Is 'Blade Runner' really the best sci-fi film?

Optimus Prime from Michael Bay's "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen."
Optimus Prime from Michael Bay's "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen." Courtesy of Paramount Pictures/MCT

What would you call the all-time best science-fiction film? "The Terminator?" "Jurassic Park?" “Transformers?”, a British online website, has produced a list that should lead to endless debate among fans as to whether the top film, "Blade Runner" by director Ridley Scott, is really superior over the number two, 1968's "2001: A Space Odyssey." "Star Wars: A New Hope" from 1977 comes in as third, "Alien" (1979) fourth, and 1927's "Metropolis" rounds out the top five.

If you compare the list with All Time Box Office (U.S.) grosses from, you see that only two of Totalscifionline's top ten appear in both: "Star Wars" at $461 million, and "E.T.” at $435 million.

Looking at the grosses shows that sci-fi and fantasy rule in the U.S. marketplace. Of the top ten, only 1997’s "Titanic" is mainstream.

Totalscifionline’s list was compiled by the editors who set the definitions, and chose the films. They included classics such as “The Day the Earth Stood Still” (1951) and “Planet of the Apes” (1968).


Top 100 films in sci-fi list

All Time Box Office for USA