This month, Steven Spielberg's "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" turns 35 years old (released on November 16, 1977). That's pretty incredible for a film that could almost pass as new if released today. Its freshness after all these decades is a testament to its stunning cinematography and groundbreaking effects. Also pioneering at the time was the idea of having such a peaceful alien "invasion," particularly in a decade fraught with paranoia, giving way to many E.T.s and other friendly visitors throughout the 1980s and beyond.

In honor of the film's birthday, we've selected ten more revolutionary science fiction films below that were innovative in both spectacle and theme.

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