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The Best '70s Sci-Fi Movies

Updated November 5, 2019 5.6k votes 537 voters 15.6k 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
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    Alien

    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt

    Released1979

    Directed byRidley Scott

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    Star Wars
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    Star Wars

    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

    Released1977

    Directed byGeorge Lucas

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  • 3
    Close Encounters of the Third Kind
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    57

    Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr

    Released1977

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • 4
    Planet of the Apes
    136
    54

    Planet of the Apes

    Charlton Heston, Linda Harrison

    Released1968

    Directed byFranklin J. Schaffner

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  • 5
    Logan's Run
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    Logan's Run

    Farrah Fawcett, Peter Ustinov

    Released1976

    Directed byMichael Anderson

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  • 6
    Westworld
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    48

    Westworld

    Yul Brynner, James Brolin

    Released1973

    Directed byMichael Crichton

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  • 7
    The Andromeda Strain
    100
    44

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    Paula Kelly, David Wayne

    Released1971

    Directed byRobert Wise

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  • 8
    Mad Max
    120
    60

    Mad Max

    Mel Gibson, Hugh Keays-Byrne

    Released1979

    Directed byGeorge Miller

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  • 9
    Soylent Green
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    55

    Soylent Green

    Charlton Heston, Edward G. Robinson

    Released1973

    Directed byRichard Fleischer

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  • 10
    Superman
    124
    69

    Superman

    Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman

    Released1978

    Directed byRichard Donner

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  • 11
    Star Trek: The Motion Picture
    127
    72

    Star Trek: The Motion Picture

    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy

    Released1979

    Directed byRobert Wise

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  • 12
    A Clockwork Orange
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    A Clockwork Orange

    Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke

    Released1971

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

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  • 13
    Invasion of the Body Snatchers
    93
    46

    Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    Robert Duvall, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1978

    Directed byPhilip Kaufman

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  • 14
    The Omega Man
    76
    47

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    Charlton Heston, Anthony Zerbe

    Released1971

    Directed byBoris Sagal

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  • 15
    Silent Running
    72
    47

    Silent Running

    Bruce Dern, Ron Rifkin

    Released1972

    Directed byDouglas Trumbull

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  • 16
    THX 1138
    69
    46

    THX 1138

    Robert Duvall, Donald Pleasence

    Released1971

    Directed byGeorge Lucas

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  • 17
    Escape from the Planet of the Apes
    73
    51

    Escape from the Planet of the Apes

    Ricardo Montalbán, Roddy McDowall

    Released1971

    Directed byDon Taylor

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  • 18
    Time After Time
    54
    35

    Time After Time

    Corey Feldman, Malcolm McDowell

    Released1979

    Directed byNicholas Meyer

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  • 19
    The Black Hole
    68
    51

    The Black Hole

    Ernest Borgnine, Anthony Perkins

    Released1979

    Directed byGary Nelson

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  • 20
    The Island of Dr. Moreau
    58
    44

    The Island of Dr. Moreau

    Burt Lancaster, Barbara Carrera

    Released1977

    Directed byDon Taylor

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  • 21
    Phantasm
    51
    37

    Phantasm

    Angus Scrimm, A. Michael Baldwin

    Released1979

    Directed byDon Coscarelli

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  • 22
    Rollerball
    59
    49

    Rollerball

    James Caan, Maud Adams

    Released1975

    Directed byNorman Jewison

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  • 23
    Beneath the Planet of the Apes
    54
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    Beneath the Planet of the Apes

    Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall

    Released1970

    Directed byTed Post

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  • 24
    A Boy and His Dog
    A Boy and His Dog is a cycle of narratives by author Harlan Ellison. The cycle tells the story... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Capricorn One
    49
    40

    Capricorn One

    O. J. Simpson, James Brolin

    Released1977

    Directed byPeter Hyams

    Capricorn One is a 1978 government conspiracy thriller film about a Mars landing hoax. It was... more on Wikipedia