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Best sci-fi film the year you were born

Stacker Logo By Alyssa Evans of Stacker | Slide 1 of 99: Looking up at the night sky, it’s easy to understand why science fiction exists. It can be a difficult genre to define, but at its core, each work of science fiction deals with a great unknown. Said unknown can probe the mystery of what resides alongside us in the universe, or it can pose the question of what we, as humans, are capable of with technology.The art of speculative fiction was cemented with the publication of Mary Shelley’s novel “Frankenstein” in the early 19th century. Science fiction began cropping up consistently in literature, but it didn’t really reach cinema until what many consider to be the first science fiction film: Georges Méliès’ “A Trip to the Moon,” released in 1902. From there, the genre spent many of its first decades mired in B-grade Hollywood classics as filmmakers struggled to visually depict the intricacies of many science fiction plots. While other genres such as fantasy can rely on absolute suspension of disbelief to produce a good story, science fiction is arguably unique in the demand it places on viewers and filmmakers alike: the viewer will only sacrifice what logic dictates if the world depicted by the filmmakers is somehow entirely believable.We start our quest to find the best science fiction film the year you were born in 1920. Using genres defined by IMDb, Stacker combined a film’s IMDb score with their Rotten Tomatoes critic rating (where available) to rank all science fiction films in a given year. The film with the highest Stacker Score is what you see here.A genre that reaches to put humanity in context with the makings of the universe, science fiction has spawned many of the greatest philosophical films the 20th and 21st centuries have to offer. As the popularity of the recent TV series “Black Mirror” suggests, we are more focused on the dark possibilities of technology than ever before. In this day and age, science fiction may be the closest thing we have to a prophetic work.

Best sci-fi movie from the year you were born

Looking up at the night sky, it’s easy to understand why science fiction exists. It can be a difficult genre to define, but at its core, each work of science fiction deals with a great unknown. Said unknown can probe the mystery of what resides alongside us in the universe, or it can pose the question of what we, as humans, are capable of with technology.

The art of speculative fiction was cemented with the publication of Mary Shelley’s novel “Frankenstein” in the early 19th century. Science fiction began cropping up consistently in literature, but it didn’t really reach cinema until what many consider to be the first science fiction film: Georges Méliès’ “A Trip to the Moon,” released in 1902. From there, the genre spent many of its first decades mired in B-grade Hollywood classics as filmmakers struggled to visually depict the intricacies of many science fiction plots. While other genres such as fantasy can rely on absolute suspension of disbelief to produce a good story, science fiction is arguably unique in the demand it places on viewers and filmmakers alike: the viewer will only sacrifice what logic dictates if the world depicted by the filmmakers is somehow entirely believable.

We start our quest to find the best science fiction film the year you were born in 1920. Using genres defined by IMDb, Stacker combined a film’s IMDb score with their Rotten Tomatoes critic rating (where available) to rank all science fiction films in a given year. The film with the highest Stacker Score is what you see here.

A genre that reaches to put humanity in context with the makings of the universe, science fiction has spawned many of the greatest philosophical films the 20th and 21st centuries have to offer. As the popularity of the recent TV series “Black Mirror” suggests, we are more focused on the dark possibilities of technology than ever before. In this day and age, science fiction may be the closest thing we have to a prophetic work.

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