50 Best Sci-Fi Movies of the 1970s

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

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41. 'Damnation Alley' (1977)

Twentieth Century Fox, the studio behind this adaptation of Roger Zelazny's novel, assumed that a film about ex-military operatives rolling across a bug-infested, postapocalyptic landscape would satisfy the public's appetite for both disaster pictures and gearhead fantasies. (Did we mention that they're rolling in a cool-as-hell armored van?) Then, a few months before the premiere, they released Star Wars, and guess what suddenly became an afterthought? Though the movie still looks somewhat dated today, it anticipates the likes of Dawn of the Dead and Mad Max in its story of human survivors fighting like mad to hold on to whatever they have left. NM

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