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Scientists Choose the 10 Best Sci-Fi Movies Ever

Scientists Choose the 10 Best Sci-Fi Movies Ever

No, despite the rallying cry of Neil deGrasse Tyson, Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” did not make the cut. Nor did Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity.” We’re not sure who Popular Mechanics polled in its list of The 10 Best Sci-Fi Movies as Chosen by Scientists, but participating scientists and engineers are in awe of these ten films and their portrayals of science, from astrophysics and artificial intelligence to extraterrestrial life and societal collapse.

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What are they missing? Though their scientific accuracy may hang in the balance, “Metropolis,” “Children of Men” and “Minority Report” come to mind for their exaggerated parables of crumbling future worlds not far from our own. How about “Solaris,” “District 9,” “Close Encounters,” “Gattaca” and “Primer”? Or “Moon,” for its highly specific rendering of space travel?

“2001,” natch, like Hitchcock’s “Vertigo” atop the Sight and Sound poll, remains the gold standard for sci-fi filmmaking.

1. “2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968)
2. “The Matrix” (1999)
3. “Brazil” (1985)
4. “Alien” (1979)
5. “Fantastic Voyage” (1966)
6. “Wall-E” (2008)
7. “Jurassic Park” (1993)
8.  “Blade Runner” (1982)
9. “Star Wars” (1977)
10. “War of the Worlds” (1953)

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Ryan Lattanzio is the staff writer for TOH at Indiewire. Follow him on Twitter @ryanlattanzio.

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