Total Nerd The Best '70s Sci-Fi Movies  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite science fiction films that were released in the 1970s

Star Wars is probably the most well known 1970s science fiction movie, but don't count out the other strong contenders on this best '70s sci-fi movies list. This is the decade that also gave us the original Alien, A Clockwork Orange, and Westworld. Vote up the greatest 1970s sci-fi movies, and feel free to add any films we may have missed!

This list of 1970s science-fiction films reveals that the decade featured a trend of smart movies tackling social issues. Soylent Green and Logan's Run both depict overbearing governments that take population control to appalling extremes. Then you have A Clockwork Orange (a film that's still shocking even by today's standards), which is the ultimate movie about the extremes a government will go to to control its unruly citizens. Should these films get a higher ranking as the top '70s sci-fi movies for their audacity to take on important issues with such brazen material?

Of course, not all the '70s sci-fi movies are classics. In fact, for every Star Wars, there are multiple cheesy '70s sci-fi films. Reading up on the genre, you'll quickly notice that there aren't many '70s science fiction movies that are simply good - they're either great or terrible.  What will end up as number one on this list of the top 1970s science fiction films? The outcome is in your hands!
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Star Wars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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Alien Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

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Close Encounters of the Third Kind Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, Carl Weathers

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Ricardo Wang added Planet of the Apes Charlton Heston, Linda Harrison, James Whitmore

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Superman Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve

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A Clockwork Orange Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke, Steven Berkoff

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Mad Max Mel Gibson, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Steve Bisley

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Star Trek: The Motion Picture William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei

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Logan's Run Farrah Fawcett, Peter Ustinov, Jenny Agutter

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers Robert Duvall, Jeff Goldblum, Leonard Nimoy

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Escape from the Planet of the Apes Ricardo Montalbán, Roddy McDowall, Sal Mineo

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but chickens double d added Escape to Witch Mountain Kim Richards, Kyle Richards, Ray Milland

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The Andromeda Strain Paula Kelly, David Wayne, Arthur Hill

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Westworld Yul Brynner, James Brolin, Dick Van Patten

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Soylent Green Charlton Heston, Edward G. Robinson, Dick Van Patten

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The Omega Man Charlton Heston, Anthony Zerbe, Eric Laneuville

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Battle for the Planet of the Apes John Huston, John Landis, Roddy McDowall

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The Black Hole Ernest Borgnine, Anthony Perkins, Yvette Mimieux

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Rollerball James Caan, Maud Adams, Ralph Richardson

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Solaris Anatoly Solonitsyn, Natalya Bondarchuk, Jüri Järvet

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The Island of Dr. Moreau Burt Lancaster, Barbara Carrera, Michael York

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Muttley Dastardly added Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla Akihiko Hirata, Shin Kishida, Kenji Sahara

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Muttley Dastardly added The Land That Time Forgot Doug McClure, Keith Barron

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Phantasm Angus Scrimm, A. Michael Baldwin, Reggie Bannister

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Death Race 2000 Sylvester Stallone, David Carradine, Mary Woronov

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Conquest of the Planet of the Apes Ricardo Montalbán, Roddy McDowall, Don Murray

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Beneath the Planet of the Apes Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Linda Harrison

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Godzilla vs. Hedorah Haruo Nakajima, Toshio Shiba, Hiroyuki Kawase

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Zardoz Sean Connery, Charlotte Rampling, John Boorman

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The Stepford Wives Tina Louise, Mary Stuart Masterson, Katharine Ross

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The Man Who Fell to Earth David Bowie, Rip Torn, Buck Henry

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Time After Time Corey Feldman, Malcolm McDowell, Mary Steenburgen

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Dark Star Dan O'Bannon, Brian Narelle, Cal Kuniholm

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THX 1138 Robert Duvall, Donald Pleasence, Sid Haig

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Silent Running Bruce Dern, Ron Rifkin, Joseph Campanella

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Sleeper Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, John Beck

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Colossus: The Forbin Project Marion Ross, Eric Braeden, William Schallert

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Capricorn One O. J. Simpson, James Brolin, Elliott Gould

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Damnation Alley Jackie Earle Haley, George Peppard, Jan-Michael Vincent

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The Brood Oliver Reed, Samantha Eggar, Art Hindle

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Futureworld Peter Fonda, Yul Brynner, Blythe Danner

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but chickens double d added Fantastic Planet Hubert de Lapparent, Jean Topart, Yves Barsacq

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Muttley Dastardly added The People That Time Forgot Doug McClure, Patrick Wayne, David Prowse

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Wizards Mark Hamill, Ralph Bakshi, David Proval

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At the Earth's Core Caroline Munro, Peter Cushing, Doug McClure

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Phase IV Michael Murphy, Nigel Davenport, David Healy

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No Blade of Grass Jean Wallace, Nigel Davenport, Patrick Holt

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Muttley Dastardly added Warlords of Atlantis Cyd Charisse, Doug McClure, Peter Gilmore

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The Terminal Man George Segal, Jill Clayburgh, Donald Moffat

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Z.P.G. Oliver Reed, Geraldine Chaplin, Diane Cilento