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The Greatest Classic Sci-Fi Movies  

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List Rules Vote up the best science fiction movies that were released before 1960.

Terrifying monsters and unwelcome visitors from space frightened movie-goers in classic sci-fi movies. The best old sci fi movies are often based on famous novels, although some original stories dreamt up by modern masters thrilled on the big screen as well. This is a list of the top early sci fi movies including everything from King Kong to The Day the Earth Stood Still to Metropolis.

What films will you find on this list of the best classic science fiction films? In 1931, Boris Karloff took the title role in Frankenstein, a film based on Mary Shelley's novel of the same name. The movie went on to be included in the National Film Registry for its significance. Creature From the Black Lagoon is another scary sci fi film released before 1960. It's hard to discuss classic sci fi without mentioning Ed Wood's low-budget masterpiece, Plan 9 From Outer Space. Other top movies featured on this list include The Thing from Another World and The Blob.

It's up to you to decide with silver screen favorite deserves the top spot on the list. Give your picks a thumbs up to move them towards number one, and add any classics that are missing.

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H. G. Wells' War of the Worlds is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Classic Sci-Fi Movies
Gene Barry, Ann Robinson
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The Time Machine is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Classic Sci-Fi Movies
Valdave added Yvette Mimieux, Rod Taylor, Alan Young
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The Day the Earth Stood Still is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Classic Sci-Fi Movies
Patricia Neal, Michael Rennie, Frances Bavier
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Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Classic Sci-Fi Movies
Boris Karloff, John Boles, Colin Clive
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Invasion of the Body Snatchers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Classic Sci-Fi Movies
Dana Wynter, Sam Peckinpah, Carolyn Jones
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Forbidden Planet is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Classic Sci-Fi Movies
Leslie Nielsen, Anne Francis, Walter Pidgeon
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Them! is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Classic Sci-Fi Movies
Leonard Nimoy, James Arness, Fess Parker
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The Thing from Another World is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Classic Sci-Fi Movies
James Arness, Paul Frees, George Fenneman
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King Kong is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Classic Sci-Fi Movies
Fay Wray, Merian C. Cooper, Bruce Cabot
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Journey to the Center of the E... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Classic Sci-Fi Movies
Valdave added Pat Boone, Bernard Herrmann, Arlene Dahl
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The Blob is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Classic Sci-Fi Movies
Steve McQueen, Aneta Corsaut, Lee Payton
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Creature from the Black Lagoon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Classic Sci-Fi Movies
Richard Carlson, Richard Denning, Julie Adams
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Earth vs. the Flying Saucers is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Classic Sci-Fi Movies
Valdave added Paul Frees, Hugh Marlowe, Joan Taylor
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It Came from Outer Space is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Classic Sci-Fi Movies
Valdave added Russell Johnson, Richard Carlson, Dave Willock
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The Fly is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Classic Sci-Fi Movies
Vincent Price, David Hedison, Herbert Marshall
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On the Beach is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Classic Sci-Fi Movies
Valdave added
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The Incredible Shrinking Man is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Classic Sci-Fi Movies
William Schallert, Paul Langton, Billy Curtis
18
20 Million Miles to Earth is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Classic Sci-Fi Movies
Valdave added Ray Harryhausen, William Hopper, Joan Taylor
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This Island Earth is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Classic Sci-Fi Movies
Russell Johnson, Faith Domergue, Coleman Francis
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When Worlds Collide is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Classic Sci-Fi Movies
Paul Frees, Stuart Whitman, John Hoyt
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Village of the Damned is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Classic Sci-Fi Movies
Valdave added George Sanders, Barbara Shelley, Michael Gwynn
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Metropolis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Classic Sci-Fi Movies
Brigitte Helm, Gustav Fröhlich, Theodor Loos
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The Invisible Man is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Classic Sci-Fi Movies
Claude Rains, Gloria Stuart, Una O'Connor
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Godzilla, King of the Monsters... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Classic Sci-Fi Movies
Don Brand added Raymond Burr, Takashi Shimura, Akihiko Hirata
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The Quatermass Xperiment is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Classic Sci-Fi Movies
Valdave added Jane Asher, Jack Warner, Dean Jagger