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Star Wars wins sci-fi poll Hans down.

FILM fans have voted Star Wars the best science fiction movie of all time.

The galactic adventures of Luke Skywalker, Hans Solo and Princess Leia topped a nationwide poll to find the most riveting sci-fi film in big screen history.

The research among 2000 film fans was carried out by online shopping site Amazon to mark 2001, the year of Stanley Kubrick's ground-breaking 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Kubrick was the top sci-fi director with three films in the top 10.

Science fiction fans also nominated a number of categories which had them riveted to their cinema seats - such as best exploding head scene, most believable cyborg and best miniaturisation movie.

However, it was Star Wars, the George Lucas fantasy first released in 1977, which convinced Hollywood bosses that science fiction was a big money-making film genre. It spawned a number of special effect-filled follow-ups.

Despite its relatively low budget of just pounds 7million, it's a simple tale of good triumphing over evil set in a new universe of bizarre creatures.

It went on to win seven Oscars and quickly inspired a cult following, along with three follow-ups.

One of the sequels Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes back, released three years later, comes number three in the list of all time sci-fi favourites.

Number two was the the 1963 sci-fi black comedy Dr Strangelove, directed by Kubrick and starring Peter Sellers, who played three roles in the movie.
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