50 Best Sci-Fi Movies of the 1970s

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

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37. 'Battlestar Galactica' (1978)

Long before Ron Moore turned the story of man vs. machine into a potent, powerful 9/11 metaphor, we had Glen A. Larson's ABC show, featuring Lorne Greene leading the 12 colonies of humans in their fight against killer robots known as Cylons. (Any resemblance between these cybernetic soldiers and the stormtroopers from a popular movie were not coincidental in the slightest.) This expanded theatrical release of the show's pilot was largely intended for foreign markets; it eventually made its way into U.S. theaters, where you could watch Starbuck and friends shoot down disc-like spaceships on a big screen instead of a small one. For anyone who owned the lunchbox back in the day, that warm, fuzzy feeling you get rewatching this should not be discounted. DF

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