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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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Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith
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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John Wayne, Lauren Bacall, James Stewart
The Shootist is a 1976 Western film directed by Don Siegel and starring John Wayne in his final film role, about a gunfighter who spends his last days looking for a way to stop with the least ...more

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#23 of 396 The Best Western Movies Ever Made #242 of 291 The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry #112 of 125 Movies That Should Never Be Remade

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Taxi Driver is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies of 1976
Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Martin Scorsese
Taxi Driver is a 1976 American neo-noir psychological thriller film directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Paul Schrader. Set in New York City soon after the end of the Vietnam War, the film ...more

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Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, John Vernon
The Outlaw Josey Wales is a 1976 American revisionist Western film. It was directed by and starred Clint Eastwood, with Chief Dan George, Sondra Locke, Sam Bottoms, and Geraldine Keams. The film ...more

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#2 of 396 The Best Western Movies Ever Made #431 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #45 of 307 The Best Movies for Men

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Tatum O'Neal, Jackie Earle Haley, Walter Matthau
The Bad News Bears is a 1976 comedy film directed by Michael Ritchie. It stars Walter Matthau and Tatum O'Neal. The film was followed by two sequels, The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training in ...more

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Robert Duvall, Faye Dunaway, William Holden
Network is a 1976 American satirical film written by Paddy Chayefsky and directed by Sidney Lumet, about a fictional television network, UBS, and its struggle with poor ratings. The film stars ...more

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Carrie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies of 1976
John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie
Carrie is a 1976 American supernatural horror film based on Stephen King's first major 1974 novel of the same name. The film was directed by Brian De Palma and written by Lawrence D. Cohen. The ...more

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#20 of 769 The Best Horror Movies of All Time #272 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #69 of 347 The Best Movies Based On Books

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Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, David Warner
The Omen is a 1976 British/American supernatural horror film directed by Richard Donner. The film stars Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, David Warner, Harvey Spencer Stephens, Billie Whitelaw, Patrick ...more

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Burt Reynolds, Lauren Hutton, Jerry Reed
Gator is a 1976 action film sequel to White Lightning and starring Burt Reynolds in his directorial debut.
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Dustin Hoffman, Laurence Olivier, Roy Scheider
Marathon Man is a 1976 suspense/thriller film directed by John Schlesinger. It was adapted by William Goldman from his novel of the same name and stars Dustin Hoffman, Laurence Olivier, Roy ...more

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#176 of 257 The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time #1,109 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #362 of 410 The Best Rainy Day Movies

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Julie Andrews, Omar Sharif, Peter Sellers
The Pink Panther Strikes Again is the fifth film in The Pink Panther series and picks up where The Return of the Pink Panther leaves off. Released in 1976, Strikes Again is the third entry to ...more

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#159 of 1,204 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time #114 of 992 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #18 of 202 The Best Comedy Movies of the 1970s

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Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder, Ned Beatty
Silver Streak is a 1976 comedy-thriller film about an event on a Los Angeles-to-Chicago train journey. It was directed by Arthur Hiller and stars Gene Wilder, Jill Clayburgh, and Richard Pryor, ...more

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Farrah Fawcett, Peter Ustinov, Jenny Agutter
Logan's Run is a 1976 American science fiction film directed by Michael Anderson and starring Michael York, Jenny Agutter, Richard Jordan, Roscoe Lee Browne, Farrah Fawcett and Peter Ustinov. ...more

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#148 of 630 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies #551 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #230 of 460 The Most Quotable Movies of All Time

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Richard Nixon, Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford
All the President's Men is a 1976 American political thriller film directed by Alan J. Pakula. The screenplay by William Goldman is based on the 1974 non-fiction book of the same name by Carl ...more

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Clint Eastwood, Tyne Daly, Bradford Dillman
The Enforcer is a 1976 American action film and the third in the Dirty Harry film series. Directed by James Fargo, it stars Clint Eastwood as Inspector "Dirty" Harry Callahan, Tyne ...more

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#184 of 307 The Best Movies for Men #94 of 591 The Best '70s Movies #360 of 460 The Most Quotable Movies of All Time

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Jeff Bridges, Jessica Lange, Joe Piscopo
King Kong is a 1976 American monster thriller film produced by Dino De Laurentiis and directed by John Guillermin. It is a remake of the 1933 classic film of the same name, about a giant ape ...more

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Jodie Foster, Dick Van Patten, John Astin
Freaky Friday is a 1976 American fantasy comedy film directed by Gary Nelson and starring Barbara Harris as Ellen Andrews, Jodie Foster as her daughter Annabel, and John Astin as her husband, ...more

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#35 of 186 The Best Movies for Tweens #48 of 78 The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels #199 of 591 The Best '70s Movies

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Tom Selleck, Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda
Midway, released in the United Kingdom as Battle of Midway and in the US on video as The Battle of Midway, is a 1976 Technicolor film directed by Jack Smight and produced by Walter Mirisch from ...more

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#36 of 382 The Best War Movies Ever #17 of 220 The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time #168 of 307 The Best Movies for Men

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Jack Nicholson, Marlon Brando, Randy Quaid
The Missouri Breaks is a 1976 American western film starring Marlon Brando and Jack Nicholson. The film was directed by Arthur Penn, with supporting performances by Randy Quaid, Harry Dean ...more
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Robert Duvall, Michael Caine, Donald Sutherland
The Eagle Has Landed is a 1976 British film directed by John Sturges and starring Michael Caine, Donald Sutherland and Robert Duvall. Based on the novel The Eagle Has Landed by Jack Higgins, the ...more

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#66 of 382 The Best War Movies Ever #71 of 220 The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time #743 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies

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Austin Stoker, Charles Cyphers, Tony Burton
Assault on Precinct 13 is a 1976 American action thriller film written, directed, scored and edited by John Carpenter. It stars Austin Stoker as a police officer who defends a defunct precinct ...more

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#119 of 591 The Best '70s Movies #241 of 376 The Greatest Movie Themes #51 of 94 The Greatest Movie Remakes of All Time

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David Bowie, Rip Torn, Buck Henry
The Man Who Fell to Earth is a 1976 British science fiction film directed by Nicolas Roeg. The film is based on the 1963 novel of the same name by Walter Tevis, about an extraterrestrial on ...more

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Burt Reynolds, Tatum O'Neal, Stella Stevens
Nickelodeon is a 1976 comedy film directed by Peter Bogdanovich, and stars Ryan O'Neal, Burt Reynolds and Tatum O'Neal. According to Bogdanovich, the film was based on true stories told to him ...more
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Maggie Smith, Peter Sellers, Alec Guinness
This film is a 1976 American mystery comedy film with a cast featuring Eileen Brennan, Truman Capote, James Coco, Peter Falk, Alec Guinness, Elsa Lanchester, David Niven, Peter Sellers, Maggie ...more

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#273 of 630 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies #789 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #503 of 1,204 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

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Liza Minnelli, Paul Newman, Mel Brooks
Silent Movie is a 1976 satirical comedy film co-written, directed by, and starring Mel Brooks, and released by 20th Century Fox on June 17, 1976. The ensemble cast includes Dom DeLuise, Marty ...more