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The 50 Best Sci-Fi Movies

8. Brazil (1985)

Director: Terry Gilliam
Stars: Jonathan Pryce, Robert De Niro, Kim Greist, Michael Palin, Bob Hoskins, Ian Holm, Katherine Helmond

The best kinds of movies, no matter the genre, are ones that could've only been made by one filmmaker, which describes every one of writer-director Terry Gilliam's films to the tee. Blessed with an absurdly unique imagination, the one-time Monty Python's Flying Circus member has churned out some of the science fiction genre's strangest and most grandiose dystopian flicks; Brazil, his darkly funny look at a notably bleak future society, is Gilliam's true tour de force.

The film's protagonist, played by a wonderfully bewildered Jonathan Pryce, is an office drone who becomes disenchanted by his world's dependency on machines and tyrannical rule, so he uses his imagination-much like Gilliam himself-to mentally escape; after a while, though, he's not sure what's real and what's absurdist fantasy. Nor can the viewer, frankly, thanks to how seamlessly Gilliam blurs the line between actuality and dreamscapes.

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