50 Best Sci-Fi Movies of the 1970s

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

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48. 'Starcrash' (1978)

"A space adventure for all time" claims this Italian import's poster — though to be fair, it's really a film made for a very specific moment in which even the cheapest Star Wars knock-off meant potential box office. How much does this film owe to George Lucas' pop phenomenon, you ask? There are spaceship dogfights and sabers that appear to be made of light. There's a bad guy named Count Zarth Arn [cough, cough] from "the League of the Dark Worlds" who's concocted a deadly weapon the size of a small planet. Christopher Plummer plays someone named the Emperor [COUGH, COUGH]. Unless you nostalgically remember seeing this as a kid, this cinematic slice of interstellar Velveeta is best seen as a souvenir from an age when everybody was out for that galaxy-far-far-away moola. DF

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