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Science Fiction of the 70's!

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People who added this item 3786  Average listal rating (2595 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating 8.5 
1. Alien (1979)
The great classic of the genre. The crew of a mining ship lands on a distant planet discovers some strange and violent creatures. In space, no-one can hear you scream.



The alien making its first appearance.

People who added this item 196  Average listal rating (114 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating 7.3 
2. The Andromeda Strain (1971)
Robert Wise's contribution to the list. A group of scientists investigate a deadly and rapidly spreading new alien virus before it can spread. Battle for the survival of the human race has begun.


"Now what is your opinion about this, doctor Death?"

People who added this item 20  Average listal rating (14 ratings) 6.1  IMDB Rating 5.2 
3. At the Earth's Core (1976)
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. What a discovery!



Let the adventure begin!

People who added this item 140  Average listal rating (44 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating 6.4 
4. Black Moon (1975)
Malle's experimental and dreamlike apocalyptic fairytale. A young girl tries to escape film's reality and comes to a hidden place where a strange unicorn lives with a family: Sister, Brother, many children and an old woman that never leaves her bed but stays in contact with the world through her radio. Intriguing stuff.



That's a one big fat-ass unicorn for sure.

People who added this item 196  Average listal rating (98 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating 6.6 
5. A Boy and His Dog (1975)
A boy communicates telepathically with his dog as they scavenge for food and sex, and they stumble into an underground society where the old society is preserved. Women there use him for impregnation purposes, and then plan to be rid of him. This just can't be bad!



The boy. And the dog.

People who added this item 5222  Average listal rating (3349 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating 8.4 
6. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece. In future Britain, charismatic delinquent Alex DeLarge is jailed and volunteers for an experimental aversion therapy developed by the government in an effort to solve society's crime problem. Scary but fun.


After some ultra-violence, a nice glass of milk tastes real good.

People who added this item 56  Average listal rating (28 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 7.2 
7. Colossus: The Forbin Project (1970)
Before skynet, there was colossus. An artificially intelligent supercomputer is developed and activated, only to reveal that it has a sinister agenda of its own. This dystopia is threathened by nuclear war. One of the forgotten gems of the 70's sci-fis.



People are starting to get anxious at the command centre. Please remove your suit jackets.

People who added this item 118  Average listal rating (68 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating 6.8 
8. Coma (1978)
A young female doctor notices an unnatural amount of comas occurring in her hospital. Conspiracy thriller meets medical science fiction.


That doesn't exatcly look like a hospital...

People who added this item 1786  Average listal rating (1148 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 7.7 
9. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
Spielberg's UFO classic. After an encounter with UFOs, a line worker feels undeniably drawn to an isolated area in the wilderness where something spectacular is about to happen. Friendly aliens for once.


Let there be light.

People who added this item 243  Average listal rating (130 ratings) 6.5  IMDB Rating 6.6 
10. Dark Star (1974)
Carpenter's low budget sci-fi. In the far reaches of space, a small crew, 20 years into their solitary mission, find things beginning to go hilariously wrong. They must cope with a runaway alien which resembles a beach-ball, faulty computer systems, and a "smart bomb" who thinks it is God.



I bet Sigourney Weaver wouldn't have so hard time fighting this alien.

People who added this item 24  Average listal rating (9 ratings) 6.1  IMDB Rating
11. The Day of the Dolphin (1973)
George C. Scott has been training a pair of dolphins for many years and had a breakthrough. He has taught his dolphins to speak and understand English. Then the dolphins are stolen and he discovers they're to be used in an assassination attempt to kill the president of the United States! What on earth is this?



Not really sure is this image sympathetic or disturbing.

People who added this item 267  Average listal rating (173 ratings) 6.4  IMDB Rating 6.2 
12. Death Race 2000 (1975)
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 kills brutality. Start your engines!



I wonder if they also give points for the most retarded looking vehicle?

People who added this item 68  Average listal rating (44 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating 6.3 
13. Demon Seed (1977)
A scientist creates Proteus, an organic super computer with artificial intelligence which becomes obsessed with the creators wife. Proteus traps her inside the house and she learns what it wants: its own child, conceived in her womb and destined for domination. Wut teh farg?



Weirdest rape scene ever?

People who added this item 295  Average listal rating (148 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating 7.8 
14. Fantastic Planet (1973)
Animated feature set on the far-off alien planet of the Draags. The story revolves around the revolt of the Oms; descendants of Earth's survivors now kept as pets by a much larger race the Draags. Visually stunning surrealistic film.



Boxing is so last season.

People who added this item 16  Average listal rating (3 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 5.7 
15. The Final Programme (1973)
Billionaire physicist Jerry Cornelius becomes embroiled in the search for the mysterious "Final Programme", developed by his father. The programme, a design for a perfect, self-replicating human being, is contained on microfilm. Psychedelic black comedy drenched in free sex & druggy violence.


World in a state of chaos and anarchy.

People who added this item 66  Average listal rating (35 ratings) 6.1  IMDB Rating 5.8 
16. Futureworld (1976)
Sequel to Westworld. Two reporters, Tracy and Chuck, get a message from a third one who discovered something about "Futureworld" and becomes killed before he could tell anyone about it. They visit Futureworld to find out what he knew.



Android operating system. Now available for humans also.

People who added this item 49  Average listal rating (19 ratings) 6.4  IMDB Rating 6.4 
17. God Told Me To (1976)
A New York detective investigates a series of murders committed by random New Yorkers who claim that "God told them to." Is it God or... something else? Mystery horror film.



Now look into those eyes. Real closely.

People who added this item 7  Average listal rating (4 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating 5.9 
18. The Happiness Cage (1972)
A German scientist works on a way of quelling overly aggressive soldiers by developing implants that directly stimulate the pleasure centers of the brain. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest meets A Clockwork Orange.


Walken thinking what the hell is he doing in this film.

People who added this item 20  Average listal rating (12 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 6.9 
19. I Killed Einstein, Gentlemen (1970)
Futuristic czech science fiction comedy that features an atomic bomb blast that causes women to grow beards and lose the ability to have children. A summit meeting is held at the United Nations, with the proposed solution of building a time machine. The decision is made to travel back in time and murder Einstein, with the hopeful result being that without the noted mathematician's research there will be no atomic bombs. That would have been my first idea also.



I should really watch the film to find out what the heck is going on here.

People who added this item 416  Average listal rating (263 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 7.4 
20. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
Remake of the old classic sci-fi of the same name. In San Francisco, a group of people discover the human race is being replaced one by one, with clones devoid of emotion. Worth seeing if only for the frame below!



DÖÖÖÖÖÖÖÖÖÖÖÖÖÖÖÖÖÖÖÖÖÖÖÖÖÖ

People who added this item 59  Average listal rating (35 ratings) 6.3  IMDB Rating 5.8 
21. The Island of Dr. Moreau (1977)
A ship-wrecked man floats ashore on an island in the Pacific Ocean. The island is inhabited by a scientist, Dr. Moreau, who in an experiment has turned beasts into human beings. Starring Burt Lancaster and Michael York. I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore...



Even the dwarves started small, but they became ugly and evil.

People who added this item 46  Average listal rating (32 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating 8.4 
22. Ivan Vasilievich: Back to the Future (1973)
Shurik Timofeev builds a working model of a time machine. By accident, Ivan Bunsha, an apartment complex manager, and George Miloslavsky, a petty burglar, are transferred to the 16th century Moscow, while Tsar Ivan the Terrible goes into the year 1973. I wonder how he fits in there?



I just hate it when things don't go according to plan.

People who added this item 368  Average listal rating (234 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating 6.8 
23. Logan's Run (1976)
Some type of holocaust has decimated the earth, and the survivors sealed themselves into a domed city near Washington, D.C. To maintain the population balance, the computers that run the city have decreed that all people must die at 30. In this film the future seems actually fun, beside that one drawback... Fantastic, visually great and fun dystopia sci-fi.



Live fast, die young, leave a beautiful corpse

People who added this item 1418  Average listal rating (912 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating
24. Mad Max (1979)
Well-known classic, in a dystopic future Australia, a vicious biker gang murder a cop's family and make his fight with them personal. The highways are a battleground.



At least the cars look a lot cooler in this than in Death Race 2000.

People who added this item 385  Average listal rating (160 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating 6.7 
25. The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)
Roeg's vision about a humanoid alien who comes to Earth to get water for his dying planet. He starts a high technology company to get the billions of dollars he needs to build a return spacecraft, and meets Mary-Lou, a girl who falls in love with him. He does not count on the greed and ruthlessness of business here on Earth, however. Really trippy and fantastic.



Doesn't Bowie look a bit like an alien?

People who added this item 534  Average listal rating (367 ratings) 5.8  IMDB Rating 6.2 
26. Moonraker (1979)
In the 70's, even James Bond wanted to part of the science fiction movies. Here he investigates the theft of a space shuttle and discovers a plot to commit global genocide. Silly and fun spy adventure, though not very good film in my opinion, it's still better than those horrible generic action films the series is these days.



Epic battle in space!

People who added this item 13  Average listal rating (6 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 6.2 
27. No Blade of Grass (1970)
A strange new virus has appeared, which only attacks strains of grasses such as wheat and rice, and the world is descending into famine and chaos. A group of people try to make their way to safety but along the way, they encounter hostile soldiers, biker gangs, and all manner of people who are all too willing to take advantage of travelers for a mouthful of food. A different kind of apocalyptic vision.


Is it once again survival of the fittest?

People who added this item 6  Average listal rating (1 ratings) 6  IMDB Rating 6.7 
28. The Noah (1975)
Noah, the sole remaining survivor on our planet after a nuclear holocaust, finds himself unable to to accept his unique predicament. To cope with his loneliness, he creates an imaginary companion, then a companion for his companion and finally an entire civilization - a world of illusion in which there is no reality but Noah, no rules but those of the extinct world of his memory.


Being the last man on earth ain't always easy.

People who added this item 266  Average listal rating (171 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating 6.6 
29. The Omega Man (1971)
Chuck Heston is the last man alive, a plague caused by the war has killed everyone else except for a few hundred deformed, nocturnal people calling themselves "The Family". The plague has caused them to become sensitive to light, as well as homicidally psychotic. Chuck struggles to create a cure for the plague, but "The Family" has other ideas...


Wouldn't wanna mess with this guy.

People who added this item 52  Average listal rating (29 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating 6.6 
30. Phase IV (1974)
Desert ants suddenly form a collective intelligence and begin to wage war on the desert inhabitants. It is up to two scientists and a stray girl they rescue from the ants to destroy them. But the ants have other ideas. The horror, the horror.


THE HORROR, THE HORROR

People who added this item 5  Average listal rating (1 ratings) 1  IMDB Rating 6.8 
31. Quest for Love (1971)
After a scientific experiment goes horribly wrong during a demonstration, a scientist finds himself trapped in an alternate reality that bears some similarities to our own, but also has some striking differences. For example in this other reality the Second World War had never occurred, mankind had not yet traveled into Space and Mt. Everest had not yet been conquered.


Maybe this alternate reality has better parties also?

People who added this item 45  Average listal rating (22 ratings) 6  IMDB Rating 5.2 
32. Quintet (1979)
A lesser known Robert Altman film. 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.


Newman wondering about the rules of a quintet tournament.

People who added this item 236  Average listal rating (150 ratings) 6.3  IMDB Rating 6.6 
33. Rollerball (1975)
The original Rollerball. 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. Another dystopia sci-fi.


Let's get ready to rumbleeeee

People who added this item 210  Average listal rating (121 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating 6.7 
34. Shivers (1975)
Yet another body horror film from David Cronenberg. The residents of a suburban high-rise apartment building are being infected by a strain of parasites that turn them into mindless, sex-crazed fiends out to infect others by the slightest sexual contact. This alien parasite at least has an effective way of spreading.


Seeeeeeeeeeeeeex

People who added this item 217  Average listal rating (128 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating 6.8 
35. Silent Running (1972)
In a future where all flora is extinct on Earth, an astronaut is given orders to destroy the last of Earth's plant life being kept in a greenhouse on board a spacecraft. Bruce Dern and his robots called Huey, Dewey, and Louie have fun on that spacecraft, and they don't like the idea of it being destroyed. Gotta love it!



Bruce and his precious companions.

People who added this item 136  Average listal rating (56 ratings) 6.9  IMDB Rating
36. Slaughterhouse-Five (1972)
Genre-blender in which a man tells his story of how he became unstuck in time and abducted by aliens. He survives the 1945 firebombing of Dresden, then lives simultaneously in his past as a young American POW, in the future as a well-cared-for resident of a zoo on the planet Tralfamadore, and in the present as a middle-aged optometrist in Ilium, N.Y. Time travel, aliens, nazis and black comedy, based on the novel by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. What's not to like about it?


Jawohl mein herr!

People who added this item 635  Average listal rating (390 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating 7.3 
37. Sleeper (1973)
Woody Allen's goofy vision of the future that makes fun of many other movies on this list. In it a nerdish store owner is revived out of cryostasis into a future world to fight an oppressive government. Hilarity ensues.



I wonder if Woody the robot would be as neurotic as the man?

People who added this item 913  Average listal rating (453 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating 8.1 
38. Solaris (1972)
The film follows a psychologist who is sent to a space station situated over the mysterious Solaris Ocean. He is told about strange occurrences in the station, and the Ocean's eerie ability to materialize people's thoughts and desires. After being in the station for a while, the psychologist finds himself becoming very attached to its alternate reality. Deep and lyrical, one of Tarkovsky's best.


An eerie hallway of the space station.

People who added this item 485  Average listal rating (281 ratings) 6.9  IMDB Rating 7.1 
39. Soylent Green (1973)
Earth is in despair in 2022. Natural food like fruits, vegetables, and meat among others are now extinct. Earth is overpopulated and New York City has 40 million starving, poverty stricken people. The only way they survive is with water rations and eating a mysterious food called Soylent. I wonder from what is it made?


Mmmmmhh... Soylent green....

People who added this item 1023  Average listal rating (490 ratings) 8.4  IMDB Rating 8.2 
40. Stalker (1979)
Tarkovsky's great, thoughtful and atmospheric mystery/adventure/sci-fi film in which a guide leads two men through an area known as the Zone to find a room that grants wishes. One of the best ever.


Would you have the courage to go in that room?

People who added this item 203  Average listal rating (115 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating 6.9 
41. The Stepford Wives (1975)
Joanna Eberhart has come to the quaint little town of Stepford, Connecticut, but soon discovers there lies a sinister truth in the all too perfect behavior of the female residents. Women happily go about their housework - cleaning, doing laundry, and cooking gourmet meals - to please their husbands. She discovers the wives have been replaced with robots, and Joanna'a husband wants in on the action. A brilliant satiric scifi response to the feminist movement.


A small selection of all too perfect housewives. Males, take your pick.

People who added this item 5219  Average listal rating (3512 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating 8.7 
42. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
Do I really have to write anything about this film? Great adventure film in set in space that everyone has seen.



The heros of the film.

People who added this item 576  Average listal rating (292 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating 6.8 
43. THX 1138 (1971)
The human race has been relocated to a underground city located beneath the Earth's surface. In the underground city, society controls all life, all citizens are drugged to control their emotions and their behavior and sex is a crime. Story centers around a man and a woman who rebel against this. Another interesting dystopia sci-fi.


Future isn't really happy and joyful here.

People who added this item 18  Average listal rating (8 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating 5.8 
44. The Terminal Man (1974)
As the result of a head injury, brilliant computer scientist Harry Benson begins to experience violent seizures. In an attempt to control them, Benson undergoes a new surgical procedure in which a microcomputer is inserted into his brain. The procedure is not entirely successful... Another film about dangers of mind control and the power of computers.


The long process of making a man into a machine.

People who added this item 124  Average listal rating (73 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating 7.2 
45. Time After Time (1979)
H.G. Wells (played by Malcolm McDowell!) pursues Jack the Ripper to the 20th Century when the serial murderer uses the future writer's time machine to escape his time period. I hope he's careful not to cause any time paradoxes.


That time travel machine isn't as cool as DeLorean...

People who added this item 253  Average listal rating (178 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating 7.1 
46. Westworld (1973)
An amusement park for rich vacationers pprovides its customers a way to live out their fantasies through the use of robots that provide anything they want. Two of the vacationers choose a wild west adventure. However, after a computer breakdown, they find that they are now being stalked by a rogue robot gun-slinger. Yul Brynner is badass.


The original terminator. You don't wanna piss him off.

People who added this item 124  Average listal rating (66 ratings) 6.4  IMDB Rating 6.5 
47. Wizards (1977)
One of the two animation features in the list. 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.


According to movies on this list, future ain't exactly a nice place now is it?

People who added this item 71  Average listal rating (24 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating
48. World on a Wire (1973)
Before Matrix, there was Fassbinder's World on Wire. Somewhere in the future there is a computer project called Simulacron one of which is able to simulate a full featured reality, when suddenly project leader Henry Vollmer dies. His successor Dr. Fred Stiller experiences odd phenomena and wonders, if Simulacron could have anything to do with it...



Would you choose an alternate, artificial reality over our own?

People who added this item 233  Average listal rating (131 ratings) 6.3  IMDB Rating 5.8 
49. Zardoz (1974)
In the far future, a savage trained only to kill finds a way into the community of bored immortals that alone preserves humanity's achievements. Sean Connery stars in this Boorman's unconventional and amusing sci-fi. "The penis is evil!"


The God Zardoz is a huge, flying, hollow stone head.

People who added this item 10  Average listal rating (4 ratings) 5.8  IMDB Rating 6.3 
50. Z.P.G. (1972)
In the not too distant future, a very smoggy and overpopulated Earth government makes it illegal to have children for a generation. One couple, unsatisfied with their substitute robot baby, breaks the rules and gets in a lot of trouble.


The improved babies of this future are far better than the organic ones.


 

Here's some of the movies the golden era of science fiction has to offer. I included all well known and canonized movies also, even though more interesting are rarer and obscure films on the list. The point of this list is NOT to include every single science fiction film made in the 70's, this is rather a selection of them (size of which I decided to limit to 50) to give a good whole picture about what the genre was in the 70's. Some movies were deliberately left out, for example the sequels of The Planet of the Apes. The describtions of the movies were taken from IMDb, listal or wikipedia.

I welcome all your suggestions about the contents of this list. Hope you enjoy the list as much as I enjoyed making it!

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