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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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    The Godfather is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest 1970s Movies

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

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    Jaws is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest 1970s Movies

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

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    The Godfather Part II is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest 1970s Movies

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

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    Taxi Driver is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest 1970s Movies

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

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    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nes... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest 1970s Movies

    #2 on the original list & added by KirkSaw
    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd

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    Apocalypse Now is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest 1970s Movies

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

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    A Clockwork Orange is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest 1970s Movies

    #8 on the original list
    A Clockwork Orange Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke, Steven Berkoff Released: 1971

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    Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest 1970s Movies

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

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    Chinatown is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest 1970s Movies

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

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    Close Encounters of the Third ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest 1970s Movies

    #26 on the original list
    Close Encounters of the Third Kind Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, Carl Weathers Released: 1977

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    Alien is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest 1970s Movies

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

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    The Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest 1970s Movies

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

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    Patton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest 1970s Movies

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

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    American Graffiti is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest 1970s Movies

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

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    Deliverance is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest 1970s Movies

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

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    The Deer Hunter is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest 1970s Movies

    #7 on the original list & added by KirkSaw
    The Deer Hunter Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken

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    Rocky is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest 1970s Movies

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

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    Blazing Saddles is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest 1970s Movies

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

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    Monty Python and the Holy Grai... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest 1970s Movies

    #16 on the original list
    Monty Python and the Holy Grail John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle Released: 1975

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    Dirty Harry is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest 1970s Movies

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

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    Serpico is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest 1970s Movies

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

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    Rocky II is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest 1970s Movies

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

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    The French Connection is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest 1970s Movies

    #22 on the original list & added by KirkSaw
    The French Connection Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey

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    Young Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest 1970s Movies

    #25 on the original list & added by KirkSaw
    Young Frankenstein Gene Hackman, Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder

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    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Fa... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest 1970s Movies

    #31 on the original list & added by but chickens double d
    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Tim Brooke-Taylor

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    Carrie is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest 1970s Movies

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

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    Halloween is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest 1970s Movies

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

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    Monty Python's Life of Brian is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest 1970s Movies

    #61 on the original list & added by BradleyWheat
    Monty Python's Life of Brian Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Eric Idle

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    The Sting is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest 1970s Movies

    #11 on the original list & added by KirkSaw
    The Sting Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw

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    The Jerk is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest 1970s Movies

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

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    The Conversation is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest 1970s Movies

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

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    Papillon is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest 1970s Movies

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

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    National Lampoon's Animal Hous... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest 1970s Movies

    #41 on the original list & added by but chickens double d
    National Lampoon's Animal House Kevin Bacon, John Belushi, Donald Sutherland

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    Grease is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest 1970s Movies

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

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    The Towering Inferno is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest 1970s Movies

    #57 on the original list & added by WarrenMitchell
    The Towering Inferno O. J. Simpson, Paul Newman, Faye Dunaway

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    Marathon Man is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest 1970s Movies

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

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    Dog Day Afternoon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest 1970s Movies

    #14 on the original list & added by KirkSaw
    Dog Day Afternoon Al Pacino, Carol Kane, Charles Durning

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    Kramer vs. Kramer is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest 1970s Movies

    #37 on the original list & added by KirkSaw
    Kramer vs. Kramer Meryl Streep, Dustin Hoffman, JoBeth Williams

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    Annie Hall is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest 1970s Movies

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

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    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest 1970s Movies

    #70 on the original list & added by but chickens double d
    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal

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    The Warriors is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest 1970s Movies

    #36 on the original list
    The Warriors Mercedes Ruehl, Robert Townsend, James Remar Released: 1979

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    Manhattan is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest 1970s Movies

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

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    The Many Adventures of Winnie ... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest 1970s Movies

    #89 on the original list & added by but chickens double d
    The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh Clint Howard, Howard Morris, Sterling Holloway

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    Enter the Dragon is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest 1970s Movies

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

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    The Rocky Horror Picture Show is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest 1970s Movies

    #51 on the original list
    The Rocky Horror Picture Show Susan Sarandon, Tim Curry, Meat Loaf Released: 1975

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    Network is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest 1970s Movies

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

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    MASH is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest 1970s Movies

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

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    Cabaret is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest 1970s Movies

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

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    Shaft is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest 1970s Movies

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

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    All the President's Men is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest 1970s Movies

    #18 on the original list & added by KirkSaw
    All the President's Men Richard Nixon, Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford

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