A wish-list of the top ten science fiction films as chosen by scientists, you say?
There it is, proving that even scientists watch Steven Spielberg blockbusters, and that they don’t seem any more intellectually demanding in their speculative fiction than the average punter.
Three of the films (Alien, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Solaris) would be on any well-considered list, but the rest are just the best-known sci-fi films. I found it dispiritingly easy to knock together a vastly superior top ten in a couple of minutes:
Le Voyage dans la Lune (1902)
Forbidden Planet (1956)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961)
La Jetée (1962)
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
The list is a bit top-heavy with American b-movies (and, in The Day the Earth Caught Fire, its British equivalent) but I didn’t want to repeat anything in the scientists’ list.