5 Best Science Fiction Movies According to Ridley Scott (Including 2 of His Own)

Which science fiction films does Ridley Scott appreciate the most?

Lukasz Budnik

7 February 2024

Ridley Scott is still a very active director – last year we watched his Napoleon, and this year Gladiator 2 will appear. The creator has made his mark in the history of cinema with several science fiction films. Which films of this genre does Scott himself appreciate the most? He revealed this during one of the interviews.

It turns out that Scott has included… two of his own productions on his list of the best sci-fi films. In a Wired feature from a few years ago, the director said:

The top, I think, sci-fi films in my estimation would be 2001, for sure. I’d probably put that as number one. Really, the star of the film was Hal. The ship is actually driven by a computer. That’s a first. He was even humorous. He de-fused his brain, where he ended up singing, Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer do, didn’t he? I think that’s great. And then I think George Lucas’s Star Wars, the ones he did, I would put that as number two. Then I’d do Alien and Blade Runner. (laughs) I’m not going to be modest about that. I think we got it really right in Blade Runner which in a way is a problem because Blade Runner has been a very strong influence  on lots of other films which is nice, it’s amusing, but it’s boring. You gotta move on, you gotta move forward, right? And it’s hard to move forward because I think I landed first on real dystopia, and then everything else is a variation on dystopia.

He added:

But there are one or two films started to get made I thought were quite good when I was in my teens. The one I thought was really good was more about the Cold War with Gregory Peck, and it was called On the Beach with Ava Gardner and it’s the end of the atomic war and the only area left, ironically, is Australia. That’s a good film to get, very good beautiful black-and-white movie. It’s when they’re really original which really counts. A jump forward quantum leap forward.


Łukasz Budnik

Lukasz Budnik

He loves both silent cinema and contemporary blockbusters based on comic books. He looks forward to watching movie with his growing son.

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