50 Best Sci-Fi Movies of the 1970s

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3. 'A Clockwork Orange' (1971)

Criticized and condemned upon its release — director Stanley Kubrick even pulled it out of circulation in the U.K. for a time — A Clockwork Orange may seem relatively tame by today's cinematic standards for society-in-moral-free-fall dystopias. But few of this extreme satire's successors are as hilarious. Led by Malcolm McDowell's liberatingly bratty performance as the degenerate droog Alex, this adaptation of Anthony Burgess' 1962 novel remains bitterly funny (and wise) about all the ways that conformity and government oppression conspire to break our spirit. Serious enough about its message to deliver it as farce, Orange is a bleak cautionary tale headlined by one marvelously charming bastard. TG

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