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The Best Movies of 1976  

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List of the best movies of 1976, with movie trailers when available. Lots of current movie stars were born in 1976, including Ryan Reynolds and Alicia Silverstone. These top movies of 1976 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 1976. You can filter this list of films that came out in 1976 for various bits of information, such as who directed the movie and what genre it is. Think the best 1976 movie isn't as high as it should be? Vote up your favorite so it will rise to the top.

Movies here include everything from Rocky to Taxi Driver.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best movies from 1976?" and "What are the most popular movies of 1976?"

1976 was a great year for movies, since a lot of classic films were released in 1976. This is a crowd sourced list that has been voted on by many people, so these top films of 1976 aren't just one persons opinion.
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Audrey Hepburn, Sean Connery, Richard Harris
Robin and Marian is a 1976 British-American romantic adventure period film directed by Richard Lester and written by James Goldman, based on the legend of Robin Hood. It stars Sean Connery as ...more
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Randy Quaid, David Carradine, Melinda Dillon
Bound for Glory is a 1976 American film directed by Hal Ashby and loosely adapted by Robert Getchell from Woody Guthrie's 1943 autobiography Bound for Glory. The film stars David Carradine as ...more
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Alfred Hitchcock, Bruce Dern, Karen Black
Family Plot is a 1976 American dark comedy/thriller film that was the final film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The film was based on Victor Canning's novel The Rainbird Pattern, which Ernest ...more
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Robert De Niro, Donald Sutherland, Burt Lancaster
1900 is a 1976 Italian epic film directed by Bernardo Bertolucci, starring Robert De Niro, Gérard Depardieu, Dominique Sanda, Donald Sutherland, Alida Valli, and Burt Lancaster. Set in ...more
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Orson Welles, Friz Freleng, Tex Avery
Bugs Bunny: Superstar is a 1975 Looney Tunes documentary film, narrated by Orson Welles and produced and directed by Larry Jackson. It was the first documentary to examine the history of the ...more
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Jodie Foster, Scott Baio, Paul Williams
Bugsy Malone is a 1976 British-American musical film, directed by Alan Parker. Set in Chicago, the film is loosely based on events from the early 1920s to 1931 during Prohibition, specifically ...more
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Roman Polanski, Shelley Winters, Isabelle Adjani
The Tenant is a 1976 psychological horror film directed by Roman Polanski, starring Polanski, Isabelle Adjani, Melvyn Douglas, and Shelley Winters. It is based upon the 1964 novel Le locataire ...more
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Sophia Loren, O. J. Simpson, Martin Sheen
The Cassandra Crossing is a 1976 British disaster/thriller film directed by George Pan Cosmatos and starring Richard Harris, Sophia Loren, Martin Sheen, Burt Lancaster, Lee Strasberg, Ava ...more
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Danny DeVito, Richard Pryor, George Carlin
Car Wash is a 1976 American comedy film released by Universal Pictures. The Art Linson Production was directed by Michael Schultz from a screenplay by Joel Schumacher. Starring Franklyn Ajaye, ...more
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Jack Nicholson, Robert De Niro, Anjelica Huston
The Last Tycoon is a 1976 American dramatic film directed by Elia Kazan and produced by Sam Spiegel, based upon Harold Pinter's screenplay adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Last Tycoon, ...more
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Jodie Foster, Martin Sheen, Alexis Smith
The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane is a 1976 Canadian-French film directed by Nicolas Gessner and starring Jodie Foster, Martin Sheen, Alexis Smith, Mort Shuman, and Scott Jacoby. It was ...more
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John Lithgow, Cliff Robertson, Geneviève Bujold
Obsession is a 1976 psychological thriller/mystery directed by Brian De Palma, starring Cliff Robertson, Geneviève Bujold, John Lithgow, and Stocker Fontelieu. The screenplay was by Paul ...more
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Faye Dunaway, Orson Welles, Malcolm McDowell
Voyage of the Damned is a 1976 drama film written by Gordon Thomas, Max Morgan Witts and Steve Shagan and directed by Stuart Rosenberg.
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Bette Davis, Burgess Meredith, Oliver Reed
Burnt Offerings is a 1976 mystery horror film based on the 1973 novel of the same name by Robert Marasco. Directed by Dan Curtis, the film stars Karen Black, Oliver Reed, Bette Davis, Lee H. ...more
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Dimos Dicoudis added Jacques Marin, Henri Cremieux, Ginette Garcin
The Smurfs and the Magic Flute is a 1976 Belgian animated film starring the Smurfs, directed by their creator, Peyo. Though the film premiered in 1976 in Belgium, and 1979 in the United Kingdom, ...more
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Suzanne Pleshette, Dick Van Patten, Tim Conway
The Shaggy D.A. is a 1976 film sequel to 1959's The Shaggy Dog produced by Walt Disney Productions. It was directed by Robert Stevenson and written by Don Tait, based on the original film and ...more
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Elizabeth Taylor, Anthony Hopkins, Kirk Douglas
Victory at Entebbe is a made-for-television film from 1976 based on an actual event: Operation Entebbe and the freeing of Israeli hostages at Entebbe Airport in Uganda. The airport is Uganda's ...more
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Sylvester Stallone, Martin Scorsese, David Carradine
Cannonball, also known as Carquake, is a 1976 film starring David Carradine. The film is one of two released in 1976 that were based on a real illegal cross-continent road race that took place ...more
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Dimos Dicoudis added Lena Olin, Liv Ullmann, Erland Josephson
Face to Face is a 1976 Swedish psychological drama film written and directed by Ingmar Bergman. It tells the story of a psychiatrist who is suffering from a mental illness. It stars Liv Ullmann ...more
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Jennifer O'Neill, Laura Antonelli, Giancarlo Giannini
The Innocent was the last film made by Italian director Luchino Visconti. Released in 1976, the film is based on the novel of the same name by Gabriele d'Annunzio.
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Charlton Heston, John Cassavetes, Gena Rowlands
Two-Minute Warning is a 1976 disaster film directed by Larry Peerce and starring Charlton Heston, John Cassavetes, Martin Balsam, Beau Bridges, Jack Klugman, Gena Rowlands, and David Janssen. It ...more
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David Niven, Don Knotts, Kim Richards
No Deposit, No Return is a 1976 comedy film directed by Norman Tokar. It was written by Arthur Alsberg and Don Nelson. It is the story of two children who hold themselves for ransom, reluctantly ...more
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Christopher George, Richard Jaeckel, Andrew Prine
Grizzly is a 1976 horror film directed by William Girdler, about a 15-foot tall, man-eating Grizzly bear that terrorizes a National Forest. It stars Christopher George, Andrew Prine and Richard ...more
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Tommy Lee Jones, Yvette Mimieux, Lisa Copeland
Jackson County Jail is an American exploitation action thriller film from 1976 directed by Michael Miller, starring Tommy Lee Jones, Yvette Mimieux and Lisa Copeland.
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Paul Newman, Burt Lancaster, Harvey Keitel
Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson is a 1976 revisionist Western directed by Robert Altman and based on the play Indians by Arthur Kopit. It stars Paul Newman as ...more