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Favorite decade for sci-fi movies, 1950s or 60s?

Old 08-08-20, 08:46 AM
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Favorite decade for sci-fi movies, 1950s or 60s?

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Here are chronological samplings of 35 titles from each decade:

1950s:
Destination Moon
Rocketship X-M
The Day the Earth Stood Still
Flight to Mars
The Man from Planet X
The Thing from Another World
When Worlds Collide
The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms
Invaders from Mars
War of the Worlds
It Came from Outer Space
Creature from the Black Lagoon
Gojira (Godzilla, King of the Monsters)
Them!
Conquest of Space
Creature with the Atom Brain
Revenge of the Creature
Tarantula
This Island Earth
Earth vs. the Flying Saucers
Forbidden Planet
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
World Without End
The Incredible Shrinking Man
Rodan
Twenty Million Miles to Earth
I Married a Monster from Outer Space
It! The Terror from Beyond Space
Queen of Outer Space
Battle in Outer Space
Invisible Invaders
The H-Man
The Mysterians
Plan 9 from Outer Space
The World, the Flesh and the Devil

1960s:
First Spaceship on Venus
The Time Machine
Village of the Damned
Mothra
Mysterious Island
The Day the Earth Caught Fire
These Are the Damned
Atragon
The Day of the Triffids
Voyage to the End of the Universe
X – The Man with the X-Ray Eyes
Godzilla vs. the Thing
Ghidrah the Three-Headed Monster
Robinson Crusoe on Mars
The Time Travelers
A Crack in the World
Frankenstein Conquers the World
Godzilla vs. Monster Zero
Planet of the Vampires
Fahrenheit 451
Fantastic Voyage
Queen of Blood
War of the Gargantuas
Five Million Years to Earth
Gamera vs. Gyaos
Son of Godzilla
Barbarella
Destroy All Monsters
Gamera vs. Viras
The Lost Continent
Planet of the Apes
2001: A Space Odyssey
Gamera vs. Guiron
The Green Slime
Latitude Zero
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Re: Favorite decade for sci-fi movies, 1950s or 60s?

The 60's by a mile.
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Re: Favorite decade for sci-fi movies, 1950s or 60s?

1960s, though Forbidden Planet is one of my faves. Iíll admit that both these decades were before I was a movie watcher, so Iím biased toward newer because itís closer to what Iím used to, but I think sci-fi as a genre benefits from a newer perspective because of its future vision. NOT saying that all newer movies are better than all older movies, though.
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Re: Favorite decade for sci-fi movies, 1950s or 60s?

1960s by a long way. 2001: A Space Odyssey tips the scale completely.
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Re: Favorite decade for sci-fi movies, 1950s or 60s?

Include the 70's, so all the late 20th century decades are covered. Below, are some of my personal favorites from the 50's.

50's:
Forbidden Planet
War of The Worlds
The Day The Earth Stood Still
Earth Vs The Flying Saucers
Invasion of The Body Snatchers
This Island Earth
The Thing From Another World
Them!
When Worlds Collide
Gojira
Godzilla
The Blob
The Angry Red Planet
It The Terror Beyond Space
Invaders From Mars
The Quatermass Experiment (The Creeping Unknown)

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Re: Favorite decade for sci-fi movies, 1950s or 60s?

While the 60s may have the best movie (2001, with Planet of the Apes not far behind) Iím going with the 50s. I have so many fond memories of watching these movies on tv as a kid. It was a golden age for the genre, following pretty much nothing in the previous decade (can you even think of a 40s sci-fi movie?). A lot of the clunkers still had charm, and there were numerous classics (including one not listed by anyone yet, The Fly).
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Re: Favorite decade for sci-fi movies, 1950s or 60s?

It's got to be the 50's -

Forbidden Planet

Game over. [close thread]



Oh, but wait! There's more!

When Worlds Collide
War of the Worlds
Gojira/Godzilla King of the Monsters
The Day The Earth Stood Still
Rocketship XM
IT - The Terror From Beyond Space (aka Original Alien)
The Thing From Another World
The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms
Creature From The Black Lagoon

So many great, groundbreaking Science Fiction movies came out in the 50's that it has to be the clear winner. I think the 50's just get maligned because of all the cheap crap sci fi movies that got put out during the decade. But the good stuff was GREAT. And totally revolutionary. Without Forbidden Planet there is no Star Trek. PERIOD.

I love movies from the 50's - what a great decade for movies! (Not just Science Fiction, either...)
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Re: Favorite decade for sci-fi movies, 1950s or 60s?

I just posted in the 80s/90s that the 50s are best. Here's the list I presented as proof:

Invasion of the Body Snatchers
The Day the Earth Stood Still
Gojira
The Incredible Shrinking Man
Forbidden Planet
Them!
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
The Fly
The Curse of Frankenstein
The War of the Worlds
The Thing from Another World
Journey to the Center of the Earth
1984
Creature from the Black Lagoon
Monkey Business
The World, The Flesh, and The Devil
The Quatermass Xperiment
Quatermass 2
X The Unknown
Revenge of Frankenstein
The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms
When Worlds Collide
The Blob
Earth vs. The Flying Saucers
I Married a Monster from Outer Space
Not of This Earth
Rodan
Destination Moon
It Came from Beneath the Sea
Donovan's Brain
This Island Earth
The Crawling Eye
It! The Terror from Beyond Space (shares lots of similarities to Alien)
Kiss Me Deadly
A Journey to the Beginning of Time
The Man in the White Suit
On the Beach

And many, many more.
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Re: Favorite decade for sci-fi movies, 1950s or 60s?

I need to revisit the original Fly again. Surprise I forgot about this classic.
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Re: Favorite decade for sci-fi movies, 1950s or 60s?

Growing up in the early 60s, I had a steady diet of 50s sci-fi thanks to a couple local L.A. channels.
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Re: Favorite decade for sci-fi movies, 1950s or 60s?

I think the 1960s were better, at least for Japanese sci-fi: The original "Godzilla" codified the Kaiju subgenre in the 1950s, but films like the original "Mothra" and "Mothra vs. Godzilla" * solidified it.

With sci-fi outside Japan, I'm not as sure. The 1950s gave us "Forbidden Planet", Pal's "War of the Worlds" and "This Island Earth". But off the top of my head, the 1960s were I feel more memorable for sci-fi TV (Star Trek, Lost in Space, etc.) then sci-fi films. I have a fondness for the late 60s and 1970s era of Barbarella-esque sci-fi in film and comics, though (which the Valerian movie from a few years ago tapped into, being based on a classic French sci-fi comic).


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Re: Favorite decade for sci-fi movies, 1950s or 60s?

50s for good, ol' B-movie sci-fi.

60s for more serious sci-fi.

I like 'em both.
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Re: Favorite decade for sci-fi movies, 1950s or 60s?

Originally Posted by Shannon Nutt View Post
50s for good, ol' B-movie sci-fi.

60s for more serious sci-fi.

I like 'em both.
Agree, though it of feels like Japanese sci-fi was the reverse of what you said.
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Re: Favorite decade for sci-fi movies, 1950s or 60s?

60’s has the GOAT (Planet of the Apes) and The Time Machine, whereas I have no attachment to anything that I can think of from the 50’s.
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Re: Favorite decade for sci-fi movies, 1950s or 60s?

Originally Posted by Sonny Corinthos View Post
The 60's by a mile.
The Ď50s by a mile!
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Re: Favorite decade for sci-fi movies, 1950s or 60s?

Both have some amazing movies in their respective categories but the 60's had The Planet Of The Apes, which to me is the greatest science fiction series of all time (yes even the tv series) so it wins for me.
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Re: Favorite decade for sci-fi movies, 1950s or 60s?

The '50s. Yeah, the '60s had "2001" and the original "Planet of the Apes", but aside from those 2 heavyweights, the decade of the '50s was much stronger top-to-bottom.

And my favorite sci-fi movie of the '50s is "Invasion of the Body Snatchers"
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Re: Favorite decade for sci-fi movies, 1950s or 60s?

60ís for me

Alphaville
2001
Planet of the Apes
Fahrenheit 451
La Jetee
Seconds
The Last Man on Earth
Robinson Crusoe on Mars
Village of the Damned
The Time Machine
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Re: Favorite decade for sci-fi movies, 1950s or 60s?

Here are the 1960s SF movies I'd rank tops for the decade:

2001: A Space Oddysey
Planet of the Apes
The Time Machine
Fahrenheit 451
Fantastic Voyage
The Last Man on Earth
Invasion of the Triffids
Mysterious Island
X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes
Quatermass and the Pit
Village of the Damned
First Men in the Moon
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
The Day the Earth Caught Fire
Robinson Crusoe on Mars

There were also lots and lots of comedy or fluff SF films and genre mash ups:
Barbarella
The Absent Minded Professor
The Nutty Professor
Way... Way Out
Visit to a Small Planet
The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes
Our Man Flint
In Like Flint
The Silencers
Murderer's Row
The Reluctant Astronaut
The President's Analyst
Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine

The decade also saw the rise of kaiju films in the US with lots of Godzilla and spin offs and more "B"/"Drive-in"/Matinee SF movies than you can shake a stick at. There are dozens of those I like but don't rewatch all that often.

Combined they all make a strong argument for the 60s as it was a very fun decade for SF. In spite of that, there are more movies I rewatch from the 50s than the 60s. Yes, the decade saw 2 immensely influential and significant films in 2001 and Planet of the Apes as well as a large handful of genre classics but nowhere near as many as came out of the 50s. I was born in 1955 and saw many of those 60s films in first run (theatrical and TV) and the 50s ones on TV. If given a choice I'd still go with the 50s, even if it meant giving up 2001 and Planet of the Apes, the 60s SF movies I watch more than any others from that decade.

When I'm introducing new, young, viewers to "classic" SF it's those 50s movies I listed earlier that get recommended more than any others.
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