Best Science Fiction Movies of 1971


A Clockwork Orange

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

The Andromeda Strain

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

THX 1138

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

Escape from the Planet of the Apes

6.3/10 IMDB

The world is shocked by the appearance of three talking chimpanzees, who arrived mysteriously in a spacecraft. Intrigued by their intelligence, humans use them for research - until the apes attempt to escape.

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

The Omega Man

6.4/10 IMDB

Due to an experimental vaccine, Dr. Robert Neville is the only human survivor of an apocalyptic war waged with biological weapons. Besides him, only a few hundred deformed, nocturnal people remain - sensitive to light, and 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


6.2/10 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

I, Monster

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, Michael Des Barres ..
Directed by: Stephen Weeks
Release date: 1971-11-01
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1971 : The Hellstrom Chronicle

The Hellstrom Chronicle

7.4/10 IMDB

A scientist explains how the savagery and efficiency of the insect world could result in their taking over the world.

Starring: Lawrence Pressman ..
Directed by: Walon Green, Ed Spiegel
Release date: 1971-05-05
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1971 : The Last Child

The Last Child

6.7/10 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

200 Motels

5.6/10 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, Mark Volman, Howard Kaylan, Ian Underwood, Aynsley Dunbar, George Duke ..
Directed by: Tony Palmer, Frank Zappa
Release date: 1971-11-10

Brother John

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

A Safe Place

5.0/10 IMDB

A young woman in Manhattan lives in a world where the past, present and future mix.

Starring: Tuesday Weld, Orson Welles, Phil Proctor, Jack Nicholson, Dov Lawrence, Gwen Welles, Sylvia Zapp, Fanny Birkenmier, Rhonda Alfaro, Rachel Harlow ..
Directed by: Henry Jaglom
Release date: 1971-10-01
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1971 : Paper Man

Paper Man

5.9/10 IMDB

A prank that starts with a group of college students creating a fictitious person so they can get a credit card develops into a plot that leaves three of them dead.

Starring: Dean Stockwell, Stefanie Powers, Tina Chen, Elliott Street, James Stacy, James Olson, Jason Wingreen, Dan Barton, Robert Patten, Suzanne Taylor ..
Directed by: Walter Grauman
Release date: 1971-11-12
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1971 : Escape


6.0/10 IMDB

A scientist's experiment could lead to the first man-made, functioning, living organism. An elite escape artist-private investigator is working to stop him.

Starring: Christopher George, William Windom, Avery Schreiber, John Vernon, Gloria Grahame, William Schallert, Marlyn Mason, Huntz Hall, Mark Tapscott, George Clifton ..
Directed by: John Llewellyn Moxey
Release date: 1971-04-06
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1971 : The Resurrection of Zachary Wheeler

The Resurrection of Zachary Wheeler

5.4/10 IMDB

A U.S. Senator is spirited away to a secret New Mexico medical lab after a serious car crash. His injuries are completely healed by a secret organization that has developed advanced medical technology. What does the organization want in exchange for saving his life? Meanwhile, a reporter who witnessed the accident decides to investigate the senator's disappearance.

Starring: Leslie Nielsen, Bradford Dillman, James Daly, Angie Dickinson, Robert J. Wilke, Jack Carter, Don Haggerty, Lew Brown, Tris Coffin, Richard Schuyler ..
Directed by: Bob Wynn
Release date: 1971-11-30

Earth II

5.6/10 IMDB

In the near future, a space station dubbed Earth II is built for the purpose of scientific research and world peace. However, that peace is shattered when the Chinese send up a nuclear bomb that is orbiting just a few miles away from the station. Can the crew disarm the bomb before it detonates, not only destroying the station but setting off World War III?

Starring: Gary Lockwood, Scott Hylands, Hari Rhodes, Anthony Franciosa, Mariette Hartley, Gary Merrill, Inga Swenson, Edward Bell, Lew Ayres ..
Directed by: Tom Gries
Release date: 1971-11-28

LA 2017

6.7/10 IMDB

An extended, feature-length episode of the show The Name of the Game, a pioneering sci-fi/drama series that had a narrative that rotated between three primary characters. Glenn Howard, while driving to a Pollution Summit meeting, falls unconscious and finds himself somehow in the future year 2017 where remaining society lives underground due to contaminated air. Can he somehow return to 1971?

Starring: Gene Barry, Barry Sullivan, Edmond O'Brien, Severn Darden, Paul Stewart, Louise Latham, Sharon Farrell, Regis Cordic, Michael C. Gwynne, Gloria Manon ..
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Release date: 1971-01-15

Dracula vs. Frankenstein

3.5/10 IMDB

Dracula conspires with a mad doctor to resurrect the Frankenstein Monster.

Starring: J. Carrol Naish, Lon Chaney Jr., Anthony Eisley, Greydon Clark, Zandor Vorkov, Regina Carrol, Russ Tamblyn, Bruce Kimball, Shelly Weiss, Angelo Rossitto ..
Directed by: Al Adamson
Release date: 1971-09-20

City Beneath the Sea

5.1/10 IMDB

A group of 21st-century colonists inhabit an underwater city called Pacifica. Originally intended as a purely scientific installation, the U. S. government wants to stash all its gold reserves from Fort Knox there, along with a fantastic new radioactive element. The brother of Pacifica's returning former commander plans to steal the gold and on top of that, the city faces destruction by an asteroid from outer space!

Starring: Stuart Whitman, Robert Wagner, Rosemary Forsyth, Robert Colbert, Burr DeBenning, Susana Miranda, Richard Basehart, Joseph Cotten, James Darren, Paul Stewart ..
Directed by: Irwin Allen
Release date: 1971-07-16

Creatures the World Forgot

4.5/10 IMDB

As the first nomadic tribes wander across the vast wilderness of the infant planet they confront hostilities created by the harsh environment and each other. After a massive volcanic eruption a tribal chief is killed and his two sons fight for supremacy, not only for the leadership of the tribe but also for the love of a beautiful young woman. The age-old battlegrounds of rivalry, envy and passion are explored in this tale of prehistoric adventure.

Starring: Julie Ege, Brian O'Shaughnessy, Tony Bonner, Marcia Fox, Rosalie Crutchley, Don Leonard, Beverly Blake, Sue Wilson, Frank Hayden ..
Directed by: Don Chaffey
Release date: 1971-09-01

Glen and Randa

5.2/10 IMDB

Teenagers Glen and Randa are members of a tribe that lives in a rural area, several decades after nuclear war has devastated the planet. They know nothing of the outside world, except that Glen has read about and seen pictures of a great city in some old comic books. He and Randa set out to find this city.

Starring: Steve Curry, Shelley Plimpton, Woody Chambliss, Garry Goodrow ..
Directed by: Jim McBride
Release date: 1971-09-19
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1971 : The Toy Box

The Toy Box

4.5/10 IMDB

When Ralph persuades his girlfriend, Donna, to participate in a bizarre party, she discovers the guests are to perform erotic plays in the presence of a corpse - Ralph's millionaire uncle. The players are promised gifts from the "toy box." Ralph and Donna await their turn, when the mansion's doors lock at midnight; and it's not long before they discover the players are being murdered by...the dead uncle?

Starring: Sean Kenney, Ann Perry, Neal Bishop, Debbie Osborne, T.E. Brown, Lisa Goodman, Kathy Hilton, Maria Arnold, Jack King, Marsha Jordan ..
Directed by: Ronald Víctor García
Release date: 1971-10-27
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1971 : Robot Love Slaves

Robot Love Slaves

3.7/10 IMDB

A scientist revives dead nude women in his basement, and commands them to obey his every sexual desire.

Starring: Sandy Carey, Sandy Dempsey, Candy Samples ..
Release date: 1971-12-05
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1971 : Octaman


3.4/10 IMDB

A scientific team in Mexico discover a pool of unusual baby "octopus-like" specimens. Gathering a few for analysis back at the lab, it is soon discovered that the critters belong to a gangly six-foot half man/half octopus-like creature, that's pretty angry and wants her 'babies' returned…

Starring: Pier Angeli, Kerwin Mathews, Jeff Morrow, David Essex, Jerome Guardino, Robert Warner, Buck Kartalian, Read Morgan, David Essex, Norman Fields ..
Directed by: Harry Essex
Release date: 1971-11-03
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1971 : The Incredible 2-Headed Transplant

The Incredible 2-Headed Transplant

3.5/10 IMDB

Dr. Roger Girard is a rich scientist conducting experiments on head transplantation. His caretaker has a son, Danny, who, although fully grown, has the mind of child. One day an escaped psycho-killer invades Girard's home, killing Danny's father before being gunned down himself. With the maniac dying and Danny deeply unsettled by his father's death, Dr. Girard decides to take the final step and transplant the killer's head onto Danny's body.

Starring: Bruce Dern, Pat Priest, Casey Kasem, Albert Cole, Berry Kroeger, Larry Vincent, Jack Lester, Jerry Patterson, Darlene Duralia, Gary Kent ..
Directed by: Anthony M. Lanza
Release date: 1971-04-28
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1971 : The Deadly Dream

The Deadly Dream

6.8/10 IMDB

A scientist keeps having dreams that he is marked for murder by a mysterious tribunal for something that he's not aware that he's done, and that his wife and his friends are part of the conspiracy. Soon he's not sure which is the dream and which is reality.

Starring: Lloyd Bridges, Janet Leigh, Carl Betz, Leif Erickson, Don Stroud, Janet Landgard ..
Directed by: Alf Kjellin
Release date: 1971-09-26


2.1/10 IMDB

A mad scientist unleashes his master plan: to transform himself into a mutated walking catfish, and gain revenge on those who have spurned him. His plans go wrong, and he becomes tempted to kidnap a nubile young woman to similarly transform her so that he can breed.

Starring: Marshall Grauer, Wade Popwell, Paul Galloway, Gerald Cruse, Sanna Ringhaver, Dave Dickerson, Rich Valliere, Nancy Lien, Russell Holcomb, Gloria Brady ..
Directed by: Don Barton
Release date: 1971-01-01

And the Word Was Made Flesh

5.4/10 IMDB

When a scientist finds a cocoon a woman emerges from it. She is being chased by two faceless monsters who are collecting specimens for a museum.

Starring: David Stocker, Christine Pearce, Jan Cernohous, David Tiley, Jo Van Dalen, John Kirk, Lester Wahlqvist, Inge Adams ..
Directed by: Dusan Marek
Release date: 1971-08-01

Brain of Blood

3.0/10 IMDB

Amir, the benevolent ruler of Kalid, is dying, but there is hope. Freshly deceased, he is flown to the United States where Dr. Trenton transplants his brain into the body of a simpleton in a classic "assistant got the wrong kind of body" plot line. Dr. Trenton has a few nefarious plot twists of his own in mind, and then there's the thing with the dwarf and the women chained in the basement. It's up to Amir's friend Bob and wife Tracey to try and salvage this tale.

Starring: Grant Williams, Kent Taylor, Regina Carrol, Vicki Volante, Angelo Rossitto, Reed Hadley, Zandor Vorkov, Richard Smedley, Gus Peters, Margo Hope ..
Directed by: Al Adamson
Release date: 1971-08-01

Doctor Who: The Mind of Evil

0.0/10 IMDB

Professor Emil Keller has created a machine that can pacify even the most dangerous of criminals. But when the Doctor and Jo arrive at Stangmoor Prison for a demonstration, things start to go horribly wrong - especially when they discover that the Doctor's old enemy the Master is responsible for the machine.

Starring: Jon Pertwee, Katy Manning, Nicholas Courtney, Richard Franklin, John Levene, Roger Delgado, Fernanda Marlowe, Patrick Godfrey, Simon Lack, Pik-Sen Lim ..
Directed by: Timothy Combe
Release date: 1971-03-06
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1971 : Doctor Who: The Claws of Axos

Doctor Who: The Claws of Axos

0.0/10 IMDB

A group of gold-skinned aliens known as the Axons land on Earth and offer wondrous technology in exchange for fuel. The Doctor, however, isn't fooled, uncovering the Axons' true nature and once again facing his archenemy the Master...

Starring: Jon Pertwee, Katy Manning, Nicholas Courtney, Richard Franklin, John Levene, Roger Delgado, Fernanda Marlowe, Peter Bathurst, Paul Grist, Donald Hewlett ..
Directed by: Michael Ferguson
Release date: 1971-04-03
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1971 : Doctor Who: Colony in Space

Doctor Who: Colony in Space

0.0/10 IMDB

When the Master steals the Time Lords' secret file on the Doomsday Weapon, they grant the Doctor a temporary reprieve from his exile on Earth to deal with the crisis. He and Jo arrive on the planet Uxarieus and become enmeshed in a struggle between an agrarian colony and a powerful mining corporation.

Starring: Jon Pertwee, Katy Manning, Nicholas Courtney, Roger Delgado, Graham Leaman, Peter Forbes-Robertson, John Baker, John Ringham, Helen Worth, David Webb ..
Directed by: Michael E. Briant
Release date: 1971-05-15
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1971 : Doctor Who: The Dæmons

Doctor Who: The Dæmons

0.0/10 IMDB

On the eve of May Day, dark elemental forces begin to disturb the village of Devil's End as the Master summons the demon Azal: unexplained murders, a stone gargoyle come to life, and a nigh-impenetrable infernal energy dome. With the Master fully prepared to destroy the Earth, the Doctor and UNIT - aided by a benevolent practitioner of witchcraft - battle the wicked rites of a secret science wielded by an alien from another world.

Starring: Jon Pertwee, Katy Manning, Nicholas Courtney, Richard Franklin, John Levene, Roger Delgado, Stephen Thorne, Stanley Mason, Damaris Hayman, Robin Wentworth ..
Directed by: Christopher Barry
Release date: 1971-06-19
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1971 : Doctor Who: Terror of the Autons

Doctor Who: Terror of the Autons

0.0/10 IMDB

The Master, an old adversary of the Doctor, has arrived on Earth to destroy humanity with the aid of the Nestene Consciousness and their army of Autons and killer plastic daffodils - unless the Doctor, joined by new assistant Jo Grant, can stop them.

Starring: Jon Pertwee, Nicholas Courtney, Roger Delgado, Katy Manning, Richard Franklin, John Levene, Michael Wisher, Harry Towb, Nicholas Courtney, David Garth ..
Directed by: Barry Letts
Release date: 1971-01-23
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1971 : This Body Is Mine

This Body Is Mine

0.0/10 IMDB

Allen Meredith is a brilliant scientist but too mild-mannered to make an impact or fight for the money he needs. He has invented a process to exchange minds between bodies. His ambitious wife Ann persuades him to invite his boss, the domineering Jack Gregory, to their house for dinner. Once there, they drug him and Allen swaps bodies with Jack, then goes back to work to transfer millions into his account. But meanwhile Ann is finding the combination of Jack's masculine personality in Allen's body rather attractive and they begin making their own plans.

Starring: Jack Hedley, John Carson ..
Directed by: Eric Hills
Release date: 1971-05-05
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1971 : It's a Bird

It's a Bird

0.0/10 IMDB

A Superman flying beyond imagination: the Bucalo-Niosi-Scaramozzino trio's masterpiece parody.

Starring: Ron Bucalo, Sharman Gordon, Robert Niosi, David Chaskin ..
Directed by: Robert Niosi, Ron Bucalo, Nicola Scaramozzino
Release date: 1971-01-01
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1971 : Equinox


5.3/10 IMDB

Psychiatrist takes young man to castle owned by strange woman, where the latter discovers he's the incarnation of a dead man.

Starring: Claudine Auger, Paola Pitagora, Giancarlo Sbragia, Paolo Turco, Daniele Dublino, Olimpia Carlisi, Emilio Bonucci, Romano Malaspina, Claudio Gora, Lea Padovani ..
Directed by: Maurizio Ponzi
Release date: 1971-03-20

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