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When it comes the action movies, the grittier, the better. The top '70s action movies have non-stop excitement, thrills, suspense, and danger, and will leave you sitting at the edge of your seat. Films like The French Connection, Dirty Harry, and Mad Max really set the precedence for action films in the '70s. In addition, the top '70s action movies include an impressive mix of disaster movies, blacksploitation films, and tons of Bruce Lee flicks.

1970s action movies saw the rise of Clint Eastwood as tough-as-nails cop Harry Callahan in the Dirty Harry franchise, but you may prefer Eastwood's more subtle performance in Escape from Alcatraz. During the '70s, there was also a change-up between Sean Connery playing James Bond in Diamonds Are Forever, and Roger Moore taking over the legendary role in Live and Let Die. But a list of '70s action movies wouldn't be complete without including three of the most renowned Bruce Lee films: Enter the Dragon, Fists of Fury, and Return of the Dragon

Vote up the best 1970s action films below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section! 
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Dirty Harry Clint Eastwood, Don Siegel, Andrew Robinson

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Magnum Force Clint Eastwood, Suzanne Somers, Hal Holbrook

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Star Wars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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Rocky is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '70s Action Movies
Rocky Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith

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Smokey and the Bandit Sally Field, Burt Reynolds, Jackie Gleason

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Mad Max Mel Gibson, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Steve Bisley

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Escape from Alcatraz Clint Eastwood, Danny Glover, Patrick McGoohan

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Enter the Dragon Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung

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The French Connection Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Superman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '70s Action Movies
Superman Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve

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Live and Let Die Jane Seymour, Roger Moore, Yaphet Kotto

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The Man with the Golden Gun Christopher Lee, Roger Moore, Britt Ekland

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The Spy Who Loved Me Roger Moore, Barbara Bach, Caroline Munro

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Death Wish Jeff Goldblum, Charles Bronson, Christopher Guest

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The Enforcer Clint Eastwood, Tyne Daly, Bradford Dillman

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Apocalypse Now Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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The Warriors Mercedes Ruehl, Robert Townsend, James Remar

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Fist of Fury Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Nora Miao

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Return of the Dragon Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, Nora Miao

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The Gauntlet Clint Eastwood, Mara Corday, Sondra Locke

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Rocky II Sylvester Stallone, Burgess Meredith, Roberto DurĂ¡n

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Diamonds Are Forever Sean Connery, Sammy Davis, Jr.

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The Getaway Steve McQueen, Ali MacGraw, Sally Struthers - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Westworld Yul Brynner, James Brolin, Dick Van Patten

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Assault on Precinct 13 Austin Stoker, Charles Cyphers, Tony Burton

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Logan's Run Farrah Fawcett, Peter Ustinov, Jenny Agutter

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The Poseidon Adventure Gene Hackman, Stella Stevens, Ernest Borgnine

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Drunken Master Jackie Chan, Hwang Jang-lee, Lin Dai

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The Big Boss Bruce Lee, Lam Ching-ying, Nora Miao

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The Shootist John Wayne, Lauren Bacall, James Stewart

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Tom Cat added Moonraker Roger Moore, Lois Chiles, Richard Kiel

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Death Race 2000 Sylvester Stallone, David Carradine, Mary Woronov

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Gone in 60 Seconds George Cole, H. B. Halicki, Ronald Halicki

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The Towering Inferno O. J. Simpson, Paul Newman, Faye Dunaway

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Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia Kris Kristofferson, Gig Young, Warren Oates

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Shaft Richard Roundtree, Moses Gunn, Lawrence Pressman

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The Three Musketeers Raquel Welch, Christopher Lee, Faye Dunaway

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Airport Jacqueline Bissett, Dean Martin, Burt Lancaster

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Rollerball James Caan, Maud Adams, Ralph Richardson

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Earthquake Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, Victoria Principal

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The Driver Bruce Dern, Isabelle Adjani, Ryan O'Neal

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Black Sunday Terry Bradshaw, Bruce Dern, Robert Shaw

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Vanishing Point Charlotte Rampling, Cleavon Little, Dean Jagger

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Coffy is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best '70s Action Movies
Coffy Pam Grier, Sid Haig, Gail Davis

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The Omega Man Charlton Heston, Anthony Zerbe, Eric Laneuville

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The Duellists Harvey Keitel, Albert Finney, Pete Postlethwaite

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Foxy Brown Pam Grier, Sid Haig, Peter Brown

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THX 1138 Robert Duvall, Donald Pleasence, Sid Haig

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Keoma Franco Nero, Woody Strode, William Berger

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French Connection II Gene Hackman, Ed Lauter, Fernando Rey - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial