ANALYSIS WRAP UP: The Best Sci-Films of All Decades

Wrapping up this feature, let's cherry pick a number of sci-fi films of each decade (including yearly winners and runner-ups) to collect the cream of the crop all in one spot. All the sci-fi films below earned at least 8.0 in SFMZ's final score analysis. Another way to look at it . . . if there are a number of sci-fi films on this list you haven't seen, then you can view it as the often used magazine/web article theme "50 Sci-Fi Films You Must See Before You Die."


1977
Star Wars
SFMZ Score: 9.39


1968
2001: A Space Odyssey
SFMZ Score: 9.31


1982
Blade Runner
SFMZ Score: 9.31


2008
The Dark Knight
SFMZ Score: 9.30


1980
The Empire Strikes Back
SFMZ Score: 9.14


2004
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
SFMZ Score: 9.11


1971
A Clockwork Orange
SFMZ Score: 9.08


2008
WALL-E
SFMZ Score: 9.06


1979
Alien
SFMZ Score: 9.05


2010
Inception
SFMZ Score: 9.02


1986
Aliens
SFMZ Score: 8.98


1981
Mad Max 2:
The Road Warrior
SFMZ Score: 8.96


1991
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
SFMZ Score: 8.94


1982
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
SFMZ Score: 8.92


1927
Metropolis
SFMZ Score: 8.89


1985
Brazil
SFMZ Score: 8.89


1985
Back to the Future
SFMZ Score: 8.80


1993
Jurassic Park
SFMZ Score: 8.79


2008
Iron Man
SFMZ Score: 8.77


1972
Solaris
SFMZ Score: 8.66


2009
Star Trek
SFMZ Score: 8.63


1983
The Right Stuff
SFMZ Score: 8.62


1999
The Matrix
SFMZ Score: 8.61


2009
Avatar
SFMZ Score: 8.51


1979
Stalker
SFMZ Score: 8.48


1977
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
SFMZ Score: 8.47


1984
The Terminator
SFMZ Score: 8.39


1935
The Bride of Frankenstein
SFMZ Score: 8.37


1968
Night of the Living Dead
SFMZ Score: 8.37


1933
King Kong
SFMZ Score: 8.35


1931
Frankenstein
SFMZ Score: 8.31


1983
Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi
SFMZ Score: 8.30


1991
Being John Malkovich
SFMZ Score: 8.28


1991
Delicatessen
SFMZ Score: 8.27


2011
X-Men First Class
SFMZ Score: 8.27


1956
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
SFMZ Score: 8.26


2009
Moon
SFMZ Score: 8.26


1982
The Thing
SFMZ Score: 8.25


1951
The Day the Earth Stood Still
SFMZ Score: 8.24


1998
The Truman Show
SFMZ Score: 8.24


2011
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
SFMZ Score: 8.23


1995
12 Monkeys
SFMZ Score: 8.19


1965
The War Game
SFMZ Score: 8.17


2007
Transformers
SFMZ Score: 8.17


1988
Akira
SFMZ Score: 8.11


2006
Children of Men
SFMZ Score: 8.10


1978
Superman
SFMZ Score: 8.10


1982
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
SFMZ Score: 8.02


2004
Spider-Man 2
SFMZ Score: 8.01


1968
Planet of the Apes
SFMZ Score: 8.01



TEXT LIST FOR COPY/PASTE

1927 Metropolis

1931 Frankenstein
1933 King Kong
1935 The Bride of Frankenstein

1951 The Day the Earth Stood Still
1956 Invasion of the Body Snatchers

1965 The War Game
1968 2001: A Space Odyssey
1968 Night of the Living Dead
1968 Planet of the Apes

1971 A Clockwork Orange
1972 Solaris
1977 Star Wars
1977 Close Encounters of the Third Kind
1978 Superman
1979 Alien
1979 Stalker

1980 The Empire Strikes Back
1981 Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior
1982 Blade Runner
1982 The Thing
1982 Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
1982 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
1983 Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi
1983 The Right Stuff
1984 The Terminator
1985 Brazil
1985 Back to the Future
1986 Aliens
1988 Akira

1991 Terminator 2: Judgment Day
1991 Being John Malkovich
1991 Delicatessen
1993 Jurassic Park
1995 12 Monkeys
1998 The Truman Show
1999 The Matrix

2004 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
2004 Spider-Man 2
2006 Children of Men
2007 Transformers
2008 WALL-E
2008 Iron Man
2008 The Dark Knight
2009 Star Trek
2009 Avatar
2009 Moon
2010 Inception
2011 X-Men First Class
2011 Rise of the Planet of the Apes




Decades containing the most sci-fi films with an 8.0 or higher SFMZ final score


Decade

9.20 - .50

9.00 - .19

8.80 - .99

8.60 - .79

8.40 - .59

8.20 - .39

8.00 - .19

Total

2000 - 2009

1

3

-

2

1

3

3

13

1980 - 1989

1

1

4

1

-

3

2

13

1990 - 1999

-

-

1

2

-

3

1

7

1970 - 1979

1

2

-

1

2

-

1

7

1960 - 1969

1

-

-

-

-

1

2

4

1930 - 1939

-

-

-

-

-

3

-

3

1950 - 1959

-

-

-

-

-

2

-

2

1920 - 1929

-

-

1

-

-

-

-

1

1940 - 1949

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

0


DATA COLLECTED

I developed an extensive spreadsheet in determining the best sci-films of each year. I spent weeks hammering out a formula that takes all areas of praise in consideration - viewer ratings, critic ratings, accolades from award organizations, and established All Time lists.

These aspects of praise were not necessarily all given equal value in the equation. For example, All Time lists such as AFI and Sight & Sound, hold a certain amount of value higher than certain other values. The All Time lists essentially represent countless hours of research by these organizations who created their own lists and warrant a sizable value factor in the equation.

Also, awards-won was appointed a much higher value than awards-nominated. Naturally, newer films may have a much higher collection of awards simply because a number of accolade organizations didn't exist for the older films, so a cut-off value was set. In addition, only the more recognized, national, international, and regional awards were applied such as the Oscars, Golden Globe, Saturn Awards, and others.

I disregarded awards given by every little town who happens to have a film social group that announces awards. Another award type disregarded is DVD releases, many of these are based on the quality of the DVD produced, not so much the movie itself. The same for Film Trailer awards, which only merits the production of a film's trailer.

Other factors were taken into consideration such as the number of votes. For example, a given film may be IMDB rated 8.0 by 1,200 IMDB voters. Another given film may be IMDB rated 7.5 by 800,000 IMDB voters. I just couldn't ignore the wide difference in voter input between those two films, so certain values (with minimum and maximum cut-offs) were applied. For RottenTomatoes, rather than using their "percentage liked" value, I used their actual rating of a given film, both critic and site visitor input.



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