5. 2001: A Space Odyssey
This is the oldest film on the list, released in 1968 this Stanley Kubrick classic still stands out today for its stunning visuals and amazingly it was released before man had even set foot on the moon. On first glance the film is about the dangers of artificial intelligence, though that’s possibly one of the simplest of takes on the film. It’s full of questions and is a surreal experience. It isn’t for everyone though, built on subtext and gathering your own meaning this is certainly something of an “art house film” that has left many audience members feeling alienated even angry.
4. E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial
Directed by Steve Spielberg this 1982 film tells the story of a boy (Elliot) who befriends a friendly alien dubbed E.T. who is stuck on earth and needs to find his way home. With the help of his siblings Elliot has to keep him hidden from his mother and of course the government and help him find his way back to his own people. It’s based on an imaginary friend that Spielberg himself created after the divorce of his own parents and that sentimentality shows, no film is more heart warming.
3. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
Often considered the best Star Trek film ever created, this 1982 entry into the franchise was exactly what fans wanted to see after the somewhat lacklustre response from the first film. It continues a story that began in an episode of the original series, a genetically engineered tyrant named Khan has escaped from exile to wreak vengeance on Admiral James T. Kirk. With the aid of his crew Kirk must stop him from acquiring a terraforming device and save the galaxy. This movie was also a model for the later film Star Trek Into Darkness released in 2013.
2. Blade Runner
Described as neo-noir science-fiction film, Blade Runner is truly unique. The film, released in 1982, is set in the future (the year 2019) as envisioned through an incredibly 80s cyberpunk scope whilst told through the conventions of a 1930s noir. The film is directed by Ridley Scott and is loosely based on the Philip K. Dick novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?. It tells the story of a tired cop who is tasked to hunt down ‘replicants’, uncanny humanlike robots. As he does so he begins to question the concept of humanity. The film helps you to question that very same thing.
1. Star Wars
Sci-fi fantasy at its absolute best. The original Star Wars film released in 1977 is a space opera that remains one of Hollywood’s biggest franchises to this day. This follows the adventures of a young man named Luke Skywalker who leaves his home to join a rebellion against an evil empire. It has everything a classic fantasy story has; magic, princesses, beasts and evil lords only it’s set in space, in a galaxy far, far away. Since this first film there have been countless books, games, sequels and spin-offs that have created bigger and bigger audiences. Star Wars is huge and rightly so, no film is arguably more fun and more loved than this.