The 59 Sci-fi movies I must see before I die this year

At Christmas, I received a present of a book from the owner of this blog. It was the 101 sci-fi films one must see before one dies.

Flicking through the list, I realised how few I’d seen and wondered what the hell I’ve been doing with my life. How have I seen Weekend at Bernie’s three times, but I’ve never once seen Brazil or Logan’s Run?

So I’ve decided to set myself a challenge. There are 59 films on this list that I haven’t seen. So I am going to attempt to watch them all before I die this year, along with everyone else in the fiery inferno. I’m hoping the Aztecs will give us until New Year’s Eve.

The ones in bold below are the ones I haven’t seen and will watch as part of this death-defying challenge.

  • A Trip to the Moon (1902)
  • A Trip to Mars (1918)
  • Aelita (1924)
  • Pars Asleep (1925)
  • Metropolis (1927)
  • The Invisible Man (1933)
  • Things to Come (1936)
  • The Thing (1951)
  • When Worlds Collide (1951)
  • The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
  • Invaders From Mars (1953)
  • The War of the Worlds (1953)
  • It Came from Outer Space (1953)
  • Them (1954)
  • Gojira (1954)
  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)
  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
  • Forbidden Planet (1956)
  • The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959)
  • The Time Machine (1960)
  • The Amphibian Man (1961)
  • La jetée (1962)
  • Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964)
  • 10th Victim (1965)
  • Alphaville (1965)
  • Who Wants to Kill Jessie? (1966)
  • Fahrenheit 451 (1966)
  • Seconds (1966)
  • Fantastic Voyage (1966)
  • Quatermass and the Pit (1967)
  • Planet of the Apes (1968)
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
  • THX 1138 (1971)
  • A Clockwork Orange (1971)
  • Silent Running (1972)
  • Solaris (1972)
  • Slaughterhouse-Five (1972)WATCHED AND REVIEWED
  • Soylent Green (1973)
  • The Fantastic Planet (1973)
  • Sleeper (1973)
  • Westworld (1973)
  • Dark Star (1974)
  • Logan’s Run (1976)
  • The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)
  • Star Wars (1977)
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
  • Alien (1979)
  • Stalker (1979)
  • Time After Time (1979)
  • Flash Gordon (1980)
  • The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
  • Scanners (1981)
  • Escape from New York (1981)
  • The Road Warrior (1981)
  • The Thing (1982)
  • Blade Runner (1982)
  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
  • E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
  • Tron (1982)
  • Videodrome (1983)
  • Le Dernier Combat (1983)
  • Return of the Jedi (1983)
  • The Brother from Another Planet (1984)
  • Repo Man (1984)
  • Dune (1984)
  • Starman (1984)
  • 1984 (1984)
  • The Terminator (1984)
  • Brazil (1985)
  • Back to the Future (1985)
  • The Quiet Earth (1985)
  • Aliens (1986)
  • Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)
  • Robocop (1987)
  • Predator (1987)
  • Akira (1988)WATCHED AND REVIEWED
  • The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey (1988)
  • Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989)
  • The Abyss (1989)
  • Total Recall (1990)
  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
  • Jurassic Park (1993)
  • 12 Monkeys (1995)
  • Ghost in the Shell (1995)
  • Independence Day (1996)
  • The Fifth Element (1997)
  • Gattaca (1997)
  • Starship Troopers (1997)
  • Men in Black (1997)
  • Open Your Eyes (1997)
  • Pi (1998)
  • The Matrix (1999)
  • Galaxy Quest (1999)
  • Signs (2002)
  • Code 46 (2003)
  • Primer (2004)
  • I, Robot (2004)
  • The Host (2004)
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
  • Children of Men (2006)

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15 responses to “The 59 Sci-fi movies I must see before I die this year

  1. Pi is one of the craziest movies I have ever seen… Great great movie. And you should read Farenheit 451 and Slaughterhouse five before seeing them… they are classics.

    Btw, be careful when you watch Brazil, there are like 3 versions… one of them Terry Gilliam hated, then like 2 cuts after that.

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      • It is true, what I touched on but was obviously too tired to clarify, movies like 1984 and the classic Catch-22, there is so much that can’t be made into the movie because its descriptive, background information. Now while almost all book-movie adaptations cut quite a bit out, in the case of a movie like 1984 its less about the movie being horrible and more about just understanding so much more. It makes it a real interesting watch.

        On the other hand I totally understand trying to watch 59 movies takes away from the ability to read a book in between. :) Quite a good challenge you have going on and I’m enjoying reading about it.

      • Cheers geek, hopefully I can finish before the end of the world. In the case of 1984, I’ve actually read the book, so maybe I’ll appreciate the film more.

  2. I saw Metropolis in an abandoned power plant in Austin, TX. A local rock group created a score for the entire film. It was one of the more surreal movie experiences I’ve ever had. Logan’s Run is an absolute must watch as well. Thanks for the post.

    • Glad I could help. That’s quite the preorder, didn’t they come out in september? Worth the wait though, for the good three at least.

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  4. I’m surprised at some of the entries and also about how many of them I’ve seen, but most of all I can’t believe that you David “Radji” Corkery, owner of the “Scanners” box set, have not seen “Scanners!”

    • That boxset is so good I can’t even bring myself to watch it. And now I face the problem of it being in a different country with a different region code. You wouldn’t mind swinging by my house, watching it for me and letting me know what I think, would you?

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