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This list of the best movies of the '70s includes all of the top films from the 1970s, including some of the best movies ever featuring some of the greatest actors and actresses of all time. The greatest action films from the '70s, the best dramas of the decade, and the funniest movies from the '70s are all on this list of the top movies of the 1970s.

The 1970s 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 '70s films.

What is the greatest movie of the 1970s? Vote and find out! 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. If you disagree with what others are voting up as the best movie of the decade, vote for your favorite films from the 1970s and vote down the most overrated films from the '70s.
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446 102
The Godfather is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '70s Movies
The Godfather Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall

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2
349 111
The Godfather Part II is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '70s Movies
The Godfather Part II Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall

3
332 101
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nes... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '70s Movies
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd

4
334 96
Taxi Driver is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '70s Movies
Taxi Driver Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Martin Scorsese

5
309 105
Apocalypse Now is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '70s Movies
Apocalypse Now Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall

6
335 109
Jaws is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '70s Movies
Jaws Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

7
347 119
Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '70s Movies
Star Wars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

8
281 135
A Clockwork Orange is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '70s Movies
A Clockwork Orange Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke, Steven Berkoff

9
239 103
The Deer Hunter is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '70s Movies
The Deer Hunter Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken

10
231 102
Chinatown is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '70s Movies
Chinatown Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, Roman Polanski

11
261 80
Alien is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '70s Movies
Alien Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

12
240 81
The Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '70s Movies
The Exorcist Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair

13
213 78
The Sting is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '70s Movies
The Sting Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw

14
214 98
Dog Day Afternoon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '70s Movies
Dog Day Afternoon Al Pacino, Carol Kane, Charles Durning

15
214 113
Monty Python and the Holy Grai... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '70s Movies
Monty Python and the Holy Grail John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle

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250 116
Rocky is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '70s Movies
Rocky Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith

17
194 85
American Graffiti is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '70s Movies
American Graffiti Harrison Ford, Ron Howard, Suzanne Somers

18
146 82
All the President's Men is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '70s Movies
All the President's Men Richard Nixon, Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford

19
200 58
The Shining is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '70s Movies
The Shining Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers

20
215 49
Dirty Harry is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '70s Movies
RodneyBlair added Dirty Harry Clint Eastwood, Don Siegel, Andrew Robinson

21
166 70
The French Connection is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '70s Movies
The French Connection Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey

22
148 80
Serpico is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '70s Movies
Serpico Al Pacino, Judd Hirsch, Abraham Murphy

23
145 81
Midnight Express is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '70s Movies
Midnight Express John Hurt, Randy Quaid, Brad Davis

24
120 82
The Conversation is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '70s Movies
The Conversation Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall, Gene Hackman

25
170 74
Close Encounters of the Third ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '70s Movies
Close Encounters of the Third Kind Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, Carl Weathers

26
170 70
Young Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best '70s Movies
Young Frankenstein Gene Hackman, Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder

27
165 66
Blazing Saddles is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best '70s Movies
Blazing Saddles Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder, Anne Bancroft

28
167 64
Deliverance is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best '70s Movies
Deliverance Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight, Ned Beatty

29
168 123
Grease is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best '70s Movies
Grease John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing

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30
140 71
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Fa... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best '70s Movies
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Tim Brooke-Taylor

31
152 87
Halloween is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best '70s Movies
Halloween Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards, Donald Pleasence

32
133 99
Annie Hall is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best '70s Movies
Annie Hall Woody Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Christopher Walken

33
93 69
Three Days of the Condor is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best '70s Movies
Three Days of the Condor Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway, Max von Sydow

34
147 68
Patton is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best '70s Movies
Patton George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Paul Frees

35
107 69
Life of Brian is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best '70s Movies
Life of Brian George Harrison, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam

36
129 67
Carrie is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best '70s Movies
Carrie John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie

37
120 82
Network is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best '70s Movies
Network Robert Duvall, Faye Dunaway, William Holden

38
111 56
Mad Max is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best '70s Movies
RodneyBlair added Mad Max Mel Gibson, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Steve Bisley

39
126 78
The Warriors is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best '70s Movies
The Warriors Mercedes Ruehl, Robert Townsend, James Remar

40
96 36
The Outlaw Josey Wales is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best '70s Movies
bojanthebest added The Outlaw Josey Wales Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, John Vernon

41
130 83
National Lampoon's Animal Hous... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best '70s Movies
National Lampoon's Animal House Kevin Bacon, John Belushi, Donald Sutherland

42
106 64
Superman is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best '70s Movies
Superman Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve

43
88 100
Kramer vs. Kramer is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best '70s Movies
Kramer vs. Kramer Meryl Streep, Dustin Hoffman, JoBeth Williams

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87 28
Escape from Alcatraz is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best '70s Movies
Escape from Alcatraz Clint Eastwood, Danny Glover, Patrick McGoohan

45
83 48
Enter the Dragon is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best '70s Movies
Enter the Dragon Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung

46
56 69
Stalker is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best '70s Movies
RodneyBlair added Stalker Alexander Kaidanovsky, Anatoly Solonitsyn, Alisa Freindlich

47
67 67
Manhattan is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best '70s Movies
Manhattan Meryl Streep, Woody Allen, Diane Keaton

48
75 65
Mean Streets is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best '70s Movies
Mean Streets Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, Harvey Keitel

49
122 94
The Rocky Horror Picture Show is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best '70s Movies
The Rocky Horror Picture Show Susan Sarandon, Tim Curry, Meat Loaf

50
120 78
MASH is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best '70s Movies
MASH Robert Duvall, Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould