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The Best Movies of 1977

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List RulesOnly movies released in theaters in 1977.

List of the best movies of 1977, with movie trailers when available. Nerds everywhere remember 1977 as the year that Star Wars made its franchise debut, ultimately becoming the highest grossing movie ever at that time. These top movies of 1977 are listed by popularity, so the movies with the most votes are at the top. This list consists of all different movie genres - from The Rescuers to Jesus of Nazareth - but each film was released in 1977. You can filter this list of films that came out in 1977 for various bits of information, such as who directed the movie and what genre it is. Think the best 1977 movie isn't as high as it should be? Vote up your favorite so it will rise to the top.

List movies include The Spy Who Loved Me, Annie Hall, and more.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best movies from 1977?" and "What are the most popular movies of 1977?"

1977 was a great year for movies, since a lot of classic films were released in 1977. This is a crowd sourced list that has been voted on by many people, so these top films of 1977 aren't just one persons opinion.

  • 1

    Smokey and the Bandit

    Sally Field, Burt Reynolds


    Directed byHal Needham

    Smokey and the Bandit is a 1977 Technicolor American action comedy film starring Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jackie Gleason, Jerry Reed, Patrick McCormick, Paul Williams and Mike Henry. It inspired...  more

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  • 2

    Jesus of Nazareth

    James Earl Jones, Laurence Olivier


    Directed byFranco Zeffirelli

    Jesus of Nazareth is a 1977 British-Italian television miniseries directed by Franco Zeffirelli and co-written by Zeffirelli, Anthony Burgess, and Suso Cecchi d'Amico which dramatises the birth,...  more

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  • 3


    Gregory Peck, Russell Johnson


    Directed byJoseph Sargent

    MacArthur is a 1977 American biographical war film directed by Joseph Sargent and starring Gregory Peck in the eponymous role as American General of the Army Douglas MacArthur....  more
  • 4

    The Spy Who Loved Me

    Roger Moore, Barbara Bach


    Directed byLewis Gilbert

    The Spy Who Loved Me is the tenth spy film in the James Bond series, and the third to star Roger Moore as the fictional secret agent James Bond. It was directed by Lewis Gilbert and the screenplay...  more

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  • 5

    Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr


    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Close Encounters of the Third Kind is a 1977 science fiction film, written and directed by Steven Spielberg and featuring Richard Dreyfuss, François Truffaut, Melinda Dillon, Teri Garr, Bob Balaban,...  more

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  • 6


    Burt Reynolds, Kris Kristofferson


    Directed byMichael Ritchie

    Semi-Tough is a 1977 comedy film directed by Michael Ritchie and starring Burt Reynolds, Kris Kristofferson, Jill Clayburgh, Lotte Lenya, Bert Convy, and Brian Dennehy, set in the world of American...  more
  • 7

    Oh, God!

    John Denver, Teri Garr


    Directed byCarl Reiner

    Oh, God! is a 1977 comedy film starring George Burns and John Denver. Based on a novel by Avery Corman, the film was directed by Carl Reiner from a screenplay written by Larry Gelbart. The story...  more

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  • 8

    The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

    Clint Howard, Howard Morris


    Directed byJohn Lounsbery, Wolfgang Reitherman

    The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is a 1977 American animated musical film produced by Walt Disney Productions and distributed by Buena Vista Distribution. It is the 22nd animated feature in the...  more

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  • 9

    A Bridge Too Far

    Sean Connery, Anthony Hopkins


    Directed byRichard Attenborough

    A Bridge Too Far is a 1977 epic film based on the 1974 book of the same name by Cornelius Ryan, adapted by William Goldman. It was produced by Joseph E. Levine and Richard P. Levine and directed by...  more

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  • 10

    The Rescuers

    Bob Newhart, Eva Gabor


    Directed byJohn Lounsbery, Wolfgang Reitherman, Art Stevens

    The Rescuers is a 1977 American animated adventure film produced by Walt Disney Productions and first released on June 22, 1977 by Buena Vista Distribution. The 23rd film in the Walt Disney Animated...  more

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  • 11

    The Gauntlet

    Clint Eastwood, Mara Corday


    Directed byClint Eastwood

    The Gauntlet is a 1977 American action film directed by Clint Eastwood, starring Eastwood and Sondra Locke. The film's supporting cast includes Pat Hingle, William Prince, Bill McKinney, and Mara...  more
  • 12

    Slap Shot

    Paul Newman, M. Emmet Walsh


    Directed byGeorge Roy Hill

    Slap Shot is a 1977 comedy film directed by George Roy Hill, written by Nancy Dowd and starring Paul Newman and Michael Ontkean. It depicts a minor league hockey team that resorts to violent play to...  more

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  • 13

    Airport '77

    Christopher Lee, James Stewart


    Directed byJerry Jameson

    Airport '77 is a 1977 disaster film and third movie in the Airport franchise. The film stars a number of veteran actors, including Jack Lemmon, James Stewart, Joseph Cotten, Christopher Lee and...  more

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  • 14

    Annie Hall

    Woody Allen, Diane Keaton


    Directed byWoody Allen

    Annie Hall is a 1977 American romantic comedy film directed by Woody Allen. Neurotic New York comedian Alvy Singer (Allen) falls in love with the ditzy Annie Hall (Diane Keaton)....  more

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  • 15


    Meryl Streep, Jane Fonda


    Directed byFred Zinnemann

    Julia is a 1977 drama film directed by Fred Zinnemann, from a screenplay by Alvin Sargent. It is based on Lillian Hellman's book Pentimento, a chapter of which purports to tell the story of her...  more

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  • 16

    Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown

    Bill Melendez, Gail Davis


    Directed byBill Melendez, Phil Roman

    Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown is a 1977 animated film produced by United Feature Syndicate for Paramount Pictures, directed by Bill Meléndez, and the third in a series of films based on the...  more

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  • 17

    The Kentucky Fried Movie

    Donald Sutherland, Tina Louise


    Directed byJohn Landis

    The Kentucky Fried Movie is an 1977 American anthology comedy film, released in 1977 and directed by John Landis. The film's writers were the team of David Zucker, Jim Abrahams and Jerry Zucker, who...  more

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  • 18


    Richard Burton, Jenny Agutter


    Directed bySidney Lumet

    Equus is a 1977 British-American drama film directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Richard Burton. Peter Shaffer wrote the screenplay based on his play Equus. The film also featured Peter Firth, Colin...  more
  • 19

    Pete's Dragon

    Mickey Rooney, Shelley Winters


    Directed byDon Chaffey

    Pete's Dragon is a 1977 live-action/animated musical film from Walt Disney Productions. It is a live-action film but one of its title characters, a dragon named Elliott, is animated. The story is...  more

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  • 20

    Star Wars

    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher


    Directed byGeorge Lucas

    Star Wars is a 1977 American epic space opera film written and directed by George Lucas. The first release in the Star Wars franchise, it stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter...  more

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  • 21

    The White Buffalo

    Kim Novak, Charles Bronson


    Directed byJ. Lee Thompson

    The White Buffalo is a 1977 western film starring Charles Bronson, Kim Novak, Jack Warden, Slim Pickens, and Will Sampson. The film is directed by J. Lee Thompson, who frequently teamed with Bronson....  more
  • 22


    Jack Nance, Jeanne Bates


    Directed byDavid Lynch

    Eraserhead is a 1977 American experimental body horror film directed by David Lynch. Henry Spencer (Jack Nance) tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend (Charlotte Stewart),...  more

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  • 23

    High Anxiety

    Cloris Leachman, Madeline Kahn


    Directed byMel Brooks

    High Anxiety is a 1977 comedy film produced and directed by Mel Brooks, who also plays the lead. This is Brooks' first film as a producer and first speaking lead role. Veteran Brooks ensemble members...  more

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  • 24

    Saturday Night Fever

    John Travolta, Fran Drescher


    Directed byJohn Badham

    Saturday Night Fever is a 1977 American drama film directed by John Badham. It stars John Travolta as Tony Manero, a working-class young man who spends his weekends dancing and drinking at a local...  more

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  • 25

    The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training

    Jackie Earle Haley, William Devane


    Directed byMichael Pressman

    The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training is the 1977 sequel to the feature film The Bad News Bears. This film picks up the Bears' career a year after their infamous second-place finish in the North...  more