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The Best Comedy Movies of the 1970s 

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List Rules Vote up your favorite film comedies that were released in the 1970s.

In the '70s, comedy movies were dominated by two comedic heavyweights: Woody Allen and Mel Brooks They still left room for plenty of classic comedies like The Rocky Horror Picture Show and National Lampoon's Animal House, though. A lot of '70s comedies like The Bad News Bears were so great that they ended up being remade decades later. With all of these choices, what do you think are the top 1970s comedy movies? Vote up your favorites and vote down those that just aren't as funny. 

A look at this list of 1970s comedies makes it clear that Woody Allen and Mel Brooks were in their prime during this era. Allen delivered with the celebrated Annie Hall, Manhattan, and Sleeper, among others, while Brooks turned in two beloved '70s comedy films with Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein. That said, it could be argued that the funniest '70s films were, in fact, cult hits like The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Cheech and Chong's Up in Smoke, and Monty Python and the Holy Grail

This '70s comedy movies list is also filled with stellar movies that were then remade into not-so-stellar reboots years later. You have The In-Laws, The Bad News Bears, The Out-of-Towners, Freaky Friday, and The Heartbreak Kid. Do you think any of these movies deserves to be considered one of the best '70s comedy movies or did the remakes taint the originals? 

You know it was a good decade for comedy because even a merely decent 1970s comedy like Meatballs still featured the Bill Murray's very first starring role. Have fun and laugh it up while you vote up the top '70s comedy films, and feel free to add any that we may have missed!
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Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, John Beck

Released: 1973

Directed by: Woody Allen

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Peter Sellers, Dyan Cannon, Robert Loggia

Released: 1978

Directed by: Blake Edwards

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Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Sigourney Weaver

Released: 1977

Directed by: Woody Allen

Annie Hall is a 1977 American romantic comedy film directed by Woody Allen. Neurotic New York comedian Alvy Singer (Allen) falls in love with the ditzy Annie Hall (Diane Keaton).

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Donald Sutherland, Tina Louise, Leslie Nielsen

Released: 1977

Directed by: John Landis

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Sylvester Stallone, Woody Allen, Danny DeVito

Released: 1971

Directed by: Woody Allen

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Released: 1976

Directed by: Robert Moore

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Deacon Jones, Warren Beatty, Julie Christie

Released: 1978

Directed by: Buck Henry, Warren Beatty

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Julie Andrews, Bo Derek, Dudley Moore

Released: 1979

Directed by: Blake Edwards

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Ruth Gordon, Tom Skerritt, Bud Cort

Released: 1971

Directed by: Hal Ashby

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John Denver, Teri Garr, Carl Reiner

Released: 1977

Directed by: Carl Reiner

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Danny DeVito, Richard Pryor, George Carlin

Released: 1976

Directed by: Michael Schultz

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Dustin Hoffman, Faye Dunaway, Martin Balsam

Released: 1970

Directed by: Arthur Penn

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Jack Lemmon, Billy Dee Williams, Anne Meara

Released: 1970

Directed by: Arthur Hiller

The Out-of-Towners is a 1970 comedy film written by Neil Simon, directed by Arthur Hiller, and starring Jack Lemmon and Sandy Dennis. It was released by Paramount Pictures on May 28, 1970. Much ...more

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Tatum O'Neal, Randy Quaid, Madeline Kahn

Released: 1973

Directed by: Peter Bogdanovich

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Alan Arkin, Peter Falk, Ed Begley

Released: 1979

Directed by: Arthur Hiller

The In-Laws is a 1979 American action-comedy film starring Alan Arkin and Peter Falk, written by Andrew Bergman and directed by Arthur Hiller. The film was remade in 2003, with Michael Douglas, ...more

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Jodie Foster, Dick Van Patten, John Astin

Released: 1976

Directed by: Gary Nelson

Freaky Friday is a 1976 American fantasy comedy film directed by Gary Nelson and starring Barbara Harris as Ellen Andrews, Jodie Foster as her daughter Annabel, and John Astin as her husband, ...more

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Raquel Welch, Christopher Lee, Faye Dunaway

Released: 1973

Directed by: Richard Lester

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George Burns, Phyllis Diller, Walter Matthau

Released: 1975

Directed by: Herbert Ross

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Martin Sheen, Orson Welles, Jon Voight

Released: 1970

Directed by: Mike Nichols

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Woody Allen, Burt Reynolds, Gene Wilder

Released: 1972

Directed by: Woody Allen

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Woody Allen, Ingrid Bergman, Diane Keaton

Released: 1972

Directed by: Herbert Ross

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Released: 1971

Directed by: Mel Stuart

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Dennis Quaid, Jackie Earle Haley, Daniel Stern

Released: 1979

Directed by: Peter Yates

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Richard Dreyfuss, Marsha Mason, Powers Boothe

Released: 1977

Directed by: Herbert Ross

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Susan Saint James, Sherman Hemsley, George Hamilton

Released: 1979

Directed by: Stan Dragoti

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