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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    Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd

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    + 225
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    Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall

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  4. 4
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    Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall

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  5. 5
    + 212
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    Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Martin Scorsese

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  6. 6
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    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke, Steven Berkoff

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    Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken

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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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    ranked low on reranks
    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

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    Al Pacino, Carol Kane, Charles Durning

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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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    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 & ranked high on reranks
    Richard Nixon, Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford

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    Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers

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    Clint Eastwood, Don Siegel, Andrew Robinson

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    Al Pacino, Judd Hirsch, Abraham Murphy

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

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    Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey

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    John Hurt, Randy Quaid, Brad Davis

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    Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight, Ned Beatty

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    Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder, Anne Bancroft

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    Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, Carl Weathers

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    Gene Hackman, Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder

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

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    ranked low on reranks & added by RodneyBlair
    Mel Gibson, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Steve Bisley

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    Kevin Bacon, John Belushi, Donald Sutherland

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    Woody Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Christopher Walken

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    George Harrison, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam

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    Robert Duvall, Faye Dunaway, William Holden

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    Mercedes Ruehl, Robert Townsend, James Remar

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    + 78
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    John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie

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    Sylvester Stallone, Burgess Meredith, Roberto Durán

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

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    Robert Duvall, Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould

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

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    ranked low on reranks
    Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve

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    + 39
    - 61

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

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    Susan Sarandon, Tim Curry, Meat Loaf

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    ranked low on reranks & added by bojanthebest
    Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, John Vernon

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Meryl Streep, Woody Allen, Diane Keaton

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