Genuine science fiction films

I'm an avid fan of literary science fiction, from widescreen space operas to paranoid dystopias. But in film ask anyone to name a science fiction film and chances are the first thing they come up with is Star Wars. Aaarrrgh!

Don't get me wrong, I like Star Wars as much as the next 40-something film nerd. BUT Star Wars is as much a genuine piece of Science Fiction as Lord of the Rings is a historical drama. These are Science FANTASY films.

So here is a list of movies that in my opinion have the sensibilities of genuine literary science fiction.

Read notes
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • A.I. Artificial Intelligence
  • Mad Max
  • On the Beach
  • Seconds
  • Quatermass and the Pit
  • Moon
  • A Scanner Darkly
  • Sunshine
  • Contact
  • Blade Runner
  • Alien
  • The Day the Earth Stood Still
  • Silent Running
  • RoboCop
  • Akira
  • Children of Men
  • Videodrome
  • Twelve Monkeys
  • The Man in the White Suit
  • Ghosts... of the Civil Dead
  • The Man Who Fell to Earth
  • Armageddon