Blade Runner tops sci-fi film poll
Published 06/07/2011 | 10:35
Blade Runner has been named the greatest sci-fi film of all time by movie buffs - beating the ever-popular Star Wars.
Ridley Scott's futuristic cult hit, starring Harrison Ford as android hunter Rick Deckard, triumphed in a poll for Total Film magazine.
The film, which celebrates its 30th anniversary next year, initially struggled at the box office but went on to be viewed as a classic.
Star Wars finished fifth in the list, while the second film to be made in the series - The Empire Strikes Back - was the most popular in George Lucas's saga, ranked second in the poll.
Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey was third, while director Scott had another entry in the top 10 with his chilling Alien placed fourth. The sequel Aliens - made by James Cameron - was seventh.
Just one film from the 21st century - Inception - made the top 10, half of which was made up of movies from the 1980s.
Avatar - the most successful film of all time at the box office - missed out on the top 10, and was placed 11th.
Jamie Graham, deputy editor of Total Film, said: "Once seen and heard, so many scenes from Blade Runner burn into your brain forever. It's sci-fi at its bleakest and most brilliant."