50 Best Sci-Fi Movies of the 1970s

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

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8. 'Phase IV' (1974)

The only feature directed by legendary graphic designer Saul Bass concerns a colony of hyperintelligent ants intent on taking over the world, but it's less a creature feature than the equivalent of taking mushrooms with a bunch of hip myrmecologists. As the ants trap a group of scientists in their isolated desert lab, it becomes clear they don't want to wipe out humanity so much as (literally) colonize it — an idea played out over the film's recently rediscovered ending, a heady montage that gives 2001's "Beyond the Infinite" a run for its money. SA

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