The Best '70s Space Movies  

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

Deciding the absolute best '70s space movie is a battle that’s almost intergalactic. Is it Star Wars, Star Trek, or Alien? Each film has spawned sequels for more than three decades and each continues to be wildly popular with sci-fi fans and general movie lovers alike. Toward the end of the 1970s the space movie genre exploded, they were good and they were everywhere, even James Bond went to space (and found a little romance there) in Moonraker.


On this list of the top space movies of the 70s there are both fan favorites and lesser known space films you might enjoy, like Silent Running and Black Hole. The seventies also gave Battlestar Galactica fans two films to extend the BSG universe even further. And don’t miss Solaris, the Russian space film that was later remade by George Clooney.

So, which of the movies on this list of the greatest films taking place in space made in the 1970s is the best? That's up to you! Vote up the greatest space movies ever made (provided they were released between 1970 and 1979), or add other good '70s space movies we might have missed.

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Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill
Star Wars is a 1977 American epic space opera film written and directed by George Lucas. The first release in the Star Wars franchise, it stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter ...more
Alien is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '70s Space Movies
Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm
Alien is a 1979 science fiction horror film directed by Ridley Scott. The crew of the commercial space tug Nostromo encounter the eponymous Alien, a deadly and aggressive extraterrestrial set ...more
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William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei
Star Trek: The Motion Picture is a 1979 American science fiction film released by Paramount Pictures. It is the first film based on Star Trek, the first Star Trek film to star the original cast ...more
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Mission Galactica: The Cylon Attack Richard Hatch • Dirk Benedict • Lorne Greene • Herbert Jefferson Jr. • John Colicos Read more at http://www.flickchart.com/movie/B4D9999F21#XFScqhRB5tOb69eR.99
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Roger Moore, Lois Chiles, Richard Kiel
Moonraker is the eleventh spy film in the James Bond series, and the fourth to star Roger Moore as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. The third and final film in the series to be directed by ...more
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Ernest Borgnine, Anthony Perkins, Yvette Mimieux
The Black Hole is a 1979 American science fiction film directed by Gary Nelson and produced by Walt Disney Productions. The film stars Maximilian Schell, Robert Forster, Joseph Bottoms, Yvette ...more
Silent Running is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '70s Space Movies
Bruce Dern, Ron Rifkin, Joseph Campanella
Silent Running is a 1972 environmentally-themed American science fiction film starring Bruce Dern, featuring Cliff Potts, Ron Rifkin and Jesse Vint. It was directed by Douglas Trumbull, who had ...more
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Earth II Lew Ayres, Mariette Hartley, Anthony Franciosa
Earth II was a 1971 pilot, aired November 28, for a television series about a colony established in orbit around the Earth. A WABE Production in association with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Television, ...more
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Anatoly Solonitsyn, Natalya Bondarchuk, Jüri Järvet
Solaris is a 1972 Russian science fiction art film adaptation of Polish author Stanisław Lem's novel Solaris. The film was co-written and directed by Andrei Tarkovsky. The film is a meditative ...more
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David Hasselhoff, Christopher Plummer, Caroline Munro
Starcrash is a low-budget Italian-American 1978 science fiction film, which was also released under the English title of The Adventures of Stella Star. The screenplay was written by Luigi Cozzi ...more
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Destination Moonbase-Alpha Martin Landau • Barbara Bain • Catherine Schell • Tony Anholt • Nick Tate
Teens in the Universe is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '70s Space Movies
Alex Gaginsky added Innokenty Smoktunovsky, Natalya Fateeva, Igor Ledogorov
Teens in the Universe is a Soviet 1974 film directed by Richard Viktorov based on a script by Isai Kuznetsov and Avenir Zak. Preceded by Moscow-Cassiopeia. Runtime - 84 min.
Test pilota Pirxa is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '70s Space Movies
Alex Gaginsky added Alexander Kaidanovsky, Vladimir Ivashov, Józef Fryzlewicz
Inquest of Pilot Pirx is a joint Polish//Estonian/Ukrainian 1978 film directed by Marek Piestrak based on the story The Inquest by Stanisław Lem from his short story collection More Tales of ...more
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On the Comet Josef Hlinomaz, František Filipovský, Hanuš Bor
Na kometě is a 1970 Czech film directed by Karel Zeman, based on Jules Verne's novel Hector Servadac.
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The Shape of Things to Come Jack Palance • Carol Lynley • John Ireland • Barry Morse • Eddie Benton Read more at http://www.flickchart.com/movie/0148F1EA40#YMx1lpOky20p7q1L.99
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Bill Corbett, Kevin Murphy, Michael J. Nelson
Planet of Dinosaurs is a 1978 science fiction film. Set in an unspecified future, the film follows the journey of Captain Lee and his crew after they crash land on a planet with similar life ...more
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Innokenty Smoktunovsky, Natalya Fateeva, Vasili Merkuryev
Moscow-Cassiopeia is a Soviet 1973 film directed by Richard Viktorov based on a script by Isai Kuznetsov and Avenir Zak. Followed by Otroki vo vselennoy. Runtime - 85 min.
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War of the Robots Antonio Sabato • Yanti Somer • Malisa Longo • Patrizia Gori • Giacomo Rossi-Stuart
War of the Robots is a 1978 Italian film directed by Alfonso Brescia. The film was later released on DVD as Reactor.
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John Carradine, Robert Dix, Jennifer Bishop