Check out our picks for the best sci-fi movies of 1979. These sci-fi films our rated as our top movies of 1979. New movies are added everyday and we are dedicated to including every sci-fi movie ever made.
1979 Sci-Fi Movies List
R | 1h 56min | 116min | 22 Jun 1979Score: 8.54/10
Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Ian Holm, John Hurt, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton
Synopsis: In the distant future, the crew of the commercial spaceship Nostromo are on their way home when they pick up a distress call from a distant moon. The crew are under obligation to investigate and the spaceship descends on the moon afterwards. After a rough landing, three crew members leave the spaceship to explore the area on the moon. At the same time as they discover a hive colony of some unknown creature, the ship's computer deciphers the message to be a warning, not a distress call. When one of the eggs is disturbed, the crew realizes that they are…
Tagline: In space no one can hear you scream.
Mad Max (1979)
R | 1h 28min | 88min | 21 Mar 1980Score: 7.85/10
Director: George Miller
Starring: Mel Gibson, Michael Ryan, Max Fairchild, Hugh Keays-Byrne, George Novak
Synopsis: Taking place in a dystopian Australia in the near future, Mad Max tells the story of a highway patrolman cruising the squalid back roads that have become the breeding ground of criminals foraging for gasoline and scraps. When his wife and child meet a grisly end at the hands of a motorcycle gang, Max sets out across the barren wastelands in search of revenge.
Tagline: He rules the roads.
Time After Time (1979)
PG | 1h 52min | 112min | 28 Sep 1979Score: 7.57/10
Director: Nicholas Meyer
Starring: Corey Feldman, David Warner, Malcolm McDowell, Jim Haynie, Joseph Maher
Synopsis: It's 1893 London. Futurist H.G. Wells believes that the future holds a Utopian society. He also believes in time travel. He has just built a time machine which he is displaying to a group of skeptical friends, including surgeon Dr. John Leslie Stevenson. Unbeknown to Wells or anyone else among that circle, Stevenson is better known to the public as Jack the Ripper. Just as the police are about to capture Stevenson, he uses the time machine to escape, with Wells being the only one who knows what happened to him. Not telling anyone except his trusting housekeeper, Wells follows…
Tagline: The Wildest Chase of the Century!
R | 1h 28min | 88min | 28 Mar 1979Score: 7.04/10
Director: Don Coscarelli
Starring: Angus Scrimm, Reggie Bannister, A. Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury, Kathy Lester
Synopsis: Mike, a young teenage boy who has just lost his parents, afraid to lose his brother follow him to a funeral, where Mike witnesses the Tall Man lifting a coffin on his own. Mike decides to investigate, and discovers that the Tall Man, protected by his flying spheres, is shrinking dead bodies down to half their normal size and reanimating them as slaves. It is then up to Mike, his brother, and Reggie the ice cream man to stop the Tall man.
Tagline: If you're looking for horror that's got balls...IT'S FOUND YOU.
The Brood (1979)
R | 1h 32min | 92min | 25 May 1979Score: 7.03/10
Director: David Cronenberg
Starring: Chris Britton, Robert A. Silverman, Felix Silla, Nicholas Campbell, Art Hindle
Synopsis: A man's wife is under the care of an eccentric and unconventional psychologist who uses innovative and theatrical techniques to breach the psychological blocks in his patients. When their daughter comes back from a visit with her mother and is covered with bruises and welts, the father attempts to bar his wife from seeing the daughter but faces resistance from the secretive psychologist. Meanwhile, the wife's mother and father are attacked by strangely deformed children, and the man begins to suspect a connection with the psychologist's methods.
Tagline: The Ultimate Experience Of Inner Terror
The Visitor (1979)
R | 1h 48min | 108min | 21 Nov 1980Score: 6.7/10
Director: Giulio Paradisi
Starring: Lance Henriksen, Glenn Ford, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Joe Dorsey, Franco Nero
Synopsis: John Huston stars as an intergalactic warrior who joins a cosmic Christ figure in battle against a demonic 8-year-old girl, and her pet hawk, while the fate of the universe hangs in the balance. Multi-dimensional warfare, pre-adolescent profanity and brutal avian attacks combine to transport the viewer to a state unlike anything they've experienced... somewhere between Hell and the darkest reaches of outer space.
Tagline: They know we are here...
R | 2h 42min | 162min | 17 Apr 1980Score: 6.15/10
Director: Andrei Tarkovsky
Starring: Alisa Freyndlikh, Aleksandr Kaydanovskiy, Anatoliy Solonitsyn, Nikolay Grinko, Natalya Abramova
Synopsis: In a small, unnamed country there is an area called the Zone. It is apparently inhabited by aliens and contains the Room, where in it is believed wishes are granted. The government has declared The Zone a no-go area and have sealed off the area with barbed wire and border guards. However, this has not stopped people from attempting to enter the Zone. We follow one such party, made up of a writer, who wants to use the experience as inspiration for his writing, and a professor, who wants to research the Zone for scientific purposes. Their guide is a…
R | 1h 31min | 91min | 18 Jul 1980Score: 6.06/10
Director: Lucio Fulci
Starring: Gregory Snegoff, Al Cliver, Roberto Dell'Acqua, Lucio Fulci, Edward Mannix
Synopsis: A zombie is found aboard a boat off the New York coast which belongs to do a famous scientist. Peter West, a journalist, travels to the Antilles with Ann, the daughter of the scientist. On the way, they meet with with Brian, a ethnologist, and Susan. When they arrive at Matul Island, they find Dr. Menard, and discover a terrifying disease which is turning the islanders into horrifying zombies which devour human flesh and seem indestructible....
Tagline: New York has a new problem
The Hamburg Syndrome (1979)
G | 1h 57min | 117min | 22 Nov 1979Score: 5.69/10
Director: Peter Fleischmann
Starring: Esteban, Evelyn Künneke, Karl-Heinz Peters, Karl Fleischmann, Tilo Prückner
Synopsis: The BRD is haunted by a mysterious, deadly plague. In Hamburg, a group of people head for an odyssey through the country to search for survivors and a rescue. The journey evolves into a hopeless flight into the mountains of Bavaria, whose idyll, however, is a fallacy.
Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)
R | 2h 12min | 132min | 08 Dec 1979Score: 5.2/10
Director: Robert Wise
Starring: Joel Kramer, William Shatner, Tom Morga, Leonard Nimoy, Craig Thomas
Synopsis: A massive alien spacecraft of enormous power destroys three powerful Klingon cruisers, entering Federation space. Admiral James T. Kirk is ordered to take command of the USS Enterprise for the first time since her historic five-year mission. The Epsilon IX space station alerts the Federation, but they are also destroyed by the alien spacecraft. The only starship in range is the Enterprise, after undergoing a major overhaul at Spacedock on Earth. Kirk rounds up the rest of his crew, and acquires some new members, and sets off to intercept the alien spacecraft. However, it has been three years since Kirk…
Tagline: The human adventure is just beginning
R | 1h 33min | 93min | 29 Sep 1979Score: 5.11/10
Director: Rod Hardy
Starring: David Hemmings, Stephen Clark, Rod Mullinar, Lulu Pinkus, Amanda Muggleton
Synopsis: Find showtimes, watch trailers, browse photos, track your Watchlist and rate your favorite movies and TV shows on your phone or tablet!
Tagline: This ancient Evil is now a modern industry.
The Black Hole (1979)
PG | 1h 38min | 98min | 21 Dec 1979Score: 5.1/10
Director: Gary Nelson
Starring: Anthony Perkins, Roddy McDowall, Robert Forster, Tom McLoughlin, Ernest Borgnine
Synopsis: An Earth exploratory ship, the USS Palomino, discovers a black hole with a lost ship, the USS Cygnus, just outside its event horizon. Deciding to solve the mystery of the Cygnus are: the Palomino's Captain, Dan Holland; his First Officer, Lieutenant Charlie Pizer; journalist Harry Booth; scientist and ESP-sensitive Dr. Kate McCrae, whose father was the Cygnus's First Officer; Dr. Alex Durant, the expedition's civilian leader; and the robot known as V.I.N.CENT. The Palomino attempts a dangerous fly-by of the darkened ship. As they come within close range of it, the buffeting they experience (due to the black hole's gravity)…
Tagline: There is an inexorable force in the cosmos, a place where time and space converge. A place beyond man's vision...but not beyond his reach.
R | 1h 40min | 100min | 26 Jun 1981Score: 4.75/10
Director: Sergio Martino
Starring: Bobby Rhodes, Richard Johnson, Nick Alexander, Cameron Mitchell, Roberto Posse
Synopsis: After their prison ship sinks in the Caribbean, a group of prisoners and a doctor wash ashore on a seemingly deserted island. They soon discover a strange couple, who invite them to stay at their house. While the prisoners try to plan an escape, the doctor does some investigating, and soon finds out just what the pair are really doing, and why the prisoners keep disappearing mysteriously.
Tagline: Killers from the deep guard the forbidden treasures on . . . Island of Fishmen
Killer Fish (1979)
PG | 1h 41min | 101min | 07 Dec 1979Score: 4.3/10
Director: Antonio Margheriti
Starring: Roy Brocksmith, Karen Black, Frank Pesce, Gary Collins, Anthony Steffen
Synopsis: Jewel thieves attempt to recover treasure from piranha infested waters. Mistrust and betrayals happen amongst the gang in the quest for gold.
PG | 1h 42min | 102min | 22 Aug 1979Score: 3.9/10
Director: John Frankenheimer
Starring: Robert Foxworth, Kevin Peter Hall, Tom McFadden, Bob Terhune, Graham Jarvis
Synopsis: A Savage beast, grown to monstrous size and driven mad by toxic wastes that are poisoning the waters, spreads terror and death on a Maine countryside.
Tagline: She Lives. Don't Move. Don't Breathe. She Will Find You.
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