Science Fiction 1902-1949

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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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1. A Trip to the Moon (1902)

TV-G | 13 min | Short, Action, Adventure

A group of astronomers go on an expedition to the Moon.

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Georges Méliès, Victor André, Bleuette Bernon, Brunnet

Votes: 41,986

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.

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Georges Méliès, Fernande Albany, Jehanne d'Alcy, May de Lavergne

Votes: 2,985

3. A Message from Mars (1913)

69 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

A Martian is sentenced to visit Earth to cure a selfish man.

Director: Wallett Waller | Stars: Crissie Bell, E. Holman Clark, Hubert Willis, Charles Hawtrey

Votes: 126

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.

Director: Otto Rippert | Stars: Olaf Fønss, Ernst Ludwig, Albert Paul, Lore Rückert

Votes: 35

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 »

Director: Yakov Protazanov | Stars: Yuliya Solntseva, Igor Ilyinsky, Nikolai Tsereteli, Nikolay Batalov

Votes: 2,273

6. At 3:25 (1924)

Unrated | 59 min | Sci-Fi

A scientist's invisible ray freezes Paris into immobility.

Director: René Clair | Stars: Charles Martinelli, Louis Pré Fils, Albert Préjean, Madeleine Rodrigue

Votes: 1,517

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.

Director: Robert Wiene | Stars: Conrad Veidt, Alexandra Sorina, Fritz Strassny, Paul Askonas

Votes: 2,134

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.

Director: Harry O. Hoyt | Stars: Wallace Beery, Bessie Love, Lloyd Hughes, Lewis Stone

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.

Director: Irwin Allen | Stars: Michael Rennie, Jill St. John, David Hedison, Claude Rains

Votes: 3,413

10. Metropolis (1927)

Not Rated | 153 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

98 Metascore

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.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Brigitte Helm, Alfred Abel, Gustav Fröhlich, Rudolf Klein-Rogge

Votes: 153,829 | Gross: $1.24M

11. Woman in the Moon (1929)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A tenacious scientist blasts off for the moon in hopes of riches that may be found there.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Willy Fritsch, Gerda Maurus, Klaus Pohl, Fritz Rasp

Votes: 2,844

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 »

Director: David Butler | Stars: El Brendel, Maureen O'Sullivan, John Garrick, Marjorie White

Votes: 620

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.

Director: Rouben Mamoulian | Stars: Fredric March, Miriam Hopkins, Rose Hobart, Holmes Herbert

Votes: 12,075

14. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)

Passed | 113 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

Dr. Jekyll allows his dark side to run wild when he drinks a potion that turns him into the evil Mr. Hyde.

Director: Victor Fleming | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Ingrid Bergman, Lana Turner, Donald Crisp

Votes: 7,982

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 »

Director: Abel Gance | Stars: Abel Gance, Colette Darfeuil, Sylvie Gance, Jeanne Brindeau

Votes: 216

16. Frankenstein (1931)

Passed | 70 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

91 Metascore

An obsessed scientist assembles a living being from parts of exhumed corpses.

Director: James Whale | Stars: Colin Clive, Mae Clarke, Boris Karloff, John Boles

Votes: 62,437

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 »

Director: Georg Wilhelm Pabst | Stars: Brigitte Helm, Pierre Blanchar, John Stuart, Tela Tchaï

Votes: 28

18. Doctor X (1932)

Unrated | 76 min | Comedy, Crime, Horror

A wisecracking New York reporter intrudes on a research scientist's quest to unmask The Moon Killer.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray, Lee Tracy, Preston Foster

Votes: 2,675

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 »

Director: Karl Hartl | Stars: Hans Albers, Sybille Schmitz, Paul Hartmann, Peter Lorre

Votes: 189

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.

Director: Erle C. Kenton | Stars: Charles Laughton, Bela Lugosi, Richard Arlen, Leila Hyams

Votes: 7,813

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.

Director: Don Taylor | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Michael York, Nigel Davenport, Barbara Carrera

Votes: 5,438 | Gross: $8.00M

22. The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932)

G | 68 min | Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi

Englishmen race to find the tomb of Genghis Khan before the sinister Fu Manchu does.

Directors: Charles Brabin, Charles Vidor | Stars: Boris Karloff, Lewis Stone, Karen Morley, Charles Starrett

Votes: 2,918

23. Deluge (1933)

70 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

A massive earthquake strikes the United States, which destroys the West Coast and unleashes a massive flood that threatens to destroy the East Coast as well.

Director: Felix E. Feist | Stars: Peggy Shannon, Lois Wilson, Sidney Blackmer, Matt Moore

Votes: 325

24. The Invisible Man (1933)

Not Rated | 71 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

87 Metascore

A scientist finds a way of becoming invisible, but in doing so, he becomes murderously insane.

Director: James Whale | Stars: Claude Rains, Gloria Stuart, William Harrigan, Henry Travers

Votes: 28,720

25. King Kong (1933)

Passed | 100 min | Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi

90 Metascore

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.

Directors: Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack | Stars: Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot, Frank Reicher

Votes: 76,618 | Gross: $10.00M

26. Son of Kong (1933)

Passed | 70 min | Adventure, Comedy

50 Metascore

The men who captured the giant ape King Kong return to Skull Island and find his likewise gigantic but far more friendly son.

Director: Ernest B. Schoedsack | Stars: Robert Armstrong, Helen Mack, Frank Reicher, John Marston

Votes: 3,792 | Gross: $1.34M

27. King Kong (1976)

PG | 134 min | Adventure, Horror

61 Metascore

A petroleum exploration expedition comes to an isolated island and encounters a colossal giant gorilla.

Director: John Guillermin | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Charles Grodin, Jessica Lange, John Randolph

Votes: 28,798 | Gross: $52.61M

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 »

Director: Curtis Bernhardt | Stars: Paul Hartmann, Attila Hörbiger, Olly von Flint, Otto Wernicke

Votes: 58

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.

Director: Karl Hartl | Stars: Hans Albers, Friedrich Kayßler, Brigitte Helm, Michael Bohnen

Votes: 174

30. Transatlantic Tunnel (1935)

Approved | 94 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

A team of international scientists and engineers attempts to build a tunnel under the ocean.

Director: Maurice Elvey | Stars: Richard Dix, Leslie Banks, Madge Evans, Helen Vinson

Votes: 734

31. The Devil-Doll (1936)

Passed | 78 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

An escaped convict uses miniaturized humans to wreak vengeance on those that framed him.

Director: Tod Browning | Stars: Lionel Barrymore, Maureen O'Sullivan, Frank Lawton, Rafaela Ottiano

Votes: 3,601

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.

Directors: Frederick Stephani, Ray Taylor | Stars: Buster Crabbe, Jean Rogers, Charles Middleton, Priscilla Lawson

Votes: 2,090

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.

Directors: Ford Beebe, Robert F. Hill, Frederick Stephani | Stars: Buster Crabbe, Jean Rogers, Charles Middleton, Frank Shannon

Votes: 865

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.

Directors: Ford Beebe, Ray Taylor | Stars: Buster Crabbe, Carol Hughes, Charles Middleton, Anne Gwynne

Votes: 1,228

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.

Director: William Cameron Menzies | Stars: Raymond Massey, Edward Chapman, Ralph Richardson, Margaretta Scott

Votes: 6,843

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?

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Ronald Colman, Jane Wyatt, Edward Everett Horton, John Howard

Votes: 11,635

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.

Director: Charles Jarrott | Stars: Peter Finch, Liv Ullmann, Sally Kellerman, George Kennedy

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.

Directors: Ford Beebe, Saul A. Goodkind | Stars: Buster Crabbe, Constance Moore, Jackie Moran, Jack Mulhall

Votes: 729

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.

Director: Nick Grinde | Stars: Boris Karloff, Lorna Gray, Robert Wilcox, Roger Pryor

Votes: 1,343

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.

Director: Ernest B. Schoedsack | Stars: Albert Dekker, Thomas Coley, Janice Logan, Charles Halton

Votes: 2,134

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.

Directors: Hal Roach Jr., Hal Roach | Stars: Victor Mature, Carole Landis, Lon Chaney Jr., Conrad Nagel

Votes: 1,269

42. One Million Years B.C. (1966)

Not Rated | 92 min | Adventure, Fantasy

58 Metascore

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.

Director: Don Chaffey | Stars: Raquel Welch, John Richardson, Percy Herbert, Robert Brown

Votes: 7,436

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.

Director: George Sherman | Stars: Vera Ralston, Erich von Stroheim, Richard Arlen, Helen Vinson

Votes: 256

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.

Director: Felix E. Feist | Stars: Lew Ayres, Gene Evans, Nancy Reagan, Steve Brodie

Votes: 1,344

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.

Director: Freddie Francis | Stars: Anne Heywood, Peter van Eyck, Cecil Parker, Bernard Lee

Votes: 241