50 Best Sci-Fi Movies of the 1970s

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

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28. 'Sleeper' (1973)

In the future, everyone plays the straight man to Woody Allen. Thanks to the durability of the genre's clichés and the star's innate pessimism, Sleeper gets away with both mocking and exulting in notions of a dystopian future. Slapstick set pieces center around everything from the unfreezing of Allen's cryogenically preserved everyman to a swank party dominated by an erotically stimulating orb; it's an exhilarating mismatch of Marx Brothers mayhem with Kubrickian cool. Society is controlled by a police state and desensitized to traditional pleasures, yet Allen is less revolutionary than hormonal, motivated to overcome whatever barriers stand between him and Diane Keaton's timelessly daffy sex kitten. EH

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