adventure, Science Fiction
  • Release Date: 15 May 1968
  • Duration: 2 hours 19 Minutes
  • Box office: 146 million dollars
  • Director: Stanley Kubrick
  • Screenplay writer: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke
  • Producer: Stanley Kubrick
  • Cinematography: Geoffrey Unsworth

2001: A Space Odyssey chronicles humanities interactions with strange monoliths from our earliest origins to our first steps into outer space. Additionally, it features an ill fated mission ruined by a rogue AI. 2001: A Space Odyssey was widely celebrated for its accurate depiction of how space travel works and ground breaking effects, even modern audiences may wonder how half the shots were achieved, but what makes the 2001: A Space Odyssey a masterpiece is how its ambiguous ending allows each and every audience member to take something different from the story, while it maybe subtitled a space odyssey. The movie is a veritable space symphony of spectacular music and ideas about the wonders and dangers of what reaching for the stars could bring.