The Best '70s Movies Films
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The Best '70s Movies

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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    Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall

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    Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Anjelica Huston

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    Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall

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    Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall

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    Jodie Foster, Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese

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    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Shaw

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    Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken

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    Malcolm McDowell, Steven Berkoff, Warren Clarke

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    Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, Roman Polanski

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    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

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    Al Pacino, Charles Durning, Carol Kane

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    Robert Redford, Paul Newman, Robert Shaw

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    John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam

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    Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair

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    Harrison Ford, Ron Howard, Suzanne Somers

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    Richard Nixon, Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman

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    Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith

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    Al Pacino, F. Murray Abraham, Judd Hirsch

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    Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall, Gene Hackman

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    Clint Eastwood, Don Siegel, John Vernon

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    John Hurt, Randy Quaid, Brad Davis

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    Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight, Ned Beatty

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    Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey

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    Gene Hackman, Gene Wilder, Cloris Leachman

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    Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, Bob Balaban

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    John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Sid Caesar

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    Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder, Anne Bancroft

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    Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards, Donald Pleasence

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    Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway, Max von Sydow

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    George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Paul Frees

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    Meryl Streep, Dustin Hoffman, Jane Alexander

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    Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Tim Brooke-Taylor

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    Alexander Kaidanovsky, Anatoly Solonitsyn, Alisa Freindlich

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    Robert Duvall, Faye Dunaway, William Holden

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    George Harrison, John Cleese, Eric Idle

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    Kevin Bacon, John Belushi, Donald Sutherland

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    Woody Allen, Christopher Walken, Sigourney Weaver

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    Al Pacino, Craig T. Nelson, Jeffrey Tambor

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    Sylvester Stallone, Burgess Meredith, Carl Weathers

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    Mel Gibson, Steve Bisley, Hugh Keays-Byrne

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    Mercedes Ruehl, James Remar, Robert Townsend

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    Robert Duvall, Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould

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    Marlon Brando, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Laura Betti

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    Donatas Banionis, Anatoly Solonitsyn, Natalya Bondarchuk

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    Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve

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    John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie

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    Meryl Streep, Woody Allen, Diane Keaton

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    Susan Sarandon, Meat Loaf, Tim Curry

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    Dustin Hoffman, Steve McQueen, Vic Tayback

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