50 Best Sci-Fi Movies of the 1970s

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

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33. 'The Black Hole' (1979)

A 1950s adventure film tricked out with cutting-edge Seventies effects, Disney's first PG-rated film updates 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea as a deep-space dance with infinity. Thanks to the discomfiting sight of past-their-prime talents like Anthony Perkins and Ernest Borgnine cavorting with talking trashcans, the film felt hopelessly anachronistic on arrival. But technically speaking, the title sequence boasts an early example of computer graphics — a preview of what the studio was cooking up for Tron (1982) — and there's no denying the camp allure of Maximilian Schell as a Machiavellian, frizzy-froed madman determined to journey through a whirlpooling black hole. Or, for that matter, the ultimate shock of a kid-oriented Hollywood film that literally ends with its characters apportioned into heaven and hell. EH

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