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The Best Romance Movies of the 1970s

Updated November 16, 2020 1.3k votes 327 voters 29.6k views66 items

List RulesVote 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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  • Grease1
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    Grease

    John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John

    Released1978

    Directed byRandal Kleiser

    Grease is a 1978 American musical romantic comedy-drama film directed by Randal Kleiser and...  more

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    Love Story

    Tommy Lee Jones, Ray Milland

    Released1970

    Directed byArthur Hiller

    Love Story is a 1970 romantic drama film written by Erich Segal, who also authored the...  more

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  • The Way We Were3
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    The Way We Were

    Barbra Streisand, Robert Redford

    Released1973

    Directed bySydney Pollack

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    The Way We Were is a 1973 American romantic drama film, starring Barbra Streisand and Robert...  more

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  • Harold and Maude4
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    Harold and Maude

    Ruth Gordon, Tom Skerritt

    Released1971

    Directed byHal Ashby

    Harold and Maude is a 1971 American romantic dark comedy directed by Hal Ashby and released by...  more
  • Saturday Night Fever5
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    Saturday Night Fever

    John Travolta, Fran Drescher

    Released1977

    Directed byJohn Badham

    Saturday Night Fever is a 1977 American drama film directed by John Badham. It stars John...  more
  • Rocky6
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    Rocky

    Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier

    Released1976

    Directed byJohn G. Avildsen

    Rocky is a 1976 American sports drama film directed by John G. Avildsen. A small-time boxer...  more

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  • Heaven Can Wait7
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    Heaven Can Wait

    Deacon Jones, Warren Beatty

    Released1978

    Directed byBuck Henry, Warren Beatty

    Heaven Can Wait is a 1978 American comedy film co-directed by Warren Beatty and Buck Henry. It...  more
  • Silver Streak8
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    Silver Streak

    Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder

    Released1976

    Directed byArthur Hiller

    Silver Streak is a 1976 comedy-thriller film about an event on a Los Angeles-to-Chicago train...  more
  • The Goodbye Girl9
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    The Goodbye Girl

    Richard Dreyfuss, Marsha Mason

    Released1977

    Directed byHerbert Ross

    The Goodbye Girl is a 1977 American romantic comedy-drama film. Directed by Herbert Ross, the...  more
  • Coming Home10
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    Coming Home

    Jane Fonda, Jon Voight

    Released1978

    Directed byHal Ashby

    Coming Home is a 1978 drama film directed by Hal Ashby and starring Jane Fonda, Jon Voight and...  more

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  • The Great Gatsby11
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    The Great Gatsby

    Robert Redford, Mia Farrow

    Released1974

    Directed byJack Clayton

    The Great Gatsby is a 1974 American romantic drama film distributed by Newdon Productions and...  more
  • Every Which Way but Loose12
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    Every Which Way but Loose

    Clint Eastwood, Beverly DAngelo

    Released1978

    Directed byJames Fargo

    Every Which Way but Loose is a 1978 American adventure comedy film, released by Warner...  more
  • The Three Musketeers13
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    The Three Musketeers

    Raquel Welch, Christopher Lee

    Released1973

    Directed byRichard Lester

    The Three Musketeers is a 1973 film based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas, père. It was...  more

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  • Play Misty for Me14
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    Play Misty for Me

    Clint Eastwood, Donna Mills

    Released1971

    Directed byClint Eastwood

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  • American Graffiti15
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    American Graffiti

    Harrison Ford, Ron Howard

    Released1973

    Directed byGeorge Lucas

    American Graffiti is a 1973 American coming of age comedy-drama film directed and co-written...  more

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  • Time After Time16
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    Time After Time

    Corey Feldman, Malcolm McDowell

    Released1979

    Directed byNicholas Meyer

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  • Melody17
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    Melody

    Mark Lester, Tracy Hyde

    Released1971

    Directed byWaris 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".

    Melody is a 1971 British film directed by Waris Hussein about "puppy love". It was released as...  more
  • Friends18
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    Friends

    Sean Bury, Anicée Alvina

    Released1971

    Directed byLewis 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.

  • Annie Hall19
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    Annie Hall

    Woody Allen, Diane Keaton

    Released1977

    Directed byWoody Allen

    Annie Hall is a 1977 American romantic comedy film directed by Woody Allen. Neurotic New York...  more

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  • Play It Again, Sam20
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    Play It Again, Sam

    Woody Allen, Ingrid Bergman

    Released1972

    Directed byHerbert Ross

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  • Manhattan21
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    Manhattan

    Meryl Streep, Woody Allen

    Released1979

    Directed byWoody Allen

    Manhattan is a 1979 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Woody Allen and produced...  more
  • What's Up, Doc?22
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    What's Up, Doc?

    Barbra Streisand, Randy Quaid

    Released1972

    Directed byPeter Bogdanovich

    What's Up, Doc? is a 1972 screwball comedy film released by Warner Bros., directed by Peter...  more
  • Same Time, Next Year23
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    10

    Julie Andrews, Bo Derek

    Released1979

    Directed byBlake Edwards

    10 is a 1979 romantic comedy film directed, produced and written by Blake Edwards, and...  more
  • Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore25
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    Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore

    Jodie Foster, Kris Kristofferson

    Released1974

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore is a 1974 American comedy-drama film directed by Martin...  more