Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Arthur C Clarke's list of the best science-fiction films of all time

The story goes that during the production of 2010 Arthur C. Clarke was asked to list the top ten science fiction
of all time. His rough cut of 12 is;

1. Metropolis (1927)
2. Things to Come (1936)
3. Frankenstein (1931)
4. King Kong (original version) (1933)
5. Forbidden Planet (1956)
6. The Thing from Another World (original version) (1951)
7. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
8. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
9. Star Wars (1977)
10. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1980)
11. Alien (1979)
12. Blade Runner (1982)

With Jedi and Star trek II still under consideration.
In hind sight, the question should have been two questions; the best and most important films. So as a meme, what would posters select as the 5 most important and 5 best (not necessarily exclusive) sci-fi films of all time?


K T Cat said...

In The Thing from Another Planet, the villains of the piece are the scientists. Idealistic, pompous idiots who let the Thing loose on everyone else. I haven't finished it yet, but I'm hoping the goateed moron gets consumed in a particularly nasty fashion.

By the way, didn't we see the Kurt Russell version together in the theater?

Kelly the dog said...

The timing would be about right, but I can't remember. The second one was always my favorite - especially with the ambiguous ending.

ewaf88 said...

Good selection. Nice to see Forbidden Planet included. I don't think Things to Come is a great science fiction film per se but it's art design is outstanding. Note the transparent flat screen televisions.