There was an AFI (American Film Institute) TV special last week (Tuesday, June 17) on the Top Ten movies in the ten most common film genres. This was one of those cases where the public logged in and voted their choices off a list of nominations. The winners in science fiction were:
1 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968)
2 STAR WARS: EPISODE IV- A NEW HOPE (1977)
3 E.T. - THE EXTRA TERRESTRIAL (1982)
4 CLOCKWORK ORANGE, A (1971)
5 DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL, THE (1951)
6 BLADE RUNNER (1982)
7 ALIEN (1979)
8 TERMINATOR 2: JUDGEMENT DAY (1991)
9 INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1956)
10 BACK TO THE FUTURE (1985)
A number of these winners were foregone conclusions; with the possible exception of the Gangster category (where the Godfather topped the list) the top choice of "2001" was one of the easiest to predict.
The film that should have been on the list? "Forbidden Planet".