Rob Ager's top 25 sci-fi movies of all time


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  • Collative Learning
    Collative Learning   8 months back

    A lot of commenters obviously not watching the video and just responding to the list provided in the comments section. Please note that, as stated in the video at the beginning, this is a personal list and my criteria are not about which are the best movies generally, but which in my personal opinion have the better sci-fi concepts with entertainment value as the secondary factor. A lot of my fave movies that happen to have a sci-fi element, such as merely being set in the future, didn't make the list because I didn't find the sci-fi ideas to be as impressive as the other genre appeals of those movies - eg, Predator's appeals lie mainly in the action and horror genres, Starship Troopers' appeals lie mainly in the action and social satire genres etc. I'll also add that for those who object to the inclusion of some children's movies, sci-fi doesn't have to be dark and serious. It can be fun too. Thanks folks :)

    • BarrySlisk
      BarrySlisk  2 weeks back

      @Hannah Shark
      Yeah that makes no sense. I define sci-fi as when the humnan race is far ahead in terms of technology than we are today. If an Alien drops down to earth in a spaceship and starts killing people then it's not sci-fi in my book but a horror movie.

    • MazBringsby
      MazBringsby  3 months back

      May you please post your list anyway?

    • Hannah Shark
      Hannah Shark  3 months back

      Fair enough it's your list but I don't understand how you can have John Carpenters The Thing on the list but count Predator separately when the two movies are incredibly similar.

    • Questioning Everything
      Questioning Everything  4 months back

      Collative Learning you don’t even have a list I doubt anyone listened to the whole video to talk shit

    • D. Saunders
      D. Saunders  5 months back

      Collative Learning Gene Simmons played the bad guy in Runaway.

  • Fabio Bonetta
    Fabio Bonetta  2 weeks back

    You can disagree on many things, space odyssey being the best sf movie of all time is not one of them

    • Chris D
      Chris D  2 weeks back

      Imagine if Blade Runner 2049 was made in the 1980s...

      • y307
        y307  2 weeks back

        I thought Starship Troopers will make the list.

        • BarrySlisk
          BarrySlisk  2 weeks back

          I know you told us to calm down but it is more fun not to ;)

          I don't see The Abyss as a science fiction movie. It's an "Alien" / "UFO" movie. I don't see Predator as sci-fi either.
          Robocop IS sci-fi and should be high on the list. I don't get the argument why it is not sci-fi.

          Aliens at 21. Laughable.....

          Starwars is Science Fantasy, not Science Fiction.
          The Thing although a master piece is not sci-fi in my mind. It's a horror movie.

          2001 is not even in my top 10. Borng movie.

          Where is planet of the apes? Where is Colossus: The Forbin Project?

          I made this quickly so may not be 100% but...:

          1. Alien
          2. The Terminator (1984)
          3. Robocop (1987)
          4. Aliens (1986)
          5. The Fly
          6. Planet of the apes
          7. Collossus The Forbin project
          8. WestWorld (1973)
          9. Andromeda Strain
          10. Terminator 2

          • matthew flanagan
            matthew flanagan  3 weeks back

            Why didn’t Kubrick’s moon landing movie make it as top science fiction?

            • Ben Magnez
              Ben Magnez  3 weeks back

              In No Particular Order

              2001: A Space Odyssey
              Logan's Run
              The Rover
              THX 1138
              War Of The Worlds
              Cloud Atlas
              The Lost City Of Z
              Code 46
              What Happened To Monday
              High life
              Dante 01
              Europa Report
              Twelve Monkeys
              Dark City

              • Oliver Griffiths
                Oliver Griffiths  3 weeks back

                Hi Rob. Love the inclusion of "Moonraker" on the list.
                Very unexpected and its mere mention is inspiring me to rewatch it ... Right now.
                "Attempting re-entry sir"

                • Mal Bisset
                  Mal Bisset  3 weeks back

                  You missed invasion of the body snatchers,fiend without a face

                  • Cameron
                    Cameron  3 weeks back

                    Rob, will you do another top 25?

                    • Jacob Hutton
                      Jacob Hutton  4 weeks back

                      Congrats Rob!!!

                      • Michael Idarecis
                        Michael Idarecis  4 weeks back

                        The evil villain of Moonraker is Elon Musk today. Remember Elon is the guy that considers his fingers meat sticks... He was recently going back and forth with Jack Ma and it is easy to see how elon's message is "hurry before we all die".

                        • dfailsthemost
                          dfailsthemost  4 weeks back

                          I really like A.I. as well. It's a beautiful film.

                          • playlist ideale
                            playlist ideale  1 months back

                            Fantastic Planet; Zardoz; Planet of the Apes = plenty of concept AND entertainment.
                            The Last Starfighter: I recognized this as a POS when I was a child, but maybe you saw this with your friends at a birthday party when you were 6 or...something?

                            • Man Vs. Pixels
                              Man Vs. Pixels  1 months back

                              Awesome list. No room for Soylent Green, Planet of the Apes, or Logan's Run? 100% agree with Moonraker, btw.

                              • Ethan Mitchell
                                Ethan Mitchell  1 months back

                                Sorry but how is Prometheus better than aliens?

                                • Edu
                                  Edu  1 months back

                                  Why not Moon? No hate, just wanna know the reason =]

                                  • Richard Wicks
                                    Richard Wicks  2 months back

                                    If Total Recall was in fact the implanted memory, I would love to have seen the moment when he wakes up at Recall and then has to go home to the wife he remembers as being a secretly placed agent, and then to work with all his mates that he remembers killing!

                                    • toriloveSubarukun
                                      toriloveSubarukun  2 months back

                                      Great list, especially adding The Matrix and Star Trek 1, but I totally disagree with you about Keanu Reeves' performance. Full disclosure I'm a massive fan but that began with that film. There's something.... spiritual.... about his character that i don't think a traditional action star cold even come close to capturing

                                      • sameer awale
                                        sameer awale  2 months back

                                        This is not related to this list , but can you make a video about how made your feature film ? We wrote a good horror script but we are struggling to finance and produce it. Thanks

                                        • Raul Julia
                                          Raul Julia  2 months back

                                          Timecrimes is a pretty cool time travel movie.

                                          • Dionysia Ex
                                            Dionysia Ex  2 months back

                                            Runaway! Yes!! Great movie no one remembers like you say Rob!

                                            • nuno pumpkin
                                              nuno pumpkin  2 months back

                                              my fave is bttf

                                              • davidsomerset
                                                davidsomerset  2 months back

                                                Blimey! Haven't seen Runaway since it first came out!

                                                • irre weavable
                                                  irre weavable  2 months back

                                                  Inner Space might have been based on Fantastic Voyage.

                                                  • John Browne
                                                    John Browne  2 months back

                                                    1. 2001 A Space Odyssey
                                                    2. Blade Runner
                                                    3. Dark City
                                                    4. A.I.
                                                    5. THX 1138

                                                    • John Ochiltree
                                                      John Ochiltree  3 months back

                                                      What’s the difference between Rob Ager and Collative Learning?

                                                      • DreamWarrior
                                                        DreamWarrior  3 months back

                                                        AI made me horribly depressed

                                                        • Doctor Dungus
                                                          Doctor Dungus  3 months back

                                                          Ugh, I haaaated Prometheus. That movie has way too many moments where characters do something unfathomably stupid.

                                                          • stuartj1234
                                                            stuartj1234  3 months back

                                                            For me no1 is Bladerunner. all other 24 slots seem to change but nothing does for me what Bladerunner does.

                                                            • Danilo Cupido
                                                              Danilo Cupido  3 months back

                                                              I feel "Moon" and "Primer" should be part of this list

                                                              • Phil Chadwick
                                                                Phil Chadwick  3 months back

                                                                Inner Space was a nice updating of Fantastic Voyage

                                                                • Crestview Strengthworks
                                                                  Crestview Strengthworks  3 months back

                                                                  A most notable sci-fi movie very few have seen, the DVD available from Redbox and Netflix: 400 Days (2015)

                                                                  • Chester
                                                                    Chester  3 months back

                                                                    My list of best sci-fi movies generally/concepts include:
                                                                    From the 1950s:
                                                                    The Blob, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Incredible Shrinking Man, Godzilla, The Day the Earth Stood Still,The Fly
                                                                    From the 1960s:
                                                                    Planet of the Apes, The Time Machine,Seconds, X: The Man With The X-Ray Eyes
                                                                    The 1970s and Beyond:
                                                                    The Omega Man, Soylent Green, Westworld, Altered States

                                                                    • ernstband
                                                                      ernstband  3 months back

                                                                      Wow. When you put Moonraker there, I thought you were completely insane. But then you Star Trek The Motion Picture happened and I just have to give you immense props. I agree with this so much. What a criminally underrated masterpiece.

                                                                      • AJ Constantine
                                                                        AJ Constantine  3 months back

                                                                        Just watched to make sure ol’ Ager put Gattaca in. Anywhere. He did. I’m happy we’re on the same wavelength w film. Ok. I’m gonna go put an egg my shoe now ...

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                                                                          • Lx Wheill
                                                                            Lx Wheill  3 months back

                                                                            It is so true: "Runaway" was unfortunately lost in a word that either wanted a Tom Selleck flick but couldn't get the sc-fi elements, or did not want Tom Selleck in their sci-fi film. Back in the day, after the film disapeared from theaters (I actually don't recall it ever being on the big screen!), it sort-of got a second life in the pay-TV and home video market, which I recorded off of, as I always thought the film had a great pacing and very convincing script-writing. Upon attempting to find a widescreen version of the film (i.e on DVD/Bluray) I was quite surprised at just how expensive this movie is (almost as though it was owned by the Disney/Marvel conglomerate). I mean you would think such a commercial "flop" would have meant bargain-bin pricing for the DVD, right? Oh and count me in as a "Prometheus" fan as well, as I too (and I think I already mentionned this) believe it could/would have worked better as a stand-alone film.

                                                                            • Neon Mancinelli
                                                                              Neon Mancinelli  3 months back

                                                                              So glad to see Runaway on this list. I would disagree that the abyss is too long, as I feel the extended cut is the better version of the film, as is the case with most of Cameron’s films.

                                                                              • Ivor Biggun
                                                                                Ivor Biggun  3 months back

                                                                                So is genetics not a scientific subject?

                                                                                • Ivor Biggun
                                                                                  Ivor Biggun  3 months back

                                                                                  Is there any science content at all in Start Wars?

                                                                                  • R0adsterr0land
                                                                                    R0adsterr0land  3 months back

                                                                                    They've already remade Forbidden Planet - Sphere.

                                                                                    • Richard Bain
                                                                                      Richard Bain  3 months back

                                                                                      My Top 10.
                                                                                      10. The Running Man
                                                                                      9. Star Trek II The Wrath Of Khan
                                                                                      8. The Terminator
                                                                                      7. Total Recall
                                                                                      6. Blade Runner
                                                                                      5. Alien
                                                                                      4. 2001 A Space Odyssey
                                                                                      3. The Empire Strikes Back
                                                                                      2. Terminator 2 Judgement Day
                                                                                      1. Planet Of The Apes (1968)

                                                                                      • Carl Partis
                                                                                        Carl Partis  3 months back

                                                                                        Lots of duffers on that list, sir - *in my opinion* - I mean, Moonraker?!?

                                                                                        Agree with your estimation of THX:1138 - although I would probably have rated it #1.

                                                                                        In my view, the original Invasion of the Body Snatchers was conspicuous by its absence.

                                                                                        Thank you 🙂

                                                                                        • Jolly Misanthrope
                                                                                          Jolly Misanthrope  3 months back

                                                                                          What do you think about the original Solaris?

                                                                                          • Hannah Shark
                                                                                            Hannah Shark  3 months back

                                                                                            WHERE IS PREDATOR!?!?! REEEEEEEE

                                                                                            • Casey Dorris
                                                                                              Casey Dorris  3 months back

                                                                                              You have upgrade over blade runner 2049. I love your videos but 2049 in its themes are much more dense and deep then upgrade. Upgrade is a very fun film in the vein of judge dredd but BR 2049 is a classic. I hope you give it another chance cus it’s a movie I could see you dissecting so well. I think it’s a modern classic along with Heriditary

                                                                                              • Thomson Reuters
                                                                                                Thomson Reuters  3 months back

                                                                                                Lol- love how you not only do not mention his name, but you also diss his performance in Runaway as a “lacking intelligence” villian. Punch and then follow up punch!!!