The ’70s was an era for iconic Sci-Fi movies that we still watch today.
Who could forget Star Wars, Close Encounters Of The Third Kind or Alien?
The decade saw the birth of the blockbuster thanks to George Lucas and Steven Spielberg.
Here are the Top 10 Sci-Fi Movies Of The ’70s:
10. Rollerball (1975)
Rollerball is a 1975 science fiction sports film directed and produced by Norman Jewison. It stars James Caan, John Houseman, Maud Adams, John Beck, Moses Gunn and Ralph Richardson.
The screenplay, written by William Harrison, adapted his own short story, “Roller Ball Murder”, which had first appeared in the September 1973 issue of Esquire.
9. The Omega Man (1971)
The Omega Man is the second adaptation of Richard Matheson’s novel “I Am Legend.” The first was The Last Man on Earth (1964), which starred Vincent Price. A third adaptation, I Am Legend, starring Will Smith, was released in 2007.
Whoopi Goldberg has remarked that the kiss between the characters played by Charlton Heston and Rosalind Cash was one of the first interracial kisses to appear in a movie.
8. Soylent Green (1973)
Soylent Green is a 1973 American ecological dystopian thriller film starring Charlton Heston and Leigh Taylor-Young. Edward G. Robinson appears in his final film.
It combines both police procedural and science fiction genres: the investigation into the murder of a wealthy businessman; and a dystopian future of dying oceans and year-round humidity due to the greenhouse effect, resulting in suffering from pollution, poverty, overpopulation, euthanasia and depleted resources.
7. Mad Max (1979)
The series follows the adventures of Max Rockatansky, a police officer in a future Australia which is experiencing societal collapse due to war and critical resource shortages. When his wife and child are murdered by a vicious biker gang, Max kills them in revenge and becomes a drifting loner in the Wasteland.
As Australia devolves further into barbarity, this skilled warrior of the road finds himself helping pockets of civilisation, initially for his own self-interest, but his motives always drift into more altruistic ones.
6. Westword (1973)
Westworld is a science fiction-thriller media franchise that began with the 1973 film Westworld, written and directed by Michael Crichton. The film depicts a technologically advanced Wild-West-themed amusement park populated by androids that malfunction and begin killing the human visitors; it was followed by the sequel film Futureworld (1976).
The franchise moved to television in 1980 with the short-lived series Beyond Westworld on CBS. In 2016 a new television series based on the original film debuted on HBO; the critically acclaimed series has broadcast three seasons, with a fourth in production.
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5. Logan’s Run (1976)
Logan’s Run is a 1976 science fiction action film directed by Michael Anderson and starring Michael York, Jenny Agutter, Richard Jordan, Roscoe Lee Browne, Farrah Fawcett, and Peter Ustinov.
It depicts a utopian future society on the surface, revealed as a dystopia where the population and the consumption of resources are maintained in equilibrium by killing everyone who reaches the age of thirty. The story follows the actions of Logan 5, a “Sandman” who has terminated others who have attempted to escape death and is now faced with termination himself.
4. Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)
tar Trek: The Motion Picture is a 1979 science fiction film directed by Robert Wise and based on the television series Star Trek created by Gene Roddenberry, who also served as its producer. It is the first installment in the Star Trek film series, and stars the cast of the original television series.
In the film, set in the 2270s, a mysterious and immensely powerful alien cloud known as V’Ger approaches Earth, destroying everything in its path. Admiral James T. Kirk (William Shatner) assumes command of the recently refitted Starship USS Enterprise, to lead it on a mission to save the planet and determine V’Ger’s origins.
The Motion Picture ranks at number nine on our Every Star Trek Movie Ranked Worst To First.
3. Alien (1979)
Alien is a 1979 science fiction horror film directed by Ridley Scott.
It follows the crew of the commercial space tug Nostromo, who encounter the eponymous Alien, an aggressive and deadly extraterrestrial set loose on the ship. The film stars Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm, and Yaphet Kotto.
Sigourney Weaver ranks at number eight on our Top 10 Hottest Women of Sci-Fi.
2. Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (1977)
If you grew up in the ’70s, then you’ll remember Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
It’s a 1977 American science fiction film written and directed by Steven Spielberg, and starring Richard Dreyfuss, François Truffaut, Melinda Dillon, Teri Garr, and Bob Balaban.
Close Encounters ranks at number two on our Top 10 Greatest Movies Of The ’70s
1. Star Wars (1977)
The franchise began 40 years ago in 1977 with the release of the film Star Wars, which became a worldwide pop culture phenomenon.