Entertainment The Best '70s Disco Movies  

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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 '70s Disco Movies
John Travolta, Fran Drescher, Denny Dillon
Saturday Night Fever is a 1977 American dance film directed by John Badham and starring John Travolta as Tony Manero, a young man whose weekends are spent visiting a local Brooklyn discotheque; ...more
48 17
Thank God It's Friday is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '70s Disco Movies
Donna Summer, Jeff Goldblum, Debra Winger
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
44 28
The Rocky Horror Picture Show is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '70s Disco Movies
Susan Sarandon, Tim Curry, Meat Loaf
The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a 1975 British-American musical comedy horror film directed by Jim Sharman. The screenplay was written by Sharman and Richard O'Brien based on the 1973 musical ...more
26 13
Car Wash is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '70s Disco Movies
Danny DeVito, Richard Pryor, George Carlin
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
21 10
Xanadu is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '70s Disco Movies
Mike Williams Mendes added Olivia Newton-John, Gene Kelly, Cliff Richard
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
25 16
Roller Boogie is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '70s Disco Movies
Linda Blair, Dick Van Patten, Beverly Garland
Roller Boogie is a 1979 musical film starring Linda Blair and introducing Jim Bray, a former competitive artistic skater from California. The film also stars Beverly Garland, Mark Goddard, and ...more
15 15
ABBA: The Movie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '70s Disco Movies
5 5
Groupie Girl is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '70s Disco Movies
Alexzin added Donald Sumpter, Mary Collinson, Madeleine Collinson
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
15 18
Skatetown, U.S.A. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '70s Disco Movies
Patrick Swayze, Maureen McCormick, Scott Baio
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
7 8
Cruising is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '70s Disco Movies
Mike Williams Mendes added Al Pacino, Ed O'Neill, Karen Allen
Cruising is a 1980 psychological thriller film written and directed by William Friedkin and starring Al Pacino. The film is loosely based on the novel of the same name, by The New York Times ...more
15 20
Can’t Stop the Music is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '70s Disco Movies
Can’t Stop the Music
11 16
Disco Godfather is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '70s Disco Movies
Rudy Ray Moore, Hawthorne James, Carol Speed
Disco Godfather, also known as The Avenging Disco Godfather, is a 1979 action film starring Rudy Ray Moore and Carol Speed, directed by J. Robert Wagoner and released by Transvue Pictures. ...more
9 14
Disco Fever is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '70s Disco Movies
Casey Kasem, Fabian
Disco Fever, also known as Jukebox, is a 1978 American film about a nightclub owner who plans the comeback of an ex-teen idol.
8 15
The Stud is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '70s Disco Movies
Joan Collins, Sue Lloyd, Walter Gotell
The Stud is a 1978 film starring Joan Collins and Oliver Tobias. It is based on the 1969 novel of the same name by Jackie Collins.
7 14
The Bitch is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '70s Disco Movies
Joan Collins, John Ratzenberger, Ian Hendry
The Bitch is a British film released in 1979. It is a sequel to The Stud, and both films were based on novels by British author Jackie Collins. Like its predecessor, the film starred her sister, ...more
10 19
The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '70s Disco Movies
Julius Erving, Stockard Channing, Jonathan Winters
The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh is an American sports/fantasy comedy film that was released in 1979. The movie was directed by Gilbert Moses and co-produced by David Dashev and Gary Stromberg. It ...more
7 16
Disco 9000 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '70s Disco Movies
Disco 9000