Best Science Fiction Movies of 1971

1.

A Clockwork Orange

6.7
8.3/10 IMDB

In a near-future Britain, young Alexander DeLarge and his pals get their kicks beating and raping anyone they please. When not destroying the lives of others, Alex swoons to the music of Beethoven. The state, eager to crack down on juvenile crime, gives an incarcerated Alex the option to undergo an invasive procedure that'll rob him of all personal agency. In a time when conscience is a commodity, can Alex change his tune?

Starring: Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee, Adrienne Corri, Michael Bates, Warren Clarke, James Marcus, Michael Tarn, Carl Duering, Paul Farrell, Miriam Karlin ..
Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
Release date: 1971-12-19
2.

The Andromeda Strain

5.2
7.2/10 IMDB

When virtually all of the residents of Piedmont, New Mexico, are found dead after the return to Earth of a space satellite, the head of the US Air Force's Project Scoop declares an emergency. A group of eminent scientists led by Dr. Jeremy Stone scramble to a secure laboratory and try to first isolate the life form while determining why two people from Piedmont - an old alcoholic and a six-month-old baby - survived. The scientists methodically study the alien life form unaware that it has already mutated and presents a far greater danger in the lab, which is equipped with a nuclear self-destruct device designed to prevent the escape of dangerous biological agents..

Starring: Arthur Hill, David Wayne, James Olson, Kate Reid, Paula Kelly, George Mitchell, Ramon Bieri, Peter Hobbs, Kermit Murdock, Richard O'Brien ..
Directed by: Robert Wise
Release date: 1971-03-12
3.

THX 1138

4.9
6.7/10 IMDB

People in the future live in a totalitarian society. A technician named THX 1138 lives a mundane life between work and taking a controlled consumption of drugs that the government uses to make puppets out of people. As THX is without drugs for the first time he has feelings for a woman and they start a secret relationship.

Starring: Robert Duvall, Donald Pleasence, Don Pedro Colley, Maggie McOmie, Ian Wolfe, Marshall Efron, Sid Haig, John Pearce, Irene Cagen, Gary Alan Marsh ..
Directed by: George Lucas
Release date: 1971-03-11
4.

Escape from the Planet of the Apes

4.6
6.3/10 IMDB

The world is shocked by the appearance of three talking chimpanzees, who arrived mysteriously in a U.S. spacecraft. They become the toast of society; but one man believes them to be a threat to the human race. The third in the original Planet of the Apes series.

Starring: Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Bradford Dillman, Natalie Trundy, Eric Braeden, William Windom, Sal Mineo, Albert Salmi, Jason Evers, John Randolph ..
Directed by: Don Taylor
Release date: 1971-05-20
5.

The Omega Man

4.5
6.5/10 IMDB

Robert Neville, a doctor, due to an experimental vaccine, is the only survivor of an apocalyptic war waged with biological weapons. The plague caused by the war has killed everyone else except for a few hundred deformed, nocturnal people calling themselves "The Family". The plague has caused them to become sensitive to light, as well as homicidally psychotic.

Starring: Charlton Heston, Anthony Zerbe, Rosalind Cash, Paul Koslo, Lincoln Kilpatrick, Brian Tochi, Eric Laneuville, Jill Giraldi, Anna Aries, DeVeren Bookwalter ..
Directed by: Boris Sagal
Release date: 1971-08-01
6.

Willard

3.3
6.2/10 IMDB

A social misfit, Willard is made fun of by his co-workers, and squeezed out of the company started by his deceased father by his boss. His only friends are a couple of rats he raised at home, Ben and Socrates. However, when one of them is killed at work, he goes on a rampage using his rats to attack those who have been tormenting him.

Starring: Bruce Davison, Ernest Borgnine, Sondra Locke, Elsa Lanchester, Michael Dante, Jody Gilbert, William Hansen, John Myhers, J. Pat O'Malley, Joan Shawlee ..
Directed by: Daniel Mann
Release date: 1971-07-30
7.

200 Motels

3.2
5.9/10 IMDB

"Touring makes you crazy," Frank Zappa says, explaining that the idea for this film came to him while the Mothers of Invention were touring. The story, interspersed with performances by the Mothers and the Royal Symphony Orchestra, is a tale of life on the road. The band members' main concerns are the search for groupies and the desire to get paid.

Starring: The Mothers of Invention, Ringo Starr, Theodore Bikel, Keith Moon, Frank Zappa ..
Directed by: Tony Palmer, Frank Zappa
Release date: 1971-11-10
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1971 : The Last Child
8.

The Last Child

3.0
7.0/10 IMDB

In a badly-overpopulated future, where each couple is only allowed one child and where people over 65 are forbidden medical care under a very draconian set of laws, a young couple, pregnant with their second child (the first died shortly after birth) enlist the help of an elderly former US Senator to help them escape to Canada.

Starring: Michael Cole, Janet Margolin, Harry Guardino, Van Heflin, Ed Asner, Kent Smith, Michael Larrain, Philip Bourneuf, James A. Watson, Jr, Barbara Babcock ..
Directed by: John Llewellyn Moxey
Release date: 1971-10-05
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1971 : I, Monster
9.

I, Monster

2.9
5.8/10 IMDB

Christopher Lee stars in this Amicus production of “Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde” where the names have been changed to Dr. Marlowe and Mr. Blake. Lee as Dr. Marlowe experiments with intravenous drugs that are suppose to release inner inhibitions. So comes forth Mr. Blake (also Lee) who gets more monstrous with each transformation. Peter Cushing plays his friend and colleague, Dr. Utterson.

Starring: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Mike Raven, Richard Hurndall, George Merritt, Kenneth J. Warren, Susan Jameson, Marjie Lawrence, Aimée Delamain ..
Directed by: Stephen Weeks
Release date: 1971-11-01
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1971 : Brother John
10.

Brother John

2.7
6.4/10 IMDB

An enigmatic man (Sidney Poitier) returns to his Alabama hometown as his sister is dying of cancer and incites the suspicion of notable town officials.

Starring: Sidney Poitier, Will Geer, Bradford Dillman, Beverly Todd, Ramon Bieri, Warren J. Kemmerling, Lincoln Kilpatrick, P. Jay Sidney, Richard Ward, Paul Winfield ..
Directed by: James Goldstone
Release date: 1971-08-15

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