Friday, June 9, 2023

List: Top 3 “Thinking” Sci-Fi Movies

This week on Episode 195 of the InSession Film Podcast, we discussed Denis Villeneuve’s latest film, Arrival, one of our most anticipated films of the year. Using that as inspiration, we decided to talk about our favorite “thinking” sci-fi films for this week’s Top 3. Sci-fi has been around since the beginning of the film, and while some are fun and adventurous, others are more thought-provoking and cerebral. This approach to sci-fi has not only conjured some fascinating cinema, but it’s rendered some of the best movies of all-time. There are a ton of great films that fit this criteria, and we discussed some great films that we think you’ll enjoy.

On that note, which movies would make your list? Here are the one’s that made ours:

*Keep in mind we have different criteria for our lists as well*


1) Metropolis
2) Her
3) Solaris


1) A.I. Artificial Intelligence
2) Children of Men
3) Solaris


1) The Matrix Reloaded / The Matrix Revolutions
2) Her
3) Predestination

Honorable Mentions (Combined)

2001: A Space Odyssey, Blade Runner, Contact, Stalker, Brazil, Inception, Upstream Color, Under the Skin, Ex-Machina, Enemy, Donnie Darko, Akira, Looper, Minority Report, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Moon, Snowpiercer, 12 Monkeys, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

Hopefully you guys enjoyed our lists and if you agree or disagree with us, let us know in the comment section below. There are obviously many more options out there that we missed on our lists, depending on your criteria. That being said, what would be your Top 3? Leave a comment in the comment section or email us at

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For more lists done by the InSession Film crew and other guests, be sure see our Top 3 Movie Lists page.

JD Duran
JD Duran
InSession Film founder and owner. I love film. Love art. Love how it intersects with our real lives. My favorite movies include Citizen Kane, The 400 Blows, Modern Times, The Godfather and The Tree of Life. Follow me on Twitter @RealJDDuran. Follow us @InSessionFilm.

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