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Ten must-see science fiction movies from the ‘80s and ‘90s

As a student majoring in astrophysics, Alexis Fecteau lives and breathes space exploration. In line with this, he has a lifelong love affair with science fiction films, shows, and stories on any platform.

For this particular blog, Alexis Fecteau shares some of the best sci-fi movies from the ‘80s and ‘90s that every sci-fi lover should watch at least once in their lifetime.

Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980): The ‘80s opened with a bang with perhaps the greatest installment in one of the most popular sci-fi franchises in film history. “The Empire Strikes Back” isn’t just hailed as the greatest SW episode, but also one of the best sci-fi films ever.

Blade Runner (1982): While Ridley Scott has created several sci-fi masterpieces over the decades, Alexis Fecteau’s favorite will always be “Blade Runner.” A perfect combination of sci-fi, action, noir, romance, and a spoonful of existentialism, “Blade Runner” truly laid the blueprint which other films have followed.

The Terminator (1984): James Cameron’s first big hit, “The Terminator,” is a thriller unlike any other. Futuristic robots, time travel, and fate are heavy elements here, carried on the massive shoulders of a man by the name of Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Aliens (1986): Two years after “The Terminator,” James Cameron comes out with an even bigger hit – “Aliens.” Set decades after the event of Ridley Scott’s sci-fi horror masterpiece, “Alien,” Cameron doubles down on the action for one of the most memorable sci-fi features ever.

Akira (1988): Japanese animation or anime has always been at the forefront of sci-fi entertainment, what with its giant robots and such. However, the granddaddy of anime sci-fi features is “Akira,” a brutal thriller about psychics, lasers, gorgeous big bikes, and Neo-Tokyo.

Total Recall (1990): Alexis Fecteau believes that Paul Verhoeven’s “Total Recall” deserves much more love than it has gotten. It’s gritty, violent, brutal, and funny, many thanks to the charming Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The Fifth Element (1997): Luc Besson’s colorful take on the future in this hard-hitting, fast-paced action-adventure is a favorite of sci-fi fans. And with a bit of mysticism, “The Fifth Element” is a joy to watch again and again.

Event Horizon (1997): “Event Horizon” took so many people, including Alexis Fecteau, by surprise. Marketed as a sci-fi feature, viewers had no idea just how terrifying the movie would be. Masterfully written and directed, it’s like a haunted house in space that kills everyone.

Dark City (1998): Another underrated movie by Alex Proyas, “Dark City” echoes “Blade Runner” in many ways, but it also has one hell of a mystery at its core. A great film that almost borders of superheroism.

The Matrix (1999): Quite simply the most influential sci-fi film of the decade, “The Matrix” is stylish, intriguing, breathtaking, and masterful. No other sci-fi film in the past three decades has influenced directing styles as much as the Wachowski’s magnum opus.