Best Science Fiction Movies of 1972

1.

Silent Running

4.7
6.7/10 IMDB

In a future Earth barren of all flora and fauna, the planet's ecosystems exist only in large pods attached to spacecraft. When word comes in that the pods are to be jettisoned into space and destroyed so that the spacecraft can be reused for commercial purposes, most of the crew of the Valley Forge rejoice at the prospect of going home. Not so for botanist Freeman Lowell who loves the forest and its creatures, so decides to take matters into his own hands to protect what he loves.

Starring: Bruce Dern, Cliff Potts, Ron Rifkin, Jesse Vint, Steven Brown, Mark Persons, Cheryl Sparks ..
Directed by: Douglas Trumbull
Release date: 1972-03-09
2.

Conquest of the Planet of the Apes

4.5
6.1/10 IMDB

In a futuristic world that has embraced ape slavery, Caesar, the son of the late simians Cornelius and Zira, surfaces after almost twenty years of hiding out from the authorities, and prepares for a slave revolt against humanity.

Starring: Roddy McDowall, Don Murray, Ricardo Montalban, Hari Rhodes, Severn Darden, Lou Wagner, Natalie Trundy, John Randolph, Asa Maynor, Joyce Haber ..
Directed by: J. Lee Thompson
Release date: 1972-06-29
3.

Slaughterhouse-Five

4.2
6.9/10 IMDB

"Listen: Billie Pilgrim has come unstuck in time." Slaughterhouse-Five is an award-winning 1972 film adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's novel of the same name. Director Hill faithfully renders for the screen Vonnegut's obsessive story of Pilgrim, who survives the 1945 firebombing of Dresden, then lives simultaneously in his past, present, and future.

Starring: Michael Sacks, Ron Leibman, Eugene Roche, Sharon Gans, Valerie Perrine, Holly Near, Perry King, Kevin Conway, Friedrich von Ledebur, Ekkehardt Belle ..
Directed by: George Roy Hill
Release date: 1972-03-15
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1972 : The Stone Tape
4.

The Stone Tape

3.4
6.6/10 IMDB

A research team from an electronics company move into an old Victorian house to start work on finding a new recording medium. When team member Jill Greeley witnesses a ghost, team director Peter Brock decides not only to analyse the apparition, which he believes is a psychic impression trapped in a stone wall (dubbed a "stone tape"), but to exorcise it too - with terrifying results...

Starring: Michael Bryant, Jane Asher, Iain Cuthbertson, Michael Bates, Reginald Marsh, Tom Chadbon, John Forgeham, Philip Trewinnard, James Cosmo, Neil Wilson ..
Directed by: Peter Sasdy
Release date: 1972-01-31
5.

The Asphyx

3.2
6.2/10 IMDB

Hugo is a brilliant turn-of-the-century scientist, loved and respected by his family and friends, admired by his colleagues. But he is a man quickly becoming obsessed with a curious and frightening question... what is the mysterious apparition found in the photographs of his dying subjects?

Starring: Robert Powell, Robert Stephens, Jane Lapotaire, Alex Scott, Ralph Arliss, Fiona Walker, Terry Scully, Tony Caunter, Paul Bacon ..
Directed by: Peter Newbrook
Release date: 1972-12-05
6.

Z.P.G.

3.0
5.7/10 IMDB

In the not too distant future, a very smoggy and overpopulated Earth government makes it illegal to have children for a generation. One couple, unsatisfied with their substitute robot baby, breaks the rules and gets in a lot of trouble. (Z.P.G. stands for Zero Population Growth.)

Starring: Oliver Reed, Geraldine Chaplin, Don Gordon, Diane Cilento, Eugene Blau, Bent Christensen, Belinda Donkin, Birgitte Federspiel, Birgitte Frigast-Hansen, Anne-Lise Gabold ..
Directed by: Michael Campus
Release date: 1972-05-25
7.

Doomwatch

2.6
5.5/10 IMDB

The waters surrounding an island become contaminated by chemical dumping, and people who eat fish caught in those waters become deformed and violent.

Starring: Ian Bannen, Judy Geeson, John Paul, George Sanders, Simon Oates, Jean Trend, Joby Blanshard, Percy Herbert ..
Directed by: Peter Sasdy
Release date: 1972-03-01
8.

The Mind Snatchers

2.4
5.6/10 IMDB

A German scientist works on a way of quelling overly aggressive soldiers by developing implants that directly stimulate the pleasure centers of the brain.

Starring: Christopher Walken, Ronny Cox, Joss Ackland, Ralph Meeker, Marco St. John, Bette Henritze, Susan Travers, Tom Aldredge, Birthe Neumann, Claus Nissen ..
Directed by: Bernard Girard
Release date: 1972-06-28
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1972 : Neither the Sea Nor the Sand
9.

Neither the Sea Nor the Sand

2.4
5.7/10 IMDB

This movie takes place on the Isle of Jersey where a troubled wife has come to sort out the tumult of her life. She encounters a lighthouse-keeper there and they quickly become lovers. Together they flee to Scotland. One day they are making love on a beach when the lighthouse keeper dies. But that's only the beginning of the story.

Starring: Susan Hampshire, Frank Finlay, Michael Petrovitch, Michael Craze, Jack Lambert, Betty Duncan, David Garth ..
Directed by: Fred Burnley
Release date: 1972-11-01
10.

Beware! The Blob

2.3
4.1/10 IMDB

A technician brings a frozen specimen of the original Blob back from the North Pole. When his wife accidentally defrosts the thing, it terrorizes the populace, including the local hippies, kittens, and bowlers.

Starring: Robert Walker Jr., Gwynne Gilford, Richard Stahl, Richard Webb, Shelley Berman, Larry Hagman, Carol Lynley, Godfrey Cambridge, Marlene Clark, Rockne Tarkington ..
Directed by: Larry Hagman
Release date: 1972-06-21

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