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The Best Movies of 1976

Updated September 4, 2020 8.8k votes 357 voters 9.3k views202 items

List RulesOnly movies released in theaters in 1976.

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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  • 1
    Rocky is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies of 1976
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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 on Wikipedia
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    The Outlaw Josey Wales is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies of 1976
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    The Outlaw Josey Wales

    Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke

    Released1976

    Directed byClint Eastwood

    The Outlaw Josey Wales is a 1976 American revisionist Western film. It was directed by and... more on Wikipedia

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    The Shootist is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies of 1976
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    The Shootist

    John Wayne, Lauren Bacall

    Released1976

    Directed byDon Siegel

    The Shootist is a 1976 Western film directed by Don Siegel and starring John Wayne in his... more on Wikipedia

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    The Bad News Bears is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies of 1976
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    The Bad News Bears

    Tatum O'Neal, Jackie Earle Haley

    Released1976

    Directed byMichael Ritchie

    The Bad News Bears is a 1976 comedy film directed by Michael Ritchie. It stars Walter Matthau... more on Wikipedia

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    Taxi Driver is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies of 1976
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    Taxi Driver

    Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster

    Released1976

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Taxi Driver is a 1976 American neo-noir psychological thriller film directed by Martin... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Network is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies of 1976
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    Network

    Robert Duvall, Faye Dunaway

    Released1976

    Directed bySidney Lumet

    Network is a 1976 American satirical film written by Paddy Chayefsky and directed by Sidney... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Carrie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies of 1976
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    Carrie

    John Travolta, Sissy Spacek

    Released1976

    Directed byBrian De Palma

    Carrie is a 1976 American supernatural horror film based on Stephen King's first major 1974... more on Wikipedia

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  • 8
    Gator is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies of 1976
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    Gator

    Burt Reynolds, Lauren Hutton

    Released1976

    Directed byJames Best, Burt Reynolds

    Gator is a 1976 action film sequel to White Lightning and starring Burt Reynolds in his... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Logan's Run is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies of 1976
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    Logan's Run

    Farrah Fawcett, Peter Ustinov

    Released1976

    Directed byMichael Anderson

    Logan's Run is a 1976 American science fiction film directed by Michael Anderson and starring... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    The Enforcer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies of 1976
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    The Enforcer

    Clint Eastwood, Tyne Daly

    Released1976

    Directed byJames Fargo

    The Enforcer is a 1976 American action film and the third in the Dirty Harry film series.... more on Wikipedia

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    The Omen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies of 1976
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    The Omen

    Gregory Peck, Lee Remick

    Released1976

    Directed byRichard Donner

    The Omen is a 1976 British/American supernatural horror film directed by Richard Donner. The... more on Wikipedia

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    King Kong is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies of 1976
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    King Kong

    Jeff Bridges, Jessica Lange

    Released1976

    Directed byJohn Guillermin

    King Kong is a 1976 American monster thriller film produced by Dino De Laurentiis and directed... more on Wikipedia

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    All the President's Men is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies of 1976
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    All the President's Men

    Richard Nixon, Dustin Hoffman

    Released1976

    Directed byAlan J. Pakula

    All the President's Men is a 1976 American political thriller film directed by Alan J. Pakula.... more on Wikipedia

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    Marathon Man is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies of 1976
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    Marathon Man

    Dustin Hoffman, Laurence Olivier

    Released1976

    Directed byJohn Schlesinger

    Marathon Man is a 1976 suspense/thriller film directed by John Schlesinger. It was adapted by... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Freaky Friday is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies of 1976
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    Freaky Friday

    Jodie Foster, Dick Van Patten

    Released1976

    Directed byGary Nelson

    Freaky Friday is a 1976 American fantasy comedy film directed by Gary Nelson and starring... more on Wikipedia

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    The Pink Panther Strikes Again is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies of 1976
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    The Pink Panther Strikes Again

    Julie Andrews, Omar Sharif

    Released1976

    Directed byBlake Edwards

    The Pink Panther Strikes Again is the fifth film in The Pink Panther series and picks up where... more on Wikipedia

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    Assault on Precinct 13 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies of 1976
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    Assault on Precinct 13

    Austin Stoker, Charles Cyphers

    Released1976

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

    Assault on Precinct 13 is a 1976 American action thriller film written, directed, scored and... more on Wikipedia

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    The Shaggy D.A. is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies of 1976
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    The Shaggy D.A.

    Suzanne Pleshette, Dick Van Patten

    Released1976

    Directed byRobert Stevenson

    The Shaggy D.A. is a 1976 film sequel to 1959's The Shaggy Dog produced by Walt Disney... more on Wikipedia

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    The Man Who Fell to Earth is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies of 1976
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    The Man Who Fell to Earth

    David Bowie, Rip Torn

    Released1976

    Directed byNicolas Roeg

    The Man Who Fell to Earth is a 1976 British science fiction film directed by Nicolas Roeg. The... more on Wikipedia

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    Murder by Death is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies of 1976
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    Murder by Death

    Maggie Smith, Peter Sellers

    Released1976

    Directed byRobert Moore

    This film is a 1976 American mystery comedy film with a cast featuring Eileen Brennan, Truman... more on Wikipedia

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    No Deposit, No Return is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies of 1976
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    No Deposit, No Return

    David Niven, Don Knotts

    Released1976

    Directed byNorman Tokar

    No Deposit, No Return is a 1976 comedy film directed by Norman Tokar. It was written by Arthur... more on Wikipedia
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    Midway is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies of 1976
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    Midway

    Tom Selleck, Charlton Heston

    Released1976

    Directed byJack Smight

    Midway, released in the United Kingdom as Battle of Midway and in the US on video as The... more on Wikipedia

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    Silver Streak is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies of 1976
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Bugsy Malone is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies of 1976
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    Bugsy Malone

    Jodie Foster, Scott Baio

    Released1976

    Directed byAlan Parker

    Bugsy Malone is a 1976 British-American musical film, directed by Alan Parker. Set in Chicago,... more on Wikipedia

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    Robin and Marian is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies of 1976
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    Robin and Marian

    Audrey Hepburn, Sean Connery

    Released1976

    Directed byRichard Lester

    Robin and Marian is a 1976 British-American romantic adventure period film directed by Richard... more on Wikipedia
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