Classic Science Fiction Movies
1970s Science Fiction
The 1970s science fiction movies, with such notable exceptions as "Star Wars," "Alien" and a few others, predominantly fall into the sub-genre of "future life" films that tell about strange happenings here on Earth. Of course, "Star Wars" is unquestionably the most significant movie of this decade. But I was again unable to cut my list down to only ten, so, here are my picks as the "Top 12" science fiction movies of the 1970s.
Colossus: The Forbin Project
(1970 - 100 min) ****
Plot: A superintelligent computer overrides the commands of its human creators in an effort to achieve global control.
The Andromeda Strain
(1971 - 130 min) ***
Plot: A group of scientists fight against the clock to contain and destroy a lethal virus from outer space.
(1972 - 90 min) ****
Plot: An astronaut is charged with protecting the Earth's last surviving flora and fauna, until he gets orders to destroy the spaceships that carry this precious cargo.
(1973 - 90 min) ***
Plot: A futuristic amusement park allows visitors to take part in various historical scenarios, but things go wrong when an android gunslinger malfunctions and goes on a shooting rampage.
The Land That Time Forgot
(1975 - 90 min) ***
Plot: A submarine surfaces near the South Pole and discovers a prehistoric oasis of dinosaurs and ape men. (Based on the novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs.)
At the Earth's Core
(1976 - 90 min) ***
Plot: Victorian scientists travel to the center of the Earth, which they find is inhabited by dinosaurs and protohumans. (Based on the novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs.)
(1976 - 119 min) ****
Plot: A cop on a future Earth charged with tracking down "runners" who try to escape the supposedly perfect human civilization himself becomes a runner. (Led to a short-lived TV series of the same name.)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
(1977 - 135 min) *****
Plot: An ordinary man is mysteriously drawn to a desert mountain to witness mankind's first contact with space aliens.
Star Wars - Episode IV: A New Hope
(1977 - 121 min) *****
Plot: With the help of two androids, a space pirate, and a Jedi Knight, a young man fights to save a universe and a princess from the evil Empire.
(1979 - 116 min) ****
Plot: Investigating a crashed alien spacecraft, a deep space crew comes face-to-face with the "mother" of all evil space creatures.
The Black Hole
(1979 - 97 min) ***
Plot: A space ship is sent to stop a mad scientist intent on flying his mammoth space vessel into a black hole.
(1979 - 105 min) **
Plot: The story of how a group of people deal with the ultimate threat to Earth -- a meteor strike. (A forerunner to "Deep Impact" and "Armageddon.")
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