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46 Pre-2001 Essential Genre Films That Every Geek Should See

By “pre-2001,” I mean films that were released before 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)



I selected these films using Phil Hardy’s Encyclopedia of Science Fiction Movies (1984), as well as my classroom experience in college.  As most list of this nature, the choices are mostly subjective, but they do seem to be backed up by critical comments throughout film history, and especially SF film history.



My criteria were simple:



-> The film had to be released prior to 2001;



-> The film could not be a serial;



-> The film must not be a sequel;



-> The film must be generally available for viewing






A Trip to the Moon



1902



Die Spinnen (The Spiders)



1919



Der Golem



1920



The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari



1920



Dr. Mabuse der Spieler (Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler)



1922



Nosferatu



1922



Phantom of the Opera



1925



Metropolis



1927



Spione (The Spies)



1928



Frankenstein



1931



Dracula



1931



Island of Lost Souls



1932



The Mummy



1932



White Zombie



1932


King Kong 1933

Things to Come



1936



Dr. Cyclops



1940



The Wolfman



1941



Destination Moon



1950



The Thing (from Another World)



1951



The Day the Earth Stood Still



1951



War of the Worlds



1953



The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms



1953



20,000 Leagues Under the Sea



1954



Them!



1954



Gojira (aka, Godzilla, King of the Monsters)



1954



Creature from the Black Lagoon



1954



This Island Earth



1955



Invasion of the Body Snatchers



1956



Forbidden Planet



1956



Plan 9 from Outer Space



1956



20 Million Miles to Earth



1957



The Incredible Shrinking Man



1957



The Fly



1958



The Blob



1958



The Time Machine



1960



The Mysterious Island



1961



The Absent-Minded Professor



1961



X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes



1963



The Nutty Professor



1963



The Day of the Triffids



1963



Dr. Strangelove



1964



The Fantastic Voyage



1966



Fahrenheit 451



1966



Batman



1966



Planet of the Apes



1968*






*Planet of the Apes beat out 2001 by 3 days



The entries in bold are the ones I have seen. The others are ones I plan to.



Feel free to add your own choices at my new main blog site!

Tags: movies, sci-fi, science fiction, scifi, sf
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