50 Best Sci-Fi Movies of the 1970s

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

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13. 'The Andromeda Strain' (1971)

A precursor to the biohazard thrillers that have occasionally infected multiplexes over the past 20 years, Robert Wise's adaptation of Michael Crichton's novel about a deadly space pathogen trades in the genre's cosmic pulp and head-trippiness for a procedural-like seriousness. Having discovered a downed satellite has brought back a spore — code name: Andromeda — that threatens to wipe out humanity, a team of scientists have to contain this lethal visitor or die tryin'. The era's predilection for sterile white environments and emphasis on the first part of the term "science fiction" gets a nice workout here, as will your nervous system. Germaphobes, proceed with extreme caution. DF

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