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Bill Warren: Eleven Best Science Fiction Films and Runners-Up

Bll Warren was an American film historian and critic, and wrote one of the first serious studies of science fiction films, Keep Watching the Skies! (the concluding line of Earth vs. the Flying Saucers), and this list is on page 501 of The Overlook Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction, edited by Phil Hardy, The Overlook Press, 1995. Warren listed the films in order of length of title, and included a second list of runners up (E.T. starts). He afforded "The Star Wars Trilogy" and "The Quatermass Quartet" one place each. He leaves off titles he would put on his horror list such as King Kong, Alien, Bride of Frankenstein, Cronenberg's The Fly. He notes that in 1956, age 13, he would have considered It Came from Beneath the Sea and Creature with the Atom Brain as "best" and notes wanting to re-examine Zontar, the Thing from Venus and Battle Beneath the Earth. He says the Kauffman Invasion is probably better, but the Siegel more in tune with its time, but not wanting to choose between them.
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Blade Runner (1982)
Blade Runner (1982)
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Forbidden Planet (1956)
Forbidden Planet (1956)
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The War of the Worlds (1953)
The War of the Worlds (1953)
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The Invisible Man (1933)
The Invisible Man (1933)
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Star Wars (1977)
Star Wars (1977)
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The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
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Return of the Jedi (1983)
Return of the Jedi (1983)
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The Quatermass Xperiment (1955)
The Quatermass Xperiment (1955)
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Quatermass II (1957)
Quatermass II (1957)
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Quatermass and the Pit (1967)
Quatermass and the Pit (1967)
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The Quatermass Conclusion (1979)
The Quatermass Conclusion (1979)
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The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)
The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)
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13
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
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Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
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Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
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Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
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Alien (1979)
Alien (1979)
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Them! (1954)
Them! (1954)
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Solaris (1972)
Solaris (1972)
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21
Metropolis (1927)
Metropolis (1927)
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Innerspace (1987)
Innerspace (1987)
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Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)
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Planet of the Apes (1968)
Planet of the Apes (1968)
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A Clockwork Orange (1971)
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
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Village of the Damned (1960)
Village of the Damned (1960)
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The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
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The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)
The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)
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The Thing From Another World (1951)
The Thing From Another World (1951)
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The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961)
The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961)
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