Movies about future societies dominated by robots are common. IMDb users have voted these 10 robot movies the best of all time.
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It’s a great genre for everyone who wants to know what the future holds. Nothing is beyond its reach, from flying cars to dystopian companies. But there’s a detail that we’ve overlooked! Perhaps the most crucial aspect of sci-fi is the use of robots.
There are a lot of robot movies out there, from B-grade schlockfests like Chopping Mall to big-budget films like Blade Runner:2049. The only way to obtain a general sense of what the audience thinks about a movie is through a site like IMDb. Look forward to learning more about robotics from them!
1. Blade Runner 2049 (2017) – 8.0
For good reason, IMDb has decided to focus on two separate franchises here. Blade Runner 2049 is a follow-up to Blade Runner, the first film in the series. Replicant and police officer in charge of killing (or retiring) rogue androids discover a conspiracy that could lead to the destruction of ties between replicants and human beings..
It’s possible that too much information could ruin the movie, but you can at least expect to see a few recognized faces.
2. The Terminator (1984) – 8.0
It was a good enough series to warrant a sequel (more on that later)! The first one has Arnold Schwarzenegger as the T-800 ordered to kill Sarah Connor, who would one day give birth to the messiah who arrives to save humanity from the robot revolt of the future.
The original Terminator movie has it all: nonstop action, plenty of thrills, and a memorable battle against fate. James Cameron’s career as a director got its start because of this film.
3. Blade Runner (1982) – 8.1
One of Ridley Scott’s greatest works, Blade Runner is an excellent movie. Even while it can’t be stated that it originated the cyberpunk genre on its own, it did a good job of it. For all of its real-life details like its realistic political context and the topics it tackles, it creates an authentically lived-in film universe. It’s in the same general area as ours, yet it feels like a dream.
Our protagonist is Rick Deckard, a guy who is tasked with rescuing androids known as replicants from the clutches of criminals. This group of replicants is assigned to perform manual labor on distant worlds, and they decide that they want a chance at a better life. It does a great job of delving deep into the concept of what it means to be human through its narrative.
4. Metropolis (1927) – 8.3
1927’s Metropolis is one of the greatest films ever seen on the silver screen. No matter how old it may be, watching it now will not disappoint. The cityscapes have a futuristic Art Deco feel to them, like something out of Bioshock. One of the first feature-length instances of science fiction, Fritz Lang’s visionary film depicts a spotless future.
The film’s release sparked a lot of controversy because of its alleged communist themes. In the Wiemar Republic days before World War II, there’s no doubt that the subject of income disparity will be prominent. Many of its ideas are still relevant today.
5. Wall-E (2008) – 8.4
IMDb, thank you! Finally, a modern-day Disney-Pixar classic makes it onto this list. There’s a lot of dystopian sci-fi for youngsters in this film, which came out in 2008. It touches on serious themes, but does so in a light manner. Featuring adorable robots, romantic scenes, and deep topics, this film is suitable for all ages.
We’re introduced to a trash-cleaning droid who is stuck on a barren planet filled in garbage. When he’s visited by a robot on a mission to find plants on the planet, the beginning of his trip is set in motion. It’s clear that he has a crush on her, and he follows her wherever she goes.
6. Aliens (1986) – 8.4
Sorry to have two Alien films on the same list, but the public has spoken. It’s clear that Aliens is a sequel to the original, but the tone shifts from horror to action. Guns, rockets, and space marines have replaced the suspense, which has been largely extinguished. We still have Sigourney Weaver as our leading lady, despite Ridley Scott’s departure as director.
Her employer awakens her up and she tells them that an alien has killed the rest of the group she worked with. They don’t believe her, so they set up an onsite investigation to see if they can find any proof. You can probably anticipate where this is heading based on the fact that there are space marines in the picture. It was favorably appreciated and nominated for seven academy awards despite the film’s action-packed nature.
7. Alien (1979)
Not even a hint of spoilers are allowed. This is an essential film, and I will limit my commentary to the highlights. In 1979, Ridley Scott released this stunning masterpiece. In spite of the studio’s reservations, the film’s box office success convinced them to take a chance on the filmmaking venture.
A graphic artist and overall oddball named H.R. Giger was commissioned to develop the creature that chases the protagonist in this movie. The crew of the spacecraft encounters a bug-like lifeform known as a Xenomorph during a routine distress call. The protagonist eventually takes on the monster head-to-head. Again, spoilers are out of the question, but there’s a reason this film made the cut.
8. Ghost In The Shell: Stand-Alone Complex (2002 – 2003) – 8.5
In 1995, Masamune Shirow’s manga, Ghost in the Shell, was made into an animated film. Audiences were captivated by the film’s in-depth exploration of philosophical issues surrounding consciousness, as well as its futuristic cyberpunk style and visually spectacular direction.
Immediately after its release, it spawned two follow-ups, which helped establish manga as a legitimate art form in the United States. Condensed from the three original films, Standalone Complex presents a more full story arc than the original films did. This is your best bet if you’re seeking for androids, strong female protagonists, and a heady experience.
9. Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991) – 8.5
What else can be said about this film, besides paraphrasing Arnold, other than that? Those who enjoy large action flicks won’t want to miss this. It’s one of the best examples of the genre, and one of the best in the series. It’s full of one-liners, androids, assassins, and motorcycles (albeit not as quotable as the first). An adrenaline-pumping adventure into a terrifying near-future is what you’ll get here.
Robots are on the verge of taking over the world, and the only man who can stop them is being pursued by an almost indestructible beast. That said, there’s a good reason why so many people view this picture as one of the best in recent memory. You’ll be on the edge of your seat the entire time since failure is not an option.
10. The Matrix (1999) – 8.7
The Wachowski sisters directed The Matrix, a landmark film. That movie, which came out in 1999, was one of the most ambitious at the time. The actors had to undergo extensive martial arts instruction, the special effects were created using new techniques, and the tale itself was a surprise to Western viewers.
There have been numerous examples of similar themes in various media such as anime classics Akira, Ghost in the Shell and Neon Genesis Evangelion. Despite their commercial and critical success, these works of art would not be acknowledged for some time.