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The Best '70s Sci-Fi Movies

Updated November 5, 2019 5.6k votes 535 voters 15.5k views52 items

List RulesVote 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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    Colossus: The Forbin Project is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best '70s Sci-Fi Movies
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    Colossus: The Forbin Project

    Marion Ross, Eric Braeden

    Released1970

    Directed byJoseph Sargent

    Colossus: The Forbin Project is a 1970 American science fiction thriller film from Universal... more on Wikipedia

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    Solaris is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best '70s Sci-Fi Movies
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    Solaris

    Anatoly Solonitsyn, Natalya Bondarchuk

    Released1972

    Directed byAndrei Tarkovsky

    Solaris is a 1972 Russian science fiction art film adaptation of Polish author Stanisław Lem's... more on Wikipedia

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    Fantastic Planet is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best '70s Sci-Fi Movies
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    Fantastic Planet

    Hubert de Lapparent, Jean Topart

    Released1973

    Directed byRené Laloux

    Fantastic Planet is a 1973 cutout stop motion science fiction allegorical film directed by... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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    Death Race 2000 is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best '70s Sci-Fi Movies
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    Death Race 2000

    Sylvester Stallone, David Carradine

    Released1975

    Directed byPaul Bartel

    This film is a 1975 cult action film directed by Paul Bartel, and starring David Carradine,... more on Wikipedia

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    Battle for the Planet of the A is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best '70s Sci-Fi Movies
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    Battle for the Planet of the Apes

    John Huston, John Landis

    Released1973

    Directed byJ. Lee Thompson

    Battle for the Planet of the Apes is a 1973 science fiction film directed by J. Lee Thompson.... more on Wikipedia
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    The Stepford Wives is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best '70s Sci-Fi Movies
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    The Stepford Wives

    Tina Louise, Mary Stuart Masterson

    Released1975

    Directed byBryan Forbes

    The Stepford Wives is a 1975 science fiction–thriller film based on the 1972 Ira Levin novel... more on Wikipedia

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    The Land That Time Forgot is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best '70s Sci-Fi Movies
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    The Land That Time Forgot

    Doug McClure, Keith Barron

    Released1975

    Directed byKevin Connor

    The Land That Time Forgot is a 1975 fantasy/adventure film based upon the 1924 novel The Land... more on Wikipedia
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    Escape to Witch Mountain is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best '70s Sci-Fi Movies
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    Escape to Witch Mountain

    Kim Richards, Kyle Richards

    Released1975

    Directed byJohn Hough

    Escape to Witch Mountain is a 1975 film based on the novel Escape to Witch Mountain by... more on Wikipedia

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    Damnation Alley is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best '70s Sci-Fi Movies
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    Damnation Alley

    Jackie Earle Haley, George Peppard

    Released1977

    Directed byJack Smight

    Damnation Alley is a 1977 post-apocalyptic film, directed by Jack Smight, loosely based on the... more on Wikipedia
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    Conquest of the Planet of the  is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best '70s Sci-Fi Movies
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    Conquest of the Planet of the Apes

    Ricardo Montalbán, Roddy McDowall

    Released1972

    Directed byJ. Lee Thompson

    Conquest of the Planet of the Apes is a 1972 science fiction film directed by J. Lee Thompson.... more on Wikipedia

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    The Man Who Fell to Earth is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best '70s Sci-Fi Movies
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    The Man Who Fell to Earth

    David Bowie, Rip Torn

    Released1976

    Directed byNicolas Roeg

    The Man Who Fell to Earth is a 1976 British science fiction film directed by Nicolas Roeg. The... more on Wikipedia
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    Zardoz is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best '70s Sci-Fi Movies
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    Zardoz

    Sean Connery, Charlotte Rampling

    Released1974

    Directed byJohn Boorman

    Zardoz is a 1974 science fiction movie written, produced, and directed by John Boorman. It... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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    Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best '70s Sci-Fi Movies
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    Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla

    Akihiko Hirata, Shin Kishida

    Released1974

    Directed byJun Fukuda

    Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla, is a 1974 Japanese science fiction kaiju film produced by Toho.... more on Wikipedia
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    Wizards is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best '70s Sci-Fi Movies
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    Wizards

    Mark Hamill, Ralph Bakshi

    Released1977

    Directed byRalph Bakshi

    Wizards is a 1977 American animated post-apocalyptic science fantasy film about the battle... more on Wikipedia
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    At the Earth's Core is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best '70s Sci-Fi Movies
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    At the Earth's Core

    Caroline Munro, Peter Cushing

    Released1976

    Directed byKevin Connor

    At the Earth's Core is a 1976 fantasy-science fiction film produced by Britain's Amicus... more on Wikipedia
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    Sleeper is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best '70s Sci-Fi Movies
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    Sleeper

    Woody Allen, Diane Keaton

    Released1973

    Directed byWoody Allen

    Sleeper is a 1973 futuristic comic science fiction film, written by Woody Allen and Marshall... more on Wikipedia
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    The People That Time Forgot is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best '70s Sci-Fi Movies
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    The People That Time Forgot

    Doug McClure, Patrick Wayne

    Released1977

    Directed byKevin Connor

    The People That Time Forgot is a 1977 fantasy/adventure film based on the novel The People... more on Wikipedia

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    Dark Star is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best '70s Sci-Fi Movies
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    Dark Star

    Dan O'Bannon, Brian Narelle

    Released1974

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

    Dark Star is a 1974 American comic science fiction motion picture directed, co-written,... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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    Godzilla vs. Hedorah is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best '70s Sci-Fi Movies
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    Godzilla vs. Hedorah

    Haruo Nakajima, Toshio Shiba

    Released1971

    Directed byYoshimitsu Banno

    Godzilla vs. Hedorah is a 1971 Japanese science fiction kaiju film produced by Toho. Directed... more on Wikipedia
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    The Brood is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best '70s Sci-Fi Movies
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    The Brood

    Oliver Reed, Samantha Eggar

    Released1979

    Directed byDavid Cronenberg

    The Brood is a 1979 Canadian science fiction horror film written and directed by David... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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    Phase IV is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best '70s Sci-Fi Movies
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    Phase IV

    Michael Murphy, Nigel Davenport

    Released1974

    Directed bySaul Bass

    Phase IV is a 1974 American science fiction film. It is the only feature-length film directed... more on Wikipedia
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    Warlords of Atlantis is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best '70s Sci-Fi Movies
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    Warlords of Atlantis

    Cyd Charisse, Doug McClure

    Released1978

    Directed byKevin Connor

    Warlords of Atlantis is a 1978 British science fiction/fantasy film about a trip to the lost... more on Wikipedia
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    Futureworld is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best '70s Sci-Fi Movies
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    Futureworld

    Peter Fonda, Yul Brynner

    Released1976

    Directed byRichard T. Heffron

    Futureworld is a 1976 American science fiction thriller film directed by Richard T. Heffron... more on Wikipedia
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    The Terminal Man is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best '70s Sci-Fi Movies
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    The Terminal Man

    George Segal, Jill Clayburgh

    Released1974

    Directed byMike Hodges

    The Terminal Man is a 1974 film directed by Mike Hodges, based on the 1972 novel of the same... more on Wikipedia
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    No Blade of Grass is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best '70s Sci-Fi Movies
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    No Blade of Grass

    Jean Wallace, Nigel Davenport

    Released1970

    Directed byCornel Wilde

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