The Best '70s Movies Films

The Best '70s Movies

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List Criteria: Vote up the best movies released between 1/1/70 and 12/31/79

This list of the best movies of the '70s includes all of the top films from the 1970s, including some of the best movies ever featuring some of the greatest actors and actresses of all time. The greatest action films from the '70s, the best dramas of the decade, and the funniest movies from the '70s are all on this list of the top movies of the 1970s.

The 1970s were a great era for filmmaking, with a dark and dirty New York City for storytellers to play in. Practical special effects were reaching their peak, and artistic styles were unrestrained. Remember, this is the decade that brought us Rocky, Jaws, and even Star Wars. The death throes of the Hays Code were finally over and Hollywood was free to enter a new Golden Age, as you'll see when perusing this list of the best '70s films.

What is the greatest movie of the 1970s? Vote and find out! If your favorite '70s film isn't on the list, please feel free to add it to the list of the best '70s films yourself. If you disagree with what others are voting up as the best movie of the decade, vote for your favorite films from the 1970s and vote down the most overrated films from the '70s.
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  1. 1
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    The Godfather is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '70s Movies

    the people's #1 & most listed
    The Godfather Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall

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    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nes... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '70s Movies


    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd

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    The Godfather Part II is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '70s Movies


    The Godfather Part II Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall

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    Apocalypse Now is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '70s Movies


    Apocalypse Now Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall

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    Taxi Driver is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '70s Movies


    Taxi Driver Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Martin Scorsese

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    Jaws is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '70s Movies


    Jaws Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

  7. 7
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    The Deer Hunter is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '70s Movies


    The Deer Hunter Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken

  8. 8
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    A Clockwork Orange is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '70s Movies

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    A Clockwork Orange Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke, Steven Berkoff

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    Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '70s Movies


    Star Wars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

  10. 10
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    Chinatown is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '70s Movies

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    Chinatown Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, Roman Polanski

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    The Sting is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '70s Movies


    The Sting Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw

  12. 12
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    Alien is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '70s Movies


    Alien Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

  13. 13
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    The Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '70s Movies


    The Exorcist Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair

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    Dog Day Afternoon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '70s Movies


    Dog Day Afternoon Al Pacino, Carol Kane, Charles Durning

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    American Graffiti is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '70s Movies


    American Graffiti Harrison Ford, Ron Howard, Suzanne Somers

  16. 16
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    Monty Python and the Holy Grai... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '70s Movies


    Monty Python and the Holy Grail John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle

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    Rocky is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '70s Movies


    Rocky Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith

  18. 18
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    All the President's Men is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '70s Movies

    often listed
    All the President's Men Richard Nixon, Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford

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    Dirty Harry is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '70s Movies

    added by RodneyBlair
    Dirty Harry Clint Eastwood, Don Siegel, Andrew Robinson

  20. 20
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    The Shining is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '70s Movies


    The Shining Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers

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    Serpico is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '70s Movies


    Serpico Al Pacino, Judd Hirsch, Abraham Murphy

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    The French Connection is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '70s Movies


    The French Connection Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey

  23. 23
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    The Conversation is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '70s Movies

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    The Conversation Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall, Gene Hackman

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    Midnight Express is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '70s Movies

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    Midnight Express John Hurt, Randy Quaid, Brad Davis

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    Young Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '70s Movies


    Young Frankenstein Gene Hackman, Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder

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    Close Encounters of the Third ... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best '70s Movies


    Close Encounters of the Third Kind Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, Carl Weathers

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    Deliverance is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best '70s Movies


    Deliverance Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight, Ned Beatty

  28. 28
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    Blazing Saddles is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best '70s Movies


    Blazing Saddles Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder, Anne Bancroft

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    Grease is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best '70s Movies


    Grease John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing

  30. 30
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    Halloween is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best '70s Movies


    Halloween Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards, Donald Pleasence

  31. 31
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    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Fa... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best '70s Movies


    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Tim Brooke-Taylor

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    Mad Max is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best '70s Movies

    added by RodneyBlair
    Mad Max Mel Gibson, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Steve Bisley

  33. 33
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    Patton is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best '70s Movies

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    Patton George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Paul Frees

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    Three Days of the Condor is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best '70s Movies


    Three Days of the Condor Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway, Max von Sydow

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    Annie Hall is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best '70s Movies


    Annie Hall Woody Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Christopher Walken

  36. 36
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    The Warriors is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best '70s Movies


    The Warriors Mercedes Ruehl, Robert Townsend, James Remar

  37. 37
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    Kramer vs. Kramer is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best '70s Movies

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    Kramer vs. Kramer Meryl Streep, Dustin Hoffman, JoBeth Williams

  38. 38
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    Network is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best '70s Movies


    Network Robert Duvall, Faye Dunaway, William Holden

  39. 39
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    Carrie is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best '70s Movies

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    Carrie John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie

  40. 40
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    Life of Brian is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best '70s Movies


    Life of Brian George Harrison, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam

  41. 41
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    National Lampoon's Animal Hous... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best '70s Movies


    National Lampoon's Animal House Kevin Bacon, John Belushi, Donald Sutherland

  42. 42
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    Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve

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    Rocky II is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best '70s Movies


    Rocky II Sylvester Stallone, Burgess Meredith, Roberto Durán

  44. 44
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    Stalker is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best '70s Movies

    often listed & added by RodneyBlair
    Stalker Alexander Kaidanovsky, Anatoly Solonitsyn, Alisa Freindlich

  45. 45
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    MASH is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best '70s Movies


    MASH Robert Duvall, Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould

  46. 46
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    Enter the Dragon is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best '70s Movies


    Enter the Dragon Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung

  47. 47
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    ...And Justice for All is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best '70s Movies

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    ...And Justice for All Al Pacino, Craig T. Nelson, Jeffrey Tambor

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    The Outlaw Josey Wales is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best '70s Movies

    ranked low on reranks & added by bojanthebest
    The Outlaw Josey Wales Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, John Vernon

  49. 49
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    Last Tango in Paris is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best '70s Movies

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Last Tango in Paris Marlon Brando, Jean Piere Leaud, Catherine Breillat

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    Escape from Alcatraz is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best '70s Movies

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    Escape from Alcatraz Clint Eastwood, Danny Glover, Patrick McGoohan

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