The Best Movies of 1971 Films

The Best Movies of 1971

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List of the best movies of 1971, with movie trailers when available. Academy Award winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis made his big screen debut in Sunday Bloody Sunday in 1971. These top movies of 1971 are listed by popularity, so the movies with the most votes are at the top. This list consists of all different movie genres, but each film was released in 1971. You can filter this list of films that came out in 1971 for various bits of information, such as who directed the movie and what genre it is. Think the best 1971 movie isn't as high as it should be? Vote up your favorite so it will rise to the top.

This list is made up of a variety of movies, including A Clockwork Orange and The French Connection.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best movies from 1971?" and "What are the most popular movies of 1971?"

1971 was a great year for movies, since a lot of classic films were released in 1971. This is a crowd sourced list that has been voted on by many people, so these top films of 1971 aren't just one persons opinion.
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    The French Connection is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

    Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey

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    A Clockwork Orange is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

    Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke, Steven Berkoff

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    Dirty Harry is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

    Clint Eastwood, Don Siegel, Andrew Robinson

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    Duel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

    Dennis Weaver, Jacqueline Scott, Lou Frizzell

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    And Now for Something Complete... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

    John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle

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    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Fa... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

    Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Tim Brooke-Taylor

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    Diamonds Are Forever is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

    Sean Connery, Sammy Davis, Jr.

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    Bananas is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

    Sylvester Stallone, Woody Allen, Danny DeVito

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    McCabe & Mrs. Miller is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

    Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, Shelley Duvall

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    The Andromeda Strain is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

    Paula Kelly, David Wayne, Arthur Hill

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    Escape from the Planet of the ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

    Ricardo Montalbán, Roddy McDowall, Sal Mineo

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    Get Carter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

    Michael Caine, Britt Ekland, Ian Hendry

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    The Barefoot Executive is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

    Kurt Russell, John Ritter, Harry Morgan

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    The Last Picture Show is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

    Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd, Cloris Leachman

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    The Omega Man is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

    Charlton Heston, Anthony Zerbe, Eric Laneuville

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    The Hospital is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

    Diana Rigg, Stockard Channing, Christopher Guest

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    Bedknobs and Broomsticks is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

    Angela Lansbury, Roddy McDowall, Bruce Forsyth

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    THX 1138 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

    Robert Duvall, Donald Pleasence, Sid Haig

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    Play Misty for Me is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

    Clint Eastwood, Donna Mills, Jessica Walter

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    Straw Dogs is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

    Dustin Hoffman, David Warner, Peter Vaughan

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    Dracula vs. Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

    Lon Chaney, Jr., Jim Davis

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    The Abominable Dr. Phibes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

    Vincent Price, Caroline Munro, Joanna Lumley

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    Pretty Maids All in a Row is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

    Rock Hudson, Angie Dickinson, Telly Savalas

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    Brian's Song is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

    Dick Butkus, James Caan, Billy Dee Williams

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    Support Your Local Gunfighter is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

    James Garner, Suzanne Pleshette, Joan Blondell

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    Black Beauty is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

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    Maria Rohm, Patrick Mower, Walter Slezake

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    Harold and Maude is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

    Ruth Gordon, Tom Skerritt, Bud Cort

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    Vanishing Point is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

    Charlotte Rampling, Cleavon Little, Dean Jagger

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    Macbeth is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

    Francesca Annis, Keith Chegwin, Jon Finch

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    Scandalous John is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

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    Brian Keith, Harry Morgan, Michele Carey

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    Unman, Wittering and Zigo is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

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    Unman, Wittering and Zigo Carolyn Seymour, Tony Haygarth, Douglas Wilmer

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    T.R. Baskin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

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    James Caan, Candice Bergen, Peter Boyle

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    Joe Hill is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

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    Thommy Berggren, Anja Schmidt, Joel Miller

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    Friends is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

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    Joan Hickson, Ronald Lewis, Toby Robins

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    The Deserter is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

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    John Huston, Ricardo Montalbán, Chuck Connors

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    Such Good Friends is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

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    Burgess Meredith, Dyan Cannon, Jennifer O'Neill

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    Plaza Suite is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

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    Walter Matthau, Lee Grant, Maureen Stapleton

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    A Gunfight is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

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    Johnny Cash, Kirk Douglas, Jane Alexander

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    Shaft is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

    Richard Roundtree, Moses Gunn, Lawrence Pressman

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    Hannie Caulder is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

    Raquel Welch, Christopher Lee, Ernest Borgnine

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    Klute is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

    Sylvester Stallone, Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland

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    Walkabout is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

    Jenny Agutter, John Meillon, David Gulpilil

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    The Beguiled is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

    Clint Eastwood, Geraldine Page, Pamelyn Ferdin

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    Two-Lane Blacktop is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

    James Taylor, Dennis Wilson, Harry Dean Stanton

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    Summer of '42 is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

    Jennifer O'Neill, Jerry Houser, Christopher Norris

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    Something Big is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

    Dean Martin, Honor Blackman, Brian Keith

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    Big Jake is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

    John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Harry Carey

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    Murders in the Rue Morgue is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

    Jason Robards Jr., Herbert Lom, Christine Kaufmann

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    Fiddler on the Roof is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

    Paul Michael Glaser, Chaim Topol, Molly Picon

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    Daughters of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

    John Karlen, Delphine Seyrig, Fons Rademakers

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