From 'Blade Runner' to 'Star Wars': Hollywood's Favorite Sci-Fi Films
With 'Chappie' hitting theaters this week, The Hollywood Reporter takes a look at the industry's favorite movies in the genre.
Homesick aliens and lovesick robots are among Hollywood's favorite science fiction movies. Pulled from THR's list of Hollywood's 100 favorite films, some of the flicks take place in galaxies far, far away, while others hit a little closer to home.
E.T. (No. 8), Steven Spielberg's film about a Reese's Pieces-loving extra terrestrial, wasn't the only sci-fi entry from the Oscar-winning director. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (No. 93) and Jurassic Park (No. 50) also found their ways onto the superlative list. Audiences will be able to return to the perpetually ill-fated park in this summer's Jurassic World.
George Lucas' Star Wars (No. 11) is another classic sci-fi franchise with a much-anticipated forthcoming installment, where director J.J. Abrams will give us his interpretation of far-off intergalactic geopolitics. The Empire Strikes Back was also ranked on the top 100 list, at No. 32.
No sci-fi movie list would be complete without the inclusion of a few robots, computer overlords, alternate realities and aliens — both of the hostile and friendly variety.
Blade Runner (No. 29) — which is getting a sequel, with Harrison Ford reprising his role — and Wall-E (No. 79) proved to be the top pick for the tin cans, while 2001: A Space Odyssey (No. 9) and The Matrix (No. 44) were the best stories of A.I. gone awry. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (No. 56) and Inception (No. 84) made Hollywood question this plane of existence, and Avatar (No. 67) and Aliens (No. 42) were the go-to movies for off-world encounters.
Rounding out the choices was the time travel classic Back to the Future (No. 12), which taught audiences how many gigawatts it takes to go back in time: 1.21... to be exact.