Science Fiction 1902-1949by valis1984 | created - 1 month ago | updated - 1 month ago | Public
All the films that have entries in the first edition (1979) of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction edited by Peter Nicholls.
This list is in chronological order except for sequels and remakes which are listed together.
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2. The Voyage Across the Impossible (1904)
Not Rated | 24 min | Short, Action, Adventure
Using every known means of transportation, several savants from the Geographic Society undertake a journey through the Alps to the Sun which finishes under the sea.
4. Homunculus (1916)
360 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
A group of scientists, led by a Professor Ortmann, produce a living human child using scientific processes - a "homunculus." This creature is human in every way, except that he cannot experience love.
5. Aelita: Queen of Mars (1924)
Not Rated | 111 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
A mysterious radio message is beamed around the world, and among the engineers who receive it are Los, the hero, and his colleague Spiridonov. Los is an individualist dreamer. Aelita is the... See full summary »
7. The Hands of Orlac (1924)
Not Rated | 92 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery
A world-famous pianist loses both hands in an accident. When new hands are grafted on, he doesn't know they once belonged to a murderer.
8. The Lost World (1925)
Passed | 106 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller
The first film adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic novel about a land where prehistoric creatures still roam.
Votes: 4,453 | Gross: $1.19M
9. The Lost World (1960)
Approved | 97 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Professor Challenger leads an expedition of scientists and adventurers to a remote plateau deep in the Amazonian jungle to verify his claim that dinosaurs still live there.
10. Metropolis (1927)
Not Rated | 153 min | Drama, Sci-Fi
In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city's mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences.
Votes: 153,829 | Gross: $1.24M
12. Just Imagine (1930)
Passed | 113 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Musical
New York, 1980: airplanes have replaced cars, numbers have replaced names, pills have replaced food, government-arranged marriages have replaced love, and test tube babies have replaced ...... See full summary »
13. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931)
Not Rated | 98 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
Dr. Jekyll faces horrible consequences when he lets his dark side run wild with a potion that transforms him into the animalistic Mr. Hyde.
15. End of the World (1931)
54 min | Sci-Fi
The two Novalic brothers, Jean and Martial, are in love with the same woman, Genevieve. Jean is an impoverished actor and an idealistic dreamer, who does not want Genevieve to share in his ... See full summary »
17. L'Atlantide (1932)
Not Rated | 89 min | Adventure, Drama
Antinea. the Queen of Atlantis, rules her secret kingdom hidden beneath the Sahara Desert. One day two lost explorers stumble into her kingdom, and soon realize that they haven't really ... See full summary »
19. F.P.1 Doesn't Answer (1932)
114 min | Sci-Fi
Urged by famous airman Ellissen the Lennartz Company puts into reality the project proposed by his friend Droste: F.P.1, a huge floating platform in the Atlantic that makes long-distance ... See full summary »
20. Island of Lost Souls (1932)
Passed | 70 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
An obsessed scientist conducts profane experiments in evolution, eventually establishing himself as the self-styled demigod to a race of mutated, half-human abominations.
21. The Island of Dr. Moreau (1977)
PG | 99 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Horror
A shipwrecked survivor discovers a remote island owned by a crazed scientist who is carrying out sinister experiments on the island's inhabitants.
Votes: 5,438 | Gross: $8.00M
25. King Kong (1933)
Passed | 100 min | Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi
A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal ape who takes a shine to their female blonde star. He is then captured and brought back to New York City for public exhibition.
Votes: 76,618 | Gross: $10.00M
26. Son of Kong (1933)
Passed | 70 min | Adventure, Comedy
The men who captured the giant ape King Kong return to Skull Island and find his likewise gigantic but far more friendly son.
Votes: 3,792 | Gross: $1.34M
28. The Tunnel (1933)
72 min | Sci-Fi
An engineer is hired to plan and oversee the construction of a undersea tunnel between Europe and the US. However, certain interests don't want to see the tunnel built and use every means ... See full summary »
29. Gold (1934)
120 min | Crime, Sci-Fi
After his colleague and a mentor, Prof. Achenbach dies in a set-up accident, while trying to produce gold from the lead, Werner Holk seeks revenge. Meanwhile, a British millionaire suggests that Holk work on him on a similar project.
32. Flash Gordon (1936)
Approved | 245 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Flash Gordon, Dale Arden and Dr. Alexis Zarkov visit the planet Mongo to thwart the evil schemes of Emperor Ming the Merciless, who has set his planet on a collision course with Earth.
33. Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars (1938)
Approved | 299 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
When a deadly Nitron ray strikes Earth, Flash Gordon and his friends travel to Mars to battle Ming the Merciless and his new ally Queen Azura.
34. Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (1940)
Approved | 220 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Flash Gordon, Dale Arden and Dr. Zarkov return to the planet Mongo for an antidote to the Purple Death, which wreaking destruction on Earth. However, Ming the Merciless has other plans for them.
35. Things to Come (1936)
Not Rated | 100 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, War
The story of a century: a decades-long second World War leaves plague and anarchy, then a rational state rebuilds civilization and attempts space travel.
36. Lost Horizon (1937)
Approved | 132 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
A plane crash delivers a group of people to the secluded land of Shangri-La - but is it the miraculous utopia it appears to be?
37. Lost Horizon (1973)
G | 150 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
While escaping war-torn China, a group of Europeans crash in the Himalayas, where they are rescued and taken to the mysterious Valley of the Blue Moon, Shangri-La.
Votes: 2,098 | Gross: $8.28M
38. Buck Rogers (1939)
Approved | 237 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
A 20th Century pilot named Buck Rogers and his young friend Buddy Wade awake from 500 years in suspended animation to find that the world has been taken over by the outlaw army of Killer Kane.
39. The Man They Could Not Hang (1939)
Unrated | 64 min | Crime, Horror, Sci-Fi
When Dr. Savaard's experiment in cryonics is interrupted by the short-sighted authorities, his volunteer dies, and he is condemned to death. He vows vengeance if he can survive his own hanging.
40. Dr. Cyclops (1940)
Not Rated | 77 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror
A mad scientist working in the South American jungle miniaturizes his colleagues when he feels his megalomania is threatened.
41. One Million B.C. (1940)
Approved | 80 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Romance
Tale of Prehistoric survival and love between a male and a female belonging to opposing tribes that happened to be at slightly different stages of evolution.
42. One Million Years B.C. (1966)
Not Rated | 92 min | Adventure, Fantasy
Prehistoric man Tumak (John Richardson) is banished from his savage tribe and meets pretty Loana (Raquel Welch), who belongs to a gentler coastal tribe but he must fight caveman Payto (William Lyon Brown) to win her favors.
43. The Lady and the Monster (1944)
Approved | 86 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A millionaire's brain is preserved after his death, and telepathically begins to take control of those around him.
44. Donovan's Brain (1953)
Approved | 84 min | Sci-Fi, Horror
Three scientists unlawfully remove the still living brain of a dead tycoon and experiment with it but the evil brain begins to telepathically control the lead scientist.
45. The Brain (1962)
83 min | Crime, Horror, Drama
After the mysterious crash of a millionaire's private airplane, three scientists secretly harvest the dying man's brain and keep it alive in a laboratory in order to communicate with it through telepathy.
46. Superman (1948)
Approved | 244 min | Sci-Fi