Which sci-fi movies do you think you should see before you die?

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Adam-Troy Castro
Nov 17, 2014

Yahoo! Movies on Sunday posted a list of the top 100 movies you must see before you die, chosen partly for their "historical importance and cultural impact" but primarily because they were among "the most thrilling, most dramatic, scariest and funniest movies of all time."

Perhaps not surprisingly, several science fiction titles made the list, but sci-fi made up fewer than 10 percent of the selections: 2001: A Space Odyssey, Alien, Blade Runner, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, King Kong, The Matrix, Star Wars and Terminator 2: Judgment Day. (We're not counting fantasy or supernatural horror films.)

There's no question that these films are historically important, culturally relevant, thrilling, dramatic and even occasionally scary or funny. But Yahoo's list fails to include several titles that not only SCI FI Wire's editorial staff but also SCI FI Wire's readers themselves consider essential viewing.

A year ago, SCI FI Wire published a list of the top 10 sci-fi movies, based on reader submissions and suggestions, drawn from the American Film Institute's list of the top 50 SF movies of all time.

Among the titles on that list but not on Yahoo's are Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan (the high-water mark for Trek's big-screen adventures), The Day the Earth Stood Still (the paranoid '50s classic, not last year's remake), Forbidden Planet (the epic Shakespeare adaptation that introduced Robby the Robot), Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Spielberg's grown-up but no less imaginative predecessor to E.T.) and the original Planet of the Apes.

But there are other films on neither top 10 list. Where's Back to the Future? A Clockwork Orange? Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind?

It's hard to justify some of the films on Yahoo's list, such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Bringing Up Baby and even Princess Mononoke, except as comparative novelties. (For the full list of titles, check out Yahoo! Movies.)

Now it's your turn: What sci-fi titles do you think should be included on a list of films you should see before you die?

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