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Io9's 50 Brilliant Science Fiction Movies That Everyone Should See at Least Once

Science fiction has rocked cinemas for a century, and the genre has produced many undisputed classics during that time. But which movies are essential viewing for anyone interested in the genre? We broke down the 50 must-watch science fiction films.
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Metropolis (1927)
Metropolis (1927)
2
Frankenstein (1931)
Frankenstein (1931)
3
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
4
The Man in the White Suit (1951)
The Man in the White Suit (1951)
5
Godzilla (1954)
Godzilla (1954)
6
Forbidden Planet (1956)
Forbidden Planet (1956)
7
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)
8
Planet of the Apes (1968)
Planet of the Apes (1968)
9
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
10
Solaris (1972)
Solaris (1972)
11
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
12
Alien (1979)
Alien (1979)
13
The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
14
The Lathe of Heaven (1980)
The Lathe of Heaven (1980)
15
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)
16
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
17
Blade Runner (1982)
Blade Runner (1982)
18
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
19
Tron (1982)
Tron (1982)
20
Back to the Future (1985)
Back to the Future (1985)
21
Brazil (1985)
Brazil (1985)
22
Enemy Mine (1985)
Enemy Mine (1985)
23
Robocop (1987)
Robocop (1987)
24
Predator (1987)
Predator (1987)
25
They Live (1988)
They Live (1988)
26
Akira (1988)
Akira (1988)
27
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
28
Jurassic Park (1993)
Jurassic Park (1993)
29
Ghost in the Shell (1995)
Ghost in the Shell (1995)
30
Twelve Monkeys (1995)
Twelve Monkeys (1995)
31
Gattaca (1997)
Gattaca (1997)
32
The Fifth Element (1997)
The Fifth Element (1997)
33
The Matrix (1999)
The Matrix (1999)
34
Galaxy Quest (1999)
Galaxy Quest (1999)
35
Primer (2004)
Primer (2004)
36
The Incredibles (2004)
The Incredibles (2004)
37
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
38
Serenity (2005)
Serenity (2005)
39
Children of Men (2006)
Children of Men (2006)
40
The Host (2006)
The Host (2006)
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