50 Best Sci-Fi Movies of the 1970s

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

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31. 'Time After Time' (1979)

Take one time-travel thriller, add one of science fiction's greatest authors and one of history's greatest monsters, mix with a liberal dash of Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo, and voilà: You have Time After Time, in which Malcolm McDowell's H.G. Wells pursues David Warner's Jack the Ripper through present-day San Francisco. Nicholas Meyer, who cannily toyed with the Sherlock Holmes mythos in The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1976), deftly mingles fish-out-of-water comedy and touching romance — McDowell and onscreen love interest Mary Steenburgen were married the next year — with discreetly gory danger. SA

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