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The Best Romance Movies of the 1970s 

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Updated July 8, 2019 1k votes 295 voters 24.7k views 32 items

List Rules Vote up your favorite love films that were released in the 1970s

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 Romance Movies of the 1970s
John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing

Released: 1978

Directed by: Randal Kleiser

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Love Story is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Romance Movies of the 1970s
Tommy Lee Jones, Ray Milland, Ryan O'Neal

Released: 1970

Directed by: Arthur Hiller

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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The Way We Were is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Romance Movies of the 1970s
Barbra Streisand, Robert Redford, James Woods

Released: 1973

Directed by: Sydney Pollack

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) 4 on the list The Best Romance Movies of the 1970s
Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith

Released: 1976

Directed by: John G. Avildsen

Rocky is a 1976 American sports drama film directed by John G. Avildsen. A small-time boxer (Sylvester Stallone) gets a supremely rare chance to fight a heavy-weight champion (Carl Weathers) in ...more

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Harold and Maude is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Romance Movies of the 1970s
Ruth Gordon, Tom Skerritt, Bud Cort

Released: 1971

Directed by: Hal Ashby

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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Heaven Can Wait is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Romance Movies of the 1970s
Deacon Jones, Warren Beatty, Julie Christie

Released: 1978

Directed by: Buck Henry, Warren Beatty

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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Saturday Night Fever is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Romance Movies of the 1970s
John Travolta, Fran Drescher, Denny Dillon

Released: 1977

Directed by: John Badham

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American Graffiti is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Romance Movies of the 1970s
Harrison Ford, Ron Howard, Suzanne Somers

Released: 1973

Directed by: George Lucas

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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Coming Home is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Romance Movies of the 1970s
Jane Fonda, Jon Voight, Bruce Dern

Released: 1978

Directed by: Hal Ashby

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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The Goodbye Girl is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Romance Movies of the 1970s
Richard Dreyfuss, Marsha Mason, Powers Boothe

Released: 1977

Directed by: Herbert Ross

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The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Romance Movies of the 1970s
Robert Redford, Mia Farrow, Bruce Dern

Released: 1974

Directed by: Jack Clayton

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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Play Misty for Me is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Romance Movies of the 1970s
Clint Eastwood, Donna Mills, Jessica Walter

Released: 1971

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

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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Time After Time is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Romance Movies of the 1970s
Corey Feldman, Malcolm McDowell, Mary Steenburgen

Released: 1979

Directed by: Nicholas Meyer

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Manhattan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Romance Movies of the 1970s
Meryl Streep, Woody Allen, Diane Keaton

Released: 1979

Directed by: Woody Allen

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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Annie Hall is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Romance Movies of the 1970s
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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Same Time, Next Year is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Romance Movies of the 1970s

Released: 1978

Directed by: Robert Mulligan

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Alice Doesn't Live Here ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Romance Movies of the 1970s
Jodie Foster, Kris Kristofferson, Laura Dern

Released: 1974

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

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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Days of Heaven is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Romance Movies of the 1970s
Richard Gere, Sam Shepard, Brooke Adams

Released: 1978

Directed by: Terrence Malick

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What's Up, Doc? is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Romance Movies of the 1970s
Barbra Streisand, Randy Quaid, Madeline Kahn

Released: 1972

Directed by: Peter Bogdanovich

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Melody is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Romance Movies of the 1970s
Byron Norgren Delos Reyes added Melody Mark Lester, Tracy Hyde, Jack Wild

Released: 1971

Directed by: Waris Hussein

Melody is a 1971 British film directed by Waris Hussein about puppy love. It was released as S.W.A.L.K. in the United Kingdom (S.W.A.L.K. is a message traditionally written on the envelopes of love letters by British schoolchildren, standing for sealed with a loving kiss). 

The film's musical soundtrack included songs by the Bee Gees ("In the Morning", "Melody Fair", "Give Your Best", and the hit singles "To Love Somebody" and "First of May"), and the Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young hit "Teach Your Children".

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10 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Romance Movies of the 1970s
Julie Andrews, Bo Derek, Dudley Moore

Released: 1979

Directed by: Blake Edwards

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Shampoo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Romance Movies of the 1970s
Goldie Hawn, Carrie Fisher, Warren Beatty

Released: 1975

Directed by: Hal Ashby

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Friends is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Romance Movies of the 1970s
Byron Norgren Delos Reyes added Sean Bury, Anicée Alvina

Released: 1971

Directed by: Lewis Gilbert

Friends is a 1971 teen-romance film directed and produced by Lewis Gilbert and written by Gilbert, Vernon Harris, and Jack Russell. The soundtrack, with music composed by Elton John and Paul Buckmaster, and lyrics written by Bernie Taupin, was released as the Friends album, and John's recording of the title selection charted when released as a single in the United States.

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Silver Streak is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Romance Movies of the 1970s
Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder, Ned Beatty

Released: 1976

Directed by: Arthur Hiller

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The Passenger is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Romance Movies of the 1970s
Jack Nicholson, Ian Hendry, Steven Berkoff

Released: 1975

Directed by: Michelangelo Antonioni

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