TOP 5 WEDNESDAY: Favourite Science Fiction & Fantasy Films

Top 5 Wednesday is a great feature hosted by ThoughtsonTomes. To find out more about Top 5 Wednesday and the upcoming topics, check out its Goodreads page. This week’s topic is in honour of the Booktube SFF Awards and instead of focusing on books, we’re talking about our favourite science fiction and fantasy in other media, whether that’s TV or Film. Me being me, has gone for film and here are some of my favourites.

If you’ve not watched Moon you really should. It’s a small-scale sci-fi film that sometimes feels claustrophobic, but that just adds to the underlying tension running throughout the film. Moon is eerie and gripping and Sam Rockwell is fantastic. It’s a film that’s lodged itself in my brain from the first time I saw it.


While I do feel this franchise has gone on far too long and has generally gotten worse, I do love the first Transformers film. It’s one of my “comfort” films, if I feel down for some reason I’ll put it on and the over the top characters and action cheer me up. The battle in Qatar’s desert between the US military and a Decepticon is one of my favourite action sequences ever.

Star Trek Beyond
This was my favourite film of 2016 and I still adore it. I think this film was released at the perfect time for me, it made me laugh and cry and was a fun adventure that I could go back to when I wasn’t really sure what I was doing with my life. The crew of the USS Enterprise were there for me when I needed them, and this film still gives me all the emotions.


The Martian
This film is one of the best book-to-film adaptations I’ve ever seen. Not only is it pretty damn faithful to the book, it keeps the humour and the heart of the story which is the most important thing. The cast is brilliant, it’s a very funny film and it’s about the would coming together to save one guy. Much like Star Trek Beyond, I watch The Martian when I want (or need) to see the best humanity can be.


The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Of course, it was going to be here – The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. I rewatch these films every year, as close to Christmas Eve as possible (it’s a long-standing tradition since I saw the films in the cinema, on Christmas Eve, three years in a row) and I enjoy every second of it. I do think these films were my first proper introduction to fantasy, with its epic quest and different creatures. The Fellowship of the Ring is my favourite, but I love them all and watching them feels like a warm hug.

What are your favourite fantasy and science fiction films?


  1. So many great movies! I also loved the Martian as well as the LOTR series.
    Moon is on my ‘to watch’ list. A friend of mine who never remembers movies’ names actually remembered this name and also recommended it to me. 🙂

  2. Moon is so underrated, glad you also enjoyed it! The first Transformers movie was really good, it’s a shame the rest of them were a bit meh. Huge love for The Martian and LOTR. Great list! 🙂

    1. That’s a great scene! Donald Glover’s great in it – and when he slips and falls when rushing from his desk always makes me laugh. Especially as it wasn’t scripted and they kept it in.

  3. I also loved the Moon and the Martian and of course LotR.

    I’d have to make a separate lists for SF and fantasy because I love so many. My fantasy list would definitely have LotR trilogy along with oldies like Willow and Ladyhawke. And Pirates of the Carribean (first one) and Princess Bride.
    SF list would be much harder with several franchises I follow.

  4. The Martian – I LOVE IT!!
    Seriously, it’s good, funny, intense… Matt Damon should’ve got an Oscar for that movie!

    1. Yay another Transformers fan! 😀 Yes the origianl trilogy is a lot of fun and the cast are great too. I think I like the first one so much because it was new, and I didn’t know what to expect from these characters.

  5. That’s a good list! Have you seen Arrival, that is definitely one of my favorite science fiction movies. Though it has to be experienced in the theatre, if possible. Denis Villeneuve ‘s shot it so beautifully. And Amy Adams was phenomenal

    1. Thanks! Oh yeah! I really liked Arrival. I liked how it was a sci-fi film that solved its problems through the power of communication rather than by blowing things up.
      And as you say it’s a beautiful looking film

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