Top 100 sci-fi movies of the 70s

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1. The Omega Man (1971)

PG | 98 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

56 Metascore

Biological war has decimated life on Earth. Los Angeles is a windswept ghost town where Robert Neville tools his convertible through sunlit streets foraging for supplies.

Director: Boris Sagal | Stars: Charlton Heston, Anthony Zerbe, Rosalind Cash, Paul Koslo

Votes: 30,865 | Gross: $8.72M

2. Time After Time (1979)

PG | 112 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

69 Metascore

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.

Director: Nicholas Meyer | Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Mary Steenburgen, David Warner, Charles Cioffi

Votes: 17,988

3. Solaris (1972)

PG | 167 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

90 Metascore

A psychologist is sent to a station orbiting a distant planet in order to discover what has caused the crew to go insane.

Director: Andrei Tarkovsky | Stars: Natalya Bondarchuk, Donatas Banionis, Jüri Järvet, Vladislav Dvorzhetskiy

Votes: 88,395

4. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

PG | 115 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

75 Metascore

When strange seeds drift to earth from space, mysterious pods begin to grow and invade San Francisco, California, where they replicate the residents into emotionless automatons one body at a time.

Director: Philip Kaufman | Stars: Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Jeff Goldblum, Veronica Cartwright

Votes: 58,092 | Gross: $24.95M

5. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)

PG | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

90 Metascore

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 mysterious Darth Vader.

Director: George Lucas | Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Alec Guinness

Votes: 1,301,702 | Gross: $322.74M

6. Alien (1979)

R | 117 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

89 Metascore

The crew of a commercial spacecraft encounter a deadly lifeform after investigating an unknown transmission.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt, Veronica Cartwright

Votes: 840,813 | Gross: $78.90M

7. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

PG | 138 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

90 Metascore

Roy Neary, an Indiana electric lineman, finds his quiet and ordinary daily life turned upside down after a close encounter with a UFO, spurring him to an obsessed cross-country quest for answers as a momentous event approaches.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, François Truffaut, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon

Votes: 195,784 | Gross: $132.09M

8. A Clockwork Orange (1971)

R | 136 min | Crime, Sci-Fi

77 Metascore

In the future, a sadistic gang leader is imprisoned and volunteers for a conduct-aversion experiment, but it doesn't go as planned.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee, Michael Bates, Warren Clarke

Votes: 799,529 | Gross: $6.21M

9. Westworld (1973)

PG | 88 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

77 Metascore

A robot malfunction creates havoc and terror for unsuspecting vacationers at a futuristic, adult-themed amusement park.

Director: Michael Crichton | Stars: Yul Brynner, Richard Benjamin, James Brolin, Norman Bartold

Votes: 56,196 | Gross: $16.06M

10. THX 1138 (1971)

R | 86 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

75 Metascore

In the 25th century, a time when people have designations instead of names, a man, THX 1138, and a woman, LUH 3417, rebel against their rigidly-controlled society.

Director: George Lucas | Stars: Robert Duvall, Donald Pleasence, Don Pedro Colley, Maggie McOmie

Votes: 50,561 | Gross: $2.44M

11. Silent Running (1972)

G | 89 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

67 Metascore

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.

Director: Douglas Trumbull | Stars: Bruce Dern, Cliff Potts, Ron Rifkin, Jesse Vint

Votes: 28,464 | Gross: $0.69M

12. Logan's Run (1976)

PG | 119 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

53 Metascore

A police officer in the future uncovers the deadly secret behind a society that worships youth.

Director: Michael Anderson | Stars: Michael York, Jenny Agutter, Richard Jordan, Roscoe Lee Browne

Votes: 54,958 | Gross: $25.00M

13. Phase IV (1974)

PG | 84 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

49 Metascore

Desert ants suddenly form a collective intelligence and begin to wage war on the inhabitants. It is up to two scientists and a stray girl they rescue from the ants to destroy them.

Director: Saul Bass | Stars: Nigel Davenport, Michael Murphy, Lynne Frederick, Alan Gifford

Votes: 8,386

14. Mad Max (1979)

R | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

73 Metascore

In a self-destructing world, a vengeful Australian policeman sets out to stop a violent motorcycle gang.

Director: George Miller | Stars: Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Steve Bisley

Votes: 201,632 | Gross: $8.75M

15. The Final Programme (1973)

R | 81 min | Sci-Fi

A trio of scientists plan to create a self-replicating, immortal, hermaphrodite using the Final Programme developed by a dead, Nobel Prize-winning scientist.

Director: Robert Fuest | Stars: Jon Finch, Jenny Runacre, Sterling Hayden, Harry Andrews

Votes: 909

16. Dark Star (1974)

G | 83 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

66 Metascore

In the far reaches of space, a small crew, 20 years into their solitary mission, find things beginning to go hilariously wrong.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Dan O'Bannon, Dre Pahich, Brian Narelle, Cal Kuniholm

Votes: 23,905

17. Capricorn One (1977)

PG | 123 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

38 Metascore

When the first manned flight to Mars is deemed unsafe and scrubbed on the launch pad, anxious authorities must scramble to save face and retain their funding - and so an unthinkable plot to fake the mission is hatched.

Director: Peter Hyams | Stars: Elliott Gould, James Brolin, Brenda Vaccaro, Sam Waterston

Votes: 22,085

18. Superman (1978)

PG | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

81 Metascore

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.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Gene Hackman, Marlon Brando

Votes: 169,572 | Gross: $134.22M

19. Zardoz (1974)

R | 105 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

46 Metascore

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.

Director: John Boorman | Stars: Sean Connery, Charlotte Rampling, Sara Kestelman, John Alderton

Votes: 22,230 | Gross: $0.07M

20. Damnation Alley (1977)

PG | 91 min | Sci-Fi

30 Metascore

In a post-apocalyptic world, a group of survivors travel and find other settlements in huge custom designed all terrain vehicles.

Director: Jack Smight | Stars: Jan-Michael Vincent, George Peppard, Dominique Sanda, Paul Winfield

Votes: 5,220 | Gross: $8.72M

21. Soylent Green (1973)

PG | 97 min | Crime, Mystery, Sci-Fi

66 Metascore

A nightmarish futuristic fantasy about the controlling power of big corporations and an innocent cop who stumbles on the truth.

Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Charlton Heston, Edward G. Robinson, Leigh Taylor-Young, Chuck Connors

Votes: 62,670 | Gross: $7.92M

22. A Boy and His Dog (1975)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi

68 Metascore

A young man and his telepathic dog wander a post-apocalyptic wasteland.

Director: L.Q. Jones | Stars: Don Johnson, Jason Robards, Susanne Benton, Tim McIntire

Votes: 17,547 | Gross: $6.90M

23. Colossus: The Forbin Project (1970)

M | 100 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

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.

Director: Joseph Sargent | Stars: Eric Braeden, Susan Clark, Gordon Pinsent, William Schallert

Votes: 8,784

24. The Andromeda Strain (1971)

G | 131 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

60 Metascore

A team of top scientists work feverishly in a secret, state-of-the-art laboratory to discover what has killed the citizens of a small town and learn how this deadly contagion can be stopped.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: James Olson, Arthur Hill, David Wayne, Kate Reid

Votes: 36,142 | Gross: $3.42M

25. Moonraker (1979)

PG | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

66 Metascore

James Bond investigates the mid-air theft of a space shuttle, and discovers a plot to commit global genocide.

Director: Lewis Gilbert | Stars: Roger Moore, Lois Chiles, Michael Lonsdale, Richard Kiel

Votes: 98,038 | Gross: $70.31M

26. Rollerball (1975)

Approved | 125 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Sport

56 Metascore

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.

Director: Norman Jewison | Stars: James Caan, John Houseman, Maud Adams, John Beck

Votes: 24,401 | Gross: $30.00M

27. Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)

G | 132 min | Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi

48 Metascore

When an alien spacecraft of enormous power is spotted approaching Earth, Admiral James T. Kirk resumes command of the overhauled USS Enterprise in order to intercept it.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan

Votes: 87,488 | Gross: $82.26M

28. Sleeper (1973)

PG | 89 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

77 Metascore

A nerdish store owner is revived out of cryostasis into a future world to fight an oppressive government.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, John Beck, Mary Gregory

Votes: 42,528 | Gross: $2.91M

29. The Day of the Dolphin (1973)

PG | 104 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

A marine biologist teaches his dolphins to communicate in English but shady characters plan to kidnap the trained mammals for a more sinister purpose.

Director: Mike Nichols | Stars: George C. Scott, Trish Van Devere, Paul Sorvino, John Dehner

Votes: 3,034 | Gross: $2.30M

30. Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)

G | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

46 Metascore

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.

Director: Ted Post | Stars: James Franciscus, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans, Linda Harrison

Votes: 45,819 | Gross: $19.00M

31. Demon Seed (1977)

Approved | 94 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

55 Metascore

A scientist creates Proteus--an organic super computer with artificial intelligence which becomes obsessed with human beings, and in particular the creators wife.

Director: Donald Cammell | Stars: Julie Christie, Fritz Weaver, Gerrit Graham, Berry Kroeger

Votes: 8,874

32. The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)

R | 139 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

81 Metascore

An alien must pose as a human to save his dying planet, but a woman and greed of other men create complications.

Director: Nicolas Roeg | Stars: David Bowie, Rip Torn, Candy Clark, Buck Henry

Votes: 25,714 | Gross: $0.10M

33. The Stepford Wives (1975)

PG | 115 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

54 Metascore

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.

Director: Bryan Forbes | Stars: Katharine Ross, Paula Prentiss, Peter Masterson, Nanette Newman

Votes: 17,346 | Gross: $8.72M

34. Space: 1999 (1975–1977)

TV-14 | 50 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

The crew of Moonbase Alpha must struggle to survive when a massive explosion throws the Moon from orbit into deep space.

Stars: Martin Landau, Barbara Bain, Nick Tate, Zienia Merton

Votes: 8,097

35. The Island of Dr. Moreau (1977)

PG | 99 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Horror

A shipwrecked survivor discovers a remote island owned by a crazed scientist who is carrying out sinister experiments on the island's inhabitants.

Director: Don Taylor | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Michael York, Nigel Davenport, Barbara Carrera

Votes: 6,301 | Gross: $8.72M

36. Death Race 2000 (1975)

R | 80 min | Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi

58 Metascore

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.

Director: Paul Bartel | Stars: David Carradine, Sylvester Stallone, Simone Griffeth, Mary Woronov

Votes: 27,303 | Gross: $8.00M

37. Slaughterhouse-Five (1972)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi

66 Metascore

Billy Pilgrim has mysteriously become unstuck in time. He goes on an uncontrollable trip back and forth from his birth in New York to life on a distant planet and back again to the horrors of the 1945 fire-bombing of Dresden.

Director: George Roy Hill | Stars: Michael Sacks, Ron Leibman, Eugene Roche, Sharon Gans

Votes: 12,863 | Gross: $0.57M

38. Wizards (1977)

PG | 80 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

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.

Director: Ralph Bakshi | Stars: Bob Holt, Jesse Welles, Richard Romanus, David Proval

Votes: 11,480 | Gross: $9.00M

39. Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971)

PG | 85 min | Animation, Action, Family

An ever evolving alien life-form from the Dark Gaseous Nebula arrives to consume rampant pollution. Spewing mists of sulfuric acid and corrosive sludge, neither humanity or Godzilla may be able to defeat this toxic menace.

Directors: Yoshimitsu Banno, Ishirô Honda | Stars: Akira Yamanouchi, Toshie Kimura, Hiroyuki Kawase, Toshio Shiba

Votes: 5,501

40. Night of the Lepus (1972)

PG | 88 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

37 Metascore

Giant mutant rabbits terrorize the south-west.

Director: William F. Claxton | Stars: Stuart Whitman, Janet Leigh, Rory Calhoun, DeForest Kelley

Votes: 4,885

41. The Black Hole (1979)

PG | 98 min | Action, Sci-Fi

52 Metascore

A research vessel finds a missing ship, commanded by a mysterious scientist, on the edge of a black hole.

Director: Gary Nelson | Stars: Maximilian Schell, Anthony Perkins, Robert Forster, Joseph Bottoms

Votes: 25,002

42. Bug (1975)

PG | 99 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

42 Metascore

An earthquake releases a strain of mutant cockroaches with the ability to start fires, which proceed to cause destructive chaos in a small town. The studies carried out by scientist James ... See full summary »

Director: Jeannot Szwarc | Stars: Bradford Dillman, Joanna Miles, Richard Gilliland, Jamie Smith-Jackson

Votes: 2,385 | Gross: $3.60M

43. Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972)

PG | 88 min | Action, Sci-Fi

49 Metascore

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.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Roddy McDowall, Don Murray, Ricardo Montalban, Natalie Trundy

Votes: 32,045 | Gross: $9.81M

44. Battlestar Galactica (1978– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

39 Metascore

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.

Stars: Lorne Greene, Richard Hatch, Dirk Benedict, Herbert Jefferson Jr.

Votes: 15,173

45. Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979)

PG | 89 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi