The Greatest 1970s Movies Films

The Greatest 1970s Movies

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This is a list of the best movies of the 70's. We've included all of the top films from the 1970's, but 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. The 1970's 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 Seventies films.


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    #1 on the original list & added by Lons
    Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall

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    Jaws

    #6 on the original list
    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider Released: 1975

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    #3 on the original list & added by KirkSaw
    Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall

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    #5 on the original list & added by Mark
    Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Martin Scorsese

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    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    #2 on the original list & added by KirkSaw
    Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd

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    Apocalypse Now

    #4 on the original list & added by KirkSaw
    Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall

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    A Clockwork Orange

    #7 on the original list
    Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke, Steven Berkoff Released: 1971

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    Star Wars

    #9 on the original list
    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill Released: 1977

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    Chinatown

    #10 on the original list & added by Lons
    Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, Roman Polanski

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    Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    #26 on the original list
    Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, Carl Weathers Released: 1977

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    #11 on the original list & added by KirkSaw
    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

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    The Exorcist

    #15 on the original list
    Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair Released: 1973

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    Patton

    #32 on the original list & added by KirkSaw
    George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Paul Frees

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    American Graffiti

    #14 on the original list & added by KirkSaw
    Harrison Ford, Ron Howard, Suzanne Somers

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    Deliverance

    #24 on the original list & added by KirkSaw
    Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight, Ned Beatty

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    The Deer Hunter

    #8 on the original list & added by KirkSaw
    Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken

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    #17 on the original list
    Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith Released: 1976

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    Blazing Saddles

    #28 on the original list & added by WarrenMitchell
    Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder, Anne Bancroft

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    Monty Python and the Holy Grail

    #16 on the original list
    John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle Released: 1975

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    Dirty Harry

    #21 on the original list & added by but chickens double d
    Clint Eastwood, Don Siegel, Andrew Robinson

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    Serpico

    #20 on the original list & added by KirkSaw
    Al Pacino, Judd Hirsch, Abraham Murphy

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    Rocky II

    #41 on the original list & added by WarrenMitchell
    Sylvester Stallone, Burgess Meredith, Roberto Durán

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    The French Connection

    #25 on the original list & added by KirkSaw
    Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey

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    Young Frankenstein

    #27 on the original list & added by KirkSaw
    Gene Hackman, Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder

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    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

    #33 on the original list & added by but chickens double d
    Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Tim Brooke-Taylor

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    #45 on the original list
    John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie Released: 1976

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    #31 on the original list
    Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards, Donald Pleasence Released: 1978

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    Monty Python's Life of Brian

    #60 on the original list & added by BradleyWheat
    Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Eric Idle

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    The Sting

    #13 on the original list & added by KirkSaw
    Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw

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    The Jerk

    #57 on the original list & added by WarrenMitchell
    Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters, Rob Reiner

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    The Conversation

    #22 on the original list & added by KirkSaw
    Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall, Gene Hackman

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    Papillon

    #51 on the original list & added by mrblond
    Dustin Hoffman, Steve McQueen, Vic Tayback

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    National Lampoon's Animal House

    #38 on the original list & added by but chickens double d
    Kevin Bacon, John Belushi, Donald Sutherland

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    Grease

    #29 on the original list
    John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing Released: 1978

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    The Towering Inferno

    #55 on the original list & added by WarrenMitchell
    O. J. Simpson, Paul Newman, Faye Dunaway

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    Marathon Man

    #64 on the original list & added by KirkSaw
    Dustin Hoffman, Laurence Olivier, Roy Scheider

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    Dog Day Afternoon

    #12 on the original list & added by KirkSaw
    Al Pacino, Carol Kane, Charles Durning

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    Kramer vs. Kramer

    #34 on the original list & added by KirkSaw
    Meryl Streep, Dustin Hoffman, JoBeth Williams

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    Annie Hall

    #36 on the original list & added by KirkSaw
    Woody Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Christopher Walken

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    #72 on the original list & added by but chickens double d
    Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal

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    The Warriors

    #39 on the original list
    Mercedes Ruehl, Robert Townsend, James Remar Released: 1979

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    Manhattan

    #49 on the original list & added by KirkSaw
    Meryl Streep, Woody Allen, Diane Keaton

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    The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

    #90 on the original list & added by but chickens double d
    Clint Howard, Howard Morris, Sterling Holloway

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    Enter the Dragon

    #54 on the original list & added by but chickens double d
    Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung

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    The Rocky Horror Picture Show

    #48 on the original list
    Susan Sarandon, Tim Curry, Meat Loaf Released: 1975

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    Network

    #40 on the original list & added by KirkSaw
    Robert Duvall, Faye Dunaway, William Holden

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    MASH

    #43 on the original list & added by KirkSaw
    Robert Duvall, Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould

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    Cabaret

    #76 on the original list & added by KirkSaw
    Liza Minnelli, Michael York, Joel Grey

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    Shaft

    #215 on the original list & added by but chickens double d
    Christian Bale, Elizabeth Banks, Samuel L. Jackson

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    #18 on the original list & added by KirkSaw
    Richard Nixon, Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford

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