50 Best Sci-Fi Movies of the 1970s

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

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12. 'Rollerball' (1975)

Norman Jewison's extreme-sports future shock bundles together a paranoid political thriller, a McLuhan-drunk media satire, ultraviolent exploitation, reverent respect for faddish athletic pursuits and enough zoom shots to make Robert Altman blush. You also get James Caan as the greatest competitor in the history of rollerball — a wildly popular bloodsport that combines roller derby, motorcross, football and boxing. In this fucked-up future, corporate rule has toppled the nation state, leading executives to rig the game so that sportsmen like Caan's champion 'baller can't realize the power of their popularity. The skate-rink action, which culminates in an apocalyptic death match, remains rabble-rousingly brutal. EH

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