Science’s View: Scientist’s choose their favourite Sci-Fi

In 2004 The Guardian newspaper in the UK interviewed several prominent scientists to find their take on the greatest science-fiction movies ever made. Their selection makes for interesting viewing – based somewhat on the actuality of the science displayed in the films themselves, as well as the possibility, or rather probability, of the science involved.

This top 10 list is therefore a science-based view on the best of the genre.

The original list was published by The Guardian newspaper and can be found HERE. Each film has comments by prominent scientists.

1. Blade Runner (1981) More Info | Blade Runner: The Final Cut (2-Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [1982] | Blade Runner: The Final Cut [Blu-ray] [1982]

2. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) More Info | 2001: A Space Odyssey (2 Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [1968] | 2001 – A Space Odyssey [Blu-ray] [1968]

3. Star Wars (1977) More Info | Star Wars – The Original Trilogy [DVD] [1977]

4. Alien (1979) More Info | Alien Quadrilogy (9 Disc Complete Box Set) [DVD]

5. Solaris (1972) More Info | Solaris [DVD] [1972]

6. The Terminator (1984) More Info | The Terminator [DVD] [1985]

7. The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951) More Info | The Day The Earth Stood Still [DVD] [1951] | The Day The Earth Stood Still [Blu-ray] [1951]

8. War Of The Worlds (1953) More Info | The War of the Worlds: Special Edition (1953) [DVD] [1954]

9. The Matrix (1999) More Info | Matrix Trilogy 3-Disc Set: The Matrix, Matrix Reloaded and Matrix Revolutions [DVD] [1999]
| The Matrix/Matrix Reloaded/Matrix Revolutions [Blu-ray] [1999]

10. Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (1977) More Info | Close Encounters of the Third Kind–Collector’s Edition (two discs) [DVD] [1978] | Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (30th Anniversary Ultimate Edition) [Blu-ray] [1977]

About the Author
Editor of Top 10 Films, Dan Stephens is usually found pondering his next list. An unhealthy love of 1980s Hollywood sees most of his top 10s involving a time-travelling DeLorean and an adventurous archaeologist going by the name Indiana.

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