Check out our picks for the best sci-fi movies of 1977. These sci-fi films our rated as our top movies of 1977. New movies are added everyday and we are dedicated to including every sci-fi movie ever made.
1977 Sci-Fi Movies List
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
PG | 2h 01min | 121min | 25 May 1977Score: 8.97/10
Director: George Lucas
Starring: William Hootkins, Harrison Ford, Harry Fielder, Shane Rimmer, Angus MacInnes
Synopsis: The Imperial Forces, under orders from cruel Darth Vader, hold Princess Leia hostage in their efforts to quell the rebellion against the Galactic Empire. Luke Skywalker and Han Solo, captain of the Millennium Falcon, work together with the companionable droid duo R2-D2 and C-3PO to rescue the beautiful princess, help the Rebel Alliance and restore freedom and justice to the Galaxy.
Tagline: It's Back! The Force will be with you for three weeks only. (1979 Reissue Poster)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
R | 2h 18min | 138min | 14 Dec 1977Score: 8.13/10
Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Lance Henriksen, Bennett Wayne Dean Sr., J. Patrick McNamara, John Dennis Johnston, Richard Dreyfuss
Synopsis: Two parallel stories are told. In the first, a group of research scientists from a variety of backgrounds are investigating the strange appearance of items in remote locations, primarily desert regions. In continuing their investigation, one of the lead scientists, a Frenchman named Claude Lacombe, incorporates the Kod?ly method of music education as a means of communication in their work. The response, in turn, at first baffles the researchers, until American cartographer David Laughlin deciphers the meaning of the response. In the second, electric company lineman and family man Roy Neary and single mother Jillian Guiler are among some individuals…
Tagline: Close Encounter of the First Kind - Sighting of a UFO. Close Encounter of the Second Kind - Physical Evidence. Close Encounter of the Third Kind - Contact. WE ARE NOT ALONE
Demon Seed (1977)
R | 1h 34min | 94min | 15 Apr 1977Score: 6.74/10
Director: Donald Cammell
Starring: Julie Christie, Felix Silla, Peter Elbling, Gerrit Graham, Michelle Stacy
Synopsis: Married Drs. Alex Harris and Susan Harris are a computer scientist and child psychologist respectively. Their house reflects Alex's computer dominated work, their abode which is fully automated through a computer system they've named Alfred. They consider Alfred a small gadget of convenience. Susan doesn't much like Alex's work, which she feels has dehumanized him. Because of their differences, they are thinking about separating, this thought primarily on his initiative. He hopes to solve many of the world's medical problems through this work, especially leukemia from which their daughter died. His latest project centers on Proteus IV, a computer possessing…
Tagline: Never was a woman violated as profanely... Never was a woman subject to inhuman love like this... Never was a woman prepared for a more perverse destiny...
R | 1h 31min | 91min | 08 Apr 1977Score: 6.7/10
Director: David Cronenberg
Starring: Vlasta Vrana, Robert A. Silverman, Peter MacNeill, Jack Messinger, Sonny Forbes
Synopsis: In Camelford, while swinging his van across a narrow road to make a u-turn, a driver stalls the vehicle that does not restart. Hart Read is driving his motorcycle with his girlfriend Rose and he drives off the road to avoid the collision. Hart suffers minor injuries while Rosie is injured and burned by the flames when the motorcycle explodes. The ambulance from the nearby Keloid Clinic for Plastic Surgery brings the couple and Rose, who is in coma, is submitted to an emergency surgery and to an experimental plastic-surgery technique by Dr. Dan Keloid to retrieve her skin in…
Tagline: Pray it doesn't happen to you.
PG | 1h 20min | 80min | 09 Feb 1977Score: 6.4/10
Director: Ralph Bakshi
Starring: Adolf Hitler, David Proval, Mark Hamill, Richard Romanus, Bob Holt
Synopsis: In a post apocalyptic future that appears as a blend of World War II Europe and J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth, a pint-size wizard named Avatar must save the world from a band of fascist mutants controlled by his evil twin brother, Blackwolf, who likes to confuse enemy armies by projecting films of Adolf Hitler speeches during attacks. Painted live-action footage of advancing Nazi armies contrasts with Saturday-morning-cartoon-style animation of fairies and elves as Avatar travels through various magical and radioactive realms on his quest. Aiding him are the beautiful Fairy princess Elinore, hot-blooded warrior elf Weehawk, and Peace, a misunderstood robot…
Tagline: The ultimate futuristic fantastic epic
Curse of the Black Widow (1977)
R | 1h 40min | 100min | 16 Sep 1977Score: 5.63/10
Director: Dan Curtis
Starring: Bruce French, Irene Cagen, June Lockhart, Max Gail, Jeff Corey
Synopsis: A private detective named Mark Higbie on the trail of a murderer whose mutilated and predominantly male victims are found encased in silken cocoons. He eventually tracks the killer's path to Los Angeles, where he discovers her true identity: a woman who was bitten by black widow spiders as a child. However, that's only the beginning of the story.
The Island of Dr. Moreau (1977)
PG | 1h 39min | 99min | 13 Jul 1977Score: 5.55/10
Director: Don Taylor
Starring: Michael York, David S. Cass Sr., Nigel Davenport, Gary Baxley, Burt Lancaster
Synopsis: A ship-wrecked man floats ashore on an island in the Pacific Ocean. The island is inhabited by a scientist, Dr. Moreau, who in an experiment has turned beasts into human beings.
Tagline: The Doctor Is In-SANE!
The People That Time Forgot (1977)
PG | 1h 30min | 90min | 17 Aug 1977Score: 5.2/10
Director: Kevin Connor
Starring: Kiran Shah, Sarah Douglas, Shane Rimmer, John Hallam, Thorley Walters
Synopsis: A sequel to The Land That Time Forgot. Major Ben McBride organises a mission to the Antarctic wastes to search for his friend (Doug McClure) who has been missing in the region for several years. McBride's party find themselves in a world populated by primitive warriors and terrifying prehistoric creatures, all of whom they must evade in order to get back safely to their ship.
Tagline: FIRST 'The Land That Time Forgot'. THEN 'At The Earth's Core'. NOW a fantastic incredible world of savage mystery...
Kingdom of the Spiders (1977)
PG | 1h 37min | 97minScore: 5.15/10
Director: John 'Bud' Cardos
Starring: William Shatner, Natasha Ryan, Adele Malis-Morey, Anita Merritt, Nadia Caillou
Synopsis: Investigating the mysterious deaths of a number of farm animals, vet Rack Hansen discovers that his town lies in the path of hoards of migrating tarantulas. Before he can take action, the streets are overrun by killer spiders, trapping a small group of towns folk in a remote hotel.
Tagline: A new species of horror is born.
R | 1h 18min | 78minScore: 5.11/10
Director: Norman J. Warren
Starring: Barry Stokes, Eddie Stacey, Sally Faulkner, Glory Annen, Sandy Chinney
Synopsis: Jessica awakens when an alien spacecraft lands nearby. After dispatching a young couple, the alien assumes the identity of the recently dispatched young man. Jessica and her possessive lover Josephine invite "Anders" in when it appears he's hurt. Soon Jessica becomes suspicious of Josephine's overbearing ways, and relies more on the alien for support, but his purpose on earth remains unclear.
Tagline: His savage hunger makes us all... Alien Prey
Day of the Animals (1977)
PG | 1h 37min | 97min | 13 May 1977Score: 4.93/10
Director: William Girdler
Starring: Leslie Nielsen, Walt Gorney, Michelle Stacy, Susan Backlinie, Andrew Stevens
Synopsis: The depletion of the earth's ozone layer causes animals above the altitude of 5000 feet to run amok, which is very unfortunate for a group of hikers who get dropped off up there by helicopter just before the quarantine is announced.
Tagline: After the movie only the terror remains!
The Manitou (1977)
PG | 1h 44min | 104min | 15 Apr 1978Score: 4.5/10
Director: William Girdler
Starring: Felix Silla, Michael Laren, Joe Gieb, Stella Stevens, Lurene Tuttle
Synopsis: Karen Tandy enters a San Franisco hospital suffering from a tumor growing in her neck. Her surprised doctors think it's a living creature, a fetus being born inside the tumor. Fortune-teller Harry Erskine dismisses it -- until one of his customers begins speaking in tongues and fatally throws herself down a flight of stairs, and Karen's surgeon attempts to cut off his own hand rather than excise her tumor. Erskine finally seeks help from another fortune teller, Amelia Crusoe, and her husband, to try to learn the cause of these supernatural events. When Karen's tumor gets larger, Dr. Snow speculates…
Tagline: Time could not stop him. Space could not hold him. Science could not destroy him. The MANITOU...it has awakened!
Legend of Dinosaurs and Monster Birds (1977)
R | 1h 32min | 92min | 12 Oct 1977Score: 4.37/10
Director: Junji Kurata
Starring: Hiroshi Nawa, Mineko Maruhira, Tsunehiko Watase, Yukari Miyamae, Nobiko Sawa
Synopsis: A Japanese village is menaced by a plesiosaur from the depths of the sea. Meanwhile, deep in a cave of ice, a prehistoric egg begins to hatch. The plesiosaur and the mystery creature hatching from the egg seem destined to clash.
Tagline: From appetizer to dessert - One town becomes a monster meal.
Planet of Dinosaurs (1977)
PG | 1h 24min | 84min | 27 Aug 1979Score: 4.35/10
Director: James K. Shea
Starring: James Whitworth, Louie Lawless, Michael Lee, Mary Appleseth, Harvey Shain
Synopsis: A space-ship gets lost and is forced to make an emergency landing on an unknown planet. The planet looks much like Earth, only with no trace of civilization. Soon the crew discovers that there are dinosaurs on the planet, and blood-thirsty buggers at that. The crew hopes to be found and rescued, but they have to struggle to survive until then.
Tagline: Trapped On A Lost World of Prehistoric Monsters
Empire of the Ants (1977)
PG | 1h 29min | 89minScore: 4.3/10
Director: Bert I. Gordon
Starring: Robert Pine, Marvin Miller, Pamela Susan Shoop, Edward Power, Albert Salmi
Synopsis: Sleazy scam artist Joan Collins tries to sell phony real estate deals down in the Florida everglades. What she and her unsuspecting buyers don't know is the area has been taken over by giant ants!
Tagline: See a Dynasty of ants terrorize Joan Collins
The Incredible Melting Man (1977)
R | 1h 24min | 84minScore: 2.3/10
Director: William Sachs
Starring: Burr DeBenning, Janus Blythe, Newell Alexander, Michael Alldredge, Cheryl Smith
Synopsis: "You've never seen anything til you've seen the Sun through the rings of Saturn," exclaims Alex Rebar. Apparently, somehow this causes him to start melting and eating people, such as a nurse in the tightest fitting nurse's outfit ever, a nerdy fisherman, a horny old couple who simply can't keep their hands off each other in a car. To save the day comes Doctor Ted Nelson!
Tagline: Steven West, astronaut from Saturn, is melting. He must have human cells to survive. He is a living time bomb!
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