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The Best Movies of 1970 

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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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George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Paul Frees

Released: 1970

Directed by: Franklin J. Schaffner

Patton is a 1970 American epic biographical film about U.S. General George S. Patton during WWII. It stars George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Michael Bates and Karl Michael Vogler. It was directed by ...more

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Clint Eastwood, Donald Sutherland, Don Rickles

Released: 1970

Directed by: Brian G. Hutton

Kelly's Heroes is a 1970 comedy film directed by Brian G. Hutton, about a group of WWII soldiers who go AWOL to rob a bank behind enemy lines. The film stars Clint Eastwood, Telly Savalas, Don ...more

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#28 of 377 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked #182 of 481 The Greatest Movies for Guys #21 of 214 The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time

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Jason Robards Jr., Martin Balsam, Joseph Cotten

Released: 1970

Directed by: Richard Fleischer, Toshio Masuda, Kinji Fukasaku

Tora! Tora! Tora! is a 1970 American–Japanese film directed by Richard Fleischer and stars an ensemble cast, including Martin Balsam, Joseph Cotten, Sō Yamamura, E. G. Marshall, James Whitmore ...more

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#19 of 377 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked #11 of 214 The Greatest World War II Movies of All Timelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Clint Eastwood, Shirley MacLaine, Armando Silvestre

Released: 1970

Directed by: Don Siegel

Two Mules for Sister Sara is an American-Mexican western film starring Shirley MacLaine set during the French intervention in Mexico. The film was released in 1970 and directed by Don Siegel. It ...more

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#49 of 399 The Best Western Movies Ever Made #1,074 of 1,646 The Most Rewatchable Movies #363 of 557 The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

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John Wayne, Ben Johnson, Forrest Tucker

Released: 1970

Directed by: Andrew V. McLaglen

Chisum is a 1970 Warner Bros. Technicolor Western film starring John Wayne. The large cast also includes Forrest Tucker, Christopher George, Ben Johnson, Glenn Corbett, Geoffrey Deuel, Andrew ...more

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#45 of 399 The Best Western Movies Ever Made #232 of 481 The Greatest Movies for Guys #982 of 1,646 The Most Rewatchable Movies

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John Wayne, Jennifer O'Neill, Jack Elam

Released: 1970

Directed by: Howard Hawks

Rio Lobo is a 1970 American Western film starring John Wayne. The film was the last film directed by Howard Hawks, from a script by Leigh Brackett. The film was shot in Technicolor with a ...more

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#47 of 399 The Best Western Movies Ever Made #14 of 47 The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made #21 of 45 The Best Western Movies of the '70s

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Sidney Poitier, Ed Asner, Martin Landau

Released: 1970

Directed by: Gordon Douglas

They Call Me Mister Tibbs!, stylized with emphasis on "Mister", is a 1970 film, a sequel to 1967's In the Heat of the Night. The title was taken from a line in the first film. Sidney ...more

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#244 of 629 The Best Black Movies Ever Made, Ranked #24 of 26 26 Spin-Offs And Sequels To Hollywood Films You Probably Never Knew Existed #13 of 43 The Best Black Movies of the 1970s

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Jacqueline Bissett, Dean Martin, Burt Lancaster

Released: 1970

Directed by: Henry Hathaway, George Seaton

Airport is a 1970 American drama film starring Burt Lancaster and Dean Martin, directed and written by George Seaton, and based on Arthur Hailey's 1968 novel of the same name. It originated the ...more

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#28 of 405 The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time #85 of 554 The Best '70s Movieslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Dustin Hoffman, Faye Dunaway, Martin Balsam

Released: 1970

Directed by: Arthur Penn

Little Big Man is a 1970 American revisionist Western directed by Arthur Penn and based on the novel Little Big Man by Thomas Berger. It is a picaresque comedy about a white male child raised by ...more

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#69 of 399 The Best Western Movies Ever Made #209 of 377 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked #253 of 922 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films

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Eva Gabor, Ruth Buzzi, Scatman Crothers

Released: 1970

Directed by: Wolfgang Reitherman

The Aristocats is a 1970 American animated feature film produced and released by Walt Disney Productions and features the voices of Eva Gabor, Hermione Baddeley, Phil Harris, Dean Clark, ...more

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#18 of 568 The Best Animated Films Ever #864 of 1,646 The Most Rewatchable Movies #107 of 554 The Best '70s Movies

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James Stewart, Henry Fonda, Shirley Jones

Released: 1970

Directed by: Gene Kelly

The Cheyenne Social Club is a 1970 Western comedy, written by James Lee Barrett, directed and produced by Gene Kelly, and starring James Stewart, Henry Fonda and Shirley Jones. It's the story ...more

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#89 of 399 The Best Western Movies Ever Made #947 of 1,137 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time #120 of 176 The Best Comedy Movies Of The 1970s

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Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Pete Townshend

Released: 1970

Directed by: Michael Wadleigh

Woodstock is a 1970 American documentary of the watershed counterculture Woodstock Festival that took place in August 1969 at Bethel in New York. Entertainment Weekly called this film the ...more

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Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Linda Harrison

Released: 1970

Directed by: Ted Post

Beneath the Planet of the Apes is a 1970 American science fiction film directed by Ted Post and written by Paul Dehn. It is the second of five films in the original Planet of the Apes series ...more

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#111 of 158 The Best Movie Sequels Ever Made #774 of 1,646 The Most Rewatchable Movies #118 of 154 The Best Dystopian And Near Future Movies

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Robert Duvall, Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould

Released: 1970

Directed by: Robert Altman

MASH is a 1970 American satirical black comedy film directed by Robert Altman and written by Ring Lardner, Jr., based on Richard Hooker's novel MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors. The ...more

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Jack Nicholson, Karen Black, Sally Struthers

Released: 1970

Directed by: Bob Rafelson

Five Easy Pieces is a 1970 American drama film written by Carole Eastman and Bob Rafelson, and directed by Rafelson. The film stars Jack Nicholson, with Karen Black, Susan Anspach, Ralph Waite, ...more

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#93 of 554 The Best '70s Movies #272 of 675 The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars #42 of 46 Famous Movie Monologues

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Jack Lemmon, Billy Dee Williams, Anne Meara

Released: 1970

Directed by: Arthur Hiller

The Out-of-Towners is a 1970 comedy film written by Neil Simon, directed by Arthur Hiller, and starring Jack Lemmon and Sandy Dennis. It was released by Paramount Pictures on May 28, 1970. Much ...more

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#396 of 922 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #355 of 1,137 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time #1,366 of 1,646 The Most Rewatchable Movies

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Alec Guinness, Albert Finney, Kenneth More

Released: 1970

Directed by: Ronald Neame

Scrooge is a 1970 musical film adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic 1843 story, A Christmas Carol. It was filmed in London between January and May 1970 and directed by Ronald Neame, and ...more

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#54 of 101 The Best Christmas Movies of All Time #259 of 372 The Best Musical Movies of All Time #81 of 177 The Best Family Drama Movies of All Time

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Martin Sheen, Orson Welles, Jon Voight

Released: 1970

Directed by: Mike Nichols

Catch-22 is a 1970 film adaptation of the novel of the same name by Joseph Heller. In creating a black comedy revolving around the "lunatic characters" of Heller's satirical novel set ...more

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#147 of 377 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked #167 of 358 The Best Movies Based On Books #91 of 214 The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time

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Jean-Louis Trintignant, Stefania Sandrelli, Dominique Sanda

Released: 1970

Directed by: Bernardo Bertolucci

The Conformist is a 1970 political drama directed by Bernardo Bertolucci. The screenplay was written by Bertolucci based on the 1951 novel The Conformist by Alberto Moravia. The film features ...more

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#137 of 554 The Best '70s Movies #291 of 313 The Best Political Films Ever Made #47 of 334 The Greatest Movies in World Cinema History

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Richard Harris, Judith Anderson, James Gammon

Released: 1970

Directed by: Elliot Silverstein

A Man Called Horse is a 1970 American Western film starring Richard Harris and directed by Elliot Silverstein. Based on a short story by Dorothy M. Johnson, "A Man Called Horse", ...more

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#81 of 399 The Best Western Movies Ever Made #13 of 113 The Best Native American Movies #14 of 45 The Best Western Movies of the '70s

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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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#139 of 554 The Best '70s Movies #233 of 693 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Madelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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lostshadow added Lee Marvin, Jack Palance, Jeanne Moreau

Released: 1970

Directed by: William A. Fraker

Monte Walsh is taken from the title of a 1963 western novel by Jack Schaefer. The movie has little to do with the plot of Schaefer's book. It was directed in 1970 by cinematographer William A. ...more

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#118 of 419 The Best Western Movies Ever Made #446 of 590 The Best '70s Movies #22 of 45 The Best Western Movies of the '70s

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Stella Stevens, Jason Robards Jr., David Warner

Released: 1970

Directed by: Sam Peckinpah

The Ballad of Cable Hogue is a 1970 Western film directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring Jason Robards, Stella Stevens and David Warner. Set in the Arizona desert during a period when the ...more

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#219 of 399 The Best Western Movies Ever Made #31 of 45 The Best Western Movies of the '70s #86 of 164 The Best Spaghetti Western Movies

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Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr

Released: 1970

Directed by: Michael Lindsay-Hogg

Let It Be is a 1970 documentary film about the Beatles rehearsing and recording songs for the album Let It Be in January 1969. The film features an unannounced rooftop concert by the group, ...more

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#277 of 554 The Best '70s Movies #45 of 196 The Best Movies About Musiclisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Timothy Dalton, Harry Andrews, Julian Glover

Released: 1970

Directed by: Robert Fuest

Wuthering Heights is a 1970 film directed by Robert Fuest. It is based on the classic Emily Brontë novel of the same name. Like the 1939 version, this film depicts only the first sixteen ...more