Best Science Fiction Movies of 1972

1.

Slaughterhouse-Five

4.8
6.9/10 IMDB

A man named Billy Pilgrim tells the story of how he became unstuck in time and was abducted by aliens.

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
2.

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
3.

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
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
6.3/10 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
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1972 : The Astronaut
7.

The Astronaut

2.9
6.5/10 IMDB

An elaborate deception emerges when an American astronaut is lost on a mission to Mars. Space agency officials fearful of losing public support and government funding decide to cover up the accident by employing an exact double for the lost astronaut. The ruse begins to unravel when the wife of the lost astronaut realizes she is living with a different man. Although angered by the deception, the woman has fallen in love with the replacement and plans to keep the secret. They both have a change of heart and decide to reveal the secret when they discover a new Mars mission is underway.

Starring: Jackie Cooper, Monte Markham, Richard Anderson, Robert Lansing, Susan Clark, John Lupton, Walter Brooke, James Sikking, Paul Kent, Loretta Leversee ..
Directed by: Robert Michael Lewis
Release date: 1972-01-08
8.

Probe

2.6
6.9/10 IMDB

Pilot for sci-fi detective series "Search." Hugh O'Brian as Lockwood, a high-tech private eye, was outfitted with two electronic implants (one to hear what was said at HQ and a dental contact he could bite to communicate with HQ--one bite for yes and two bites for no) and a button-sized "scanner" that combined a micro-miniaturized television camera that could also see in infrared spectrum, microphone, medical sensors, and transmitter, putting him in constant contact with a room full of experts monitoring his actions and vital signs and supplying him with encyclopedic information.

Starring: Hugh O'Brian, Elke Sommer, Burgess Meredith, Lilia Skala, Angel Tompkins, John Gielgud, Kent Smith, A Martinez ..
Directed by: Russ Mayberry
Release date: 1972-02-21
9.

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
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1972 : The People
10.

The People

2.4
6.4/10 IMDB

A young woman is assigned to teach school in a secluded valley whose inhabitants appear stern, secretive and anti-pleasure. Following two children who disappear to play in the woods, she finds that this is actually a community of extraterrestrials with mild paranormal powers who are attempting to repress and deny their heritage for fear of arousing prejudice and hatred in their human neighbors. Based on a series of novels by the late Zenna Henderson.

Starring: Kim Darby, William Shatner, Diane Varsi, Dan O'Herlihy, Laurie Walters, Johanna Baer, Chris Valentine, Chris Valentine, Stephanie Valentine, Jack Dahlgren ..
Directed by: John Korty
Release date: 1972-01-22

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