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.
Directed by: George LucasStar 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
Directed by: Ridley ScottAlien 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 loose ...more
Directed by: Robert WiseStar 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 and a ...more
Directed by: Douglas TrumbullSilent 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
Directed by: Vince Edwards, Christian I. Nyby II
Directed by: Gary NelsonThe 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
Directed by: Lewis GilbertMoonraker 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 Lewis ...more
Directed by: Andrei TarkovskySolaris 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
Directed by: Tom GriesEarth 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, it ...more
Directed by: Tom Clegg
Directed by: Luigi CozziStarcrash 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 and ...more
Directed by: Karel ZemanNa kometě is a 1970 Czech film directed by Karel Zeman, based on Jules Verne's novel Hector Servadac. ...more
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Directed by: Richard ViktorovTeens 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. ...more
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Directed by: Marek PiestrakInquest 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 Pirx the ...more
Directed by: Richard ViktorovMoscow-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. ...more
Directed by: George McCowan
Directed by: Al Adamson
Directed by: James K. SheaPlanet 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
Directed by: Alfonso BresciaWar of the Robots is a 1978 Italian film directed by Alfonso Brescia. The film was later released on DVD as Reactor. ...more