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This list of '70s romance movies is ranked from best to worst and includes the most romantic movies from one of cinema's most remarkable decades. These 1970s romance movies are all love stories in way or another, but they're also very different; some are heavy dramas while others are light comedies.

Some of the best '70s love movies are breezy entertainments while others, like the Woody Allen films here, are among the most acclaimed films of all time. Annie Hall, Manhattan, and Play It Again, Sam are a few of the great Woody Allen movies that you will see on this 1970s romance movies list.

Naturally, Love Story makes the cut of the top '70s romantic films. This classic 1970s film contains the iconic line, “Love means never having to say you're sorry.” The Great Gatsby is often considered the great American novel and its 1974 film adaptation, starring Mia Farrow and Robert Redford, centers around the book's love story. Harold & Maude, meanwhile, is a '70s romantic movie that proves that age ain't nothing but a number.

Which romance movie from the 1970s is your favorite? Vote up the best, vote down the worst, add any '70s romances we may have omitted, and if you've seen enough of the films on this list, rerank it!
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Grease is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '70s Romance Movies
Grease John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing Grease is a 1978 American musical romantic comedy-drama film directed by Randal Kleiser and produced by Paramount Pictures. It is based on Warren Casey and Jim Jacobs' 1971 musical of the same ...more

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Love Story is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '70s Romance Movies
Love Story Tommy Lee Jones, Ray Milland, Ryan O'Neal Love Story is a 1970 romantic drama film written by Erich Segal, who also authored the best-selling novel of the same name. It was directed by Arthur Hiller and starred Ryan O'Neal, Ali MacGraw, ...more

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Harold and Maude is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '70s Romance Movies
Harold and Maude Ruth Gordon, Tom Skerritt, Bud Cort Harold and Maude is a 1971 American romantic dark comedy directed by Hal Ashby and released by Paramount Pictures. It incorporates elements of dark humor and existentialist drama, with a plot ...more

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American Graffiti is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '70s Romance Movies
American Graffiti Harrison Ford, Ron Howard, Suzanne Somers American Graffiti is a 1973 American coming of age comedy-drama film directed and co-written by George Lucas starring Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Harrison Ford, Charles Martin ...more

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Heaven Can Wait is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '70s Romance Movies
Heaven Can Wait Deacon Jones, Warren Beatty, Julie Christie Heaven Can Wait is a 1978 American comedy film co-directed by Warren Beatty and Buck Henry. It is the second film adaptation of Harry Segall's stageplay of the same name, preceded by Here Comes ...more

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The Way We Were is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '70s Romance Movies
The Way We Were Barbra Streisand, Robert Redford, James Woods Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial The Way We Were is a 1973 American romantic drama film, starring Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford, and directed by Sydney Pollack. The screenplay by Arthur Laurents was based on his college ...more

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Rocky is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '70s Romance Movies
Rocky Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith Rocky is a 1976 American sports drama film directed by John G. Avildsen and both written by and starring Sylvester Stallone. It tells the rags to riches American Dream story of Rocky Balboa, an ...more

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Time After Time is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '70s Romance Movies
Time After Time Corey Feldman, Malcolm McDowell, Mary Steenburgen Time After Time is a 1979 American science fiction film starring Malcolm McDowell, David Warner and Mary Steenburgen. It was the directing debut of screenwriter Nicholas Meyer, whose screenplay ...more

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Saturday Night Fever is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '70s Romance Movies
Saturday Night Fever 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

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Manhattan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '70s Romance Movies
Manhattan Meryl Streep, Woody Allen, Diane Keaton Manhattan is a 1979 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Woody Allen and produced by Charles H. Joffe. The screenplay was written by Allen and Marshall Brickman. Allen co-stars as a ...more

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Same Time, Next Year is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '70s Romance Movies
Same Time, Next Year Same Time, Next Year is a 1975 romantic comedy play by Bernard Slade. The plot focuses on two people, married to others, who meet for a romantic tryst once a year for two dozen years.

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Annie Hall is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '70s Romance Movies
Annie Hall Woody Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Christopher Walken Annie Hall is a 1977 American romantic comedy directed by Woody Allen from a screenplay he co-wrote with Marshall Brickman. Produced by Allen's manager, Charles H. Joffe, the film stars Allen as ...more

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Play Misty for Me is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '70s Romance Movies
Play Misty for Me Clint Eastwood, Donna Mills, Jessica Walter Play Misty for Me is a 1971 American psychological thriller film, directed by and starring Clint Eastwood, in his directorial debut. Jessica Walter and Donna Mills co-star. The original music ...more

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The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '70s Romance Movies
The Great Gatsby Robert Redford, Mia Farrow, Bruce Dern The Great Gatsby is a 1974 American romantic drama film distributed by Newdon Productions and Paramount Pictures. It was directed by Jack Clayton and produced by David Merrick, from a screenplay ...more

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Days of Heaven is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '70s Romance Movies
Days of Heaven Richard Gere, Sam Shepard, Brooke Adams Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Days of Heaven is a 1978 American drama film written and directed by Terrence Malick and starring Richard Gere, Brooke Adams, Sam Shepard and Linda Manz. Set in 1916, it tells the story of Bill ...more

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Coming Home is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '70s Romance Movies
Coming Home Jane Fonda, Jon Voight, Bruce Dern Coming Home is a 1978 drama film directed by Hal Ashby and starring Jane Fonda, Jon Voight and Bruce Dern. The screenplay by Waldo Salt and Robert C. Jones was from a story by Nancy Dowd. The ...more

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Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymor... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '70s Romance Movies
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore Jodie Foster, Kris Kristofferson, Laura Dern Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore is a 1974 American comedy-drama film directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Robert Getchell. It stars Ellen Burstyn as a widow who travels with her preteen ...more

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The Goodbye Girl is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '70s Romance Movies
The Goodbye Girl Richard Dreyfuss, Marsha Mason, Powers Boothe The Goodbye Girl is a 1977 American romantic comedy-drama film. Directed by Herbert Ross, the film stars Richard Dreyfuss, Marsha Mason, Quinn Cummings, and Paul Benedict. The original ...more

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Shampoo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '70s Romance Movies
Shampoo Goldie Hawn, Carrie Fisher, Warren Beatty Shampoo is a 1975 American satirical romantic comedy-drama film written by Robert Towne and directed by Hal Ashby. It stars Warren Beatty, Julie Christie and Goldie Hawn, with Lee Grant, Jack ...more

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Silver Streak is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '70s Romance Movies
Silver Streak Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder, Ned Beatty Silver Streak is a 1976 comedy-thriller film about a murder on a Los Angeles-to-Chicago train journey. It was directed by Arthur Hiller and stars Gene Wilder, Jill Clayburgh, and Richard Pryor, ...more

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What's Up, Doc? is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '70s Romance Movies
What's Up, Doc? Barbra Streisand, Randy Quaid, Madeline Kahn What's Up, Doc? is a 1972 screwball comedy film released by Warner Bros., directed by Peter Bogdanovich and starring Barbra Streisand, Ryan O'Neal, and Madeline Kahn in her first feature film ...more

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The Passenger is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '70s Romance Movies
The Passenger Jack Nicholson, Ian Hendry, Steven Berkoff The Passenger is a 1975 film directed by Michelangelo Antonioni. Written by Antonioni and Peter Wollen, the film is about a British-American journalist, David Locke who assumes the identity of a ...more

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10 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '70s Romance Movies
10 Julie Andrews, Bo Derek, Dudley Moore 10 is a 1979 romantic comedy film directed, produced and written by Blake Edwards, and starring Dudley Moore, Julie Andrews, Robert Webber, Dee Wallace, and Bo Derek, in her first major film ...more

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The Three Musketeers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '70s Romance Movies
The Three Musketeers Raquel Welch, Christopher Lee, Faye Dunaway The Three Musketeers is a 1973 film based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas, père. It was directed by Richard Lester and written by George MacDonald Fraser. It was originally proposed in ...more

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California Suite is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '70s Romance Movies
California Suite Jane Fonda, Bill Cosby, Michael Caine California Suite is a 1978 American comedy film directed by Herbert Ross. The screenplay by Neil Simon is based on his play of the same title. Similar to his earlier Plaza Suite, the film ...more

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The Panic in Needle Park is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best '70s Romance Movies
The Panic in Needle Park Al Pacino, Paul Sorvino, Raúl Juliá The Panic in Needle Park is a 1971 American film directed by Jerry Schatzberg and starring Al Pacino in his second film appearance. The screenplay was written by Joan Didion and John Gregory ...more

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Every Which Way but Loose is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best '70s Romance Movies
Every Which Way but Loose Clint Eastwood, Beverly DAngelo, Ruth Gordon Every Which Way but Loose is a 1978 American adventure comedy film, released by Warner Brothers, produced by Robert Daley and directed by James Fargo. It stars Clint Eastwood in an ...more

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Play It Again, Sam is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best '70s Romance Movies
Play It Again, Sam Woody Allen, Ingrid Bergman, Diane Keaton Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Play It Again, Sam is a 1972 film written by and starring Woody Allen, based on his 1969 Broadway play. The film was directed by Herbert Ross, which is unusual, in that Allen usually directs his ...more

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Thieves Like Us is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best '70s Romance Movies
Thieves Like Us Louise Fletcher, Shelley Duvall, Keith Carradine Thieves Like Us is a 1974 film directed by Robert Altman and starring Keith Carradine and Shelley Duvall. The film was based on the novel Thieves Like Us by Edward Anderson, which was also the ...more

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Last Tango in Paris is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best '70s Romance Movies
Last Tango in Paris Marlon Brando, Jean Piere Leaud, Catherine Breillat Last Tango in Paris is a 1972 Franco-Italian romantic erotic drama film directed by Bernardo Bertolucci which portrays a recent American widower who begins an anonymous sexual relationship with ...more