Top 100 sci-fi movies of the 70s

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1.
The Omega Man (1971)
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Army doctor Robert Neville struggles to create a cure for the plague that wiped out most of the human race. (98 mins.)
Director: Boris Sagal
 
2.
Time After Time (1979)
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H.G. Wells pursues Jack the Ripper to the 20th Century when the serial murderer uses the future writer's time machine to escape his time period. (112 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Meyer
 
3.
Solaris (1972)
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A psychologist is sent to a station orbiting a distant planet in order to discover what has caused the crew to go insane. (167 mins.)
 
4.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
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In San Francisco, a group of people discover the human race is being replaced one by one, with clones devoid of emotion. (115 mins.)
Director: Philip Kaufman
 
5.
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
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Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a wookiee and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire's world-destroying battle-station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader. (121 mins.)
Director: George Lucas
 
6.
Alien (1979)
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After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as distress call, their landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious life-form, and soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun. (117 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
 
7.
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
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After an encounter with U.F.O.s, a line worker feels undeniably drawn to an isolated area in the wilderness where something spectacular is about to happen. (137 mins.)
 
8.
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
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In future Britain, Alex DeLarge, a charismatic and psycopath delinquent, who likes to practice crimes and ultra-violence with his gang, is jailed and volunteers for an experimental aversion therapy developed by the government in an effort to solve society's crime problem - but not all goes according to plan. (136 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
 
9.
Westworld (1973)
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A robot malfunction creates havoc and terror for unsuspecting vacationers at a futuristic, adult-themed amusement park. (88 mins.)
 
10.
THX 1138 (1971)
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Set in the 25th century, the story centers around a man and a woman who rebel against their rigidly controlled society. (86 mins.)
Director: George Lucas
 
11.
Silent Running (1972)
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In a future where all flora is extinct on Earth, an astronaut is given orders to destroy the last of Earth's botany, kept in a greenhouse aboard a spacecraft. (89 mins.)
 
12.
Logan's Run (1976)
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An idyllic sci-fi future has one major drawback: life must end at the age of 30. (119 mins.)
 
13.
Phase IV (1974)
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Desert ants suddenly form a collective intelligence and begin to wage war on the desert inhabitants... (84 mins.)
Director: Saul Bass
 
14.
Mad Max (1979)
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In a self-destructing world, a vengeful Australian policeman sets out to stop a violent motorcycle gang. (88 mins.)
Director: George Miller
 
15.
The Last Days of Man on Earth (1973)
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After the death of his Nobel Prize-winning father, billionaire physicist Jerry Cornelius becomes embroiled... (81 mins.)
Director: Robert Fuest
 
16.
Dark Star (1974)
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In the far reaches of space, a small crew, 20 years into their solitary mission, find things beginning to go hilariously wrong. (83 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
 
17.
Capricorn One (1977)
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A NASA Mars mission won't work, and its funding is endangered, so they decide to fake it just this once. But then they have to keep the secret... (123 mins.)
Director: Peter Hyams
 
18.
Superman (1978)
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An alien orphan is sent from his dying planet to Earth, where he grows up to become his adoptive home's first and greatest superhero. (143 mins.)
Director: Richard Donner
 
19.
Zardoz (1974)
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In the distant future, a savage trained only to kill finds a way into the community of bored immortals that alone preserves humanity's achievements. (105 mins.)
Director: John Boorman
 
20.
Damnation Alley (1977)
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In a post-apocalyptic world, a group of survivors travel and find other settlements in huge custom designed all terrain vehicles. (91 mins.)
Director: Jack Smight
 
21.
Soylent Green (1973)
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In the world ravaged by the greenhouse effect and overpopulation, an NYPD detective investigates the murder of a big company CEO. (97 mins.)
 
22.
A Boy and His Dog (1975)
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A post-apocalyptic tale based on a novella by Harlan Ellison. A boy communicates telepathically with his dog as they scavenge for food and sex... (91 mins.)
Director: L.Q. Jones
 
23.
Colossus: The Forbin Project (1970)
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Thinking this will prevent war, the US government gives an impenetrable supercomputer total control over launching nuclear missiles. But what the computer does with the power is unimaginable to its creators. (100 mins.)
Director: Joseph Sargent
 
24.
The Andromeda Strain (1971)
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A group of scientists investigate a deadly new alien virus before it can spread. (131 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise
 
25.
Moonraker (1979)
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James Bond investigates the mid-air theft of a space shuttle and discovers a plot to commit global genocide. (126 mins.)
Director: Lewis Gilbert
 
26.
Rollerball (1975)
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In a corporate-controlled future, an ultra-violent sport known as Rollerball represents the world, and one of its powerful athletes is out to defy those who want him out of the game. (125 mins.)
Director: Norman Jewison
 
27.
Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)
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When an alien spacecraft of enormous power is spotted approaching Earth, Admiral Kirk resumes command of the Starship Enterprise in order to intercept, examine and hopefully stop the intruder. (132 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise
 
28.
Sleeper (1973)
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A nerdish store owner is revived out of cryostasis into a future world to fight an oppressive government. (89 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
29.
The Day of the Dolphin (1973)
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Dr Jake Terrell, who has been training a pair of dolphins for many years, has had a breakthrough. He... (104 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols
 
30.
Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)
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The sole survivor of an interplanetary rescue mission searches for the only survivor of the previous expedition. He discovers a planet ruled by apes and an underground city run by telepathic humans. (95 mins.)
Director: Ted Post
 
31.
Demon Seed (1977)
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A scientist creates Proteus--an organic super computer with artificial intelligence which becomes obsessed with human beings, and in particular the creators wife. (94 mins.)
Director: Donald Cammell
 
32.
The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)
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Thomas Jerome Newton is a humanoid alien who comes to Earth to get water for his dying planet. He starts... (139 mins.)
Director: Nicolas Roeg
 
33.
The Stepford Wives (1975)
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Joanna Eberhart has come to the quaint little town of Stepford, Connecticut with her family, but soon discovers there lies a sinister truth in the all too perfect behavior of the female residents. (115 mins.)
Director: Bryan Forbes
 
34.
Space: 1999 (1975 TV Series)
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The crew of Moonbase Alpha must struggle to survive when a massive explosion throws the Moon from orbit into deep space. (50 mins.)
 
35.
The Island of Dr. Moreau (1977)
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A shipwrecked survivor discovers a remote island with a mad scientist. (99 mins.)
Director: Don Taylor
 
36.
Death Race 2000 (1975)
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In a dystopian future, a cross country automobile race requires contestants to run down innocent pedestrians to gain points that are tallied based on each kill's brutality. (80 mins.)
Director: Paul Bartel
 
37.
Slaughterhouse-Five (1972)
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A man named Billy Pilgirm tells the story of how he became unstuck in time and was abducted by aliens. (104 mins.)
Director: George Roy Hill
 
38.
Wizards (1977)
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On a post-apocalyptic Earth, a wizard and his faire folk comrades fight an evil wizard who's using technology in his bid for conquest. (80 mins.)
Director: Ralph Bakshi
 
39.
Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971)
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From Earth's pollution a new monster is spawned. Hedorah, the smog monster, destroys Japan and fights Godzilla while spewing his poisonous gas to further the damage. (85 mins.)
 
40.
Night of the Lepus (1972)
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Giant mutant rabbits terrorize the southwest!! (88 mins.)
 
41.
The Black Hole (1979)
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A research vessel finds a missing ship, commanded by a mysterious scientist, on the edge of a black hole. (98 mins.)
Director: Gary Nelson
 
42.
Bug (1975)
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An earthquake releases a strain of mutant cockroaches with the ability to start fires, which proceed to cause destructive chaos in a small town... (99 mins.)
Director: Jeannot Szwarc
 
43.
Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972)
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In a futuristic world that has embraced ape slavery, Caesar, the son of the late simians Cornelius and Zira, surfaces after almost twenty years of hiding out from the authorities, and prepares for a slave revolt against humanity. (88 mins.)
Director: J. Lee Thompson
 
44.
Battlestar Galactica (1978 TV Series)
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After the destruction of the Twelve Colonies of Mankind, the last major fighter carrier leads a makeshift fugitive fleet on a desperate search for the legendary planet Earth. (60 mins.)
 
45.
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979)
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A 20th century astronaut emerges out of 500 years of suspended animation into a future time where Earth is threatened by alien invaders. (89 mins.)
Director: Daniel Haller
 
46.
Doctor Who (1963 TV Series)
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Time and Space traveling adventures of a Gallifreyan Time Lord only known as the Doctor and his companions, traveling through time and space. (45 mins.)
 
47.
Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971)
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The world is shocked by the appearance of three talking chimpanzees, who arrived mysteriously in a U.S. spacecraft. They become the toast of society; but one man believes them to be a threat to the human race. (98 mins.)
Director: Don Taylor
 
48.
Invasion of the Bee Girls (1973)
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A powerful cosmic force is turning Earth women into queen bees who kill men by wearing them out sexually. (85 mins.)
Director: Denis Sanders
 
49.
The Six Million Dollar Man (1974 TV Series)
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After a crippled test pilot is rebuilt with nuclear powered limbs and implants, he serves as a unique intelligence agent. (60 mins.)
 
50.
Land of the Lost (1974 TV Series)
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A family is thrown back in time and must survive in a dinosaur dominated land. (30 mins.)
 
51.
Grandizer (1975 TV Series)
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Escaping from Vega's evil forces, the young Prince of planet Fleed leaves his destroyed homeland aboard the UFO Robot Grendizer... (26 mins.)
Director: Masayuki Akemi
 
52.
Uchû senkan Yamato (1974 TV Series)
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In the year 2199, the space battleship Yamato embarks on a voyage to the planet Iscandar, to retrieve a device that will rejuvenate a war-ravaged Earth. (30 mins.)
Director: Noboru Ishiguro
 
53.
The Thing with Two Heads (1972)
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A rich but racist man is dying and hatches an elaborate scheme for transplanting his head onto another man's body... (91 mins.)
Director: Lee Frost
 
54.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
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A newly engaged couple have a breakdown in an isolated area and must pay a call to the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter. (100 mins.)
Director: Jim Sharman
 
55.
Meteor (1979)
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The USA must join forces with the USSR in order to destroy a gigantic asteroid heading straight for Earth. (108 mins.)
Director: Ronald Neame
 
56.
Phantom of the Paradise (1974)
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A disfigured composer sells his soul for the woman he loves so that she will perform his music. However, an evil record tycoon betrays him and steals his music to open his rock palace, The Paradise. (92 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
 
57.
The Incredible Melting Man (1977)
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An astronaut is transformed into a murderous gelatinous mass after returning from an ill-fated space voyage. (84 mins.)
Director: William Sachs
 
58.
Deathsport (1978)
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Futuristic Science Fiction about a sport to the death, using "destructocycles". (82 mins.)
 
59.
Kingdom of the Spiders (1977)
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Investigating the mysterious deaths of a number of farm animals, vet Rack Hansen discovers that his... (97 mins.)
 
60.
The Food of the Gods (1976)
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A group of friends travel to a remote Canadian island to hunt, only to be attacked by giant killer animals which have populated the place. (88 mins.)
Director: Bert I. Gordon
 
61.
Escape to Witch Mountain (1975)
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Two mysterious orphan children have extraordinary powers and are chased by a scheming millionaire. But where do these kids really call home? (97 mins.)
Director: John Hough
 
62.
Sapphire & Steel (1979 TV Series)
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Complex, involved science-fiction series about a special force of interdimensional operatives whose... (30 mins.)
Director: David Foster
 
63.
Quintet (1979)
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During a future ice age, dying humanity occupies its remaining time by playing a board game called "Quintet." For one small group, this obsession is not enough; they play the game with living pieces ... and only the winner survives. (118 mins.)
Director: Robert Altman
 
64.
The Land That Time Forgot (1974)
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During World War I, a German U-boat sinks a British ship and takes the survivors on board. After it takes a wrong turn... (90 mins.)
Director: Kevin Connor
 
65.
Starcrash (1978)
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An outlaw smuggler and her alien companion are recruited by the Emperor of the Galaxy to rescue his son and destroy a secret weapon by the evil Count Zarth Arn. (92 mins.)
Director: Lewis Coates
 
66.
At the Earth's Core (1976)
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A Victorian era scientist and his assistant take a test run in their Iron Mole drilling machine and end up in a strange underground labyrinth ruled by a species of giant telepathic bird and full of prehistoric monsters and cavemen. (89 mins.)
Director: Kevin Connor
 
67.
Coma (1978)
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When a young female doctor notices an unnatural amount of comas occurring in her hospital she uncovers a horrible conspiracy. (113 mins.)
 
68.
The Cat from Outer Space (1978)
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A UFO is stranded on earth and impounded by the US government. Its pilot, a cat with a collar that has special powers... (104 mins.)
Director: Norman Tokar
 
69.
Rabid (1977)
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A young woman develops a taste for human blood after undergoing experimental plastic surgery, and her victims turn into rabid, blood-thirsty zombies who proceed to infect others, which turns into a city-wide epidemic. (91 mins.)
 
70.
Fantastic Planet (1973)
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This futuristic story takes place on a faraway planet where blue giants rule, and oppressed humanoids rebel against the machine-like leaders. (72 mins.)
Director: René Laloux
 
71.
Futureworld (1976)
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Upon uncovering the dirty secret of futuristic theme-park Futureworld, an ex employee is killed after he tips-off 2 other reporters who decide to do an undercover investigation. (108 mins.)
 
72.
The Terminal Man (1974)
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Hoping to cure his violent seizures, a man agrees to a series of experimental microcomputers inserted into his brain but inadvertently discovers that violence now triggers a pleasurable response his brain. (107 mins.)
Director: Mike Hodges
 
73.
Idaho Transfer (1973)
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During a time of waning global resources, a crew of young researchers travel into the future to escape... (86 mins.)
Director: Peter Fonda
 
74.
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)
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Apelike aliens build a robotic Godzilla to destroy Japan, and the true Godzilla may not be powerful enough to destroy it. (84 mins.)
Director: Jun Fukuda
 
75.
Space Amoeba (1970)
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A space probe is infiltrated by alien beings and then crashes on a remote Pacific atoll. A group planning... (84 mins.)
Director: Ishirô Honda
 
76.
Chariots of the Gods (1970 Documentary)
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Documentary based on the book by Erich Von Daniken concerning the ancient mysteries of the world, such as the pyramids of Egypt and Mexico... (92 mins.)
 
77.
Unidentified Flying Oddball (1979)
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An astronaut and his android double travel back to the time of King Arthur. (93 mins.)
Director: Russ Mayberry
 
78.
Willard (1971)
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A social misfit uses his only friends, his pet rats, to exact revenge on his tormentors. (95 mins.)
Director: Daniel Mann
 
79.
The Boys from Brazil (1978)
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A Nazi hunter in Paraguay discovers a sinister and bizarre plot to rekindle the Third Reich. (125 mins.)
 
80.
Quest for Love (1971)
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After a scientific experiment goes horribly wrong during a demonstration, a scientist finds himself... (87 mins.)
Director: Ralph Thomas
 
81.
The Brood (1979)
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A man tries to uncover an unconventional psychologist's therapy techniques on his institutionalized wife, amidst a series of brutal murders. (92 mins.)