10 Sci-Fi Movies Where Nobody Dies

9. Back To The Future

Close Encounters Of The Third Kind Francois Truffaut
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Just as much a comedy as it is science-fiction, it would have been a bit odd if someone had died in Robert Zemeckis’ 1985 classic, Back To The Future.

After Marty McFly accidently time-travels from 1985 to 1955, in a DeLorean built by his friend Doc Brown, he must ensure that his parents fall in love or else he’ll be erased from existence. To be honest, it does seem odd to have to explain the plot of Back To The Future to anyone, since it’s one of the best and most famous movies ever made.

There’s very little to praise about this film that hasn’t been already, from its incredible writing and directing, career-defining performances from Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson and Crispin Glover, and the iconic score and soundtrack courtesy of Alan Silvestri and Huey Lewis And The News. Plus, the DeLorean is just the coolest movie car ever.

While the whole plot is driven by Marty’s desire not to die, death escapes all characters in the movie. We do get close a couple of times though, namely when Marty starts to disappear during the school dance and earlier on in the film when Doc Brown is seemingly machine-gunned down by The Libyans, only for it to be revealed later on that he survived thanks to Marty’s warning from the past.

Now the same cannot be said for the sequel, Back To the Future Part II, where George McFly is shot by Biff Tannen (albeit off-screen), resulting in a darker, less humorous film. Fortunately, Part III of the franchise returned to its roots, with no deaths and a plot focusing specifically on preventing the demise of Doc Brown.


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