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The Best '70s Alien Movies 

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Updated October 13, 2018 681 votes 151 voters 7k views 18 items

List Rules Vote up your favorite alien films that were released in the 1970s.

The 1970s saw the production of some of the best alien films ever made. It seems that every classic alien movie stemmed from this iconic decade - such as Star Wars, Star Trek, Alien, and all of their sequels.

Many of the alien flicks on this list are scary, while others boast adventure and comedy. Some of the scary alien movies on this list include Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Andromeda Strain, and the remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Other films are more about the adventure of traveling through space, such as Star Wars and Star Trek. The Rocky Horror Picture Show even uses comedy and sexuality within it's alien universe.

Vote up the best '70s alien movies, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section.

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Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

Released: 1979

Directed by: Ridley Scott

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Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

Released: 1977

Directed by: George Lucas

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Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, Carl Weathers

Released: 1977

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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Paula Kelly, David Wayne, Arthur Hill

Released: 1971

Directed by: Robert Wise

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William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei

Released: 1979

Directed by: Robert Wise

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Robert Duvall, Jeff Goldblum, Leonard Nimoy

Released: 1978

Directed by: Philip Kaufman

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Susan Sarandon, Tim Curry, Meat Loaf

Released: 1975

Directed by: Jim Sharman

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David Bowie, Rip Torn, Buck Henry

Released: 1976

Directed by: Nicolas Roeg

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Released: 1978

Directed by: Richard Donner

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Dan O'Bannon, Brian Narelle, Cal Kuniholm

Released: 1974

Directed by: John Carpenter

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Kim Richards, Kyle Richards, Ray Milland

Released: 1975

Directed by: John Hough

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Released: 1978

Directed by: Norman Tokar

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Released: 1974

Directed by: Jun Fukuda

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Godzilla vs. Gigan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '70s Alien Movies
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Released: 1972

Directed by: Jun Fukuda

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Anatoly Solonitsyn, Natalya Bondarchuk, Jüri Järvet

Released: 1972

Directed by: Andrei Tarkovsky

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Hubert de Lapparent, Jean Topart, Yves Barsacq

Released: 1973

Directed by: René Laloux

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Carol Lynley, Cindy Williams, Godfrey Cambridge

Released: 1972

Directed by: Larry Hagman

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Cyd Charisse, Doug McClure, Peter Gilmore

Released: 1978

Directed by: Kevin Connor

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