The greatest sci-fi film of all time is…

The quest for the best starts here…

Welcome to SciFiNow’s long-running reader-integrated feature that gives you the chance to vote for the greatest sci-fi film of all time. Since issue 31 we’ve been giving the industry’s best writers the chance to campaign for their favourite film from a shortlist of ten, and now in these final stages we need readers and web browsers to decide which film deserves the accolade of Greatest Sci-Fi Film Of All Time. Keep your eyes glued to these very web pages over the next few weeks as we unveil each entry in this thought-stirring poll.

You can check out the shortlist below.

PH02t504QAMW32_1_mAlien (1979)

Director: Ridley Scott
Dan O’Bannon, Ronald Shusett
Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Cartwright
20th Century Fox

Alien showed that a progression to adult science fiction was possible outside of lurid effects and fantastical storylines, seamlessly blending the genre with horror.

et_posterE.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

Director: Steven Spielberg
Melissa Mathison
Henry Thomas, Dee Wallace, Drew Barrymore
Studio: Universal Pictures

A family film primarily and a science-fiction film second, E.T. nevertheless holds a very dear place in the hearts of its fans and popular culture as a whole.

b70-68852001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Director: Stanley Kubrick
Writer: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C Clarke
Starring: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester
Studio: MGM

Kubrick’s masterpiece, despite receiving a mixed reception upon its release, eventually became commonly known as an incredible feat of filmmaking.

144156~Planet-of-the-Apes-PostersPlanet Of The Apes (1968)

Director: Franklin J Schaffner
Writer: Pierre Boulle, Michael Wilson, Rod Serling
Starring: Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Maurice Evans
Studio: 20th Century Fox

Who hasn’t seen the iconic image of Chuck Heston screaming at a half-buried Lady Liberty? It all started here, with Planet Of The Apes.

lgfp1416a-new-hope-original-movie-score-star-wars-episode-iv-posterStar Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)

Director: George Lucas
Writer: George Lucas
Starring: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford
Studio: 20th Century Fox

Star Wars’ impact on popular culture is, honestly, inestimable, and it all started with Lucas’s 1977 wildly popular blockbuster.

Blade_Runner_posterBlade Runner (1982)

Director: Ridley Scott
Philip K Dick, Hampton Fancher, David Peoples
Starring: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Edward James Olmos
Studio: Warner Bros.

Blade Runner is regarded as one of the finest films in the genre, loosely taking its cues from Philip K Dick’s short story ‘Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?’

Terminator-One-Sheet-FP2070Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

Director: James Cameron
Writer: James Cameron, William Wisher Jr
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong
Studio: Tri-Star Pictures

Following the runaway success of The Terminator, the second film was quickly put into production, featuring a new nemesis and a revolutionary use of CGI.

forbiddenplanetForbidden Planet (1956)

Director: Fred M Wilcox
Writer: Cyril Hume, Irving Block, Allen Adler
Starring: Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, Leslie Nielsen
Studio: MGM

One of science fiction’s greatest efforts, this film demonstrated incredible innovation for the time, and a step up for the genre’s credibility in the mainstream.

469-1-1Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Director: Irvin Kershner
Writer: George Lucas, Leigh Brackett, Lawrence Kasdan
Starring: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher
Studio: 20th Century Fox

The sequel to the 1977 blockbuster Star Wars is often cited as the best in the series, with a focus on character rather than straight plot.

the_matrix_film_posterThe Matrix (1999)

Director: Wachowski Brothers
Writer: Wachowski Brothers
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Ann Moss
Studio: Warner Bros.

Hip, modern, and featuring a quite frankly astounding use of computer effects, even ten years on this film is still breathtaking, sequels notwithstanding.

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