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The Best '70s Alien Movies

Updated October 13, 2018 671 votes 152 voters 7.2k views18 items

List RulesVote 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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    Alien is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '70s Alien Movies
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    Alien

    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt

    Released1979

    Directed byRidley Scott

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    Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '70s Alien Movies
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    Star Wars

    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

    Released1977

    Directed byGeorge Lucas

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    Close Encounters of the Third  is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '70s Alien Movies
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    Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr

    Released1977

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    Invasion of the Body Snatchers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '70s Alien Movies
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    Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    Robert Duvall, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1978

    Directed byPhilip Kaufman

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    The Andromeda Strain is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '70s Alien Movies
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    The Andromeda Strain

    Paula Kelly, David Wayne

    Released1971

    Directed byRobert Wise

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    The Rocky Horror Picture Show is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '70s Alien Movies
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    The Rocky Horror Picture Show

    Susan Sarandon, Tim Curry

    Released1975

    Directed byJim Sharman

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    Star Trek: The Motion Picture is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '70s Alien Movies
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    Star Trek: The Motion Picture

    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy

    Released1979

    Directed byRobert Wise

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    The Man Who Fell to Earth is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '70s Alien Movies
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    The Man Who Fell to Earth

    David Bowie, Rip Torn

    Released1976

    Directed byNicolas Roeg

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    Superman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '70s Alien Movies
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    Superman

    Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman

    Released1978

    Directed byRichard Donner

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    Dark Star is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '70s Alien Movies
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    Dark Star

    Dan O'Bannon, Brian Narelle

    Released1974

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

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    Escape to Witch Mountain is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '70s Alien Movies
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    Escape to Witch Mountain

    Kim Richards, Kyle Richards

    Released1975

    Directed byJohn Hough

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    The Cat from Outer Space is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '70s Alien Movies
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    The Cat from Outer Space

    Roddy McDowall, Harry Morgan

    Released1978

    Directed byNorman Tokar

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    Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '70s Alien Movies
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    Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla

    Akihiko Hirata, Shin Kishida

    Released1974

    Directed byJun Fukuda

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    Beware! The Blob is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '70s Alien Movies
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    Beware! The Blob

    Carol Lynley, Cindy Williams

    Released1972

    Directed byLarry Hagman

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    Solaris is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '70s Alien Movies
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    Solaris

    Anatoly Solonitsyn, Natalya Bondarchuk

    Released1972

    Directed byAndrei Tarkovsky

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    Godzilla vs. Gigan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '70s Alien Movies
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    Godzilla vs. Gigan

    Haruo Nakajima, Yuriko Hishimi

    Released1972

    Directed byJun Fukuda

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    Fantastic Planet is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '70s Alien Movies
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    Fantastic Planet

    Hubert de Lapparent, Jean Topart

    Released1973

    Directed byRené Laloux

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    Warlords of Atlantis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '70s Alien Movies
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    Warlords of Atlantis

    Cyd Charisse, Doug McClure

    Released1978

    Directed byKevin Connor

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