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The season 1 ending of left us hanging with a huge WTF moment (check out this possible explanation if your head is still spinning) and now we're anxiously awaiting season 2.

Until the next chapter in one of the craziest stories about humans interacting with robots begins, we'll need to manage our withdrawal.

Below are 50 science fiction films about man's metallic best (and worst) friends that will help satisfy your robo cravings.

Classic Robots

50) Tobor the Great (1954)

Directed by Lee Sholem, Tobor the Great is about a robot built by two scientists who fear manned space exploration is too dangerous. The plot involves Tobor being stolen. but he's tracked down by having a psychic link with a young boy.

Fun fact: Tobor is robot spelled backwards.

49) Metropolis (1927)

This silent film from director Fritz Lang featured one of the earliest (and a female one to boot), which has became one of the biggest science fiction icons of cinema. At the time, most robots were either asexual or male. The story was set in the year 2026 in the city of Metropolis. It is regarded as a pioneering work of the genre.

48) Forbidden Planet (1956)

Considered one of the greatest films of the 1950s, it was directed by Fred M. Wilcox and starred famous comedy actor Leslie Nielsen. The movie is also famous for Robbie the Robot who became an iconic robot that appeared in various movies during the 50's.

47) Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)

That's right, even Godzilla had a robotic counterpart. I think this would be a pretty cool world to have on !

46) Robot Monster (aka Monsters from Mars) (1953)

This is what happens when you throw an actor in costume that is has the body of a gorilla and the head of a retro television.

Robot Monster is another famous 50's movie. Evil Moon robot Ro-Man Extension XJ-2 (Barrows), referred to simply as Ro-Man, has seemingly destroyed all human life on Earth with a Calcinator death ray. That is, except for eight humans that remain alive.

45) The Perfect Woman (1949)

Who says robots only have to be dudes? In this British , A scientist (Miles Malleson) creates what he considers the perfect woman (Pamela Devis) in his lab.

44) Target Earth (1954)

Yes, another clunky robot from 50's movie! This one has a similar setup to . It's the story of a deserted Chicago and a small group of people who have been overlooked during a mass evacuation because of a sudden invasion by hostile robotic beings from the planet Venus.

43) The Colossus of New York (1958)

This movie has a feel to it. Following an accident, Jeremy Spensser's brain is transplanted by his scientist father into the huge body of an unattractive, frightening in order to save his mind so he can continue to serve mankind.

42) The Creation of the Humanoids (1962)

In this movie we're introduced to a post-apocalyptic Earth where the birth rate is starting to dwindle. Humans create a humanoid workforce to help them out, but some of the humans are concerned that the humanoids are becoming too human; a theme that was at the heart of .

41) Cyborg 2087 (1966)

A time-travelling sent to save the world? Too cool!

Oh, The Horror Of Robots!

40) Evolver (1995)

Starring Ethan Embry and the voice acting of William H. Macy, Evolver tells the story of a boy who wins a laser tag tournament. Instead of getting a trophy or money, the company sends him a a robotic opponent armed with a compressed air gun, to compete against in a real-world version of laser tag. Each time Evolver is defeated, the robot gets smarter and faster.

39) Chopping Mall (1986)

What do you get when you combine robotic security guards, drunken teens, and a little bit of lightning? A bunch of robots hell-bent on killing those horny kids.

38) Deadly Friend (1986)

Leave it to Wes Craven to come up with a plot that involves a teenager who creates an overly protective robot. Then the teenager implants the aggressive robot's microchip into the brain of his dead teenage crush. Of course, when she wakes up, she's controlled by the angry robot. Naturally.

37) Hardware (1990)

Here's a fun post-apocalyptic movie that stars Dylan McDermott as Moses Baxter who finds a government robot that is capable of repairing itself so it can destroy humans.

36) The Terminator (1984)

The movie that made Arnold Schwarzenegger a star. (Watch him deliver his iconic "I'll be back" line in the classic scene above.) A little film about a robot death machine sent back in time to kill John Connor's mom (Linda Hamilton). Oh, and it was directed by James Cameron.

35) Demon Seed (1977)

Based on the novel by Dean Koontz, Demon Seed is the story of a highly-intelligent computer that decides to impregnate a woman. Naturally, she then gives birth to a baby robot.

34) Death Machine (1994)

This is one of those obscure movies, but it does have an early cameo from Rachel Weisz. It involves a group of people that try to take down a mega-company that manufactures advanced military weapons. One of them is a robotic beast called Frontline Morale Destroyer (aka Warbeast).

33) The Vindicator (1986)

The film is a modern-day retelling of the classic story set in the 1980s. Instead of a monster, it's a cyborg.

32) Saturn 3 (1980)

The movie has some big name stars including Farrah Fawcett, Kirk Douglas and Harvey Keitel. Benson (Keitel) is sent to Saturn's 3rd moon to replace a scientist with a robot. He builds and controls the robot. It turns out that Benson is a homicidal nut job, which also makes the robot a homicidal nut job.

31) Alien (1979)

Alien set the bar for sci-fi horror and it spawned a series of movies. Not all are great, but the original is a classic filled with quotable lines, the best of which are in the above video.

Animated Fun

30) Robots (2005)

Rodney Copperbottom (Ewan McGregor), was born in Rivet City, but dreams of a journey to Robot City where he hopes that a mysterious tycoon named Big Weld will be amazed by his inventions.

29) Astro Boy (2009)

Astro Boy is a film loosely based on the manga series of the same name by the Japanese writer and illustrator Osamu Tezuka.

28) Wall-E (2008)

The story of a lovable little robot named Wall-E who starts a romance with another lovable little robot named EVE. Together, they teach us about consumerism, environmentalism, and corporate greed. Heavy topics portrayed in a light-hearted family film.

27) Ghost in the Shell (1995)

Ghost In The Shell follows the story of a cyborg policewoman and her partner on a hunt for a mysterious and powerful hacker.

If you haven't seen it yet, catch the animated original before the live-action remake staring Scarlett Johansson hits theaters in 2017.

26) Big Hero 6 (2014)

Hiro Hamada is a 14-year-old robotics genius who creates , an inflatable robot. Then he adds armor and karate skills to Baymax to help him on his quest to figure out who is using microbots for nefarious purposes.

25) Transformers: The Movie (1986)

The first big-screen adventure of the original robots in disguise may have bombed when it was released in 1986, but it has since become an animated cult classic full of iconic moments, including the death of .

The movie was restored and released on Blu-ray for the first time this year (check out the above video), giving fans a chance to see the film as they never have before.

24) Romie-O and Julie-8 (1979)

Set in the future, the two romantic leads in this version are androids who fall in love despite a taboo against their kind having such relationships. Sound familiar? Yes, it's a futuristic version of Romeo and Juliet from Shakespeare.

23) Gundam Series (1979)

This series too the entire genre to a whole new level. If you're sci-fi fan and haven't yet seen a Gundam series or movie, stop what you're doing right now and watch where it all began.

22) SDF Macross (1982)

If I'm going to talk about , then I have to mention . (Known as in the U.S.) The classic anime series combines transformable mecha, apocalyptic battles, wartime romance, and music.

21) The Iron Giant (1999)

Before Vin Diesel voiced in the , he was the voice behind . Set during the Cold War in 1957, the film is about a young boy named Hogarth Hughes who discovers a giant metallic robot who fell from space.

Robots That Make Us Laugh

20) Short Circuit (1986)

Johnny 5, alive! A military robot gets hit by lightning and becomes intelligent. Then it escapes the lab and Newton Crosby (Steve Guttenberg) and Stephanie Speck (Ally Sheedy) set out on a mission to recover it.

Johnny 5 is considered by many to be the granddaddy of big-screen droids like Chappie and .

19) Spaceballs (1987)

The classic Mel Brooks spoof is one of the best in Hollywood history, and included the hilarious as the sassy robot Dot Matrix.

Check out a clip from the film in the above video.

18) Bicentennial Man (1999)

Bicentennial Man stars the late as an housekeeper who feel emotions. This leads him find ways to make himself more human by developing synthetic organs, a nervous system, and even blood.

17) Batteries Not Included (1987)

The about small extraterrestrial living space ships that save an apartment block under threat from property development. The story was originally intended to be featured in the TV series , but liked the idea so much he decided to turn it into a feature film.

16) Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)

The big-screen adaptation of the classic book by Douglas Adams starred several big name celebrities, including Martin Freeman, Sam Rockwell, Mos Def, Zooey Deschanel, Bill Nighy, and John Malkovich.

Rockwell's performance as Marvin, the Paranoid Android who is clinically depressed and constantly complains about the universe, makes this one a must-see.

15) Making Mr. Right (1987)

This is an odd-ball that stars John Malkovich as a scientist who dreams of space exploration. He decides to create a replica of himself that falls in love with a Public Relations woman.

14) Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964)

The title sums up the plot of this wacky movie. It is regularly featured on worst movie lists, which is one of the biggest reasons to watch.

13) The Ice Pirates (1984)

This a goofy sci-fi film that has a bunch of silly robots in it and tells the story of two space pirates who are sold to a princess and recruited to help her find her father.

A real Space Opera with monsters, sword fights, explosions, fighting robots, time warps Ron Perlman. What's not to like?

12) C.H.O.M.P.S. (1979)

A totes adorbs robotic dog named C.H.O.M.P.S.? Yes, please! C.H.O.M.P.S. is an acronym for Canine Home Protection System and he's the world's greatest watchdog. This is as cheesy as cheesy gets and oh-so-bad it's good.

11) Robot and Frank (2012)

An aging jewel thief (Frank Langella) gets a robot (voiced by Peter Sarsgaard as a gift from his son. He then realizes he can use the robot to kick-start his old burgling career once again.

Modern Robots

10) The Matrix (1999)

Robots are using humans as batteries in the future. Except the human don't know it because their minds are trapped in The Matrix; a simulation that makes them believe they're in a different world. Keanu Reeves stars as Neo, who learns Kung-Fu and goes on a mind-bender of a journey to figure out what the heck is actually happening with all these and programs.

The final fight scene between Neo and Agent Smith makes the film worth the price of admission alone.

9) Star Wars (1977)

The droids who started it all in a galaxy far, far away, and (check out his most heroic acts in the above video) are two of the biggest reasons the saga has endured for nearly 40 years. With the latest film in the franchise hitting movie theaters this week, now is the perfect time to revisit the original trilogy.

8) RoboCop (1987)

Set Detroit, Michigan, in the near future, centers on police officer Alex Murphy who is brutally shot to death by a gang of criminals and subsequently revived by the corporation Omni Consumer Products (OCP) as a superhuman cyborg law enforcer known as RoboCop".

7) Westworld (1973)

The original film that inspired the series, is sci-fi western thriller written and directed by Michael Crichton about amusement park androids that malfunction and begin killing visitors. It starred Yul Brynner as an android and Richard Benjamin and James Brolin as guests of the park.

6) Automata (2014)

This is another post-apocalyptic movie where the few humans left create humanoid robots. These robots have two unalterable protocols: they can not harm any form of life and they may not modify any robot.

Spoiler alert: the robots start breaking them. The movie stars Antonio Banderas, Melanie Griffith, Dylan McDermott, and Robert Forster.

5) Ex Machina (2015)

Starring Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, and Alicia Vikander Ex Machina follows the story of a programmer invited by his CEO to administer the Turing test to an intelligent humanoid robot. Is she good, or is she evil? The suspense will drive you crazy.

4.) The Stepford Wives (2004).

In this remake of the 1975 original, a couple move to town where the men are making robot wives by implanting microchips into their wives' brains and then transplanting their minds into cloned bodies, which turns the women into patient, subservient and impossibly beautiful robot mistresses.

3) The Transformers (2007)

If you're a sucker for big robots and nostalgic for 80s toys like I am there's no substitute for watching roll out on live-action adventure. So what if it stars Shia Labeouf and was directed by Michael Bay. What Transformers fan wouldn't watch Prime fight in any incarnation of the robots in disguise?

Chappie (2015)

Here is another movie where a military robot gets some smarts. Directed by Neill Blomkamp of fame, it is about an artificially-intelligent law-enforcement robot captured and taught by gangsters, who nickname it Chappie. Not only does it star Hugh Jackman, but it also has the Die Antwoord rappers who claimed stole their style. (You can read about here.)

1) Blade Runner (1982)

Based on the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, Blade Runner brought film noir into the future and is regarded as one of the greatest films in American cinema history. Directed by Ridley Scott, it stars Harrison Ford as Rick Deckard, a who is tasked with taking down a group of genetically engineered renegade replicants, which are visually indistinguishable from adult humans and are manufactured by the powerful Tyrell Corporation.

Which films about are your favorites? Let me know in the comments below.


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