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

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    Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall

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    Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd

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  4. 4
    + 233
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    Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall

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  5. 5
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    Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Martin Scorsese

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  6. 6
    + 241
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    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

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  7. 7
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    Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken

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    Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke, Steven Berkoff

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    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, Roman Polanski

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    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

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    Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair

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    Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw

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    Al Pacino, Carol Kane, Charles Durning

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    Harrison Ford, Ron Howard, Suzanne Somers

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    John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle

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    Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith

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    often listed
    Richard Nixon, Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford

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    added by RodneyBlair
    Clint Eastwood, Don Siegel, Andrew Robinson

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    Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers

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    Al Pacino, Judd Hirsch, Abraham Murphy

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    Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall, Gene Hackman

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    John Hurt, Randy Quaid, Brad Davis

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    Gene Hackman, Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder

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    Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight, Ned Beatty

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    Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, Carl Weathers

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    Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder, Anne Bancroft

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    John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing

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    Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards, Donald Pleasence

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway, Max von Sydow

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    Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Tim Brooke-Taylor

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    George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Paul Frees

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    Mel Gibson, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Steve Bisley

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    Woody Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Christopher Walken

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    Mercedes Ruehl, Robert Townsend, James Remar

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    George Harrison, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam

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    Robert Duvall, Faye Dunaway, William Holden

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    John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Meryl Streep, Dustin Hoffman, JoBeth Williams

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    Kevin Bacon, John Belushi, Donald Sutherland

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

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    Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve

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    Sylvester Stallone, Burgess Meredith, Roberto Durán

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    - 37


    Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung

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    Robert Duvall, Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould

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    Susan Sarandon, Tim Curry, Meat Loaf

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Marlon Brando, Jean Piere Leaud, Catherine Breillat

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    Al Pacino, Craig T. Nelson, Jeffrey Tambor

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    Meryl Streep, Woody Allen, Diane Keaton

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