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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

    Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke, Steven Berkoff

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    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Fa... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

    Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Tim Brooke-Taylor

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

    Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey

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    Duel is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

    Dennis Weaver, Jacqueline Scott, Lou Frizzell

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    Diamonds Are Forever is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

    Sean Connery, Sammy Davis, Jr.

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    And Now for Something Complete... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

    John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle

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    The Last Picture Show is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

    Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd, Cloris Leachman

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    The Andromeda Strain is listed (or ranked) 9 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) 10 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

    Ricardo Montalbán, Roddy McDowall, Sal Mineo

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    The Omega Man is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

    Charlton Heston, Anthony Zerbe, Eric Laneuville

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    Bedknobs and Broomsticks is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

    Angela Lansbury, Roddy McDowall, Bruce Forsyth

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    THX 1138 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

    Robert Duvall, Donald Pleasence, Sid Haig

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    Bananas is listed (or ranked) 14 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) 15 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

    Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, Shelley Duvall

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    Play Misty for Me is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

    Clint Eastwood, Donna Mills, Jessica Walter

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    Get Carter is listed (or ranked) 17 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) 18 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

    Kurt Russell, John Ritter, Harry Morgan

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    Brian's Song is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

    Dick Butkus, James Caan, Billy Dee Williams

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

    Diana Rigg, Stockard Channing, Christopher Guest

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    Straw Dogs is listed (or ranked) 21 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) 22 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

    Lon Chaney, Jr., Jim Davis

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    Harold and Maude is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

    Ruth Gordon, Tom Skerritt, Bud Cort

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    Pretty Maids All in a Row is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

    Rock Hudson, Angie Dickinson, Telly Savalas

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    The Abominable Dr. Phibes is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

    Vincent Price, Caroline Munro, Joanna Lumley

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    Such Good Friends is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

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    Burgess Meredith, Dyan Cannon, Jennifer O'Neill

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    Klute is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

    Sylvester Stallone, Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland

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

    Richard Roundtree, Moses Gunn, Lawrence Pressman

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

    Charlotte Rampling, Cleavon Little, Dean Jagger

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    Support Your Local Gunfighter is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

    James Garner, Suzanne Pleshette, Joan Blondell

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    Macbeth is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

    Francesca Annis, Keith Chegwin, Jon Finch

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    Black Beauty is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

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    Maria Rohm, Patrick Mower, Walter Slezake

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    Summer of '42 is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

    Jennifer O'Neill, Jerry Houser, Christopher Norris

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

    Paul Michael Glaser, Chaim Topol, Molly Picon

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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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    Plaza Suite is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

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    Walter Matthau, Lee Grant, Maureen Stapleton

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    Scandalous John is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

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    Brian Keith, Harry Morgan, Michele Carey

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

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    Joan Hickson, Ronald Lewis, Toby Robins

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

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    Johnny Cash, Kirk Douglas, Jane Alexander

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    T.R. Baskin is listed (or ranked) 40 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) 41 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

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    Thommy Berggren, Anja Schmidt, Joel Miller

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    Unman, Wittering and Zigo is listed (or ranked) 42 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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    Hannie Caulder is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

    Raquel Welch, Christopher Lee, Ernest Borgnine

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    The Beguiled is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

    Clint Eastwood, Geraldine Page, Pamelyn Ferdin

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    Big Jake is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

    John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Harry Carey

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    Billy Jack is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

    Tom Laughlin, Howard Hesseman, Johnny Otis

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    Two-Lane Blacktop is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

    James Taylor, Dennis Wilson, Harry Dean Stanton

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    Daughters of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

    John Karlen, Delphine Seyrig, Fons Rademakers

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    Carry On Henry is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movies of 1971

    Kenneth Williams, Barbara Windsor, Sid James

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

    Robert Duvall, Burt Lancaster, Lee J. Cobb

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