50 Best Sci-Fi Movies of the 1970s

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

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22. 'Slaughterhouse-Five' (1972)

Kurt Vonnegut's classic novel of "unstuck in time" soldiers, interplanetary households and the bombing of Dresden during WWII was thought to be unfilmable — a message that George Roy Hill wisely chose to ignore. If anything, his adaptation doubles down on the fragmented, dissociative feel of the novel, dropping viewers into the world of Billy Pilgrim, the former WWII prisoner of war who ends up spending his autumn years in an alien terrarium with a stripper. You're never sure whether the oddball outer-space vignettes are figments of our hero's traumatized imagination or actual close encounters of the WTF kind; all you know is that the movie treats its Pilgrim's progress as one helluva surreal journey through the hell of human misery and bliss. DF

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