Sci-Fi Cinema in the 1970sby mike_sean | created - 06 Mar 2011 | updated - 01 Mar 2015 | Public
Science fiction movies from the seventies (1970-1979), including TV movies as well as stand-alone mini-series. This list uses a fairly strict definition of science fiction, and therefore does not include most films that deal with fantasy, the supernatural, or super heroes. Films that fall more under the umbrella of horror (like a lot of zombie and pandemic films) have also been omitted.
See also: Sci-Fi Cinema in the 1950s | 1960s | 1980s | 1990s | 2000s | 2010s
Related sci-fi list: Sci-Fi Television in the 1970s
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1. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
PG | 138 min | Drama, Sci-Fi
Roy Neary, an electric lineman, watches how his quiet and ordinary daily life turns upside down after a close encounter with a UFO.
Votes: 173,140 | Gross: $132.09M
2. Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)
G | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
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.
Votes: 39,948 | Gross: $19.00M
3. Chariots of the Gods (1970)
G | 92 min | Documentary
Documentary based on the book by Erich Von Daniken concerning the ancient mysteries of the world, such as the pyramids of Egypt and Mexico, ancient cave drawings, the monuments of Easter ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,212 | Gross: $25.95M
4. 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.
5. Crimes of the Future (1970)
Not Rated | 63 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi
Crimes of the Future details the wanderings of Tripod (Mlodzik), sometime director of a dermatological clinic called the House of Skin, who is searching for his mentor, the mad ... See full summary »
6. Hauser's Memory (1970 TV Movie)
GP | 96 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A scientist is persuaded by the government to inject himself with the brain fluid of a dying colleague in order to preserve missile-defense secrets. However, he finds that he is now torn ... See full summary »
7. I Killed Einstein, Gentlemen (1970)
95 min | Sci-Fi, Comedy
This futuristic science fiction comedy 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, ... See full summary »
9. Na komete (1970)
74 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
When a comet passes the earth very closely, it pulls a small part of North Africa with it. Carried along is a bunch of people. Among them Angelika, who just escaped from a ruthless weapon ... See full summary »
12. La ragazza di latta (1970)
95 min | Sci-Fi, Comedy, Fantasy
Mr. Rossi lives in a small town. He works in a large financial company and is considered to be rather original and eccentric by his colleagues because he doesn't own a car and insist on ... See full summary »
15. The Andromeda Strain (1971)
G | 131 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller
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.
16. The Big Mess (1971)
86 min | Sci-Fi, Comedy
Outer space in 2034 is run by greedy corporations in a rundown bureaucracy. Two astronauts, who are not very smart, make their way with shady dealings, smuggling and spaceship wrecking.
17. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
R | 136 min | Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi
In the future, a sadistic gang leader is imprisoned and volunteers for a conduct-aversion experiment, but it doesn't go as planned.
18. Earth II (1971 TV Movie)
G | 100 min | Sci-Fi
When Earth II, an orbiting research space station, is menaced by a Red Chinese nuclear weapon, its 2,000 inhabitants take action to disarm and dispose of the missile without resorting to violence.
19. Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971)
G | 98 min | Action, Sci-Fi
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.
Votes: 30,316 | Gross: $12.30M
20. I Love You, I Kill You (1971)
94 min | Drama
Set in the near future, Brandner's village is populated by emotionless citizens, kept in place with pills and pleasures. Once a year the wealthy people arrive to hunt in a nearby area, ... See full summary »
21. Alien Terror (1971)
90 min | Sci-Fi, Horror
In the European village of Gudenberg in 1890, Prof. Mayer and his assistant Isabel have created a powerful ray machine. One of the powerful rays is shot into space and attracts a flying ... See full summary »
23. The Ωmega Man (1971)
PG | 98 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Lone survivor, doctor Robert Neville, struggles to create a cure for the plague that wiped out most of the human race while fighting The Family, a savage luddite death cult formed by the zombie-like infected to erase the past.
Votes: 27,391 | Gross: $8.72M
24. Quest for Love (1971)
Not Rated | 87 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance
After a scientific experiment goes horribly wrong during a demonstration, a scientist finds himself trapped in an alternative reality that bears some similarities to our own, but also has ... See full summary »
25. THX 1138 (1971)
R | 86 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
In the twenty-fifth 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.
Votes: 45,792 | Gross: $2.44M
27. Between Time and Timbuktu (1972 TV Movie)
90 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi
A poet-astronaut is shot through an area of space called the Chronosynclastic Infundibulum. He is duplicated into infinite copies of himself, each of whom finds himself in a bizarre ... See full summary »
28. Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972)
PG | 88 min | Action, Sci-Fi
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.
Votes: 28,720 | Gross: $9.81M
29. Doomsday Machine (1972)
Not Rated | 83 min | Sci-Fi
Spies discover that the Red Chinese have built a "doomsday machine" capable of destroying the surface of the Earth, and that they plan to use it within a matter of days. Meanwhile, Project ... See full summary »
30. Doomwatch (1972)
PG | 92 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
The waters surrounding an island become contaminated by chemical dumping, and people who eat fish caught in those waters become deformed and violent.
31. Eolomea (1972)
82 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Eight space cargo-ships disappear without a trace within three days. And the orbit station "Margot" has suddenly fallen silent. The space council is faced with a mystery and the scientist ... See full summary »
33. The People (1972 TV Movie)
74 min | Drama, Sci-Fi
A young woman is assigned to teach school in a secluded valley whose inhabitants appear stern, secretive and anti-pleasure. Following two children who disappear to play in the woods, she ... See full summary »
34. Silent Running (1972)
G | 89 min | Drama, Sci-Fi
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.
36. Solaris (1972)
PG | 167 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
A psychologist is sent to a station orbiting a distant planet in order to discover what has caused the crew to go insane.
37. Z.P.G. (1972)
PG | 97 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller
Concerned with population over-growth, the Earth government bans, under the penalty of death, all pregnancies but one couple decides to risk having a real baby rather than legally adopt a cyborg child.
38. Az idö ablakai (1969)
Five social misfits undergo cryogenic suspension. When they awake in the far distant future, they find a world devastated by nuclear war. Yet they discover that each of them has some ... See full summary »
39. Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973)
G | 93 min | Action, Sci-Fi
Ten years after a worldwide series of ape revolutions and a brutal nuclear war among humans, Caesar must protect survivors of both species from an insidious human cult and a militant ape faction alike.
Votes: 27,551 | Gross: $8.84M
45. Idaho Transfer (1973)
PG | 86 min | Sci-Fi