29. Star Trek (2009) – This recent sci-fi flick didn’t manage a Best Picture nomination, but what it did manage to do is re-launch what was thought to have been a dead movie franchise. Furthermore it launched what will hopefully be three successful young careers in Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto, and the Chris Pine. J.J. Abrams was able to combine the silliness and Trekkie aspects of the movie, and combine them with flawless special effects, high paced action sequences, and enough good humor that even if you’re not a Trekkie (Like myself), you can’t help but get swept up in this magnificent adventure.
28. Jurassic Park – For every boy who ever played with dinosaur toys as a child, this movie was their dream come true. Spielberg, like all good geeks, has given us a variety of incredible adventures based on his own love of subjects, and Jurassic Park was no exception. The magic and mystery of Jurassic Park made us all believe that we really could recreate dinosaurs, and the authentic of their look only made the screen even more vibrant. While its sequels never amounted to much, we will always be left with this enduring masterpiece.
27. The Little Mermaid – There is a new movie coming out called Waking Sleeping Beauty, and it discusses the rebirth of Disney in the mid eighties and into the nineties. The reason for this rebirth, can be placed on the back of this classic fantasy of a young mermaid who dreams of a life on land with her love, only to realize that maybe life under the sea isn’t so bad. With vivid colors, incredible music, classic Disney comedy, and a new, fresh imagination, this movie wasn’t just the rebirth of Disney, it was a fantasy classic, and incredible movie.
26. Planet of the Apes (1968) – Before there were sequels and horrible remakes (sorry Tim), this Charlton Heston classic, introduced us to the futuristic world where apes were in charge, and humans were subordinate. What must have seemed like a crazy idea at the time, is not fully cemented into our pop culture. Besides the great makeup jobs, and the creation of a cool world, Planet of the Apes was also a thrilling action adventure, ones that Heston was best suited for, and before Star Wars captivated the hearts of millions in the 70’s, sci-fi geeks had to settle for this…as if that was a bad thing.