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The Best Movies of 1970

Updated September 4, 2020 7.9k votes 411 voters 18.0k views124 items

List RulesOnly movies released in theaters in 1970.

List of the best movies of 1970, with movie trailers when available. Some of the biggest actors of all time, including Sylvester Stallone, Robert Downey Jr., Danny DeVito and Tommy Lee Jones had their first big screen roles in 1970. These top movies of 1970 are listed by popularity, so the movies with the most votes are at the top. This list consists of all different movie genres, but each film was released in 1970.

You can filter this list of films that came out in 1970 for various bits of information, such as who directed the movie and what genre it is. Think the best 1970 movie isn't as high as it should be? Vote up your favorite so it will rise to the top. List movies include Patton, MASH and many more.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best movies from 1970?" and "What are the most popular movies of 1970?"

1970 was a great year for movies, since a lot of classic films were released in 1970. This is a crowd sourced list that has been voted on by many people, so these top films of 1970 aren't just one persons opinion.
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    Two Mules for Sister Sara is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies of 1970
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    Two Mules for Sister Sara

    Clint Eastwood, Shirley MacLaine

    Released1970

    Directed byDon Siegel

    Two Mules for Sister Sara is an American-Mexican western film starring Shirley MacLaine set... more on Wikipedia
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    Patton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies of 1970
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    Patton

    George C. Scott, Karl Malden

    Released1970

    Directed byFranklin J. Schaffner

    Patton is a 1970 American epic biographical film about U.S. General George S. Patton during... more on Wikipedia

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    Kelly's Heroes is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies of 1970
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    Kelly's Heroes

    Clint Eastwood, Donald Sutherland

    Released1970

    Directed byBrian G. Hutton

    Kelly's Heroes is a 1970 comedy film directed by Brian G. Hutton, about a group of WWII... more on Wikipedia

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    Airport is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies of 1970
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    Airport

    Jacqueline Bissett, Dean Martin

    Released1970

    Directed byHenry Hathaway, George Seaton

    Airport is a 1970 American drama film starring Burt Lancaster and Dean Martin, directed and... more on Wikipedia

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    Tora! Tora! Tora! is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies of 1970
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    Tora! Tora! Tora!

    Jason Robards Jr., Martin Balsam

    Released1970

    Directed byRichard Fleischer, Toshio Masuda, Kinji Fukasaku

    Tora! Tora! Tora! is a 1970 American–Japanese film directed by Richard Fleischer and stars an... more on Wikipedia

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    Little Big Man is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies of 1970
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    Little Big Man

    Dustin Hoffman, Faye Dunaway

    Released1970

    Directed byArthur Penn

    Little Big Man is a 1970 American revisionist Western directed by Arthur Penn and based on the... more on Wikipedia
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    Beneath the Planet of the Apes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies of 1970
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    Beneath the Planet of the Apes

    Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall

    Released1970

    Directed byTed Post

    Beneath the Planet of the Apes is a 1970 American science fiction film directed by Ted Post... more on Wikipedia

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    Chisum is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies of 1970
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    Chisum

    John Wayne, Ben Johnson

    Released1970

    Directed byAndrew V. McLaglen

    Chisum is a 1970 Warner Bros. Technicolor Western film starring John Wayne. The large cast... more on Wikipedia
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    Rio Lobo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies of 1970
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    Rio Lobo

    John Wayne, Jennifer O'Neill

    Released1970

    Directed byHoward Hawks

    Rio Lobo is a 1970 American Western film starring John Wayne. The film was the last film... more on Wikipedia

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    The Aristocats is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies of 1970
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    The Aristocats

    Eva Gabor, Ruth Buzzi

    Released1970

    Directed byWolfgang Reitherman

    The Aristocats is a 1970 American animated feature film produced and released by Walt Disney... more on Wikipedia

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    MASH is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies of 1970
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    MASH

    Robert Duvall, Donald Sutherland

    Released1970

    Directed byRobert Altman

    MASH is a 1970 American satirical black comedy film directed by Robert Altman and written by... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Woodstock is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies of 1970
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    Woodstock

    Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin

    Released1970

    Directed byMichael Wadleigh

    Woodstock is a 1970 American documentary of the watershed counterculture Woodstock Festival... more on Wikipedia

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    They call me MISTER Tibbs is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies of 1970
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    They call me MISTER Tibbs

    Sidney Poitier, Ed Asner

    Released1970

    Directed byGordon Douglas

    They Call Me Mister Tibbs!, stylized with emphasis on "Mister", is a 1970 film, a sequel to... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    El Topo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies of 1970
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    El Topo

    David Silva, Alejandro Jodorowsky

    Released1970

    Directed byAlejandro Jodorowsky

    El Topo is a 1970 American-Mexican western film written and directed by and starring Alejandro... more on Wikipedia
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    Connecting Rooms is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies of 1970
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    Connecting Rooms

    Bette Davis, Michael Redgrave

    Released1970

    Directed byFranklin Gollings

    Connecting Rooms is a 1970 British drama film written and directed by Franklin Gollings. The... more on Wikipedia
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    The Bird with the Crystal Plum is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies of 1970
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    The Bird with the Crystal Plumage

    Mario Adorf, Tony Musante

    Released1970

    Directed byDario Argento

    The Bird with the Crystal Plumage is a 1970 Italian giallo film directed by Dario Argento, in... more on Wikipedia
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    The Cheyenne Social Club is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies of 1970
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    The Cheyenne Social Club

    James Stewart, Henry Fonda

    Released1970

    Directed byGene Kelly

    The Cheyenne Social Club is a 1970 Western comedy, written by James Lee Barrett, directed and... more on Wikipedia

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    Scrooge is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies of 1970
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    Scrooge

    Alec Guinness, Albert Finney

    Released1970

    Directed byRonald Neame

    Scrooge is a 1970 musical film adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic 1843 story, A Christmas... more on Wikipedia

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    Donkey Skin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies of 1970
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    Donkey Skin

    Catherine Deneuve, Jean Marais

    Released1970

    Directed byJacques Demy

    Peau d'Âne is a 1970 French musical film directed by Jacques Demy. It is also known by the... more on Wikipedia

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    The Twelve Chairs is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies of 1970
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    The Twelve Chairs

    Mel Brooks, Frank Langella

    Released1970

    Directed byMel Brooks

    The Twelve Chairs is a 1970 American comedy film directed by Mel Brooks, starring Frank... more on Wikipedia
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    Cold Sweat is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies of 1970
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    Cold Sweat

    Charles Bronson, Liv Ullmann

    Released1970

    Directed byTerence Young

    Cold Sweat is a 1970 French/ Italian international co-production starring Charles Bronson and... more on Wikipedia
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    The Out-of-Towners is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies of 1970
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    The Out-of-Towners

    Jack Lemmon, Billy Dee Williams

    Released1970

    Directed byArthur Hiller

    The Out-of-Towners is a 1970 comedy film written by Neil Simon, directed by Arthur Hiller, and... more on Wikipedia

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    Too Late the Hero is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies of 1970
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    Too Late the Hero

    Michael Caine, Henry Fonda

    Released1970

    Directed byRobert Aldrich

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    Catch-22 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies of 1970
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    Catch-22

    Martin Sheen, Orson Welles

    Released1970

    Directed byMike Nichols

    Catch-22 is a 1970 film adaptation of the novel of the same name by Joseph Heller. In creating... more on Wikipedia

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    Little Fauss and Big Halsy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies of 1970
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    Little Fauss and Big Halsy

    Robert Redford, Lauren Hutton

    Released1970

    Directed bySidney J. Furie

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