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The Best '70s Movies

Updated October 7, 2020 100.7k votes 4.5k voters 163.2k views553 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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    The Godfather is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '70s Movies
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    The Godfather

    Al Pacino, Marlon Brando

    Released1972

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

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    Jaws is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '70s Movies
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    Jaws

    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss

    Released1975

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '70s Movies
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    Star Wars

    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

    Released1977

    Directed byGeorge Lucas

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    Alien is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '70s Movies
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    Alien

    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt

    Released1979

    Directed byRidley Scott

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    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nes is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '70s Movies
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    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito

    Released1975

    Directed byMiloš Forman

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    The Godfather Part II is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '70s Movies
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    The Godfather Part II

    Al Pacino, Robert De Niro

    Released1974

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

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    Apocalypse Now is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '70s Movies
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    Apocalypse Now

    Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford

    Released1979

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

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    Dirty Harry is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '70s Movies
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    Dirty Harry

    Clint Eastwood, Don Siegel

    Released1971

    Directed byDon Siegel

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  • 9
    Blazing Saddles is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '70s Movies
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    Blazing Saddles

    Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder

    Released1974

    Directed byMel Brooks

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  • 10
    Rocky is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '70s Movies
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    Rocky

    Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier

    Released1976

    Directed byJohn G. Avildsen

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    Young Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '70s Movies
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    Young Frankenstein

    Gene Hackman, Mel Brooks

    Released1974

    Directed byMel Brooks

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    The Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '70s Movies
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    The Exorcist

    Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn

    Released1973

    Directed byWilliam Friedkin

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    Taxi Driver is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '70s Movies
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    Taxi Driver

    Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster

    Released1976

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

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    Close Encounters of the Third  is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '70s Movies
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    Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr

    Released1977

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Fa is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '70s Movies
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    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

    Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson

    Released1971

    Directed byMel Stuart

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    Patton is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '70s Movies
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    Patton

    George C. Scott, Karl Malden

    Released1970

    Directed byFranklin J. Schaffner

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    Halloween is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '70s Movies
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    Halloween

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards

    Released1978

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

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    National Lampoon's Animal Hous is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '70s Movies
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    National Lampoon's Animal House

    Kevin Bacon, John Belushi

    Released1978

    Directed byJohn Landis

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    Monty Python and the Holy Grai is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '70s Movies
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    Monty Python and the Holy Grail

    John Cleese, Terry Gilliam

    Released1975

    Directed byTerry Gilliam, Terry Jones

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    The Sting is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '70s Movies
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    The Sting

    Paul Newman, Robert Redford

    Released1973

    Directed byGeorge Roy Hill

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    Deliverance is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '70s Movies
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    Deliverance

    Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight

    Released1972

    Directed byJohn Boorman

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    American Graffiti is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '70s Movies
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    American Graffiti

    Harrison Ford, Ron Howard

    Released1973

    Directed byGeorge Lucas

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    The Outlaw Josey Wales is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '70s Movies
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    The Outlaw Josey Wales

    Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke

    Released1976

    Directed byClint Eastwood

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    Escape from Alcatraz is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '70s Movies
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    Escape from Alcatraz

    Clint Eastwood, Danny Glover

    Released1979

    Directed byDon Siegel

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    The French Connection is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '70s Movies
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    The French Connection

    Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider

    Released1971

    Directed byWilliam Friedkin

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