50 Best Sci-Fi Movies of the 1970s

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

36. 'The Omega Man' (1971)

Based on the oft-filmed novel called I Am Legend by Richard Matheson, The Omega Man begins with an Army doctor (Charlton Heston, in the second film of his unofficial last-man-standing trilogy) walking alone among the empty ruins of Los Angeles, apparently the only person left alive after a biological plague. Soon he encounters a fleet of murderous albino mutants, as well as gangs of vengeful survivors. Outside of a notable interracial kiss between Heston and Rosalind Cash, the film is best remembered for post-apocalyptic set pieces in garbage-strewn streets, fully stocked shopping centers, and charred Dodger Stadium, as well as for Heston's pimp-level wardrobe, highlighted by a green velvet blazer and blue zipper tracksuit. This future totally blows, but at least it's got flair. EH

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