film 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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A Clockwork Orange Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke, Steven Berkoff

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

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Dirty Harry Clint Eastwood, Don Siegel, Andrew Robinson

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The French Connection Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey

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The Last Picture Show Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd, Cloris Leachman

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Play Misty for Me Clint Eastwood, Donna Mills, Jessica Walter

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McCabe & Mrs. Miller Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, Shelley Duvall

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Escape from the Planet of the Apes Ricardo Montalbán, Roddy McDowall, Sal Mineo

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Duel Dennis Weaver, Jacqueline Scott, Lou Frizzell

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And Now for Something Completely Different John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle

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The Andromeda Strain Paula Kelly, David Wayne, Arthur Hill

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Diamonds Are Forever Sean Connery, Sammy Davis, Jr.

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The Barefoot Executive Kurt Russell, John Ritter, Harry Morgan

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The Omega Man Charlton Heston, Anthony Zerbe, Eric Laneuville

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Get Carter Michael Caine, Britt Ekland, Ian Hendry

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Bananas Sylvester Stallone, Woody Allen, Danny DeVito

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THX 1138 Robert Duvall, Donald Pleasence, Sid Haig

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Straw Dogs Dustin Hoffman, David Warner, Peter Vaughan

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Brian's Song Dick Butkus, James Caan, Billy Dee Williams

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Bedknobs and Broomsticks Angela Lansbury, Roddy McDowall, Bruce Forsyth

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The Abominable Dr. Phibes Vincent Price, Caroline Munro, Joanna Lumley

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Shaft Richard Roundtree, Moses Gunn, Lawrence Pressman

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Vanishing Point Charlotte Rampling, Cleavon Little, Dean Jagger

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Klute Sylvester Stallone, Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland

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Fiddler on the Roof Paul Michael Glaser, Chaim Topol, Molly Picon

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Dracula vs. Frankenstein Lon Chaney, Jr., Jim Davis

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The Hospital Diana Rigg, Stockard Channing, Christopher Guest

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Pretty Maids All in a Row Rock Hudson, Angie Dickinson, Telly Savalas

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Summer of '42 Jennifer O'Neill, Jerry Houser, Christopher Norris

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Macbeth Francesca Annis, Keith Chegwin, Jon Finch

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10 Rillington Place John Hurt, Richard Attenborough, Robert Hardy

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Die Screaming Marianne Susan George, Leo Genn, Barry Evans

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The Night Digger Patricia Neal, Peter Sallis, Pamela Brown

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Harold and Maude Ruth Gordon, Tom Skerritt, Bud Cort

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Billy Jack Tom Laughlin, Howard Hesseman, Johnny Otis

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Support Your Local Gunfighter James Garner, Suzanne Pleshette, Joan Blondell

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Death in Venice Dirk Bogarde, Silvana Mangano, Marisa Berenson

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Lawman Robert Duvall, Burt Lancaster, Lee J. Cobb

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Melody Roy Kinnear, Jack Wild, Keith Barron

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A Town Called Hell Stella Stevens, Martin Landau, Robert Shaw

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The Hunting Party Gene Hackman, Candice Bergen, Oliver Reed

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Gumshoe Albert Finney, Wendy Richard, Billie Whitelaw

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Captain Apache Lee Van Cleef, Carroll Baker, Stuart Whitman

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Percy Britt Ekland, Elke Sommer, Denholm Elliott

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Big Jake John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Harry Carey

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The Beguiled Clint Eastwood, Geraldine Page, Pamelyn Ferdin

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Sunday Bloody Sunday Daniel Day-Lewis, Glenda Jackson, Peter Finch

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Daughters of Darkness John Karlen, Delphine Seyrig, Fons Rademakers

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Carnal Knowledge Jack Nicholson, Ann-Margret, Candice Bergen

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Carry On Henry Kenneth Williams, Barbara Windsor, Sid James