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List of the top directors of the 70s. The 1970's were filled with absurd styles and monumental changes in movies, as some of the world's greatest directors began experimenting like never before. Fellini, Bergman, and Truffaut, for instance, inspired Americans like John Cassavetes and Hal Ashby to make some of their most unique and cherished films of the decade.
 The top directors of the seventies made some defining works of art during the period. For instance, Roman Polanski struck gold with Chinatown while Stanley Kubrick did the same with A Clockwork Orange. The same can be said for Robert Altman and Francis Ford Coppola, whose 1970's filmographies seem unparalleled and as if they could do no wrong. Not only was this decade the time of the two Godfather movies, but the seventies is also when director Sidney Lumet came out with his two Al Pacino spectaculars: the unforgettable 70's hits of Serpico and Dog Day Afternoon.
Francis Ford Coppola is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Directors of the 1970s
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The Godfather (1972)
The Conversation (1974)
The Godfather Part II (1974)
Apocalypse Now (1979)

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#5 on The Greatest Directors in Movie History

#3 on The Greatest Living Directors, Ranked List

#16 on The Greatest Auteurs in Film History

#3 on The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time

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Stanley Kubrick is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Directors of the 1970s
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Stanley Kubrick


A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Barry Lyndon (1975)

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#1 on The Greatest Directors in Movie History

#35 on The Greatest Living Directors, Ranked List

#2 on The Greatest Auteurs in Film History

#13 on The Most Psychedelic People Ever

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Werner Herzog is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Directors of the 1970s
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Werner Herzog


Even Dwarfs Started Small (1970)
Fata Morgana (1971)
Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)
The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974)
Heart of Glass (1976)
Nosferatu the Vampire (1979)
Woyzeck (1979)

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#43 on The Greatest Directors in Movie History

#51 on The Greatest Living Directors, Ranked List

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