Science-fiction movies like to portray a grim version of our future -- from dystopian thrillers ("Blade Runner") to space-age frontier flicks ("2001: A Space Odyssey") -- and include plenty of ridiculous technological advances. (Phasers! Time machines! Cloaking devices!) However, out of all the sophisticated gadgets sci-fi has to offer, the ones that connect the most with moviegoers are robots.

Yet while plenty of movie robots in history have been destructive and deadly, not every film believes our future lies in the hands of Hal or the Fembots. Sometimes robots can represent the good in us: our silly, sensitive and humane sides.

In honor of the new movie "Robot and Frank," which hits theaters today, here is a list of the 11 friendliest robots in film.

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