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The Best '70s Movies 

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List Rules Vote up the best movies released between 1/1/70 and 12/31/79

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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The Godfather is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '70s Movies
Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall

Released: 1972

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

The Godfather is a 1972 American crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola, based on the novel by Mario Puzo. The aging patriarch (Marlon Brando) of an organized crime dynasty transfers ...more

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Jaws is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '70s Movies
Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

Released: 1975

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '70s Movies
Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

Released: 1977

Directed by: George Lucas

Star Wars is a 1977 American epic space opera film written and directed by George Lucas. The first release in the Star Wars franchise, it stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter ...more

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The Godfather Part II is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '70s Movies
Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall

Released: 1974

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

The Godfather Part II is a 1974 American epic crime film produced and directed by Francis Ford Coppola from a screenplay co-written with Mario Puzo, starring Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. ...more

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Alien is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '70s Movies
Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

Released: 1979

Directed by: Ridley Scott

Alien is a 1979 science fiction horror film directed by Ridley Scott. The crew of the commercial space tug Nostromo encounter the eponymous Alien, a deadly and aggressive extraterrestrial set ...more

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '70s Movies
Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd

Released: 1975

Directed by: Miloš Forman

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Apocalypse Now is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '70s Movies
Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall

Released: 1979

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

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Taxi Driver is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '70s Movies
Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Martin Scorsese

Released: 1976

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

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Rocky is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '70s Movies
Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith

Released: 1976

Directed by: John G. Avildsen

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The Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '70s Movies
Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair

Released: 1973

Directed by: William Friedkin

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Dirty Harry is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '70s Movies
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Released: 1971

Directed by: Don Siegel

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A Clockwork Orange is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '70s Movies
Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke, Steven Berkoff

Released: 1971

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

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The Deer Hunter is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '70s Movies
Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken

Released: 1978

Directed by: Michael Cimino

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The Sting is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '70s Movies
Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw

Released: 1973

Directed by: George Roy Hill

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Halloween is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '70s Movies
Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards, Donald Pleasence

Released: 1978

Directed by: John Carpenter

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Deliverance is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '70s Movies
Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight, Ned Beatty

Released: 1972

Directed by: John Boorman

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Young Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '70s Movies
Gene Hackman, Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder

Released: 1974

Directed by: Mel Brooks

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Monty Python and the Hol... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '70s Movies
John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle

Released: 1975

Directed by: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones

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Dog Day Afternoon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '70s Movies
Al Pacino, Carol Kane, Charles Durning

Released: 1975

Directed by: Sidney Lumet

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American Graffiti is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '70s Movies
Harrison Ford, Ron Howard, Suzanne Somers

Released: 1973

Directed by: George Lucas

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Chinatown is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '70s Movies
Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, Roman Polanski

Released: 1974

Directed by: Roman Polanski

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Close Encounters of the ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '70s Movies
Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, Carl Weathers

Released: 1977

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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Willy Wonka & the Ch... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '70s Movies
Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Tim Brooke-Taylor

Released: 1971

Directed by: Mel Stuart

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The French Connection is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '70s Movies
Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey

Released: 1971

Directed by: William Friedkin

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Patton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '70s Movies
George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Paul Frees

Released: 1970

Directed by: Franklin J. Schaffner

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