Sci-Fi's Top 100: 51-100

77 The Stepford Wives (1975)

A tale of husbands replacing willful wives with passive, Betty Crockeresque androids, this ERA-era film version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers reminded women that they still had a long way to go, baby.

78 Village of the Damned (1960)

Is there anything scarier than expressionless kids with glowing eyes? This exceptional thriller recognizes the simmering, unmentionable fear parents can have of their progeny — alien or otherwise.

79 When Worlds Collide (1951)

The cinematic precursor to films like Deep Impact and Armageddon, it offers the vision of humans approaching global devastation with can-do Tomorrowland optimism — right down to showing survivors immediately colonizing a new planet.

80 Westworld (1973)

A modern society's fear of technology is personified in a cowboy-hatted Terminator — played by Yul Brynner (!) — in writer-director Michael Crichton's first theme-park-run-amok story.

81 The Invaders (1967-68)

Roy Thinnes stars in this series — a prototype for The X-Files — as poster child for paranoia David Vincent, who witnesses a UFO landing but can't convince the world they're here.

82 The Incredible Hulk (1962)

Forget the melodramatic Lou Ferrigno TV series. Writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby's original comic book gives us a poignant nuclear-age Jekyll and Hyde, a personification of the conflict between man and technology.

83 Dune (1965)

Sullied slightly by David Lynch's overwrought 1984 film version, Frank Herbert's breathtakingly ambitious novel is still a visionary masterpiece. Intergalactic melodrama was never the same again.

84 Predator (1987)

This tech-heavy take on The Most Dangerous Game boasts one of the coolest villains in moviedom: a hulking, dreadlocked hell-raising alien who can turn invisible at the touch of a claw.

85 Dark Star (1974)

2001 for the Heavy Metal set. On a shoestring budget, rookie filmmakers John Carpenter and Dan O'Bannon (Alien's screenwriter) created this black comedy about a deep-space probe manned by four eccentrics and a sentient talking bomb.

86 Silent Running (1971)

In the eerily affecting directorial debut of F/X guru Douglas Trumbull (2001, Close Encounters), a space freighter preserves nuke-charred Earth's only remaining plant life. The haunting ending is impossible to forget.

87 Death Race 2000 (1975)

Roger Corman brings us this cheesily funny Cannonball Run for sadists, in which competitors David Carradine and Sylvester Stallone score points by mowing down pedestrians.

88 The Lathe of Heaven (1980)

This PBS production, about a man who wakes up every morning to find that his dreams have reshaped reality, is a faithful adaptation of Ursula K. LeGuin's mind-bending 1971 novel. It's rarely been seen since its original telecast — which only adds to its mystique.


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