My Essential Sci-Fi Canon

Groundbreaking, influential, or simply memorable installments in the science fiction genre, for better or for worse. Movies which I think all fans of the genre would enjoy in one way or another, and movies which I think ought to be taken as a given part of the conversation when talking about sci-fi. This is not meant to be a list of personal favorites, although it will doubtlessly be inflected with my taste and preferences.

What am I missing? What belongs here that maybe I haven't even seen? What do I have here that doesn't belong? What would be in your essential sci-fi canon?

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • A Boy and His Dog
  • The Abyss
  • Akira
  • Alien
  • Aliens
  • The Andromeda Strain
  • Armageddon
  • Attack the Block
  • Avatar
  • The Avengers
  • Back to the Future
  • Barbarella
  • Blade Runner
  • The Black Hole
  • The Blob
  • Brazil
  • Children of Men
  • The Chronicles of Riddick
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  • Contact
  • Creature from the Black Lagoon
  • Dark City
  • Dark Star
  • The Day the Earth Stood Still
  • District 9
  • Donnie Darko
  • Dune
  • Escape from New York
  • Escape from L.A.
  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
  • Event Horizon
  • eXistenZ
  • Fantastic Planet
  • The Fifth Element
  • Flash Gordon
  • The Fly
  • Forbidden Planet
  • Galaxy Quest
  • Gattaca
  • Ghost in the Shell
  • Ghostbusters
  • Godzilla
  • Gravity
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Her
  • The Host
  • Inception
  • Independence Day
  • Interstellar
  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers
  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers
  • The Iron Giant
  • Jurassic Park
  • Logan's Run
  • Mad Max 2
  • The Matrix
  • Men in Black
  • Metropolis
  • Minority Report
  • Moon
  • The Omega Man
  • Paprika
  • Plan 9 from Outer Space
  • Planet of the Apes
  • Predator
  • Primer
  • Repo Man
  • RoboCop
  • The Running Man
  • Silent Running
  • Solaris
  • Soylent Green
  • Spaceballs
  • Stalker
  • Star Trek
  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
  • Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
  • Star Trek: First Contact
  • Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace
  • Star Wars
  • The Empire Strikes Back
  • Return of the Jedi
  • Stargate
  • Starship Troopers
  • Sunshine
  • The Terminator
  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day
  • They Live
  • The Thing
  • Total Recall
  • Transformers
  • Tron
  • Twelve Monkeys
  • Under the Skin
  • Videodrome
  • Voyage To The End Of The Universe
  • WALL·E
  • The War of the Worlds
  • Westworld