What are the most prophetic science fiction movies?

TechRepublic members and regular Geekenders have debated their favorite sci-fi genre movies on numerous occasions, but based solely on the criteria of how prophetic a movie has been, what sci-fi/futuristic movies would you nominate -- and why?

Here's a good list for the Geek-faithful to pick apart: Popularmechanics.com compiled its list of the most prophetic science fiction movies of all time a while back, and while TechRepublic members have long debated best-of lists in the sci-fi category, I thought the focus on the "prophetic" quality was interesting. I know that many of you probably have your own nominees to argue for, so first, let's look at the Popular Mechanics Top Ten:

  • 10. 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • 9. Short Circuit
  • 8. Soylent Green
  • 7. Blade Runner
  • 6. The Running Man
  • 5. Destination Moon
  • 4. The Truman Show
  • 3. The Road Warrior
  • 2. Minority Report
  • 1. Gattaca

For each entry, PM cited the particular items that each movie "forecast," such as the space tourism trend that cropped up in 2001: A Space Odyssey. What movies do you think belong on this list? And, of course, explain why. Have at it!

By Selena Frye

Selena has been at TechRepublic since 2002. She is currently a Senior Editor with a background in technical writing, editing, and research. She edits Data Center, Linux and Open Source, Apple in the Enterprise, The Enterprise Cloud, Web Designer, and...