Readers' Poll: The 10 Best Science Fiction Movies

'The Terminator,' 'Aliens,' 'Blade Runner' and your other futuristic selections

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9. 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind'

After the insane success of Jaws, Steven Spielberg had the freedom to make whatever movie he wanted. While there was pressure on him to make Jaws 2, the director was already thinking of something way bigger. It was a story about a man drawn to a remote area of New Mexico after seeing a UFO. People begin disappearing and the military is extremely wary of the whole situation, but when the aliens finally emerge they are completely harmless and merely want to exchange information. It's a brilliantly-paced story and a nice contrast to the many movies where aliens have aggressive motivations. 

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