50 Best Sci-Fi Movies of the 1970s

From cosmic head trips to adventures in galaxies far, far away

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46. 'Beneath the Planet of the Apes' (1970)

The craziest installment of the Apes series starts out as an almost point-for-point remake of the 1968 original. Astronauts fly through a time-warp, and land on a future-Earth ruled by talking simians, where one of the men (James Franciscus) gets captured. But once the hero escapes, the plot takes a dramatic turn, leading to a New York City subway tunnel where the first movie's protagonist (Charlton Heston) has been imprisoned by a mutant cult of telepathic humans who worship an atomic bomb. Made during the first year of the Seventies, Beneath sets the tone for the decade's sci-fi to come by taking a story audiences already knew and somehow making it even darker and stranger. NM

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