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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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    Alien is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '70s Sci-Fi 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 Sci-Fi Movies
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    Star Wars

    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

    Released1977

    Directed byGeorge Lucas

    Star Wars is a 1977 American epic space opera film written and directed by George Lucas. The... more on Wikipedia

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

    Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr

    Released1977

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Close Encounters of the Third Kind is a 1977 science fiction film, written and directed by... more on Wikipedia

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    Planet of the Apes is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '70s Sci-Fi Movies
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    Planet of the Apes

    Charlton Heston, Linda Harrison

    Released1968

    Directed byFranklin J. Schaffner

    Planet of the Apes is a 1968 American science fiction film directed by Franklin J. Schaffner... more on Wikipedia

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    Logan's Run is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '70s Sci-Fi Movies
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    Logan's Run

    Farrah Fawcett, Peter Ustinov

    Released1976

    Directed byMichael Anderson

    Logan's Run is a 1976 American science fiction film directed by Michael Anderson and starring... more on Wikipedia
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    Westworld is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '70s Sci-Fi Movies
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    Westworld

    Yul Brynner, James Brolin

    Released1973

    Directed byMichael Crichton

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    The Andromeda Strain is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '70s Sci-Fi Movies
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    The Andromeda Strain

    Paula Kelly, David Wayne

    Released1971

    Directed byRobert Wise

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    Mad Max is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '70s Sci-Fi Movies
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    Mad Max

    Mel Gibson, Hugh Keays-Byrne

    Released1979

    Directed byGeorge Miller

    Mad Max is a 1979 Australian dystopian action film directed by George Miller, produced by... more on Wikipedia
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    Soylent Green is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '70s Sci-Fi Movies
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    Soylent Green

    Charlton Heston, Edward G. Robinson

    Released1973

    Directed byRichard Fleischer

    Soylent Green is a 1973 American science fiction film directed by Richard Fleischer and... more on Wikipedia
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    Superman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '70s Sci-Fi Movies
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    Superman

    Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman

    Released1978

    Directed byRichard Donner

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    Star Trek: The Motion Picture is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '70s Sci-Fi Movies
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    Star Trek: The Motion Picture

    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy

    Released1979

    Directed byRobert Wise

    Star Trek: The Motion Picture is a 1979 American science fiction film released by Paramount... more on Wikipedia
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    A Clockwork Orange is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '70s Sci-Fi Movies
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    A Clockwork Orange

    Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke

    Released1971

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

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    Invasion of the Body Snatchers is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '70s Sci-Fi Movies
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    Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    Robert Duvall, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1978

    Directed byPhilip Kaufman

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    The Omega Man is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '70s Sci-Fi Movies
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    The Omega Man

    Charlton Heston, Anthony Zerbe

    Released1971

    Directed byBoris Sagal

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    Silent Running is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '70s Sci-Fi Movies
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    Silent Running

    Bruce Dern, Ron Rifkin

    Released1972

    Directed byDouglas Trumbull

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    Escape from the Planet of the  is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '70s Sci-Fi Movies
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    Escape from the Planet of the Apes

    Ricardo Montalbán, Roddy McDowall

    Released1971

    Directed byDon Taylor

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    THX 1138 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '70s Sci-Fi Movies
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    THX 1138

    Robert Duvall, Donald Pleasence

    Released1971

    Directed byGeorge Lucas

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    Time After Time is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '70s Sci-Fi Movies
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    Time After Time

    Corey Feldman, Malcolm McDowell

    Released1979

    Directed byNicholas Meyer

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    The Black Hole is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '70s Sci-Fi Movies
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    The Black Hole

    Ernest Borgnine, Anthony Perkins

    Released1979

    Directed byGary Nelson

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    The Island of Dr. Moreau is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '70s Sci-Fi Movies
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    The Island of Dr. Moreau

    Burt Lancaster, Barbara Carrera

    Released1977

    Directed byDon Taylor

    The Island of Dr. Moreau is a 1977 science fiction film, and is the second English-language... more on Wikipedia

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    Phantasm is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '70s Sci-Fi Movies
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    Phantasm

    Angus Scrimm, A. Michael Baldwin

    Released1979

    Directed byDon Coscarelli

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    Rollerball is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '70s Sci-Fi Movies
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    Rollerball

    James Caan, Maud Adams

    Released1975

    Directed byNorman Jewison

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    Beneath the Planet of the Apes is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '70s Sci-Fi Movies
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    Beneath the Planet of the Apes

    Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall

    Released1970

    Directed byTed Post

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    A Boy and His Dog is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '70s Sci-Fi Movies
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    Capricorn One is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '70s Sci-Fi Movies
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    Capricorn One

    O. J. Simpson, James Brolin

    Released1977

    Directed byPeter Hyams

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