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The Godfather. Rocky. Star Wars. There's no denying that the 1970s marked a monumental decade in American moviemaking. These are just a few of the notable films that were Oscar nominees and winners for Best Picture during that span. These 1970s Oscar-winning movies include comedies, dramas, and even musicals. Some great 1970s Oscar winners are period pieces, while others films are set in contemporary times. Many of the Oscar-recognized movies of that time are considered some of the best features ever made.

What films will you find on this list of Oscar-nominated 1970s movies? The 1977 film Star Wars lost the Best Picture trophy to Woody Allen's introspective Annie Hall, but the sci-fi flick has gone down in history as one of the most popular films of all time. George Lucas' epic franchise is also one of the most profitable in the history of film. Taxi Driver is another great Oscar nominated film from the '70s.

Several Jack Nicholson films, including Chinatown and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, were nominated for Best Picture in the '70s. Other great movies featured on this list include A Clockwork Orange, The Sting, and The Godfather Parts I and II.

Do you have a favorite Oscar-nominated movie from the 1970s? It's time for you to decide which of these films is the best of the best by voting your favorites up to the top of the list.
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The Godfather is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
The Godfather Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall - Won Best Picture in 1972.

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Taxi Driver is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
Taxi Driver Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Martin Scorsese - Nominated in 1976.

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The Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
The Exorcist Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair - Nominated in 1973.

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Jaws is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
Jaws Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider - Nominated in 1975.

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The Sting is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
The Sting Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw - Won Best Picture in 1973.

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A Clockwork Orange is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
A Clockwork Orange Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke, Steven Berkoff - Nominated in 1971.

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nes... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd - Won Best Picture in 1975.

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Annie Hall is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
Annie Hall Woody Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Christopher Walken - Won Best Picture in 1977.

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Barry Lyndon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
Barry Lyndon Ryan O'Neal, Leonard Rossiter, Hardy Kr├╝ger - Nominated in 1975.

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The French Connection is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
The French Connection Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey - Won Best Picture in 1971.

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The Godfather Part II is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
The Godfather Part II Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall - Won Best Picture in 1974.

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All the President's Men is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
All the President's Men Richard Nixon, Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford - Nominated in 1976.

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Rocky is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
Rocky Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith - Won Best Picture in 1976.

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Chinatown is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
Chinatown Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, Roman Polanski - Nominated in 1974.

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Dog Day Afternoon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
Dog Day Afternoon Al Pacino, Carol Kane, Charles Durning - Nominated in 1975.

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Network is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
Network Robert Duvall, Faye Dunaway, William Holden - Nominated in 1976.

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Apocalypse Now is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
Apocalypse Now Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall - Nominated in 1979.

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Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
Star Wars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill - Nominated in 1977.

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The Conversation is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
The Conversation Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall, Gene Hackman - Nominated in 1974.

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Deliverance is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
Deliverance Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight, Ned Beatty - Nominated in 1972.

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The Last Picture Show is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
The Last Picture Show Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd, Cloris Leachman - Nominated in 1971.

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American Graffiti is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
American Graffiti Harrison Ford, Ron Howard, Suzanne Somers - Nominated in 1973.

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The Deer Hunter is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
The Deer Hunter Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken - Won Best Picture in 1978.

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Cries and Whispers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
Cries and Whispers Nominated in 1973.

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Lenny is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
Lenny Dustin Hoffman, Valerie Perrine, Gary Morton - Nominated in 1974.

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Midnight Express is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
Midnight Express John Hurt, Randy Quaid, Brad Davis - Nominated in 1978.

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MASH is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
M*A*S*H Robert Duvall, Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould - Nominated in 1970.

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Fiddler on the Roof is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
Fiddler on the Roof Paul Michael Glaser, Chaim Topol, Molly Picon - Nominated in 1971.

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Cabaret is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
Cabaret Liza Minnelli, Michael York, Joel Grey - Nominated in 1972.

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Airport is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
Airport Jacqueline Bissett, Dean Martin, Burt Lancaster - Nominated in 1970.

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Coming Home is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
Coming Home Jane Fonda, Jon Voight, Bruce Dern - Nominated in 1978.

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Kramer vs. Kramer is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
Kramer vs. Kramer Meryl Streep, Dustin Hoffman, JoBeth Williams - Won Best Picture in 1979.

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Patton is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
Patton George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Paul Frees - Won Best Picture in 1970.

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Five Easy Pieces is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
Five Easy Pieces Jack Nicholson, Karen Black, Sally Struthers - Nominated in 1970.

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Nicholas and Alexandra is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
Nicholas and Alexandra Nominated in 1971.

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The Emigrants is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
The Emigrants Max von Sydow, Liv Ullmann, Monica Zetterlund - Nominated in 1972.

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Love Story is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
Love Story Tommy Lee Jones, Ray Milland, Ryan O'Neal - Nominated in 1970.

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Breaking Away is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
Breaking Away Dennis Quaid, Jackie Earle Haley, Daniel Stern - Nominated in 1979.

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All That Jazz is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
All That Jazz Jessica Lange, John Lithgow, Roy Scheider - Nominated in 1979.

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Bound for Glory is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
Bound for Glory Randy Quaid, David Carradine, Melinda Dillon - Nominated in 1976.

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Norma Rae is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
Norma Rae Sally Field, Beau Bridges, Pat Hingle - Nominated in 1979.

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The Towering Inferno is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
The Towering Inferno O. J. Simpson, Paul Newman, Faye Dunaway - Nominated in 1974.

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Heaven Can Wait is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
Heaven Can Wait Deacon Jones, Warren Beatty, Julie Christie - Nominated in 1978.

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The Goodbye Girl is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
The Goodbye Girl Richard Dreyfuss, Marsha Mason, Powers Boothe - Nominated in 1977.

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Nashville is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
Nashville Jeff Goldblum, Lily Tomlin, Julie Christie - Nominated in 1975.

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Julia is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
Julia Meryl Streep, Jane Fonda, Vanessa Redgrave - Nominated in 1977.

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The Turning Point is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
The Turning Point Shirley MacLaine, Anne Bancroft, Tom Skerritt - Nominated in 1977.

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Sounder is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
Sounder Paul Winfield, Kevin Hooks, Peter MacNeill - Nominated in 1972.

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An Unmarried Woman is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
An Unmarried Woman Jill Clayburgh, Alan Bates, Kelly Bishop - Nominated in 1978.

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A Touch of Class is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
A Touch of Class George Segal, Paul Sorvino, Glenda Jackson - Nominated in 1973.