50 Best Sci-Fi Movies of the 1970s

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

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19. 'God Told Me To' (1976)

Grindhouse auteur Larry Cohen wasn't the first to surmise that God might be an alien, but he was the first to suggest that extraterrestrials might possess humans' minds and send them on a mass killing spree. Featuring citizens falling to sniper fire as they cross the street, God Told Me To embodies the sordid grit of mid-Seventies Manhattan, where hard-nosed detective Tony Lo Bianco has his faith tested and his mind blown by a case that leads him to investigate the very nature of humanity itself. The mixture of high-flown philosophy and greasy cop thriller often feels like watching two movies projected on the same screen — an unsettling, sometimes perplexing, definitely unforgettable experience. SA

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