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The Best '70s Movies

Updated April 12, 2021 105.1k votes 4.9k voters 169.6k views552 items

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

This list of the best movies of the '70s has 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 classic '70s movies like 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 most popular '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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    Jaws

    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss

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    Star Wars

    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

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    The Godfather

    Al Pacino, Marlon Brando

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    Alien

    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt

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    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito

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    Apocalypse Now

    Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford

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    The Godfather Part II

    Al Pacino, Robert De Niro

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    Dirty Harry

    Clint Eastwood, Don Siegel

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    Rocky

    Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier

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    Blazing Saddles

    Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder

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    Young Frankenstein

    Gene Hackman, Mel Brooks

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    The Exorcist

    Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn

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    Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr

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    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

    Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson

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    Taxi Driver

    Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster

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    Monty Python and the Holy Grail

    John Cleese, Terry Gilliam

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    Patton

    George C. Scott, Karl Malden

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    National Lampoon's Animal House

    Kevin Bacon, John Belushi

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    The Sting

    Paul Newman, Robert Redford

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    Halloween

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards

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    Deliverance

    Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight

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    American Graffiti

    Harrison Ford, Ron Howard

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    #130 of 206 Musical Movies With the Best Songs#53 of 99 The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time

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    The Outlaw Josey Wales

    Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke

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    The French Connection

    Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider

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    Escape from Alcatraz

    Clint Eastwood, Danny Glover

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