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The Best Disco Movies of the 1970s 

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Updated May 21, 2020 727 votes 241 voters 14.6k views 16 items

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Disco was everywhere in the 1970s. Pulsating out of speakers in clubs across the United States, disco music represented a backlash against rock n' roll, and the hippie counterculture of the 1960s. On this list of the greatest ‘70s disco movies, you will find plenty of great films, with soundtracks you won’t be able to get out of your head.


One of the most well-known films of the era and one of the best ‘70s disco movies is
Saturday Night Fever. In a career-defining role, John Travolta sweats it out as a Brooklyn boy overcoming his dreary life by giving his all on the dance floor. The movie’s soundtrack is one of the best-selling soundtracks ever, featuring songs by the Bee Gees. Abba, another disco era supergroup, made headlines with Abba: The Movie - a film about the group’s legendary 1970s Australian tour.
 

On this 1970s disco film list, you’ll even find basketball legends Julius Erving and Kareem Abdul-Jabar, who had pivotal roles in the disco farce The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh. Other top '70s disco movies include the disco sexploitation film, The Stud, and the side-splitting, toe-tapping comedy, The Car Wash, which featured cameos by George Carlin and Richard Pryor. Vote up the best '70s disco films, and let us know what you think in the comment section.   
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Saturday Night Fever is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Disco Movies of the 1970s
John Travolta, Fran Drescher, Denny Dillon

Released: 1977

Directed by: John Badham

Saturday Night Fever is a 1977 American drama film directed by John Badham. It stars John Travolta as Tony Manero, a working-class young man who spends his weekends dancing and drinking at a ...more

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Thank God It's Friday is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Disco Movies of the 1970s
Donna Summer, Jeff Goldblum, Debra Winger

Released: 1978

Directed by: Robert Klane

Thank God It's Friday is a 1978 film directed by Robert Klane and produced by Motown Productions and Casablanca Filmworks for Columbia Pictures. Produced at the height of the disco craze, the ...more

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The Rocky Horror Picture... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Disco Movies of the 1970s
Susan Sarandon, Tim Curry, Meat Loaf

Released: 1975

Directed by: Jim Sharman

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a 1975 musical horror comedy film by 20th Century Fox produced by Lou Adler and Michael White and directed by Jim Sharman. The screenplay was written by Sharman ...more

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Xanadu is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Disco Movies of the 1970s
Mike Williams Mendes added Olivia Newton-John, Gene Kelly, Cliff Richard

Released: 1980

Directed by: Robert Greenwald

Xanadu is a 1980 American romantic musical fantasy film written by Richard Christian Danus and Marc Reid Rubel and directed by Robert Greenwald. The title is a reference to the nightclub in the ...more

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Car Wash is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Disco Movies of the 1970s
Danny DeVito, Richard Pryor, George Carlin

Released: 1976

Directed by: Michael Schultz

Car Wash is a 1976 American comedy film released by Universal Pictures. The Art Linson Production was directed by Michael Schultz from a screenplay by Joel Schumacher. Starring Franklyn Ajaye, ...more

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Roller Boogie is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Disco Movies of the 1970s
Linda Blair, Dick Van Patten, Beverly Garland

Released: 1979

Directed by: Mark L. Lester

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ABBA: The Movie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Disco Movies of the 1970s
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The Apple is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Disco Movies of the 1970s
rfh3u23 added Miriam Margolyes, Catherine Mary Stewart, Joss Ackland

Released: 1980

Directed by: Menahem Golan

The Apple is a 1979 musical science fiction film starring Catherine Mary Stewart and directed by Menahem Golan. It is a discoesque rock opera-styled feature, set in a futuristic 1994, dealing ...more
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Skatetown, U.S.A. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Disco Movies of the 1970s
Patrick Swayze, Maureen McCormick, Scott Baio

Released: 1979

Directed by: William A. Levey

Skatetown, U.S.A. is a 1979 American comedic feature film produced to capitalize on the short-lived fad of roller disco. The film features many TV stars from the 1960s and 1970s, among them ...more
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Can’t Stop the Music is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Disco Movies of the 1970s
Can’t Stop the Music
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Cruising is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Disco Movies of the 1970s
Mike Williams Mendes added Al Pacino, Ed O'Neill, Karen Allen

Released: 1980

Directed by: William Friedkin

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Groupie Girl is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Disco Movies of the 1970s
Alexzin added Donald Sumpter, Mary Collinson, Madeleine Collinson

Released: 1970

Directed by: Derek Ford

Groupie Girl is a 1970 British drama film based around the music scene, directed by Derek Ford and starring Esme Johns, Donald Sumpter and the band Opal Butterfly. The film was written by Ford ...more
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Disco Godfather is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Disco Movies of the 1970s
Rudy Ray Moore, Hawthorne James, Carol Speed

Released: 1980

Directed by: J. Robert Wagoner

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Disco Fever is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Disco Movies of the 1970s
Casey Kasem, Fabian

Released: 1978

Directed by: Lamar Card

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Disco 9000 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Disco Movies of the 1970s
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The Fish That Saved Pitt... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Disco Movies of the 1970s
Julius Erving, Stockard Channing, Jonathan Winters

Released: 1979

Directed by: Gilbert Moses

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