7 of the most iconic coffee scenes in sci-fi movies

If you're like us, a lack of coffee means a rough morning. Sure, I might be addicted. But it could be love too, right? (Does that make it Stockholm Syndrome...?)

Well, I can tell you I love to see characters in my favorite sci-fi movies chug a hot cup of java. Maybe it's a coping mechanism knowing there are other coffee lovers (addicts). And it turns out coffee is a staple in the sci-fi genre and has made for memorable scenes.

Here are 7 of our favorite coffee scenes in sci-fi movies.

1. Aliens (1986)

Ah, Aliens! The 80s! A true classic science fiction film. A flick many put in their top selections for sci-fi movies in film history. There's so much to love. And I have one more thing for you to love - COFFEE.

In this scene, Ellen Ripley (played by Sigourney Weaver) serves coffee to Carter Burke (played by Paul Reiser) and a military officer. Hilariously, Burke not taking his coffee black has become somewhat of a joke in the internet age.

WARNING: If you're like me, you'll watch this scene and then have to whip out that mint VHS edition of Aliens. Hopefully, you have a little extra time today :).

2. Godzilla (1998)

This is a tale that's been told countless times. The original movie from 1954 is approaching 70 years old. Since then, so many versions of the story have been told from Peter Jackson's Kong to the more stylized versions from the most recent decade.

The 1998 version doesn't hold up so well to the critiques and fans weren't so pleased either. It's certainly a more comedic take on the story of Godzilla than other renditions with the likes of Matthew Broderick and Hank Azaria in leading roles.

In this scene, a UPS delivery driver gets into his van in New York after making a package delivery... only to reveal there's an operation going on in the back of the van. A Frenchmen is disappointed in American donuts and coffee. 

The classic "you call this coffee?" line comes from the scene.

Check it out:


3. Inception (2010)

Inception took the world by storm in 2010. It is one heck of a mind-bending science fiction flick. So much so that people are still debating the end in internet forums. What happens to the spinning top?!?!

In this scene, the character of Ariadne (played by Elliot Page) is learning for the first time from the main character, Cobb (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) what she can do in the dream world. The two sip coffee at a cafe as they bend reality.

4. Twin Peaks

Okay, lots to debate here. And you may be reading this and ready to argue this one up and down: "TWIN PEAKS ISN'T SCI-FI!" But what genre is Twin Peaks if it's not sci-fi? This is my list, so you will have to deal with the pick.

Wowed by the amazing coffee, Dale Cooper (played by Kyle MacLachlan) famously says "that is a damn fine cup of coffee" after getting hot coffee from a diner waitress. It's become a meme and a cultural staple.

Check out the short scene:

5. Thor

The movie Thor is one of the cannon-setting movies in the popular Marvel universe. In this movie, Thor is introduced as the god of thunder, a bit of a playboy, and the story is about losing his powers and being ostracized to Earth.

So, to the iconic scene. Thor just became a mere mortal without all his godly powers. And a man's gotta eat. So they head to the diner. And Thor loves the coffee, so he smashes the coffee cup and asks for another. Check it out:

6. Groundhog Day (1993)

OK OK OK. You're right. We're having a little fun now. I don't think anyone is trying to convince the world Groundhog Day is a sci-fi movie. But the famous film has time travel it! You can give us that.

The premise of the movie is that main character Phil (played by Bill Murray) is stuck in a small town living the same day over and over.

Knowing that he'll wake up the next day without any consequences, Phil loads himself up with all the best breakfast foods. The waitress offers him coffee and he skips the coffee mug for the whole pot of coffee. Check out the funny scene:

7. Dune

The Atreides family has a great destiny. But through political maneuvering, his family is forced to move to a dangerous planet, Arrakis. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet's exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence, only those who can conquer their own fear will survive.

In this scene, the Fremen (a triable people from Arrakis) proceed with a coffee ritual before a military ambush. Check it out:

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That's a wrap! These are 7 of the best coffee scenes in movies that we thought worth highlighting. I hope this filled the cup of my fellow coffee drinkers out there.

Which ones did we miss? Send your recommendations to sip@scifi-coffee.com and we'll consider adding them

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