The 1970s was a diverse decade for science fiction movies that gave us dark futures and glorious futuristic visions, grim apocalyptic tales and aliens both friendly and hostile. Are you an expert on sci-fi cinema of the '70s? Take this quiz to see.
In this Steven Spielberg movie, people around the world are affected by messages from visiting aliens, which we eventually communicate with via a five-tone musical sequence.
"Close Encounters of the Third Kind"
"The Food of the Gods"
This 1976 movie starred David Bowie as an alien who comes to Earth seeking water for his parched home planet.
"The Man Who Fell to Earth"
"The Alien Factor"
A restless farm boy becomes involved in a galaxy-spanning war in this movie, which spawned what is arguably the biggest film franchise of all time.
Ridley Scott's 1979 movie about a space mining crew that stumbles across a devastatingly lethal creature is well-known for artist H.R. Giger's indelible designs.
"The Day the Earth Stood Still"
This movie features both a dystopian corporate-controlled future and ultraviolent roller derby.
"Death Race 2000"
In this movie, the fourth of five movies in a series about an Earth where primate evolution took a very different direction, humans enslave apes that eventually revolt under the leadership of an ape named Caesar.
"The Alpha Incident"
"Beneath the Planet of the Apes"
"Conquest of the Planet of the Apes"
A cop hunts a violent gang after they murder his family in this Australian movie set in a dusty dystopian future where water and fuel are scarce.
"The Twilight People"
Yul Brynner played a robot cowboy run amok in this movie about a malfunctioning theme park.
"The Omega Man"
In 1971, one of the strangest Godzilla movies was released, in which Godzilla battles a monster that is the living embodiment of pollution.
"Godzilla vs. Hedorah"
"Godzilla vs. Monster X"
"Godzilla: Triple Smog Mutation Battle"
In this grim movie, the plankton used to produce food rations for the swollen world population runs out, so human corpses are used to make the food instead (without telling anyone).
Jazz musician Sun Ra is the focus of this surreal movie, in which he colonizes a new planet by transporting fellow black people there via his music. It's a good example of 1970s Afrofuturism.
"Space Is the Place"
"Unidentified Flying Oddball"
This movie is a remake of one made in 1956 about aliens who replace humans with identical clones devoid of emotion.
"The Andromeda Strain"
"Invasion of the Body Snatchers"
Charlton Heston stars in this movie about a man who is the only human immune to a plague that wipes out the rest of humanity. It's a remake of "The Last Man on Earth" and was remade again later as "I Am Legend, " starring Will Smith.
"The Omega Man"
"Escape From the Planet of the Apes"
This Disney-produced movie is about psychic siblings whose powers draw the attention of a wealthy villain. The kids turn out to be aliens.
"The Little Prince"
"Escape to Witch Mountain"
"The Twilight People"
A popular 1930s sci-fi/adventure serial served as the inspiration for this spoof aimed at adults, featuring the planet Porno, a villain named Emperor Wang the Perverted and quite a lot of nudity.
"Night of the Lepus"
Speaking of sci-fi movies for adult audiences, this movie is the very definition of cult classic. It's about a couple who stumble across a cross-dressing mad scientist and his depraved band of oddball associates. Oh, and it's a musical.
"The Land That Time Forgot"
"The Rocky Horror Picture Show"
"The Incredible 2-Headed Transplant"
If you're over 30 years old in this dystopian sci-fi movie, they kill you to control population and resources. Sorry X-Men fans, it has nothing to do with Wolverine.
"The Boys From Brazil"
When this movie was released in 1979, it had been ten years since the TV series it was based on was cancelled. The franchise has boldly gone on to numerous features films and multiple TV series.
"Star Trek: The Motion Picture"
"The Empire Strikes Back"
Sean Connery starred in this weird movie that's often the butt of Internet jokes for the strappy red costume he wore. It features a flying stone head spaceship and lots of plot about human evolution in the far future.
"Welcome to Blood City"
Stanley Kubrick brought a little of the old ultraviolence to screens with this movie about violent youth and government mind control.
"Crimes of the Future"
"No Blade of Grass"
"A Clockwork Orange"
In 1974, Godzilla battled a robotic double of himself (with a little help from a shaggy monster named King Caesar) in this movie.
"Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla"
"Godzilla vs. the Robot Monster"
"Godzilla vs. Gigan"
This tense movie about scientists investigating a deadly extraterrestrial virus is based on a Michael Crichton novel.
"I Killed Einstein, Gentlemen"
"The Andromeda Strain"
"In the Dust of the Stars"
This 1978 movie was the first superhero blockbuster. It starred Christopher Reeve as an alien who uses his vast powers to protect Earth.
"Buck Rogers in the 25th Century"
"Gamera vs. Jiger"
A computer becomes self-aware and takes control of the world's nuclear missile arsenal as a way to end all war in this movie.
"Colossus: The Forbin Project"
This movie features a British secret agent on the trail of a stolen space shuttle and is part of a long series of movies about said secret agent.
Disney produced this space adventure that features robots named B.O.B. and V.I.N.CENT and creepy faceless androids.
"The Black Hole"
"Time After Time"
Although known more as a horror movie than sci-fi, the villainous Tall Man uses zombified victims as slaves on another planet in this movie, which also involves deadly floating metal spheres.
This contemplative Russian movie is about the psychological effects on scientists studying a mysterious planet from their space station. The 2002 remake stars George Clooney.
"Scream and Scream Again"
This movie is George Lucas' first feature film, based on a movie he directed in film school. It's about a dystopian future police state controlled by robots and pharmacology.
"The Day of the Dolphin"
"The Happiness Cage"
Episodes of a popular animated series were combined to form the 1977 theatrical release of this movie about a starship built from a World War II ship that sets out across the galaxy.